Pithing Needle

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions (MPS) Mythic Rare
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK) Rare

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Pithing Needle

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Pithing Needle Discussion

Vman on WizardOfTheNorthernCoast

1 day ago

Hello good sir. Yoy mentioned along forums you had the idea of making a list for Pithing Needle targets. Did it ever happen? I dont play the card myself and was wondering if anyone did make a list to help others out XD

dingusdingo on Sen Triplets Stax/Control

4 days ago

Thoughts for edits

Thopter Foundry + Sword of the Meek + Time Sieve suffers from being a 3 piece combo and from card quality. Foundry can be worthwhile for instant speed blockers, but the other two are dead draws without the combo assembled.

Sensei's Divining Top with either Grim Monolith + Power Artifact or Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter is a much nicer package, as all the pieces have strong value independently.

I would recommend Tainted Pact for running with Laboratory Maniac . It serves as an A + B combo for winning (+ draw 1 card ofc), and is safer for the purposes of your deck than Demonic Consultation , although you could easily run that for cheaper CMC comboing. Worth noting that Pact has synergy with Isochron, or can be used for getting the last combo piece for a Top combo.

It seems as if assembling infinite mana + draw deck is your goal. I would recommend slotting Copy Artifact + Winds of Rebuke as an alternate wincon to lab man wins. Combos with dramatic scepter (you copy the scepter, imprinting winds of rebuke, to mill everyone out and pass to them, causing draws into empty libraries for GG). Copy Artifact and Winds of Rebuke also both have very high card quality, both are playable independently.

My last combo suggestion is for Praetor's Grasp . Especially with Sen having the potential to steal combo pieces, you have the potential to stop win cons as well as getting closer to your own. Praetor's Grasp will run as a functional tutor here, grabbing faster ramp or the combo pieces you need.

ad nauseum is a strong card, but you should consider the following. You are already pressuring your own life total with Dark Confidant as well as Phyrexian Arena , plus incidental damage from Mana Crypt as well as Ancient Tomb and the talismans. Your average cmc 2.33, meaning your Ad Naus will usually dig 10-20 cards, depending on damage and what you flip.. You also don't run any rituals, and have no way of reusing rocks outside of Dramatic Reversal . Supporting cards like Chain of Vapor or Hurkyl's Recall give extra mileage to Ad Nauseum as they let you re-ramp your own mana positive rocks after landing the Ad Naus, and Yawgmoth's Will is a monster in Ad Naus decks. You are also light on creatures and pack a medium sized removal package, so creatures can get free swings and reduce your Ad Nauseum that way too. You are running white, so you could decide to make ad nauseum + Angel's Grace a win-con as a possibility too. Right now Ad Nauseum looks more like expensive card draw in this deck than a strong win condition. As it stands, I firmly believe Necropotence is stronger in this current list.

You should consider swapping slower, permanent based draw spells for faster, instant/sorcery speed draw spells. Brainstorm + Ponder + Preordain + Sleight of Hand will all bring down the cmc for Ad Naus, help guarantee smoothness in your early game, and give you cantrips to "win immediately" with Lab man. They also allow you to hold up counterspells more meaningfully. You could cut Padeem, Teferi, and the U/B Tezzeret, those changes alone would cut 10 CMC out of your deck for speed and Ad Naus purposes. For what it's worth, I also believe that Scroll Rack is most effective in edh with decks that sustain larger handsizes (gives ability to dig deeper), and would also be a proponent of cutting for a cantrip. One final note on card draw, your commander acts as card advantage for you,

Your removal package can be modified to be faster and stronger. Council's Judgment has some nice perks, but it should be tertiary to both Swords to Plowshares as well as Path to Exile . Both of them are just far more efficient. You also only have two answers to artifacts or enchantments on the board, Cyclonic Rift or Council's Judgment . 2-3 more bounce spells could help with board state by quite a bit, especially if you are able to stax them out of replaying their pieces. 1-2 pieces or artifact/enchantment removal will also go a long way to helping your board presence, especially since cEDH skews towards non-creature permanents.

