Skewer the Critics


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful 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

Dorotheus on $45 Broke Boi Burn

5 days ago

drop 1 or 2 lands and what about any of these in general?: Lava Spike , Rift Bolt , Skewer the Critics , Spark Elemental , Eidolon of the Great Revel , Light Up the Stage What of these is too expensive?
I understand going mono red because fetches and other lands are too expensive at least.

TheTrueSchmamook on What Just Happened?

1 week ago

+1 dig it! Have you thought about switching out Shock with Skewer the Critics ? Seems like you’ll be hitting almost every turn, so the spectacle cost should be no problem to pay. Only situation I see it not working in is if you need to clear a chump blocker to hit face.

Darth_Savage on R/B Aggro Burn

1 week ago

I'm not sure of Shock here, it might be better to run Rift Bolt or Skewer the Critics as 1 mana for 3 damage is preferable, even if you have to jump through a few hoops. I'm also not sure on Lightning Talons a creature enchantment gives your opponent an easy two for one, perhaps Temur Battle Rage

FullmetalWes on Touch of Death

1 week ago

I like it a lot! My recommendations would be take out Goblin Electromancer , he's not worth splashing blue just for him, plus if you splash blue I think there's MUCH better choices. Dreadhorde Arcanist seems like it would really shine with spells like Sure Strike or Samut's Sprint , cast Sure Strike before attacking, go to combat and he casts it again for free making him a 7/3 trample first strike!!! Plus, casting Risk Factor again is great value! Skewer the Critics or Light Up the Stage could be good too. Good luck!

frosthammer_eden on Jund burn

1 week ago

Well then Light Up the Stage and Skewer the Critics always fit in burn.

sdh101 on Mono red War

2 weeks ago

I think that Burning Prophet doesn't really have a place in this deck. It's a 2 drop that's replacing Viashino Pyromancer and I think that the pyromancer is better for this kind of deck. Burning prophet helps you go long, but pyromancer has pseudo haste and I think that outweighs the highs of Burning Prophet .

I also think that Risk Factor isn't as good as some more Skewer the Critics . Skewer is more efficient with all of your creatures.

I think that the obvious comparison for Chandra, Fire Artisan is to Experimental Frenzy . Frenzy has a much higher ceiling, and at first I thought frenzy was the correct choice. But chandra guarantees some amount of damage. I think there is an argument for a version with Burning Prophet and frenzy to scry away extra lands, but I don't think any optimized list has Chandra, Fire Artisan and Burning Prophet together.

Cool deck, and I'm excited to see what the final version looks like once everyone finds the final list.

magicharm on Burst Wizards deck

2 weeks ago


I have only been able to test on the lower ladder for now, but for the matches I've had the deck has been performing pretty well. It can often do around (depending if you throw burn at face) 13 damage in one combat face when only having both Arcanist and Adeliz out. The main combat trick to get through creatures in this deck is Maximize Altitude , and I like it more because it doesn't only allow you to avoid blockers, you can double cast it on Arcanist to get back burn like Wizard's Lightning . I think that I could probably replace Skewer the Critics with Lightning Strike , but there is always the chance you have other burn in your hand in which case Skewer would be better.

PointyCheese on Im Fast As Fu*K Boi!

2 weeks ago

I will try that out, I was debating dropping Heartfire for 2 more Lightning Strike . But your suggestion of 2 Skewer the Critics seems great.

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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%