Dark Tutelage


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

shaftdiggity on Divine Decree

2 hours ago

Bloodchief Ascension , once turned on, really drains the board.

With your decently low CMC, Dark Tutelage is great for card draw, and if you're focusing on life gain, the loss doesn't hurt as much.

Deadly Tempest might be a good wrath to add, especially against token decks.

goblinguiderevealpls on Draw, Ping, Repeat

6 hours ago

dont use days undoing, it seems good but when it resolves the turn ends and nekusar and any other draw damage is removed from the stack, so it deals no damage feeds your opponents their graveyard and 7 cards and ends your turn, also i find incendiary command and collective defiance to be not very strong draw effects as well

stuff like ebony owl, kederekt parasite, ivory tower, and chasm skulker are too narrow amd situational in my opinion, they dont always do what you want and when they do its meh, price of knowledge and vensers journal are also kinda meh for such a high cost in mana

as far as what to replace, Library of Leng is a great card for nekusar training "wheels", so to speak ;) it lets you pitch the cards you dont want or need and draw/wheel into the cards in your hand you do need

Bloodchief Ascension does what sangromancer does, but better and harder to stop, it also infinite combos with Mindcrank along with Duskmantle Guildmage

spells that draw ONLY you cards are also really effective at getting you enough cards to win, such as Notion Thief, Rhystic Study, Mystic Remora,Consecrated Sphinx, Phyrexian Arena, Dark Tutelage, Keranos, God of Storms are some examples

i would run Phyrexian Tyranny over price of knowledge, if you have spare mana you can avoid the damage and its far cheaper on mana and faster at dealing damage

Bubbling Muck and High Tide are also really strong ramp cards if you run a lot of basic lands

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

1 week ago

Why Dark Tutelage over Phyrexian Arena? The arena loses you less life and also doesn't reveal the cards you are drawing.

outofnothing0 on Zur's Perfection

2 weeks ago

@mhegara: I used to run both Phyresis and Battle Mastery but eventually cut them as I found them to be more "win more" cards. Basically a good chunk of the time I used them I had a big enough board position that they really didn't matter. I do like that flavor text though! As far as Mox Diamond goes... if you can't justify the new inflated price tag you're right in the fact that big mana increaser rocks like Mana Vault as mentioned and Grim Monolith would probably work as suitable alternatives provided you are able to pull enough colored mana rocks to cast Zur. Basically you should just playtest them with your list and see how they interact with the cards in your deck.

@wipperwhill123: Thanks! Generally I'm not worried about what other people are playing unless it has a direct impact on my game plan; to that effect I find that preventing things with counterspells to be more effective than black discard as they may have several things that are gonna ruin my day but only have enough mana to do one per turn whereas a counterspell would stop that dead in its tracks. Also Hymn to Tourach is a little color intensive with the double black. If I do decided to throw some discard in in the future Mind Twist and Thoughtseize would indeed be at the top of my considerations. Thanks for the suggestions!

@Demonio_de_Laplace: Dark Confidant is way better than Dark Tutelage because I can get it out a turn earlier for one and also it can do a little damage, block a bomb of a creature or take the fall if a Fleshbag Marauder or Diabolic Edict slip through. It is nice being able to tutor up the Dark Tutelage but it's just not as versatile.

@MtgMaster02: True. Greater Auramancy does do a great deal in protecting Zur but I found that it was overkill with the amount of other things that protect Zur and could sometimes mess up an aura I wanted to cast from hand. It's always in mind though so if I find things aren't going so smoothly anymore I just may put it back in. Thanks for the input!

@Jewishman: I'd say to each their own and that my build would at least stand up fairly decently against it. I personally feel like it takes away the essence of a Zur deck being a toolbox commander, but that's just me.

@Kynelan: I had Ancient Tomb in the deck at one point but found it was too painful when combined with all the other ways that I make myself lose life in the deck.

@1992lucas: The deck needs redundancy in case something gets removed Armageddon and Swiftfoot Boots are just that. I do agree that 3 mana for Disallow is pretty hefty and Misdirection is hit and miss so I am keeping my eye on both of those as potential cuts. The only real target for Idyllic Tutor without Zur is Rest in Peace so that's just too limited. I highly dislike Remand as it gives whatever I deemed threatening enough to counter back to my opponent, Memory Lapse is better as it slows them down a whole turn; the card is negligible. Dig Through Time/Treasure Cruise both cost a ton and I normally don't want to exile anything from my graveyard as I can generally get the important things back, especially with me thinking about the addition of Yawgmoth's Will. Tainted Isle is too situational with the swamp requirement; if I were to swap anything out it'd be for an Adarkar Wastes or Underground River. Thanks for all of the suggestions! I'll definitely think about some of 'em during the next time I have time to do some editing

Spirits on Kaalia - Cheat A/D/D

3 weeks ago

Hypergeometric Formula. Suppose a population "the deck" consists of N items "99 cards", k "31 lands" of which are successes. And a random sample drawn from that population consists of n items "7 cards", x "2 cards" of which are successes. Then the hypergeometric probability is: h(x; N, n, k) = [ kCx ] [ N-kCn-x ] / [ NCn ]

Best to use the calculator! Hypergeometric Calculator

So 99, 31, 7, 2 reading the X successes >= 2 lands in opening 7 cards, is 70.7% (> because 3 lands is still 2 lands)

By turn 4, you've drawn 4 more cards, so your sample size is 11, but now we want 4 successes (lands). 99, 31, 11, 4, >=4 is 47.1% only!

