Dark Tutelage


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

Dark Tutelage Discussion

PartyJ on Retro Sorin & The Elderspell | Oathbreaker

1 week ago

Dark Tutelage has been removed from the deck and has been replaced by Midnight Reaper . A more impactful choice and more synergy with the deck.

CrimsonChaos on HeavenSent

2 weeks ago

shaftdiggity Those are all great suggestions, thanks! I do have Black Market but not sure what to swap for it just yet. I also remember looking into Bloodchief Ascension and Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip before, but haven’t found them for a reasonable price just yet. Dark Tutelage has potential too, and shouldn’t be too hard to grab, though I’d also need to decide what to cut for it.

shaftdiggity on HeavenSent

2 weeks ago

Nice deck. I'm a big fan of Athreos. Couple suggestions:

Consider swapping Nev's disk for Magus of the Disk as he could be returned to your hand with Athreos.

Black Market is great for ramp, Bloodchief Ascension is everything you're trying to do, and Dark Tutelage is great for card draw

I highly recommend cheap creatures with extort

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip would be a good add as it reverts to a creature on death and gets the Athreos boon.

PartyJ on Retro Sorin & The Elderspell | Oathbreaker

1 month ago

Hello Enral!

May I first thank you for taking the effort to look at my deck and giving me some really solid suggestions. It is very appreciated!

Dark Ritual will be added. Looking at the Oathbreaker format, which differs hugely from EDH, I think you have a solid point here.

The mentioned tutors are interesting, but sadly I do not own any spare copies. So this is something for a later time.

Volrath's Stronghold and Phyrexian Tower are really good and luckily I have them both available.

Gray Merchant of Asphodel is an interesting pick and I think you are spot on when it comes to having an alternative wincon available. I am going to test this soon.

I also added Mind Stone as a lower cmc mana rock. Early game it's very functional and lategame it can give me a draw when it becomes obsolete.

I kept Dark Tutelage in the deck. Dark Confidant should be a better pick, but I do not own this card (yet). But the card advantage is good and my lifegain options can handle the loss.

Thanks for your comment sir! If you spot any weaknesses or alternative options, then I am eager to learn about them :-)

Enral on Retro Sorin & The Elderspell | Oathbreaker

1 month ago

Very cool deck concept! There are some oathbreaker staples that I think will take your deck to the next level. You definitely need to add Dark Ritual as it is in my opinion the best card/sol ring equivalent in this format that will enable you to get far ahead in the pod. Vampiric Tutor / Demonic Tutor should be strongly considered. Volrath's Stronghold / Phyrexian Tower is a great land to supplement your strategy. With Dark Ritual/phyrexian tower, you should consider Gray Merchant of Asphodel as you can sac it and recur it as an alternative finisher. Cards I think can be cut are Drana, Liberator of Malakir , Sword of the Animist , and Dark Tutelage . Games are a lot different with 20 life/smaller library and often play out like 4 player modern therefore every card needs to be impactful. Hope this helps!

bimjowen on Greven Prototype

2 months ago

Okay, one more!

Dark Tutelage !

hungry000 on I'm Confidant in my Abilities

4 months ago

Phyrexian Arena is a strict upgrade to Dark Tutelage . Bitterblossom would be a nice addition as well since it's a win condition, makes blockers, crews Copter, and is consistent with the life loss theme. Have you considered playing Solemnity for the combo with Phyrexian Unlife ?

outofnothing0 on Zur's Perfection

4 months ago

Been super busy lately so sorry for the late replies!

@Limo: Thanks for the upvote! I'll be sure to take a look at your deck!

@MooneBoyIrish: If you had read the deck description I've put the relevant ruling for auras there as many get confused by them; basically auras only target when cast so if they are put into play as part of an effect (ie. Zur, Replenish , Open the Vaults , etc) they can be attached to a legal permanent of your choosing (as defined by the enchant ability) without targeting that permanent. As MtgMaster02 pointed out Triclopean Sight is indeed both backup to Daybreak Coronet as well as an effective means to get Stasis up and running.

@SlowMoon17: I'd say both yes and no. I've slightly drifted away from the straight 1v1 environment to make it more resilient and able to at least hold its own in multiplayer as well (due to the local meta). I feel like there are faster ways of combo winning ( Doomsday , Phyrexian Unlife , etc) but that's just boring. There's something about playing land destruction/ Stasis and seeing the light drain from your oppenents' eyes that just makes it oh so worth it haha.

@Im_ygy: Yea... lol. I just looked it up and the entire decklist non-foiled, without Timetwister and OG duals is still around $2100 NM/PL

@MordMetal: It really depends on how budget you want. Obviously don't foil it lol; but in all seriousness you can save a ton on the land base alone. Add more basics and tap lands ( Arcane Sanctum / Vivid Creek / Vivid Marsh / Vivid Meadow ), use Evolving Wilds / Terramorphic Expanse instead of fetches, etc. If your overall CMC is still low swap Dark Confidant for Dark Tutelage , Snapcaster Mage for Archaeomancer / Mnemonic Wall . As for Timetwister it really depends on what effect you are looking for... GY shuffle: Elixir of Immortality , Card draw: Windfall , both: Time Spiral although it costs double the mana (and untaps!) and is still expensive although still cheaper by a phenomenal amount. These are just some examples. I'd recommend doing an advanced Gatherer search (https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Default.aspx) for specific effects you are looking for in a cheaper card variant.

@Dankey Thank you! I like running Jace, the Mind Sculptor for the Brainstorm effect (and Unsummon effect if needed) to filter away any enchantments that find thier way into my hand (so i can tutor them up for free). In 1v1 Jace basically lets me know what my opponent is drawing most of the time too; so for now I think he is just too versatile to get rid of.

@cango35: I really like Winding Canyons in most creature based decks but i think it'd be kind of a waste here for a few reasons. Firstly I overall barely have any creatures. Secondly the additional 2 mana is killer... it'd mean i'd need 6 mana PLUS the land to get it off and that's just not worth the luxury of flash in my opinion. Thanks for the suggestion though!

@hoffie4: I've had Strionic Resonator in the deck for ages! You must've missed it XD

@Auraprime1984: There are a few options. The rest of the mana base is pretty solid, so to be honest it doesn't matter a whole lot. You could add more basics, the third painland ( Caves of Koilos ), Exotic Orchard , maybe Tainted Isle / Tainted Field , Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , Prairie Stream / Sunken Hollow , Choked Estuary / Port Town , etc. You could also use some tap lands like Arcane Sanctum , Celestial Colonnade , Fetid Pools / Irrigated Farmland , Temple of Deceit / Temple of Enlightenment , etc. Signet lands are also an option Darkwater Catacombs / Skycloud Expanse . You mostly just have to figure out what would work best with your build. Hope that helps!

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