Quest for Ancient Secrets


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander 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

KongMing on Fastest Gun in the East

3 weeks ago

Okay, so I have some more suggestions, lol...

Leyline of Anticipation lets you cast any of your spells before blockers are declared. Whooo!

Goblinslide and Quiet Contemplation are amazing in Narset. You're already casting a bunch of spells for free, why not use your mana to get more out of it? And hey, let's throw a Sphinx-Bone Wand on top of it, because why not?

Other cards that have to do with the deck-graveyard-exile filter engine I mentioned earlier: Elixir of Immortality, Harvest Pyre, Dig Through Time, Quest for Ancient Secrets, Cranial Archive, and Jace, the Living Guildpact. Lots of cards like these, these are just the ones I run.

Steelspike on cards against a flicker deck

2 months ago

If mill is the problem, throw in an original Zendikar Eldrazi titan, Worldspine Wurm, Guile or any other shuffle your yard back into your library card.

Quest for Ancient Secrets is a good option for an instant response to mill as well.

MTGconstructor on Group Hug? Kinda... Not Really

3 months ago

KingofCorns Thanks for the suggestions, I do like the idea of Fascination so I will highly consider it. Unfortunately, I cant play Minds Aglow because there is no foil version of it, and I still like Elixir of Immortality over Quest for Ancient Secrets because of the life gain attached as well as it is colorless.

KingofCorns on Group Hug? Kinda... Not Really

3 months ago

I've found Quest for Ancient Secrets is a nicer option than Elixir because of the lack of activation cost, I can see you're going to have no trouble getting the quest counters on it. I'm also a fan of Minds Aglow, although that's looking too "hug" for this deck, as well as Fascination as opposed to Scribing.

Jagd_Tallgeese on Oona

3 months ago

Duskmantle Guildmage creates an almost infinite loop with your Mindcrank. The answer as to what to remove for it still escapes me though. However, you might have an easier time with Elixir of Immortality to refill your library over Quest for Ancient Secrets. The mana fixing is easier as is the activation cost. It even shuffles itself back in to the library as well!

Piogre on Damia, Sage of Timmy

5 months 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

6 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

6 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:

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