Read the Bones


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs Eldrazi Common
Magic Origins Common
Commander 2014 Common
Theros 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

MrTristan19 on Making Gorgons Great Again: Sisters of Stone Death

1 day ago

Your deck looks sweet! I think from here you could find more ways to give your commander trample, such as Nylea, God of the Hunt and more tutors, Increasing Ambition is a budget favorite of mine, but you can save up for the more expensive ones if you feel the deck needs more consistency. I'd also recommend taking out a few of the lure spells for more draw spells. Phyrexian Arena, Read the Bones, Harmonize, Sign in Blood, even Rishkar's Expertise would all greatly improve the deck. Also, cheap mana dorks like Elvish Mystic and Elves of Deep Shadow can help you get off the ground faster.

Supahpikmin on Soul Assassins

2 days ago

This deck is wonderfully solid and consistent, and I've been having a lot of fun testing it! I do, however, see a few fatal flaws that keep this deck from dominating.

Your creature removal spells should probably be on the mainboard since many combos that revolve around creature abilities can straight up shut down this deck without you being able to do anything (I tested it against a black enchantment deck, and King Macar, the Gold-Cursed + Claim of Erebos shuts the deck down and there's almost nothing you can do about it, especially because of how squishy Assassin is.)

Your draw power is also a little lacking. Since your creatures are relatively cheap, it would help a lot to be able to increase their output. Simple pain-draw spells such as Read the Bones, Sign in Blood, or even Ob Nixilis Reignited could remediate that.

Again, I think this deck is absolutely fantastic, consistent, and has the potential to dominate almost any game with just a few minor tweaks. Pridemate + Soul Warden/Attendent is an incredibly strong early game combo, and your detterents such as Blood Artist function really well! Keep at it and I know you'll make this perfect in no time. <3 Supahpikmin

Busse on the rack

2 days ago

Black Sun's Zenith, Read the Bones, Skeletal Scrying come to mind, but I'm not really sure what's legal and usable right now in the Modern format.

Busse on the rack

2 days ago

Looks good in a base level. Watch out with those Collective Brutality. You might need draw, such as Phyrexian Arena or Read the Bones.
Check Thiopental (Numbing Euthanasic) for inspiration if you want.

Best regards, B.

Sargeras on Black White Control

3 days ago

Interesting build, so +1, here are my suggestions:

  1. Most of this stuff looks like the WB control deck from standard, which is a slower format, but in modern, almost every deck is trying to kill you around turn 4, which means cards like Read the Bones, Ruinous Path, Transgress the Mind just aren't going to make the cut, if you want card draw Night's Whisper is more on curve (you lose scrying but that should be ok) Phyrexian Arena is also an option that is more dependable. While Ruinous Path, Ultimate Price, and Hero's Downfall were great in standard, 3 mana in modern should get you more, cards like Go for the Throat, Path to Exile, and Dismember are much better at dealing with creatures and are more on curve. (Also, Victim of Night kills pretty much everything in the format, so I'd play it over Grasp of Darkness. Transgress the Mind is obviously outclassed by Inqusition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize but it could probably just be 2 more Castigate, since many deck in the format like burn don't even play 3 drops.

  2. Do you really need 26 lands? 24-25 is what most decks need to consistently play 6 drops, but that's more for you to decide. In any case, some budget duals are Isolated Chapel and Caves of Koilos, I'd probably put chapel in since you play so many basics.

  3. I'm unsure if you need to play both Languish and Wrath of God, because it really should be just 4 wraths if you think you need all 4 of them.

  4. This deck looks well pivoted towards beating creature based decks, but a deck like Ad Nauseeum would run right over you. I'd recommend playing 4 copies of Duress in your sideboard if you don't have inquisitions/thoughtseizes in the main.

  5. The deck needs a sideboard plan, as mentioned above Duress seems like a good option for the deck, I'd also recommend playing Disenchant or moving some amount of Anguished Unmaking into the sideboard, since you likely wont need all of them in a game. If gravehate is needed for budget Tormod's Crypt and Nihil Spellbomb are very cheap. Extirpate can shred combo decks and couples well with discard. There are other ideas but it's all meta dependent.

  6. While I like the idea of assembling Bruna and Gisela, I think a better plan would be to play 2 Gideon Jura, as he can fog for a turn, kill creatures, and is a finisher all by himself. Also, I think you get rid of some of your creature removal to play Lingering Souls since you are so overloaded with it and the synergy it has with cards like Sorin, Solemn Visitor is amazing. Elspeth, Knight-Errant could also be looked at as a one-of since it works with Lingering Souls and Shambling Vent.

These are my suggestions, let me know if you'd like anymore feedback.


acht_deck_manager on What life?

6 days ago

Just some thoughts in case they help build off of what Immortalized said or provide any other useful things to look at:


There are a lot of other draw cards too that you might consider:

And countless more. In a deck like this though there's a lot of value to be had in something like Phyrexian Arena since 1 life per upkeep is no biggie with Oloro around


Here's some other good removal to think about:

Slow Down Taxes

Here are some cards that can really halt your opponent's aggression:

Taxing Creatures

Some other creatures worth mentioning that tax an opponent's life:

Other Notables

Here's some other cards that are worth noting:

  • Pristine Talisman combos well if you have Oloro out (Tap to gain life, spend the mana to draw the card and cost each opponent 1 life)
  • Baleful Strix can be great utility in this kind of deck
  • Reliquary Tower Is always great in draw decks

Additional Thoughts

One card I'd definitely recommend ditching is Azor's Elocutors.

Other cards I see that I'd consider removing if it was me:

I used to play an Oloro deck as well (albeit it with a very different affinity ) using a ton more artifacts and some fun combinations around Darksteel Forge and Nevinyrral's Disk . He's a great commander and a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy the deck and can find something useful in any of my suggestions.

Good luck and happy hunting!

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