Read the Bones


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual 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

Argy on Abzan's Siege on the World

2 days ago

I prefer Painful Lesson to Read the Bones, as the versatility means you can use it to finish off an Opponent who is on 2 life.

You have mentioned upgrades, and I think you would do well to incorporate 4x Vraska's Contempt, as Planeswalkers cause this problems.

It would also allow you to get rid of Creatures lands, which easily skirt Declaration in Stone, and Liliana, the Last Hope.

You've got Eerie Interlude (I would make this 4x), but you can also use Blossoming Defense, and Heroic Intervention to protect your Creatures.

Winds of Qal Sisma is another personal favourite of mine.

Alternatively, you could run Archangel Avacyn  Flip as she gives you lots of options, including Indestructibility.

You are missing some bigger Creatures with evasion. Something like Archangel Avacyn  Flip, and Gisela, the Broken Blade, or Angel of Sanctions, could work.

This is definitely a good start. I look forward to where this brew might end up.

Mccriggles on Rakdos Walkers

3 days ago

I'd swap Read the Bones with Phyrexian Arena and swap Night's Whisper with Dreadbore or Thoughtseize. You'd get consistent card draw out of the Phyrexian Arena. If Dreadbore or Thoughtseize aren't appealing, at least add more Faithless Looting. Id take it over Read the Bones and Night's Whisper anytime.

TheChaosVault on Black Storm

3 days ago

@Pinkie_Satanas I've played a deck that works very much like this (with the exception of running 4x Reaping the Graves) while I have played only one game with it so far, I managed to combo off on turn two and win. It didn't feel like I had a god hand either.

@fruuty while I don't think it would work in my deck, I love the idea of using Bubbling Muck. My only recommendation would be to run Read the Bones over Sign in Blood, seeing 4 cards can be very useful.

razorjack on Heck, it's a Doggo Deck

3 days ago

+1 for seeing all the doggos and then noticing Read the Bones is there as well.

splatterb0y on rats, rats, we're the rats

5 days ago

I suggest you add Chainer's Edict or Disfigure to deal with possible creature threats. Supernatural Stamina is also a nice combat trick. Read the Bones and Sign in Blood can provide you with card advantage. Instead of Skullsnatcher you could play try playing Bojuka Bog.

Nausea and Trespasser's Curse are nice sideboard cards for facing goblins, elves or allys.

Triton on You Can Call Me Grandaddy

1 week ago

hoardofnotions I could cut the Monument pretty easy, my thoughts were since a majority of my creatures are black, most of their mana costs are lowered. It's nice for an aggro deck, but I may cut it.

After thinking about it, Door of Destinies is pretty slow for what it does and has no immediate impact, so I'll cut it for Reconnaissance. Same goes for Well of Lost Dreams, as I'm slowly going away from the life drain part of the deck. I'll cut the latter for Read the Bones.

Bxbx Carnival of Souls looks interesting, and sadly I don't have the money for Urza's Incubator. I may consider Bloodflow Connoisseur from the vampires you've mentioned, I don't really care for those effects too much in EDH but I may change my mind if they prove effective.

Thanks for the suggestions and upvote!

hoardofnotions on You Can Call Me Grandaddy

1 week ago

bontu's monument could be replaced with a 2 mana rock imo

Painful Truths has been exellcent for me, Read the Bones is strong as well

Fellwar Stone Mind Stone and Everflowing Chalice are good

Orim's Thunder is flexible as well

I think i agree with the person above about taking out door of destinies

saturn999 on Death to all

1 week ago

maybe some land destruction in the main or the side? Ghost Quarter, Field of Ruin or Fulminator Mage to name a few! and with your removal in the side-board you can really hurt tron...just as planned! maybe a couple Read the Bones. at turn 3 they're not bad and you can dig 4 deep in your library as someone pointed out to me on one of my decks! Nixilis is cool but does he help you that much at 5 CMC? I can see him as being a kill or draw spell which is ok. how about a Gray Merchant of Asphodel for a nice bit of life gain/drain. either way +1. I can see how this deck could be effective!

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