Jace's Archivist


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) 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

Duke.Fleed on Flameblade Oblivion

3 weeks ago

I wonder if you could cut blue from the deck. It only gives you Jace's Archivist and Shadowstorm Vizier. Though those cards may be good in the deck, you may get more advantage points from cutting down to two colors. You could run cards like Collective Brutality/Faithless Lootingfor more discard and Dark Confidant/Cathartic Reunion to fuel your hand for more discarding.

Scion_of_Darkness on Brain Getting Too Big

1 month ago

If I were building it, I lean more towards Blue for the drawing. Jace's Archivist does everything you want here. Forced Fruition will really keep people on their toes. Spiteful Visions hits you too, but I see that it fills the requirement for , but maybe not 4. I'd run Veinfire Borderpost for that.

Sinken on

1 month ago

Oh, and one more thing! Jace's Archivist is a bit of anti synergy, isn't it? Considering you want your opponents to discard their hands, they will always have less cards than you (if things are going to go according to play), and thus Jace's Archivist will draw them more cards than you. Same goes for both Whispering Madness and Windfall I suppose :)

Herald_of_Eldrazi on Nicol Bolas' annoying bag of schemes

1 month ago

I love the idea of this deck and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip is my favourite commander to play with! I would strongly suggest you throw in more punishment for discarding, like Bloodchief Ascension or the previously mentioned Liliana's Caress. Creature cards that synergise well here too would be Fell Specter for some more discard punishment and Magus of the Wheel as well as Jace's Archivist to force some bulk discard effects. I have a similar deck to this and have found The Locust God helps out quite a lot when you draw cards to pump out a good wall of chump blockers! Hope this help!

Daedalus19876 on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

1 month ago

bmorri9: Jace's Archivist has proven to be AMAZING, mostly for its reusability. Magus of the Wheel isn't BAD, and deserves a slot I think, but isn't one of the strongest performers overall. The issue of them being removed before use is not insignificant, but I find there are generally more worrying threats on the field most of the time.

bmorri9 on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

1 month ago

How have Jace's Archivist and Magus of the Wheel been performing for you? I can't help but think that without haste they would be a little slow. I've been very hesitant to try them out because I am afraid they will die before I can actually use them.

neverbeenafish on

2 months ago

Manabase is way too slow, especially for a 5 colour deck. Needs more ramp spells, mana dorks, and lands that enter untapped.

There are easier ways of casting your whole library than making everything into Maestrom Nexus. Jace's Archivist + Mind Over Matter + any infinite coloured generator (assuming you have your commander out) plays your entire library if you want, or just run with Laboratory Maniac and mill yourself.

Extra combat damage concept is a strange one if you don't have many blockers or ways to stop people from attacking you. Consider Ghostly Prison, Propaganda, and similar effects, as well as curses that make people want to attack the enchanted player (Curse of Predation, Curse of Bounty , etc.). Also run Edric, Spymaster of Trest for the same reason.

Extra turns are always good, but without a win condition they're wasted.

rasck on Budget Lazav, Dimir Mastermind - EDH / Commander

2 months ago

Really nice deck tech - Thanks!
I would consider swapping Lazav, Dimir Mastermind with The Scarab God (came out after this deck tech) as the commander for this deck. Why? Because I think this deck needs more evasion and focus on Lazav, Dimir Mastermind as a Voltron. But the deck tech as is, is spot on for a control build with The Scarab God . You focus on getting cards into the graveyard which is also perfect for The Scarab God and he don't need the evasion. Kill him and he gets back to the hand. Your ETB creatures does not get double effect from Lazav, Dimir Mastermind they do with The Scarab God and Wight of Precinct Six will just get more fun when The Scarab God calls him back as a +4/+4 zombie
The zombie effects from cards like Necromantic Selection, Rise from the Grave, Grave Betrayal, Lim-Dul the Necromancer, Overseer of the Damned fit very well into the The Scarab God theme.
A few budget suggestions:
- Ancient Excavation
- Demon of Dark Schemes
- Fleet Swallower

I'm brewing on a on not so budget deck - with the awful name: It's alive! It's alive!. I have more focus on steal and clone effects than milling, because I feel more in control with that style :-)

Btw. a really evil combo is tapping Jace's Archivist and then flashing in Notion Thief >:)

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