Celestial Flare makes you sacrifice a creature of your choice - it’s not targeted. Sacrificing a creature to Nantuko Husk works, but you still have to satisfy the sacrifice that the Flare forces you to make. So, no it does not work. However, sacrificing a creature to targeted removal is a good idea.
Sphinx’s Tutelage is very similar to an enchantment from Magic 2012 called Jace’s Erasure. That card made it so that any time you drew a card, you could have a target player put the top card of his or her library into the graveyard. Players did build decks that actually used Erasure to fill their own graveyards, especially when Flashback cards from Innistrad were in Standard. It was a neat little card that could help you put cards in your graveyard for Snapcaster Mage fuel, but was most often used against opponents to then punish them with cards like Mind Grind and Consuming Aberration.
With Tutelage, you can only choose an opponent, but you get to make them lose two cards for each card you draw. That includes your regular draw step! The previous ruling on Jace’s Erasure is that the trigger occurs for each individual card that you draw, meaning if you draw two, you get two triggers. Not only that, the Tutelage adds another wrinkle - if those two cards aren’t lands and share a color, you get to mill two more and potentially repeat the process again. Against mono-colored decks, like Mono-Red Aggro, this is particularly strong. Against any deck, you will often be milling two or more for each card you draw.
A Blue/Red mill deck actually performed quite well at Pro Tour Magic Origins with this card as its main engine. Multiple copies of Tutelage on the board means multiple triggers. There are enough draw cards and effects in Standard that Tutelage should be a pretty mean card for quite awhile. Almaherret’s Archive is a cool card that works well in this sort of deck - as you get to draw two cards for each one that you’d draw outside your regular draw step; that gives you even more triggers! There’s also a really cool combo in Modern with Painter’s Servant that can make Tutelage mill even more cards consistently. This card is really, really good. It’s not quite Grindstone, which has long been a force in Legacy, but it’s strong.
Yes, the creature will be unable to attack. When the creature dies, the effect to search for another Infectious Bloodlust will activate, but otherwise it’s a pretty useless creature for your opponent.
On its own, Kothophed is a solid card, but at 6 mana, it’s a bit high on the curve to be effective in Constructed. It’s not a finisher on its own, which for 6 mana is something you need in a regular 60-card deck. However, in Commander, he’s pretty good, and has already been seeing play as a Commander himself.
Basically, you want a lot of effects that force your opponent to sacrifice permanents, as you only draw cards for permanents your opponents lose. You also want to make sure that you don’t drain your life too much, which is why you play a card like Venser’s Journal to gain a bunch of life each turn from your well-stocked hand.
He’s a great value engine and a 6/6 flying bomb in Limited. I can’t see this guy ever being Constructed playable, though. However, an entire Commander article could be written about the Soul Hoarder. While he does have to be built around to be good, but he gets really, really good.
Grindstone was printed way back in Tempest, long before the Modern-bordered sets. On Magic Online, it was reprinted in a Modern border with Tempest Remastered, but that is not a Modern-legal set, either.
On its own, the Wyvern gives Ojutai 5 toughness, but because Languish gives all creatures -4/-4, the Wyvern will die and Ojutai will be left with 0 toughness. Any creature with 0 or less toughness dies immediately. If you find some way to give additional toughness to the Wyvern or Ojutai until end of turn, such as a card like Triton Tactics, then you can get around it. Also, Protection and Hexproof don’t protect from Languish.
As follows: Return from the Underworld from Theros, Fated Return from Born of the Gods, Endless Obedience from Magic 2015, Fearsome Awakening from Fate Reforged, and Necromantic Summons from Magic Origins.
Ojutai’s Command can return a creature with converted mana cost 2 or less to the field. Return to the Ranks can get a whole bunch of them. Kheru Lich Lord from Khans of Tarkir can return a random creature card from your graveyard for 2B at the beginning of your upkeep. Champion of Stray Souls from Born of the Gods can also bring back creatures from the graveyard but at the expense of sacrificing other creatures.
Rally the Ancestors is a nifty way to bring a bunch of creatures with converted mana cost X back into play, but they’re exiled at the end of the turn. Whip of Erebos can bring back a creature from the graveyard and give it haste, at sorcery, but it also gets exiled at end of turn or at any point it would otherwise leave the battlefield.
There is a combo built around Stitcher Geralf, but it’s fairly complicated. First, you have to actually get infinite mana, since his ability to make Zombies costs 2U. Then you have an Enchantment in play called Intruder Alarm which shuts off creatures from being able to untap during the regular untap steps, but untaps all creatures when a creature comes into play. This allows you to continuously untap Stitcher Geralf. Since you always get at least a 0/0 token which enters the battlefield, while they die, they still trigger the Alarm. so it is technically an infinite combo until everyone is milled out. You still need a relevant infinite mana combo to get it going, however.
The emblem does not prevent playing lands, as they are not spells. Still, opponents being unable to cast non-creature spells kills a lot of decks.
Probably about $12, but the price could change as soon as I answer this. You can check the foil Goggles price here. I think long-term this is a foil that could be worth quite a bit, especially if someone breaks it in Standard. But foil mythics tend to be worth $10-plus, so it’s probably not a bad idea to hold onto it.
Yes. That’s why that creature is only playable in Limited.