Humility + Night of Souls' Betrayal is a nice creature lock, but I would rather see wipes in both of those slots. Humility wrecks card advantage from your own commander, and Night is low card quality outside of combo. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is the preferred -x/-x effect, as it kills many of the strongest hate bears in the format (+ lab man) and allows your own hatebears to win through beatdown. I wouldn't recommend Elesh in a bear-lite build, so I would propose two wipes or pieces or removal instead.

Disallow is high cmc for a counter, consider running something else if you still want Ad Naus. If you want to hamper activated abilities, run either Pithing Needle or Phyrexian Revoker , both can deal with some of the premiere critters of the format, from Sisay to Thrasios. There are still plenty of fantastic 1 or 2 cmc counters that are common in the format that you don't run, such as Negate and Counterspell . Special mention to Swan Song for also doubling as a dramatic scepter + Copy Artifact wincon

Land base looking strong. Only changes I would suggest are remove the ETB tapped manlands, because speed is important, as well as swap out the artifact lands for basics. With a very high artifact density, you don't need to be worried about metalcraft enabled for Opal, and having nonbasics that don't give abilities and only produce 1 color of mana is not worthwhile when you can get caught by someone else's Back to Basics

As a closing note, I wanted to draw your attention to cards I see that may pose a problem for this build. Kataki, War's Wage Back to Basics Stranglehold Ruination

kamarupa on Now you see it, now you’re dead!

6 days ago

I highly recommend four things:

1) using tutors or draw/scry to improve chances of getting a Lord of the Unreal . I'm thinking Muddle the Mixture is probably near the top of the list in this department, but Serum Visions or the like would probably be helpful, too. Running both would not be overkill.

2) including something to make a clone of the Lord - ususally Phantasmal Image , though there are lots of other cards that "clone" ( Clone , for example)

3) Cut Jace's Phantasm . It's a cool card, but without mill and there being another 32 creatures without it, I think those 4 slots can be better filled with non-creature spells.

4) fixing the description to say "Lord of the Unreal" instead of "Master of the Unreal"

Other things:

1x Halimar Depths might be useful.

I've wanted to build a deck with Pongify in it for a long time. I don't think it's a super fit here, but I like my aggro decks to have removal and there's not a lot of options in blue.

Imprisoned in the Moon comes to mind as another removal option.

I think you could afford to drop as many as 4 lands. You have a very low AVG CMC, so it will be better to draw creature spells more frequently. I suggest dropping 1-2x, playtesting a bunch and going from there.

Sideboard spells to consider: Elixir of Immortality , Hurkyl's Recall , Vapor Snag , Ratchet Bomb , Pithing Needle

ShreddedByCrows on Linvala Stax, Vannifar‘s worst Nightmare

1 week ago

Hey there!

Nice brew, neat idea to counter those clunky and annoying Vannifars!

As smne who played Mono-W Stax for a while, with the amazing Hokori, Dust Drinker at the helm, I'll share with you what thoughts inspire me your sweet Linvala decklist.

(Even if it has already been pointed out before, I wanna say that I also love the Urborg combo. It's unexpectable and freakin' gud!)

Let's start by the beginning: mana fixation. Extraplanar Lens is insane in every monocolored archetype, so it's a quite logic inclusion you made here. Nonetheless, I suggest you to go for Snow-covered lands to synergize better with it - that way you won't give a lift to your opponents playing white.

Pearl Medallion and Sol Ring are basics, nothing really worth to say about it. Thran Dynamo and Worn Powerstone are more debatable. I don't know what is your budget issue, but if you want a competitve list, Mana Crypt , Mana Vault , Grim Monolith , Mind Stone , Everflowing Chalice etc. are all better options. Dynamo and Powerstone aren't bad cards, but they just come after those ones if you really do need a solid ''ramp'' package.

Opal Palace feels badly slow and ineffective in a monocolored stax deck. You won't win the game by taking up the board with your creatures armed of a little +1/+1 counter.

You have notable exclusions in your lands for a mono-white. Eiganjo Castle is the first card that comes through mind. Buried Ruin also is a recursive tool you should consider, even over Inventors' Fair . If you manage to find one, Ancient Tomb has its place there replacing Temple of the False God .

At its final shape, my Hokori decklist was running a powerful Crucible of Worlds package including Wasteland , Strip Mine , Dust Bowl , Flagstones of Trokair , Lotus Vale and City of Traitors . I was up to 39 lands, not counting Maze of Ith .

