Last updated on October 10, 2023

Enlightened Tutor - Illustration by Howard Lyon

Enlightened Tutor | Illustration by Howard Lyon

You’ve probably encountered plenty of decks focused on enchantments. These “enchantress” decks get their name from Alpha’s Verduran Enchantress, which once had the now-obsolete “enchantress” subtype.

You’ll want a few tutors to find what you need if this strategy piques your interest. But which are the best? Let's dive in and find out!

What Are Enchantment Tutors in MTG?

Sterling Grove - Illustration by Seb McKinnon

Sterling Grove | Illustration by Seb McKinnon

Enchantment tutors are cards that search your library for an enchantment and put it in your hand, on the battlefield, or sometimes on top of your deck. “Tutoring” is another Alpha throwback to Demonic Tutor and has become Magic slang for searching the library.

Today’s list only features cards that specifically mention enchantments or an enchantment subtype like auras or Curses. The Demonic Tutors and Gambles of the world are great generic searchers, but this list is more generalized.

Best White Enchantment Tutors

#17. Lost Auramancers

Lost Auramancers

Lost Auramancers is the slowest, most telegraphed way to search for an enchantment, and your opponents get three full turns to remove it before the ability triggers. There are some cheeky cards like Heartless Act and Thief of Blood that can speed up the process if you’re dead set on making this work.

#16. Auratouched Mage

Auratouched Mage

Auratouched Mage represents a clean two-for-one, but I’m not impressed at six mana. It can slam an Eldrazi Conscription or Colossification onto the field and combos well with Flickerform, but it’s clunky at best.

#15. Boonweaver Giant

Boonweaver Giant

Boonweaver Giant is somehow clunkier than Auratouched Mage, but it lets you grab an aura from pretty much anywhere. Unlike the Mage you fail to get anything if Boonweaver dies before its ability resolves.

#14. Plea for Guidance

Plea for Guidance

Plea for Guidance is basically two Idyllic Tutors stapled together. Double tutoring is powerful, but this rarely leaves you with any mana left to cast your enchantments at six mana, so your opponents will be gunning for you if you grabbed anything scary.

#13. Three Dreams

Three Dreams

Three Dreams might be calling your name if you find yourself constantly dreaming of auras. It’s justifiable in Voltron decks full of cheap auras, but it shares the high-mana value problem that Plea for Guidance has.

#12. Totem-Guide Hartebeest

Totem-Guide Hartebeest

Today I learned that a hartebeest is a real thing and not a horribly misspelled word, and you can walk away learning that Totem-Guide Hartebeest is a very underwhelming card. There’s a much sleeker version of this card higher on the list.

#11. Runeforge Champion

Runeforge Champion

Kaldheim had a mini package of uncommon Runes with only two support pieces. Runeforge Champion grabs a Rune, and the Champion ends up being close to a three-for-one since they all cantrip.

Hopefully we’ll get more Runes in the future to make this card more relevant, but it did have a stint as a combo enabler in a powerful Standard Runes deck.

#10. Tallowisp


Tallowisp sits at the cross-section of spirit synergies and aura strategies. That’s not a strange pairing, especially when you consider how the disturb mechanic worked in Crimson Vow.

This also triggers off casting arcane spells, which is much less relevant.

#9. Enduring Ideal

Enduring Ideal

Enduring Ideal requires building an entire deck around it. This used to be a fringe Modern deck looking to resolve Enduring Ideal and follow up with Dovescape, Form of the Dragon, and other haymaker enchantments.

Epic is a dangerous mechanic to play with, but it leads to fun story moments.

#8. Moon-Blessed Cleric

Moon-Blessed Cleric

Moon-Blessed Cleric awkwardly puts the enchantment you search for on top of your library. This can be as effective as any other tutor on this list alongside deck manipulation or Future Sight effects.

#7. Open the Armory

Open the Armory

Steelshaper's Gift is a better tutor for equipment, but Open the Armory lets you fetch auras as well. You’ll often see these cards together in equipment decks, but the Armory is a premium tutor for aura-focused decks.

#6. Heliod’s Pilgrim

Heliod's Pilgrim

Heliod's Pilgrim is the sleeker, lower-curve version of Totem-Guide Hartebeest. It’s the same effect on a 3-drop instead of a 5-drop, making it a clear winner between the two.

#5. Search for Glory

Search for Glory

Search for Glory can only fetch sagas for your enchantress deck, but tutoring for a legendary card should be a useful fallback. I’m not putting much stock in the snow text, but I suppose it’s a small reason to play snow basics.

#4. Idyllic Tutor

Idyllic Tutor

Idyllic Tutor is the cleanest effect on this list. It keeps things simple and searches up an enchantment at a reasonable cost as the antithesis to Fabricate.

