Pithing Needle

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Pre-release Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Pithing Needle


As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, name a card.

Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

Caran_Lyg on I fell and landed in Modern.

1 month ago

Thanks legendofa and cartoonywolf. I think all of your suggestions are great. Pithing Needle and spyglass are great form of removal. Kogla, the Titan Ape and Avenger of Zendikar I considered putting those 2 on the CMNDR deck I based this deck from but ended up not adding them because first, the Ape’s 3rd ability targets only 3 Humans in the deck. The Avenger I really wanted to put because it creates chump blockers but its last ability only helps plants. I know it’s a big threat but I only had 2 plus any plants it creates every time a land ETB and didn’t find cards that can create more plants that also had synergy with Landfall. Baloth Woodcrasher I can definitely put there. It worked for my CMNDR deck.

legendofa on I fell and landed in Modern.

1 month ago

Would something like Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass help? Unless you have a planeswalker-heavy meta, The Immortal Sun would probably be a sideboard card anyway.

wallisface on Jund Saga

1 month ago

As far as decent 1-mana artifacts that you can add as 1-ofs for Saga, the normal go-tos are Haywire Mite and Shadowspear (both which you're already running), and then Springleaf Drum, Nihil Spellbomb, Pithing Needle, Pyrite Spellbomb. I'm not sure how many of those you'd actually want to run mainboard, as many are more useful as sideboard options - I think the combination of Haywire Mite, Shadowspear, and Mishra's Bauble is already a good mix :)

sergiodelrio on No sacrifice

2 months ago

Your best bet imho is to try and prevent activations with cards like Pithing Needle Cursed Totem Interdict Null Rod Phyrexian Revoker Sorcerous Spyglass Damping Matrix or Karn, the Great Creator

Some things will still fly under the radar tho and does not really help your Sauron I guess.

wallisface on Timely tokens

3 months ago

Some thoughts:

wallisface on myrs

3 months ago

This deck seems pretty decent for a new-brew! Some suggestions for improving the deck:

  • You always want to aim to be only running 60 cards. While 64 might not seem like much over this, it's going to lead to a less-consistent, and weaker, deck.

  • Aether Vial seems like a weak choice here, as your deck has a range of differently-costed creatures, you'll be unlikely to get much reliable value from it. I would personally be swapping it for a range of 1-off 0-1 mana artifacts you can toolbox-find with Urza's Saga - for example, one-each of Pithing Needle, Relic of Progenitus, Shadowspear and Welding Jar

Icbrgr on MBC: 8-Rack

4 months ago

Awesome suggestion! I think The Mycosynth Gardens could probably take the place of Ghost Quarter in the main and move ghost to the side; but there is ALWAYS a Titan/Hammertime player at my LGS I just didn't see them last night. But thank you I'm gonna get me some of them!

I was honestly on the verge of cutting Smallpox but the effect although horrible for everyone makes Tombstalker or any delve creature Tasigur, the Golden Fang/Gurmag Angler really easy to reliably cast; and the 5 toughness was what allowed me to win against Rhinos.

I have done zero playtesting against any decks running The One Ring... I think my main goal is to just not let them cast it at all via discard because I'm pretty sure I just lose if it resolves when they have 4+ life and/or have 1+ card in hand... Shrieking Affliction can still hurt them; but if they draw all the cards that's not gonna get it done...and I'm just not sure what I would do with a copy of the ring... dig for Pithing Needle/other sideboard cards?... Idk I'll playtest it and get a better understanding of it (I have a full playset of Phyrexian Metamorph just collecting dust so why not?)

legendofa on Card name precision

4 months ago

This is a very rules-lawyer-y question, but Magic-ese is a very precise language.

How accurately do you need to name a card for effects like Pithing Needle?

If I wanted to prevent Kenrith, the Returned King from activating, is saying the (non-card) name "Kenrith, Returned King" acceptable? Is just "Kenrith" too ambiguous, with or without pointing at the card?

If I Underdark Rift a Chandra, Flame Whatever, can I name "the Chandra I put into your library" with Pithing Needle if I can't name the specific card?

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