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Mystical Tutor
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Mystical Tutor
- Mirage

Reviewed July 16, 2014

Constructed: 4.23
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 3.83
Multiplayer: 4.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mystical Tutor

As regular readers know by now, I play a lot of singleton formats. I don't really like tutors in those formats. Oh, they're certainly powerful, and there are decks that basically don't function without them, but to me the joy of a singleton format is that decks don't play exactly the same cards every time and you might not have any given card at any given time. When you do . . . well, it feels more like constructed, which is a different thing.

But when you really, really want to cast that one particular spell or pull off that one particular combo (would Warp World even be a thing in multiplayer without this card?), there is almost nothing better in the entire game to get you there. Maybe Demonic Tutor, but only maybe and not by a lot - the fact that Mystical Tutor is instant speed is what really sets it apart. Many of the most powerful plays in Commander and other multiplayer formats are instants or sorceries anyway.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mystical Tutor which is a two mana Blue instant that allows you to search your library for an instant or sorcery card, reveal it and shuffle your library, then place it on top of your library. This is an excellent card for setting up your next move, particularly with Miracles, draw effects to add it to hand immediately, or effects that allow you to play the top card of your library. This will always see play in formats that it is allowed in and is one of the best support options for many decks, not just those needing combo pieces.

In a Limited format with this it is an easy second or third pick in Booster after a Blue first choice, particularly if that card is an instant or sorcery or even if not Blue when planning on a two color
build. In Sealed this should always be played when using Blue unless
the deck is completely lacking in instants in sorcery cards, which is possible though unlikely and not recommended. The lack of multiple copies of most cards in the format makes this a low mana cost way to get what you need when you need it.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

Mattedesa

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Mystical Tutor

Anything that allows you to search for a card is usually worth a second look.

If it costs you only one mana at instant speed, it's almost undoubtedly going to be played a lot.

With the amount of good instants and sorceries that are out there these days, I'm not even going to go into the things you might search for with this. Use it to find the second half of your combo or just a much-needed kill spell. The fact that it's instant means you can use it at the end of your opponent's turn and then draw it almost immediately after. Or, use it at any time combined with an instant speed draw effect to get your card immediately.

One key to a good competitive Magic deck, whether you're playing legacy, modern, standard, commander, or whatever format, is consistency. You want to be able to predict what your deck is going to do and have a dependable path to victory. Anything that allows you to search your library is a big way to make sure you get what you need. It's no wonder it's been banned in many formats.

Constructed: 4 (Would be 5, but it's only legal in Vintage and Commander)
Casual: 5
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 5


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