Chancellor of the Spires


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare

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Chancellor of the Spires

Creature — Sphinx

You may reveal this card from your opening hand. If you do, at the beginning of the first upkeep, each opponent puts the top seven cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.


When Chancellor of the Spires enters the battlefield, you may cast target instant or sorcery card from an opponent's graveyard without paying its mana cost.

Chancellor of the Spires Discussion

Ziusdra on The RPG Game

2 weeks ago

To make the character limit worthwhile, I think we really need to do what MTG R&D should have done a long time ago: institute "mill" as an official keyword. There is a 50 character difference between "put the top X cards of your library into your graveyard" and "mill X"...

Chancellor of the Spires has 341 characters, and could have saved so much space by instituting "mill" as a keyword...

Although, for a format like this, I'm doubting we'll be milling a whole lot... This kind of D&D/MTG hybrid campaign would probably be mostly combat and adventuring focused.

Chhris on

5 months ago

I feel like the Chancellor cycle are amazing for a deck that can offer such awful chances at risk v. reward lmao. Chancellor of the Spires , Chancellor of the Tangle and Chancellor of the Forge for reference. Opening Hand? GREAT! Not opening hand...meh.

Good luck with the deck! +1

hkhssweiss on Bolas Thievery

8 months ago

You can cut the lockets, they are way too slow in EDH when there are better budget options. Echo Storm isn't that great as well. Mind's Desire is cool but in the current deck build you'll probably copy it only once and that's a waste of mana. Reversal of Fortune is also quite high on the CMC when you already have something similar on the lower side like Spelltwine as well as Memory Plunder . Stolen Identity is also high on the CMC curve and would cut. Treasure Keeper is a one time use and it's dies trigger effect is meh, would cut. Chancellor of the Spires is cool but as again high CMC cost there are better option like Diluvian Primordial which you have, plus triple blue in a three color deck is extensive. Mindleech Mass colors are a bit extensive and there are better options.

Hope that helps!

Kritarie on Ephara Tempo Blink

8 months ago

From my playing with it, Chancellor of the Spires is an absolute beast. The fact that the instant / sorcery isn't exiled is very very strong. I'm curious what the strategy is with Admonition Angel ? A 6/6 flying beater is decent, but do you find yourself typically using the landfall to exile others stuff or to exile your stuff for later? I've found that once I have 2-3 of my opponents things under it it becomes a big target.

legendofa on Need something I can pitch ...

8 months ago

I don't know how competitive this is, but turn 0 Chancellor of the Spires into Surgical Extraction , then pitch to Force of Will is entertaining. It doesn't quite have that insta-win-ness you're looking for, though.


9 months ago

I've always thought it would be fun to see Chancellor of the Spires in a mill deck, traditional mill though doesn't have enough bodies to give you a chance of getting to 7 mana, but you have a more creature rich build... Traumatize, I've never liked, it's a big effect (maybe) but half the time in a dedicated mill deck, it won't mill more cards than Glimpse the Unthinkable, which you rightly identify as a key card, so why not run Mission Briefing ? The already suggested Fraying Sanity would also be good. Hope this is of some help, I wan't entirely serious with Chancellor of the Spires, (I have a soft spot for all of the cycle) good luck with your brew.

TheBoraxKid on Jhoira of the Ghitu

1 year ago

Evacuation to pop off at instant speed right before your creatures come out of suspension might be loony.

Sneak Attack would be good if you do intend to steer away from Eldrazi.

I think more counterspells to assure your threats don't get interrupted is a must especially since this deck requires so much set up to get going. On that note, I'd then bring in Snapcaster Mage and possibly even Torrential Gearhulk since your sorceries have such high value. You might also consider Archaeomancer depending on how highly you value your instants/sorceries.

Counterspells I would recommend would be of course Force of Will, Counterspell, and I think you could even afford a Cryptic Command.

Chancellor of the Spires is a fun blue fatty, so is Diluvian Primordial, Sphinx Ambassador and as vanilla as Inkwell Leviathan might look, it is super hard to deal with. You could also consider the new card Arcane Artisan to cheat out fatties if Jhoira is uncastable. Also, Timebender could be nice here too.

In summary, I think the deck is very strong but could use some more support in the counterspell department, with a little spell recursion (Snapcaster, Torrential, etc). I would also consider throwing in a bit more mana rock ramp to assure you have enough mana if Jhoira is uncastable. Consider Mind Stone, Thought Vessel andCoalition Relic as the three more important ones, and possibly even Hedron Archive or Commander's Sphere.

I would also say think hard on Obliterate, Jokulhaups, and Decree of Annihilation. I personally think they are great win conditions, but can lead to a lot of the same lines of play which can make games repetitive. I definitely wouldn't say cut them all together because they're a valid strategy to pretty much every Jhoira deck, but play around with the numbers, maybe try out 2 or maybe just one so you're not relying too heavily on them. Just find what feels right.

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