Archive Trap {3}{U}{U}

Instant — Trap

If an opponent searched their library this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay this spell’s mana cost.

Target opponent mills thirteen cards.

Illustrated by Jason Felix

Notes and Rules Information for Archive Trap:
  • The opponent you target doesn’t have to be the opponent who searched their library. (2009-10-01)
  • Casting a Trap by paying its alternative cost doesn’t change its mana cost or mana value. The only difference is the cost you actually pay. (2009-10-01)
  • Effects that increase or reduce the cost to cast a Trap will apply to whichever cost you chose to pay. (2009-10-01)
  • If a search effect is affected by Aven Mindcensor’s ability (which causes a player to search the top four cards of their library instead), that still counts as searching that library. (2009-10-01)
  • You may ignore a Trap’s alternative cost condition and simply cast it for its normal mana cost. This is true even if its alternative cost condition has been met. (2009-10-01)
  • Archive Trap checks only whether an opponent searched their library. It doesn’t matter whether that player found a card during the search. (2009-10-01)
  • A spell or ability causes a player to search their library only if it specifically contains the word “search” in its text. For example, if a spell or ability lets a player look at the top four cards of their library and do something with one of those cards, that’s not a search. (2009-10-01)
  • If the targeted opponent has fewer than thirteen cards in their library, that player puts their entire library into their graveyard. (2009-10-01)