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
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

TheLittleMage on 12 Bolt Boros Burn

1 day ago

Its a nice build! i think it can be good to add Searing Blaze , Skewer the Critics , Spark Elemental , Kiln Fiend Skullcrack , Rift Bolt , can play these cards for this deck

Darth_Savage on Mono Red Burn Standard

1 week ago

This looks like a Standard deck (it is tagged as such) and could be one bar Pyre Hound, I'm not sure I'd play many of the cards listed in Modern though. In particular Guttersnipe is simply not the all star you think and I'll take a moment to explain why. Guttersnipe costs 3 mana and does nothing if you cast it on curve at turn 3 assuming you haven't missed any land drops. Rather than Guttersnipe instead say you cast Shock and Lightning Strike that is 5 damage to your opponent, which is 5 points closer to a win. So lets say you took the 4x Guttersnipe out, in standard you could replace it with Skewer the Critics which like Wizard's Lightning will net you 3 damage and has an achievable cost reduction. That is an extra 12 damage in your deck, do you believe Guttersnipe will net you that?

That was in Standard, Modern has an even larger card pool which includes spells like Lightning Bolt / Lava Spike / Rift Bolt and creatures like Monastery Swiftspear

Honestly my advice is for you to look at the decks people play in Modern, I want to be clear here, it is a turn 4 format. What I mean by that is the deciding turn is 4 or in some cases earlier, decks need to use the most efficient cards they can and at present your deck isn't. For a local Standard magic game it might be fine, though even there you will probably want to refine this list. I hope this helps, good luck and have fun brewing your deck no matter what format.

heckproof on Burn baby burn

2 weeks ago

I really wouldn’t run Shock . It really just isn’t enough in Modern when there are so many better options. Even if you’re on ultra-budget, you can still play Burst Lightning , which is just strictly better Shock . I would also replace the Searing Spear with Skewer the Critics and Lightning Strike with Light Up the Stage . These are budget options that will help you transition the deck into something like Boros Burn or Naya Burn over time, as your curve will be way lower and more efficient than it is now

LegendX11 on Rakdos Burn w/Skelly Boi

3 weeks ago

Skelly Boi and budget problems like me, +1. I do actually enjoy the deck, and if I was to make any suggestions I think Skewer the Critics is the cool new thing for burn type decks.

foxboy1000 on Ahivian red

1 month ago

If you are new to Magic first things first, congrats on joining the game hopefully you enjoy it.

On to some deck advice, you need to cut Bonethorn Valesk , Goblin Hero , Rock Jockey , Goblin War Strike , Chaos Charm , and Seething Song . These cards aren't legal in the modern format, which I'm assuming is what you are building for. Cutting these also makes your deck a 60 card deck, which is the correct size.

I don't know how familiar you are with Magic so far, but there are a couple different formats. I would suggest asking the friend who gave you cards more about it, or read up on them.

You have quite a few cards, but mostly goblins. A popular goblin deck you could play might be 8 Whack. Look into it if you ever have a desire to play competitive magic.

If you are just looking to play casual Magic however, here is my advice.

Swap out 2x Tremor , 1x Volcanic Hammer , and 1x Lava Axe , for 4x Skewer the Critics .

I would also swap 1x Sokenzan Bruiser , 1x Endbringer , 1x Shivan Dragon , and 1x Guardian of the Ages , for 4x Goblin Grenade .

Swap 2x Mountain for 2x Devastating Summons

Lastly I would swap 1x Myr Moonvessel , 1x Chainwhip Cyclops , 1x Vulshok Berserker , 1x Canyon Wildcat , for 4x Bomat Courier .

This is what that deck would look like,Ahivian red Updated, hopefully this is helpful.

I think that is a good place to start, if you would like any more help other than that, just ask.

hullos on My First Deck

1 month ago

Some suggestions I have are, Gutterbones can be a real annoyance to opponents, especially if you put something like Judith, the Scourge Diva in the deck, Legion Warboss and Fireblade Artist are also great cards that work with judith and put down a ton of early game pressure on opponents. Finally, some removal and hand control like Drill Bit / Duress and Skewer the Critics could also fit in. maybe as a late game threat you could put in a Rekindling Phoenix if you wanted to. those are my suggestions.

avsimone on Infinite Ral Combo

1 month ago

Gof5550, I didn't even think of Unexplained Disappearance and honestly it's probably a great include.

I think going forward I need to reduce the number of Rals in the main, bring in 2 niv mizzet to the main and up the burn count in Lightning Strike and Shock . Also I think I need to replace Ral's Outburst with a one of Skewer the Critics to increase burn.

Sinfer on Tibalt's Burn Ward

2 months ago

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle seems pretty good in this deck. I also think 1 creature can be replaced by Monastery Swiftspear

There are a few direct damage spells I would run over a few you have in the deck like:

Love the deck btw!

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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%