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Read the Bones
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 Read the Bones
- Theros

Reviewed October 29, 2013

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 3.93
Multiplayer: 3.93

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Read the Bones

A fiendishly powerful draw spell for black, that was probably concocted by actual fiends! While Blue, the "king of draw", is puttering around with Divination for the same price, Read the Bones gets deeper into your deck and is more likely to get you the card you need. That 2 life? Well, that's the cost of greatness, isn't it? Black is no stranger to paying life points to get what it wants, and it has enough lifelink effects to afford the cost.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 4.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Read the Bones

It's an open secret that black's card drawing is almost on par with and sometimes better than blue's, at least in certain sets; the fact that you usually pay life or some other additional cost means that it can be cheaper on average. Read the Bones is one of the best card-drawing spells in the current Standard environment, not just because of its cost but because you can choose to dig deeper than two cards if you need to and get rid of anything that isn't useful right now - that is a deceptively powerful feature that hasn't been around since Preordain. Fortunately, Read the Bones isn't as stupidly broken as Preordain, but it is certainly worth playing.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Read the Bones which is a three mana Black sorcery that has Scry 2 then draw two cards and you lose two life. This is very similar to Sign in Blood, but with one extra mana to cast, Scry 2, and is easier to run in multicolor decks. Two life is a small price to pay for the range of options this provides and life drain or Lifelink effects are available to offset that. Overall this is going to see play in a variety of Black decks with or without other colors and can be Scry support for Blue as well.

In Limited this is a powerful card that can dig through ten percent of your deck, which is not at all insignificant. With a single Black in the casting cost it does not require a mono-Black deck and is well worth considering for any deck with a splash or more of the color in Sealed.
For Booster this can be drafted fairly early depending on the pack and it can be a large asset in finding key cards, though support with some sort of life drain such as Grey Merchant is recommended.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Skid Rambo

Welcome back Pojo readers. Today’s card happens to be in my top 5 Theros cards. Read the Bones instantly found a home in a few of my decks. I really like the ability to draw cards outside of the Blue mana base. Some players may not like to pay 2 life for two cards, but I see this as a small price to pay. Plus, the life loss fits perfectly with Black mana’s tradition of paying life for cards. The ability to Scry 2 cards before you draw makes read the Bones a versatile deck thinner. The best thing about Read the Bones is the mana cost. One black mana gives this card a chance to fit in any deck. Overall, Read the Bones is a great sorcery to draw cards. It is useful in every format.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4

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