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Two of these bad boys and Helm of Awakening gets you an infinite number of card draws for free without actually milling yourself down (You just keep drawing the tops). Use Niv-Mizzet or similar effects.
Posted By: Grakling (2/28/2014 1:06:33 PM)


The top is broken, that's why you don't see it spinning in the artwork.
Posted By: Mode (8/22/2012 11:16:08 AM)


If it's still spinning after 20 seconds, it's all a dream.
Posted By: Shadoflaam (3/27/2011 7:25:39 AM)


I wonder how many people connect this with Sensei Golden-tail?
Is it even his top? Surely there are other famous "sensei"s in Kamigawa, plane of japanese stuffs.
EDIT; More likely to be Hisoka's top.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (1/4/2012 2:42:20 PM)


...Still not as popular as Abraham's Divining Dradle.
Posted By: desolation_masticore (12/17/2010 7:29:39 AM)


The best use of the Top: at the end of each of your opponent's turns, dump all your untapped mana into it's ability. Stare, ponder, and scratch your head as you take as long as possible to look at the same three cards four or five times. Put them in a certain order, then change your mind upon a different activation. If you have a notepad, right down the order of cards after each peek. Make sure the opponent knows that you end up with the cards in the same order they ultimately began in. It's even better if you stop to think about whether or not you even want to use the top's ability each time.
Posted By: scumbling1 (5/17/2011 6:08:19 PM)


It just occurred to me after a brief glance at this that because of where the colon is, you can put the Top's ability on to the stack, then using any one of the millions of way to bounce an artifact to your hand, such as Vedalken Mastermind to return it to your hand you will still draw a card and not have to put on top of your library. Yet another way to make this thing even more exploitable than it is on the surface.

Practically unkillable.
Combo Enabling.
Card advantage in the sense that it allows you to sift your topdeck, and Card advantage in the sense that it takes very little work to turn it into pure card advantage with some bouncing shenanigans.
Vastly undercosted.

This card really is almost like a Black Lotus in that there are very few decks that wouldn't benefit from a playset of these. Gotta be careful of those 1 drop uncommon artifacts Wizards, you've got a dangerous track record with them.
Posted By: Guest1381794618 (1/16/2011 3:27:36 PM)


> Playing blue
> Play top, rearrange cards on top of deck
> Have no cards in hand at the end of your turn
> Opponent sees no cards in your hand, plays their bomb
> Tap top, draw Mana Leak you put on top
> Counter spell
> Opponent lunges across table and decks you
Posted By: Joseph_Leito (7/8/2012 10:56:23 AM)


On a scale between Bad and Epicly Insane, I'd say Epicly Insane.
Posted By: 001010011100101110 (7/30/2010 4:07:19 PM)


Counterbalance, if you feel like being evil.
Posted By: DeaTh-ShiNoBi (6/29/2013 8:23:31 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!