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Dark Tutelage
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Dark Tutelage

Reviewed July 20, 2010

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.60
Multiplayer: 2.87

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Dark Tutelage

It's Dark Confidant from Ravnica block, in enchantment form! M2011 is sure giving us plenty of cards that are great in monoblack aggro! While I'd rather just have Phrexian Arena back, this is a potent effect thanks to the fact that the average deck, even with a low mana curve, is roughly 40% lands (give or take). And it's not hard to build a deck where the average spell has a CMC of roughly two. Black Knight is in M2011, right? And we've still got all those Vampires from Zendikar block! Most black kill spells don't cost that much mana. I smell an archetype!

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.5 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dark Tutelage
I won't bore anyone on this card, as pretty much everyone on the entire internet has been over which old cards Dark Tutelage does or doesn't resemble, and everyone has given an opinion on which decks do or do not have space for this. On a fundamental level, it's pretty easy to assess - losing life to draw extra cards has always been a good deal, and always will.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Dark Tutelage 
Welcome back readers and today's card of the day is an enchantment version of everyone's favorite black creature, Dark Confident aka Bob. The ability to draw any number of extra cards can not be underestimated. In Standard I can picture a full play set of this card being put into a mono black deck and it may see play at the top tables, if mono black is to be revived this card will play a key part in it. In Extended Dark Confident is better as you can swing and get some damage through or in desperate situations block to kill it off if your life total is too low, Dark Tutelage does not have this benefit and can eventually kill you. It may see play in creatureless black decks but Phyrexian Arena may be a better choice. In casual and multiplayer this card can kill you before giving you enough fuel to finish opponents off and is hard to remove I would stay away. In limited if your in black the card advantage can put you ahead of your opponents a worthwhile pick. Overall an interesting addition to black flavorful and powerful just how Black Mages like it.
Constructed :4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Dark Tutelage which is an enchantment version of Dark Confidant from Ravnica.  For one more mana and not being a 2/1 creature you get the same effect at the beginning of your upkeep you reveal the top card of your library, add it to your hand, and lose life equal to the converted mana cost.  This is a great advantage for land or low cost cards, but for anything big it can cost you the game as can the inability to turn off the effect or sacrifice the creature like the previous version.  Even with those drawbacks this is still a good card that will likely see some play, but in carefully constructed decks that take advantage of the balancing act this benefits from.
F or Limited this is a risky gambit that can pay off quite well in a Blue and Black deck with Library manipulation to keep the higher cost cards from the top slot.  Otherwise loading up the deck with high cost creatures can make playing this unwise.  A difficult first choice in Booster as it encourages a speedy offense with lots of low cost Black and Blue cards and removing or disrupting anything the opponent tries to establish.  Not a bad strategy with or without Dark Tutelage, but one that certainly benefits from the replenishment of cards this can offer. 
Keep an eye out for Child of Night as a high priority to draft as it not only fits the early offensive role, but can help build or replenish life paid for Dark Tutelage.  In Sealed if you have the lower cost pool in any two colors to support a fast game it may be worth trying this, but if the rest your best cards seem to be three mana or higher this may be best left in the sidedeck.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

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