Grinning Totem

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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

Artifact

(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.

Grinning Totem Discussion

carpecanum on An Attempt

4 months ago

Maybe a few cards that pull creatures from your opponents library or hand to fill up the graveyard? I always like Grinning Totem but Chainer doesn't even need to cast whatever you search for. Throw it to the graveyard and bring it out for 3 mana.
There were a number of cards that forced an opponent to reveal his hand and you choose a creature to discard from it.
I vaguely remember a boardwipe that has the added effect of pulling 3 creatures from a library to the GY (that might have been exile though, not sure).

carpecanum on

5 months ago

If activate a Contagion Engine it pays for Daretti's second ability. You can just keep cycling artifacts without using the +2 ability at all. It REALLY spiked in price during War of the Spark however.

Grinning Totem is fun to play, sac and play again. Hellkite Tyrant is a win con.

Graytr on

7 months ago

I LOVE this deck strategy, and there's a lot of cards that can support it (it's also super fun in commander). You are in red so if you want to go the Traitorous Blood , Hijack , etc. route, you easily can.

First thing that comes to mind of though is Knowledge Pool . Absolute sh*tstorm every time, so much fun.

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Lastly, you have a bunch of other things thrown in here that don't follow this game plan (but do follow the game plan of your commander well). Things like Tatyova, Benthic Druid . I'm thinking you should make this specific deck less of a Stealing Deck, and just make it a better Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis deck. Then take all your Stealing cards and pick a different commander for that deck strategy (because it does sound super fun).

Some options for different commanders could be: Show

This is all off the top of my head, but I hope you get some help from it.

carpecanum on Muh muh muh MY KARONA

1 year ago

Well, pilgrims eye is also a chump blocker, which can be big. Fertilid would be great but I have just as much chance to be needing a forest as any other color. It doesn’t happen often but I really love getting out my Bringer of the White Dawn, so I keep in stuff like the pilgrims eye and the Grinning Totem.

Balorlord on most hated deck ever TROLL DECK

1 year ago

Consider dropping a Ghostly Prison for a Sphere of Safety since you're spamming enchantments. You may also want to work in something like Grinning Totem so you don't get blindsided by something like Paraselene, and can take note of other cards to use Runed Halo or Nevermore on while sifting through.

MagicalHacker on Looking for cards with Buried ...

1 year 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.

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