Imperial Seal

Imperial Seal

Sorcery

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

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Imperial Seal Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

2 weeks ago

Mcat1999, in that case, why not print a card that is functional reprint of Book of Rass , but with a name that does not mention anything specific, as Elvish Mystic is to Llanowar Elves ?

Azielle, if WotC reprints Personal Tutor or Imperial Seal in a Secret Lair product, rather than a Commander or Masters product, which would make much more sense, it will be blatantly obvious that they are simply attempting to get money from the customers, rather than actually attempting to make cards more affordable, so I imagine that the players will not be pleased about that.

Azielle on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

2 weeks ago

And this is why the very thing that makes Secret Lair controversial for stores also makes it good for people with our wish list DemonDragonJ:

Now, in addition to reprint equity, WOTC has another more immediate vehicle to turn the insane markup of high demand resale prices into profit in house: direct to consumer marketing. The Secret Lair Ultimate Edition I didn’t grab from the store that day was a prime example of that. Fetch prices were, as they remain to be, through the roof. Using special sets seems to be giving them an even more profitable and more importantly, repeatable profit vehicle.

Notice that fetch lands weren’t added back into Standard with the latest return to return to return to Ravnica set, even though they were the reprint equity of the past Ravnica returnings. Notice that their resale value kept high through Secret Lair and again through their limited-to-expeditions re-release as well. WOTC can now cash in repeatedly on an expensive reprint and leave it as a value asset.

Now I know any good WOTC employee will tell you that fetches weren’t added to standard because they make people shuffle their decks, and deck shuffling is cumbersome. But I ask in response to that, “what is it that Fabled Passage does again?” I’ll tell you what it doesn’t do, fetch a hundred dollar bill for WOTC.

I don’t blame WOTC for cashing in, it’s their asset, and it’s worth money.

Just noting that means a far greater chance for those Imperial Seal and Personal Tutor reprints we need to make our decks match. Hopefully we’ve got shiny matchy decks soon.

DemonDragonJ on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

2 weeks ago

Caerwyn, that does make sense, as much as I dislike it.

In the case of Imperial Seal , I can begrudgingly understand, but what about Book of Rass ? It has no significant monetary value, and, if WotC has reprinted Greed several times, why not reprint the artifact version of it, as well?

Caerwyn on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

2 weeks ago

DemonDragonJ - Wizards does not make money from Imperial Seal pre se, but they will one day.

Wizards might not officially acknowledge the secondary market, but that does not mean it is not a factor in their determination as to whether they reprint cards. There is a concept called "reprint equity"--the value a card adds to a set if it is reprinted.

Whenever Wizards prints a set, they want to make sure there are enough chase cards that people want to buy the set and open packs. There are two ways to increase the value of a pack. First, you can print powerful new cards people want to buy--this comes with some uncertainty, since you never quite know if those cards are going to be immediately popular. Additionally, new cards are a bit of a slow burn--it might take a few Standard tournaments or so for widespread adoption of a new card, so you'll eventually sell a lot of packs, but might not have the same immediate results.

The other option is to reprint cards with known use and likely high values on the secondary market. These are going to sell packs right off the bat and likely will drive preorder sales significantly. Reprint value is also an important factor in reprint-only sets. Every time Wizards reprints a card, that reduces the equity in that card for a brief period of time.

Something like Imperial Seal has a whole lot of reprint equity--any set where it is reprinted is going to sell like hotcakes. Wizards is in an exceptional financial position right now, and has been for several years. They are probably going to save an Imperial Seal reprint for leaner financial times--after all, it will be the chase Mythic for whatever set it is released in, and will spur huge sales of that set.

That's a roundabout way of saying that Wizards does make money off those cards... eventually. It's like the equity in a house--you cannot actualize the money until you sell it, but the longer you let the equity grow before selling, the better off you will be.

DemonDragonJ on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

2 weeks ago

Azielle, I fully understand, because there are numerous cards that I very much wish to see reprinted, and, yet, WotC has not reprinted them; I shall not mention all of them, but two of my top choices are Imperial Seal , because of how expensive it now is, and Book of Rass , simply because I would like to see it in the new border style. WotC has stated numerous times that they do not care about the secondary market, but the fact that they have not reprinted certain cards makes it clear that they are deliberately withholding reprints to keep certain cards expensive, despite the fact that they make no money from those cards.

