Skewer the Critics

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Common

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Skewer the Critics

Sorcery

Spectacle (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)

Skewer the Critics deals 3 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

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Skewer the Critics Discussion

FenrisBurgess on Narset, Exalted Master

4 days ago

Wow, a wall of text with potentially useful advice.

  • "is not really needed since most cards are instants and can be cast immediately after attacking with Narset."

  • A simple Manalith would aid in getting out Narset. As it stands, you will only be able to get Narset on turn 6, assuming you don't miss a land drop.

  • You have no haste granting cards, so your strategy will only take off on turn 7 if you are lucky and nobody plays an Edict effect..
  • Most people can gain a significant advantage by turn 7 if all goes well. No amount of counters can stop 3 opponent's from building their boards. You'll be a sitting duck most of the time.
  • There is a reason almost all commander decks run a Sol Ring . The faster you can play your strategy, the more likely you are to win.

  • "unless they are instant cards i don't really need them."

  • Chemister's Insight is strictly better than Inspiration . There is no reason you cannot use both, but Chemister's Insight has far more utility.
  • Counterspell , Archmage's Charm , Sinister Sabotage , Thought Collapse , and Dissolve are all strictly better than Cancel , and those are the cheap $$$ counters.
  • Lightning Bolt and Skewer the Critics are strictly better than Lightning Strike and Wizard's Lightning especially considering you don't have any wizards.
  • Your deck runs Lifelink . The card itself is cheap, but by the time your Commander is out, cost shouldn't be a consideration. Cards like Daybreak Coronet and Steel of the Godhead provide you with far more utility.
  • Cards like Dub and Angelic Gift provide a useful effect, but there are better cards that do more: Gryff's Boon and Asha's Favor to name a few minor improvements.

  • Questionably, you are running Artificer's Epiphany with only one artifact in the deck.

  • You are running 11 counters as control. Those 11 counters won't do you any good with Narset unless you plan to counter your own spells. Running cards like Disperse keeps stuff off the field and will be still be useful if you happen to exile it later on.
  • Your burn spells won't do much against larger creatures either.

  • "this is not a budget deck. budget, mana or money, is not a priority. if it somehow is then it is merely a coincidence."

  • I'm not sure what you're trying to say here, but I feel the need to advise you that:
  • Your mana base does, in fact, matter.
  • You have far better options for cards.
  • The only reason to play this deck as it is, is if you were on a budget. If you are not, then you can certainly replace the cards with better versions.

OberstHati on Rakdos rather Aggro sped up

2 weeks ago

TY exalted_k1dGiant seems fun, was under my radar so far,... Skewer the Critics was in there in the beginning, but i don't like the Sorcery Speed,....

Rorolith on Bee's Red/Black Control Bolt Deck

2 weeks ago

Cut Skewer the Critics add Lightning Bolt . if your not trying to keep it budget, cut Diabolic Tutor add Demonic Tutor . cut Shivan Dragon , there are so many better creatures out there. if your not trying to keep it budget, cut Evolving Wilds add Prismatic Vista . if your not trying to keep it budget, cut Rakdos Guildgate add Blackcleave Cliffs .

BrandonJamesCAC on Burn Motherf*cker, Burn!

1 month ago

Lava Spike

Lightning Bolt

Spell Pierce

Skewer the Critics

Light Up the Stage

Risk Factor

Pretty much only need blue if you want counterspells. Otherwise just play burn

DragonzBane on Delver of Tempo

1 month ago

Hello Molesto-the-Egregious! Currently fetches and shocks are a bit expensive for the budget, unfortunately. But would absolutely be an upgrade. Lava Spike is not added as a replacement for Faithless Looting (RIP), but Skewer the Critics doesn't work with Dreadhorde Arcanist so it's a no go. That's the same reason for Psionic Blast and Risk Factor . Thanks for the suggestions!

Molesto-the-Egregious on Delver of Tempo

2 months ago

Lava Spike and Skewer the Critics may also find a happy home here.

Psionic Blast is also powerful. Though the 3 cmc is high.

Lastly, Risk Factor is a great midrange addition. Your opponents will want to avoid taking the 4 damage when under 10 life and they also dont want you drawing into more burn, so it's kind of a win/win.

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Skewer the Critics occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.24%

Red: 5.13%

Rakdos: 2.94%

Standard:

All decks: 0.47%

Red: 6.28%

Rakdos: 5.05%