Read the Bones - Theros Spoiler

Read the Bones


  • Color: Black
  • Type: Sorcery
  • Rarity: Common
  • Set:

Scry 2, then draw two cards. You lose 2 life. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

The dead know lessons the living haven’t learned.



  • Nefarox

    Wow, pretty much a better version of divination for black. I am very impressed. Definitely using this over sign in blood.

    • Kevan Kramer

      And flavorful too.

    • Levi Warren

      I was thinking Sign In Blood too. This seems better except that the three casting cost interrupts the average mana curve, almost stealing a turn. Whoever, this set is slower so I think it fits in just fine. The scry two feels far more blue than black but for the flavor of the set, it’s awesome.

      • Garrett Horton

        this is definetly an EDH card where interrupting the mana curve doesnt really exist

        • guy

          i cant really think of any pauper draw spells that are better than this. maybe train of thought…and mulldrifter.

          • Garrett Horton

            this kills mull drifter

          • guy

            in pauper, creatures are a lot easier to abuse than spells. you can bounce it, exile until end of turn, bring it back to your hand from the grave, use it as a sacrifice, even reanimate it (although its rare and difficult). Mull drifter is the best pauper draw spell. but i still cant think of any pauper draw spell better than this card. monblack and 2 color pauper EDH decks need to run this. 3 to 5 color decks it is up for discussion and consideration, as its a ‘case by case.’

          • Garrett Horton

            i have a bolas deck built around artifacts and copying spells i have a few combos that let me cast a spell infinite times

      • CodyGozRawr

        But this one doesn’t need 2 black, so it’s more splashable

        • da

          Yes, but you can’t target an opponent (Phyrexian Tyranny, Kederekt Parasite, Cerebral Vortex, etc.) That being said, I’d run usually run Read the Bones instead of Sign in Blood

  • William S. Miller

    hmm. . . I think I still like my pilfered plans right now. . .but I’d have to see how the meta changes as to weather this gets better or not. . . also the blue god helps with scry enough for me right now. . . I don’t know will take some thinking . . .

  • Hand of the Praetors

    After playtesting using proxy versions, i can tell this will be VERY useful