Argent Sphinx is a rare blue evasive creature featured in Magic: The Gathering’s Scars of Mirrodin, and is the chase card in the blue/red Scars of Mirrodin Intro Pack. Argent Sphinx was previewed by Patrick Chapin over at StarCityGames.com.
Creature – Sphinx Rare
Metalcraft – U: Exile Argent Sphinx. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.
4/3 and flying with a blink effect that would make a Conundrum Sphinx jealous, we can’t help but think that Argent Sphinx is being over evaluated at this point. The 2UU cost is deceptive, as you’ll actually need 2UUU and three artifacts on the table in order to “play” Argent Sphinx. And at 5 mana, why not just run the tried and true classic Baneslayer Angel and not have to worry about maintaining artifact presence? Three toughness is right in the realm of dying to Lightning Bolts and other removal spells that can’t touch bigger flyers with about the same “true” casting cost.
Although Argent Sphinx can survive Day of Judgment, Doom Blade, and Ratchet Bomb, the investment of three artifacts and open blue may be a little much to merit running Argent Sphinx over its big brother Sphinx of Jwar Isle. But how easy will attaining metalcraft be after Scars of Mirrodin rolls out the gate? We’re not writing Argent Sphinx off yet, but we’ll need to see what kind of home it has a chance in, post Scars.
In Limited play, Argent Sphinx is nothing short of a lethal win condition and very plausible first pick. If you have metalcraft going, you can even block small opposing infectious creatures and then blink away to wash the counters clean if you’re feeling some poisonous pressure. And you can even do that after attacking, by using Argent Sphinx’s “semi-vigilance” – that is, by attacking and then blinking out so Argent Sphinx will be untapped and at the ready during your opponent’s turn.
Blink into the battle with Argent Sphinx at the Magic: The Gathering Scars of Mirrodin prerelease and release events, beginning September 25th-26th!
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