Pithing Needle

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.

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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
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

Polaris on Pithing needle against Phyexian Obliterator

1 month 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

1 month 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)

1 month 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.

StrawBossMH on Zoblins

1 month ago

(March 2021) I am currently considering swapping:


  1. 4 Dragonskull Summit for 4 Cavern of Souls
  2. 2 Goblin Instigator for 2 Spike Jester


  1. 3 Nihil Spellbomb for 2 Rakdos Charm
  2. 2 Goblin Chainwhirler for 3 Pithing Needle

legendofa on How to make people stop playing Ad Nauseam

1 month ago

What do you think of Surgical Extraction or Extirpate in Pithing Needle 's place? It has a broader range of targets than Jace, Wielder of Mysteries , especially if you hit the right targets with Thoughtseize and Duress . Is there another use for Needle that I'm not thinking of?

Icbrgr on Altar of Despair

2 months ago

I think Kolaghan's Command is a good fit here. It can blow up Pithing Needle and bring back something to sac.

smilodex on Best Commanders in EDH [Tier List]

2 months ago

This list is compiled from a competitive point of view and in the upper tiers we compare the cEDH variants of the respective decks and here Yuriko often serves as a strong value engine (like Edric or Tymna for example). In contrast to Thrasios, Kenrith or Najeela, Yuriko isn't a direct wincon with which you can win in the first two rounds. Yuriko is simply very strong by nature, because you don't really have to pay command tax at all, which makes it difficult to interact with her. She also deals damage to every opponent AND you still draw many cards. BUT on the other side you can shut Yuriko out of the game if somebody get a Cursed Totem , Linvala, Keeper of Silence , Pithing Needle / Phyrexian Revoker or a Containment Priest on the board. If that happens, all of a sudden the deck is stuck with a lot of expensive spells and pretty useless ninjas.

Gidgetimer on Pithing Needle vs. Infection

2 months ago

Activated abilities are always written as (cost):(effect). Infect is a static ability. Pithing Needle will stop all abilities on Staff of Domination , only the first ability on Blasting Station , and none on Hand of the Praetors

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