Consecrated Sphinx


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Mythic Rare
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Mirrodin Besieged (MBS) Mythic Rare
Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP) Mythic Rare

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Consecrated Sphinx

Creature — Sphinx


Whenever an opponent draws a card, you may draw two cards.

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Consecrated Sphinx Discussion

Farycane on Breya, ComboShaper

1 day ago

Help Needed for making this deck Optimized. Also I could have missed some combo potential, just started Magic in 2018. Thinking about adding more Infinite Mana Combos like Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth and Staff of DominationWalking Ballista for Mana sink/additional wincon.

Things that are on my "Cut"-List

Thran Dynamo Good Manarock but, I sometimes just need colored Mana more

One with the Machine Draws 3-4 cards most of the time and fits the Artifact Theme. But there is Better draw, just mention it.

Mana Echoes it's good with all the Thopter Stuff, but often it's just Mana that "Burns" away. Again Walking Ballista is an option

Sphinx Summoner 5 mana Tutor. Meh.

Sydri, Galvanic Genius combos with Aetherflux, but otherwise not useful in my opinion.

Vampiric Tutor Straight out of Budget, using proxy at the moment

Master Transmuter cheating mana cost is big. But my curve is low. Can't get Hellkite Tyrant or any of my Planeswalkers.

Trash for Treasure Sorcery Speed. Early Trash for Treasure isn't useful most of the time.

Cards I really want to play:

Walking Ballista

Darksteel Forge Protection

Mycosynth Lattice With the lattice, mostly none of your opponents play Artifact Boardwipes anymore. But High CMC

Treasure Nabber In a format that play so many Mana rocks this dude seems great. With KCI you can still sac the rocks for more mana

Memnarch Mana sink/combo with Pili-Pala combo to get Everything. High CMC

Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer Save half of your artifacts on a Destroy Boardwipe. Save important Artifacts for sacing Thopters

Storm the Vault It's land version is even banned

Semblance Anvil More reduce is good.

Mindslaver Hard to achieve but having his effect multiple times and controlling everyone is just a win.

Indomitable Archangel Protection, but high CMC

Blinkmoth Urn If you play an artifact Deck and your opponents don't it's just crazy

All in all for slower/longer games I need much more draw

Rhystic Study

Consecrated Sphinx

Notion Thief

But these aren't artifacts

Aether Spellbomb

Pyrite Spellbomb

Commander's Sphere are reusable

Mapk on Reanimator's Wet Dream: Sidisi Edition

5 days ago

Have you considered Consecrated Sphinx and Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur? Two excellent reanimation targets and very potent draw engines.

Rzepkanut on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

2 weeks ago

He's got to be one of the most explosive commanders to have out while piloting a storm pretty much ever. Personally I don't want to change my storm deck to using him because I like having black in my storm deck (with Kess at the helm) but I certainly see the appeal. Seems like an upgrade on the other incarnations of this character that we've seen too.

For me, I just think it's going to be a real fun card to play in other decks....especially in a large multiplayer game...I'll definitely add him to the 99 of at least one or two decks. I've always liked card draw engines that trigger from the opponent just playing magic, the kind that makes opponents groan and it paints a target on my head. Cards like Sire of Stagnation, Heartwood Storyteller, Runic Armasaur, Consecrated Sphinx, Rhystic Study, Nezahal, etc...and this guy fits right into that group.

JAPuckett85 on Cantrip Drakes

2 weeks ago

Mapk Leyline of Anticipation has been cut, but it's still a sweet card in my other decks. Consecrated Sphinx has been in this build from the beginning, and is second only to Rhystic Study in terms of card draw.. It's actually better than Rhystic Study at drawing cards, of course, but a turn 2/3 Consecrated Sphinx is a lot more difficult than a turn 2/3 Rhystic Study lol

elgosu1337 on Ring! Ring! Ring! Bananaphone!

2 weeks ago

How has Ishkanah been performing for you? Are the tokens significant enough?

