Pithing Needle

Pithing Needle

Artifact

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.

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

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Pithing Needle Discussion

Gilbobaggins on Jinx time!!!

1 day ago

zapyourtumor I like the Idea of Steel Golem but you would have to use Bazaar Trader to force Golem and idol to opponents. Also Pithing Needle like effect on Jinxed Idol as they could sac steel golem right back.

RealLifeBear on None

2 months ago

lets say I have Conspicuous Snoop in play, and the top card of my library is Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker . My opponent has a Pithing Needle in play, having named "Kiki".

Am I still able to use his ability with Conspicuous Snoop because its coming from Snoop and not Kiki (rules on gather for snoop says: "If an activated ability of Goblin card on top of your library references the card it’s printed on by name, treat Conspicuous Snoop’s instance of that ability as though it referenced Conspicuous Snoop by name instead"), or does pithing needle still block the combo because it still originates from Kiki? Is Kiki still the "source" referred to be Needle?

RealLifeBear on pithing needle interaction with top …

2 months ago

lets say I have Conspicuous Snoop in play, and the top card of my library is Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker . My opponent has a Pithing Needle in play, having named "Kiki".

Am I still able to use his ability with Conspicuous Snoop because its coming from Snoop and not Kiki (rules on gather for snoop says: "If an activated ability of Goblin card on top of your library references the card it’s printed on by name, treat Conspicuous Snoop’s instance of that ability as though it referenced Conspicuous Snoop by name instead"), or does pithing needle still block the combo because it still originates from Kiki? Is Kiki still the "source" referred to be Needle?

InzHornet4 on Colorless Competative

2 months ago

Grafdigger's Cage , Pithing Needle , Tormod's Crypt , Relic of Progenitus , Engineered Explosives , Spellskite , Damping Matrix , and Torpor Orb .

Those are some really good ones you can add in. For the rest, if you'd want to play this at FNM and other tournaments, see what you're worst matches are and find others that counter those decks.

TheMeadiator on John Carpenter’s “The Thing” EDH Deck

2 months ago

I found this deck when I was halfway through making my own! This is brilliant. I love the flavour of Muddle the Mixture and Sudden Storm and Pithing Needle . SO GOOD. I also love Nighthowler . This is very well done! Have you played with it? How does it perform?

If you're interested, I ended up going with a different commander and using eldrazi instead of horrors. "The Thing" 1982 Movie Deck

Polaris on Pithing needle against Phyexian Obliterator

3 months ago

There are a few ways around Phyrexian Obliterator 's ability, though Pithing Needle is not one. You could counter with something like Voidslime , though you'll have to do this every time. You could also remove the ability with a card like Kenrith's Transformation or Frogify .

Of course, the best way is to use Justice Strike and see if that makes them concede.

Wbg1415 on Pithing needle against Phyexian Obliterator

3 months ago

If I cast Pithing Needle and say Phyrexian Obliterator is his last abilty a static ability or an activated ability?

PaulMcleary on Mairsil, The Pretender (Updated)

4 months ago

Flamekin Village and Hanweir Battlements  Flip have haste built into manabase. If you go Endling , Blood Pet / Blood Vassal , Walking Ballista / Triskelion / Crystalline Crawler route you won't really need any haste effects but you're very reliant on Endling . Also I don't see any reason to run Tale's End over Stifle . Overall looks good but all Mairsil decks will fall to cards like Phyrexian Revoker , Pithing Needle , Sorcerous Spyglass , Gideon's Intervention etc... Unfortunate as he's a really fun commander when you get to bank a ton of abilities.

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