Anyone who’s spent time playing Magic: The Gathering knows the value of being able to find just the right card at just the right time. This ability, known as ‘tutoring,’ is a cornerstone of strategic gameplay, and no color does it quite like Blue. Let’s take a closer look at the powerful tutor effects in the Blue mage’s arsenal.
In Magic: The Gathering, a “tutor” is a term used by players to refer to any card that allows you to search your library (your deck of cards) for another card. This effect can be incredibly powerful, as it provides a player with the ability to find a specific card that can help in their current situation, essentially increasing the consistency and reliability of their deck.
“Tutor” comes from a group of cards named after the card Demonic Tutor, a powerful card from the game’s early history that allows a player to search their library for any card and put it into their hand. There are many variations of MTG tutors, some of which restrict what type of card you can search for (creature, instant, sorcery, etc.), or where the card goes once you find it (into your hand, on top of your deck, onto the battlefield…).
Magic doesn’t recognize “tutor” as a specific ability or game term, but it’s widely used and anyone who’s played the game regularly will know exactly what you’re talking about. Tutoring is a very powerful effect.
Blue tutors differ from other colors in that they’re usually based on grabbing instants, sorceries or artifacts from your deck. Sometimes blue tutor cards search for spells or creatures in your opponents’ decks. Some blue tutors look for cards with certain converted mana costs. Sorry, showing my age there, I mean mana values. Others are based on library manipulation, and drawing or scrying. You may even consider some of blue’s “copy” magic a form of tutor.
If you’re looking to pair these tutors with one of the top 100 mono blue commanders, we can help you out there too!
Without further ado, here are some of Blue’s best tutors.
The top 21 mono blue tutors in Magic: the Gathering
- Mystical Tutor: This instant allows you to search your library for an instant or sorcery card and put it on top of your library. Instant speed tutors are incredibly rare, though you don’t get the card until your next turn.
- Solve the Equation: Directly add an instant or sorcery card of your choice to your hand.
- Merchant Scroll: Another powerful tutor that allows you to search your library for a blue instant or interrupt card to put into your hand.
- Spellseeker: Creature that lets you search your library for an instant or sorcery card with a mana value of 2 or less and put it into your hand when it enters the battlefield.
- Inevitable Betrayal: This sorcery card is a potent tutor in that it allows you to steal an opponent’s creature card from their deck and put it directly onto the battlefield under your control. It’s a Suspend cost, not a direct cast.
- Bribery: A powerful spell that allows you to search an opponent’s library for a creature card and put it directly onto the battlefield under your control. Easily one of the best tutor cards Blue has to offer.
- Trinket Mage: This creature tutor can search for an artifact card with a mana value of 1 or less, making it versatile in artifact-heavy decks. This is an excellent tutor for grabbing your Sol Ring!
- Tinker: This card allows you to sacrifice an artifact to search for another artifact card and put it onto the battlefield. However, it’s banned in many formats due to its power.
- Fabricate: This allows you to search your library for any artifact card and put it into your hand. One of the best cards available for finding your artifact combo pieces.
- Personal Tutor: Similar to Mystical Tutor in only looking for specific card types, but it can only search for a sorcery card.
- Tezzeret the Seeker: Although Tezzeret is a planeswalker, his -X ability allows you to search your library for an artifact card with a mana cost X and put it onto the battlefield.
- Long-Term Plans: This instant allows you to search your library for any card and then put it third from the top. While it doesn’t give you immediate access to the card, it offers an inevitable route to any card in your deck, which can be invaluable in setting up future plays or combos.
- Intuition: This card allows you to search your library for three cards and an opponent chooses one. That card goes to your hand, and the others go to your graveyard.
- Gifts Ungiven: A more controlled version of Intuition. You choose four cards, and your opponent chooses two to go into your graveyard. The rest go to your hand.