You probably want to find a slot for the new Underrealm Lich with its powerful graveyard filling and card selection. Also it has great synergy with Gitrog.

Notion Thief and Consecrated Sphinx could provide additional card draw.

Do you think Breakthrough might be useful as a way to draw multiple cards and fill the graveyard?

Meren of Clan Nel Toth could be good for recursion.

Cryptic Command could be useful for its versatility. I think Shadow of Doubt is less versatile compared to simply countering the tutor or tutored spell.

Sepulchral Primordial and Diluvian Primordial should get good value in a multiplayer game even for their cost.

Penguno on Deflection Themed EDH

2 weeks ago

Thank you for your replies!

@luther Great suggestion with Shu Yun! To be honest, he was my first choice before the partners, but another guy in my playgroul was using him, and I wanted to use someone different. Soulfire Grand Master sounds like the perfect choice to help me keep my spells, however I am a little hesitant on the cost of his ability.

@Funkydiscogod Those are some great suggestions for card draw. The problem is that most of the guys in my group run Consecrated Sphinx and that plus Plagiarize, Notion Thief, or Psychic Possession tends to lead to disaster. Thanks though!

Funkydiscogod on Deflection Themed EDH

2 weeks ago

Plagiarize is right on theme with your deck.

Notion Thief, Consecrated Sphinx, and Psychic Possession could be crazy with Temple Bell or Words of Wisdom type effects.

multimedia on Nicol Bolas test

2 weeks ago

Hey, yes there are times in Commander games, just like all other games of Magic where you get land flooded. Some games you don't get flooded instead you get land screwed nothing you can really do about this, that's just Magic. In Commander you can help to mitigate these problems by playing low mana cost tutors and draw/dig spells. I say low mana cost because these spells let you cast them when your land screwed or if you're flooded. Using Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as Commander does give you an advantage if you all you draw are a lot of lands because his ability to flip into a Planeswalker is seven mana. He gives you a sink for all the lands you draw.

It is hard to make cuts, but there's always a card that's better than another card and my philosophy of making cuts is start with the higher mana cost cards (5 CMC and above) pick one or two and cut the rest for low CMC cards that can help you to find the better cards in the deck. An example is Consecrated Sphinx. This six drop, 6 CMC, is one of the most powerful in Commander. When you play it if it's not answered right away by your opponents then it gives you a huge advantage and can win the game for you. Compare this to Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind who's also 6 CMC. There's no comparison, Sphinx is just the better card therefore you don't also need Niv-Mizzet. Yes Sphinx and Niv have nice interaction, but oh well you don't need this interaction because of the power level of Sphinx. What I'm saying is technically the only six drop you need here is Sphinx because all the others are less good.

You can apply this same idea to all the cards in the 4 CMC to 6 CMC and above spots of the mana curve. Here an example:

    4 CMC (best cards here)
  • Notion Theft
  • Phyrexian Metamorph
  • Kess, Dissident Mage (with more low CMC instants/sorceries)

  • 5 CMC
  • Bribery
  • The Scarab God
  • Liliana Vess

  • 6 CMC
  • Consecrated Sphinx
  • The Locust God

You can keep these cards and cut all the rest of the same CMCs and replace them with lower mana cost, 1, 2, 3 CMC cards. You don't need the other Bolas Planeswalkers or any of the other 7 and 8 CMC cards. With Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as your Commander you have a unique advantage because you first have a flying 4/4 beater who can attack and do Commander damage and then you also have a powerful Planeswalker on the other side of Ravager who can draw cards or reanimate any of yours or opponent's creatures. You already have your high 7 CMC card to play and that's pumping seven mana into Ravager to flip him into a Planeswalker. Mana rocks are good with Ravager for this reason if you draw a lot of them that's fine because you can use all the mana they produce to flip Ravager.

Grixis colors give access to some of the best low mana cost cards, play these cards to tutor or draw/dig into your best cards to play. Several of these cards are in my first comment here.

Good luck with your deck.

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