I have a mill deck that uses Sphinx's Tutelage among other things. I'd like to find a card that could combo with it by allowing me to draw when a card is put in an opponent's graveyard. I'm not sure such a card exists.

Compost would be perfect, except it only works with black cards. There should also be a way to get out of the loop so I don't mill myself.

Modern-legal would be best but this is more about curiosity so it's not super important.

  • Doing some searches on gatherer only leads me to Compost. Anything else that I could find that triggers off of cards going to the graveyard like that caused life loss (usually), not card draw.
    – Becuzz
    Aug 13, 2015 at 16:14
  • That's what I figured but my gatherer-fu isn't the best. I might just sideboard Compost for maximum trolling against black heavy decks.
    – anthonyvd
    Aug 13, 2015 at 16:25
  • Pretty sure no, or Jace's Erasure would already be a combo. The normal mill combos (in modern) are Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension/Duskmantle Guildmage.
    – Hao Ye
    Aug 13, 2015 at 16:43
  • There are no two-card or even three-card infinite combos with Sphinx's tutelage. Closest I can think of would be Sphinx's Tutelage, Undead Alchemist, and Beck (of Beck // Call), but even that's not guaranteed. It requires them to have more than 50% of their deck be creatures, and even still can whiff.
    – Waterseas
    Aug 13, 2015 at 16:57
  • "No there isn't" is a perfectly valid answer. You guys should post it as such so I can accept it :)
    – anthonyvd
    Aug 13, 2015 at 17:00

2 Answers 2


Just add Painter's Servant to your combo of Sphinx's Tutelage and Compost.

With Painter's Servant in play, every card your opponent mills will be Black and cause a Compost trigger. So as soon as the Sphinx's Tutelage trigger first resolves, your opponent will mill (at least) 2, netting you two more draw triggers, causing 2 more sphinx triggers, leading to 4 more draw triggers causing 4 more sphinx triggers leading to 8 more draw triggers, etc etc.

Compost is a 'may' so you don't need to worry about milling yourself if you want to stop.

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    This answer would be better with a brief explanation of what the combo does.
    – murgatroid99
    Aug 13, 2015 at 17:54
  • I think it's also worth mentioning that this is not modern-legal because Compost is too old, and in Legacy, it's simpler to just play Painter's Servant/Grindstone.
    – murgatroid99
    Aug 13, 2015 at 18:33
  • Actually compost is unnecessary; with painters servant in play all the opponents cards will share a color, the color named. This will cause the mill effect to repeat until there are no cards left!
    – esoterik
    Aug 13, 2015 at 23:08
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    @esoterik Sphinx's Tutelage specifies that the cards have to be nonland, so Compost still has an effect there. As murgatroid mentoined, though, Grindstone works by itself with Painter's Servant (it doesn't say "nonland").
    – Cascabel
    Aug 13, 2015 at 23:13
  • A clause one imagines was added to the card specifically to prevent a painter+grindstone type combo in modern!
    – Affe
    Aug 13, 2015 at 23:20

To post as an answer what was hashed out in the comments, there is no card that will do what you want at this time. Any available cards have restrictions (like Compost) or result in other things like life loss.

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