Pithing Needle

Legality

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

Artifact

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Pithing Needle Discussion

SynergyBuild on An...Uncoventional commander

2 days ago

Deck sounds sweet, Stasis makes a great lock with is, as does Static Orb, Winter Orb, and some tutorage for those cards in the form of Muddle the Mixture, Enlightened Tutor, etc.

From that base, you could go more into turbo-stasis with Blind Obedience, Tangle Wire, Kismet, and Frozen AEther type cards, stax with Sphere of Resistance, Thorn of Amethyst, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, or permission control with Counterspells, Swords to Plowshares, Terminus, Supreme Verdict, and other control cards.

This could also be backed up be a strong walker plan, think Teferi, Temporal Archmage, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Jace, Architect of Thought.

Additionally, Teferi works well without creatures, you could run Humility as one of the harshest anti-creature cards, Cursed Totem to shut off more commanders, etc.

In a playgroup filled with walker commanders, Pithing Needle and Sorcerous Spyglass are great removal, as is anything else that can do similar effects. Suppression Field forces the issue that Stasis asks:

Can you pay for that?

Also, with a stax plan, or a control one in general, Rhystic Study is more powerful than usual, and never forget Mystic Remora! These cards should be pretty good.


Other than that, more cards that fit here are:

Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, Tamiyo, the Moon Sage, Brago, King Eternal (flickers walkers to reset counters&activations for the turn), Azorius Signet, Cyclonic Rift, Fellwar Stone, Sol Ring, Chrome Mox, Brainstorm, Ponder, Preordain, Swan Song, Path to Exile, Damping Sphere, Rings of Brighthearth (doubles walker activations!), Inspiring Statuary, Sphinx's Revelation, Search for Azcanta  Flip, Return to Dust, Fact or Fiction, Mystical Tutor, Arcane Denial, Teferi's Protection, Rewind, Reality Shift, Tragic Arrogance, Cleansing Nova, Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time, Mind Stone, Sensei's Divining Top, etc.

DangoDaikazoku on DCI Banhammer

3 days ago

Aside from Pithing Needle, the added mana for Sorcerous Spyglass may be well worth the slot to view your opponent's hand and capitalize on the effect.

DangoDaikazoku on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

3 days ago

Soren841 Without spamming chat with a real wall of text, you can find the list of decks I commonly see in my metagame here. Mind you there is a decent amount of fluff and seemingly unconventional decks I face because it's not a full fledged cEDH environment. My decklist isn't optimized by any means because I am on a budget believe it or not and that's why we drafted the budgetless list. Keep those elements in mind when looking at my list because I never claimed my personal deck was for cEDH gameplay. That part isn't terribly relevant exactly though because I stated that in the context of the background that went into building the budgetless version we are nominating.

What is relevant though is that I was capable of tuning my deck to my specific meta, and decks that were resilient were other planeswalker commanders or decks heavy in planeswalkers. To combat this originally I used Hex Parasite, but since it's useless under Humility I opted for Pithing Needle and Sorcerous Spyglass to hit walkers and provide some added versatility, which works well after flickering them with Aminatou's -1.

If you'd care to read our primer it is still a work in progress, but we provide a lot of detail about how the deck operates and functions. Please give it a read, this is a serious inquiry and we've put a lot of time and effort into putting these lists together.

DangoDaikazoku on Staxshifter

6 days ago

SynergyBuild I think I'll draft a budgetless list for this deck eventually, but I can't imagine it will be far off from this one lol. I realized after posting that Chains of Mephistopheles kind of nombos with Aminatou's +1 ability poorly. I also think you're right about Nether Void because I think my deck would be too hindered by it and breaking parity would be difficult to manage through it. If I drop Helm of Obedience, what else would be a viable win con to consider? I imagine I could just durdle until I win by inevitability, but that doesn't feel very surefire haha. I really like Pithing Needle to combat Food Chain lists, and Sorcerous Spyglass also feels pretty good since it allows me to peek at a player's hand as well. Chalice of the Void would be really effective in here too due to its versatility. But god do I wish I picked some up back in the day when they were less than $20, I didn't realize they spiked so much.

