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"Some people say that a precon rare is a synonym to a bad rare.

Jwar Jwar Sphinx laughs in their faces."

@Axelle: I think it's really mean from the Sphinx to laugh at their faces. You don't laugh at disfigured people.
(They got their faces mutilated by Umezawa's Jitte a long time ago.)


Aside from Djinn of Wishes, there are quite a couple of cards that can turn her ability from a little strategic advantage to a meaningful assurance for other cards:
-Polymorph, Proteus Staff, Shape Anew or Reweave for powerful transformations.
-Sindbad (even more card-drawing two-drops in green, see below)
When playing green:
-Fa'adiyah Seer, Coiling Oracle, Bloodline Shaman and Wood Sage
-Momir Vig, Simic Visionary
-Honorable menti... (see all)
Posted By: Mode (8/23/2012 3:59:46 AM)
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Marvelous. There is nothing about this card that I don't like.
Posted By: Owls_and_More_Owls (10/1/2009 2:49:25 PM)
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I think this card is better than baneslayer in alot of ways for control finisher in because of all the spot removal in standard right now you'd have to wait till turn seven to get your baneslayer out and have a negate in your hand. even then its not garrentued she'd survive.
Posted By: EaZy (10/10/2009 9:03:27 PM)
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Very solid and very hard to remove it from the game, what do you need else ?
Posted By: True_Smog (10/19/2009 7:00:18 AM)
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this guy is going in my U/W control deck. perfect addition considering the creatures I run will include him, Deft Duelist, Wall of Denial and Inkwell Leviathan...all with Shroud
Posted By: JarathWulfenstein (10/20/2009 11:20:52 AM)
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I don't know why so many people complain about high casting costs in blue. The Sphinx of Jwar Isle and the Sphinx Ambassador can be cast on turn four if you cast Polymorph on your Sage Owl.
Posted By: iondragonx (10/21/2009 12:57:01 PM)
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Man, I feel kinda stupid. I was gonna get the Kor deck, but procrastinated too long and this deck was the only deck left. Not only is this card great, but it pairs well with cards that use clash, or like previously said, the djinn of wishes, which is actually still my favorite. The deck was surprisingly well put together as well, and it made me feel kinda bad taking this card out of it.
Posted By: U-caster (11/11/2009 5:13:48 AM)
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To add to the list of possible ways to eliminate Sphinx of the Jwar Isle in T2
Defiler of Souls
Sleep (doesn't destroy but helps out)
Sphinx of the Jwar Isle
Gomazoa (i like this one)


There is a long list of good stalling blockers and guys who trade, to mention a few
Wall of Denial (magna cum laude)
Winged Coatl (cum laude)
Tidehollow Strix
Vampire Nighthawk (already seeing play in constructed)
Deadly Recluse
Eldrazi Monument (Makes sphinx a non issue, until they into the roil it, also seeing constructed play)
Posted By: doink1212 (11/16/2009 9:45:59 PM)
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This card dies to Thought Hemorrhage.
Posted By: ShredwayToHeaven (12/14/2009 4:50:12 PM)
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Good thing about him is that ardent plea is playable on cascading blue/white control, so you can even survive baneslayer angels.

It feels very blue, evassion, additional effects and a very elegant artwork makes this one of my faves.
Posted By: BelloAbril (12/26/2009 12:07:09 AM)
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Wait, you mean I shouldn't have been looking at the top of my library before?

... Well I knew THAT! Heh, who do you think I am, a cheat?
Posted By: Ferlord (11/23/2013 1:12:07 PM)
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I want to run this in my casual EDH deck, but I'm a pretty bad cheater who looks at his cards regularly. So I don't see how this could be useful to me.
Posted By: Syrtees (11/11/2013 6:41:32 PM)
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I use this guy in my sphinx tribal EDH deck and he fits there perfectly. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite cut it for modern or legacy. He is in that awkward middle position where he's too expensive to hard cast and not powerful enough to justify cheating him into play. But definitely a winner in EDH and casual.
Posted By: iUseBreakOpen (8/25/2013 10:25:43 PM)
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Pity this is actually legal
Mise
Isochron Scepter
this

preferably keep several scepters near and draw up to 9 cards per turn
Posted By: personsunknown (6/2/2013 8:32:47 PM)
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Moar leik Sphinx of Jhoira Isle, amiryt?

(they have no synergy.)
Posted By: blurrymadness (5/6/2013 8:08:41 AM)
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This is my favorite creature in Magic in terms of art, flavor, and mechanics. It's just so solid, one of the best finishers in blue.

I like to pair mine up with Conundrum Sphinxes and gain super-steady card advantage.
Posted By: Discoduck (3/18/2013 2:17:22 PM)
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"Some people say that a precon rare is a synonym to a bad rare.

Jwar Jwar Sphinx laughs in their faces."

@Axelle: I think it's really mean from the Sphinx to laugh at their faces. You don't laugh at disfigured people.
(They got their faces mutilated by Umezawa's Jitte a long time ago.)


Aside from Djinn of Wishes, there are quite a couple of cards that can turn her ability from a little strategic advantage to a meaningful assurance for other cards:
-Polymorph, Proteus Staff, Shape Anew or Reweave for powerful transformations.
-Sindbad (even more card-drawing two-drops in green, see below)
When playing green:
-Fa'adiyah Seer, Coiling Oracle, Bloodline Shaman and Wood Sage
-Momir Vig, Simic Visionary
-Honorable menti... (see all)
Posted By: Mode (8/23/2012 3:59:46 AM)
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I am looking at the top card of my library right now.
Note that it says any time - so when someone casts a spell in one of my EDH games, I look at the top card of my library. They all say "does it resolve?" and I say "I'M STILL LOOKING" And I stare at it for another few minutes.
Posted By: Pick15 (6/29/2012 3:12:56 PM)
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He was a big pain in the but to every jund player
Posted By: good.beats.for.all (5/28/2012 8:10:37 AM)
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Interestingly, on Magic Online, this works like any other card that has Play with the top card of your library revealed, in that your card is always revealed (but only to you). This makes it so that you can't repeatedly put this on the stack just to check the top card of your library (like you can with Sensei's Divining Top, mana restrictions applying of course). I suppose the You may do this at any time clause is still present though, because you can always minimize the revealed card window.

Is it useful? It's a 5/5 with flying and shroud for only 6 mana, so it's pretty useful. Granted there are a lot of other creatures out there that are 6 mana and walk circles around this guy, but this is just a cool card, and I love playing it.
Posted By: igniteice (12/29/2011 10:18:44 AM)
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