Dark Tutelage


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander 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

ghostfire86 on Kaalia, Beyond Heaven and Hell

1 day ago

My local game stores big matchup this past Monday was my Kaalia vs Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder Storm.

Game 1: Gisela, the Broken Blade with Lightning Greaves on the assault. Blew up his lands with Ravages of War early game to prevent his progression.

Game 2: He came heavy with control using Noxious Revival to return Force of Will for additional counter. I ensured each bait card would devastate his field to remove the counter spells and tie up his mana to slow me down. Drop Kaalia, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, and Archfiend of Despair for the win.

Game 3: Turn 1 he dropped Sylvan Library and preceded to make gains with card advantage. I got greedy and blew the field with Armageddon and Enlightened Tutor for Crucible of Worlds. This failed to slow him down and he got the win.

Game 4: The final game was a challenge. Dropping Sol Ring and Dark Tutelage for advantage didn’t work as he was working hard now for control. My only option left was to take out Yidris with Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile. I managed to tutor Moat and get it into play just in time to stop Yidris hitting the field for the last time. He cast Cyclonic Rift overload, swung, and whiffed the cascade. I managed to secure Moat once again and proceeded to advance my field. Sol Ring and Mana Crypt were my key players here helping me rebounded from the CycRift and take the game the next turn with lethal damage.

The_Dark_Mage on Call the Exterminator! Rat Infestation

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the suggestion Scion_of_Darkness, that is an amazing card! This deck should win by turn 4 or 5, but if not Marrow-Gnawer will double the number of rats you control to ensure victory. I am going with 1 instead of 2 because this deck is budget and that card is pricey. As for rewsifer, I think 20 swamps is as low as I will go for this deck. Throne of the God-Pharaoh might help, but I don't find it necessary. I will add it to the maybeboard in case anyone prefers it over another card in this deck. I believe Dark Tutelage is a better card than Sign in Blood for card draw, but thanks for showing me the flaws in Minions' Murmurs! :)

hkhssweiss on Mr. Use your deck against you

4 weeks ago

Here are some cards for the budget, since you are trying to cut down on some cards and add in more interaction.

Card Draw:

Mystic Remora

Dark Tutelage


Notion Thief


Izzet Signet

Rakdos Signet

Talisman of Dominance

Talisman of Indulgence

Fellwar Stone

Chromatic Lantern




Arcane Denial

Swan Song


Frantic Search

Hope that helps!

Spazik008 on Ramos, Help Please?

1 month ago

Well, this is the point where it becomes a real life consideration as much as a deckbuilding consideration. Certain cards cost money and if you want the best cards you have to pay. But the tricky part comes from the fact that the best cards aren't always the most expensive. Lightning Bolt is a good card, also a very cheap card. I use 4 in my Modern deck. But Liliana of the Veil is also a good card, and I use her too. That card is much more expensive than bolt. But my deck wouldn't work without her.

Fortunately, I've owned my playset of Lilianas for a very long time, long before she reached the current price point she's at. But I think "could this deck work if I play a cheaper card" isn't a rabbit hole you want to go down. Dark Tutelage is a much cheaper card than Dark Confidant, but time has told us that this card doesn't work in the same capacity. It comes down a turn later and can't attack for damage. You better believe that if Dark Tutelage were comparable to Dark Confidant in any way the price point between the two cards would be very different. But they aren't. And if you're at the point where you have to make these types of considerations I feel like it's either time to scrap it or time to save up the budget and buy the cards you want.

ghostfire86 on Kaalia of the Vast - "Competitive Aggro"

2 months ago


I use to runKothophed, Soul Hoarder and what if found is that he, more often than not, will kill you due to large amounts of removal that can and does take place during games. Oddly he would kill me before Dark Confidant or Dark Tutelage ever do.


Shizo, Death's Storehouse is a staple for any Kaalia build and I'd highly suggest running it. I would further suggest that you run Flagstones of Trokair which can help against your own Land Destruction spells to keep you a play ahead.

To every serious Kaalia Player and those considering,

Ive never considered Twilight Prophet before and honestly I've never counted my permanents during any particular game to see consistency of gaining City's Blessing, but this is a card that we need to begin play testing. This goes great with Archfiend of Despair, which has become a staple for many of use as it replaced Wound Reflection. I'm hoping that Ravnica Allegiance, which comes out 25 January 2019, will grant us a new demon for Rakdos Guild that resembles Havoc Festival.

Read the Bones, Promise of Power, and True Conviction I don't justify slots in our decks. We have better draw choices than Bones or Promise can offer, and Conviciton and Promise both are weak mid to late game plays. We must keep in mind that often our life totals take a hit already from our own plays already, and if we are kept from going off then Conviction offers little for mass gain.

FladhHulk on FC Tazri

3 months ago

Hello SynergyBuild! Well, yeah, Dark Tutelage and Phyrexian Arena aren't the best cards in this deck, but i decided to add them - along with Dark Confidant as soon as I'll find one - just to get better chances of finding important pieces the sooner possible in games that become too long. Maybe it's something meta-dependent, but if I play against let's say other combos and controls/stax it kinda often take a lot of time to combo off, and without continued extra draw effects it would just take too much time! Maybe i cold try running Pull from Tomorrow, even if i don't really generate tons of mana, that could easily give me 4-5 cards by turn 5 or 6 and would so be somewhere between normal cantrips and things like Arena!

SynergyBuild on FC Tazri

3 months ago

+1! I'd really suggest dropping Dark Tutelage and Phyrexian Arena though, since they take many turns to gain value, I'd imagine Night's Whisper or Windfall to be much better options.

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