Imperial Seal

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Imperial Seal


Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

OberstHati on Atraxa walks all over You

3 weeks ago

LOL Profet93, now i got the Imperial Seal i couldn‘t make the Cut to put it in here, so Dimir No-Brainer got it,…

OberstHati on Atraxa walks all over You

1 month ago

Thanks Profet93, i was too greedy, but now i ordered a Copy of Imperial Seal,… Enlightened Tutor is in the Deck primarily to fetch me my Doubling Season, resulting in ETB Ultimates of all the Walkers in the Deck,…

Profet93 on Atraxa walks all over You

1 month ago

I was referencing Teferi, Temporal Archmage. However, I realize that I missed it as I was commenting around midnight.

How has Enlightened Tutor been for you, what are your targets? I'm assuming crypt/sol ring early game and rings late game? Have you thought of swapping it for Imperial Seal? Is it the $ and the sorcery speed which turns you off? If not imperial seal, another card to consider would be Rebuff the Wicked or a Fierce Guardianship? Being in the best 4 colors makes decisions difficult, I'm sure these are unneeded but worth considering.

TheOfficialCreator on Alternate Ban List

1 month ago

Griselbrand's power level doesn't just come from its potential as a commander; rather, it's just a value card that can come down at any moment, usually in reanimator decks, and draw out to a wincon consistently.

It does interest me how you banned Personal Tutor, given its relative weakness to even tutors like Gamble or Imperial Seal.

Caerwyn on The Reserved List is a …

2 months ago

Your analysis on a number of points is extremely questionable.

“Not only did this ensure that there was always something to invest in and collect”

This is the initial argument for why the RL was created - they did not know if the game was going to be seen mostly for its collectable nature (like baseball cards) or for the actual game (like nothing else on the market at the time), and the RL is a case of them hedging their bets, sacrificing the game side of things to attract collectors.

It can be debated whether that was necessary at the time of the RLs formation. However, it should be noted that the high price of non-RL Alpha cards, unique printings like Judge Foils and Kaladesh Masterpieces, etc. all show that there are plenty of ways to appeal to collectors outside of the RL.

“gave developers incentive to design new card pieces that could emulate (to a lesser extent) those powerful and sought after effects”

Developers do not need the RL to do this - and they do it all the time on non-RL cards for any number of reasons (see Lightning Bolt and Shock). From the designer’s point of view, the RL actually creates a problem that otherwise might not exist. Say you want to print something similar to a good RL card (let’s remember, a large number of RL cards are unplayable garbage), suddenly you run into an issue where you could take a good card folks are running 4 copied of and make those decks far more powerful by allowing them to run 8 copies of a spell with a similar function.

Overall, that actually reduces design space by removing the designer’s freedom to simply say “this old card is perfect, let’s use that” and forcing them into a position where they have to make unnecessarily complex and avoidable design calculations.

“Thus, ensuring a form of reprint equity that set designers can cash in on to make sure a product sells well and gives WotC the funds to continue to invest in new card development.”

This is just a bad argument. “Rather than let Wizards cash in on actual reprint equity, isn’t it great they can try to cash in on an inferior form of reprint equity?”

Being able to tap into actual reprint equity - including some of the most valuable (though out of reach) reprint equity in the game - would be far better for “giv[ing] Wizards the funds to continue to invest in new card development.”

“If a Reserved List reprint product were produced it would be so egregiously priced that it would make Magic 30th look tame.”

Wizards recently reprinted a couple cards with values higher than most RL cards (Imperial Seal, for example, was something like $800.00 prior to its reprint). The money to be made with Magic is in getting the most number of people to buy product at the highest possible price - that is why they do print to demand, and will reprint sets that sell out (Magic 30 is fundamentally different - it was designed to be a single run so they wanted to milk that one run for all it was worth).

Most importantly, they want to be able to sell boxes to LGSes for things like Draft Night—-and want the products priced such that the game stores are going to purchase large numbers with the expectation they’ll be able to keep demand going for quite a while.

That places limitations on how high a reprint set can go, even one with a few valuable chase cards. After all, it isn’t like they would just release a “oops, all RL” product - they would do a slow rollout and spread the reprint equity over numerous sets.

Every point you make about not seeing the data supporting that the majority dislikes the RL

Magic’s Mark Rosewater has acknowledged before that the majority of players dislike the reserve list, while also acknowledging it does appeal to some, such as collectors. It also is important to note that Wizards’ staff do not talk about the RL often, and, when they do, they often stay on script in a way which de facto indicates they do not like it either.


Overall, I think the evidence shows that Wizards dislikes the RL as much as players seems to—-it ties their hands, cuts into their profits, upsets their players, and means they have to write off entire formats (Vintage, Legacy, high tiers of cEDH) as “something we can’t really cater to”.

From players to designers to management, the overwhelming position seems to be that no one wants the RL - I expect the only reason it is still in the game is because Wizards’ lawyers are saying removing it presents an unacceptable risk.

Grends27 on What is Your Opinion of …

4 months ago

Grubbernaut that’s a fair point. I guess I look at proxies as a slippery slope - one guy proxies a Taiga, so I proxy a Badlands, then someone else proxies an Imperial Seal to upgrade their Diabolic Tutor and all the sudden our decks are filled with lined-notebook paper proxies instead actual cards.

Every group uses their own rules - the requirement of owning a proxy in my playgroup helps make sure that we’re still actually playing with cards instead of lined notebook paper.

thefiresoflurve on my first deck idea

4 months ago

Welcome to EDH! It's a super fun game mode : )

The deck looks really solid as-is! One thing I noticed: Edge of the Divinity is technically illegal, since it has a symbol and your commander's identity isn't white.

A couple replacements I might make: Master Thief -> Thada Adel, Acquisitor. What's better than taking an artifact until your creature leaves? Taking an artifact permanently. Go forth and steal everyone's Sol Rings.

Alhammarret's Archive -> Notion Thief. I think Notion Thief fits the theme a bit better, and losing out on double draw is probably worth also denying bonus draws from something like Rhystic Study or Pull from Tomorrow, especially since you don't have many ways to deal with enchantments or artifacts.

Alley Strangler -> Opposition Agent. There are too many tutors in EDH. It's time to make people think twice before casting that Imperial Seal.

Good luck, and have fun!

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