Sphinx's Tutelage

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Magic Origins (ORI) Uncommon

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Sphinx's Tutelage

Enchantment

Whenever you draw a card, target opponent puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. If they are both nonland cards that share a color, repeat this process.

: Draw a card, then discard a card.

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Sphinx's Tutelage Discussion

alias42 on under da sea

2 weeks ago

Fair warning, mill in edh will make you a target. If we're going for it anyway....

First up, I'd add a Sol Ring. Your tribe seems to be a mixture of octopi, krakens, and leviathans. All of which have high cmcs. Fairly certain you need the ramp.

Keening Stone Sphinx's Tutelage and Jace, Memory Adept are all fairly cheap and will make milling people out fairly easy.

Bloodchief Ascension gives you an infinite combo with mindcrank.

Also, not sure if your tribal rule allows for this or not, but if it is ocean dweller tribal then maybe a Hedron Crab?

FenrisBurgess on Quick Mill Kill

3 weeks ago

TypicalTimmy on Why do people think Griselbrand ...

1 month ago

I'd also like to point out that drawing 7 cards with him in a mill deck where you run things such as Sphinx's Tutelage is absolutely devastating.

Most Modern decks run 2 - 3 colors. Rare exceptions are things such as Elves and Burn which are mono-colors and 5C Humans. There are nearly no 4C Modern decks because the balancing is not worth the deck potential, though they can be made with enough effort. The real problem here isn't that 4C isn't powerful, it's that the manafixing is absurd. 5C Humans, I've seen go for literally $1,300 - well out of the budget for I'd say 90% of MTG players. My most expensive Modern deck is $340 and I bought damaged cards and foreign cards to help reduce the cost - and that thing took me two weeks of overtime to save up for with enough cushion set aside to ensure bills can still be paid on time.

As a quick example, I'm going to grab a Modern deck I have and do a casual playthrough on what would happen with just a Sphinx's Tutelage and Griselbrand.

Alright, let's give you the benefit of the doubt and say I am running my Rakdos Minotaur deck. This thing packs a serious punch and is all about dropping Instant-speed kill spells while building up a Minotaur Tribal wall of death before I swing in for 160+ damage with just 4 - 5 creatures.

I'm going to draw my hand, and skip on over to T4. This gives you time to get a Sphinx's Tutelage out without ramp, somehow have landed Griselbrand in your graveyard, and cast yourself a Goryo's Vengeance to bring him out on your 4th turn.

So I draw 7 cards, I'll go first, and draw three more as my turns come and go. This leaves 50 cards left in my library.

Let's see what happens when you draw 7 with Sphinx's Tutelage on the field.

Okay, so that wasn't so bad on my end. So suppose you pay 7 more life, draw 7 more cards, and put me through this 7 more times.

So you milled me for a total of 32 cards. You would have paid 14 life, but remember you could swing for 7 damage since he has Haste via Goryo's Vengeance and pay it AGAIN, so let's make me go through this one last time and see where I'm left off at. Remember, I had 10 cards accounted for between my opening hand and my three draw steps. So I only have 18 cards left in my library. So you pay 7 more life and we go through this whole sha-bang one more time.

You pass the turn and I lose.

T4 Mill. Set up right, you can do it T3.

Keight on Bet you wish you had that card

1 month ago

An addition to the combo (or substitution) is Bloodchief Ascension.

Some other cards I was playing around with when I built something like this a couple years ago were: Mind Grind, Psychic Strike, Undead Alchemist, Sphinx's Tutelage, and Lazav, Dimir Mastermind.

Cabal Coffers is also decent to help get a little ramp going, though pricey if you don't have one already/have other uses for it.

james4038 on Phenax, God of Deception

1 month ago

phenax is a really good mill commander, my recommendations would be Riddlekeeper he can disincentives attackers coming at you, Wall of Frost also deters attacks. I have found Sphinx's Tutelage dose a lot of work in my mill deck, and a good finisher I like is Keening Stone if you can build up the mana you can drop it on to the field and knock out an opponent before they know what hit them. Tree of Perdition is a good shout too

Rabid_Wombat on Parun's Competitive Spell-Slinger Deluxeâ„¢

1 month ago

Edit: That's Sphinx's Tutelage not Sphinx's Revelation...just finished a long day at work :)

CheeseBro on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

Flashback to KTK-BFZ Standard. I'm playing BW Warriors against Grixis Sphinx's Tutelage. He is constantly boardwiping me while milling me out, and I'm topdecking due to being an aggro deck. He gets me down to one card, and he is at one health. Only one card could win me the game, and if I didn't draw it, I lost. I slowly flip over the last card, and find a Mardu Shadowspear. I dash it in and the combat trigger kills him. One of the most clutch moments ever...

Last Ditch Effort WB

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If you control no creatures, have no cards in hand, have one card left in your library, and an opponent at one life, you win the game.


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xander11 on Yennett, Fastest Topdeck in the West

2 months ago

I could be missing something, but what are your win cons? I just see a lot of card draw but with no hand size interaction. Jace's Erasure can be a fun mill card with all the draw you have set up, you can add in Mind Unbound for more card draw. Sphinx's Tutelage is another great mill card

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