Cruel Tutor


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

Coward_Token on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

6 days ago

While we're on the topic of card prices, I assume that's the reason you've got Cruel Tutor over Imperial Seal? (400+ bucks for an inferior Vampiric Tutor? Jeez.)

(Also I guess you've intentionally rejected Grim Tutor & Diabolic Tutor for their extra cost and Diabolic Intent because the deck's only expendable creatures are Ophiomancer tokens.)

mousebreaker on Meren, the Fun Yet Competitive (Commander / EDH)

3 weeks ago

Hey, i'd like to give you my opinion on some of the (not overpowered) cards you might be missing and some that i think underperform in this deck after some time playing with Meren.

  • Golgari Charm: This card always disappoints me. Every effect on this card is not very appealing for Meren, the only good board state i see myself playing this is if my opponent has a couple mana dorks and for some reason i have nothing on board. If you are worried about infinite combos that involve some enchantment i'd play Krosan Grip or Viridian Zealot considering you already have Acidic Slime and Reclamation Sage.
  • Buried Alive: This card is a must. You can throw some mana dorks, sack outlets or the all-star Spore Frog to your graveyard on early game to start the engine or find some finishers on late game.
  • Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip: Play this for control matchups to support the Mindslicer effect, very easy to flip and can reanimate your low CMC creatures for some great value.
  • Living Death: Weird card, i can't think of an appropiate board state where i'd like to play this. If your engine is working you usually have more creatures on the battle field rather than your graveyard. If the engine is not working you probably have an empty graveyard or not much value there anyway. Dont think of Meren as a dredge deck that will fill your graveyard with value in a couple turns, most games the value is in your hand or rotating between your battlefield and graveyard.
  • Dusk Legion Zealot + Elvish Visionary (The card advantage engine): I've been impressed by the performance of "one shot" draw spells like Altar's Reap,Night's Whisper or Sign in Blood on my decks as 2-mana draw two, with Altar's Reap beign an awesome top deck in mid to late game. Of course i play this with repeatable card draw like Phyrexian Arena or Sylvan Library
  • Yahenni, Undying Partisan + Wrath: I've won some matches with this combo and Yahenni is a great sack outlet as its very hard to deal with
Now on to some general comments:I will consider some of the cards on your list for future builds as well. Good luck!

EDH_Fanatic on Breakfast Hulk

3 weeks ago

Hey there Surreality Foil could be a budget Force of Will. As for Imperial Seal, Cruel Tutor serves the exact same function at the cost of additional mana. Sadly I couldn't find budget alternatives for the other cards.

Pieguy396 on SBT Budget (Blue Green Black)

1 month ago

Hey there! Sorry it's taken me so long to get to this; I've been very busy the past few days. Your deck looks like a very well-built combo deck; I don't know how much of a help I'm going to be able to be. My biggest suggestion would probably just be more tutors and ways to find your combo pieces: Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Deep Analysis, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip, Imperial Seal, Cruel Tutor, etc. I know adding those cards would make you go above your budget, but quite frankly, that's really the only thing I think your deck needs; you appear to be in a great place already. Sorry I can't be more helpful, but that's all I've got.

If you'd like more suggestions/feedback on this deck or another deck in the future, feel free to leave a comment on my profile!

midget_overlord on Villainous Greed

3 months 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

4 months 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.

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