Harsh Scrutiny

Harsh Scrutiny


Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a creature card from it. That player discards that card. Scry 1.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal

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Harsh Scrutiny Discussion

TheVectornaut on my attemp at a deck..

3 weeks ago

Straight up, I don't think I've ever seen a non-proxy Damnation cast in real life. Anyway, if you're struggling against some sort of elf combo, maybe add hand disruption to slow down or stop them. Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek are the classic picks, but I also like Collective Brutality and Harsh Scrutiny for more narrow applications. Or, if you're looking to punish the draw, Underworld Dreams or a splashed Notion Thief could be pretty funny, albeit less effective. A final suggestion might be type-hate cards. Plague Engineer naming elf and Crippling Fear naming vampire might get the job done but would probably require removing Ayara.

legendofa on Budget Torture

2 months ago

You have some good discard pressure here. The Eldest Reborn feels a little out of place here, though. I might suggest some instant-speed discard, like Scroll of Griselbrand , Necrogen Spellbomb , or Funeral Charm in place of maybe a couple of Harsh Scrutiny or Agonizing Remorse.

PyroSwardsman on Yuriko Test

3 months ago

The deck is looking pretty good. I like the creature base you have chosen, there are a couple questionable creatures though. Cloudreader Sphinx seems kind of bad in this deck. If you just want a flying scryer, perhaps Sphinx of Foresight, Prognostic Sphinx, Stormwing Entity, or Siani, Eye of the Storm.

Passwall Adept is just not good enough. its too much of a resource drain. Opt is not helpful in this deck since you immediately draw the card after scrying. Cunning Evasion wont do much good I am thinking since most of your creatures wont be blocked anyway.

In my opinion, you need a few less low CMC cards and a few more high CMC that you can use to get Yuriko damage in. For cuts, I would start by looking at any creatures that cost CMC 2/3 that dont provide value other than being unblockable (Invisible Stalker, Vault Skirge (love that card btw). I would then look at replacing sorceries with instants where possible. Darksteel Pendant and Crystal Ball are not good enough in my opinion and are too much of a resource investment unless there is some sort of artifact strategy I am missing. Dimir Keyrune provides interesting utility but is inefficient. Consider Arcane Signet instead or perhaps even Dark Ritual. Thran Dynamo is fairly efficient for cost to mana provided but it seems most of your mana needs are for color. Key to the City is for yuriko after she is out I assume.. I would probably run Aqueous Form instead because it has a scry effect on attack which is pretty desirable.

Here are some cards to consider in not much particular order:

Zhalfirin Void

Moonring Island

Chromatic Orrery (high cmc and provides a lot of mana)

Mission Briefing (can add card to graveyard for delve and recast Brainstorm which is arguably one of the best cards in the deck)


Chain of Vapor (way to return a card to hand as well as an opponents card or cards)

Archaeomancer (can get brainstorm back and can be returned to hand with ninjitsu potentially)

Harsh Scrutiny

Shrieking Drake

Archetype of Imagination

Flood of Tears (this is a pet card of mine. You can return a bunch of cheap creatures and then put out something big like a Chromatic Orrery)

Lim-Dul's Vault

Scroll Rack (spendy but so good)


Spire Owl

Diabolic Vision


Spy Network

Trickery Charm (does multiple things you want)

Beseech the Queen

The Magic Mirror

The Cauldron of Eternity

Deep-Sea Kraken

Avatar of Woe

Void Beckoner

Dead Drop


Curse of the Cabal

Connive / Concoct

Grozoth (requires you to build around it to be worthwhile but can be good)

Scion of Darkness

Treasure Cruise

Baral's Expertise

aholder7 on Is my pet card good

4 months ago

even in modern, CA doesn't really fit mill decks as they usually go all out for the mill kill. CA doesn't have evasion of any kind either which really hinders him. if you want to make a deck that allows them to do well, i'd suggest a dimir control deck with lots of cheap hand disruption and counter spells with a few nice finishers with this as one. your discard spells are no longer blanks against empty enemy hands because of the mill option. admittedly there are probably better options but i feel that he is more reasonable in this build than a straight mill deck.

vague list assuming you want budget.

4x Raven's Crime

2x Harsh Scrutiny

2x Duress

4x Mana Leak

2x Negate

4x Drown in the Loch

4x Merfolk Secretkeeper

3x Blizzard Specter

3x Consuming Aberration

24x land

that leaves a few cards to add and you can fill them out to fit your style

Heavy into mill 4x Mind Funeral 4x Maddening Cacophony

more dudes on the field 4x Thing in the Ice  Flip 4x Aegis Turtle

bigger spells are cooler 4x Devastation Tide 4x Set Adrift

if you didn't want this to be budget obviously add snapcasters and fetches and feel free to add more cards like Remand.

recell08 on Budget Abzan Midrange

7 months ago

First of all: thanks for your input! To be honest.. I don't like Duress in the mainboard (at least not in my meta), but Harsh Scrutiny performed quite well in my Lantern Control-deck. Maybe I could cut Duress and replace it with 2 more copies of Harsh Scrutiny or even Doom Blade.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

10 months ago

as seen on Consulate Turret and Harsh Scrutiny Enforcer-Chief Ranaj:

Ranaj, Keeper of the Peace

Legendary Creature - Human Soldier


Creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays for each of those creatures.

: Until end of turn, if a player controls a creature which is attacking you or a planeswalker you control, they discard a card and lose 1 life.

Partner with Yahenni, Patron of the Peace


Yahenni, Patron of Justice

Legendary Creature - Aetherborn Vampire


Whenever a spell, ability, or creature causes you to lose life, its controller loses that much life.

,: Choose a permanent type. If you do, each player chooses a number of permanents they control equal to the number of those permanents controlled by the player who controls the fewest, then sacrifices the rest.

Partner with Ranaj, Keeper of the Peace


My understanding of the lore is that Yahenni was of high standing before the consulate drove them out. They were a philanthropist, so yeah, before the Kaladesh we saw, I imagine these two would be working somewhat together.

SlushyJones on Mono Black Discard

11 months ago

Some cards that work well with discard could be Quest for the Nihil Stone and Nezumi Shortfang / Stabwhisker the Odious. A sorcery that works with the same pacing as Despise and Duress is Harsh Scrutiny. It's the same mana cost, but it can only work on creatures.

Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage is a really solid card, but he is legendary. 4 copies of him seems a little excessive because you can only have one in play at a time.

shadow63 on Castigate or Tidehollow Sculler?

1 year ago

Kitesail Freebooter is an option if you need a flyer. Despise or Duress are hyper budget options Lay Bare the Heart is slightly less effective then castigate but also less mana intensive. Harsh Scrutiny offers a acry effect. Brain Maggot is effective another tidehallow sculler

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