Pithing Needle

Pithing Needle

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Set Rarity
Secret Lair (SLD) Rare
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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Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Pithing Needle Discussion

zAzen7977 on Alchemy Balcony

2 weeks ago

Nihil Spellbomb, Soul-Guide Lantern, and/or Surgical Extraction are critical for graveyard based decks. Maybe even a lone Pithing Needle will come in handy.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something. If I remember more suggestions, I’ll let you know :)

azja on Yuriko (Optimized) Primer

1 month ago

@Snake57 No problem! I love to talk about Yuriko, so your questions and suggestions are always welcome!

My plan is to cut 1 island, 1 swamp and Darkslick Shores for Sea Gate Restoration, Agadeem's Awakening and Clearwater Pathway.

As for Yawgmoth's Will, I think most Yuriko decks are fast enough that we can't bring out the card's full potential. I find this deck wins sometime around turn 6-7. At that point in the game, I usually have around 6-7 mana to work with, which only leaves 3-4 mana to cast things from my graveyard after casting it. But since you have one, I would definitely say to try it out. Let me know how it goes!

I actually just bought myself a Commandeer! So I'll be trying it out soon, but I haven't decided what to cut for it yet. It seems like exiling 2 cards is quite a steep price, but if it counters an early Pithing Needle or Dictate of Erebos, it's probably worth it.

I think Snuff Out is an amazing card for Yuriko decks. My playgroup is heavily focused around black decks, so I unfortunately can't play it often. But in a blind meta, Snuff Out is my second favourite removal spell after Deadly Rollick.

I also think that Dismember is a great card for Yuriko, I've considered running it for a long time. I just don't think its as effective as Deadly Rollick, Submerge or Curtains' Call, and it doesn't hit as hard as Consign / Oblivion or Commit / Memory. So its mostly an issue of finding a place for it, rather than it not being good enough!

I had Cyclonic Rift in the deck for a long time. I found myself not being able to hit 7 mana consistently, so it ended up being a 2 mana bounce spell too often. Coastal Breach is usually pretty strong, but Evacuation sometimes feels lackluster. I've been thinking of replacing Evacuation with Devastation Tide for a while, seeing how consistently this deck can cast Temporal Mastery for its miracle cost.

Hopefully this was helpful! Feel free to post questions/suggestions for me anytime, friend!

kamarupa on Cocaine

1 month ago

Thanks so much for the +1 and suggestion, elariand!

Buried Ruin is included for not only The Ozolith, but also Ratchet Bomb and Pithing Needle, which are in the sideboard. Since I'm not running more than 1-2 copies of each of those spells, having a way to get them back can be pretty useful.

I've chosen Glacial Fortress over Hallowed Fountain for a few reasons, the first and foremost being cost - this is a "budget" deck. I'm actually pretty impressed that while I've tweaked it here there, for years now it's stayed very near $100. Additionally, this deck doesn't have much in the way of lifegain, so I'm not a big fan of losing 2 life, especially when I can already opt to lose 2 life to cast the only spell that has a U mana cost. There are a lot of plains in the deck, so it's pretty uncommon to draw only Glacial Fortress. Of course, those are just my reasons. Anyone building a similar deck could opt for other lands of course. :)

Poseidon31 on Mardu Reanimator

1 month ago

Damping Sphere against Tron and Storm. Fulminator Mage against Tron and other Decks with special lands, like an Azcanta. Infernal Reckoning against tron or Eldrazi. Pithing Needle or Murderous Rider against Planeswalker heavy decks. Nihil Spellbomb against Dredge or just for grave hate. Ashiok, Dream Render for grave hate. Damping Matrix against Affintiy/Eggs. Dash Hopes for surprise Counter Magic (I Like this alot, espacially in aggro styled decks). Spellskite against Burn, Boggles or Infect. Abrade against Artifacts. Disenchant against Artifacts and Enchantments. Leave No Trace against Enchantments. Kambal, Consul of Allocation against Burn or Control. Collective Brutality against Burn or Control. Rakdos Charm against creature heavy decks like Elfes or Tokens or Artifacts or for grave hate. Wear / Tear against Artifacts or Enchantments. Crumble to Dust Against Tron.

