Jeremy casts spells in between his careers as a chemical analyst and campus manager.
Prebuilt Planeswalker Decks in Magic
Magic offers several premade planeswalker decks that ease newer players into the game. Each only has one copy of its highlighted planeswalker, but includes various spells that pull them from your deck or recycle them from your graveyard. These cards tend to cost one less mana than the planeswalker itself, letting you play the planeswalker the following turn (assuming you meet your land drop).
In addition to finding their planeswalker, the spells have additional effects, some lackluster, others powerful—which reign supreme? Judging by the actual spell (and not the card it finds), these are the ten best specific planeswalker tutors in Magic: The Gathering!
10. Tezzeret's Betrayal
Planeswalker Tutored: Tezzeret, Master of Metal
Betrayal simply destroys a creature for five mana, which is admittedly overpriced, especially for something with only sorcery speed. However, you get to pull Tezzeret, Master of Metal from either your deck or graveyard, and he's one of my favorite planeswalkers today, emphasizing artifact support.
9. Jace's Ruse/Rhythmic Water Vortex
Planeswalker Tutored: Jace, Arcane Strategist/Mu Yanling
These two spells have the exact same cost and effect, the only difference being the planeswalker they tutor. Ruse and Vortex each return up to two creatures to hand, which can either stall opposing threats or reactivate entrance triggers on your own creatures.
Both Jace and Mu cost six mana, hopefully available the turn after using your sorcery, and they focus on giving extra draws while making your creatures unblockable.
8. Grasping Current
Planeswalker Tutored: Jace, Ingenious Mind-Mage
Current almost completely mimics our last spells, returning up to two creatures to hand for five mana while searching a planeswalker. But it ranks slightly higher for its cost having one less blue symbol, making it more viable in mutlicolor decks.
Extra mana symbols on permanents can actually be useful (for meeting devotion costs and such), but when it comes to one-off spells, the less picky, the better.
7. Rowan's Stalwarts
CMC (Converted Mana Cost): 5
Planeswalker Tutored: Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage
My biggest complaint here is that both Stalwarts and Rowan cost five mana, but I suppose it means you don't have to meet your next turn's land drop. Stalwarts has workable 5/2 stats, and while I wish it had trample, it does possess the useful knight subtype (which gained plenty of support in the Throne of Eldraine set).
Rowan is also one of my favorite premade planeswalkers, carrying impressive starting loyalty and activated abilities.
6. Dovin's Dismissal
Planeswalker Tutored: Dovin, Architect of Law
Dismissal returns a tapped creature not to hand, but to the top of its owner's deck, removing them while simultaneously killing their next draw, and it's one of few tutors to enjoy instant speed. This basically provides "Repel" with the disadvantage of only being able to target a tapped creature, but the big advantage of a planeswalker pull.
Strangely, Dovin costs two more mana than his tutor, so there might be a small delay in fielding him, but Dismissal still provides one of the cheapest and fastest removal-tutor blends.
5. Chandra's Flame Wave
Planeswalker Tutored: Chandra, Flame's Fury
Flame Wave offers a mini nuke that leaves your own field unscathed, hitting an opponent and each creature they control for two damage. On its own, this might not be enough to kill all their units, but it bypasses creature hexproof/shroud and can kill stronger units who were weakened during combat.
Chandra follows the standard curve, costing one more mana than her search, and prioritizes effects that deal further damage to opposing players and creatures.
4. Niambi, Faithful Healer
Planeswalker Tutored: Teferi, Timebender
Niambi is a vanilla 2/2, which would normally be underwhelming, but is actually pretty solid for just three mana in tangent with a planeswalker tutor. That said, Teferi costs double the mana, so even after you find him, you might have to wait a few rounds before casting him.
Nonetheless, Niambi still provides one of the best cost-to-power/toughness ratios on the tutor creatures.
3. Domri's Nodorog
Planeswalker Tutored: Domri, City Smasher
Like Rowan's Stalwarts, Nodorog has decent 5/2 stats, but he also possesses trample, ensuring his impressive power isn't easily blocked. The beast subtype isn't amazing but does have a few tribal options, and Domri fits the expected curve, requiring six mana.
And compared to similar five-cost 3/3 trampler "Ethereal Elk" (who tutors "Vivien, Nature's Avenger"), Nodorog's 5/2 stats are pretty impressive.
2. Angrath's Fury
Planeswalker Tutored: Angrath, Minotaur Pirate
Like Tezzeret's Betrayal, Fury grants a five-cost spell that destroys a creature. However, you also get to deal three damage to a player or planeswalker, a pretty substantial bonus that can finish off weakened foes. This also scores easy direct damage, useful for activating the reduced costs of red or black spells with spectacle.
1. Sun-Blessed Mount
Planeswalker Tutored: Huatli, Dinosaur Knight
Though he lacks trample, Sun-Blessed Mount carries solid 4/4 stats plus the dinosaur subtype, arguably the best tribal bloodline in our countdown. Case in point, all three of Huatli's loyalty effects depend on using dinosaurs, making Mount essential when you don't have any other prehistoric reptiles fielded.
An easy choice for my own dinosaur decks, Sun-Blessed Mount also won't break the bank, costing just over one dollar!
How Good Are Premade Planeswalker Decks?
While premade decks offer nice starting points for newer players, they admittedly aren't super competitive on their own. However, some of the planeswalkers and corresponding tutors are still pretty viable, especially in the longer games of commander format, where you have more time to build towards their higher mana costs.
As a whole, prebuilt planeswalkers are slowly but surely getting better, and time will tell the place they hold in various formats. But for now, vote for your favorite tutor and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on February 08, 2020:
The lifegain is nice, but six mana for a sorcery-speed removal just doesn't cut it for me, especially one that doesn't bypass indestructible, hexproof, or regeneration.
John Smith on February 06, 2020:
I found, while expensive to use, Vraska’s stoneglare was helpful in knocking out a big creature and getting health for your trouble