Magister Sphinx


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Archenemy Rare
Conflux Rare

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Magister Sphinx

Artifact Creature — Sphinx


When Magister Sphinx enters the battlefield, target player's life total becomes 10.

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Magister Sphinx Discussion

Fuklaw on Oloro Triskaidekaphobia

3 days ago

Not a bad list. Oloro, Ageless Ascetic was my first commander.

In time I've found the deck to be not too suitable to my playstyle and moved on to play Brago, the king who says Ni and Kemba kit-kat. I still have my Oloro deck but I am rebuilding it so I can't link you to a deck unfortunatly.

The advice I can give you is add more win cons.

You already have Sanguine Bond add Exquisite Blood for infinite combo.

Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank is also a win con

Test of Endurance No need to explain

Felidar Sovereign same as above.

There are some useful creatures you can add, but I'll leave them to your judgement:

  1. Drogskol Reaver
  2. Magister Sphinx
  3. Obzedat, Ghost Council
  4. Karlov of the Ghost Council
  5. Ghost Council of Orzhova

There are more cards I used to use, but I don't want to over do it.I hope this helps, and if you need any more help feel free to ask.

Almost forgot, the Kaladesh weapon of mass destruction Aetherflux Reservoir ;)

WeruniaB on Breya, the Infinite Whining Generator

3 days ago


I used to run Unwinding Clock and it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I usually don't attack with my creatures and only few of my artifacts (accept for mana rocks) tap, so I took it out. As I said before I never attack so Feldon of the Third Path is pointless, especially because I usually can bring back creatures from the graveyard if I need them. Magister Sphinx on the other hand is a great card, but it puts me in a situation where I have to pick the player, and it draws too much hate. Conjurer's Closet would work well with Breya though, but CMC is waaay to high. Sphinx Summoner is just too expensive tutor. I also used to run Spine of Ish Sah, but it always ended up as a first card to discard. Thanks for your insight!


Goblin Welder is the only Goblin I run, so Krenko, Mob Boss wouldn't be a bomb in this deck. Purphoros, God of the Forge deals so much more damage when I simply blink my creatures. Eldrazi Monument got too high CMC. Thanks!

xrex479 on Breya, the Infinite Whining Generator

4 days ago

Unwinding Clock and Shimmer Myr work well together. Feldon of the Third Path helps bring back artifact creatures for a turn. Cheat out a Magister Sphinx to make their life 10 and Conjurer's Closet to trigger your enter the battlefield effects again. Sphinx Summoner is great search. Spine of Ish Sah combos well with Panharmonicon and Goblin Welder. It's best to find ways to cheat out artifacts.

jaeger_Konig on Breya's Bouncing beauties!

1 week ago

Well the main goal of the deck is search out pan, then copy it, then laugh all the way to the bank. Originally I had Magister Sphinx in to get all 3 of my opponents down to 10 hp in one move...I managed to live the dream and then took it out because its a very un-fun card for my opponents to play against. I fear merely just having an additional pan, which i generally have two or more of, won't be all the beneficial. I am severely lacking any win conditions that don't require infinite something to win. Any ideas as to good stuff/ETB cards that help me reach my goal? Currently I am leaning towards acquiring a Purphoros, God of the Forge, because he is literally godly in this deck.

fabiomarley on Oloro nice and cuddly

2 weeks ago

I created this deck to play with my friends, for fun, and combo-win don't fun me, in fact i don't play Exquisite Blood or any other combo cards. This deck is much funny to play and there are many mode to win, for example Serra Avatar and Magister Sphinx or the creatures with lifelink + Sanguine Bond to dealt a lot of damages to a player. There are Debt to the Deathless and Exsanguinate, they could be closures. During my last edh match (5 people) with this deck i win with Well of Lost Dreams + Alhammarret's Archive, they allowed me to have a lot of resources in hand, and my life points were always climbing through the field control, enchantments like Righteous Aura and creatures like Sphinx of the Steel Wind; and then i played Sanguine Bond --> Sphinx of the Steel Wind dealt 6 damages, i gain 6 + 6 for Alhammarret's Archive and dealt other 12 damages to a player with Sanguine Bond. it was a great play, but especially, it was fun! Anyway, Felidar Sovereign is another "finisher" if you are able to keep it alive on the board (XD). So, this is my "style" -> a great play is a fun play (of course, in my opinion) then, no combo like Exquisite Blood+Sanguine Bond. Thank you for your comments, i will wait your suggestions/other questions. =D

Kamerot on Argentum

3 weeks ago

First off, thank you for the huge compliment, I'm honored.

Second, I love Sharuum, very fun commander that you can do a lot of. I'm just gonna list cards that pair well that you can use to help build your deck whichever direction you choose. Grand Architect - great card for generating mana, has several combos to create infinite mana.Padeem, Consul of Innovation - protection and card advantage. Leonin Abunas - protection. Sydri, Galvanic Genius - can give deathtouch and lifelink to your creatures also creates chump blockers if you ever need it. Reprocess - card advantage, pairs well with Sharuum since you can get them back. Retract - protection against wipes. Training Grounds - since you have a lot of activated abilities this will help cut costs. Flickerform - combos with sharuum, any other type of card that does this works well too. Sorin Markov - gives you redundancy with Magister Sphinx.

I agree with everyone else about running as many multi lands as you can even if they aren't great. Having the right colors helps so much. And I'd definitely find a way to get cheap 1/1 creatures into play like ChinoEX said, servos or myrs will net you a lot of mana early on and since you're running Kuldotha Forgemaster, they work perfect for fodder.Hope this Helps, good luck!

Izu_Korasu on Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker & Silas ...

2 months ago

i recently built pure silas renn, but have considered adding ishai to add the white color identity to the deck for cards like Thopter Foundry.

if you plan on doing a true esper build, Ravos, Soultender allows you to reuse both your (artifact) creatures and artifacts, while making them a all a bit stronger, which works well with the voltron themed cards with strong etb's like Stoneforge Mystic/Trinket Mage/Trophy Mage.

silas/ishai feels like more of a control/lockdown/stax type deck, as silas lets you reuse things like Mindslaver and Magister Sphinx while ishai feels like a lite version of Grand Arbiter Augustin IV that pairs well with Sphere of Resistance ect.

AmazingGrace15 on Planet Robot

2 months ago

Looks good so far my friend!

Some suggestions I have for you:

Krark-Clan Ironworks - easily the most important card in my deck. It is just phenomenal.

Nim Deathmantle - lots of fun. I wondered why everyone kept suggesting it, and when I played with it I understood why. If you want to go infinite, that is a possibility with Nim!

Scourglass - Super helpful if you want to destroy the majority of your opponent's things and not yours. Could potentially replace Nevinyrral's Disk, depending on your opponent.

Other suggestions: Skullclamp, Erratic Portal, Magister Sphinx, Kuldotha Forgemaster

Personally, I think Padeem, Consul of Innovation is a little overrated. Sure, you could potentially draw an additional card on your upkeep and your artifacts have hexproof but I just think there are better ways for card draw and protection. I also think Ethersworn Adjudicator is a little more expensive than he's worth, but that's just from experience. I've played with him and didn't find him very useful, but he is versatile.

I hope that helps! Looks like a lot of fun so far!

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