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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.

The fearful want the procedure before a blood festival. The guilty seek it afterward.



  • Ethral

    Nice reprint.

  • Ploxerz

    It’s about time someone jabbed this into a Delver’s back.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NZTKKGZ4UJ3DSCKC5IFRRWUKNY Derek

       what does this have to do with delver?

      • indes

        “Activated abilities”
        I.E. Delver’s flip ability, delver cannot transform if the pithing needle names “Delver of Secrets” 

        So basically it makes delver a 1/1 for 1 lol

        • ACK

          Delver’s flip is a triggered ability.

        • Mlundgoldstein

          transforming is a triggered ability dude delver isn’t affected

        • Mrfr1day

          dumbass.

    • ACK

      How does it affect Delver?

  • Mlundgoldstein

    So glad they reprinted pithing needle so much people will be able to do with it in  standard

  • JimmiesvanRustlin

    What do you do with a pithing needle? What do you do with a pithing needle? What do you do with a pithing needle, early in the game?

    • Zimmer Remmiz

      Dude are you serious?…

      • JimmiesvanRustlin

        Why can’t i type meter?

        • Zimmer Remmiz

          Ah I see, go about your business then…

    • Aether Tech

      You call “Jace” or “LOLTroll” and call it a day.

    • Wisdomseyes

      Well, Needle is a sideboard card in most formats so its pretty iffy on what you would do with it early game one… but you made your deck with a specific purpose if you drop it turn 1 game one. 

  • Voldrin

    Delver, you may now politely go f*ck yourself.

    • Highlander

       this has no effect on Delver because he has no activated abilities.

  • Neuo the 1

    112.3b Activated
    abilities have a cost and an effect. They are written as “[Cost]: [Effect.]
    [Activation instructions (if any).]”everyone please consider this rule before naming a card, because i keep seeing Delver and Delver has no activated abilities

  • Diskwars

    the BG Troll got countered before his release…

    • Zimmer Remmiz

      Abrupt Decay, and Naturalize make Pithing Needle kind of Null and Void against G/B, unfortunately…

  • Flickerfan

    so what counts as a mana ability?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mercadordeveneza Helquer Sales de Miranda

      lands, creatures and artifacts tapin to generate mana…u may note that abilities that could end up generating mana (like arbor elf untaping land ability) doesnt count

  • http://l33t.it/ Madness

    This is going to be in every standard sideboard ever.

  • Asdf

    too bad trinket mage is rotating out… I guess it could be nice enough for trading post decks, any other decks that might run it mainboard?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Anderson/100002435068799 John Anderson

    oh gee, could of used this way earlier in the format, *cough* delver *cough*