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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New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH 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

merrowMania on Gitrog Dredge Combo [Primer]

1 week ago

Simply put, Bitter Ordeal is only good when we are trying to win. It has little to no value outside of the combo. Praetor's Grasp, on the other hand, is useful as a tutor, either by getting what we want out of an opponent's deck or getting a tutor for our deck. Grasp itself is already a contentious slot as some Frog pilots choose to eschew a sorcery speed wincon since they can generate infinite green with Lotus Petal to win in a myriad of other ways.

VaalVanir on Gitrog Dredge Combo [Primer]

1 week ago


Situation: It's turn 3, you cast Praetor's Grasp on an opponent and get Mana Crypt for free, versus only exiling their Laboratory Maniac. Getting the Mana Crypt is more beneficial than exiling a small part of their win con.

At this level we are expecting the opponents to have multiple ways to coming back from their win con, or part of their win con, exiled.

VaalVanir on Gitrog Dredge Combo [Primer]

1 week ago


You have a very good question regarding Bitter Ordeal. The reason why Bitter Ordeal is not in this deck is because we have Praetor's Grasp already. For the exact CMC of 3 we get to exile a card AND get to play it. Imagine going after someone else's win con, tutor, or even mana rock. You deny their chances of winning while furthering your own agenda. This is probably the best kind of 2 for 1.

I hope this answers your question.

janushif on Honorless Meren cEDH

1 week ago

pao2 Great work on the deck! I love it, I used to play the old Honorbru version, but I soon felt that the stax heavy build was too slow and not as entertaining to play unlike this list.

In terms of ways with dealing with Flash Hulk, I do not see other options than discard and Plague Engineer. How do you think that Plague Engineer fits into the deck? Sadly, it does not deal with the Spellseeker line, howeover it provides utility similar to Minister of Pain.

Plague Engineer can kill either Cephalid Illusionist or Nomads en-Kor. The card can also be used against most mana dorks if named elves. What do you think of this card as a possible inclusion?

The other options would be Duress , Thoughtseize or Praetor's Grasp. I am not sure that these options are as good as Plague Engineer, given that it strays away from the creature fokus of the deck. But I think I will test them out myself. How you considered som of these cards in the list given the current meta?

On a side note, spore frog can also be useful against Najeela.

RedSkull1010 on Good Ol' Froggie

2 weeks ago

The deck is a classic Gitrog combo deck. The combo is: The Gitrog Monster + Discard Outlet on the board with Dakmor Salvage in your hand. This allows you to draw your entire deck because of the Eldrazi Titan's shuffling your graveyard into your deck when they are put into your graveyard. You either discard them or mill them via dredge. Then you play Lotus Petal infinite times to produce infinite mana and either cast Praetor's Grasp infinite times or Torment of Hailfire where x = infinite.

ThoAlmighty on Mishra's Workshop

2 weeks ago

I feel like Praetor's Grasp is a solid include, and I don’t think they typing of the totem makes up for how much cheaper PG is, and that you can hold onto it makes it a lot better IMO. I’d at least try and find space for both. I don’t see a lot of draw, so good old Vedalken Archmage might be worth a slot. Also, how well does Time Stop play for you? I used to run it in a deck but cut it because it was too hard to hold up the mana.

Daedalus19876 on Black Plague, On The Rocks: Yawgmoth EDH [PRIMER]

4 weeks ago

Coward_Token: The real issue with Praetor's Grasping for a wincon (no matter how hilarious) is that I have very few ways to make non-black mana here, honestly. If I just need something GONE, though, Bitter Ordeal fills that niche.

ShutUpMokuba: Honestly, Oversold Cemetery is rarely as good as it looks in this kind of deck. I only run 25 creatures, so there's rarely a huge number of creatures hanging out in my GY... and I have a lot of to-battlefield reanimation already. Dawn of the Dead is interesting, especially since I can sacrifice stuff to put it back in GY... but honestly, it's just slow: 5 mana, and only has an effect on the next upkeep.

Awaken the Erstwhile has been a little hit or miss recently, so it MIGHT get the axe... but Genesis Chamber is an incredibly strong source of tokens, and a combo piece too ;) I'd never leave home without it.

Coward_Token on Black Plague, On The Rocks: Yawgmoth EDH [PRIMER]

1 month ago

Noticed Praetor's Grasp in the mby board, does your meta consistently contain lab man decks? If so, have you considered including the Grasp to steal lab man cards and win with infinitive draw? (Obviously a very versatile card outside of that as well.)

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