Now let's jump straight into your gameplan!

So... you're planning to focus your eyes on ruining Vannifar's day. To help with this strategy of being the nasty ''combo killer'' guy, I think you should put in some additional pieces of disruption.

That said, I don't know which Vannifar's version(s) your playgroup perform with. If it's a Thornbite Staff / Intruder Alarm one, things would be easier to calm down and you won't need such a heavy stax package - you'll need more single-target/multi-target removals though. And if it's the other one, certainly the most popular now (and also the most powerful/absurd), based on many shenanigans around the creatures Vannifar brings to the table, you'll need more stax support.

One of the very best cards you could add to stop all those creature-centered combos is Humility . This card is broken, this card is stupid. It even disables etb abilities. The only way your opponent has to go through is to destroy it with a creatureless source / or with a ''casting'' effect (like Ulamog has).

Single-handly, Humility tears apart most of the competitive Vannifar lists. However, based on the fact that it is still fragile to enchantments/permanents removals, you'll have to build a defensive shield for your stuff. Vannifar lists often keep a strong package of cheap permanents' removals in their pocket (like Beast Within for example), so you'll need to play carefully.

There's a lot of different ways you can head in order to reinforce your permanents' presence on the battlefield. A pretty simple and most of the time effective, despite of its ccm, you already included is Avacyn, Angel of Hope . I think you still lack a way to cheat her casting cost out to make her a stable and destructive power house.

Stax ''enchantment'' strategy is imo one of the most viable and solid strategy. With Academy Rector (amazing alongside your High Market ), you'll be able to search the exact piece you need to lock the game in your favor.

Notable stax exclusions :

Other cards to consider :

A bunch of meta depending stax tools :

Cards I'd cut from your list :

  • Martyr's Bond > Slow and unreliable on this brew. As you're not sacrificing any kind of permanent on your own, you'll struggle to get any value out of it outside of a lost political blast deflagrating when the game should already be over. Unless you add in some cards like World Queller , it defenitly doesn't deserve a slot imo.

  • Norn's Annex > 4 life + 3 mana for a worse Ghostly Prison . And I wouldn't even play Ghostly Prison there.

  • Bishop of Rebirth > a lot of people seems to give love to this card recently. However, I personally think it is just a bad inclusion. You spend 5 mana on a understated body and you have to wait a whole turn before getting value out of it IF you are in the researched scenario. There will be times where you have Boots or Greaves on board and this will be an insane mini-Sun Titan, but the situation is too rare to justify its presence.

  • Sublime Archangel > No real interest here. Good creature but doesn't provide anything for the stax strategy.

  • Gift of Immortality / True Conviction > weird ''win con'' heavily situational cards based on creatures. There is some logic behind Gift, but it's just too much of a unreliable idea. True Conviction has nothing to do here... it's 6 mana spend to lose the control on the game. If you're searching for card advantage and a bit of healing, go for the brand new Dawn of Hope (also is a good mana sink).

  • Rout > There are plenty better aoe in W. Wrath of God , Sunscour , Fumigate , Day of Judgment , End Hostilities , etc. If you want the instant option, just run Vedalken Orrery .

  • Blackblade Reforged > intersting alternative win con. Feels slow nonetheless.

  • Emeria Shepherd > too slow for my liking.

  • Whispersilk Cloak > can't understand what this does in a deck full of flyiers and tapping effects.

Finally, as you want to challenge Vannifar, which is a blue deck, you'll need something to deal with the classical Cyclonic Rift . Teferi's Protection is a good solution (and it could also protects you form a lot of various situations / removals / etc.), but I'm sure you can find a lot of other response.

I hope you'll find useful ideas in this comment. Thanks a lot for sharing this, it reminds me good times. Keep up the good work, keep up brewing!

Daedalus19876 on Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [REDUX]

1 week ago

IAmTheWraith: I dunno, I'm not convinced Teferi's Protection is the best thing here. When my hatebears leave, my opponents are suddenly able to do all of their crazy things again: my deck's prison plan is reliant on them remaining on battlefield. If I were going to choose a ETB-tapped piece, I agree that I'd choose Blind Obedience , but it's one of my lower-priority stax pieces for the moment.

