A Wild Magic Surge may happen when a Wild Magic sorcerer (PHB, p. 103-104) casts a sorcerer spell of 1st level or higher:

Once per turn, the DM can have you roll a d20 immediately after you cast a sorcerer spell of 1st level or higher. If you roll a 1, roll on the Wild Magic Surge table to create a magical effect.

Some magic items let you cast spells that are on the sorcerer spell list. For example, the Staff of the Magi lets you cast enlarge/reduce, which is a sorcerer spell.

Would casting a spell on the sorcerer spell list from a magic item have the potential of causing a Wild Magic Surge (for a Wild Magic sorcerer) ?


It would appear that this is possible.

It seems as though Jeremy Crawford says this is the intent in this Tweet:

Q: when a wild magic sorcerer uses a wand of magic missiles, can he trigger a Wild Magic Surge?

JC: Yes.

Keep in mind that a DM is free to ignore this.

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    \$\begingroup\$ A DM is free to ignore anything, so why the last sentence? \$\endgroup\$ – András Sep 15 '18 at 4:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ @András The occasional reiteration is always helpful. \$\endgroup\$ – Slagmoth Sep 15 '18 at 18:12

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