Dark Tutelage


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set Rare

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Dark Tutelage


At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

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Dark Tutelage Discussion

xSKINCOLLECTORx on Teysa Tokeniser

1 week ago

Dark Tutelage is a budget replacement for Dark Confidant

Grim Haruspex is another nice draw option if you are killing a lot of non token creatures

Mesmeric Fiend and Tidehollow Sculler are another source of "discard"

DrunkManSquakin666 on Hardcore Kaalia

3 weeks ago


Yeah, he and Dark Tutelage can do quite a bit, but there are some mitigating factors, like Sensei's Divining Top, Platinum Angel, and Kokusho, the Evening Star. That said, it's not too bad by my standards, but I'm a complete psycho, lol.

Thanks for the comment! :)

escesare on phyrexian faeries and ghouls

1 month ago

I like Bitterblossom here since it works with Unlife. You can also use Dark Confidant and Phyrexian Arena. Phyrexian Arena is almost strictly better than Dark Tutelage if you fix up the mana base. For a start, should remove 10 basic lands and put in 8 fetchlands, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, and Shambling Vent

You're probably using Butcher Ghoul because it lets you curve out the turn 4 combo, but Kitchen Finks is a better card by a mile.

There's pretty much no reason to ever play cards like Mine Excavation or Greater Auramancy since it's strictly worse than just tutoring for another copy if the card gets destroyed, and does nothing otherwise.

Having all these tutors means you should definitely put in some powerful hate cards like Fulminator Mage, Rest in Peace, Stony Silence (questionable due to Blasting Station), Nevermore, Rule of Law, Leyline of Sanctity etc.

You can check out my similar competitive Solemnity combo deck.

ClockworkSwordfish on phyrexian faeries and ghouls

1 month ago

Another card that really combos well with Phyrexian Unlife is Dark Tutelage. That should speed your deck right up, getting two cards a turn for basically no cost.

hoardofnotions on Budget Karl B/W lifegain EDH

1 month ago

anything with extort that's at least a little good. Basilica Screecher, Kingpin's Pet, Treasury Thrull, Thrull Parasite or Pontiff of Blight

Battlegrace Angel possibly not good enough

Blood Artist or Falkenrath Noble

Bloodbond Vampire for a back up karlov. this is iffy

Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, remember to block then tap for convoke.

Contemplation, combo off!

Disciple of Griselbrand, or Disciple of Bolas let you convert a big karlov to something else

Honor the Fallen - on theme graveyard hate that's also a combat trick

Mastery of the Unseen this needs a lot of mana to be great, but maybe you'll get some good use out of it. It's kinda iffy though

Patron of the Kitsune and Righteous Cause are VIP's with karlov

Resplendent Mentor this could be an all star if you go heavy white

Royal Herbalist combat tricks for karlov

Soldier of the Pantheon

Suture Priest

Vampiric Rites

Vizkopa Confessor

Wingmate Roc

Exsanguinate is good

Well of Lost Dreams and Alhammarret's Archive are nifty but expensive on the $budget$

Use all the life you gain for benefits, like card draw! Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Graveborn Muse, Night's Whisper, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Phyrexian Arena, Read the Bones, Dark Tutelage, Underworld Connections

or recursion Phyrexian Reclamation

budget cuts might include, Ajani Goldmane, Lightning Greaves (this might be Swiftfoot Boots), Angelic Chorus

Some possible cuts

Rupture Spire, Shimmering Grotto, Transguild Promenade - two color decks don't need to slow down this much for mana fixing

Sacred Cat dosen't seem strong enough for commander

Bond of Agony seems bad, maybe Exsanguinate

Orzhov Charm What mode are you adding this for?

Doom Blade could be Go for the Throat if your meta/budget allows for it

Darksteel Ingot, Orzhov Cluestone, Orzhov Keyrune could be cut for a 2 mana rock, Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone, Star Compass. Maybe one of those

Blind Hunter, Blood Tithe, Agent of Masks, Certain Death don't seem strong enough

sonnet666 on Ghost Council - Bomberman

1 month ago

This is a good list.

I'd swap Act of Authority for Aura of Silence and Dark Tutelage for Phyrexian Arena. Phyrexian Unlife might also be nice for an extra way to combo with AdNaus.

What does Skirge Familiar do here?

Penthoplayer on Abzan Life in the Kitchen

1 month ago

No problem. I'd usually advocate for the lesser-known Dark Tutelage instead, but you are going for creatures, and your curve is already questionably high.

Puggtastic on R/b land killer

2 months ago

Rzepkanut if i add Dark Confidant or Dark Tutelage then theres a chance i could flip overBoom/Bust and lose 8 life

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