Cursed Totem

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Cursed Totem


Activated abilities of creatures can't be activated.

Decrepit_Angel on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

1 month ago


Yeah, that is an unfortunate downside of mono-colorless. Collector Ouphe, Null Rod, and Stony Silence are really bad cards for this deck to see. I always try to tutor or mulligan for an Inspiring Statuary when I expect to see those cards as it allows me to still use my artifacts to cast stuff like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Karn Liberated, All Is Dust, Emrakul, the Promised End, etc. Typically I try to outspeed the artifact hate but as that is not always an option, Inspiring Statuary or politics tends to be the best option. It also helps that other decks tend to get hurt by such artifact hate so I am not always the one that has to deal with it.

As for the power level, I tried to make it as powerful as possible for the sake of having a decent chance at a cEDH power level table. A max power level Kozilek is typically around the power level of a budget cEDH deck so it tends to play well at that kind of table. Given the ridiculous speed of the deck though, I have had good matchups against full pods of max power cEDH decks. Very few decks can shrug off Annihilator 4 on turn 3. Also, Mindslaver effects are hilariously good against cEDH decks. Especially with how many Necropotence, Ad Nauseam, Tainted Pact, Demonic Consultation, etc. effects are common in cEDH. Even outside of that, just using their own removal spells on their stuff or exiling their commander if it is a deck that relies on it to win (and choosing to put it into exile of course) can completely kill off opposing players on the spot. Emrakul, the Promised End is my go to answer for cEDH decks as the cast trigger almost always just kills an opponent on cast, even if she gets countered.

As for additional stax, I already run Torpor Orb and I quite like it. Cursed Totem is interesting (and if nothing else is a good budget option). I liked Cursed Totem a lot more when Flash + Protean Hulk was a thing. Perhaps it is just my meta but I don't see too many decks that make me want a Cursed Totem effect. Winter Orb has been underperforming of late so I might trade those out and see if I like it. It cuts off my Metalworker, Palladium Myr, and Burnished Hart but I think that is acceptable given how much it can hurt some decks. Worst case scenario, I could always just treat it the same way I use something like The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale where I just mulligan or Bazaar of Baghdad it away if it is a meta that it isn't useful.

Profet93 on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

1 month ago


Thank you for your well thought out response. I failed to recognize as this. Given that most cEDH decks include artifact hate, and that 50% of your deck is artifacts and with little targetted removal, it becomes more difficult to deal with cards like collector ouphe. I'm assuming the reason you made this cEDH instead of semi-competitive or even casual is because of your meta's power level?

How have you deal with artifact hate in the meta, politics?

Switching gears, have you considered adding some on more stax to help slow the game down? Cards like Torpor Orb? It doesn't hurt you and give that many cEDH decks run ETB's since most creatures rarely live long enough to be tapped next turn, it might be worth looking into. It primarily stops thassa oracle. Even Cursed Totem might be worth looking into depending on the meta (albeit at the cost of metal worker, burnished hart)

kirbysan on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

4 months ago

Masterful, I suppose my situation is more specific since my pod runs a Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain Storm & a Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow. No green, plenty of control. I'm going to keep a sideboard for these guys, and normie pods who run green. I've already sideboarded Archaeomancer's Map for Chrome Mox and Blight Mound for Opposition Agent. I'm typically running up against pieces like Winter Orb, Tangle Wire, Null Rod, Cursed Totem, Grafdigger's Cage which I think we can get around by running a bit more removal. Thinking of swapping out Knight of the White Orchid & Loyal Warhound for more rocks but that'll drop our creature count. Also, while I loved Razaketh, the Foulblooded before, it's really difficult getting him out through hardcasting. I had him twice in hand and would've much rather had a cheaper sac outlet, ramp or fodder. Last night I lost to Thassa's Oracle, Demonic Consultation 3x which can be pretty infuriating once you've built up a board state and have no answers. I'm thinking Grand Abolisher to protect our pieces when we're going to combo off. Hushbringer since we don't have many etb effects and she's fetchable. Angel's Grace similar to our Teferi's Protection so we don't insta lose. I don't want to run too many off flavor hate pieces but it seems like they are towards me, thoughts?

Grubbernaut on Non-basic quantity

8 months ago

I think playing around nonbasic hate is actually easier than playing around having a lot of basics in a 4/5 color deck, in general. Most of the cards to deal with the issue are generically useful, as well:

Swan Song, Dovin's Veto, Force of Will, Force of Negation, Pact of Negation, Delay, Mana Drain, Fierce Guardianship, etc. And for the more common hate in the form of enchantments, Snap, Chain of Vapor, whatever other bounce spells.

IMO, as compared to other formats, there's far fewer true "hosers" in EDH if you've built a deck well, and Kenrith gives you access to whatever wincons you want - plus all the good dorks and rocks. Cursed Totem is always rough, though.

bryanedds on Need Two Stax Swap Cards …

8 months ago


I have a staxless cEDH Godo deck, and I'm working on a swap card list for the rare occasion I want to take it to highest level -

Godo for Shodo

Which two of this deck's cards could I swap out to complete this list -

abby315 on Scytec

9 months ago

Hey - sure, I'd be happy to trade for a Chalice. My trade binder is pretty woefully out of date but I have a ton of random cards if you're looking for anything else in the $10-20 range. I have an extra Exploration from Conspiracy, cards from various recent pre-cons, Cursed Totem, a Breeding Pool if you still need it.

Could also do Oko + Carpet for Chalice and something smaller, drop the Nykthos. I have Eldritch Evolution, might have an extra Priest of Titania, etc.

TheRileyMan525 on Animar is a meta crusher

10 months ago

I have an animar deck in my meta, and while it is very powerful, its not that hard to deal with. The most important in my opinion is to kill it on SIGHT. Never underestimate a lone animar. If you give it more thatn 1 turn, you probably lost. This isn't that hard though, as he does start as a 1/1. Another way, which is also my personal favorite, it stax. Torpor Orb is one of my favorite cards, and it absolutly crushes animar. All of the combos turn off AND it hits most of the removal. Cursed Totem is a close second, and will hurt almost as much as the Orb, as well as shutting off the rest of the removal. With both of these out, they might as well scoop. (Seriously)

My deck is Jhoira, the Beyblade Recycler for anyone curious

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