Pithing Needle


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions (MPS) Mythic Rare
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK) Rare

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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.

Pithing Needle Discussion

GoldenAgeBatman on 8 rack help

22 hours ago

alias42 I have had success combating chalice by way of either Sorcerous Spyglass or Pithing Needle . If you side board multiple copies of either you can name it and any boardwipes they may have. (It's priceless to watch their reaction)

kamarupa on Paper Tiger

5 days ago

How to deal with Ratchet Bomb or other boardwipes - that's a big issue. While Brave the Elements does great against targeted removal, something that will prevent global effects will be much more difficult in mono-white. Mana Tithe comes to mind, but isn't particularly reliable. Something like Blood Artist seems like it could be good. If you decide to splash black, Priest of Forgotten Gods might add a second dimension to this otherwise straightforward build. Of course, splashing blue for Negate , etc would work, too. and with green, you'd of course gain access to Heroic Intervention .

It's probably a good idea to have a solid one drop spell to get things rolling on T1, but I have doubts about Champion of the Parish in that slot. Doomed Traveler seems like a better fit, and Soul's Attendant or Soul Warden are sure-bets.

In terms of non-token creatures, Thalia's Lieutenant might also be worth considering, but only to pump any tokens you have in play. At 2CMC, I think it would be competing for mana with your 2-drop token spells. That said, the 4x pumps Intangible Virtue provide won't be reliable. Honor of the Pure , while offering less value in many ways than both Virtue and Lieutenant, is still probably better than the Lieutenant here.

Probably needs at least 2x more lands, if not 4x more to reliably get the mana to cast Elspeth, Sun's Champion . Otherwise, it will likely be a dead card most games. I also suggest reducing Elspeth to 1-2x.

Spells to consider: Impact Tremors , Anointed Procession , Mentor of the Meek

If you splash red for Impact Tremors, Chained to the Rocks might be worth considering.

I'd drop 1x Disenchant for 1x Oblivion Ring , or add at least 3x Oblivion Ring s to the sideboard. I also suggest adding Pithing Needle , Elixir of Immortality , Revoke Existence , Teyo, the Shieldmage , and Nevermore to the sideboard.

Happymaster19 on The Undead Curse [Modern Zombies]

6 days ago


There are Collective Brutality s and Surgical Extraction s in the side. I may change some slots to get a couple Thoughtseize s in the side.

Which Liliana do you speak of?

I might go up some Ghost Quarter and an additional Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth if I see more Tron. That’s what the sideboard Pithing Needle s and Damping Sphere s are for.

Cryptbreaker is what let’s us get away with Blood Scrivener . That and Copter. Copter is best.

kamarupa on Aggressive Lifegain

1 week ago

Looks pretty good. Might need a stronger wincon since you don't have any evasion. Also might benefit from more options in the sideboard. Below is a mix of suggestions appropriate for main and sideboards in no particular order.

Riot Control , Unbreakable Formation , Blessed Alliance , Celestial Purge , Sanctimony , Ordeal of Heliod , Nevermore , Teyo, the Shieldmage , Oblivion Ring , Pithing Needle , Chalice of Life  Flip, Abzan Falconer , Tuskguard Captain , Inspiring Call

saturn999 on Dav's Dirty Dozen (12Rack)

2 weeks ago

I like the addition of the new walker. Thought of doing that too for my deck. +1. Personally, I’d move the rats to the side and main 4x Wrench Mind . This way you’re more focused on discard and can turn on your racks way easier. Game 2 if they have artifact removal and creatures to swing with, side out bridge and bring in rats. Also for side Bontu's Last Reckoning , Pithing Needle , Ratchet Bomb , Grafdigger's Cage , or whatever you need against your playgroup. Take care!

NoNeedToBragoBoutIt on Hazezon Muad'dib: Dune-Inspired EDH

2 weeks ago

Good lord, i didn't know this decklist exists until you commented on one of mine... now i want it!

For one, i always loved Hazezon Tamar but did shy away when he was 40€... now that he's beyond 100€ i wish i had pulled the trigger on that.

On the other hand i loved Dune when i was younger and this is just the kind of theme deck i'd actually play (i'm usually a tech oriented player).

I gotta say, i'm missing Pithing Needle , though. It would fit so well and is a great card! Another - a lot more casual - card i'd love to see would be Sandwurm Convergence , duh.

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Pithing Needle occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%


All decks: 0.04%


All decks: 0.16%