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Diabolic Tutor
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Diabolic Tutor
M11

Reviewed August 18, 2010

Constructed: 3.33
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.13
Multiplayer: 3.50

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Diabolic Tutor

For four mana, you can get any card in your deck. Seems great? Well, yes, if the card you're getting didn't need to be cast before turn four. Diabolic Tutor is great for getting your late-game bomb, but not much else. Remember Clone last week? Four mana for a variable amount of power depending on what other cards you have to work with. Diabolic Tutor gets a slight edge since it can get any type of card, not just creatures, but it's still basically four mana to get a single card in your hand.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.25
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Diabolic Tutor
 
Like Cancel, Diabolic Tutor's rules text is elegant, simple, and powerful. What would you pay for the one card you need most, right now? Four mana seems like a reasonable price for the flexibility that this latest tutor offers. It is arguably only as powerful as what it's searching for, but with all the cards that exist and all the new ones printed each year, you should have no trouble finding something suitable.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Diabolic Tutor which costs twice as much as the old Demonic Tutor, but is still quite useful in the role of getting whatever card you want from your library.  Mainly for getting the final piece of a combination or an extra copy of something needed in multiples, this is a powerful card in the middle to later stages of the game mitigated somewhat by the cost.
 
An additional note, but this and the original Demonic Tutor are more or less must play cards when possible for the Elder Dragon Highlander format as it uses one hundred card libraries with no card aside from basic lands repeated.
 
For Limited this is a good Uncommon to draft as support to pull a situational card or removal as needed.  A card that might seem unplayable can get another look when the odds of it reaching your hand are increased by the Tutor.  Using Diabolic Tutor to find the one card that can destroy an artifact or enchantment for example or the last burn spell to finish the game are the kind of plays that make this a worthwhile addition to any Black deck.  A bit expensive and heavy on Black mana for the midgame, but playable and too versatile to ignore. 
The primary weakness is based on the strength of your pool itself and what is remaining in the library to draw from.  If your first few picks in Booster or Sealed are key Black cards you may want to draft this next as playing the card of your choice on the next turn is rarely a bad bargain.  The smaller deck size of the format does
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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