Depends on your meta, what decks you want to side against and what do you need in addition to your main 60. Which Match ups are bad for you and ho to play against that. I play the following Sideboard in my Mardu Vehicle Deck: 1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance 1x Collective Brutality 3x Duress 2x Kambal, Consul of Allocation 1x Nahiri, the Harbinger 2x Nihil Spellbomb 1x Rakdos Charm 1x Settle the Wreckage 2x Wear 1x Wrath of God

JacobAGrossman on Glittering Company

1 month ago

Hey, LucaMassone,thanks for the kind words! Always appreciate the feedback. So here we go:

  1. Yes, yes it is. For so, so many reasons. Having a less straightforward deck means there are no straight up bad matches or bad scenarios. If the opponent has a Sorcerous Spyglass or a Pithing Needle, i highly doubt they have enough for all of the different ways I have to win the game. If they have graveyard hate, I have the Devoted Druid combos and the Heliod, Sun-Crowned combos. If they can survive through me gaining infinite life, I can also do infinite damage or attack for infinite damage, depending on if they've given themselves heatproof or if they have Ensnaring Bridge or whatever it is. This is the most versatile deck ever. On top of that, with Glittering Wish, I have access to every silver bullet I want from the sideboard for game one. Also, they can remove or destroy all the copies of my main combo in my deck, but they can't get rid of the one of each piece i have on the side. And in regards to mid and late game, dont forget, all of these pieces are creatures, and attacking with a bunch of cheap creatures can be quite the game-winning strategy. On top of that, I have plenty of preparation for those moments, with beefier threats like Hexdrinker, Fiend Artisan, Steel Leaf Champion, and Spellskite. It's just so much more well rounded, so much more confident. I wouldn't do it any other way.

  2. Blood Moon is a jerk. Im much more confident with the fetching for basics strategy, but it's not 100%. It's a hard match-up for a lot of tri color decks that don't already have control or mid range strategies built in. I'd be open to suggestions actually haha, but most of the time it hasn't been too much of a burden. But when it hits, oh boy does it hit lol =P

Poseidon31 on Obliteratior Rock

1 month ago

Since you cant convert Field of Ruin and Twilight Mire into , i would cut the 2 copies of Mire. Urborg converts your Field of ruins and Forests into anyways.

I would put Maelstrom Pulse into Sideboard and play 2 full sets of Thoughtseize and Inquisition. You have already Push, Trophy and Decay as main removal. Should be enough for main, since you will discard early threats via the handdisruption. You can cut Fulminator Mage or Pithing Needle, or one Damnation and one Plague Engineer. Why Fulmiantor Mage? Add one more Trophy and you have up to 8 land destruction cards in the mainboard. You dont need more of that. You have the favor against tron with it anyways to slow it down. Same about the Sphere, while that is shutting down storm as well.

To feed your Goyf: Add a Nihil Spellbomb and a Bitterblossom in the mainboard. Bitterblossom alone counts as two instances: Enchantment and tribal.

0rc on Infinite combos with Emry (cEDH)

1 month ago

Since you’ll be filling the graveyard you may want to consider Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruise for card draw. Both equate to powerful cantrips in the correct build.

It would be nice to have a backup plan in case someone disrupts your Mirran Spy + Walking Ballista combo ( Thada Adel, Acquisitor and Praetor's Grasp will ruin your day). Laboratory Maniac will work for backup upkeep win con, and is easily tutorable via Drift of Phantasms (but avoid Thassa's Oracle for this build).

Some bounce aside from Cyclonic Rift will stop you from losing to Pithing Needle-type effects or Linvala, Keeper of Silence as well as graveyard hate such as Rest in Peace or Grafdigger's Cage. Collector Ouphe and Kataki, War's Wage will be big problems without adequate removal.

I hope this helps.

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