Jace's Archivist


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders 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

KeelHaul10 on Wheel and Deal

2 days ago

I love the Waste Not / Liliana's Caress combo with Jace's Archivist. Does your mana base function properly with 40 lands? You've got a ton of mana rocks and high cmc, but im curious how well it functions

frusciante7 on Another thread asking for help ...

1 week ago

Well for the deckbuilding process I basically go like this :

  • Find a commander that inspires me or that I own to save money (got quite a lot of expensive cards being a Modern player), not paying much attention to the colors tbh.
  • Find cards I'd like to play for their effects, whether they follow a common strategy or not.
  • Go check what other people built, add the cards I like from there.
  • Get lost in the amount of possibilities and switch to another deck.
  • Restart the process.

I'm definitely an indecisive person even though I most of the time can help the people around tune their decks to fit the mana curve/mechanics/synergies. The problem is more sticking to a strategy and making it work rather than building the deck.

Example : for my The Mimeoplasm deck, I started off with cool fun interactive cards like Jace's Archivist, Dark Deal or even Ill-Gotten Gains. I find them fun.

Then I go check EDHREC and I see really strong interactions. From there I don't know if casting Fascination for 5 mana with X=3 would be better than casting a Lord of Extinction.

So I stand between two/three builds and can't choose any one of them because everything seems strong to me.

kasual on Nekusar Spin to Win

1 week ago

Entrei, I originally had Temple Bell in the deck, but the problem is that it draws 1 card at a time, and gives opponents the chance to draw answers, if they're not tapped out. I agree on Guttersnipe, I'm gonna try out Jace's Archivist instead even though its a bit slow. I'm trying to stay away from things to protect Nekusar, since the enchantments are the primary win-cons and Nekusar is fairly easy to remove. Hive Mind is good, but I don't want another 6-drop in the deck. I'll test it out in place of MoM though.

moogleman94, Notion Thief is great with wheels since it'll leave everyone else with an empty hand, and you could easily chain wheels into a lab man win. But I agree that there are times that it shouldn't be played.

Lilbrudder on Yidris

2 weeks ago

You may be able to trigger it, but even then its very low impact. If you want great budget cards for your archetype you definitely need Jace's Archivist and Notion Thief. Thief is incredibly good Winds of Change to essentially mind twist the table while drawing 20+ cards. It would seem the cards you need the most are cheap tutors Lim-Dul's Vault, Mystical Tutor, Bring to Light, Dark Petition and pain lands like Yavimaya Coast. Color fixing with your mana base is going to be very tough. Fellwar Stone is great. Most the cards I the cards I am suggesting would simply be great for all 3 brews.

Peanut3181 on Leovold's elf army

3 weeks ago

A Leovold Elf deck huh, not really the direction I would go with that crazy ability but I respect you going for what you want. You got some neat combos in here. My only issue with this deck is the lack of card draw. One board wipe will ruin all of your plans. Again you have some, but I would put in a lot more. Without cards in hand, you can't poop out elves like you want to. Shamanic Revelation, Recurring Insight, Edric, Spymaster of Trest gives massive card advantage to you, and only you. take out Time Reversall because it is a one time use, and Jace's Archivist becuase it's too slow. You are in blue, so I think Howling Mine is somewhat pointless in giving your opponents another card Cryptolith Rite is just sweet! and Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is another Ezuri, Renegade Leader

Glimpse of Nature is simply bonkers. Which is why it is so widely used in legacy. Since you have so many tutors why not play Natural Order instead of Diabolic Tutor. Nothing like crapping out a ton of elves and landing a hoof on turn 4. Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury seems ridiculous in value instead of Tezzeret.

For your removal I would take out Isochron Sceptor unless you plan on putting in Seedborn Muse and more 2 mana counterspells like Remand or Arcane Denial. Abrupt Decay is a good card, but not in this format. I would use Beast Within. and I agree with the comment above, Rapid Hybridization and Pongify give great value. or for protection why not use Propaganda or No Mercy

Overall, great deck man. the only thing I would do is maybe take out 1 or 2 of your combos and go for some more utility (card draw and removal specifically). The longer I play commander the more I realize how much utility I need in my decks to keep it chugging along.

StaticVoid on Kekusar

3 weeks ago

Brodster123 yeah he was originally in the list, but was cut for better cards that synergize with the commander better, such as Jace's Archivist and Kederekt Parasite

Lilbrudder on Paradox Scepter is the Bomb...er...man?

1 month ago

Washaun: This is an all in combo deck so Selvala is probably a little too slow for this particular decklist. However, she is a powerhouse. I view her as an autoinclude in a midrange hatebear (i.e Leovold, Emissary of Trest, Notion Thief, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben; Aven Mindcensor) list that would also include cards like Training Grounds, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip, Jace's Archivist, Birthing Pod,Captain Sissay, and maybe even Yisan, the Wanderer Bard. The midrange list would be better against stax decks but a turn or two slower on average.

The core engine shell is very strong and relatively compact. It can be adapted to a wide range of GUxx generals and playstyles with ease

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