Arcane Encyclopedia

Arcane Encyclopedia

Artifact

, : Draw a card.

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Core Set 2019 (M19) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Arcane Encyclopedia occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Arcane Encyclopedia Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Phyrexianized Versions of Existing Cards

5 days ago

Now that Phyrexian mana exists, I feel that WotC has not truly used that mechanic to its fullest potential, so I shall make some Phyrexianized versions of existing cards, and I hope that everyone likes them.

Praetor's Disdain Show

This card is obviously modeled after Cancel or the original Counterspell; I had originally planned to have it cost only , but that would have made it far too powerful, so I increased it.

Praetor's Scorn Show

Thus far, there has never been a card that uses multiple colors of Phyrexian mana, so I have made such a card, which is modeled after Utter End, but it only destroys a permanent, rather than exiling it, to prevent it from being strictly better than the other card. Alternatively, I could increase the cost to and keep it as an exile effect.

Praetor's Spite Show

This card is modeled after Thoughtseize, Distress and Duress; I originally planned to have it cost , but I then thought that it would be too powerful, in that case.

Praetor's Shield Show

This card is modeled after Righteous Aura, and I was originally planning to have the casting cost be only , but I increased it to prevent it from being too powerful. I am not worried about the activated ability being capable of being used for no mana, because a player will not pay 4 life unless the source of damage that they wish to prevent will deal at least 4 damage.

Phyrexian Replicator Show

This card is obviously modeled after Doubling Season, but I increased the cost to prevent it from being strictly better than that card.

Phyrexian Purge Show

This card is modeled after Planar Cleansing, and I am not worried about its casting cost, because I made it very mana-intensive; a player will pay 8 life to cast it only if they are very desperate.

Phyrexian Grimoire Show

This card is modeled after both Greed and Book of Rass (which, as a side note, really needs to be reprinted), so its casting cost is between the costs of those two cards. Its controller can draw cards for no mana, but 4 life is a high price for a single card.

Temporal Flux Show

I could not conceive of an impressive name for this card that contained the word "Phyrexian," so I used a name that had not yet been used for a card. I modeled it after Time Warp and Temporal Manipulation, but I increased its cost to prevent it from being strictly better than them.

Gitaxian Tome Show

This card references Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur and is modeled after both Jayemdae Tome and Arcane Encyclopedia.

Phrexian Blueprints Show

This card references Urza's Blueprints, and its overall cost is lower, because I feel that, if that card had been printed today, it would be less expensive due to power creep.

Phrexian Amulet Show

This card is modeled after Quicksilver amulet.

Those are all the designs that I have conceived at this moment, so I shall post more as I conceive them, but what does everyone think of the cards that I have designed, thus far?

Optimator on Alela Fairy Swarm

4 weeks ago

You have a lot of enchantment-based removal, like Darksteel Mutation, et al. I like these effects a lot but they can be even better with recursion. Starfield of Nyx and Hanna, Ship's Navigator would be good choices if you're looking for more card advantage. As far as deck slots go they can usually be treated as "draw".

They're expensive, but some of the best card draw cards are Kindred Discovery, Phyrexian Arena, and Rhystic Study. Some other fair-to-middling options that are enchantments/artifacts are Honden of Seeing Winds, The Magic Mirror, Coastal Piracy, Underworld Connections, Greed, Erebos, God of death, Vampiric Rites, Distant Melody, Mind Unbound, Well of Ideas, Thassa, God of the Sea (Scry 1 is kinda like 0.45 of a drawn card), Thought Reflection, Dictate of Kruphix, Monastery Siege, Tamiyo's Journal, Staff of Nin, Arcane Encyclopedia.

DemonDragonJ on Crystal Ball or Crucible of ...

1 month ago

I have a copy of Crucible of Worlds in my five-colored EDH deck, which is definitely an awesome card, but I am wondering if I should replace it with Crystal Ball, because that card is also very awesome.

I am experiencing difficulty with this decision, because, while WotC has not been emphasizing land destruction nearly as heavily as it once did, land destruction does still exist, so the ability to play lands from the graveyard is very valuable. Crystal Ball is very nice, but the deck does already contain both Arcane Encyclopedia and Temple Bell, so I am not certain if it really needs to have the ball.

