Grinning Totem


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Rare
Mirage (MIR) Rare

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Grinning Totem


(2), Tap, Sacrifice Grinning Totem: Search target opponent's library for a card and remove it from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library. Until the beginning of your next upkeep, you may play that card. At the beginning of your next upkeep, if you haven't played it, put it into its owner's graveyard.

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Grinning Totem Discussion

MagicalHacker on Looking for cards with Buried ...

2 months ago

Only three cards do what you ask according to this scryfall search: Grinning Totem, Life's Finale, and Quiet Speculation. The first two, you already have, but that third one is not even good enough even if Tariel had blue because of the fact that it by its very nature cannot find creatures.

Sorry, but WotC just hasn't played around with this idea enough yet.

As others have mentioned, the other way would be to use either mill cards or processors with cards that can exile cards from libraries.

luther on Looking for cards with Buried ...

2 months ago

Grinning Totem does work. Read the end of the card

DrukenReaps on Looking for cards with Buried ...

2 months ago

Something of note Grinning Totem, Sadistic Sacrament, and Jester's Cap exile from their library which does not give Tariel, Reckoner of Souls any targets. These got me thinking though and I went and looked at the eldrazi processors. This idea is really janky but you are getting your opponents best creatures if you do this.

Blight Herder, Mind Raker, Ruin Processor, Ulamog's Despoiler, and Wasteland Strangler all work for this plan. I want to emphasize that this is taking jank level to over 9000 but it would allow Grinning Totem, Sadistic Sacrament, and Jester's Cap to give Tariel, Reckoner of Souls some targets.

Yesterday on Looking for cards with Buried ...

2 months ago

Hey there. I'm putting together a... currently somewhat janky Tariel, Reckoner of Souls deck with which I want to be able to control opponents' graveyards. I have plenty of effects that exile specific cards from graveyards to get rid of little creatures I don't want, but I'm also looking for cards that function similar to Buried Alive, but for an opponent. So far I'm aware of Life's Finale and Grinning Totem but haven't found anything else yet.

I'd rather not go for general milling. I think I might have to resort to targeted discard effects like Thoughtseize, but in multiplayer it's very difficult to get much bang for your buck games with those.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Joker207755 on Mill's Not Good Enough. (Leg)

5 months ago

Grinning Totem is also a fun one to add as well my favourite

Gosse on Daretti, Some Assembly Required

7 months ago

RingoDingo92 yeah, well although I too really like archive I havnt gotten much use from it. at 5 mana and not doing anything without a follow up I picked it as the easiest slot to move around for some other playtesting. I feel I'm soon going to need a proactive play vs things like Stony Silence such as Jester's Cap or Grinning Totem as it seems to be becoming a popular choice amongst my friends lol. Maybe if I land Mycosynth Lattice a few times with it in play they well board it out xD.

gdm1989 on Inalla Steals ALL the Things!

7 months ago

Here are a few cards I'd recommend.

Treachery, Grinning Totem, Supreme Inquisitor, Voidmage Prodigy, Willbreaker, Animate Dead, Reanimate, Aura Thief, Clever Impersonator, Sudden Spoiling, Tolarian Entrancer, Puppeteer Clique, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Cards you should remove

Serendib Sorcerer

Olivia Voldaren

Bazaar Trader

Knowledge Exploitation

Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Kari Zev's Expertise


The reason why is you want to use create wizards and some of these cards don't fit the theme, cost too much mana, or doesn't provide synergy. I suggest running better cards that require less mana yet still do some filthy things.Also run some more ramp and a few more instants and sorceries

Ziembski on Lazav Voltron/Control

8 months ago

Lazav deck without Grinning Totem?

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