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Sphinx Summoner

Reviewed March xx, 2009

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.33

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Sphinx Summoner

Well, there's the 3/3 flier for 5, which is too pricey for tournament level but will come in handy in Limited, and then there's the tutor for another Esperite. When you hit 5 mana, you've probably already played out your hand, so you'd probably want to go fetch a relevant play for next turn. All told, I doubt there'll be an Esper archetype in Constructed that is willing to pay that much mana for this, but in other formats it's nice to have.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2.5
Multiplayer- 3
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sphinx Summoner

Sphinxes are back, and I think that's rather neat. Esper is a pretty linear and insular shard - play artifacts, do other stuff with artifacts - but that doesn't mean it can't be fun, particularly when your mana gets you a big flying creature plus any other artifact creature of your choice for the next turn.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
The Missing Linc

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Sphinx Summoner

There is a deck floating around featuring this guy and one of my favorites from the new set... Master Transmuter. Once transmuter is in play, you can transmute this guy repeatedly to find answers to problems (platinum angel, grim poppet, ethersworn cannonist, etc...). In the casual room this guy is great. A 3/3 flyer that gets you Darksteel Collosus, Karn, or some other fatty is always nice. In limited, there are plenty of artifact creatures in this block so his use is guaranteed. I like this guy.

Constructed: 4 in standard, 3 in other formats
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Friday, first day of Spring.



Sphinx Summoner


Constructed: A flying 3/3 for 5 mana is okay, searching for a artifact creature is okay also. But it only put it into your hand. Nope not that great.


Casual: This could be usefull.


Limited: Flyers are always good, and going to get a friend makes it great for limited. Just make sure you have some good artifact creatures to fetch.


Overall a okay creature.


Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Limited: 4


* Game Store Owner
Sphinx Summoner - Friday

These types of cards amuse me. I look at them and rarely think of them within themselves. You almost look at card like this and wonder what cards they will get used with. Reanimating it can set up big things. Even playing with with card like Astral Slide could yield some interesting results. By itself, it's not the most efficient creature ever, but the search effect is quite good. Late game it could help double up your creatures for the turn to give you an additional blocker or even help setup a kill turn.

Another thing to remember is that in Alara limited environments, there are a lot of artifact creatures to go get.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3

Friday - Sphinx Summoner

The only card in print that will get you an artifact creature from your deck? Sounds good to me, get that bomb in esper you drafted, get whatever artifact creature you need in that EDH deck of yours, and who knows what alara reborn will bring us. I'm always a fan of card tutors and this one flies over for 3 while it's at it. Perhaps constructed will take master transmuter and this card for a future standard deck.

Constructed:3 in standard
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4

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