Pithing Needle

Pithing Needle


As this 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
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Pithing Needle Discussion

heckproof on Will this 7-rack be competitive?

4 weeks ago

Seems fine at first glance, although I admittedly don't have a ton of experience with rack-type strategies. Some thoughts, though:

-why not the full playset of Shrieking Affliction? It seems like you'd want as much consistency as possible for a deck that needs critical mass as a win condition

-alternatively, you could run some Urza's Saga, which would essentially give you 4 extra copies of The Rack to draw. You could then also have some one-of artifact hate cards like Pithing Needle or Nihil Spellbomb

-I've always been a fan of Funeral Charm because it gives you options -If you're having trouble with card draw, it could be worth just running Ensnaring Bridge instead; you'd turn a disadvantage (no more cards in hand :( ) into an advantage - creatures can't attack you, which is good because most of your win conditions don't do anything to effect the board state.

-I do like Sign in Blood from a nostalgia standpoint, as I've definitely burned some people to death with it in casual play. But I'm not sure how well it still holds up in Modern.

Just my 2 cents, feel free to take it or leave it

Guerric on Are the backsides of MDFC …

1 month ago

That's a good question! Pinging Gidgetimer or Polaris for this one. My guess is that Pithing Needle could stop it, but I am not sure whether you would have to name the front side or the back. I'm thinking you could just name the back because that would prevent you from putting it on the stack. In general, I could name a card with needle that isn't in anyone's deck, in which case it'd just do nothing. My thought would be that you could just name the back side, but I would defer to the experts on this one!

Chaospyke on Are the backsides of MDFC …

1 month ago

Could someone play Pithing Needle naming Reflection of Kiki-Jiki  Flip because as I understand the rules, the backside of card exists only on the stack or battle field, and thus isn't a card that can be named.

duchessCretina on Contamination locked

1 month ago

I don't think you have an issue on how to end the game because you can reliably drain the opponent each turn with Contamination's trigger + Blood Artist/Bastion of Remembrance.

I think, however, that maybe Ensnaring Bridge is missing to make the prison full circle.

The deck reminds me of Big Red/Dragon Stompy with Contamination being the "Blood Moon".

Maybe, just maybe, Karn, the Great Creator could occupy 4 slots in the maindeck to tutor for Trinisphere, Chalice of the Void and Ensnaring Bridge.

And maybe even tutor for Wurmcoil Engine or another alt-wincon or a token-generator like Orochi Hatchery or Retrofitter Foundry... not to mention the wide toolbox variety Liquimetal Coating, Mycosynth Lattice, Pithing Needle, Relic of Progenitus, Tormod's Crypt, Executioner's Capsule, Sphere of Annihilation, etc.

Maybe some Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth can help since Ancient Tomb hurts over time.

cyeRunner on Mechtitan Aggro

2 months ago

I'd cut out a mix of Welding Jar and Pithing Needle depending on the amount of Dispatch you want to run, the reason beeing both Welding Jar and Pithing Needle can be turored out of your library by Urza's Saga.
Heroic Intervention seems like a meta-call to me against things like Anger of the Gods or Supreme Verdict, so depending on the meta you can cut one of those too.

LethalKitten on mono white aggro

3 months ago

I definitely think that Thalia, Guardian of Thraben would be better than Reidane, God of the Worthy  Flip, it's cheaper and improves your mana curve a little. I would suggest 21 lands for this deck, or even 20. For dealing with artifacts or enchantments, you could put in Pithing Needle, but you could also try Hopeful Initiate.

sparklepants on mono white aggro

3 months ago

LethalKitten thanks for the suggestion. I don't know how I missed that one lol. do you think I need that many lands in the deck? I'm keeping Kabira Takedown  Flip as it seems decent and doubles as a land but maybe using four crawling barrens and taking out a plains could let me slot in a Pithing Needle to nerf vehicles.

edit; also, do you feel that I need to keep Reidane, God of the Worthy  Flip or I should remove him for Thalia, Guardian of Thraben now that Alrund's Epiphany is banned?

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