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 (M11) 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

APPLE01DOJ on Rock 2017

6 days ago

The difference in 2 mana and 3 mana is huge. I'd also argue that, Asylum Visitor and Phyrexian Arena are better choices. Even Dark Tutelage could be better since it isn't dependent on you attacking. (I realize the siphoner is attack dependent too, but menace makes a difference.)

Drakengard_Sol on Melt Pineapple

1 week ago

i much prefer having Dark Tutelage over underworld connections for a few reasons

A: It doesn't require you to tap a land

B: It works through chains of mephistopheles

C: Lower on the colored mana so it's easier to cast Post-Moon

Artatras on Edgar Allan Markov

1 week ago

Thanks for appreciating and for the suggestions! Glad you can finally reunite the Markov family! Personally, I have never been a huge fan of planeswalkers in general, especially in multiplayer EDH. Still, the Sorins are just too good here to pass up!

I do agree with you that Shared Animosity is a win-con, and I have considered it for the list. Unfortunately it doesn't help with the whole lack of evasion problem, but if an opponent's defenses are down it can result in a lot of damage. I'll surely playtest with it.

To be honest with you, I didn't even think about Boros Charm but I should definitely have. It is a little unfortunate that the two other modes aren't particularly flexible (something like destroy target artifact would be cool), but the middle one is certainly useful. I'll try to squeeze it in. I guess that another form of protection could come in the form of Rootborn Defenses: although populate isn't that game-breaking for us, it is better than nothing.

Necropotence is one of my favourite cards ever printed. It can definitely be taken into consideration for Edgar, although there's the usual problem of the requirement. Now that I think about it, we could consider other enchantments like Dark Tutelage or Greed. As you said, lifelink will compensate for the life-loss.

Anguished Unmaking is amazing. So amazing that I will probably have to remove Go for the Throat for it. It's one more mana, but it's much more flexible.

Cover of Darkness is an interesting option. For me personally, fear has the same problem that intimidate has: my meta is oversaturated with black-based decks, so it won't be that useful. Still, I encourage you to playtest with it as much as possible because the card has a lot of potential.

goblinguiderevealpls on Nekusar's Wheel in the Sky

3 weeks ago

hey, I have a competitive nekusar primerand ive been playing him since printing so nearly 5 years now,

obviously my list is budgetless but it might help you get some budget ideas, some i dont see would be:

Memory Jar and Notion Thief are some of his best cards.

memory jar can easily be copied to exile the first jars hand of cards, all while discarding them to the wheel engines you're also missing, Dream Halls and Mind Over Matter its also a cheap, easily casted wheel

notion thief may negate the draw damage, but after a single wheel youve drawn more cards than a consecrated sphinx and can damnation into wheeling out

you also run a bit too many creatures for the amount of board wipes you run, and the upkeep ones are rather slow and easily dealt with

you also need a lot more draw engines as backup in case you cant wheel to loot more cards

Teferi's Puzzle Box may seem bad, but with Notion Thief it forces your opponent to bottomdeck their hand and draw 0-1 cards while you draw the rest

Necropotence no reason you shouldn't run this if you have Anvil of Bogardan, it negates the downside and allows you to draw enough cards to win as soon as turn 4 if you cast anvil turn 2 and potence 3 exiling 1-39 cards

other backup draw engines (self only, howling mine just gives opponents card advantage.) besides potence i dont see are Mystic Remora, Phyrexian Arena, Geth's Grimoire, Dark Tutelage, and, more importantly the game-winning combo wheel engines, Dream Halls and Mind Over Matter

also Memory is a great new wheel with a counterspell/bounce to boot!

overall id suggest running much less creatures and cut the walkers, as the planeswalkers are very low impact and you have very few ways to block them getting stomped, ive even ran megajace and dack and found them less than useful, i only run Tezzeret the Seeker for the artifact ramp/tutor, but he isn't budget friendly of course :(

I would add even more creature hate such as Evacuation, Rakdos Charm,Deadly Tempest, Incite Rebellion, AEtherize, Cryptic Command

anyways, +1 for playing the best damn commander there is

check out my primer and see if you get any ideas from the budget cards or combo descriptions! if it helps feel free to "like" it, and hope my suggestions were of help

4 life

may your wheel be done

Shadowz6677 on Nath of the STAX-Leaf | cEDH | Primer

1 month ago

This deck looks stable. Your primer is on point too man. :D I'll be looking through a lot more in the following minutes, but I'm curious to know how Dark Confidant and Dark Tutelage work for your deck. I found them to be too distracting in my deck as to hurt me more then help. You've seen my Nath Stax already, so i just wanna know your thoughts on the card. Make sure to let me know man. Thanks!

xSKINCOLLECTORx on Teysa Tokeniser

2 months 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"

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