Jace's Archivist


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 Rare
Commander 2013 Rare
2012 Core Set Rare

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Jace's Archivist

Creature — Vedalken Wizard

, : Each player discards his or her hand, then draws cards equal to the greatest number of cards a player discarded this way.

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Jace's Archivist Discussion

PookandPie on Pain is Cerebral (Nekusar HOD updated)

1 week ago

Collective Defiance seems odd. Do you generally play 1v1 or in multiplayer? Because I feel like Time Spiral is necessary in some manner as I used it with my Nekusar deck to win all in one turn quite a number of times. Time Spiral can easily land you another wheel, so dealing 14-36 damage in one turn is fairly easy since it untaps six of your lands to let you go again, lol.

Dragon Mage but no Jace's Archivist seems odd? The 4 mana difference between them seems to make Archivist a little more attractive in comparison. Both have the downside of needing to have haste or to survive the table for a turn, and Mage's draw 7 is both a blessing and a curse (as you untapping with 12+ cards in hand due to Consecrated Sphinx or something similar can't be abused with Mage, but can be with Archivist). I would also run Archivist over Collective Defiance, which, well, seems lackluster outside of 1v1 play.

goblinguiderevealpls on Nekusar, The Mind Razer

2 weeks ago

Hey @screamer51.

I love nekusar and everything about him, I started building him as soon as he was spoiled, and now have an insanely tuned and budgetless competitive multiplayer edh deck

Anyways, what would I recommend for budget casual constructed?

As you can see by my deck, i learned that nekusar loves Wheel of Fortune and is more of a spellslinger draw theme than zombie tribal.

That being said, if you want to build around the lich king, creatures should be your last priority,

If i were to make a casual nekusar constructed that is effective, i would run things like Reforge the Soul, Liliana's Caress, Time Reversal

In a 20 life format, nekusar only needs 3 "draw 7" or mass loot spells to kill an opponent, and thankfully a majority of these are cheap.

Reforge the Soul

Day's Undoing

Waste Not


Fevered Visions

Wheel of Fate

Burning Inquiry


Whispering Madness

Molten Psyche

Dark Deal

Cerebral Vortex

Winds of Change

Second to wheels and forced draw, nekusar is kind of high cmc for a creature, so things like Nightscape Familiar can help you cast more spells faster, speaking of more spells, grixis has access to a beautiful array of rituals that you can chain into nekusar much earlier than turn 5 and also allow you to cast more wheels after refreshing your hand

The budget rituals include

High Tide

Bubbling Muck

Dark Ritual

Seething Song

Desperate Ritual

Pyretic Ritual

Cabal Ritual

Cards like Geth's Grimoire and Jace's Archivist can easily win you the game if left unchecked, and there are other forms of draw damage in Phyrexian Tyranny Fevered Visions Underworld Dreams Spiteful Visions

As far as cheap counterspells, Arcane Denial is BONKERS cuz it can deal draw damage with its draw, Sign in Blood is a cheap card draw that you can use to draw OR kill opponents by stacking it with nekusar.

Cards that save you from wheels decking you out


Library of Leng

Laboratory Maniac

Other than "wheel" and countermagic, you can also mill opponents with Mindcrank or Sphinx's Tutelage, reanimate wheeled creatures with stuff like Stitch Together, or run discard like Despise or Duress, and Cephalid Coliseum is INSANE as a cheap 1-of in edh, id be scared to see what 3 or 4 could do.

Lastly, a spell decks worst weakmess is CREATURES

now im going to assume you're not going to be slinging Damnation around, but theres tons of budget alternatives in the likely case that opponents will have more creatures than you

Deadly Tempest

Decree of Pain

Extinguish All Hope

And if you're still itching to run creatures even though i would not advise many, here are a few options thar nekusar has liked in the past

Nightscape Familiar

Kederekt Parasite

Sire Of Insanity

Goblin Electromancer

Jace's Archivist

Magus of the Wheel

Magus of the Jar

Fate Unraveler

Master of the Feast

Noggle Ransacker

Whirlpool Warrior

Laboratory Maniac

Hope this helps

tNag552 on Drowning in Drawing

2 weeks ago

I also play a very similar deck to this, I hope my opinion helps you, otherwise, wait for the original author to reply hehe

@ShadyPear I like Dark Deal, helps with the only black requirement when I'm going combo with Waste Not. My deck is easier to go off with only black thanks to Dark Ritual effects and Bubbling Muck.

@TrentenEnder I usually play in at least 4 player table, blocking one out with Exhaustion won't do the trick, I rather have some other control cards available when I decide to start the drawing. Intuition is more expensive than other options, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Mystical Tutor. Could do the trick with Yawgmoth's Will but not sure I have space for that. Cerebral Vortex I like the card, but I don't like going target player. The advantage of this deck is you kill everybody else on the table. I think it's massive damage after a wheel or two is already taken by Molten Psyche. Finally, I'd not change those spells for their respective magus'. Creatures require activation, a whole turn needs to go before they hit and the good thing about wheels is destroying the hands as soon as they are casted. Following this logic I removed Wheel of Fate and Jace's Archivist. Archivist's effect is good and repeatable, but 90% of the time I would not untap with him.

Cooperlogan on Crosis - discard fun

3 weeks ago

Crosis is one of my favorite Generals. He is my main Commamder deck, so I may have a point of advice if you want it. If you want to make the most out of the discarding you have in your deck, and Crosis's ability for that matter, Rackling, Hellfire Mongrel, The Rack, Lavaborn Muse, Wheel of Torture, and Quest for the Nihil Stone are all great cards for capitalizing on mass discard, which this deck is wholly capable of. "Wheel" effects are also great to have in this deck, as sometimes your hand and/or field is full of discard effects, but your opponent has no hand left. I see you already have Windfall, so maybe a few more with the same effect. Dragon Mage, Wheel of Fate, Jace's Archivist, Reforge the Soul, and Magus of the Wheel are all cards capable of this effect. Hope this helps!

Recover819 on Mono-Black Discard Help, please!

3 weeks ago

Yeap, trying to help out where I can.

I don't think you'd like my suggestions for your deck. My version is blue/black with windmill effects like Jace's Archivist

sagegrouse on phenaX Gonna Mill It To Ya

3 weeks ago

Jace's Archivist is a pseudo mill that makes it look like you're being friendly while milling them. Leyline of the Void and Helm of Obedience create a two card BOOP to someone's deck and even gets around them running shuffle clauses.And the Duskmantle Guildmage in your sideboard can be paired with Mindcrank as a two card BOOP as well.Consider using either big butts OR attacking to mill your opponent to death instead of both so you can focus your top decking ability.And since you are running Freed from the Real consider adding some consistency by adding Pemmin's Aura

Best of luck on your deck building, Phenax was my first EDH deck and I still miss it to this day. Happy milling!

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