- Tolaria West: A land card that has a transmute cost, allowing it to act as a tutor for any card with a mana value of 0. A prominent land choice for any blue deck.
- Whir of Invention: An instant with Improvise that starts at 3 blue mana. It lets you search for an artifact card with a mana value equal to or less than the extra cost X used to cast it.
- Knowledge Exploitation: This card lets you search an opponent’s library for an instant or sorcery and cast it without paying its mana cost.
- Tezzeret, Artifice Master: Ultimate ability can provide an Emblem that allows you to tutor once per turn for the rest of the game.
- Tribute Mage: This card’s value comes from its ability to fetch any 2-cost artifact from your deck. Tribute Mage can help assemble combos, ramp up mana by grabbing a mana rock, or provide access to utility artifacts.
- Muddle the Mixture: 3 mana value counterspell (on instants or sorceries) with the Transmute ability, which allows you to discard it to search your library for a card with the same mana cost and put it into your hand.
- Jace, Architect of Thought: His ultimate ability (-8) can be seen as a type of multi-deck tutor, allowing you to search each player’s library for a nonland card, exile it, and then cast it for free. This can potentially provide a massive swing in power, giving you the best nonland cards in every player’s deck. The (-2) ability provides card advantage as well. While it will be a target, this may be extra potent in a commander deck.
Mono Blue Typal or Tribal Tutors
Mono blue has some powerful typal (formerly tribal) creature types such as Merforlk and Wizards. Here are a few typal tutors that can help you improve the typal game plan of your deck.
- Merrow Harbinger: A Merfolk creature that lets you search your library for a Merfolk card.
- Vedalken Aethermage: A Wizard creature with wizardcycling, allowing you to search your library for a Wizard card.
- Information Dealer: A Wizard creature that allows you to manipulate the top cards of your library based on the number of Wizards you control.
- Yanling’s Harbinger: Bird that allows you to tutor for the planeswalker Mu Yanling, Celestial Wind.
- Call to the Kindred:An aura that attaches to a creature and allows you to look at the top five cards of your library at the beginning of your upkeep. If you find a creature card that shares a creature type with the enchanted creature, you may put it onto the battlefield.
- Thada Adel, Acquisitor: Allows you to search an opponent’s library for an artifact card.
- Riptide Shapeshifter: You name a creature type when you use its ability, then reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card of the chosen type.
- Higure, the Still Wind: A strong tutoring card for a deck built around Ninjas.
Wish Cards That Can Be Used With Mono Blue Decks
In Magic: The Gathering, “Wish” cards are a series of cards that allow players to pick a card they own from outside the game, reveal it, and put it into their hand (or, in the case of “Living Wish,” onto the battlefield).
In tournament terms this turned into the only available cards to Wish for being in your sideboard (a small set, usually 15, of cards chosen to accompany your main deck. You can swap these in and out of your main deck in-between tournament rounds.)
In home games though, this could mean anything from your sideboard to cards within reach, or even any card you own, depending on agreed upon rules.
This makes a Wish a very special kind of tutor. These are the Wishes that can be used with mono blue decks.
- Cunning Wish: This card allows you to choose an instant card you own from outside the game, reveal it, and put it into your hand.
- Fae of Wishes: This card from the Throne of Eldraine set has a Granted adventure that allows you to choose a noncreature card you own from outside the game, reveal it, and put it into your hand. The creature itself is a blue Faerie Wizard.
- Karn, the Great Creator: While not exactly a Wish card, this colorless planeswalker has a -2 ability that lets you choose an artifact card you own from outside the game or in exile and put it into your hand, which can be a similar effect in artifact-heavy decks.
- Spawnsire of Ulamog: Again not exactly a Wish card, but it can bring any number of Eldrazi cards you own from outside the game into play for a 20 mana activation cost.
I hope this list helped you find that blue tutor you were missing that fits perfectly in your deck build. Please let me know if I missed any of your favorite blue tutors in the comments.
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