#3. Light-Paws, Emperor’s Voice

Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice

I’m no expert on the format, but I’ve heard rumors that optimized Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice decks have legs (or paws?) in cEDH. Light-Paws is certainly a powerful commander, allowing you to double up on most of your auras while growing into a huge threat.

#2. Academy Rector

Academy Rector

The payoff for triggering Academy Rector is well worth the small amount of effort it takes to make it die first. Sacrifice, combat, wraths… you’ll figure something out.

May I suggest tutoring a free Omniscience directly into play when this dies?

#1. Enlightened Tutor

Enlightened Tutor

Enlightened Tutor takes the crown for best enchantment tutor in Magic. Find whatever you need and set your library up with a game-winning card. You can fetch artifacts as well, and I’m willing to bet that Enlightened Tutor has searched for Sol Ring many times in Magic’s history.

Best Black Enchantment Tutors

#2. Bitterheart Witch

Bitterheart Witch

Black isn’t known for enchantment interactions, but there are two archetypal Curse cards that fit the list. You can grab a Curse from your library and slap it on a player of your choice when Bitterheart Witch dies.

That’ll teach you to kill my 5-mana 1/2.

#1. Curse of Misfortunes

Curse of Misfortunes

What better Curse to tutor with Bitterheart Witch than Curse of Misfortunes? This doesn’t do anything on its own, but it can bury a single unfortunate player under a new Curse every turn.

Best Red Enchantment Tutor

#1. Infectious Bloodlust

Infectious Bloodlust

Red’s only enchantment tutor is a “catch-‘em-all” card that doesn’t work in singleton formats. Infectious Bloodlust was responsible for some quick starts in Magic Origins Limited, but it doesn’t have a home elsewhere.

Best Green Enchantment Tutors

#2. Gigantiform


I’m mentioning a few green cards here for completion’s sake. I don’t need to tell you not to put Gigantiform in your deck, but I also can’t stop you.

#1. Arachnus Spinner

Arachnus Spinner

Arachnus Spinner only has one copy of Arachnus Web to work with in Commander, but the Spinner lets you recycle that copy from the graveyard. This type of design works best in Limited where you can pick up multiple Webs, and the Spinner/Web combo has shown up in three separate Limited formats.

Best Multicolored Enchantment Tutors

#5. Wild Research

Wild Research

Wild Research repeatably Gambles for other enchantments or instants. You’re not guaranteed to keep the cards you searched for, but you can always spin the dice again.

#4. Sovereigns of Lost Alara

Sovereigns of Lost Alara

A bit outclassed these days, Sovereigns of Lost Alara is another aura payoff that can swing a game out of nowhere. It can have an immediate impact upon hitting the board but is running up against some stiff competition in modern Magic.

#3. Sanctum of All

Sanctum of All

Are you playing shrines? Are you playing all five colors? Cool, then Sanctum of All is probably the best card in your deck.

#2. Sterling Grove

Sterling Grove

Sterling Grove is a bread-and-butter card for Selesnya () enchantress decks. It protects your other enchantments until you crack it open for a cheap tutor effect.

It’s effective at all points in the game, and dirt cheap since its reprinting in Modern Horizons 2.

#1. Zur the Enchanter

Zur the Enchanter

Zur the Enchanter is a tried-and-true commander that tutors enchantments into play every turn. There’s a cap on what you can fetch, but that doesn’t stop Zur from being one of the most popular commanders of all time.

Best Colorless Enchantment Tutors

#2. Runed Crown

Runed Crown

Everything I said about Runeforge Champion holds true for Runed Crown. It’s a build-your-own equipment, but it’s set back by the limited number of Runes that exist as of now.

#1. Shrine Steward

Shrine Steward

Are you playing shrines? Do you want more ways to find them? Cool, then maybe Shrine Steward makes the cut. It’s slightly more flexible than that since it can tutor auras as well, but the statline is significantly below the bar.

Best Enchantment Tutors Payoffs

It’s fairly straightforward when you have a deck that’s interested in enchantment tutors. Obviously a few tutors can go a long way to adding some consistency to your gameplan if you classify your deck as an “enchantress” deck.

Aura-based decks also benefit heavily from enchantment tutors. In fact, a large portion of this list is dedicated to cards that can only search for auras, often putting them directly into play. Auras are fragile, so they can use whatever help they’ve got.

There are plenty of two-card combos that rely on enchantments, and tutors can add some redundancy and consistency to your combo. Whether it’s Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood or Earthcraft plus Squirrel Nest, tutors can help your put your combo in motion.

Have an Enchanted Evening

Idyllic Tutor - Illustration by Jaime Jones

Idyllic Tutor | Illustration by Jaime Jones

That’s it for enchantment tutors (for now)! I already knew white tutors would be primary in finding enchantments, but I was still surprised to discover just how few options there are in other colors.

How often do these cards make an appearance in your deck? What are your favorite enchantment tutors, and what are you fetching with them? Let me know in the comments below or over in the Draftsim Discord.

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