Prognostic Sphinx

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Theros Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Prognostic Sphinx

Creature — Sphinx

Discard a card: Prognostic Sphinx gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.

Whenever Prognostic Sphinx attacks, scry 3. (Look at the top three cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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Prognostic Sphinx Discussion

Yesterday on The Sphinxes are coming!

6 days ago

Urgh, had a whole thing typed out here and then accidentally closed the browser. That's annoying.

The deck looks neat, is it something you've played with already or still in the planning stages? Also just FYI it's Sphinxes, not Sphinx's. :P

There are a number of utility cards coming in the new commander 2017 set for tribal decks that I'm sure would help you out, but considering they're not out yet I'll stick with cards that actually exist. Like Consecrated Sphinx. Also I'm not sure what your budget is so I'm just gonna throw out some kinda expensive suggestions in the mix.

I'm sure a Cavern of Souls and possibly a Boseiju, Who Shelters All would be nice for some extra protection. As for cycling lands, in a mono blue deck that doesn't care about deserts, both Remote Isle and Lonely Sandbar are strictly better than Desert of the Mindful. On the topic of lands, if you like artifacts, there are some more neat inclusions that might interest you: Academy Ruins, Mishra's Workshop (crazy expensive), Sequestered Stash, Tolarian Academy.

Also, considering you're running Paradox Engine and can potentially tutor for it, I might recommend Mana Crypt, Grim Monolith or Basalt Monolith, maybe instead of Ur-Golem's Eye or something.

It sort of goes against the artefact theme you're running but I personally prefer Mystic Remora or Rhystic Study to Mind's Eye, it puts the tax on the opponent instead of you. You mightn't always draw cards off them, but they're somewhat cheaper in multiplayer games and can force opponents to chose to pay the tax instead of good spells, which is subtly very nice.

Argent Sphinx is actually great in here I'm just realising. Neat.

It's down to preference and playstyle more than anything, but maybe (considering you're running Warden of Evos Isle) you might want to run Icefall Regent instead of Frost Titan.

You also might want to run Shapesharer instead of Mistform Ultimus, it can target itself with its ability and also the number of other nice shapeshifters you've got in your deck.

There isn't a lot of cycling in the deck so I'm not really sure what Curator of Mysteries or Ominous Sphinx offer the deck aside from being sphinxes. Some other fun sphinxes I like are Master of Predicaments and Sphinx Ambassador, and some others that might synergise with your commander or otherwise offer good card advantage are Consecrated Sphinx, Horizon Scholar, Prognostic Sphinx, Sphinx of Jwar Isle, Sphinx of Lost Truths, Sphinx of Uthuun, Vexing Sphinx, Windreader Sphinx.

There are a lot of great sphinxes actually, whew.

Anywho, good luck with it!

GoodLuckGuy on Flappers

1 month ago

Mxyzptlk

Thank you for the suggestions. Here are my thoughts on them.

Thopter Spy Network is actually one of my favorite enchantments and I can't believe I missed it. I'm afraid their may not be enough artifacts in the deck to properly enable it, but I could always add more. This list is mostly Timmy anyway so running stuff I like is sort of the point.
I really like Nobilis of War, and I'd put it in if I thought I could actually cast it on turn 5, but it really sucks to have a spirit avatar in hand with the wrong five lands in play; I generally avoid using them in 3+ color decks.

Prognostic Sphinx is a decent card, but doesn't really offer much to the deck. The scry 3 is nice, but for the same amount of mana I could be running Dragonlord Ojutai, Sunscorch Regent or Thundermaw Hellkite.

As for Serra Aviary, it's symmetrical, so it benefits my opponents' creatures too. While I like that it's on theme, there are plenty of anthems in white that are strictly better.

