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
6 days ago
6 days ago
2 weeks ago
I can only suggest making the discard spells cheaper - high mana cost discard is pretty much useless because at the time when you are able to cast These spells, player's won't have that many cards left anyway. What's also great is some sort of constant discard, as you already have in the form of Oppression and Cunning Lethemancer
I would rather play Chain of Smog, Hymn to Tourach, Thoughtseize, Delirium Skeins, Mind Twist, Liliana of the Veil, Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip, Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists...to use madness better I can recommend Anvil of Bogardan
I black I also like to play Dark Confidant, Dark Tutelage and Phyrexian Arena. You've got to take the risk with your high mana costs though. Doesn't matter much if you have stuff like Sorin Markov or Pox to drastically reduce your opponent's life total as well.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I actually quite like this idea, but I feel a little awkward in some of the card choices.
Hypnotic Siren and Spreading Seas feel underwhelming for me- the lack of islandwalk makes seas pretty do-nothing, and siren is only really functional once you have two anvils running, which could be a removal spell, or chumps once. The lack of g/w cuts a lot of enchantment options, but there are some really interesting tools available that should help out. Eldrazi Conscription/Arcanum Wings and Sanguine Bond/Exquisite Blood have been classics in these colours for a while. Tainted Remedy is interesting sideboard, Underworld Connections/Phyrexian Arena/Dark Tutelage Dictate of Kruphix are their usual selves, and Paradox Haze could make those upkeep triggers, Leyline of Anticipation is interesting, allowing flash cloudstone shenanigans. Bitterblossom Provides board presence while being resistant to creature-removal, Necrogen Mists, Dictate of Erebos, No Rest for the Wicked Seal of Doom/Trial of Ambition/Oath of Liliana, Necrotic Plague, Endless Whispers Waste Not or Descent into Madness all speak to possible strategies.
One card that you absolutely must run is Whip of Erebos as a two-of. The lifelink keeps you in the game, and the graveyard recursion keeps constellation triggering. Gonti's Machinations is worthwhile against burn. Mimic Vat is good with mage.
I've been trying to get Blood Funnel working in these lists, but it just doesn't- the costs inflicted are too high, with boardwipes ending your game. Don't bother.
I can't think of anything else that isn't just the usual format staples and sideboards- good luck making it work.
2 months ago
I thought about Assault Strobe but I think the sorcery speed is bad. It can't surprise an opponent that might gamble on not blocking, it can't be tutored with Sunforger, it can't interfere in combat between opponents for political purposes, and it can't be used for blocking. The other sorcery speed sources make up for those failings by persisting across turns.
I think Underworld Connections or Dark Tutelage would be a better option for budget card draw though since they got straight to hand. Underworld Connections causes mana issues, but has the benefit of being tutorable with Open the Armory.
2 months ago
With the plan to stick to flickering stuff like Felidar Guardian is nice to have a backup flicker if needed. Also as you have black you can throw in a bit of stack manipulation to be a real sneaky bastard. Get a sac outlet Carrion Feeder and Viscera Seer are my personal favorites, then play your Fiend Hunter or Angel of Serenity get the ETB trigger, then sac it in response, the leaving field effect resolves before the ETB, so what got exiled stays exiled (odds are you know this, but on the off chance that you don't its worth explaining). While usually this kinda tactic is reserved for graveyard based decks, i have a friend who runs a flicker/grave hybrid deck that is just weird. You never know what he is gonna do, but you know it wont be good for you. Plus, adding in some more grave interaction could be worth it in the event that your opponents manage to kill your stuff and you cant flicker it. A personal favorite card of mine is Mesmeric Fiend, its awesome for the sac tricks, but if you decide you dont like that route it still gives you a peak at the opponents hand and you steal a card from it, and if they tutor up something mean, flicker him and trade out for the new threat. This may just be from my mind being on graveyards, but I adore Puppeteer Clique. Take someting big out of the opponents yard and smack them in the face with it. If he dies you can flicker him to get rid of the -1/-1 counter, He is annoyingly hard to kill at times. Whenever I play white I put in a Nevermore. Locking out commanders is fun.... for me. Wall of Omens can provide some nice draw, as can Phyrexian Arena for a bit more $$ (worth it IMO). Another draw card I'm fond of is Dark Tutelage though it has killed me before, though I love to draw so I usually take the risk associated with that card. Enlightened Ascetic, Angel of Finality, and Demon of Dark Schemes can act as repeatable forms of removal (specifically enchantment, grave and creature with these). Karmic Guide and Reveillark can get massive value when flickered/sacked respectively (and can go infinite in certain circumstance). That's bout all I got, sorry if its a bit more grave focused than purely flicker, that's whats been in my head these past few days. Good luck with the deck, always fun to see rare commanders out there (I didn't even know this one existed till today)