What does everyone else say about this? Should I replace Crucible of Worlds with Crystal Ball?

DemonDragonJ on Clash of the Titans

1 month ago

I have replaced Ink-Treader Nephilim and Witch-Maw Nephilim with Faeburrow Elder and Jodah, Archmage Eternal, which lowered the average converted mana cost of this deck from 4.67 to 4.65, again, which is very good. I am sad I no longer have the complete cycle of nephilim in this deck, but not all of them are excellent cards, and the two new creatures work very well with the deck.

Also, since Jodah rendered Fist of Suns redundant, I replaced that card with Arcane Encyclopedia, since another source of card advantage is always a good thing for any deck.

Optimator on Boros Soldiers

2 months ago

I would recommend Iroas, God of Victory as the commander. I think he's the best for general Boros agro. The convenience of being able to swing freely is sooooo good--especially with mass-vigilance like Brave the Sands and its ilk.

Aurelia, the Warleader is a decent choice but is expensive, mana-wise. Even Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer is better than Agrus Kos though (with some more artifacts). Tajic, Blade of the Legion is an underrated choice too--can definitely make a great budget deck with him at the helm. Go wide and then suddenly Tajic is a commander-damage threat. Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is decent, but also quite expensive. Some folks love having bombs, like the two angels, in the command zone when the deck more or less functions without the commander (like most tribal decks). Some prefer lower CMC generals that can get out more reliably. It's all about what you like.

Argus Kos is pretty bad though. Unless you're in love with having a janky commander I'd highly highly recommend Iroas or Tajic, with Aurelia as a distant third-place.

For a new deck builder your list looks really good! Good creatures, good utility, a proper amount of ramp. Only thing missing is card draw, which you may know is nearly impossible in Boros colors. Mentor of the Meek is a good addition, so good on ya for that. Some... tolerable... draw options are Staff of Nin, Endless Atlas (somewhat suspect in a two-color deck, but I've seen it work), Icon of Ancestry, Vanquisher's Banner, Arcane Encyclopedia, Arch of Orazca, Farsight Mask, Infiltration Lens, Herald's Horn, Key to the City, Mask of Memory, Tome of Legends, Rogue's Gloves, Avarice Amulet (doesn't get .given away if it's on a commander).

VladMarkov on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

2 months ago

Hello all,

Lately me and my colleagues hat thought, that it would be fun to play Pauper EDH. The rules are regular - one commander, one piece of any card (except for basic lands), only commons and uncommons, cards cannot be worth more that $5 each.

And I've came up with something strange (and hopefully cool).

I would like to shoot my opponents out with the Hallar, the Firefletcher, giving him as much +1/+1 counters as I can, with cards like Battlegrowth, Burst of Strength or Solidarity of Heroes, along with few enchantments like Hydra's Growth or Forced Adaptation. The basic idea is:


[Pauper EDH] KickAss Shooter

Commander / EDH* VladMarkov

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What do you think, should I cut out few ramping spells in order to put even more kicker, although they are not that consistent with that deck?

Thank you in advance for your feedback :)

VladMarkov on Advertise your deck!

2 months ago

Hello all,

Lately me and my colleagues hat thought, that it would be fun to play Pauper EDH. The rules are regular - one commander, one piece of any card (except for basic lands), only commons and uncommons, cards cannot be worth more that $5.

And I've came up with something strange (and hopefully cool).

I would like to shoot my opponents out with the Hallar, the Firefletcher, giving him as much +1/+1 counters as I can, with cards like Battlegrowth, Burst of Strength or Solidarity of Heroes, along with few enchantments like Hydra's Growth or Forced Adaptation. The basic idea is:



What do you think, should I cut out few ramping spells in order to put even more kicker, although they are not that consistent with that deck?

Thank you in advance for your feedback :)

DemonDragonJ on Is Urza's Blueprints a Good ...

4 months ago

dingusdingo, I like Staff of Nin very much, but the fact that its card drawing ability triggers only once per turn is problematic, so I would rather use Arcane Encyclopedia instead.

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