Arcane Adaptation

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Dandan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Judge's Tower Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Arcane Adaptation


As Arcane Adaptation enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.

Creatures you control are the chosen type in addition to their other types. The same is true for creature spells you control and creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield.

ToastedBagl on The Saga of Tom Bombadil

2 months ago

Arcane Adaptation could turn your praetors into gods to fetch them with The World Tree. Same with Conspiracy.

Resurgent Belief would add an endgame opponents would be afraid of.

Aether Snap would reset your saga counters.

Cleansing Meditation would be helpful in the mirror or just generally helpful against enchantments.

nhhale on “As ETB” vs. “When ETB”

2 months ago

I’ve noticed that certain cards say “As this permanent enters the battlefield, do XYZ” (XYZ usually being “pick a creature type”). Arcane Adaptation is one such card. Is this a triggered ability? Can it be copied (for example, to cause Arcane Adaptation’s static effect to apply to more than one creature type)?

Juicy_J82 on Bruvac's Millibuster

2 months ago

This looks like a sweet deck to play, and I forgot completely about Terisian Mindbreaker--I will have to give that a spin in my Circu deck.

In your defensive card explanations, I wanted to clarify one rules piece before it would come up for you at a LGS or anything. Fog Bank's ability isn't able to stop all trample damage. For instance, if a 6/6 with flying and trample is blocked by Fog Bank, the trampler only needs to assign damage equal to Fog Bank's toughness and then the rest could hit a player or planeswalker.

It's probably too fringe, and I've never built with Persistent Petitioners myself, but I always wondered if Arcane Adaptation would be fun with something like that so that all your creatures were Advisors. Anyway, +1 and a nice build!

DreadKhan on Sauron The Grixis Lord

7 months ago

If you want to keep your budget fairly low, there are the signets (Rakdos Signet, Izzet Signet, and Dimir Signet) and the talismans (Talisman of Dominance, Talisman of Indulgence, and Talisman of Creativity) to start with, but Grixis has access to a really good new option, Relic of Sauron, which I think is great. I'm not sure if it's really a good card, but Firemind Vessel exists. There is also Myriad Landscape, which can find a colour you don't have yet (and gets 2 of that colour). An option if you keep your fairly high (which is fine btw) land count would be to replace a land with Temple of the False God.

Since you actually need to ramp a few times from 3 mana to cast Sauron, you might run something weird like Dreamscape Artist, that can help get you to Sauron mana to get your deck online, including fixing your mana. It's incredibly janky, but Apprentice Wizard can help cast Sauron's colourless cost.

I could be wrong, but I think Arcane Adaptation is usually better than Xenograft. I think Maskwood Nexus is also better. I think you could find much better cards than Ugluk, including many that are lower to the ground. Foray of Orcs is not very high impact for the mana when there are cards that can just remove any creature for less mana, or cards like Fateful Showdown for similar. I would even play Fire Covenant over it. Torment of Golum sounds to me like an outright bad card, ymmv, but I think you can find something that works similar for less. I'm also unsure if Surrounded by Orcs is worth casting, adding only 3 power isn't very impressive, and if the army dies you lose the buff forever.

You can certainly shave some lands if you add more ramp sources, though I wouldn't go below 36 lands with a 6 mana Commander that needs 3 colours to cast. You can sneak that lower with a better mana base, but that increases the cost. If you lower your land count to 36, you could also look at the Guild Bounce lands, Dimir Aqueduct, Rakdos Carnarium and Izzet Boilerworks, each of these is a dual land that is cheap and helps you hit more land drops. They aren't great if you have lots of 'Enters tapped' lands, but without mostly Basics they are solid in a 3 colour deck. Guildless Commons also exists, but in a 3 colour deck I'd be more leery of it.

legendofa on Your favorite, wait this works! …

9 months ago

I got a whole collection of weird combos and synergies that I stumbled on and never did anything with. Some have better ways to do the same thing, some have more moving parts than I would like, and some I just haven't taken the time to put into action.

Oddball Combos

My favorite is probably Lifespinner + Arcane Adaptation, which basically lets you get any legendary creature from your deck at instant speed, as long as you have creatures to spare.

Coward_Token on Commander Masters Previews and Speculation

1 year ago

Maybe something like Volrath's Laboratory or Arcane Adaptation? I'm guessing changeling anyway, since flavor isn't a problem. (Also, universal tribal payoffs like Shared Animosity.)

legendofa on How does Ashaya, Soul of …

1 year ago

Since Avenger of Zendikar counts as a (Forest) land when Ashaya, Soul of the Wild is in play, it can be returned with Gruul Turf.

The only zone that has permanents "you control" is the battlefield. Compare Ashaya's wording to Arcane Adaptation, for example.

Licecolony on Trains Planes and Plantains

1 year ago

Hahah thanks. Yea, the key for my group was to have a Zedruu deck that doesn't revolve around giving my opponents shit that hinders their game plan. The only classically evil card to donate here is Bronze Bombshell, but even that is just generally a fireball to the face. Donating Arcane Adaptation isn't often seen as cruel and that's the next most harmful one against me. The easily accessible donate ability simply allows us to do ridiculous shenanigans most decks could not. And zedruu just gives us some incidental card draw.

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