Top 10 Tutors in Magic: The Gathering

Updated on November 16, 2018
Jeremy Gill profile image

Jeremy casts spells in between his careers as a chemical analyst and campus manager.

What Are the Best Tutor Cards in Magic?

In Magic, the Tutors are a powerful set of spells that can search needed cards, either placing them on top of your deck (rigging your next draw) or directly into your hand. These are particularly useful in the 100-card decks of commander matches, where they browse through your large deck lists to search out a needed unit (helpful since each card beyond basic lands must be unique, making anything that can search your singular aces a worthy addition).

Today we're examining strictly Tutor members; we'll save other searches for another countdown. With that in mind, which members reign supreme? These are the ten best Tutor cards in Magic: The Gathering!

Idyllic Tutor
Idyllic Tutor

10. Idyllic Tutor

CMC (Converted Mana Cost): 3

Idyllic Tutor operates at just sorcery speed and can only search enchantments from your deck, but (unlike some Tutors), it places the card directly into your hand and doesn't have any additional costs.

It's as simple as that; use Idyllic to nab whichever aura, saga, or regular enchantment you need. It also works on enchantment creatures, meaning it can snuff out the legendary god cards.

Infernal Tutor
Infernal Tutor

9. Infernal Tutor

CMC: 2

Many of the best Tutors stem from the black faction, and Infernal is no exception. It works best in standard or other non-commander formats, as you reveal a card and search a duplicate of it from your deck, a prime bargain for just two mana.

However, Infernal's hellbent trait instead lets you search any spell you like if you have no cards left in hand as you cast it, rewarding you for playing or simply suffering forced discards.

Grim Tutor
Grim Tutor

8. Grim Tutor

CMC: 3

One of the most expensive Magic cards of all time, legal copies of Grim Tutor often cost over $200. Not hard to see why considering its powers; three black mana lets you search your library for any card and add it to your hand.

This offers the same search of "Diabolic Tutor" for one less mana, the only price being you lose three life. Still, that's a welcome trade-off for the lower CMC, making Grim Tutor one of the best black sorceries available.

Sylvan Tutor
Sylvan Tutor

7. Sylvan Tutor

CMC: 1

Sylvan Tutor only requires one mana and hunts any creature from your deck list. However, instead of adding it to your hand, you place it on top of your deck, so you'll still need to draw it. Hard to complain when Sylvan only needs one mana, and it makes an excellent play on your first turn or when you have leftover mana, letting you put those excess resources to good use by adeptly manipulating your next draw.

Worldly Tutor
Worldly Tutor

6. Worldly Tutor

CMC: 1

Wordly Tutor functions exactly like Sylvan Tutor, costing one green mana and gimmicking a creature from your library to the top of your deck, letting you soon draw a beast that fits your current situation. However, Worldly's instant status lets you wait until the last second to cast it, a handy way to ensure your opponent doesn't disrupt your gimmicked draw with shuffling effects or other tricks.

Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor

5. Enlightened Tutor

CMC: 1

Enlightened offers an upgraded version of Idyllic Tutor, the only disadvantage being the card goes to the top of your deck, not your hand. However, Enlightened only needs one mana, functions at instant speed, and can search either an enchantment or an artifact, a heap of bonuses that give it the edge over its relative.

Personal Tutor
Personal Tutor

4. Personal Tutor

CMC: 1

For a single blue mana, this sorcery searches another sorcery from your library to the top of your deck, guaranteeing your next draw. Use Personal to rig "Temporal Mastery", whose miracle effect lets you take an extra turn for just two mana when drawn and revealed!

Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor

3. Vampiric Tutor

CMC: 1

Similar to Worldly and Enlightened Tutor, Vampiric instantly searches a card to the top of your deck at instant speed, but this time you can choose any type of unit, making it another great candidate to rig miracle cards to your benefit or simply track down a card. You lose two life, but that's a negligible price for such a versatile and powerful effect, especially in EDH, where your higher starting life total provides health to spare.

Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor

2. Demonic Tutor

CMC: 2

Demonic Tutor only functions at sorcery speed, but it's simply the cheapest way to find a unit, placing any type of spell from your library into your hand. With no lifeloss or other disadvantages, Demonic remains (in the formats where it's not banned) the ultimate card-to-hand maneuver.

Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor

1. Mystical Tutor

CMC: 1

Number one for its neglible cost, variable search, and instant speed, Mystical Tutor can be cast at any time for just one blue mana, moving any instant or sorcery from your library to the top of your deck, a great way to search blue staples like "Mana Drain" or "Cryptic Command".

Mystical replicates Personal's combo with Temporal Mastery and other miracle spells, improving upon it thanks to its speed, making it a mainstay in my blue EDH decks. In terms of real-world money, none of the Tutors are particularly cheap due to their rarity and competitive nature; thankfully, Mystical avoids the double and triple digits of its counterparts, often costing less than seven dollars!

Which card do you prefer?

See results
Card
Color/CMC
Searches
Rune-Scarred Demon
Black/7
Any card
Stoneforge Mystic
White/2
An artifact equipment
Attune with Aether
Green/1
A basic land
More recommended card searches in Magic

Other Card Searches in MTG

While not Tutors, the above cards (of which many more exist) offer alternative ways to search spells; always be aware of the plays your factions offer.

As for Tutors, remember that since they're inexpensive instants and sorceries, they also help meet the graveyard-fill conditions of cards with "spell mastery", "threshold", and "delirium" effects. But for now, as we eagerly await Wizards of the Coast's next expansion of card-finding spells, vote for your favorite Tutor and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Jeremy Gill

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hobbylark.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hobbylark.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)