Last updated on October 10, 2023
Enlightened Tutor | Illustration by Howard Lyon
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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.
This also triggers off casting arcane spells, which is much less relevant.
#9. 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
#7. 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
#5. 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
#3. 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
May I suggest tutoring a free Omniscience directly into play when this dies?
#1. 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
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
Best Red Enchantment Tutor
#1. 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
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 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
#4. 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
#2. 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 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
#1. 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
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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