Arcane Laboratory


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Seventh Edition (7ED) Uncommon
Urza's Saga (USG) Uncommon

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Arcane Laboratory


Each player can't cast more than one spell each turn.

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Arcane Laboratory Discussion

titanic.ultimatum on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

2 weeks ago

After doing some play testing (in a 1v1 environment, sadly) I found Whisper, Blood Liturgist to be fairly powerful as a stax piece with Liliana's Specter or Mindslicer and Eternal Witness or Ophiomancer. The reason I say eternal witness is for situations where you have something like Smallpox in grave with two more black producing dorks or a piece of removal so the opp will, essentially, spend their turn doing nothing. In a 1v1 environment, the instant speed reanimation provided by whisper can cut the opponent off of top decking an answer for the lock you create, while also putting things into the grave that you want for the next turn, such as witness or rec sage.

Also, whats your take on Mana Web? obviously in conjunction with Winter Orb it can be very powerful, forcing the opponent into a position where they need to think "okay do i need to respond or do i want my next turn" while also acting as a psudo Arcane Laboratory against other midrange/control decks on its own, I'd love to hear your thoughts on both cards.

IAmTheWraith on The Fat Blue Weirdo

2 weeks ago

Well hello there...

bushido_man96: Thanks man! Don't forget to upvote!


So I've never heard of Tidal Force, seems pretty good, but I don't think it's what I'm really looking for, I will probably put it in the maybeboard, just in case.

Arcane Laboratory Is not going in the deck. I feel like it hinders me too much.

Damping Sphere is fun. Maybeboard for now.

Stifle and Disallow seem decent. Again, Maybeboard for now until I can find the slots.

Teferi, Temporal Archmage Seems like it may be decent. Maybeboard??

Been considering adding Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir+Knowledge Pool so my opponents can't cast spells...

Daedalus19876 on The Fat Blue Weirdo

2 weeks ago

I disagree that Arcane Laboratory makes it difficult for you to establish your lock. Sure, it hinders you, but you're running a gigantic number of counterspells - it limits how your opponents use the extra cards you give them, and means you only have to hold up one counterspell per opponent to fully lock down the game. It's a vicious, vicious control card, especially since you're giving your opponent more resources with Kami. I'd also consider Damping Sphere for a similar reason.

I'd personally run Stifle and/or Disallow here, because they shut off enemy fetch lands and are an unexpected form of control (since many people see their triggers as inviolable).

Have you considered Teferi, Temporal Archmage as additional an way to maintain a lock with Stasis? Or Teferi's Realm to perma-phase things out of existence? If you're willing to control into the long-game, Tidal Force also does wonders to keep the flowing for Stasis.

SMASHER101 on What WUB (Esper) Stax cEDH ...

1 month ago

I play a casual Zur stax/control build. It focuses more on getting a lot of propoganda effects out but i'm sure that you can build more around cards like Stasis and Solitary Confinement as well as the fact that you can be garaunteed to every game get Rule of Law to stop the storm players. The great thing about playing Zur the Enchanter is that no matter what your doing in esper, he can get the right stax piece at the right time, or just get Necropotence!!! I think that zur will be your best bet for cEDH, but you will probably have to restrain yourself from just building an all in doomsday deck. Here are some great hate pieces Zur can get:

RIP Stony Silence Eidolon of Rhetoric chains of long word I can't pronounce or even read on the card and don't even know exactly what it does because its so confusing! Arcane Laboratory Back to Basics Stasis random removal enchantments that arent stax but ruin everyones' day because they can no longer do anything even with their commanded like Imprisoned in the Moon(aka teferi-be-gone (also hits chain veil) or Darksteel Mutation Aura of Silence Contamination to go with your Luminarch Ascension In the Eye of Chaos

Zur is a win con and a stax piece all in one!!!

BMHKain on

1 month ago

Actually, final question before I make the cuts @Megalomania/Enral: What card(s) can alleviate the effects of Mindlock Orb, Rule of Law/Arcane Laboratory, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Cards that tax your stuff as well, etc for the user, but not the opponents; & is in this decks' colors? Just wondering; as Hexproof doesn't help...

Just imagine Mindlock Orb Locking down Zur the Enchanter... XD

jiebie on Midsummernight dreams (Tuvasa’s Oath)

1 month ago

Thanks for your comments. Pendrell Mists seems a shoe in. Actually, I like Kumena's Awakening quite a lot. It’s a phyrexian arena for one additional mana and without the life loss. But more importantly, it can set up a protective lock with Solitary Confinement without relying on enchantresses and drawing enough enchantments.

Academy Rector will go in when I’ve sold enough other cards to buy it... might take a while

Enral on Midsummernight dreams (Tuvasa’s Oath)

1 month ago

Hi, cool build here. I think since you're running on the "anti-creature" theme, here's a few cards I can suggest:

Not a fan of the following:

So it seems like you're trying to pull this deck in many different directions (stax, creature hate, goodstuff, pillowfort, etc.), my suggestion is to hone down on one strong theme and go with it. Hope this helps!

jiebie on ☀ Tuvasa Enchantress | Approach the Second Sun ☀

1 month ago

Actually, that makes a lot of sense. Despite sharing a lot of cards, we do play in a different way. I’m going for an enchantment control deck, with a slow win condition. For instance, I intend to use Arcane Laboratory which would be quite a nonbo in your list. I prefer card drawers that will not die to my own wraths, while using every possible enchantress is logical in your case. I’ll post my deck soon, hopefully you’ll be able to look at it and share some ideas.

Good job on the deck !

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