Cranial Archive


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Uncommon

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Cranial Archive


, Exile Cranial Archive: Target player shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library. Draw a card.

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Cranial Archive Discussion

wisegreenbean on Archangeldor

1 month ago

It looks like you're going for a light sweep/reanimator strat, so I'll recommend cards based on thatBurnished Hart, Oreskos Explorer. Dualcaster Mage brings a lot of versatility. Fiend Hunter if you pursue a few more sac outlets. Palace Jailer might be ok regardless. Skullclamp is great in any deck that wants its creatures to die. Stonecloaker for the blink/recursion value, maybe Cranial Archive to also cover the graveyard base without messing you up too badly. Archon of Justice.

If you want blink engines, there's Conjurer's Closet and Angel of Condemnation. Eldrazi Displacer is SUPER close to the price.

Vizier of Deferment is kind of cute, though maybe too situational.

For some hot reanimate/blink targets, Molten Primordial and Luminate Primordial are both pretty nifty.

You have 2 karmic guides.

lukas96 on healing indestructible Artifacts

1 month ago

Altar of Shadows seems preeetty slow.Cathar's Shield does nothing.Cranial Archive does nothing.why do you needGhirapur Orrery?There are better ways for unblockable than Hot Soup, but why do you need to be unblockable?.Trading Post is very versatile but what is he for?You have only two cards to make things indestructible so Worldslayer is a dead card in any other case.

get rid of all the one ofs that cost more than 6 mana, they all do dofferent things and make the deck very inconsistent

KeelHaul10 on Radha or die

5 months ago

Graveyard hate, eh? Burn Away do anything for you? if not, I recommend Mudhole for lands, Cranial Archive for card draw, Phyrexian Furnace is cheap but slow, Thran Foundry, and Watchers of the Dead seem like good choices to sub in. as for cuts, if you feel Vicious Shadows over preforms, then leave it in, but I just don't see how. It's trigger can be mitigated by having a low hand count. Shefet Monitor also could be cut.

All in all, I love your deck, commander needs more beat-down decks like this one rather than the tier 1 combo-crud that's been hitting my meta recently.

jimmynitos on Kami of the Rising Tides II: THE SECOND WAVE

6 months ago

The group draw spells I remember are Font of Mythos, Horn of Greed, Howling Mine, Temple Bell, Fascination, Prosperity, Skyscribing, Windfall and Dictate of Kruphix.

For the graveyard recursion, Cranial Archive and Quest for Ancient Secrets may help.

I have a Kami deck myself that punishes people for having cards in hand, if you want, feel free to look for ideas.

Voltron3030 on I prefer your deck face-up

7 months ago

If you like toying with opponents' yards, look at Geth, Lord of the Vault. It's a little pricey dollar and mana wise but if mana isn't a problem he can be very rude. I would also recommend Mesmeric Orb; it is probably the best mill card in all of EDH in my opinion. Sure, it mills you too, but Psychic Spiral, Cranial Archive, and Elixir of Immortality can save you from that. (Laboratory Maniac will also get the job done,but in my experience, they don't usually stick around long enough.)

I used to run Lazav as a voltron deck because it's pretty easy to make him into something nasty then hit him with Bonehoard, Nighthowler, and/or Trepanation Blade and hit for lethal pretty quick. I ran a bunch of unblockable and double strike enablers to make it even easier.

If keeping your friends isn't something you're worried about, Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker is plain disgusting (also with double strike). Mind Grind is another good group mill card.

Hope some of this helps at the very least. If you're bored you can check out my artifact mill deck on my home page (I can't seem to hyperlink my deck for some reason).

lilgiantrobot on All Aboard!

7 months ago

That is a lot of creatures. Cutting the least impressive ones for better general utility cards is a good start.

With Depala you can run a nice selection of wraths since your vehicles will survive them. I do suggest adding 3-5 of them. Some hard 'destroy all' effects like Fumigate and a Mizzium Mortars or something.

I think Oketra the True and Hazoret the Fervent may help. They're hard to kill, and if they're not 'alive' they still can make tokens, burn opponents, and crew vehicles (why I'm suggesting them over Theros gods - Iroas, God of Victory may be nice though). Sun Titan is another just very good value creature. These aren't 100% need to adds by any means, just some alternative ideas.

A more generic suggestion is more mana rocks. Boros Signet or Fellwar Stone or Boros Cluestone; just some nice, cheap ways to accelerate your deck more. If you are drawing a lot of vehicles or dwarves, more ways to cast them is good! It will also help you look deeper in your deck. One nice thing is your deck average card cost is really low right now.

I'm also a fan of effects like Cranial Archive/Perpetual Timepiece/Elixir of Immortality. You can use them to mess up opponents gy strategies, or to recycle your cards if there's a wipe and just try to Depala them back into your hand.

Geralf_Cecani on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

9 months ago

Kaho, Minamo Troll

Commander / EDH Geralf_Cecani


@Entari0, I don't play Golgari much, but now I can definitly see the appeal.

As telling you what you did right is kinda pointless as you probably already know, I shall now proceed to tell you what i think you did wrong. (MWAHAHAHAH ahem)

Speaking as a Rakdos, Lord of Riots main, you need to work on flyers. You only have one that is a decent size, Rune-Scarred Demon, that apparently you're going to remove (yes, I know Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest gets real big, real quick, but still...). Against a deck that mains flyers, your gonna have real trouble. Just throw in a couple of spiders and you'll be fine.

Another problem that you've probably thought of is graveyard hate. This stuff usually comes in the form of artifacts: think Tormod's Crypt, Cranial Archive and Relic of Progenitus. You should run artifact removal more that just World Breaker, Krosan Grip and Petrify.

I think you should throw in some more retrace, the others aren't as good as Worm Harvest but they're all right. Delirium is a decent mechanic, same as landfall (think Rampaging Baloths).

That's about it I think. I obviously haven't played the deck so I can't provide more than just superficial tips.

Argy on Neheb, the Worthy - Jimmy | Game Knights #6

10 months ago

You're kidding, right?

There are so many ways to get your Opponent to shuffle their deck whenever you want.

I'll list some.

Boggart Forager
Cranial Archive
Krosan Reclamation
Lantern of Insight
Learn from the Past
Memory's Journey
Mnemonic Nexus
Soldier of Fortune
Stream of Consciousness
Surgical Extraction
Thran Foundry

My play group is brutal and packs just about all of these cards.

There's no way they are just gonna let you fetch out part of your winning combo with Vampiric Tutor or Enlightened Tutor.

If your play group lets you get away with it, consider yourself lucky.

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