Pithing Needle


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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Set Rarity
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

landofMordor on Whir of Invention - one ...

1 day ago

I'd guess that's why they run Whir! It's just a 60-card sideboard that has 4 tutors. Seems like a lot of those cards aren't dead draws, either -- Sorcerous Spyglass is a big upgrade over Pithing Needle in game 1, and whatever is dead turns on Whir and Mox Opal.

That said, this is the first I've heard of it too (:

Happymaster19 on Vraska’s Hunger [Modern G/B Vraska Value]

1 day ago


I do need to get around to putting a sideboard list together. I imagine against miracles we would bring in Nissa, Vital Force as a value walker that can apply pressure. Maybe a Pithing Needle for Celestial Colonnade, Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin, and the planeswalkers. Can’t do much about Terminus itself. Only improve our ability to rebuild.


2 weeks ago

Generally, its a set of 1CMC sideboard answers as 1-ofs (in the maindeck), things like Nihil Spellbomb, Pithing Needle or Golden Urn alongside Artificer's Intuition and Trash for Treasure. It lets you reliably throw out relevant speedbump cards and put big stuff (and dead cards) in the graveyard. Used to run it back with Sundering Titan a long while ago- might be some old primers around for the more casual mirrodin lists that people were tweaking.

Icbrgr on Mono White Soul Sisters

2 weeks ago

I think Wall of Omens would be very fitting to slow down aggro and get the ETB triggers with some draw power... otherwise perhaps Rest for the Weary/Pulse of the Fields, Pride Guardian/Ghost-Lit Redeemer could be some neat tools to consider for the main board..... then there is the obligatory mono-white SB tech including but not limited to Disenchant, Leyline of Sanctity, Pithing Needle, Rest in Peace. cool deck +1

generalrenard on Eldrazi tron vs control

2 weeks ago

So with that information, I would go for the more hand disruption route with Sorcerous Spyglass and you can shut off walkers with a timely Pithing Needle or Phyrexian Revoker.

Icbrgr on Wait for it...

3 weeks ago

Nice brew! I like having both second sun/turbo draw win conditions. Maybe Detention Sphere to catch a stay permanent/tokens... Meddling Mage/Nevermore can be fun sideboard tech..Remand/Howling Mine/Temple Bell are good draw... Pithing Needle makes for a good SB tool against PW and such...Academy Ruins might be useful too.... I would also consider Rule of Law over curse of exhaustion.... Not exactly budget suggestions sorry!

cak01vej on Toooornaaaadoooo (Easy Turn two Win!)

3 weeks ago

Instead of Pact of Negation I would run something that can take care of Artifacts or Enchantments. A turn zero Leyline of Sanctity takes out half of your win-cons, and Pithing Needle can take any one of them. Like Nature's Claim or Natural State (Technically something like Broken Bond could do it, but it's a little expensive at 2CMC).

There are very few things you would need countermagic for, but if it is important to your meta, maybe you could still run the Pact in sideboard.

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