Hieroglyphic Illumination


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper Legal

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Amonkhet Common

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Hieroglyphic Illumination


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Cycling (, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Hieroglyphic Illumination Discussion

Manfrudo on Izzet Aggro (AKH)

5 hours ago

Thanks a lot BeachLA! i completely forgot about Collective Defiance and Hieroglyphic Illumination, those can do wonders in this deck.

BeachLA on Izzet Aggro (AKH)

1 day ago

You should really start from duo lands i suppose. Getting that playset of spirebluff canals isn't very bad deal right now, cause kaladesh will be in standard for years now. Also then you could play a smaller land amount and not drown in them. If you like to play in colors for those, i recommend to get them. You should also watch Collective Defiance since its very cheap and great in this kind of deck. I would also cut those cathartic reunions, since you are playing blue you can use better card draw spells, like Glimmer of Genius and Hieroglyphic Illumination for example. And you have those Bedlam Revelers to refill your hand too

I Like the idea of this deck since i like to play too!

Hope you had some help! :D

Adamram1985 on I want to ride my tri(cycle)

2 days ago

Made a few changes. I am trying the 2-2split of?Cathartic Reunion and Tormenting Voice finally updated the goblin into Ruthless Sniper and added in Hieroglyphic Illumination

idiotbane on UW COntrol AKH

4 days ago

I've never liked Hieroglyphic Illumination over Glimmer of Genius. The way I see it, if you have to cycle your four mana draw spell, something has already gone horribly wrong.

Your win-condition suite is pretty weak. 4x Torrential Gearhulk is pretty much baseline, but today's aggro and midrange decks can come back from a near defeat, even after you resolve a fat Pull from Tomorrow. For this reason, it's worth running 6-10 win-conditions in the main board, with a couple different options in the sideboard. That way, you can slam the door shut on your opponent without giving them a chance to recover.

CoreGon on Esper Cycling

6 days ago

After playtesting a similiar brew, I'm not sold on Drake haven or Faith of the Devoted in this deck... I think Archfiend of Ifnir and Curator of Mysteries actually want more cheap cyclers to enable their payoffs more than the deck wants another payoff in the form of the enchantments. Removing them for more versatile and cheap cyclers also allows you to reduce the land count by on or two.

In place of the enchantments, I'd suggest trying a few Hieroglyphic Illuminations as both another source of card draw and cheap () cycling. I'd also recommend a couple copies of Grasp of Darkness and Essence Scatter for more ways to deal with Gods, other big creatures, and Felidar Guardian. You may even be able to cut a copy of Anguished Unmaking at that point. Lastly I think I'd recommend a couple Negates.

Just my thoughts! Maybe you've found your shell to be better at utilizing the enchantments but I've found Archfiend and Curator can beat down well enough on their own backed up by more spells!

SGTLightbrite79 on Amonkhet Draft Archetype discussion

1 week ago

U/B Cycling

Archfiend of Ifnir and Curator of Mysteries look like great bomb rares for the archetype. Shadow of the Grave looks like a rare you get late in the draft that offers great value for this deck.

I feel like Faith of the Devoted and Drake haven are great build around enchantments.

Horror of the Broken Lands is a decent curve topper that cycles for cheap and Hekma Sentinels offer a nice mid game threat.

Scarab Feast, Censor, Hieroglyphic Illumination, and Compelling Argument all cycle for one mana. It makes me wonder if Grixis is a viable option with the ability to fill the graveyard with instants and sorceries.

Warfire Javelineer, Flameblade Adept, and Enigma Drake look like good additions to the deck if you go three colors, or even U/R. I feel like blue is the main color that makes this Archetype work.