Sphinx Ambassador

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

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2010 Core Set (M10) Mythic Rare

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Sphinx Ambassador

Creature — Sphinx

Flying

Whenever Sphinx Ambassador deals combat damage to a player, search that player's library for a card, then that player names a card. If you searched for a creature card that isn't the named card, you may put it onto the battlefield under your control. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

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Sphinx Ambassador Discussion

ClearPearl on The Hidden Ocean-Forest City

2 months ago

As a more detailed comment from the one I made the other day-

Part I) Cards to remove and why:

A) Angler Drake- You have this in here mainly so you can abuse your "enter the battlefield" effects. There are plenty of cheaper options to do this.

B) Storm Sculptor- Basically the same reason as Angler Drake.

C) Sylvan Primordial-Depending on who you ask, this card may or may not be banned. Might as well play it safe and take it out.

Part II) Cards to consider removing and why:

A) Emperor's Vanguard- It's a decently powerful creature for its cost and can help you get land, but there are some more reliable ways to get card advantage. If you add more ways to get through opponents defenses (i.e. unblockable effects) then I guess this can stay.

B) Blossom Dryad- It's good because it can untap the lands that tap for two mana, but you might want to go for a more reliable, cheaper mana source (i.e. Birds of Paradise, Curse of Bounty, Deserted Temple, Krosan Restorer, Bloom Tender, Elvish Mystic, Gyre Sage, Llanowar Elves, Quirion Elves, Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary, Sylvan Caryatid

C) Carnage Tyrant- It's a powerful creature, and it's hard to get rid of, but other than that, it doesn't offer much. Considering you have other power creatures in your deck (i.e. Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger), you might want to consider replacing the tyrant with something just as big that can offer more synergy with the rest of your deck. Consider: Sphinx Ambassador or Colossal Whale, among others.

D) Last Thoughts- Gives you a single card with the promise of more cards later, which is nice, but for 4 mana you could probably reliably get more card draw than this card offers.

E) Growing Rites of Itlimoc- In many decks this card is very powerful, but for your deck, in playtesting it turns out you rarely have 4 creatures out at a time, making this card not really worth having in your deck. You have plenty of other ways to get loads of mana, so you can probably remove this one without problem.

F) Jace's Erasure- It's nice to mil cards especially since you're drawing cards anyway, but mil is an unreliable way to debilitate your opponent unless your whole deck is built around the strategy. You might be able to remove a good card or two, but it's a gamble that often doesn't pay off in the long run.

G) Loxodon Warhammer- Good card, not much synergy with your deck. There are better cards that you can use to combo things.

Part III) Small creatures to consider:After playtesting a bunch, it seems your deck likely needs a few more small creatures so you have a better chance of defending yourself or making a dent in your opponent early on. Here are a few suggestions:

A) Invisible Stalker- Small dude, unblockable and hexproof. It's pretty neat and you can combo with those cards that let you draw if you deal damage to an opponent.

B) Ohran Viper- Smallish creature, gets you early card advantage. Deathtouch is a nice touch.

C) Slith Predator- Smaller than Ohran Viper but it gets bigger the more often you poke an opponent with it.

D) Slith Strider- The best of both Ohran Viper and Slith Predator. You might draw a card, you might make the little guy bigger, either way, you get a good early-game bonus.

E) Thada Adel, Acquisitor- Smallish creature, and chances are your opponent as a good artifact or two you can abuse. Early on you can exile cards you don't want your opponent to use, and later on you can just summon that shit for yourself.

F) Zhuge Jin, Wu Strategist- Smallish creature, makes one of your other creatures unblockable every turn. Early game helps with the little dudes like the Slith bros or Thada Adel, late game helps with your big guys to deal big damage to your opponents.

G) Stealer of Secrets- Another small dude that gets you card advantage early on.

Part IV) Removal to consider:The other big thing I noticed when playtesting with your deck is you don't have much removal for when your opponent sneaks past your counter spells. Here are a few suggestions to remedy that.

A) Cyclonic Rift- If you would put any of my suggestions in your deck, you should definitely put this one in. Reacts effectively to early-game threats as well as late-game ones (Plus it hilariously screws with token decks since tokens die instead of going into a hand). When you overload it, it bypasses both hexproof and indestructible. Very few cards can resist it at that point.

B) Wash Out- Can be pretty helpful, especially if your opponent doesn't play blue or green. Works as cyclonic rift in regards to bypassing defenses.

C) Dissolve- Yeah it's another counter spell but this one lets you scry.

D) Voyage's End- Removes a threat and lets you scry.

E) Duplicant- You probably remember this one from my karador EDH. It's not as good here, but it's still good removal. Exiles an enemy while getting yourself a decent creature in the process.

F) Phyrexian Ingester- Blue Duplicant.

G) Brittle Effigy- Exiles a threat and puts your opponent on edge because WHO WILL YOU EXILE OH GOD!

H) Heartseeker- Somewhat reliable destroy effect for creatures, which is uncommon in blue.

I) Curse of the Swine- Exiles multiple creatures and replaces them with cute lil piggies (I love Theros lore, it's just straight-up greek mythology)

J) Reality Shift- Cheap exile effect with an insignificant drawback.

K) Pongify- Cheap destroy effect with a drawback that's only a big deal in the early game.

