Sphinx-Bone Wand


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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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Rare
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Rare

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Sphinx-Bone Wand


Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may put a charge counter on Sphinx-Bone Wand. If you do, Sphinx-Bone Wand deals damage equal to the number of charge counters on it to target creature or player.

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Sphinx-Bone Wand Discussion

Sacramentho on Talrand, Master of NO

2 weeks ago

Thanks for your advice Shinwizzles!You are totally right about Illusionist's Bracers, I had misunderstood that card so I will exchange that for something else. Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur is definitely a good card, but he's a little bit too expensive for my budget.I've had a blast with Sphinx-Bone Wand so I will keep that in the deck even though it might not be the most competitive.Guile and Future Sight are two really nice suggestions that I will definitely think about adding to my deck.Once again, thanks for your comments! :)

Shinwizzles on Talrand, Master of NO

2 weeks ago

Nice deck! I like Talrand, Sky Summoner for his bitchin' ability to crank out drakes like crazy. If you would like some suggestions though, I think you could do with dropping some creatures. If you included Proteus Staff, you could add in some huge CMC creatures with mean effects that can be cheated out early in the game. More dudes like Tidespout Tyrant and Stormtide Leviathan are good places to start. Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur and Guile have been working out well in my deck. The Proteus Staff can also be used to whisk away other pesky creatures, at the gamble of having to deal with another worse one.

Also, who's ability are you copying with Illusionist's Bracers? They only copy activated abilities, and I believe Talrand, Sky Summoner's ability is a triggered ability. Strionic Resonator could copy the ability, but I wouldn't recommend it. I'd go with Rite of Replication if you're in a big ol' hurry to get drakes out.

Staff of Nin seems overpriced for the weak effect. You could get the same effect from Future Sight and it is significantly cheaper. Bident of Thassa works too, if you're absolutely bent on drawing cards.

As an overall thought, you might want to lower the average CMC of spells in your deck. Being able to crank out 4 or 5 drakes in one turn based on several 1 or 2 CMC spells is a frightening ability, especially when done several times in a row. The neat thing is that many bounce spells (which open your opponents' spells back up to being countered if you missed them the first time) are super cheap anyway. Bounce an opponent's creature, get a drake to swing with next turn, counter that creature when they recast it, netting another drake to swing with, lather/rinse/repeat.

You might want to consider cutting the Sphinx-Bone Wand. I was super on the fence about it until I realized that it didn't spread the love around. I'd hate on one person with it until they died, and it'd make me a pretty obvious target. Even if you spread around who it hits with each spell, there are better and cheaper ways to deal damage.

Please don't think I'm trying to tell you how to run your deck, these are all just suggestions to perhaps think about.

Seems like a really solid deck! Thanks for sharing!

Rahvin_dom on Talrand

3 weeks ago

fhowe36 - I've been meaning to pick up that card. When I get one, this is a great place to put it.

Profet93 - You're right about Favorable Winds. It was a recent addition when I added Coat of Arms, and it just doesn't do enough on its own to justify inclusion, particularly since it's not an instant or sorcery.

I disagree on Sphinx-Bone Wand. It's actually managed to pull a lot of weight as creature removal and eventual win condition. I have a ton of protection for it...and protecting it even triggers more. The CMC is very high, granted, but typically that's fine by the time I actually want to use it. I wouldn't include it in a low-to-the-ground Storm list, but this is a little more relaxed than that. I added it when I removed my infinite combos since I needed to fill in the missing win condition, and it's actually won a couple of games on its own.

As Foretold is great, and I'll probably add it as a replacement for Favorable Winds since the CMC is similar.

In fact, there's a Buyback card that would work very well with As Foretold and Sphinx-Bone Wand. I'm blanking on the name, but it's a cheap Blue instant that can add or remove a counter from a permanent.

Profet93 on Talrand

3 weeks ago


I love to see another Talrand user. +1 from me! I like your deck a lot. I suggest removing Inundate its a board "wipe" that might not work if they run blue (meta dependent). Moreover, it costs 6 and is at sorcery speed.

I would suggest Ixidron (very few people see it coming and stops a lot of people's BS. Gets around hexproof :)

Sphinx-Bone Wand also costs too much for what it does. You're better off running an extra turn spell like Time Warp (or many of it's cousins) or even better As Foretold (Read: EACH TURN!!!)

Favorable Winds is a winmore card. If you have a bunch of drakes, it kind of helps you. If you don't, then it's a dead draw.

Riptide Laboratory to protect Talrand and reuse Snapcaster Mage

Torrential Gearhulk is another potential addition. I understand you don't want to run creatures but the 2 I mentioned give you spells so they are worth considering.

I run a competitive Talrand deck and since your deck looks solid with a $700 budget, I'd love your input on my deck Tisk Tisk Talrand.

Let me know if you have any questions or want more suggestions for your deck. Cheers!

Ruw on Mizzix Spellslinger

3 weeks ago

Mizzix's Mastery and Epic Experiment, I would take out the cluestone and keyrune for signets. Also I would cut back on the creatures you will have enough blockers and possible wincon with Metallurgic Summonings and Talrand, Sky Summoner. Melek is 6 mana you could use to play spells which in my opinion slows down the deck to much. And if you switched Archaeomancer with Mystic Retrieval you could cast for one blue and flashback for one red for the same effect. Past in Flames is and auto include. and if you are looking for another wincon Sphinx-Bone Wand. Not bad for a first attempt. Hope this helps.

Reverie42 on Melek, the Copy Fiend

1 month ago

I wrote a bit comment and it got eaten by TappedOut. So, apologies for the brevity on this rewrite. These are a few suggestions based on a similar deck of mine.

Possible adds:

Potential Cuts:

  • I think the 1-shot token producers are probably not that great. They're reasonably good with Purphoros, but I don't think that's worth 6 slots in the deck. Don't worry about creature count in Melek. A lot of Melek decks actually go creatureless for the Proteus Staff combo.
  • Phyrexian Altar is probably really borderline unless you're running something like Fall of the Titans to just win without having to go an extra turn by saccing out all of your Empty the Warrens tokens.
  • Strionic Resonator is at best a very situational fork in Melek. It's probably better to spend your mana on a cheap cantrip / draw spell like Gitaxian Probe or Treasure Cruise.
  • Echo Mage is really expensive and vulnerable for its effect. You have to pump 7 mana and wait a turn to copy 1 spell. At that point, you're probably better off casting Eye of the Storm.

SaltySpecula on Ramos, the Cascading Flicker Storm

1 month ago

Absolutely. It's a one mana spell that provides another outlet for 2-3 cost cascade spells and it's a 1 mana spell that can put a +1/+1 counter on Ramos as well as tick up Sphinx-Bone Wand or Aetherflux Reservoir. It's great value. The additional storm copies are more or less irrelevant to the deck. Same thing for a few of the storm cards.

hapE on Melek Spellslinger Storm

1 month ago

It's funny my Melek deck is my combo deck and my Mizzix deck is my value deck. Avoiding adding combo cards some synergistic cheap cards I've found are Dream Cache (brainstorm but worse), Mystic Speculation, and Soothsaying. However, these may lean the deck more towards depending on Melek too much, but Mystic Speculation is great for Sphinx-Bone Wand/any storm card.

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