Archive Trap


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

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Set Rarity
Zendikar (ZEN) Rare

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Archive Trap

Instant — Trap

If an opponent searched his or her library this turn, you may pay {{0}} rather than pay Archive Trap's mana cost.

Target opponent puts the top thirteen cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

Archive Trap Discussion

keevel on Modern Mill

8 minutes ago

Love the deck!

How does the combo of Archive Trap + Field of Ruin + Ashiok, Dream Render work out for you?

I was worried that there would be a bit of tension between Ashiok and wanting a free Trap.

I run a similar list, but with more focus on instant speed reactions.

Mission Brief Trap

cdkime on As Foretold's Peculiar Wording

2 days ago

As Foretold is not that odd - there are a whole lot of cards like it: Archive Trap , Bolas's Citadel , Rooftop Storm , etc.

They are replacement effects that allow you to cast for an alternate cost. This language is used on cards with a static effect, such as As Foretold, Rooftop Storm, etc.

“Without paying its mana cost” is used in different situations, such as part of the resolution of a spell or ability.

Also, GreatSword - you spelled As Foretold incorrectly, which is why it linked to the deck.

Rageface090 on My Opponent Needs New Sleeves... Mill Primer

1 week ago

Hi pizzanui!

I was considering Ashiok, Dream Render , but there are two major problems with it.

  1. It's slow. Unfortunately Dredge and Izzet Phoenix have to have turn 0 or turn 1 answers, so Surgical Extraction and Extirpate are preferable. They also hose combo decks.

  2. Your opponent can't search their library. Since the deck effectively plays 8 Archive Trap , you need your opponent to search their deck in order to mill them out.

As for Teferi, Time Raveler , I haven't done any testing with him. My control match up is pretty good already, but if you're meta sees a lot of control decks, then you should try it out.

K1ngMars on New to EDH and would ...

2 weeks ago

Hey, nice to hear somebody likes mill in EDH! Not to blatantly advertise my deck, but it's one of my four decks which I constantly update every time a new set comes out and whatever, so take a look at it if you want for some advice: "Library.exe has stopped working".

Start from this viewpoint: in EDH, to win, you'd have to mill from 100 (if you are 1 vs 1) to 300 (4 player match) cards to win. It's a huge lot, so your milling has to be reusable, versatile and impacting.

From my experience, since you don't run graveyard recursion for instants/sorceries and you don't run a spellslinger deck anyways, I'd suggest to cut cards like Archive Trap , Mind Funeral , Shared Trauma : these are one use, so either they're super good (take out an opponent kind of good) or they're inefficient.

Hedron Crab is useless in EDH, for real, don't spend that money, it's not worth it (even though it is in modern). Same goes for Jace's Phantasm / Lord of the Void / Oona, Queen of the Fae , which for different reasons don't provide enough for their mana investment. Yeah, 1 mana 5/5 flyer, and now? Mill 5?

Not to mention, you will never ever successfully cast Enter the Infinite : if you really just want to combo out, even a Diabolic Tutor would be a better choice. 12 mana is hardly achievable without mana ramp.

I've noticed a general lack of card draw and this is really dangerous. Consider tweaking this.

From what it seems, I'd say you trusted too much, and again I'd invite you to take a look at my deck above. I play in 4 players multiplayer matches and trust me, there are many other useful cards you didn't consider and many others which are not worth including. Take your time, and once you're ready, tell me and I'll come back to check your changes!

zapyourtumor on Mill,mill and mill....

4 weeks ago

There are a lot of things here that I feel like haven't been optimized. You have more than enough black sources, so delete 2x Mind Sculpt and put in 2x Glimpse the Unthinkable , its strictly better.

There has to be a better card than Dream Twist . 3 mana for 6 mill is just too inefficient, even with flashback.

I would go to 4x Archive Trap , with all the fetchlands it becomes really powerful.

Maybe Mesmeric Orb or Fraying Sanity for more static mill effects.

Crypt Incursion really helps against aggro and midrange.

If you want to go the more controlly route, you could add Damnation (not exactly budget but you're running 4x Surgical Extraction ...), Ensnaring Bridge , and Hurkyl's Recall in the sideboard against artifact decks.

Peisistratos on Competitive Modern Mill

1 month ago

everstar123, RainbowKraken, olivertwist I covered up those card.

Flaggofchaos Tailoring your deck for your metagame is what you should do. Bravo!

frogkill45 Thanks for the info!

SurpriZe It happens when your hand force you to play it on turn 1. It is a rare occurrence, however.

aquacode I'm sorry I couldn't read your post in time!

pimplez Thanks! I've made an update.

zga Thanks! I would totally cut some Breaking s in order to make room for Fatal Push . I recommend to leave the rest as it is.

doc_brietz Well said!

Kingpin4life Giving up on Fatal Push in the main surely gives you worse games-1 in some match-ups, but it's totally worth it in most metagames.

Dasein07 I wouldn't make those changes. I argued about the choices a lot in the primer. Give it a read if you need.

zga That card is flawed like Snapcaster Mage is, and about the ability of casting Archive Trap there can be an argument about Trapmaker's Snare being a better card overall, especially when playing Field of Ruin .

VexxValentine on Competitive UB mill modern (2019)

1 month ago

so one thing ive done with my mill deck is i went esper, wub, and used Path to Exile as my main removal while also getting access to all the great white sideboard cards i also have discovered Manic Scribe is less than marginal and using additional Mission Briefing s to abuse the interaction with Archive Trap also during my play testing 4x Mesmeric Orb isnt fully needed because while it does stop alot of aggressive strats you just still end up dying because you dont have interaction hence why i run 2 and then mainboards Echoing Truth and Detention Sphere and i also run Supreme Verdict to make punishing creature decks better

keevel on Psst... Hey, Wanna Glimpse the Unthinkable?

1 month ago

Mission Brief Trap - I've taken my mill obsession probably a bit too far, but you'll find alot of interaction and tricks there

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