Quest for Ancient Secrets


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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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

chadsansing on Mill of Meletis

3 days 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

3 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

8 months 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

10 months 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.

berryjon on How to deal with mass ...

1 year ago

BlackCoffeeMagician has the right of it. He Duress' you for one card? hit him with DreamTwist, Memory Sluice, Merrow Witsniper, Thought Scour, Tome Scour and others like that.

Quest for Ancient Secrets can help recover from excessive discarding.

TheVectornaut on Flicker Budget Isochron

1 year ago

Since you already have Isochron Scepter, you could try something like Divine Offering or Purge to get rid of artifacts. A more traditional sideboard option is Stony Silence, but it's pretty expensive. For burn, you may just be able to keep out of range by gaining life every turn. You could try flickering something like Cathedral Sanctifier or even Inquisitor Exarch, or you might just put a Rest for the Weary on a stick. Elixir of Immortality is already fairly strong against mill, but Quest for Ancient Secrets is another option. There's also always Wheel of Sun and Moon if you ever decided to break budget.

Emzed on Shhh, It's Quiet Time

1 year ago

Drana's Emissary, Cancel, Nullify and Quest for Ancient Secrets are not very good cards. Also, i don't see how this deck profits from land destruction / mana denial in form of Winter Orb and Armageddon. It seems very mana hungry itself and despite having a couple mana producing artifacts, it really needs access to its lands.
Why not run Tezzeret the Seeker , Rhystic Study, Decree of Pain, Exclude, Swan Song, Murderous Cut, Dig Through Time? All of those are really good.
Tezzeret the Seeker is particularly good against mill, since he can repeatedly get Elixir of Immortality from your deck.
As for the Eldrazi titans, they are great against mill, but i think Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre is better here than Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. You already have great card draw engines, but the option to remove a permanent seems attractive, and Ulamog is harder to get rid of.

Denthrass on Shhh, It's Quiet Time

1 year ago

Torpor Orb has a bit of negative synnergy with your creatures, and unless you know that it will be impact against your local meta, I'd cut that

from my personal testing Chalice of Life  Flip hardly ever will gain you more than 2 life, if that, and the flip is not that great in a 40 life format.

Negate Nullify and Dispel can all be replaced with less restrictive counters, or anything else really

Learn from the Past and Quest for Ancient Secrets makes it sound like you have a graveyard deck in your group, switch these for the tutors and add a Bojuka Bog, that is, as long as you dont need the instant speed graveyard hate.

other cards that i could see being cut: Well of Lost Dreams, Darksteel Ingot, Pristine Talisman, Fated Retribution, Planar Cleansing, Jace, Memory Adept, Drana's Emissary, Sigiled Starfish, Shorecrasher Elemental

you could also handle running a few less lands, but i wouldn't go below 36-35

additionally, Supreme Verdict would be a good consideration if you feel that you need more board wipes

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