Arcane Adaptation


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Arcane Adaptation


As Arcane Adaptation enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.

Creatures you control are the chosen type in addition to their other types. The same is true for creature spells you control and creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield.

Arcane Adaptation Discussion

TangoWithTojo on Scarab God and Undead Alchemist ...

18 hours ago

Thats unfortunate. That'd be a really cool interaction if it worked. Do you know of any cards that would synergize with the Arcane Adaptation and The Scarab God combo since that doesn't work?

multimedia on Scarab God and Undead Alchemist ...

19 hours ago

Unfortunately, this doesn't work. The Scarab God does become a Zombie with Arcane Adaptation in your control, but Scarab is not doing damage with it's upkeep trigger. It's making your opponents lose life which is not damage.

Undead Alchemist "if a Zombie you control" ability says combat damage to a player. The only time you do combat damage to a player is after combat therefore the only time that Alchemist can trigger this ability is after combat, if you do damage to a player with a Zombie. If Adaptation is in your control and Scarab does combat damage to a player then this will trigger Alchemist.

TangoWithTojo on Scarab God and Undead Alchemist ...

19 hours ago

So I'm in the process of building a The Scarab God EDH deck and because I don't intend to exclusively use zombie tribal, I'll be using Arcane Adaptation to turn all of my creatures into zombies. But my question comes from Undead Alchemist 's ability. So lets say I have Arcane Adaptation down with The Scarab God out and hes a zombie now. Whenever he pings all of my opponents for damage during my upkeep, does that trigger Undead Alchemist 's ability milling all of them and creating more zombies? Because The Scarab God doesn't specifically say hes dealing the damage but it should be implied that he is doing it, unless I'm just understanding this wrong. Thanks in advance.

Poly_raptor on Aliens: Hive

1 day ago

Something interesting I think you can do with slivers, is turn things into slivers

Arcane Adaptation



Could be fun avenue if you want to run a couple other value bombs. Maybe Emrakul, the Promised End as no one will see it coming.

I’d also recommend running Exotic Orchard , it’s really cheap and you’re playing 5 colours so it’ll be online. And maybe a few other “tap for 1 of any colour” instead of maybe the filter lands, I like the filter lands but find that they’re good in 3 colour or 2 colour decks, if you need access to all 5 of say things like Reflecting Pool Mana Confluence City of Brass maybe even Forbidden Orchard would be better because they can give you what ever you need.

Just a a good sliver list +1 from me

McToters on This Is Gonna Take A While

1 day ago

Hey there, cool deck!
For infinite tokens and red mana there’s this combo: Bishop of Wings + Arcane Adaptation + Kykar, Wind's Fury .

Mana Geyser + Reiterate is another infinite mana combo as long as your opponent has plenty of tapped lands.

I would personally not use Spellbook if you’re already running Reliquary Tower . I’m not too sure about Sluggishness in here also, unless there’s a particular combo I’m not seeing.

This isn’t something you may go far but since you are already running Narset, Parter of Veils you can also run Windfall , Winds of Change , Teferi's Puzzle Box , Reforge the Soul , Wheel of Fate or Wheel of Fortune . If you do, you force your opponent to get rid of their hand and only draw one card while you get a new hand. Pretty mean but it’s powerful.

Overall I like your list of instants you are running. Seems like they all should work really well! +1 Good luck

hydrothermia on Pattern Recognition #134 - Mercadian ...

2 days ago

I may be one of the few that actually remember playing Mercadian Masque in the Type 2 (Standard for you whippersnappers.) format. My favorite card of the set, outside of Counterspell was Tidal Kraken . It was only a 6/6 unblockable for eight mana, which is way overpriced by today's current Standards. A little surprised you didn't mention Conspiracy the card. It was the first of it's kind with the most recent "reprint" being Arcane Adaptation . Or my favorite/annoying combo consisting of Cho-Manno, Revolutionary and Pariah .

There were five artifacts, one land and a handful of white rebels that created lore of a creature that would eventually end up being printed for Commander 2017, Ramos, Dragon Engine . The first iterations of the artifact dragon came from Henge of Ramos , Eye of Ramos , Heart of Ramos , Horn of Ramos , Skull of Ramos and Tooth of Ramos .

SatisfactionDay on Scarecrow, King of Oz

1 week ago

I love the theme of this deck, I am actually working on my own Reaper King deck with a very similar build, utilizing shapeshifters and other scarecrows.

It may not be as synergistic as the rest of the deck, but with the amount of different lands you have Field of the Dead might be a good inclusion. And if you also include Arcane Adaptation that makes those zombies the tribe of your choosing, which is more triggers from your Commander.

Solelyselesnya on Yuriko Turn and Burn - cEDH

2 weeks ago

Thanks a lot MadCatMax! Glad to hear you like the deck. Its so much fun to pilot.

Knowledge Exploitation is spicy tech. My gut tells me that in the right meta, it could do some real work. Especially if you are facing off against an Edric deck chock-full of turn spells.

I'll be the first to admit that Sakashima the Impostor is on the slower end of where the deck wants to be.. It can sometimes provide a burst of triggers to burn out the table, but like you said, often you are already winning at that point. I'm less inclined to run Arcane Adaptation since we have been getting more ninjas printed and it doesn't do anything if the dorks you have out are already ninjas like Universal Automaton and its ilk. Especially in my list, because I run several 0-powered creatures that wouldn't trigger Yuriko even if they connect with an opponent. I do think it could be playable in other lists though. It gets better if you aren't running the Ornithopter squad.

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Arcane Adaptation occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

UB (Dimir): 0.97%