Cruel Tutor

Legality

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

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Portal (POR) Rare

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Cruel Tutor

Sorcery

Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

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Cruel Tutor Discussion

BlueStar220 on Kaalia EDH

1 week ago

I know you're not wanting to make this deck extremely competitive. I also don't know if your intent is to buy this deck in real life. But here are my suggestions:

With any Kaalia deck, you're not only making yourself a target, but you're also putting all your eggs into one basket. If Kaalia dies too often, you will be forced to hard cast all of your spells. And with only 33 lands and 8 ramp spells, that will be very difficult to do. Rose runs 38 lands and 7 ramp spells in his Kaalia deck, and he will still have mana issues. I would highly recommend a few more lands, (closer to 38). And in addition, I would also recommend a few more protection spells including:

Indestructibility
Swiftfoot Boots
Lightning Greaves
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Cavern of Souls
Maze of Ith Note: I don't count this as a land.

Since you're running Mardu, you're not going to have that much card draw. So In replacement of that I would recommend search cards. That way, once you have Kaalia out, you can use the search card to find whatever creature you want, and put it into your hand before she attacks.

Demonic Tutor
Cruel Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Rune-Scarred Demon
Vampiric Tutor
Imperial Seal
Mastermind's Acquisition

Also, since you will be top decking a lot with little to no card draw, I find that Sire Of Insanity works really well with Kaalia, since you're preventing everyone else from drawing/having a hand.

I noticed you don't have any board wipes, I typically like to run at least 3-5 for emergency purposes. Some good ones are:

Decree of Pain
Merciless Eviction
Wrath of God
Damnation
Catastrophe is especially good for Kaalia.

There are some other cards that can also help abuse Kaalia's effect such as:

Aggravated Assault
Strionic Resonator
Scourge of the Throne
Helm of the Host

If you do ever make this deck extremely competitive, land destruction is the best way to abuse Kaalia:

Armageddon
Catastrophe
Desolation Angel
Ravages of War
Winter Orb
Yosei, the Morning Star

Here are some cards that are just generically good to have:

Archfiend of Despair
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Master of Cruelties
Emeria Shepherd
Anguished Unmaking
Homeward Path
Vindicate
Archfiend of Depravity
Lord of the Void
Utvara Hellkite
Windbrisk Heights and Quicksilver Amulet can also help cheat in creatures.

Cloudius on Grandma's Odd Yennett

3 weeks ago

+1 for Granny who plays MTG!

I'd recommend more ways for you to manipulate the top of your library to ensure the right cards can be cast for free by Yennett. Here're some recommendations:

Brainstorm, Ponder, Preordain and the likes.

Scroll Rack, Conch Horn, Penance, Hidden Retreat, Dream Cache are ways to put big cards you draw back to top of library.

Tutors like Vampiric Tutor, Cruel Tutor, Insidious Dreams, Personal Tutor and Liliana Vess can fetch cards to the top of your library.

I saw you playing Debtors' Knell so you may be keen to consider Rise of the Dark Realms too.

I play a creatureless Yennett deck, you can check it out and hopefully draw some inspirations from it.


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Woiteck on Insidious Dreams or Cruel Tutor ...

4 weeks ago

Definitely Cruel Tutor. It fits the theme, while Insidious Dreams does not. You can cast it with Yennett because its cmc is odd, the number of letters in each word of its name is odd, the number of words in its textbox is odd, so overall, there isn't any question about it....

Cloudius on Insidious Dreams or Cruel Tutor ...

1 month ago

I made a creatureless Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign combo deck, and totally fell in love with how the deck runs.

Am thinking of adding more Top of Library Manipulation cards into the deck and am deciding between Cruel Tutor and/or Insidious Dreams.


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Let me know which you'd add and why. Feel free to suggest better alternatives too!

Shadow_XD on Grenzo ft. DJ Doomsday | Competitive Primer

1 month ago

I do agree with what you said on Cruel Tutor SamsWrath, but on Fork and Reverberate I don't, I consistently find myself being able to get the mana needed considering a few changes to land still heavily favoring black. In my personal play group where the game becomes slow after turn 4 due to everyone playing blue reliant decks if I have not won the game by then or them in turn. I have found value from running it by taking out board wipe since my play groups ALSO play so few creatures. I believe it is more of a play group sort of thing.

Cloudius on All Bow Before the True Queen

1 month ago

Howdy. An interesting deck idea you've here with a "hidden" commander.

Tutors

Since she starts the game in your library, I'd recommend including more ways to grab Vraska out early.

Vampiric Tutor, Cruel Tutor, Imperial Seal and Grim Tutor are on the pricier side.

Dimir House Guard synergizes pretty well with the deck, acting both as a tutor for Vraska, Sac-outlet and a 2/3 beater with embedded evasion.

Lands

32 lands and a few mana rocks/dorks and ramp spells may be insufficient for you. I'd up the land count slightly. Gaea's Cradle is always awesome in token based decks but it's price is exorbitant these days...

Recursion

Since Vraska ain't your commander, she can't be put back to the "Command Zone" when her loyalty drops to zero. Noxious Revival could act as a redundancy for Regrowth.

Alternate Wincon

Overwhelming Stampede, Overrun, Craterhoof Behemoth and Garruk Wildspeaker could buff your tokens up for an Alpha Strike if your Plan A fails.

SamsWrath on Grenzo ft. DJ Doomsday | Competitive Primer

1 month ago

Snuff Out's cmc is higher than the deck wants to run. It has an excellent alternative cost but, the deck wants to stay away from as many cards over 3cmc as possible because of Ad Nauseam. I tested Cruel Tutor for a while and it's just too slow. For 3cmc putting the searched card on top of the library and paying life feels like a steep cost. I'd rather just pay 4cmc and use a Diabolic Tutor which, isn't making the case for Cruel Tutor look good. With regard to Fork and Reverberate there are a couple issues. If you play a few hundred games with this deck you'll notice that you have 2 regularly occurring mana issues: 1) getting at least 1 red to cast Grenzo, Dungeon Warden and 2) getting 3 black to cast Doomsday. Fork and Reverberate both operate outside the easily obtainable colors/amounts of mana needed to make Fork and Reverberate effective. They are also both somewhat situational because if there's nothing good to copy then you're sitting on a dead card. Personally, when it comes to countering a counter, I would rather stick with Pyroblast, Red Elemental Blast and Burnout. They have a smaller life impact when you Ad Nauseam and they are a LOT easier to cast in a pinch. This deck is very tight on mana--you may not even have that extra red you need to fire off a Fork or Reverberate to copy a counter spell when you need it.

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