Don't count mana rocks as lands. A normal commander deck has between 35-38 lands, PLUS 8-10 ramp/rocks/dorks (mana accelerators). I run 36 lands, and 7 mana rocks, Chromatic Lantern, Chrome Mox, Fellwar Stone, Mana Crypt, Orzhov Signet, Sol Ring, Talisman of Indulgence, but I also run heavy tutors to pull what i need. I like it, but for longer non-combo games I would run 8.

Sundial of the Infinite has many other uses in longer non-combo games, only on your turn of course:

Angel of Serenity | Permanently exile the creatures, no returning to their owners hand

Karmic Guide | Avoid his Echo, but costs you a turn so not a good trade off

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder | Prevent him from killing you if you need to cast a board-wipe on your turn

Animate Dead / Necromancy | 95% sure it would stop the sacrifice, assuming it goes on the stack

Sneak Attack | Keep it permanently, no sacrifice

Mimic Vat | Keep the token, no exile

Counterspell | If something happens you don't like, counter it, costs rest of turn but prevent catastrophe, can't get any better protection.

Reconnaissance | If you drop in an A/D/D and get an unfavorable block, protect that A/D/D or Kaalia of the Vast

Counterspell those Grixis and Izzet players from End-of-Turn (EOT) casting draw/removal now that they don't need the mana for Counterspell anymore. Also stop Green from Flash casting in their creatures EOT.


Whip of Erebos | Creatures you control get lifelink, unburial creatures from graveyard, and Sundial of the Infinite to keep the creature, no exile. HOWEVER, when the creature does leave play, it will still be exiled due to the replacement effect also generated by the Whip of Erebos

Zealous Conscripts | Not an A/D/D but steals anything on board for CMC 5, and Sundial of the Infinite to keep the creature permanently

Flameshadow Conjuring | Same idea but you play lots of Legendary so don't recommend

You've got some good stuff to pull with Sunforger.

Boros Charm / Eerie Interlude / Teferi's Protection for Protection

Enlightened Tutor for Tutor

Path to Exile / Swords to Plowshares for creature Exile

Wear for Enchantments or Artifacts (not both), Return to Dust can still get 2 as well

You NEED Anguished Unmaking, Sunforger and remove any permanent!!! Utter End

Mortify good creature / enchantment removal. Dawn Charm white limited Counterspell / Protection for CMC2 it's pretty good, even just to Regenerate.

I personally don't like Chaos Warp but it is ok. Deflecting Palm / Comeuppance / Wild Ricochet too, but meh, give me offense! Wild Ricochet at least prevents then doubles the effect vs. Reverberate doesn't prevent anything, Shunt is ok, but there has to be another legal target, and it doesn't double it. 2 for 1 like Return to Dust is how Mardu beats the lack of good drawing.

Oblation or Orim's Thunder (can still kick) meh, meh.

Dark Tutelage is another Dark Confidant who I do play, BUT, Dark Tutelage is harder to remove if it's going to kill you. Dark Confidant easy to block with or sacrifice etc. In budget though, I'd probably play it lol.

Reveillark another recursive guy, but his CMC is high, and not an A/D/D so not efficient / synergy. Bladewing the Risen is good recursion too. 2 for 1! Reya Dawnbringer no Kaalia of the Vast trigger, but demands an answer. Unanswered he can make you golden.

Angel of Despair good budget removal. Aegis Angel good protection. Archfiend of Depravity if you face go-wide or token decks. Steel Hellkite is a great budget removal, he makes most Kaalia of the Vast competitive decks.

Diabolic Tutor is good, high CMC. Resolute Archangel is a nice reset button in longer term games, but CMC7 is very annoying. But Sneak Attack or Quicksilver Amulet.

Hope that answers the questions presented.

CommanderNeyo on Liliana's Sadistic Desires

3 weeks ago

I like the deck, but I am curious why you have Dark Tutelage instead of Phyrexian Arena? It will generally cause you more lifeloss and reveals what you are drawing to your opponents, which is generally bad.

DiesToDiscard on Burden Of Dreams

1 month ago

Frd123 the last games we played ended in no one with cards in handAd Nauseam i think its better than Dark Tutelage since i can pick more cards and at instant speed

maybe will cut Arguel's Blood Fast for dark tutelage or necropotence.gonna try Call to the Grave but i believe it will draw hate towards Daxos since my enchantments are a big trouble people in the table tends to attack me

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