Harsh Scrutiny


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier 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

mavryk on Tormenting Cards

1 week ago

Maybe take out a couple of bontu's and instead replace those with another Never / Return and Harsh Scrutiny nice low priced deck though. Also, Cast Down can replace your walk the planks... cause if you run in a merfolk deck, you'd be done for.

Argy on SuperLegends

3 weeks ago

This deck wants to do things that it needs a long game to do, such as attach equipment that is expensive to attach (Blackblade Reforged), cast expensive Sorceries (Primevals' Glorious Rebirth), or eventually play expensive Creatures (Demonlord Belzenlok).

However, it's early game is very weak. The main thing happening at that stage are Divest, Kitesail Freebooter, and Dusk Legion Zealot.

IMO Harsh Scrutiny is a much better option than Divest. Yes, you lose the Artifact part of the spell, but you also still get to do something if it fizzles.

Having done a LOT of play with Kitesail Freebooter over the last season, my partner ended up swapping it for Duress. It just wasn't that helpful.

There are better Creatures for you to play, if you want to go for a long game.

Have a think about some of these:

Adanto Vanguard
Dire Fleet Poisoner
Fathom Fleet Captain (although you do need other Pirates to make this one work)
Gifted Aetherborn
Glint-Sleeve Siphoner (far better draw option than your Dusk Legion Zealot)
Glory-Bound Initiate
Sram, Senior Edificer (this triggers two things for you, Legendary, and draw)

I would get rid of Mox Amber, and Oketra's Monument.

The Mox is often on the field not being triggered, and you would only use it to replace lands. Take it out for more effective Creatures.

(It really is aimed more at Commander, Modern, or "Artifacts matter" decks.)

The Monument is too slow, unless you are running something like Hidden Stockpile.

Replace it with more Creatures as well.

You need more stuff that you can equip, and that your Opponent needs to deal with.

Walk the Plank is very weak removal, at the moment.

All decks should really be running Fatal Push and/or Vraska's Contempt.

For you I would suggest Vraska's Contempt, as it deals with Indestructible Creatures, gods, and Vehicles. In playesting my deck absolutely hosed yours with Skysovereign, Consul Flagship.

If you make some changes and want me to take another look, tag me in these Comments.

Hope that helped.

magicsheep on Blue Pirates aggro/tempo!

1 month ago

Great deck (worth a +1 :) ), I would consider Expel from Orazca for the sideboard. However, you do not have any way of producing for non creature spells, so you should probably take out the Harsh Scrutiny.

Please tell me if I'm wrong, I might be just blind :/

I think this deck can be super competitive, but the mana base might need adjustment.

Rosvojaska on Meat The Beetles

1 month ago

I don't think Duress or Harsh Scrutiny are good enough in a multiplayer game. Also Festering Mummy just seems like a waste of a card in this deck. These are the cards I'd most likely just swap for either maybe some mana rocks or removal.

staticpain on Hypno Seize

1 month ago

Uncanny_Ghoul I've been looking at Waste Not, and I do have some Go for the Throat.

Harsh Scrutiny Could be good, I'll give it a try..

Any feedback on Vampire Nighthawk and Liliana's Caress?

simon9011 I had no idea that Specter excited. Will definitely work it in.


Uncanny_Ghoul on Hypno Seize

1 month ago

Harsh Scrutiny is nice for the scry 1.Some card draw could help.

Go for the Throat could replace doom blade (depends on your meta)

Waste Not is kinda a must in this type of deck.

Argy on BW Ascension Vampires

2 months ago

As you already said, this deck struggles against Control.

It also has problems against Aggro decks that can pump Creatures out faster than it.

Here are some suggestions.

Decommission would be better than Fragmentize - it can get rid of Torrential Gearhulk, and God-Pharaoh's Gift

Harsh Scrutiny is another excellent Sideboard card, but I don't know what it could replace. Keep it in mind if you find that one of the cards in your Sideboard is underperforming.

The way to address both Aggro and Control is to have more Creatures that come out earlier on your curve, and have better value.

At the moment you have a whole lot of 1/1 Creatures in the early to mid game. If your Opponent gets 2/2 Creatures on the board, or bigger, you can't hold them back.

Have a think about replacing Call to the Feast, Legion's Landing  Flip, and Queen's Commission with Gifted Aetherborn, Famished Paladin (excellent as an early blocker), Oathsworn Vampire (doesn't matter a great deal if it comes in tapped as you can't attack with it the turn it comes in - its recurrence is intensely irritating to Control in particular), and Bishop's Soldier.

Elenda, the Dusk Rose could also find a place in this deck. If you have more early Creatures it can easily replace Martyr of Dusk, which is really not that good.

Let me know if you make some changes, and I'll take another look at this.

Argy on BW Ascension Vampires

2 months ago

Still thinking about this build.

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