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

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.

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]

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Commander 2018 (August 10, 2018))

  • 701.17b If a player is instructed to scry 0, no scry event occurs. Abilities that trigger whenever a player scries won’t trigger.

Types[edit | edit source]

Enlightened tutor.jpg

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]

Searching for cards with specific mana costs[edit | edit source]

See also: Transmute.

Search for any colored card[edit | edit source]

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

Search for a multicolored card[edit | edit source]

Search for a card with the same name as a card in your hand[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]

Search for an artifact creature[edit | edit source]

Search for an equipment[edit | edit source]

Search for Enchantments[edit | edit source]

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

Search for an Aura[edit | edit source]

Search for a Curse[edit | edit source]

Search for Planeswalkers[edit | edit source]

Three cards have done this (outside of the Planeswalker decks), and all of them have been white.[4]

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.

Search for a Green creature[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]

Search for creatures with specific abilities[edit | edit source]

Search for Instants[edit | edit source]

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

Search for a Trap[edit | edit source]

Search for a sorcery[edit | edit source]

Search for an instant or sorcery[edit | edit source]

Search for an instant or card with flash[edit | edit source]

Search for an Arcane card[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]

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.)

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

Searching by Color[edit | edit source]

Tutors by their color identity; as these were copied from the existing lists they're in a similar order in terms of functionality (ie: Any card, card with specific mana cost, etc.) This list excludes searching for lands (which, incidentally, are usually colorless).

Colorless[edit | edit source]

White[edit | edit source]

Blue[edit | edit source]

Black[edit | edit source]

Red[edit | edit source]

Green[edit | edit source]

Red/Green[edit | edit source]

Green/White[edit | edit source]

Green/Blue[edit | edit source]

Green/Black[edit | edit source]

White/Blue[edit | edit source]

Blue/Black[edit | edit source]

Green/White/Blue[edit | edit source]

White/Blue/Black[edit | edit source]

White/Blue/Green[edit | edit source]

Blue/Black/Red[edit | edit source]

All[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

Search for Plains[edit | edit source]

Search for Island[edit | edit source]

Search for Swamp[edit | edit source]

Search for Mountain[edit | edit source]

Search for Forest[edit | edit source]

Any land with a basic land type[edit | edit source]

Search for a Snow land[edit | edit source]

Search for Gate[edit | edit source]

Search for any basic land[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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