Pithing Needle

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As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, name a card.

Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Pithing Needle Discussion

thecakeisalie42 on The Divine Army of Chris Pikula

1 day ago

If I'm correct, they have triggered abilities, which Pithing Needle does not stop.

Activated abilities are always written [Cost]: [Effect].

j2los on The Divine Army of Chris Pikula

1 day ago

thecakeisalie42,You're definitely correct and I've had Sun Titan on my watch list before. Academy Rector and Zur I never considered. Fortunately it appears they all share something in common: an activated ability, so I could just make a few Pithing Needles to name those cards and any similar cards. Thanks for finding that one!

awphutt on The Fiend

2 days ago

Okay, so the deck runs 8 discard spells in Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, and Collective Brutality. The entire lock of Lantern of Insight, Codex Shredder, Ghoulcaller's Bell and Pyxis of Pandemonium are all interacting with the opponent, and we also run Surgical Extraction, Pithing Needle and Abrupt Decay. So, that makes, main board, our suite of cards that interact sit at about 26 cards, not even counting Spellskite or sideboard cards. So that puts us at our non-lands/mana sources being a 26/21 split in favour of interaction. For this reason, I consider Lantern to be a highly interactive deck.

So that's exactly why Lantern is interactive. By all means, tell me why you consider it non-interactive.

Perfect_Phyrexia on Perfect_Phyrexia

4 days ago

Thank you for your praise, I am really proud of my primer and its been my main project for so long. My next goal is to figure out how to make text colored so I could start making sections like "sacrifice" or "discard" which will make the lists more process-able.

wombatula I know of a few powerful legacy Golgari decks. The main premise of these decks is the use of turn 1 discard (Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek) disruption like Pithing Needle, Phyrexian Revoker, or Surgical Extraction and green for land ramp (Sylvan Scrying or Crop Rotation). It's important to have a good finisher in this kind of deck, which can easily be a set of Wurmcoil Engines for modern or 4 Vampire Hexmages and 4 Dark Depths with Not of This World support for legacy. Abrupt Decay or Maelstrom Pulse will be important additions based on whether you need hard removal or not, I would highly suggest the former if your meta is competitively fast and has dirty blue players.

Many legacy and modern STAX decks go for a full artifact plan (often called mono brown) which is very strong but a hard investment $ wise. This version is the cheaper path, focusing on ramping up for a win condition with Elvish Spirit Guides, Lotus Petals and land search along the lines of the ramp cards I mentioned above while removing, disabling, and forcing discards. If your win condition is a land Dark Depths being the best example, then cards like Thespian's Stage and Crop Rotation gain immense value as they can become or search up niche items like Wasteland, Bojuka Bog, or even a Sejiri Steppe to give the Marit Lage or a Wurmcoil Engine the evasion it needs to kill.

I hope this was helpful, for more 60 card stax advice I would look at the site MTGtop8 or look up "mono brown stax" for other examples. Finding specific Golgari ones can be difficult so I tried to give you as much advice as I could.

Osbert on Breya, Ghost in the Shell

4 days ago

Kai-Erik, in your current decklist the Bomberman combo or Gemstone Array would solely exist just for the infinite mana possibilities (I guess the array could save you some mana to overlap to another turn), but I don't see how your deck can utilize infinite colourless mana other than infinite thopters from Thopter Foundry, then translating to infinite damage using Breya. If you used Blue Sun's Zenith instead of Sphinx's Revelation, you could use the infinite colourless to mill another player out.

If you want to justify the Bomberman combo, you could always add the spellbombs which are great utility, Pithing Needle, and all of them would be tutored with Trinket Mage, and Auriok Salvagers could just bring them back to hand. Lion's Eye Diamond is much more of a niche card, other than the combo, it's a 0 drop artifact to be eaten by Breya. But these cards are similar to Bitter Ordeal or Disciple of the Vault, where they do very little unless you already have the combo going.

I do think the above would be stronger than the Saheeli Rai + Felidar Guardian combo, as both of those cards alone have very low impact individually. Auriok Salvagers at least have limited tool boxing capability.

lagotripha on The Will of the Warrior

4 days ago

w/b budget modern warriors is an interesting Idea. I'd reccomend increasing the number of 1drops (duress over castigate) but the number of relevant non red/green warriors in modern is almost just tarkir block Vampire Lacerators and Nezumi Shadow-Watcher only work so well, even abusing Shields of Velis Vel to make stuff ninjas.

Sideboard in disruption and protection, and run a substantial amount mainboard- Duress, Vendetta, Despise, Condemn, Ratchet Bomb, Pithing Needle, Tormod's Crypt etc depending on meta. If you can build a solid creature engine mainboard, the rest is just stopping your opponent winning. I'd reccomend a bunch of removal and Malakir Cullblade/Seeker of the Way, as they synergize well with the plan.

python2048 on Brago, King of Eternal Value

5 days ago

I play Ephara, God of the Polis as my commander and even though they are kind of different decks, there is a lot of overlap.

A few cards that are under or around $2 that I run and you might get benefit from:

Knight-Captain of Eos

Conjurer's Closet

Wall of Omens

Sunblast Angel

Karmic Guide

Crystal Shard

Trinket Mage (you can add Seat of the Synod, Ancient Den, and maybe even Darksteel Citadel to make it worth more than just getting Sol Ring. I have Everflowing Chalice. In this deck, you may also get use from Pithing Needle. With this package, it's probably just better than Pilgrim's Eye.)

Thalia's Lancers (Important to note, it gets any legendary, not just creatures. I run Inventors' Fair and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.)

If you have Archaeomancer, you probably want Mnemonic Wall and Scrivener as well. These cards make Ghostly Flicker much better. So much so that I run also Displace and Illusionist's Stratagem as well in Ephara.

Ixidron could be interesting in this deck, especially if you add more blink effects outside of Brago.

I don't know how much I like creature auras for Brago. He's already a removal magnet (which is one of the reasons I don't play him as my commander) and I feel like you'd end up just getting two for one'd. Whispersilk Cloak might be a good alternative. You could also add stuff like Cloudshift, Momentary Blink, or maybe even Whitemane Lion to help protect Brago from removal or get additional value. Again, I haven't played this deck and don't know your meta, so this may be irrelevant.

You may want to look at making your mana rocks a turn faster so you can curve into Brago on turn three. You could run Talisman of Progress, Fellwar Stone, or Thought Vessel if you're looking to have your rocks all untap with Brago. They aren't as reliable at fixing as say Darksteel Ingot, but the speed could be worth it.

Here's a link to my Ephara deck if you're interested:

Ephara's Blink'n Value

Postmortal_Pop on Do you have any "pet" ...

5 days ago

Pithing Needle has got to be one of my favorite cards. A lot of my play group run the planeswalker commanders and nothing scares the table more then being the guy I pith on turn 1.

Also, any Myr. even if the deck doesn't need it, I'll put the Myr mana dork in it.

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