Harsh Scrutiny


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Uncommon

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Harsh Scrutiny


Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a creature card from it. That player discards that card. Scry 1.

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Harsh Scrutiny Discussion

wryguy87 on U/B - Pirates of Ravnica (GRN Standard)

5 days ago

Hi, Reynard!

Yes, I had in fact considered Divest. The older Kaladesh-Core 2019 version of this deck (Pirate God's Flicker) actually run a lot of copies of Harsh Scrutiny.

I really liked Harsh Scrutiny for that free opt, which is why I was more ready to main deck it. For right now I'm thinking about adding Divest as a sideboard against decks that are really heavy on creatures.

The reason I use Essence Scatter is I want a balance between having discard, removal and counter options. Removal spells aren't very effective against creatures with really good Enter the Battlefield effects. I also learned that Hostage Taker can backfire on you for that same reason if you're not careful. In the old meta Walking Ballista made me really regret having my deck focused so heavily on pure removal options. Once Ballista has already hit the field, it's too late to do much about it.

Discard spells are good at stopping a dangerous ETB creature from ever hitting the field, but the advantage a counter-spell has is that it forces the opponent to spend all their mana. In that sense, it slows them down a lot more than discard spells.

Thus, if I lean too hard on discard I run the risk of falling behind because I'm spending mana getting rid of their spells, but they can just choose to spend their mana on other things instead.

ERoss8 on From the ashes they will rise again

1 month ago

Understood, but Despise and Harsh Scrutiny can only target opponents. To this point, Tortured Existence or Zombie Infestation would be nice

Rise of the Dark Realms, Living Death, etc would be kinda fun

jgc10 on Card Funeral

1 month ago

Hey, great looking deck. These are my kinds of builds. I've played with a bunch of these cards, so here's what I'd suggest.

Raven's Crime is a great card, but getting one early is less than ideal since it's not targeted discard. The retrace feature is solid, but I wouldn't recommend running a playset of them. You only need one of them in the graveyard to get the real benefits. I'd say two max, and add a couple Duress or Harsh Scrutiny depending on the decks you play.

If your opponent is able to get any sort of creature down before you strip their hand, you have no response other than Funeral Charm and Smallpox which can hurt you as well. I'd suggest adding a couple targeted removals to the main board. This is one of black's strongest features so you have plenty of options to choose from. Best budget options are Grasp of Darkness and Victim of Night, but you need two swamps to run them, so I'd probably move to a one of each of those legendary lands.

I also like playing Vampire Hexmage in place of Hero's Downfall because it can hit more than just planeswalkers and it adds to your Arterial Flow flavor as a vamp for one less mana. But also needs two black mana to play, so not ideal if you're going to be running four colorless lands.

misterprinter on Budget 8-Rack

1 month ago

APPLE01DOJ Thanks for your feedback! I'll be replacing Despise with Harsh Scrutiny and will be testing Norn's Annex.

APPLE01DOJ on Budget 8-Rack

1 month ago

Harsh Scrutiny over Despise.

Norn's Annex can work as a budget Ensnaring Bridge

hydrothermia on Discard Pain

1 month ago

Thoughtseize is best discard card in the game, second is Inquisition of Kozilek. The rest are known staples of discard which is Duress, Despise, Divest and Harsh Scrutiny.

APPLE01DOJ on Mono Black control

1 month ago

Replace Never with Hero's Downfall

Cut Despise and Distress for Harsh Scrutiny and spot removal. I get the sense this is budget so maybe Cast Down. Though Fatal Push would be best.

hydrothermia on Treasure Plane(t) - Oct. '18 to Sept. '19

2 months ago

Modark_Oscuro, I appreciate your suggestions and thanks for the interest. However, the only reason I don't have Disallow or Harsh Scrutiny in, is that I'm getting it ready for October when Amonkhet / Hour of Devastation and Kaldesh / Aether Revolt cycle out of Standard. I've only predominately bought Dominaria since returning to magic about a month ago. I still need a handful of cards to complete this.

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