Cranial Archive

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Uncommon

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Cranial Archive

Artifact

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

Cranial Archive Discussion

wisegreenbean on DOG MOM

6 months ago

anything that 'stores a draw' seems like a good inclusion. The Mind Stone and Commander's Sphere life sounds gud, but maybe even Chromatic Sphere and Chromatic Star might be worth your time to get your hand artificially empty quickly, and be able to sippy cup your cards back to hand at your leisure. Those might be extreme examples, but certainly anything with utility like Cranial Archive or Relic of Progenitus seems aces. Hedron Archive , Magnifying Glass , Pyrite Spellbomb , Scrabbling Claws , Silent Gravestone are a few other reasonable effects in that style.

Identics on Meren the Regurgitator

9 months ago

I like elixir however I think Perpetual Timepiece will get you more mileage than Cranial Archive I use it in my Muldrotha deck and it literally is a powerhouse.

mdnght on Meren the Regurgitator

9 months ago

Going to throw those into my sideboard and try them out. Might swap Necromancy for Dread Return since I have a lot of sac engines, it combos better with Kokusho and I have plenty of sac engines already. I kind of rely on Deadbridge Chant atm as I don't have a lot of options to mill myself.

Added Elixir of Immortality and Cranial Archive to sideboard in case opponent is running Tormund/Bajouka.

Darth_Savage on Shuffle Lockdown

9 months ago

It's conditional and would need some setup but Invasive Surgery would make sense in your sideboard, particularly against Faithless Looting decks. Cranial Archive or Quest for Ancient Secrets might also work. Field of Ruin is unconditional, booth players must shuffle, Ghost Quarter lets your opponent decide. Stream of Consciousness does what you want, but if you were willing to splash green Memory's Journey is better and you have access to Riftsweeper and Unravel the Aether, the last is worth considering since you don't have enchantment/artifact removal.

Isochron Scepter, might be useful, also Boomerang and Eye of Nowhere can bounce lands, or anything else which is a good stalling tactic. Last thought Blessed Reincarnation is probably better than Commit / Memory, and hits twice. Hope this helps, have fun brewing your deck.

Skinken on For I have become God, Bringer of Life and Death

1 year ago

Cool deck. However there are some inclusions i find very odd.

The bouncelands are very bad from my experience. Its a tapped land, but you cant play it turn 1, where you would usually want tapped lands. You also have to tap for both types of mana at once. All this for the added slight card advantage. Not worth it in my experience. Usually you only include them as budget dual lands, but the budget does not seem to be your main concern. I would just replace them with basics.

I dont understand what Athreos, God of Passage does for the deck. Fun card, but when all your creatures are fatties you are not gonna get more than 5 or so triggers in a reasonable amount of time. It's in your three-drop slot, the time you most likely wanna jam your commander. Giving your opponents the choice to return the creature to your hand might actually hurt you quite a bit.

Is decking an issue? Is steady mill viable in your meta? Otherwise I dont understand Elixir of Immortality. I guess you might once in a while want to shuffle back Omniscience but that's not worth a card slot. Especially when you can play Mistveil Plains. If you want protection against mill (for some reason), I would suggest just adding an eldrazi titan or alternatively Cranial Archive, as that card also serves as GY hate, or cycles at worst.

Coool deck though, +1 from me ;)

KongMing on Fastest Gun in the East

1 year ago

Okay, so I have some more suggestions, lol...

Leyline of Anticipation lets you cast any of your spells before blockers are declared. Whooo!

Goblinslide and Quiet Contemplation are amazing in Narset. You're already casting a bunch of spells for free, why not use your mana to get more out of it? And hey, let's throw a Sphinx-Bone Wand on top of it, because why not?

Other cards that have to do with the deck-graveyard-exile filter engine I mentioned earlier: Elixir of Immortality, Harvest Pyre, Dig Through Time, Quest for Ancient Secrets, Cranial Archive, and Jace, the Living Guildpact. Lots of cards like these, these are just the ones I run.

joefantana on help with a mono black ...

1 year ago

all those cards are nice, thanks. gonna cut Cranial Archive for the Perpetual Timepiece since it can leave the noncreatures for the delve of Murderous Cut, added in the Phyrexian Ragers, and ill have to get some Nighthowlers i swore i had a couple. also found some Dismembers and threw them in and take the slot for priciest card.

probably gonna get 2 of the Phyrexian Delver also.

Thanks guys

joefantana on help with a mono black ...

1 year ago

i'm trying to make a mostly creature mill deck with 4 Liliana's Indignation with Elixir of Immortality and/or a few Cranial Archive to do it all over again. so far other than those i have Grave Strength to use on a couple Revenant some Dusk Legion Zealot for creature based draw, and a few Sign in Blood

looking for some additions, this is hopefully gonna be a fun deck i plan for a few kill spells, but i wanna keep it mono black, and not terribly expensive if possible.

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