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Consecrated sphinx makes this card really good.
Posted By: ChampionofSquee (2/27/2011 12:11:06 PM)


@Geizo: I believe it's a play on words. Both the act of Trading Secrets, as well as the term Trade Secrets, or secrets of a trade....like...say....wizardry.

@Deathtamoor: No. You're wrong. Read the card with more care.
Posted By: Ratoly (2/13/2011 8:04:15 PM)


This card is great with Wheel and Deal. You can stop drawing any time while your opponent continues to draw looking for that sweet combo. Wheel and Deal... discard everything and draw seven... then you get to draw another card.
Posted By: pjlizard (3/3/2011 4:17:27 PM)


Or if you bothered to read the card you would realize that "you draw up to four cards", includes the number zero meaning that you can STOP DRAWING CARDS ANY TIME! You cannot be milled to death with this card unless you choose to.
Posted By: pumaman83 (6/7/2009 8:49:30 AM)


I think is a fine card; draw 4 for 3 mana is quite good. clever opponents won't repeat the effect if you're playing a milling deck. If Opponent's playing a combo deck, he or she will repeat till the combo card comes; easy to control with any counter (I prefer Commandeer). Very good card if knows how to use it.
Posted By: Mark0z4 (7/16/2009 2:54:33 PM)


This is a very good draw card with Seismic Assault in play. :D And it's still efficient draw anyway you look at it. Exploitable, but measured.
Posted By: Ritius (1/14/2010 8:33:38 PM)


Hmmm ... IMO this is not as good as it seems.

If you just plop this into a deck as a draw spell, your opponent will choose to fill up their hand along with you - netting little advantage to you.

For this to be effective, it has to be in a deck specifically built for it, which would be have to have one/more of the following:
- being able to dump 6-7 cards from your hand in one turn
- having extra effects when you/your opponent draws
- wanting to fill up your graveyard with discards, or use abilities which require discarding a lot (or madness)
- a combo deck which simply using the extra drawing to find its combo pieces

But remember, your opponent has the choice, so in a deck built around it you probably WON'T get the effect repeated. Which means the usual result will only be a net advantage of one card to you (4 cards drawn - 2 cards drawn by opponent - 1 card spent casting this spell).

So it has somewhat narrow uses, and even in those uses there are probably more effective choices. ... (see all)
Posted By: nemokara (3/5/2011 11:17:31 AM)


I wonder if "trade" is a verb or an adjective in this case. Maybe both? What if the card was called Trade Trade Secrets?
Posted By: Gelzo (1/6/2011 10:00:11 PM)


hive mind lets you draw your entire library for 3. im thinking about making this deck
4 trade secrets
4 high tide
4 dreams grip
4 frantic search
4 brain freeze
4 time spiral
4 dream halls
4 show and tell
2 leyline of anticipation
3 temporal cascade
2 capsize
3 djinn illuminatus

15 island
Posted By: high_tide_niv (7/18/2010 10:24:54 PM)


Trade secrets is a great card and even better when you plan an opponent who decides they want to draw a few times.

Once they stop and you've got a hand full of cards and you start dropping chrome moxes and play a bunch of spells and end with a brain freeze, oops!
Posted By: Dryht (10/30/2010 6:00:51 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!