Read the Bones


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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Common
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs Eldrazi (DDP) Common
Magic Origins (ORI) Common
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Theros (THS) Common

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Read the Bones


Scry 2, then draw two cards. You lose 2 life. (To scry 2, look at the top two 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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Read the Bones Discussion

krestofu on mono black zombies

14 hours ago

Necropotence is amazing. You could replace Read the Bones and add it in. Also maybe throw in a copy or two of Lake of the Dead for some ramp. I'd add in some one drop creatures, maybe cut Harsh Scrutiny and a Profane Command for 3x Cryptbreaker. I'd also add in a total of 6 of the following cutting some of your other creatures and a Sol Ring maybe: Miasmic Mummy, Plaguebearer, Relentless Dead, Shepherd of Rot, or Stromgald Crusader. You could add in some lords... Death Baron, Lord of the Undead, and Undead Warchief are solid. Some other things to consider are Attrition, Curse of Shallow Graves, Endless Ranks of the Dead, and Call to the Grave. Hope this helps out!

Spazik008 on Mardu Warriors

1 day ago

I'd check out Painful Truths instead of Read the Bones. Great card draw spell for 3 color decks.

MoonageDaydreamer on Outlast Onslaught

4 days ago

Good day to you, good Pyrowolf,

I think you have some solid ideas. A lot of these cards seem like stand alone cards enhanced by Anafenza, which is always solid, but here are a couple cards that might go well with her +1/+1 counter love: Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, because bolster is still solid, and Anafenza won't be weirded out at all by seeing her own ghost. Armament Corps, possibly. Avatar of the Resolute because why not? Crowned Ceratok, because all big guys like trample. Cruel Sadist, repeatable removal. Enduring Scalelord is mainly there for looks, but can be useful if your opponents lack flying. Juniper Order Ranger. Map the Wastes, for that mana ramp/bolster combo (but not a combo combo). Retribution of the Ancients, repeatable removal. Servant of the Scale, for when you want to make sweet, passionate love to counters. And I'd think he works real well with something like Sandsteppe Mastodon. Warden of the First Tree, one of my all-time favorite cards. Like Figure of Destiny, but not as creepy (or as good).

You should maybe try to utilize Anafenza's graveyard hate as well. Black loves to throw things in graveyards, and she would bounce them into exile. Standard discard effects might be nice, but try: Magister of Worth, although it would likely be condemnation if you've been exiling everything. Duress, nothing fancy, but a classic in my opinion. When you can utilize every usable part of your commander without having too much going on, you know you're heading in the right direction.

And here are some additional solid Abzan-colored cards and lands, too: Abzan Banner, it's in the name. Condemn. Command Tower, useful in any EDH deck except mono-colored. Duneblast, in theory, but it is a 7-drop :\ Beast Within, pretty slick instant-speed removal in green. Evolving Wilds. Farseek, multi-colored ramp that is unaffected by color identity. Golgari Rot Farm, solid if you're not trying to go bankrupt on the mana base. Korozda Guildmage, or similar mana sinks for all of that excessive mana you should have with how long you're enduring. Orzhov Basilica. Rampant Growth, solid, but just be looking for mana ramp. Sandsteppe Citadel, probably a good idea. Selesnya Sanctuary.

Pardon, but I think you could find some more useful/powerful cards than AEther Snap, Burst of Energy, and Burst of Strength. AEther Snap is pretty good, I feel like it'd be too counter-productive here.

Remember to keep an eye on draw cards, even stuff like Read the Bones can give you that needed bit of card advantage.

Lastly, your deck may be asking for quite a bit of time and effort to build up into a glorious threat. It would sure be a shame to see all of it go to waste when some plays Hour of Revelation or something like that. Board wipes are inevitable in EDH, but maybe try to find some remedy to that for this deck. Glaring Spotlight could maybe help a little.

I hope these are helpful, good luck!

ImtheRealBear on $9 bat tribal!

4 days ago

One more thought, I would say Read the Bones over Sign in Blood.

Hyperalgialysis on I need a counter deck ...

1 week ago

What the guy above me said, 24 swamps 3 Nightmare, sets of Tendrils of Corruption and Corrupt and Read the Bones

_raeofsunlight on Orzhov Extort

2 weeks ago

I would honestly replace Underworld Coinsmith and Kalastria Healer with Suture Priest and Kambal, Consul of Allocation. You have way more creatures than you do enchantments, plus with Suture Priest you don't have to pay mana for the effect. You might also want to look into Chalice of Life  Flip, Ajani's Pridemate, Syndic of Tithes, Read the Bones, Odric, Lunarch Marshal (he doesn't give everyone extort, but he will give them flying and lifelink, which is okay because you've added Pontiff of Blight

punkrawkmonkey on Orzhov Budget Blink EDH

3 weeks ago

So two things that are difficult for Orzhov that are essential for any commander deck are generating card advantage and ramping. HUGE for any deck running white is Land Tax. It's pricey but there's a reason. Not only does it ensure you will have a land drop every turn, it also generates enormous card advantage since you are pulling out all of your lands from your deck, giving you a greater chance to draw into things that will actually help you. Kor Cartographer will also do this for you. It's basically another Solemn Simulacrum (minus that one card draw effect of course). Rune-Scarred Demon seems really dirty in this deck. I also feel like there might be some way to go infinite with Rings of Brighthearth type effects although I'm not exactly sure what cards you would need if it's even possible. I can look into that more if you'd like the option to do that. Or not. I know some play groups frown upon going infinite in EDH. Also I see no reason not to run either one or both of Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile. Excellent creature removal for any deck running white.

On the topic of card advantage, I tend to go for things like Phyrexian Arena or Greed instead of cards like Read the Bones because they continue to generate card advantage the longer they stay on the board, rather than being a one and done type thing.

These are all the suggestions I can provide you with right now as I am at work, but if you want I can give it a little more thought later on. Nice deck btw! I commend you for not running blue in a deck like this ;)

ImtheRealBear on Mono Black Budget

3 weeks ago

nice deck! personally I prefer Read the Bones to Sign in Blood. Go for the Throat is a little over a dollar but I think is much better than Doom Blade. Another win con you could try is Exsanguinate or the budget version Profane Command. Good luck with it!

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