Hieroglyphic Illumination


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Common

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Hieroglyphic Illumination


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Hieroglyphic Illumination Discussion

Arvail on Jace UoS v. Revelation for ...

1 day ago

@ArchonBlue - That's pretty terrible advice. I'm sure OP opted for Modern because they prefer the format or are looking for a long-term investment.

your deck is currently extremely budget for modern. If you're looking for improvements, I'd suggest not running 3x Rev. It's extremely greedy. Most optimized lists run none. For card draw, I'd consider Hieroglyphic Illumination instead. You can throw it away early or use it to grind late. When you upgrade your deck to have 4x Terminus, you can set up a miracle on your opponent's turn with the cycling. Still, that plan only gets to be reliable once you can use Mind Sculptor to set the play up. Still, illumination is a deceptively good card. I'd actually rate it higher than Glimmer of Genius.

For the current near future, I'd work to acquire as many of the powerful answers that the deck relies on. This means Cryptics, Paths, etc. first. I would then worry about win cons and lands. Those two you can afford to build on budget. UW is a deck based around fighting for inches. None of your powerful win cons will matter if you can't reasonably stop people from going off first. Right now, I'd consider 1x Timely Reinforcements in the main along with some number of Wall of Omens. Those are cheap pickups that will allow you to buy some time. Oust and Condemn are also adequate.

Boza on $23 Budget UW Control (Modern)

1 month ago

There is a lot of anti-creature cards, way too many. -3 guard duty, -3 oust, -3 azorious charm. +4 Augur of Bolas + 2 Oblivion Ring + 3 Hieroglyphic Illumination + 1 Negate. Rely more on the wrath for mass removal and card advantage.

Asder on Smug Bastard (Niv-Mizzet, Parun)

3 months ago

why is Cerebral Vortex in there? surely Divination Glimmer of Genius Hieroglyphic Illumination and Think Twice are all better options. maybe its a meta thing and there's a Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain in the playgroup or something but outside of that I'm not sure why it is there.

Vaughntastic147 on Mono U Standard Tempo Mill

3 months ago

Pull from Tomorrow feels like a much better choice over Hieroglyphic Illumination If you're paying that much mana for 2 cards, might as well pay a little more and get a few more. Of course there is the cycle ability, but I feel ripping a huge Pull would be rather satisfying.

Tarkshya on Mono U Standard Tempo Mill

3 months ago

Hence Disallow Galestrike and Baral's Expertise in the sideboard to do better vs aggro decks. Perhaps I should put in some Essence Scatter as well-- it's true Vine Mare is pretty annoying. Yes, it does seem like your deck is geared towards aggro decks, but not weenie aggro, just aggro where you can counter their big stuff (stompy). Kumena's Awakening seems good with Psychic Corrosion but unless you get it late game you are just giving them answers to kill you faster. Also, without Hieroglyphic Illumination or Blink of an Eye what exactly do you do with your deck vs a deck that doesn't play something on their turn you can counter? Save up your lands for nothing? Nice deck tho. I will also consider Compelling Argument

TriusMalarky on New Perspectives/Approach

3 months ago

Definitely go up to 2 or 3 Approach at least, and because of the fact that New Perspectives works so well with Cycling I'm assuming at least 15-20 of your cards can be Cycled(using Cast Out, Hieroglyphic Illumination, and the lands such as Irrigated Farmland, etc.)

The thing is, if you are running 4 each of Cast Out, Censor, and Hieroglyphic Illumination, and running 22 lands(taking 2 out for 2 more Approach) you have an almost guaranteed chance to get the lands to get a t6 New Perspectives. Running Curator of Mysteries and Compelling Argument also add more 1-mana Cycle effects, maybe using 1-2 Opt if you have space, Countervailing Winds because it's a decent counterspell, and depending on your colors using Archfiend of Ifnir, Shefet Monitor, and Haze of Pollen(as well as the Amonkhet Cycling duals) can give you an easier path to victory. On the side, Archfiend and Curator are alternate win cons as they are decent sized flyers for the mana.

On the side, I'd run 1-2 copies of Abandoned Sarcophagus as it can let you utilize cards like Cast Out and Haze of Pollen that you cycled earlier in the game to get another handle on the game. Also use that one card that cycles and gives you 2 life, that can help seal the deal against your opponent.

I personally might consider using the M19(if you're playing Standard with this deck, which I assume you are) card that mimics Sphinx's Tutelage. 1, maybe 2 copies add yet another win con that can easily crush your opponent with a New Perspectives on the field.

ltorin on Mono U Standard Tempo Mill

3 months ago

Hey I'm a bit newer and have slowly been building this deck in MTG Arena, still dont have the full list yet.

Why is Hieroglyphic Illumination so much better than Divination? Also Secrets of the Golden City is a thing, seems like a just a better Divination.

Is the cycling really that much better? Also I haven't unlocked all my censors yet, but I find them hard to play as a counter, the cycling in this instance feels like it works super well though!

Great deck! Even in its incomplete state I'm having a blast. Unfortunately people usually concede before I actually get their last card :^).

Tarkshya on Mono U Standard Tempo Mill

4 months ago

Having said all that, I ended up changing the deck a bit, added a board wipe -- River's Rebuke , a extra Hieroglyphic Illumination, and one Patient Rebuilding along with a Syncopate. I took out the Seer of the Last Tomorrow so unfortunately you can't block the 1/1 attackers, but you probably lose to that type of deck anyway. Thanks for the suggestion ToeJam!

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