Ancient Excavation


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon

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Ancient Excavation


Draw cards equal to the number of cards in your hand, then discard a card for each card drawn this way.

Basic landcycling (, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.)

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Ancient Excavation Discussion

luther on Kess, Dissident Mage

1 month ago

Ancient Excavation and Grave Upheaval are good because of the landcycling. Early game you pitch it to hit your land drops, and then when you need to use either you get it with kess later. Demonic Collusion and Capsize do well with kess since you can just buyback instead of exile. Increasing Ambition and Increasing Vengeance can get their flashback bonus for cheaper with kess. A couple of alternate ways to return spells might be nice, but Snapcaster Mage and Torrential Gearhulk can be pricey, so Archaeomancer and Mnemonic Wall would be some okay alternatives.

Suns_Champion on Flashback to the Past

1 month ago

Dralnu seems really risky to run as a commander. One Blasphemous Act and you're pretty much out of the game.

So let's protect him!

Magebane Armor, Blinding Powder, Shield of the Avatar, Soratami Cloud Chariot maybe?

If not, some emergency sac outlets may help. Ashnod's Altar, High Market etc...

Further, I think the deck could use a greater mass of instants and sorceries. Maybe up it from 25% of the deck to 33%, cutting some creatures and enchantments.

From the maybeboard, Secrets of the Dead, Nephalia Drownyard, Cyclonic Rift, Ancient Excavation, and Rise from the Tides all seem pretty good.

If you go really heavy into the self mill aspect, some creature recursion might be nice. Raise Dead, Fortuitous Find, Dread Return...

Good luck! +1 for risky commanders!

JHowlett on Nekusaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrr

2 months ago

Nin, the Pain Artist is a fave creature of mine because you get to dump extra mana into it! Ancient Excavation is useful for yourself if you need some card advantage, too.

If you can spring for it, replacing tri slow lands for the lands that etb and you pay 2 life like Sacred Foundry will work better for your check lands like Dragonskull Summit and really great for Choked Estuary. Cycle lands are just okay. Try to get the ones that cycle for 1 colored mana.

Nivlek_sti on Tasigur's Self Milk

2 months ago

JHowlett Thanks for the suggestions! Oh and your comments are there.

I'm liking Dakmor Salvage over Barren Moor, I think it's an easy switch (instead of a swamp so I keep my tapped lands as low as possible).

Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is looking to be a beastly man-land for this type of deck, good call. I haven't really looked into good utility lands for this deck.

For the one mana difference I think I'm going to use Ancient Excavation over Flux even though Ancient Excavation is a turn slower, I think helping control and combo decks is probably not in my favor. Especially since they are probably my worst/hardest matchups.

JHowlett on Tasigur's Self Milk

2 months ago

Not sure where my comment went, but check out

Dakmor SalvageFluxAncient ExcavationSvogthos, the Restless Tomb

I think they may be hella :)

JHowlett on Tasigur's Self Milk

2 months ago

LOL I love that you enjoyed the name.

Otherwise, deck looks dope. Dakmor Salvage is hella if you get dunked on with land destruction or a wipe. Its nice too if you pair it with a way to sac your own permanents.

Svogthos, the Restless Tomb is a hidden finisher that's hella dope too. You mill for a ton and all of a sudden youve gor a 10/10 starring you down.

Flux and cards like Ancient Excavation let you selectively pitch and deserve a hella spot in the self mill category. Flux because its cheaper, but ancient because its only you and you draw THEN pitch.

Agent_Fire on Smash Up Battlebox - Silas Artifacts

3 months ago

I would say Ancient Excavation and that you should also add Contraband Kingpin to replace Aether Spellbomb

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