Cruel Tutor


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Portal (POR) Rare

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Cruel Tutor


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

midget_overlord on Villainous Greed

4 weeks ago

Why not Vampiric Tutor, Cruel Tutor, or Sylvan Scrying? You could use any of them to grab Coffers or Urborg, and the tutors are just wonderful. Unless you're worried about mill.

SurpriZe on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 month ago

Thanks for a quick reply!

I have a few more questions:

Is there a reason you don't play Imperial Seal over Cruel Tutor? Also, would you replace Diabolic Tutor with Grim Tutor if you had the chance?

Could you give me a recommendation on what to substitute with Rest in Peace in a heavy graveyard recursion/reanimator meta? Or is it enough having one on Burning Wish (in my sideboard)?

And regarding the deck tactics:

What do you usually do with Marchesa the first time you play her, if all of your opponents are open? And even if they are not, do you still attack to tempt somebody to take The Monarch? Or do you protect The Monarch as long as possible?

And do you always attack somebody with the deathtouch tokens and beaters whenever they are guaranteed to land a hit if you don't need more protection? I'm asking, because the damage does not always seem significant, but it does make people hate you way faster, kind of undermining the original plan.

LeaPlath on I'll Kick You In The Shin cause' Got a Turn 3 Win

1 month ago

Yeah, lotta ways to improve it.

Do you care more about all the Lili/Underworld triggers or combat damage? Cause there is a lot more hate for creatures so you might be better off focusing on the triggers.

31 lands is way too many.

And you could play better consistency cards. Like Ponder, Brainstorm, or Cruel Tutor over the slow limited transmute.

TearsInRain23 on Mardu Vampiric Masquerade

2 months ago

You would benefit from a Land Tax and/ or Oblation for land fetching. I would also recommend Liliana of the Dark Realms if you're running 50% or more swamps.

Tutor effects like Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Cruel Tutor, Razaketh's Rite, and Dark Petition are also useful in deck consistency.

Illusificate on You have choices, but they're all bad

3 months ago

Okay! Kasseem, in that case, Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor and Cruel Tutor let you fetch any card in your library. They're really pricey cards though. I obviously didn't include any of the absurdly expensive ones though, such as Imperial Seal. Diabolic Tutor won't put a dent in your wallet but it's 4 mana. Entomb and Buried Alivework really well with the Reanimates you already have. Gamble is 1 red mana and like the card says, "what's the worst that can happen?" Well, I mean, you could lose 1 red mana, but it's still fun and somewhat goes with the theme of your deck. Beseech the Queen is a 4 dollar card that's pretty good too. I think Tutor cards would add to your deck a lot seeing as you have low quantities of most of your cards, therefore decreasing your chance of being able to use them. I especially reccomend Gamble and maybe Entomb if you want to invest in more Reanimates.

Ares111123 on Oloro Lifegain Control

3 months ago


This is a really solid deck for it's price. Heck even with the price doubled it would still be a really solid deck for the price. Luckily I bought the pre con deck for Oloro so im going to see if i can get enough of the staples for this deck together and use it.

Suggestions for the deck are all going to be tutors because honestly i dont know what actual cards could make this deck better. Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Tutor if you want to stick to your cheap theme, Cruel Tutor if you have one lying around, Idyllic Tutor, Mystical Tutor,Personal Tutor, and Vampiric Tutor all allow you to search for Enduring Ideal. which with Enduring Ideal you win the game so if you add all of these you now have 8 copies of Enduring Ideal that say "win the game at the beginning of your next upkeep."

n0bunga on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

4 months ago


Missing some staples like Ancient Tomb, Mana Vault, Mana Crypt, Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, etc. By now they're just staples in mana acceleration that there should be zero reason why any deck claiming to be higher than 4 doesn't run them at this point. Especially for a creature that's .

There's also a significant lack of countermagic like Force of Will, Flusterstorm, etc. No other tutors like Grim Tutor, Imperial Seal, or even Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Cruel Tutor and questionable slots like Sword of the Animist, Choked Estuary or Cancel.

I always dig a good Tribal Zombies, but perhaps we can filter out some of the repetitious slots for more utility creatures. I think the big thing to focus is - how do you want to win, and what do you want to win with? Are the zombies tools for mill outlets/drain outlets? If so you could use a massive overhaul. Are you just going swinging with a horde? The same result still kind of applies.

I'm trying to figure out what Kozilek's in for? I understand if you were doing a self mill deck akin to the Gitrog, but this doesn't seem to be the case - thought I could be mistaken.

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