Personal Tutor

Personal Tutor


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Personal Tutor Discussion

0rc on Cheapskate Talrand ver. 1.5 ($100)

4 months ago

Romanowski13, the best upgrades would include improving the mana rocks. I’d replace any that enter tapped with the following (depending on your means): Arcane Signet , Jeweled Lotus , Mox Opal , Chrome Mox , Mox Diamond and Mana Crypt .

I’d add all of the powerful counter spells: Swan Song , Flusterstorm , Force of Will , Force of Negation , Pact of Negation , Fierce Guardianship , and Mana Drain .

I’d add the following lands: Temple of the False God , Boseiju, Who Shelters All , and Cephalid Coliseum .

I’d remove some of the slower card draw and tutors for Mystical Tutor , Personal Tutor , Time Spiral , and Timetwister .

I’d add better removal spells such as Cyclonic Rift . This would probably be the first change I’d make.

azja on Yuriko (Optimized) Primer

4 months ago

Hey Snake57, good to hear from you again!

So far, I haven't seen many possible additions from strixhaven. I think Baleful Mastery is awesome if you can get a small favour from the opponent who draws the card. But my playgroup is all too familiar with my shenanigans, so they don't make deals with me anymore :')

Lotus Petal seems like a good addition! Even with 33 lands, sometimes find myself with too many, so it's probably reasonable for me to cut a land for it too.

I've been pretty satisfied with Spell Pierce , but you're right about it being narrow. If your opponents are playing a lot of ramp, or tend to pass with mana up, then Spell Pierce might be too weak. I don't think I'd play Pact of Negation because the upkeep cost is too much of a downside (if you can't win the turn you cast it). I think Pact of Negation is best suited for combo decks that can win right away if their spell resolves.

As for the cycling cards, I really like Street Wraith and want to find room for it. I'm not totally sure about Boon of the Wish-Giver , but it seems promising enough to try out!

I haven't been able to play much commander lately, but I feel pretty confident about my most recent changes, so I'll try to add them to the primer soon! I do miss playing Commit / Memory since it was a key target for Personal Tutor and Mystical Tutor , but I just don't think it's strong enough.

Speaking of Personal Tutor , I've been considering cutting it since it can't grab Draco or Blinkmoth Infusion . Another potential cut I've been considering is Unnatural Selection , it's felt kind of weak recently.

A couple of additions I'm thinking about are Street Wraith , like you mentioned, and Run Away Together since it can bounce two of my opponents' creatures, helping Yuriko connect on the following turn.


DemonDragonJ on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

4 months ago

Mcat1999, in that case, why not print a card that is functional reprint of Book of Rass , but with a name that does not mention anything specific, as Elvish Mystic is to Llanowar Elves ?

Azielle, if WotC reprints Personal Tutor or Imperial Seal in a Secret Lair product, rather than a Commander or Masters product, which would make much more sense, it will be blatantly obvious that they are simply attempting to get money from the customers, rather than actually attempting to make cards more affordable, so I imagine that the players will not be pleased about that.

Azielle on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

4 months ago

And this is why the very thing that makes Secret Lair controversial for stores also makes it good for people with our wish list DemonDragonJ:

Now, in addition to reprint equity, WOTC has another more immediate vehicle to turn the insane markup of high demand resale prices into profit in house: direct to consumer marketing. The Secret Lair Ultimate Edition I didn’t grab from the store that day was a prime example of that. Fetch prices were, as they remain to be, through the roof. Using special sets seems to be giving them an even more profitable and more importantly, repeatable profit vehicle.

Notice that fetch lands weren’t added back into Standard with the latest return to return to return to Ravnica set, even though they were the reprint equity of the past Ravnica returnings. Notice that their resale value kept high through Secret Lair and again through their limited-to-expeditions re-release as well. WOTC can now cash in repeatedly on an expensive reprint and leave it as a value asset.

Now I know any good WOTC employee will tell you that fetches weren’t added to standard because they make people shuffle their decks, and deck shuffling is cumbersome. But I ask in response to that, “what is it that Fabled Passage does again?” I’ll tell you what it doesn’t do, fetch a hundred dollar bill for WOTC.

I don’t blame WOTC for cashing in, it’s their asset, and it’s worth money.

Just noting that means a far greater chance for those Imperial Seal and Personal Tutor reprints we need to make our decks match. Hopefully we’ve got shiny matchy decks soon.

Azielle on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

5 months ago

Mystical Tutor is in the deck, and Solve the Equation is a couple mana too pricey for when I’m trying to chain off, (also, I can’t get behind three mana limited target tutors; they feel like I dropped a Demonic Tutor in a trash bin.) Personal Tutor is just way past due for a reprint. Nobody should have to shell out $150 for old paper when there’s 7 different printings of Mystical Tutor to be had for a fraction of that. Portal cards have always been overlooked for reprint.

DemonDragonJ on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

5 months ago

Azielle, Mystical Tutor is strictly better than is Personal Tutor , and WotC just recently printed Solve the Equation , which shall be amazing for decks that focus on instants and sorceries.

Azielle on Now Entering Dr. Lair's Secretorium …

5 months ago

DemonDragonJ I feel every bit of your joy about the updated borders and new art. Every Commander deck I've owned has had, at some point, some dirty-sock-looking-nobody-cares-enough-to-reprint-this-seventeen-year-old-piece-of-trash in it that doesn't look like it's from the same game just because it wouldn't headline a set, and it's always something absolutely optimal for the slot in my deck too.

Spore Frog , a common reprint of a common, was worth more than the rest of Modern Horizons to me twice over because it made my No More Room in Hell deck finally look complete!

I refuse to work a reserved list card into a Commander deck for that reason alone. Still waiting on an update for Personal Tutor for my Simic list. Not getting my hopes up since that wait has been since 1997, but hey maybe after 74 more reprints of Sol Ring they'll finally find room on a sheet ;)

Phion on When Hel freezes over (Midnight hunt update)

5 months ago

It pains me Methin85 because I already own the card, but I wasn't able to justify its place. My reasoning behind this is I simply don't have enough creatures to feel the benefit, no consistent way to cast them from the grave like with cards Gisa and Geralf and lastly the most expensive creature I have is my commander himself at 5 mana.

If I were to aim for maxing out my decks power I would probably get cards such as Demonic Tutor and Personal Tutor ; but I wanted to keep the deck on a budget and there is something charming about cards such as Mystical Teachings and Quiet Speculation being my search cards because I could actually make an argument as to why they are better in my deck compared to the most used tutor cards. I just have to hope now that they make more powerful instant and sorcery based zombie token generator cards going forward which is concerning :s

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