Ancient Excavation

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology Vol. II (CM2) Uncommon
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon

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Ancient Excavation

Instant

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

eliakimras on Vial Smasher & Kraum EDH

2 weeks ago

May I suggest Shadowblood Ridge instead of Temple of the False God. This filter land may help you pay for a turn 2-3 Vial Smasher the Fierce. Also Exotic Orchard and Shivan Reef are not expensive. You might want Ancient Excavation, Steam Augury, Fact or Fiction instead of Frenzied Fugue, Thought Scour and Extract from Darkness for fuel for Delve. Mind's Dilation, Sunbird's Invocation, Stolen Strategy, Fury Storm and Fevered Visions can often win the game by themselves. You might want some counterspells which can also be card advantage: Izzet Charm and Arcane Denial. Disdainful Stroke and Swan Song stop almost everything for cheap. Have you tried Phthisis? Bojuka Bog and Rakdos Charm are good against graveyard decks (which is a popular theme). You may also consider Brainstorm for better control of your draws.

goblinguiderevealpls on esper zombies

3 weeks ago

also maybe more looting effects outside of varina like Careful Study, Ancient Excavation, Windfall and Whispering Madness

patrickd117 on Lazav, The Multiwin

1 month ago

I like Thief of Sanity, but agree with all of gus's cuts. I'd also get rid of Virtus, Traxos, Blizzard Specter, Nightveil Specter, House Guildmage, Murder, Pulse of the Grid, Enhance Surveillance and Fireshrieker.

I like: Vector Asp (join me), some combination of the looters: Merfolk, il-Kor, Wharf Infiltrator or whatever. Those type of cards are quite good in my experience. Ancient Excavation seems solid too. Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Ovinomancer and Bontu the Glorified seems pretty good as another way to save Lazav.

ZendikariWol on Atraxa +1/+1 counters for critters

2 months ago

Okay so the main problem here seems to be focus. Yeah your curve is bad, but usaDiabetic said enough about that. Imma talk about cards. Also I'm linking my deck at the bottom of this comment because it's very similar. Borrow what you will.

There are a lot of cards in this brew that I looked at and just thought 'what are you doing here'. Whether they didn't fit the theme or were just outright bad, these are some cuts I might suggest for taking USA's and my advice into account.

Crystalline Crawler. It feels kind of useless. Like, what is it there to do? It's either a subpar mana rock or a weak attacker/blocker.

Guardian of the Gateless doesn't interact with +1/+1 counters, is 5 mana, and really isn't great in general. Either you block a bunch of stuff and it dies or you just use it as 2 blockers, and there are much better things to do with 5 mana.

Majestic Myriarch, while powerful, is not a card for this deck. Once again there is the lack of interaction with counters and also it's just a big dumb creature with a lot of keywords. At 5 mana? Not worth it.

Noosegraf Mob will die far too quickly for any counters to be placed on him. In commander I'm casting 5 spells every turn by the time you're casting this guy.

Reflector Mage, while a good card in general, has no place in this deck. Once again, why is it here?

The same is true for Reveillark.

And for Vizier of the Menagerie.

And for Nissa, Steward of Elements.

And for Haunted Cloak, Inspiring Statuary, Panharmonicon, Paradox Engine, Approach of the Second Sun, Migratory Route, Nissa's Pilgrimage, Spitting Image, As Foretold, and Ancient Excavation. All of these are good cards, some really good, but their are other decks that could utilize them better. They're just goodstuff in this deck, where elsewhere they could really be something!

Incremental Growth nay not be worth it for 5 mana. There are much better plays for that cost.

If you want board wipes for creatures I would suggest Wrath of God and/or Divine Reckoning rather than Sublime Exhalation?

And once again, after you put in some ramp, I have a ton of suggestions for replacing suboptimal cards here. If you'd like me to go into more detail on specific all-stars I will. If I came off as really harsh I'm sorry, this actually looks like one of the first commander decks I ever built myself so I felt like I had to comment, for nostalia's sake. Thanks for bearing with me through this behemoth of a comment, and happy brewing.


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rasck on Budget Lazav, Dimir Mastermind - EDH / Commander

2 months ago

Really nice deck tech - Thanks!
I would consider swapping Lazav, Dimir Mastermind with The Scarab God (came out after this deck tech) as the commander for this deck. Why? Because I think this deck needs more evasion and focus on Lazav, Dimir Mastermind as a Voltron. But the deck tech as is, is spot on for a control build with The Scarab God . You focus on getting cards into the graveyard which is also perfect for The Scarab God and he don't need the evasion. Kill him and he gets back to the hand. Your ETB creatures does not get double effect from Lazav, Dimir Mastermind they do with The Scarab God and Wight of Precinct Six will just get more fun when The Scarab God calls him back as a +4/+4 zombie
The zombie effects from cards like Necromantic Selection, Rise from the Grave, Grave Betrayal, Lim-Dul the Necromancer, Overseer of the Damned fit very well into the The Scarab God theme.
A few budget suggestions:
- Ancient Excavation
- Demon of Dark Schemes
- Fleet Swallower

I'm brewing on a on not so budget deck - with the awful name: It's alive! It's alive!. I have more focus on steal and clone effects than milling, because I feel more in control with that style :-)

Btw. a really evil combo is tapping Jace's Archivist and then flashing in Notion Thief >:)

metalevolence on For I have become God, Bringer of Life and Death

4 months ago

cutting athreos and thassa for lands would be an easy way to make this deck stronger

also elixir of immortality is usually worse than just playing another card that fills your graveyard

That leads me to notice you lack instant speed looting, which helps avoid graveyard hate. I'm referring to cards like Careful Consideration, Thirst for Knowledge, Attunement, Ancient Excavation etc

1621dudes on Kess Grixis Not-Storm

6 months ago

I love Kess, she is hands down my favorite control deck I have built. Kess Spellslinger if you want ideas or to check mine out. My main win con is torment of hailfure that is copied. Its amazing and consistent. One card I would recommend for draw though isAncient Excavation. The fact that I draw 10 cards off this sometimes and just discard land, junk, or spells for later in the yard this cards fantastic I would never play without it for Kess.

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