Praetor's Grasp

Praetor's Grasp


Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down, then that player shuffles his or her library. As long as it remains exiled, you may look at it and cast it as though it were in your hand.

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Noble Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Leviathan Legal

Praetor's Grasp occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.19%

Golgari: 0.09%

Praetor's Grasp Discussion

zAzen7977 on TINYBONES: TINY PUNISHER (Mono-Black Control)

22 hours ago

Thanks SynergyBuild, I am trying to figure out ways to deal with the issues you brought up. I know this deck is weak to other black decks that utilize discarded cards and the graveyard. I made room for Nihil Spellbomb, Soul-Guide Lantern, and I’m also considering Relic of Progenitus and Sentinel Totem. I also like these cards because they can always draw me a card, even if the graveyard wiping isn’t necessary, unlike Tormod's Crypt.

The Gitrog Monster and a few other combo decks are tricky because they can’t be stopped once they go off. I included Bitter Ordeal, Praetor's Grasp, and Pithing Needle as ways of removing combo pieces like Dakmor Salvage before they can be played.

I think I’m getting closer. What do you y’all think?

GhostChieftain on Hatred vs. Howl From Beyond

2 days ago

Sure it is doable at 10, but you could have 5 extra mana to use on 1 or 2 more spells that turn if you use hatred. You could use the extra mana for a Praetor's Grasp getting a 2 cmc counterspell to protect your hatred or just use your own Imp's Mischief. 11 mana you can cast Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon give it haste and cast hatred in the same turn. More spells=more better. Earlier cast for the win is also better. Hatred is hands down the better card in edh. The only real question left imo is if it is more worth it for you to get hatred or save for something like Ad Nauseam, Dark Confidant,Demonic Tutor, or fetchlands if you don't have those yet.

abby315 on TINYBONES: TINY PUNISHER (Mono-Black Control)

6 days ago

I have to agree that it's not going to be a cEDH archetype, mostly because it's a pretty big liability to have to run mono-black. But there are some things to run if you were looking at a cEDH table and you wanted to have a shot. Caveat, I don't play cEDH, I just check out the decks occasionally, so I'm by no means an expert! You could always start a forum about it or join the Discord; a lot of the cEDH folks hang out on the site. Here's what I think makes sense:


These changes help your discard be more targeted, to break up combos, and add more disruption for common deck archetypes. It also would give you more free removal, important to be able to advance your agenda while not dying to creature-based combos.

Dango on Invincible Under the Sun 天下無双

2 weeks ago

lmsmq Yes, Praetor's Grasp is in here Sayo. You just missed it because I'm weird and sort by CMC.

lmsmq on Invincible Under the Sun 天下無双

2 weeks ago

Have you considered running Praetor's Grasp so you can run Stifle?

jaymc1130 on T&T Bloom Scepter [cEDH Primer]

2 weeks ago


It was based around Extract and Praetor's Grasp effects and was astonishingly effective against fast glass cannon meta standard staples like Flash Hulk. The game plan revolved around playing a more conservative game and tutoring for wheels and exile from deck effects rather than combo pieces early in order to neuter the fast glass cannon combo decks at the critical single point of failure (for example, Narcomeba/Eldrazi against Shuffle Hulk, or Jace Maniac/Lab Maniac versus Doomsday/Consultation decks). Many of the older meta standard staples had multiple critical points of failure in their typical lines of play, any one of which could be compromised to completely eliminate that deck from contention in the match in any relevant way at all.

After the printing of Veil of Summer this tactic become less effective as it relies on blue and black player target exile/discard effects and Veil obliterates the line of play when it's in opening hands or tutored for instead of combo initiation elements by fast glass cannon combo decks. For about a year and a half Inception was the most dominant deck in the entire format but new tools have made that game plan less attractive in competitive settings. Some of the principals are still sound and effective, but the specific tactic relating to targeted discard and exile spells no longer is.

MrKillStar on MoNo IsN'T aS GOoD

2 weeks ago

Tortured Existence for easy swap of big creatures to reanimate later for small creature to cast them again during early game.
Cards like Sadistic Sacrament, Bitter Ordeal, Nightmare Incursion, Praetor's Grasp are great for removing either important combo pieces of opponent's decks or just remove anything that could directly harm you and your plan. Peer into the Abyss could be fun aswell, also Temporal Extortion.
Fabled Passage - I dont really understand why would you use this in mono-color deck? Doesnt really seems like worth using just for another land for Urborg.
Beacon of Unrest - Really nice card to reanimate any creature or artifact.
Buried Alive, Reanimate and Entomb are just classic reanimator cards.
Blood for Bones, Victimize are also pretty decent reanimator cards.
Mortuary/Haunted Crossroads - kinda reanimator enchantments for Bolas's Citadel

For Syr Konrad, the Grim I run Tainted Strike as a sneaky finisher. All you need is a lot of creatures on board and someone just board-wiping them or I use Tortured Existence+Desecrated Tomb+Phyrexian Altar
Cavalier of Night - works both as good sac outlet and reanimator for creatures with cmc or less.
Clackbridge Troll could be worth using both as "food" for Massacre Wurm and force opponents to either sac or take damage from Troll during combat.

MrKillStar on Kaervek, the Fun Police

3 weeks ago

For more police fun, I suggest Sudden Spoiling (Massacre Wurm smiles even more).
For some nice recursion: Mortuary/Haunted Crossroads/Tortured Existence.
Maybe some specters to discard as "police helicopters"? :D Hypnotic Specter;Liliana's Specter;Urgoros, the Empty One;etc.
For some secret CIA fun police, you could go for Nightmare Incursion;Sadistic Sacrament;Bitter Ordeal;Praetor's Grasp perhaps even Surgical Extraction for those pesky Shadowborn Apostle/Relentless Rats/etc. decks :D

From the newer sets, you could use:
Revenge of Ravens - more protection.
Witch's Vengeance - depends on your opponent's deck.
Bone Miser - great card if you manage to discard your own cards. It is pretty much Waste Not, but it works only on yourself.
Peer into the Abyss - works great with Underworld Dreams and Price of Knowledge.

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