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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Rare|
|Magic 2014 (M14)||Mythic Rare|
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Creature — Sphinx
Whenever a creature with flying attacks, you may draw a card.
Windreader Sphinx Discussion
3 weeks ago
king-saproling Thanks! It's definitely not Tier 1 (and I've noticed it suffers in multiplayer a bit because other than combat damage there's few ways to win quickly), but it's pretty decent in duel commander if you're not getting too cutthroat, and it's just fun in general. Pretty low on the scare factor too so you'll stay off people's radar. I've considered almost all of those cards, and still am really.
Out of all of them, Fireshrieker is probably the one I'd be most likely to add--I only opted for Duelist's Heritage because it's a bit more useful politically and doesn't take mana to equip every time.
Windreader Sphinx was a tough one to remove, but I usually find I don't have a ton of creatures to swing with anyway, so the draw power is negligible compared to the synergy of something like Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign or Azor, the Lawbringer . Ditto with Gravitational Shift --love the card, but I've come to dislike anthem effects in general as I believe they're low-impact, and your opponents probably aren't getting hurt that much by the other effect. I also dislike Auras in general, which is why I steered away from Battle Mastery --the potential of getting 2-for-1'ed is very high, and it's the worst feeling.
Urza's Bauble is nice because you get to draw a card on top of the peek--but I took out Gitaxian Probe as well because they're both one-shot effects. I feel consistent ones like Telepathy and Glasses of Urza are better. However, I don't claim to be an expert. Just personal taste.
Glad you liked the deck though! And thanks for the suggestions.
3 weeks ago
Cool deck! One of the most interesting toolbox decks I've seen, and it's nice to see a deck built with the perspective of fun>winning. You might like these: Urza's Bauble , Windreader Sphinx , Gravitational Shift , Fireshrieker , Battle Mastery
2 months ago
I know you probably want to keep non-artifact count low to get as many thopters as possible but Windreader Sphinx , Deepfathom Skulker and Coastal Piracy could draw you a ton of cards with some thopters flying around. Also Junkyo Bell or Day of the Dragons could turn your little 1/1's into a lot of damage.
3 months ago
3 months ago
Your deck is also kinda... unfocused. I wouldn't run Ajani's Welcome or Ajani's Pridemate outside of a lifegain deck. Same for Auramancer , Ajani's Chosen , Sigil of the Empty Throne or Hall of Heliod's Generosity and enchantment decks.
If you want your deck to be more flying focused, i'd add some of the following cards: Windreader Sphinx , Prognostic Sphinx , Inspired Sphinx , Azor, the Lawbringer , Sephara, Sky's Blade , Winged Words , Empyrean Eagle , Warden of Evos Isle , Thunderclap Wyvern , Archon of Redemption , and/or Gravitational Shift
4 months ago
Sweet deck! I am working on one for my son, albeit a budget version. I found a combo that works if the commander is on the board, but it's a bit fragile so he has to time it right. Play Breath of Fury with any kind of combat draw effect like Windreader Sphinx or Coastal Piracy . This ends up in infinite combat turns since Breath of Fury keeps attaching to new creatures created with the card draw. I don't know how well this would work in competitive circles, but you might want to try it. You might catch someone off-guard.
4 months ago
I'm assuming you:
- don't want to combo out
- want to keep a small budget
- your primary wincon is Approach of the Second Sun
- your secondary wincon is Simic Ascendancy
- nothing from the last two sets
Route 1) Stength Draw with Worse Creature Tempo
Cut cards that are good tempo plays but otherwise don't help you win by drawing cards. The idea is that you draw into Approach of the Second Sun , cast it, and then trigger your draw abilities to be able to cast it again very quickly. I assume this deck isn't trying to be super competitive. I added a little recursion for toolbox, while still being group hug.
- Cloud of Faeries
- Icatian Moneychanger
- Horizon Chimera
- Safehold Elite
- Vernadi Shieldmate
- Serra's Blessing
- Slow Motion
- Sunken Field
- Ajani, the Greathearted
- Mind Games
- Dakra Mystic
- Nullmage Advocate
- Pulsemage Advocate
- Spurnmage Advocate
- Veteran Explorer
- Windreader Sphinx
- Lore Broker
- Temple Bell
- Woodvine Elemental
Side Note: I really don't like Sunscorch Regent but I get why he's in the deck as part of a wincon. I just feel Toothy, Imaginary Friend and Pir, Imaginative Rascal are very similar and provide much more to the deck in an obvious way, but they cost $8 as a pair so I didn't want to formally recommend them.
5 months ago
EDIT - added links
Some Maybeboard cards I think should be in the main deck: Benthicore , Inspired Sphinx , Kederekt Leviathan , Pentavus , Intruder Alarm , and Soothsaying . Myr Turbine and Heartstone are kind of meh, I'd replace with Genesis Chamber and Unstable Obelisk . I'd also swap some counterspells - Geist Snatch , Summoner's Bane and Lazotep Plating in for Cancel , Dissipate and Rewind .
Cards I'm not really impressed by: Stormsurge Kraken , Tidespout Tyrant , Windreader Sphinx (depends how much flying you end up with), Sphinx Ambassador , Darksteel Colossus , Pathrazer of Ulamog , It That Betrays . I think it's better to focus on big guys that also have ETB effects than use these.
Some other cards to consider (plus the ones I sent you): Erratic Mutation , Synthetic Destiny , Evacuation , Aether Gale , AEtherize , Crystal Ball , Interpret the Signs , Precognitive Perception , Seer's Lantern , Ugin's Insight , Treasure Map Flip, Zhalfirin Void .
Windreader Sphinx occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%