Happymaster19 on My Bestest Friends (UV Walker Control)

1 month ago

Went up against what I assume was a Time Vault / Manifold Key combo. I can’t recall my opening hand perfectly but my opponent lead with Underground Sea and Mox Jet into Ponder and Imperial Seal . I could have countered something but my general rule of thumb is to counter what is tutored rather than the tutor. Land, go. They mana rock into Timetwister which I assume is what they tutored as it would shuffle away anything else. I hit that with a Force of Negation and took the turn. Land, go. From there it was much slower. I got out Teferi, Time Raveler on turn 3 and Dovin, Hand of Control the following turn. Countered a Demonic Tutor and responded with Dack Fayden . Dack pulled us into a follow up Jace, the Mind Sculptor . At that point, they were low enough that we could ride Jace’s to deck management, maintaining our counters until Narset, Parter of Veils and Kasmina, Enigma Sage . We continued to keep our opponents top deck and our own managed, eventually completing the crew with Oko, Thief of Crowns coming down for an additional Fractal. Our opponent managed to pull a Tinker while we took the turn off but we had plenty of counters ready at that point and was able to stave off and go in the lethal offensive.

It was only one game but I would definitely have brought in Ashiok, Dream Render having seen Imperial Seal , Demonic Tutor , Tinker , and Tezzeret the Seeker .

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 month ago

cfost827 To make the deck any more competitive, the easiest thing to do is to include more cheap mana sources, add more disruption, and cut the higher mana cards. I'd consider some more competitive cards like Mana Vault , Mox Diamond , Dark Confidant , Imperial Seal , Ad Nauseam , Opposition Agent etc. The cards you should look at cutting are the slower, high cost ones like Requiem Angel , Solemn Simulacrum , Archon of Justice , etc. This doesn't include Razaketh, the Foulblooded or Vilis, Broker of Blood though since they practically win the game upon entering. Tweaking the deck to give it 5% more power level can be difficult since such a small change is subtle. You're going to have to add and cut cards to feel it out and probably play a ton of games to test.

In terms of what to cut for more fodder, you could cut Archon of Justice and Sifter of Skulls for Carrier Thrall and Imperious Oligarch , or whatever 2 drops you want. Archon and Sifter are a lot slower than cheap fodder, so if you want more, you can cut cards like them. If you want more than 2 new pieces of fodder, you could keep cutting slower 4-6 drops like Solemn Simulacrum , but it'd impact your mana base or other aspects of the deck.

DubWubby This is a cool combo. You could include it, but you're right in that it's fragile and inconsistent. It's really strong in ideal scenarios like with Buried Alive or any time you draw Vizier of Remedies with any persist creature. However, it'd be hard to include for a few reasons. If you draw persist creatures and don't have vizier, they're weak sac fodder on their own, so you'd want to include few of them. However, if you draw vizier without persist creatures, then she's almost useless, so you want to include more of them. Finding the balance of how many persist creatures you need as well as what to cut is the challenge. Saying that, Putrid Goblin is almost as efficient as other 2 drop fodder cards, and both him and vizier have 1 toughness for Skullclamp , so they aren't irredeemable on their own.

zAzen7977 on Tymaret, the Discard King

3 months ago

Hey theindigoeffect, I appreciate your comments earlier, so I found your deck and took a good look at it to see how I could help. I think you have the general idea right, but you are lacking awareness of certain cards and interactions that could really benefit your deck. If you are set on Tymaret, I found this other Tymaret deck on moxfield that, imho, is very close to where you want to be. Check it out:

https://www.moxfield.com/decks/skBV2rN2c0iQLN7-aLAPFw

First of all, you are trying to combine two themes which do not really mix, especially not with your chosen commander - discard and sacrifice. Discarding your opponents’ cards does not further your goals at all. What Tymaret does is sacrifice creatures, and that should be your focus.

You need recursive creatures like Gravecrawler , Nether Spirit , and Reassembling Skeleton .

Then you need cards that hurt the opponent when you sacrifice, like Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat .

And other sacrifice outlets like Phyrexian Altar .

And cards to reanimate your and your opponents’ creatures, like Reanimate , Animate Dead , and Necromancy .

And more drawing and tutors to help find your pieces, like Night's Whisper , Faithless Looting , Wheel of Fortune , Gamble , Vampiric Tutor and Imperial Seal .

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