Harsh Scrutiny


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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

landofMordor on help against mono green aggro ...

8 hours ago

If you're in Standard...Harsh Scrutiny, Duress, and that Pirate that kills Dinos will help.

K00lDudE1 on Cruel and Mystical Grixis Fun

4 days ago

Aether Hub and Tendo Ice Bridge both seem bad in a control deck, as they only make 1 colored mana each, and you can't really afford to have colourless sources in a deck with Cruel Ultimatum, you just won't be able to cast your spells.

Blackmail and Duress are just worse Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseizes in general.

Disallow, Dissolve and Electrickery all seem mediocre in modern, the counters have more efficient/better options like more Mana Leak/Remand/Logic Knot and more Cryptic Commands, and Electrickery is just a bad board wipe, something like Damnation or Languish is likely to be much better.

23 lands is almost always too few for a control deck, you tend to want at least 25/26 to make sure you hit your land drops consistently

A lot of cards in the sideboard have better alternatives too, like Consume the Meek, Electrickery and Yahenni's Expertise could all become Damnation or Languish which kill the more common creatures in modern, the Duress and Harsh Scrutiny could become Collective Brutality as additional discard which is more flexible, and better in more matchups and Tragic Slip should probably just be more Fatal Pushes.

SynergyBuild on Dragon Midrange

5 days ago

+1! Do you think Harsh Scrutiny or Divest could make the cut in the sideboard? Love the build BTW!

SynergyBuild on Ink Eyes Black Ninja

3 weeks ago

+1! Love the Yu-gi-oh reference!

Do you think Harsh Scrutiny/Divest could be run at 1-2 of replacements of Duress, or sideboarded for the creature matchup?

The_Cardinal on BW Vampire midrange

3 weeks ago

I think I would play more creatures. Either Paladin of Atonement or Sanctum Seeker, but more creatures. And maybe remove the Duress from your main deck and add a Harsh Scrutiny. More Moment of Cravings in your Sideboard too.

APPLE01DOJ on Budget 8-Rack

3 weeks ago

I would cut the creatures. Replace them with Funeral Charm Duress and Harsh Scrutiny.

Dark Deal would pair nice with Waste Not.

Necrogen Mists is worth including.

Since you're running Dark Deal. 1x Empty the Pits could be good.

Struyk on Harsh Tormenting Punishment

3 weeks ago

Also made a similar deck and played a few rounds on MTG arena and here is what I noticed:

Primal Amulet  Flip x3 is just too much: You don't want to have 2 in your hand / in the game and it's too slow. I would go with 1x.

Duress and Lay Bare the Heart should be a sideboard only option vs blue decks and creatureless decks as you have no creature and shouldn't worry about control spells ( change for Harsh Scrutiny and Never )

Vraska's Contempt is IMO a direct downgrade from Never so I would remove 2 of those and add 2 more Never, the exile is only useful like one in 20 games...

Fatal Push is an awesome early defence card and I would suggest using 4 of those ( pretty expensive though )

Phyrexian Scriptures is a 4 cost board / graveyard wipe and I would suggest using 4 of those as well, these won me almost every game so far. What's awesome about it is that it has a 1 turn delay which means your opponent can't play any creatures that turn and you can chain them if you draw multiple. Sideboard it for Divest vs artifact decks.

Divest I sideboard vs artifact decks Gonti's Machinations I sideboard vs rush and direct damage decks Cruel Reality I sideboard vs slow decks and this deck

FSims81 on UB Self-Mill

3 weeks ago

If the goal is self-mill and then bring back to utilize the Tomb, the two cards I'd swap for Waltz would be Final Parting and Harsh Scrutiny. The Scrutiny doesn't hit your intended goal at all, so to me is an extra card even with the benefit of Scry. The Parting does mill a card, but with everything else you have doing that, do you need such an expensive spell to do what you're already accomplishing?

Just my thoughts though - Waltz just seemed like a no-brainer for this deck to help you pump the Desecrated Tomb

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