Argivian Archaeologist

Argivian Archaeologist

Creature — Human Artificer

(White)(White), Tap: Return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Antiquities (ATQ) Rare

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Format Legality
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Casual Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Argivian Archaeologist Discussion

hkhssweiss on Oh, You Wanted to Play Magic?

1 year ago

Yeah I would cut those cards, as the main point of the deck by what you are doing so far is to play cards from your opponent. Having an artifact sub theme is good, but in the way in having mana and accelerating your boardstate. You can also add in a Master Transmuter to protect or cheat out your artifacts as well.

With paradox engine out on the field you can gain an incredible amount of mana, so I would focus on tutors as well as card advantage. Engines like Mystic Remora as well as Necropotence will be great, the latter being said though would require a good mana base to get the triple black efficiently. Cantrips are also good for filtering and card draw, some staples include Ponder , Preordain , Brainstorm for the basic one drop spells. If you don't like one shot cards than run more effects like Windfall to refill your hand.

Some additional cards that would be great for Sen are also cards like Delay , Remand , Unsubstantiate , Evacuation , Hurkyl's Recall , Snap . All of these types of cards allow you to remove threats and play them again when you take control of their hands.

For recursion based cards you also have cards like Argivian Find , Argivian Archaeologist , Hannah, Ship's Navigator, Faith's Reward in the case of people popping everything or preventative measures. You can also consider a subtheme of adding in planeswalker, as they are generally hard to deal with, and especially with the next set coming out, there are plenty of great choices to choose from.

Here are a list of cards you can consider cutting in my opinion:

Hope that helps!

NensouHiebara on Balan, Equipment Voltron

1 year ago


A non-foil version of this deck would cost around $900. Lower if you shop around for deals.

Dropping the more expensive cards, like Argivian Archaeologist and Mana Crypt would decrease that price even further.

bimjowen on EDH: Brimaz, King of Stax (PRIMER)

2 years ago

lamocomp1, haha you're absolutely right. Unfortunately, Mono-White doesn't have a lot of options for draw and recursion so we have to rely on some expensive staples such as Argivian Archaeologist :(

NensouHiebara on Balan, Equipment Voltron

2 years ago


Treasure Hunter and Salvage Scout are good budget replacements for Argivian Archaeologist. Restoration Specialist is also an option if enchantment recursion is desired.


Eternal Dragon is a card that does a handful of small, helpful things, relying on the utility it offers than raw power:

  • It's a tutor for a Basic if I'm missing a land drop. Never disappointing to see it in the opening hand.
  • It's a tutor for Mistveil Plains.
  • Provides an inconsequential shuffle effect to refresh my library for Sensei's Divining Top.
  • It's a 5/5 flier in a pinch. Great base body for Equipment.

Eternal Dragon is an underwhelming creature by today's standards, but it does just enough for me to keep it around.


What you should be scared of is Stoneforge Mystic being unbanned in Modern, and the price spikes that will result from it. I've had this nagging feeling that this unban is close. And if it happens, Sword of Fire and Ice will be the first Sword on everyone's radar and can easily jump past $100 from hype alone.

Regardless, WotC has been gun-shy with powerful Equipment since New Phyrexia. The likelihood of a reprint making the Swords' prices tank is minuscule. Their power level from a Standard perspective is so high it causes nosebleeds and strong, efficient Equipment are problematic in Limited environments. It's hard to see the Swords be reprinted outside of another Masters set, which won't affect their prices that much anyway.

Buying the Swords now seems very low-risk IMO. At worst, their prices hover around the same value for the foreseeable future. At best, they explode from Modern hype.


Mana Crypt is an overglorified second Sol Ring, and can be substituted with pretty much any good mana rock. It's one of those cards that you use it if you have it and not worth the money to acquire one unless you really want it.


Rafiq of the Many is a pretty powerful Voltron option. He's a 3-turn clock with just the exalted trigger, and doesn't need much more to tighten that clock. Green and Blue open up access to stronger ramp, countermagic, card draw, and a plethora of other utility cards.

TCG-Player on Balan, Equipment Voltron

2 years ago

I am finally about to build this awsome deck ^^ hype hype

But I have a few questions first:
- What would you recomend playing instead of Argivian Archaeologist for people without an unlimited budget?
- How good is Eternal Dragon?
- I do not own a Sword of Fire and Ice or a Sword of Light and Shadow yet and i am kinda sacred that they will be reprinted in the near future. What would you advice to avoid loss of money there? Invest in Masterpieces? Wait to buy them?
- What is your opinion on replacing Mana Crypt with Dowsing Dagger as a budget/power decreasing cut?

And one off-topic question:
- What do you think of Rafiq of the Many as a Voltron Commander?

Thank you in advance :)

CyborgAeon on

2 years ago

In order to make the deck comply with basic EDH laws, sol ring has been added.


-Sol Ring

-Lotus Petal

-Lion's Eye Diamond

-Chromatic Star

-Chromatic Sphere

-Swords to Plowshares


-Argivian Archaeologist

-Auriok Salvagers


-Weathered Wayfarer

-Kor Castigator

-Reckless Bushwhacker

-Kor Bladewhirl

-1x Mountain

-1x Plains

-Open the Armory

-Stone Haven Outfitter

-Akoum Battlesinger

Unfortunately, the build is veering more and more away from allies, towards boros eggs, abusing ally synergy, without much actually in the way of winning through ally beats. Not the original intention, but I'm trying to keep it as on theme, while actually giving it any semblance of a competitive deck.

NensouHiebara on Balan, Equipment Voltron

2 years ago


Argivian Archaeologist can be substituted with Salvage Scout, or Restoration Specialist if your build has more enchantments in it.


It's usually recommended that you bite the bullet and acquire the Mirran Swords. Their combined protections and damage triggers make them highly unique Equipment, with little to no options available as budget replacements.


Batterskull and Umezawa's Jitte are in a similar situation as the Swords: they're unique Equipment without equal. Any Equipment that offer large P/T boosts can be used in their stead, but you should eventually acquire them as well.


Mana Crypt is an overglorified second Sol Ring. It's not essential for anything outside of explosive early games. Any preferred mana rock can take its place.


Sensei's Divining Top is at a relatively cheap price since its Legacy banning. If it's still too much for your budget, Crystal Ball provides repeatable scrying.


Dust Bowl can be replaced with any other Strip Land.


Mikokoro, Center of the Sea can be replaced with:

Hc_Clan on Delivery (Bruna, The Fading Light)

3 years ago

Oh yeah, you're totally right about Iona, that's good to know!

If I didn't have a budget and wanted to upgrade the deck further I would probably add more ramp (Mana Crypt, Mana Vault), the swords would be really good to have as well (Sword of Fire and Ice, Sword of Feast and Famine). I would also definitely add some of the really old, broken white cards that are on the reserve list like Argivian Archaeologist and Loyal Retainers. I may also add more control elements like Peacekeeper. Basically, with the exception of the artifacts, the goal is to play cards that we can recur with our commander, Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Karmic Guide, etc. in order to get more value out of those cards since we're dealing with a color that has limited card draw.

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