Mxyzptlk on Flappers

1 month ago

Some things that could be good: Nobilis of War, Thopter Spy Network, Prognostic Sphinx, and Serra Aviary.

takeaseathoney on Oh No

2 months ago

you could go the route of making nissa as big as possible, then dropping a huge creature every turn. that would entail eldrazi's and a lot of mana ramping.

a second option would be to try and scry as often as possible. that way you can turn your deck into a very specific combo deck with intricate interactions that you can replicate relatively consistently. i didn't quite filter for color, but here are some suggestions to get your mind going: Aqueous Form Battlewise Hoplite Catacomb Sifter Contraband Kingpin Curator of Mysteries Eyes of the Watcher Flamespeaker Adept Jace's Sanctum Knowledge and Power Lifecrafter's Bestiary Prescient Chimera Prognostic Sphinx Retreat to Coralhelm

Squirrel_of_War on The Slimy Druid of Death

3 months ago

I also have a Mimeo druid combo deck! You should try Laboratory Maniac so you don't lose if your combo doesn't go off. Mirror-Mad Phantasm is an instant mill combo with Necrotic Ooze. Also Disciple of the Ring is insane with Necrotic Ooze and a full graveyard. Counter everything. Honorable mentions, Prognostic Sphinx, Haunted Dead, Songs of the Damned, Dread Return, Crypt of Agadeem. Check out my build when you have time.



Azakamidake on Scrybaby

4 months ago

Thanks guys! I'll make those changes and keep researching. I've only played standard up til now so I'm bound to be a bit behind the curve. Should Guttersnipe be abandoned as well after I replace Prescient Chimera and Prognostic Sphinx with lower cost creatures?

entheogeneral on Could you please help me ...

4 months ago

You probably know these but my little brother's Nekusar deck runs smoothly Temple Bell Howling Mine Chandra Ablaze (her second ability makes 'em draw lotta cards. Skyscribing Spiteful Visions Fevered Visions Black Vise Otherworld Atlas Dictate of Kruphix Dream Fracture Prosperity are just some of the basic cards. If do properly, they'll often have to discard a lotta cards so cards like AEtherize and Crush of Tentacles work really well. Other cards that just go well with this deck include Nightscape Familiar Chandra, the Firebrand Torchling Prognostic Sphinx Cruel Ultimatum Blasphemous Act Dissipation Field

Sargeras on Izzet Midrange on a Budget

5 months ago

Interesting deck idea, so +1, I'll give what I can for some suggestions. But first I must ask a clarifying question. If by "A trip to the shop" you mean FNM, and you intend on winning (with friends or not), then that does make it competitive, even though you don't plan on playing this deck at GPs, (a lot of people at shops play netdecked t1 decks that try to stomp out any and all competition) but this is simply my opinion.

  1. Replace Dissolve with Mana Leak, it's cheap, and counters almost everything that is played in modern and lets you curve out while you assemble your game plan.

  2. I'd highly recommend playing Bedlam Reveler over Prognostic Sphinx for a few reasons, #1 reveler is card draw at the price of discarding your hand, which likely isn't great, but in fact, this action fuels your Spellheart Chimera and gives you access to better card filtering.

  3. Speaking of card filtering, Serum Visions, Faithless Looting, Anticipate, and cards like it are wonderful at getting through your draws to get you the cards you need, (also fuels Spellheart). I get that Steam Augury is the UR fact or fiction, but you need to be curving out if you want this to be a midrange deck and not a control build.

  4. Lands... If you intend on being able to play 4-5 drops consistently around turns 4-5, you need to be playing at least 24 lands, as otherwise you will fall up short when you need to be winning the game.

  5. While I get that your playgroup is casual, personally, I'd replace with Melek, Izzet Paragon with Keranos, God of Storms as Keranos is an easy backup wincon that can win you games.

  6. Find a place to put Lightning Bolt.

  7. What is the purpose of Ral Zarek in this deck? Is it to possibly achieve his ultimate and simply kill the opponent with flying creatures? I'm just wondering if his purpose would be better served if he were another big creature to fill the board, as most decks that are played in modern are designed to kill around turn 4.

  8. The deck needs a sideboard plan, I'd recommend cards like Dispel and Negate for control matchups, Vandalblast for decks like Affinity, I could see Dragon's Claw as budget attempt to help against burn, Guttersnipe could be a way to grind out value with all the spells you play; and while this deck may be casual, blue and red decks are notorius for having a hard time killing anything with a toughness higher then 4, which is why something like Vapor Snag can be pertintent. (It also sometimes gives you the jankiest wins.)

Let me know if this was what you were looking for, or if you want to be on the jankier end of the spectrum.

Cheers!

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