Quest for Ancient Secrets


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon

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Quest for Ancient Secrets


Whenever a card is put into your graveyard from anywhere, you may put a quest counter on Quest for Ancient Secrets.

Remove five quest counters from Quest for Ancient Secrets and sacrifice it: Target player shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library.

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Quest for Ancient Secrets Discussion

Piogre on Damia, Sage of Timmy

1 month ago

"I would only use it to untap. I'm a good person" -- That's what I'm afraid of. Mind Over Matter is a degenerate combo with Damia for this precise reason. Tapping down lands and creatures is rude but doesn't have nearly the capacity for oppression.

Speaking of Oppression, Oppression. You get hurt by it a lot less than your opponents.

Speaking of getting hurt, I'd recommend some heavy changes to your "protection" category:

-You don't have enough artifacts to make Darksteel Forge good. Ditch it.

-Gaea's Blessing only shuffles your yard in if you mill it. Ditch it. Replace it with Kozilek, Butcher of Truth or Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

-Similarly, Elixir of Immortality, Mnemonic Nexus and Quest for Ancient Secrets aren't worth a card. Use Learn from the Past and Repopulate instead; they replace themselves. Those with Laboratory Maniac and the Eldrazi titan should be enough. Throw in an Eternal Witness if you're still concerned. Heck, throw it in anyway; it's a good card.

Once you have a more refined list, hit me up -- I have some of these cards just lying around.

EDIT: Almost forgot, you're going to want The Gitrog Monster

chadsansing on Phenax Mill

2 months ago

I love mill.

Mesmeric Orb + Quest for Ancient Secrets might be pretty awesome in EDH.

Have you tested with Sands of Delirium?

Would your play group be okay with either the Helm of Obedience + Leyline of the Void combo or the Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank combo?

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger might be useful, too.

Have fun with this one!

mishap on Goatmum goes Epic

2 months ago

Going to try removing the tokens + mass death package because it's clumsy and unfun. No more:

Substituting in some more interactive cards:

Also testing:

Search for azcanta for Quest for Ancient Secrets

chadsansing on Mirko Vosk, god of mill

3 months ago

I love mill - nice list!

You could also borrow a zombie-mill subtheme from a deck like Black/Blue Zombie Mill EDH by PwnsGuitar. If you can make a ton of zombies per turn (say, with Liliana, the Last Hope), then something like Altar of the Brood also becomes a viable addition to the deck.

Fraying Sanity might be a good to include, and I like how Mesmeric Orb works with Quest for Ancient Secrets, if you want to try out that wombo-combo.

I agree with Leyline of the Void suggestion from NV_1980.

Maybe Crypt Incursion for value.

Finally, if you can find some fetches to include in the deck - any of them that fetch blue or black or a basic - they help Hedron Crab a lot. Terrain Generator is good for the same reason.

Happy brewing!

chadsansing on Mill of Meletis

4 months ago

I love mill. This is a pretty sweet take on it without any black cards.

Would you consider a mainboard Mesmeric Orb with something like a Gaea's Blessing and a Quest for Ancient Secrets in there, and maybe a Fraying Sanity?

jimmynitos on Kami of the Rising Tides II: THE SECOND WAVE

8 months ago

The group draw spells I remember are Font of Mythos, Horn of Greed, Howling Mine, Temple Bell, Fascination, Prosperity, Skyscribing, Windfall and Dictate of Kruphix.

For the graveyard recursion, Cranial Archive and Quest for Ancient Secrets may help.

I have a Kami deck myself that punishes people for having cards in hand, if you want, feel free to look for ideas.

blackhawk22 on Sidisi's Zombie Arsenal

1 year ago

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver Isn't really a mill card. more of a take over card. Same with Nightveil Specter.Siren of the Silent Song is not good mill, and not a good creature for a 3 drop.Monastery Siege there are plenty of other ways to draw cards that don't need you discarding. Jace, Memory Adept might be better than ashiok for what you want to do. He will let you draw a card and then you can target yourself to mill 1 card potentially hitting a creature for a Sidisi trigger. Jace, the Living Guildpact would be another good option allowing you to selectively self mill. give you recurion to hand. and letting you restart your graveyard mill clock.Jace's Erasure can let you get another free mill off once a turn. Crawling Sensation is another mill and the occasional hit for a land card going in would be a nice added bonus. Quest for Ancient Secrets another way to restart your milling. Deathgreeter, Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Falkenrath Noble all allow you to start pinging opponents if your tokens die, or they board wipe you. I know they aren't zombies the but the value is great. Still don't why you aren't running Meren of Clan Nel Toth. Her recursion ability is great and easy to build up. Ezuri, Claw of Progress will trigger for each zombie token you make. And triggers for more then half of your creatures. You are just passing up on so much potential there to make some big beaters. Tasigur, the Golden Fang let's you self mill and recur to hand. amd can be like a 5 drop. I know it is pricey but Crucible of Worlds will let you ramp better. Butcher of Malakir will give you another grave pact effect. That and you maybe board is full of strong cards right now.

GeminiSpartanX on Commander Nope of Nopehaven. Pop: Nope

1 year ago

No problem! Also, I prefer Syncopate or Broken Ambitions over Clash of Wills since they're strictly better. I also think Elixir of Immortality is slightly better than Quest for Ancient Secrets, unless you add a Thassa, God of the Sea to the deck and need the devotion. Negate hits a lot in EDH, so I think it's worth running. Disdainful Stroke, Arcane Denial, Swan Song, Deprive, and plain old Counterspell might also be good here over some of your higher-costed options that don't draw you more cards. Speaking of drawing cards, Rhystic Study and Consecrated Sphinx are normally good options in a blue deck, although those cards can be somewhat pricey.

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