Tutor

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A Tutor is a spell which searches your library for another card.

Description[edit | edit source]

Tutoring is primary in black, but other colors can be better at searching for specific card types (and subtypes).

You do not have to find the card and put it in your library. If you do choose to find cards, you must reveal those cards to all players if it searches for a specific card type.

R&D has stopped creating tutoring keywords like transmute and transfigure.[1] They don't like to do too much tutoring, as it can lead to repetition of play, where games play out too similarly.[2][3]

A special kind of tutor are the wishes, which may search for cards outside of the game.

Search from top N cards of library[edit | edit source]

To cut down on shuffling, R&D has started to do more effects where you "tutor" just from a handful of cards from the top of your library, usually four or five. Anything else that colors can do is what they can do here.[4][5][6]

Types[edit | edit source]

Enlightened tutor.jpg

Search for any card[edit | edit source]

Alpha had the card Demonic Tutor, which locked black in as the primary color to tutor for any type of card. Philosophically, blue is the better color to have this ability, but so far no changes have been made.[4]

Specific mana costs[edit | edit source]

See also: Transmute.

Color[edit | edit source]

  • Conflux (a white card, a blue card, a black card, a red card, and a green card)

Multicolored[edit | edit source]

Search for artifacts[edit | edit source]

Blue is the primary color to get any type of artifact. White tends to focus on certain subsets such as Equipment and Vehicles.[4]

Artifact creature[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Vehicle[edit | edit source]

Search for enchantments[edit | edit source]

White is the color that searches the library for enchantments.[4]

Aura[edit | edit source]

Curse[edit | edit source]

Search for planeswalkers[edit | edit source]

Search for creatures[edit | edit source]

Green is the primary color to tutor for creatures.[4][8][9] Sometimes it will even put them directly onto the battlefield. All colors have access to tutoring for specific creature types that are in their color. Red, for example, can tutor for Dragons.

Green creature[edit | edit source]

Dinosaur[edit | edit source]

Dragon[edit | edit source]

Elf[edit | edit source]

Goblin[edit | edit source]

Mercenary[edit | edit source]

Merfolk[edit | edit source]

Rebel[edit | edit source]

Sliver[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Creatures with specific abilities[edit | edit source]

Searching for lands[edit | edit source]

Green, being one of the colors most closely associated with land and mana, is the best at tutoring for land.[9] It occasionally will put them directly onto the battlefield. The other four colors are allowed to occasionally tutor for their own basic land type.[4] See also Fetch lands

Plains[edit | edit source]

Island[edit | edit source]

Swamp[edit | edit source]

Mountain[edit | edit source]

Forest[edit | edit source]

Land with basic land type[edit | edit source]

Snow land[edit | edit source]

Gate[edit | edit source]

Basic land[edit | edit source]

Search for instants and sorceries[edit | edit source]

When tutoring, the two instants and corceries are often put together and blue seeks them out.[4]

Instant[edit | edit source]

Instant or card with flash[edit | edit source]

Sorcery[edit | edit source]

Trap[edit | edit source]

Arcane[edit | edit source]

Search for permanent types[edit | edit source]

Search for legendary cards[edit | edit source]

Search for a legendary creature[edit | edit source]

Search for named cards[edit | edit source]

See also: Partner with.

Herald cycle[edit | edit source]

From Planeswalker Decks[edit | edit source]

These cards are all from Planeswalker Decks and search in the library or in the graveyard for the related planeswalker.

Cards named like themselves[edit | edit source]

Search for a copy[edit | edit source]

These cards let you search for a card with the same name as another one.

These old cards have had errata removing the word "copy" since they're not copies in the usual sense.

Noted cards[edit | edit source]

Cards that were named and noted down during a Conspiracy Draft.

Search an opponent's library[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]