SynergyBuild on Staxshifter

6 days ago

Chains is totally a non-budget upgrade, probably over E-Bridge.

Also, yes, this deck is Teferi's well-rounded, less loved brother, in more colors, but is smaller and so is overlooked.

It could be tier 1 given a few more cards come out, considering that Yisan is also tier 1 by some placements. This deck could easily be equal to that midrange list, however I would personally make a few major changes.

Helm of Obedience is a weak wincon in cEDH, not bad in your meta, but in cEDH I would swap it out easily, as it alone is a dead draw. Nether Void seems a little bad to me, 4 mana is a lot, but it shuts out decks like Trinisphere, expect has less ability to have a broken parity. It could be good, I am unsure.

Food Chain lists are two-fold, Tazri which dies to Sphere of Resistance, and Prossh which you need to stop their outlets, like Blood Artist. Humility will stop all of the creature-outlets, but an infinitely large Walking Ballista swinging in for combat damage. Seems rough, but Tazri I think you can stop. Perhaps you want to run a Pithing Needle, Sorcerous Spyglass to name Food Chain? That should work.

Also, I was thinking over if you could run a Chalice of the Void, it might be worth it? CMC=1 stops Chain of Vapor, Nature's Claim, Natural State, By Force, Vandalblast, Shattering Spree, etc. It hits 14 of your cards, but still might be worth running, and it stops Prossh/Teferi at CM=6, but you aren't realistically ever gonna get there xD.

jaystorm on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

2 weeks ago

Hi! I've been working on a stax deck of my own using this list as a base, and everyone I know hates it! There's been a sort of power level arms race at my LGS, and I'm trying my best to keep things 'fair.' The decks arn't quite CEDH level yet save for a Selvala, Heart of the Wilds brostorm deck,Nekusar, the Mindrazer storm deck, and a tuned Derevi, Empyrial Tactician stax list. I have been experiencing some level of difficulty with Derevi and some Estrid, the Masked lists ramping faster than I can lay down my stax pieces/untapping and drawing cards through my stax pieces. Should I compensate with Pithing Needle and Sorcerous Spyglass to shut out their commanders? Usually at tables there are a lot of interactive decks and I quickly become the villain, so meren has a hard time sticking around. Should I add in ways to protect her like Cavern of Souls or Lightning Greaves, or should I just invest more into making my list more independent?

Xica on Mono Colored Modern

3 weeks ago

Well after a bit of dicking around i come to the following conclusions:

1# Shape Anew is enabled by Blinkmoth Nexus (and Inkmoth Nexus - may be important in case someone uses Pithing Needle) & Trail of Evidence - which creates such a nice curve that i am tempted to run Disrupting Shoal. Of course it also allows to keep cards like Snapcaster Mage & Vendilion Clique in the deck.

2# Polymorph works best with fetching for Dryad Arbor using Misty Rainforest (which is not cheap - but not as bad as tarn) - however it makes you ditch the best creatures (that also cost a fortune), for stuff like Mission Briefing - and as an added bonus it allows me to play artifacts in the main and side beside the angel - however i am not sure its wise to sideboard cards that are gonna get hit by the hate coming my way in game 2 & 3.

3# i really miss the exile clause on Glorious End

cHaXEnd on Phyrexian Growth

3 weeks ago

I don't care much for Athreos, opponents will always pay the life and if they don't then you know they can deal with you, meanwhile if that's what you're dealing with, have you considered Rest in Peace or Stony Silence? Pithing Needle / Phyrexian Revoker are also relevant when dealing with Daretti, Scrap Savant. Avoiding artifacts means you could run Energy Flux as a piece to slow him down.

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