Skewer the Critics


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Common

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Skewer the Critics


Spectacle (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)

Skewer the Critics deals 3 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

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Skewer the Critics Discussion

Meurth on Candy Cane

13 hours ago

The cards in your sideboard are pretty much unplayable due to their high mana cost. Get some cheap enchantment removal in there like Fragmentize , if you don't have that then you just instantly lose to cards like Leyline of Sanctity .

Skewer the Critics is much better than Shock. Treasure Map is not a good card in modern (except maybe for some combo/ramp decks or something,) personally I don't even like it in standard. Your deck is a burn deck, burn decks like to play cheap creatures that can do damage fast, like Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear (I personally like Soul-Scar Mage and Bomat Courier as well)

Akromathia on The Unblockables

3 days ago

Since your deck relies mainly on creatures to win, it makes no sense to me to have just 10, specially considering that 7 of your non creature spells ( Curious Obsession , Swashbuckling ) need a creature to work.

I would remove (sideboard maybe) Waterknot and Shock (or at least change the balance between it and Skewer the Critics and Lightning Strike ) and add some creatures in those 4-6 spaces… Wee Dragonauts is a very good option for it covers a week spot in your deck (Air), and gets buffed every time you use Instants or Sorceries (according to your listing, you would be running 14 -15 of those even after adjusting the creature number), adding to the aggressive nature of your deck. You could get a 7/3 or 3/3, flier bashing for you without too much effort.

Also, Negate seems to be there to shield your creatures. If it is so, you could replace some copies of it with Dive Down , which do the same shielding than Negate but also allow some defensive maneuvers letting your creatures to last longer and to help you against other fast aggressive decks, for less mana.

Hope it helps… keep up the good job!

zapyourtumor on Gutter Control

4 days ago

This is actually an interesting idea. I don't really play much standard, but I think this has potential. Although it is a bit slow and tends to whittle down your opponents very slowly, all of the hand control will make it very hard for your opponent to win. The Light Up the Stage type cards also work very well, since you can usually cast most of the spells. I suggest adding Skewer the Critics instead of Vicious Rumors .

Zarathoustra on Roasted! (Mono-Red Burn)

1 week ago

There is a couple of suggestions I would make. Sunscorched Desert triggers Quest for Pure Flame and may allow you to activate it earlier. Firebrand Archer is another alternative to Thermo-Alchemist , only difference being it can deal 2 dmg to an unprotected opponent.

You're wrong about Vexing Devil : it is a bolt, mate. You could try Spark Elemental , again it works like a bolt. And speaking about bolts, you may consider Skewer the Critics .

I'm sure you could find something better than Browbeat , three cards for three mana isn't the most effective way to get fresh cards. Faithless Looting is great and would combo with Fiery Temper . Bomat Courier is also an option.

kael243 on B/R Pirates

2 weeks ago

Hello, Wecros. I tried Grasping Scoundrel as another one-drop in this deck, but in my series of playtesting I find Rigging Runner better as a third one-drop given it has first strike (planning to put it back in the deck). As to Ruin Raider , I'm still considering its place in my deck given that I'm brewing this to become a fast aggro deck and I'm finding it to be quite a bit slow. Regarding Skewer the Critics , it's been working so far for me since my primary removal comes in the form of Cast Down , Dire Fleet Poisoner , and Ravenous Chupacabra so it doesn't really matter if it's a sorcery (I just love me some burn just in case). Thus I think Skewer works for my deck, and even if it's not instant speed, its spectacle cost appeals to me.

Wecros on B/R Pirates

2 weeks ago

Have you thought about Grasping Scoundrel ? It's basically Daring Buccaneer when attacking. Ruin Raider is a must have in my opinion. Also how has Skewer the Critics been working out for you? I think I'd still prefer Lightning Strike over it because it's an instant.

Also props to you for making budget decks.

Zarathoustra on Full Frontal Assault

2 weeks ago

I definitly agree on both and Skewer the Critics is on my wantlist already. About Goblin Guide ... the card is awesome, but way too expensive for me right now. It is indeed one of the best one drops ever. Thanks for the suggestions !

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Skewer the Critics occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.24%

Red: 5.13%

Rakdos: 2.94%


All decks: 0.47%

Red: 6.28%

Rakdos: 5.05%