L) Rapid Hybridization- Same as Pongify.

M) Lux Cannon- Pretty decent late-game removal, but it takes time to set up.

N) Ugin, the Spirit Dragon- Pretty neat planeswalker addition with removal and card draw.

O) Steel Hellkite- Pretty neat creature that removes stuff, easy to hit opponent with your unblockable shenanigans.

P) Krosan Grip- Good cheap removal.

Q) Acidic Slime- Good mid-game creature. Removal and deathtouch.

R) Song of the Dryads- Can hilariously be used on commanders without sending them to the command zone.

S) Evacuation- The blue version of a board wipe.

Part V) Abusing "Enter the Battlefield" effects, aka "Flicker" effects.You probably want a few more of these.

A) Deadeye Navigator- Flicker whatever you want as many times as you want, provided you have the mana for it. You can change soulbonds every time you flicker.

B) Ghostly Flicker- Flicker two different things and you can do it in response to an opponent targeting something to prevent it from succeeding.

C) Archaeomancer- You want this almost as much as you want eternal witness.

D) Eternal Witness- Bring back any card into your hand. Wanna use any of your instants/sorceries again? Cuz ya can. Want a creature back? Revive that shit.

E) Equilibrium- Works on both your creatures and your opponent's.

F) Mulldrifter- For three mana, it's basically a sorcery that draws you a couple cards. For five mana, it's a creature that can be flickered.

G) Palinchron- Considering the lands you have that provide double mana, you may end up with an infinite mana combo here.

H) Nephalia Smuggler- Reliable flicker effect.

I) Augury Owl- Small flickerable creature, plus you can get an early-game scry which is nice.

J) Omenspeaker- Same as the owl.

G) Cryptic Annelid- More scrying.

H) Fool's Demise- Keep your big guys alive while abusing their "enter the battlefield" effect.

I) Mystic Snake- Since you love countering so much, why don't you flicker to get even more countering?

J) Prime Speaker Zegana- Hey this looks kinda like your commander, doesn't it?

K) Strionic Resonator- This works on any trigger effect, which includes every one of your "enter the battlefield" effects.

Part VI) Land ShenanigansYou can always use more land shenanigans. It's pretty easy to replace a basic land with one of these options.

A) Hinterland Harbor-Good dual land. Chances are you can get it out untapped, and it's not even a big deal if it comes in tapped.

B) Rogue's Passage- Why is this not already in here?

C) Breeding Pool- Another good dual land option. It also counts as a "forest" or "island" for effects that specify those words (i.e. Hinterland Harbor).

Part VII) Other cards to consider and why:A) Prophet of Kruphix- Really synergizes with your counter spells. Feel free to tap out all your land to play a creature, cuz at the beginning of your opponent's untap step (even before their upkeep), all your land is free to use again to counter stuff (and use other instant-speed effects).

B) Genesis- Bringing back your dead creatures is usually a good thing.

C) Sphinx Ambassador- Fun big card.

D) Colossal Whale- Another fun big card.

E) Hunter's Insight- Easy way to get a good amount of card advantage.

F) Veil of Secrecy- Creature gets hexproof and unblockable for a turn, which is neat.

G) Artful Dodge- More unblockable.

H) Boundless Realms- ALL THE RAMP

I) Protective Bubble- The blue whispersilk cloak.

J) Aqueous Form-Unblockable AND scry

K) Into the Wilds- More ramp is nice.

The problem with EDH is you ONLY get 100 cards, which always sounds like a lot more than it is. At one point it just becomes a question of what do yo personally like the most. Have fun narrowing this list down.

Force_of_Willb on Updated blue unblockable commander

3 months ago

Cephalid Constable is just mean with unblockable (and pump effects like cage the sun / gauntlet of power, etc)

Thada Adel, Acquisitor or Sphinx Ambassador use your opponent's deck against themselves

Deepfathom Skulker as another Coastal Piracy or Bident of Thassa effect

Yesterday on The Sphinxes are coming!

4 months 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!

Grimjack on Nicol Bolas Slaver

4 months ago

The other changes I can recall were more ironing out the wrinkles:

+Sphinx Ambassador, -Lord of the Void. Both are big fliers that play cards from opponents decks but the sphinx was more interactive and hence entertaining.

-Blazing Specter, -Doomsday Specter, -Scythe Specter, +misc utility. The specter suite swapped out for. Lot of things over time, but I think I utilmately changed them to NB God Pharoh, Torment of Hailfire and Hour of Devastation. I later cut hour of devastation for Zealous Conscripts, and then later changed it to a Baleful Strix to help get more draw.

n0bunga on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

5 months ago

Totally!

Mono U has some powerful Sphinxes like Consecrated Sphinx and its sweet share of jank Sphinx Ambassador. But a general that can't even utilize the best of the artifact sphinxes, sphinx tutors etc? Makes me a Sad Panda.

chosenone124 on Sphinx Ambassador vs Future Sight

5 months ago

My opponent has a Future Sight and a very powerful creature on top of their library. I hit them with Sphinx Ambassador.

Will that creature remain on top of their library during the naming process if I don't pick it, and can they look at their top card?

MoJoMiXuP on Looking for a blue spell ...

7 months ago

Sphinx Ambassador is another fun one.

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