Read the Bones


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

Whiskerbro on I Get By

5 days ago

I'm curious exactly what you like with black here. Gets you a mediocre exalted effect and a mediocre unblockable dude, but I think blue is just a much better fit, as it gets you more and better unblockable guys, as well as better exalted, and can let you dig for more creatures.

Now on to replacements for Mind Rot and Doom Blade. And I forgot to mention, Duress is good, but you probably don't want to be running more than one or two in the mainboard, as it can be a completely dead card in certain matchups. Snuff Out is a potential option that can be cheated out for a big life swing. I also like Chainer's Edict because it's very good against Bogles decks, but it does struggle against stuff like aristocrats or stompy, really anything that has Young Wolf. Hideous End, Grasp of Darkness, or Victim of Night are all options here as well.

Past removal, there are some utility cards that could be good here. Unearth is great cause everything's low CMC. Night's Whisper or Read the Bones can stop you from running out of steam lategame. Maybe you could just run some solid creatures as well, Chittering Rats provides some sweet disruption and has a fine body. I'd look to cut your Guardians of Akrasa as well, as the card is pretty bad. I think you'd be better off with another solid creature rather than running one just because it says exalted on it.

Chasmolinker on GB Rock

1 week ago

I swapped Relic of Progenitus for Nihil Spellbomb. I hadn't thought of the downside of relic. I think I'm gonna drop Painful Truths as well. I had it in my Jund sb but in 2 colors it's not worth it. I'll will go with Read the Bones instead. Thanks for the suggestions.

tragic_64 on GB Rock

1 week ago

relic in sideboard can also hurt you more than it helps id rather have Nihil Spellbomb instead because it leaves your yard behind to keep goyf big. painful truths with only 2 colors is not as much of an advantage as it is in 3 colors if you want a similar effect maybe try Read the Bones otherwise phyrexian arena sideboarded can help you in matches where you need card draw and dark confidant doesn't stick. also noticing a lot of graveyard hate in your sideboard 3 cards that hit cards in the graveyard is really all you need in side maybe a nihil spellbomb and surgical extraction split of some sort. extirpate is cool and all but split second rarely comes up and surgical can be cast for free a lot too.

other good options to consider areCourser of KruphixKitchen Finksfor life gain if your worried about self damage from dark confidant, thoughtseize, and the huge 8 fetches you run

Eilel on Mono Black Control

1 week ago

What about Read the Bones instead of Sign in Blood, Read the bones lets you dig 2 cards deeper in your deck, for only one extra mana. That actually makes your mana curve more smooth, since you play 21 two drops and only 8 three drops

slaftergames on Mono Black control somehow

1 week ago

Fatal Push! Consider also Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Leechridden Swamp, and perhaps Sign in Blood or Read the Bones for some draw.

Shred Memory and Beseech the Queen could also be nice, if there are particular cards within those parameters that you'd like easy access to.

jimmynitos on Orzhov Value City

1 week ago

Scry 2 is truly a powerful effect, but you should consider if is that relevant for your gameplan. This deck seems consistent enough to dismiss the effect for a faster card.

As a MBC player myself, Sign in Blood is the better option, although I miss the scry in some matchups. I've tested Read the Bones and the cmc affect my gameplan too much, so you could try Night's Whisper during some time and compare the results.

HaazdaGerfson on Orzhov Value City

1 week ago

Thanks for the input! I've definitely thought about running either Night's Whisper or Sign in Blood over Read the Bones. Between those two, Sign in Blood has a riskier mana cost, but can be used as pseudo-burn to the opponent in some cases. Either way, the reason I've gone with Read the Bones is that in the case that I wouldn't have the third mana to cast Read the Bones I likely still have other cards in my hand to play with my one or two mana, and so I wouldn't need to "reload" on cards yet. On the other hand, if I have no cards to play and do need to "reload" it is likely because I've gotten enough land to play my hand out pretty thoroughly. In that case, I can replenish my cards with the bonus scry (which is so underrated!). All in all, you may even still be right, because when I reload on cards, I would have an extra mana available that turn to play something - which is a key point. I'll have to playtest that some! Thanks again, and let me know what you think!

jimmynitos on Orzhov Value City

1 week ago

Have you considered Night's Whisper over Read the Bones?

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