Comparing to Nahiri, the Harbinger ; Dawn of Hope is less good since I have no other sources of life gain (so it's 8 mana before my first card drawn); Chandra, Torch of Defiance requires me to cast the spell immediately and reveals what it is (which can be very bad if I hit, say, Aven Mindcensor ); Chandra, Flamecaller is arguably better for draw but can't threaten with the ult (and is 2 more mana). Moreover, Nahiri's -2 is also decent removal, especially on the turn she comes in. Overall, I've been VERY happy with Nahiri in testing! The real question is if I should fit Mind's Eye in as WELL.

RecklessN7: As in most hatebears decks, your list has to shift to fit your meta. For the MOMENT, I'm gonna skip on the Pithing Needle , but I may revisit this in the future!

RecklessN7 on Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [REDUX]

1 week ago

How do you feel about Pithing Needle ? I’ve been debating putting one in mine. I know we already have some protection from creature abilities in the form of Linvala but I also have some planeswalkers running amok and it’s saved me from an estrid or teferi ready to go off a time or two.

drummerboy22 on Big Blue Fish (Competitive, Budget)

1 week ago

@TheLoneDart -- Wow, I really like this idea! I didn't realize how good Cryptic Serpent and Pteramander could be.

I'd recommend tightening up your list a little bit. Dismember is very much a sideboard card. While it's great against a few decks, it's bad against others (Tron, anything aggro, anything that can reanimate).

Repeal is best for decks with bigger manabases. Try Into the Roil instead.

+1 Cryptic Serpent . 100%.

Cut down on permission. This may be more personal choice, but too much and you run the risk of losing to the stuff they already have in play.

Finally, make sure to have a handful of ways to deal with all kinds of graveyard hate out of the sideboard. People could side in anything from Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus to Rest in Peace or Leyline of the Void . Adding Annul to the SB gives you more outs to those cards (besides just Pithing Needle ).

I made a version, based on your list. Snaps added only because I happen to own a playset. These could obviously be swapped out for Mission Briefings, etc.

saturn999 on Fun: Mono Black Devotion

1 week ago

the deck is fine. Smallpox works against devotion strategy so that's a no go with our deck. Fatal Push is good but if price is an issue Victim of Night is great. Cast Down is nice as well. Liliana of the Veil is cool I run her in my deck but she can be meta dependent regardless of what people say. sometimes i'd rather drop a creature or do something else so I side her out. Thoughtseize is nice but Duress is fine and Inquisition of Kozilek is cheap now so you could add those instead. id move 2x Geth's Verdict to the side for emrakul or hexproof creature decks. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is ok but sometimes you draw it and it sucks. you're better off running just one. if you're not running x spells or drawing a ton of creature cards that you want to empty from your hand it's pointless to run more than one. I will say a 1x Bojuka Bog can come in clutch especially in the game one against dredge or izzet phoenix. I'm not saying the previous suggestions are bad or wrong, this is just my experience playing with my version of devotion in my meta. also, 1x Ratchet Bomb , 2x Pithing Needle 2x Relic of Progenitus in your side plus 2x Geth's Verdict . maybe 2x Drown in Sorrow 1x Whip of Erebos 2x Damping Sphere then whatever else your meta dictates? Mind you, those are just suggestions. put what you like and have fun! +1

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Pithing Needle occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.03%

Red: 0.02%

Black: 0.02%

White: 0.0%

Green: 0.01%

Blue: 0.13%

Gruul: 0.01%

Azorius: 0.02%

Rakdos: 0.01%

Golgari: 0.04%

Dimir: 0.04%

Selesnya: 0.01%

Orzhov: 0.0%

Grixis: 0.01%

Esper: 0.17%

Sultai: 0.43%

Mardu: 0.0%

Bant: 0.01%

Jund: 0.01%

Abzan: 0.01%

Witch: 0.08%

Legacy:

All decks: 0.09%

Black: 0.03%

Golgari: 0.83%

Azorius: 0.05%

Grixis: 0.0%

Sultai: 0.13%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Red: 0.02%

Blue: 0.04%

Izzet: 0.04%

Azorius: 0.04%

Esper: 0.02%