Mastermind's Acquisition


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

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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) None

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Mastermind's Acquisition


Choose one -

*Search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

*Choose a card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand.

Mastermind's Acquisition Discussion

spellmaster on Mill yourself by turn 5 (Jace's Graveyard)

1 day ago

Also, if anyone has a problem with Unmoored Ego in their meta, a sneaky way to get around that is to play a copy of Mastermind's Acquisition and substitute it for a Jace, Wielder of Mysteries , then snag it from your sideboard.

Daedalus19876 on Black Plague, On The Rocks: Yawgmoth EDH [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

Perfect_Phyrexia: Mastermind's Acquisition 's second mode doesn't work in EDH. There's no sideboard or "outside the game" in the official EDH rules (which my group plays under). I'm not overly interested in further infect, to be honest? It's definitely a secondary/tertiary wincon, since it generally requires investing 18+ black mana before it wins.

Poly_raptor: Ooh, I do like that... Lemme think on it :) at the very least it's extremely flavorful.

Perfect_Phyrexia on Black Plague, On The Rocks: Yawgmoth EDH [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

Have you considered swapping out something like Rite of Belzenlok for Mastermind's Acquisition or a more expensive $ tutor? Mastermind's Acquisition can fetch the Rite from your collection and lets you use a sideboard for stax hoser cards and things like Deathgrip . I'd also recommend Glistening Oil and Grafted Exoskeleton for more infect if you feel like you want to run more. They are re-useable and if you are going for infect I feel like you should just go for it. Its going to tilt people regardless. The Blight Dragon has haste and would be a solid addition as well.

Scheer218 on cEDH Urza, High Lord Artificer

2 weeks ago

Hey, I just had a general EDH question about the Karn lock. I thought in EDH there are no sideboards so Karn, the Great Creator 's ability couldn't tutor for Mycosynth Lattice . Similarly to how Mastermind's Acquisition can only use the first part as if it were a Diabolic Tutor . Have I been misinformed or can he definitely search for Lattice?

I used to play a $500 budget Doomsday Grenzo and I had a second copy of Doomsday so for budget reasons I ran Mastermind's Acquisition just as an additional tutor that I believed could still find Doomsday (my extra copy) because we have a lot of preator's grasp going around in my meta, just to slightly help consistency and add a bit of resilience in my meta. I was told by multiple players that it can't search for cards outside of the game unless a card has been exiled face up, but never by a judge, so i honestly do not know.

burferking on Giving Good People Bad Permanents

1 month ago

Oh, now I understand why you have some expansive cards like Three Visits ! You play online! Of all the players that I asked if I could search in my sideboard with Mastermind's Acquisition , all said «yes», but I never actually tutored outside a deck's library. I asked to see what kind of players they were and it was also to do some politics (to make them wonder what I'd tutor and «get in their head») lol. I asked a judge for the «layers» and was told those rules are in the section 613 of the comprehensive rules. I went only for the part intriguing us. From what I understood, you do have to check the order of the cards when their continuous effects contradict each other. They call that the «timestamp order», but if 2 layers enter at the same time, «dependancy» is checked. Usually the last effect «wins».

You could add some wheel effects in your game to make it harder for your opponents to find responses once you have set a winning combo. Many are in the chaos list I posted, like Teferi's Puzzle Box .

Since a couple of your cards change life, I would have suggested to add Platinum Emperion , but you wrote that you are avoiding pillowforting in this deck. It could be something to tutor with Living Wish , Death Wish (and regain the life lost with Tainted Sigil or Children of Korlis ) or Mastermind's Acquisition in your sideboard if you're in deep shit? haha

hellokitty6666666666666 on Giving Good People Bad Permanents

1 month ago

hey burferking, thanks for the input

you may be right about things like the Abyssal Persecutor abilities, i'll have to report back to you once i see it happen. i play on mtgo, so i'll see how that goes

your deck looks great, and i completely agree with you about the deck being casual. i like it for what it is as well. i usually play a lot of durdly-pillowfort-grouphug type decks, so this is just a slightly more chaotic take on what i'm usually already doing.

as for the card suggestions, i don't know how i forgot Homeward Path , i'll be adding that in asap.

Demonic Tutor will definitely go in once i get it on mtgo. it's a few dollars and i just haven't gotten around to buying it. i do wanna keep the tutors to a minimum, so i probably won't add more than that replacement. however, Mastermind's Acquisition is functionally the same card as Diabolic Tutor in commander. unless your playgroup allows you access to a wishboard i suppose

burferking on Giving Good People Bad Permanents

1 month ago

You may like Homeward Path to regain your creatures, Aminatou, the Fateshifter or any card in this list List of EDH Chaos Cards copy + suggestions for chaos. I also recommand much more tutors, especially Demonic Tutor and Mastermind's Acquisition , since they are stricly better than Diabolic Tutor . I' m taking note for Goldnight Castigator , but find it dangerous for oneself!

WUBRG87 on The Queen of Corpses

1 month ago

skillz2125, so true. Especially the good ones like: Demonic Tutor , Vampiric Tutor and the most expensive of them all: Imperial Seal . The best one I own is Diabolic Intent but that's in another deck. I suppose Corpse Harvester is, and he's obviously in here but thats on a creature. Other than that though, I have Diabolic Tutor and Razaketh's Rite and Mastermind's Acquisition available but theyre so expensive CMC wise. And I wouldnt even know what to cut for them.

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Mastermind's Acquisition occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%


All decks: 0.1%