Archive Trap


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful 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

Reported on Phenax Mill Deck

2 weeks ago

uJar_Gamer Archive Trap would be wonderful... And frankly you're probably right regarding Glimpse the Unthinkable . I initially included Mind Funeral due to the lower price point and I liked the extra level of suspense playing with my friends. Practically speaking though I think you're correct and if the opportunity comes about I'd love to nab a few!

uJar_Gamer on Phenax Mill Deck

2 weeks ago

I also think Glimpse the Unthinkable would be more effective then Mind Funeral . I would also consider squeezing in a couple of Archive Trap . Or Archive Trap at least in your sideboard~

Miniroux on 52 mill pickup

2 weeks ago

I like the Twincast idea. Have you tried Mission Briefing ? Could re-cast Archive Trap for 0 and the surveil 2 is a nice plus!

abbatromebone on Blue Black Mill - Maralen Trap 1.2

2 weeks ago

Gilbobaggins on 52 mill pickup

3 weeks ago

Twincast copies Archive Trap if fraying sanity is in play and Archive Trap resolves I cast twincast for 52 card mill.

I use the elixir of immortality incase I need to reup my library. But I have noticed i dont use it that often. So eventually I will be swapping it out. Fatal Push will probably be the choice to replace elixir.

As for Mesmeric Orb I dont like the idea of milling myself. Granted it's a nice card.

antacidbrn on Competitive Modern Mill

3 weeks ago

I played a Dimir Mill Deck at 4 different Modern Friday Night Magic events at 4 different game stores, in 4 different states. I could do no better than 2-2 with Mill.

I have played with every card in your list at some point or another.

Here are some general thoughts:

Darkness is cute, but it is only single use and once you surprise them with it once and do not win a turn later, then that is all.

Mesmeric Orb is overrated. It doesn't move fast enough, I'd rather have Mission Briefing or Snapcaster Mage to recur spells in the 2 drop slot.

Archive Trap is your most valuable mill card. The ability to force a search with Field of Ruin or play it for free is killer. If you can run 4x copies of Trapmaker's Snare , you can load up for T3 and T4 blowouts, especially if you have Fraying Sanity down or copies of Archive trap in hand. This is another reason to run Mission Briefing .

If you run Trapmaker's Snare, you can use Mindbreak Trap in your sideboard, 1 copy, to shut down storm. Also Ravenous Trap can be your graveyard removal spell of choice.

Since my Friday Night Magic tour, some interesting spells have appeared for Mill. Drown in the Loch and the new Ashiok come to mind. I have yet to test the deck with these pieces.

clancheek on Scheming in the Loch

1 month ago

@ itachi45 The plan is to use Scheming Symmetry to play Archive Trap and fetch Fraying Sanity , then every mill spell and discard spell is doubled. Now we can use Mission Briefing to play them again. Thats the dream anyway. Thanks for the upvote.

PastorSinnerxr on I Walk the Line of Perfect Symmetry

1 month ago

Flooremoji thank you for the interest! This deck isn't your traditional mill deck lol it wasn't even built with mill in mind infact. It's just Scheming Symmetry & Archive Trap work together so well mill just became a secondary win condition. In older versions of the deck I ran anywhere from 1-4 Glimpse the Unthinkable & they worked well up until Scheming Symmetry was printed anyways Symmetry took over it's spot & I have never looked back honestly. I have thought of a single copy sideboard though pending on the match up it could be good. Thank you very much for taking time to check out my deck!

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Archive Trap occurrence in decks from the last year


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