Elvish Harbinger

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins (EVG) Uncommon
Lorwyn (LRW) Uncommon

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Elvish Harbinger

Creature — Elf Druid

When Elvish Harbinger enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Elf card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.

{T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Elvish Harbinger Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Budget Elf Ball

1 month ago

You know an excellent place to dump all the mana you'll be getting from Marwyn? Joraga Warcaller . He's also a killer combo with Immaculate Magistrate, if you can engineer that. Running Wirewood Herald is a good way to piece some tricks together, but I'd also consider Elvish Harbinger : it's a little slow, but can't say no to a cheap tutoring effect in green.

Magraal on Yeva Draw-Grow

1 month ago

Argothian Elder goes infinite with Maze of Ith during combat, or Wirewood Lodge + either Nykthos or Cradle outside of combat.

Elvish Guidance turns any land into a Cradle, which goes great with Arbor Elf .

Copperhorn Scout gives a mana boost mid-combat, allowing you to drop a surprise Craterhoof Behemoth .

Eladamri, Lord of Leaves can be held in the hand until the moment someone tries to kill your elves, then dropped at instant speed to counter the spell/ability. Note that this shuts off Wirewood Lodge so Temur Sabertooth can be necessary to get him back off the field. Heroic Intervention provides a similar effect for the same cost, but only once (unless you have ewit shenanigans ready).

Elvish Harbinger is one of the best tutors going for elfball decks.

Ezuri, Renegade Leader is another infinite mana outlet that wins games.

Heritage Druid gives you the ability to tap elves for mana on the turn they come down, and pairs up with Lys Alana Huntmaster really well.

Joraga Warcaller can be played early as a minor lord to keep your weenies alives, then bounced and re-played later when you have a surplus of mana.

Krosan Restorer is a far better version of Voyaging Satyr even though it costs 1 more.

Loaming Shaman is great grave-hate that can also double up as recursion if you've got the draw engine started.

Nullmage Shepherd will make artifact / enchantment based decks scoop on the spot.

Patron of the Orochi untaps itself every turn along with every other creature you control (but also every green creature and forest at the table).

Realm Seekers often comes down as a huge beater, and tutors up any land at instant speed.

Skyshroud Poacher will win you the game unless it is immediately removed. Best elf tutor ever printed.

Treefolk Harbinger topdecks you a forest on turn 1, also tutors up Lignify if necessary.

Ulvenwald Tracker removes nasty threats, especially in conjunction with Vigor .

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow (Budget)

2 months ago

BobL: I am utterly elated to receive the first comment with actual constructive criticism (with hands-on experience) and criticism that I don't intend on taking lightly. However, I would love to hear even more about your experiences, so I was hoping you wouldn't mind adding me on Discord Inkmoth#4507 (if you have one) or your preferred method of contact, I'd like to know every shortcoming, so that I may find a way to fix it.

Elvish Harbinger : Will be going in the deck, as per your recommendation. It makes total sense, especially when you get some of the best tutors the deck has to offer. I was REALLY against it in the non-budget, but in this deck is seems more than perfect.

Guardian Project : Another one I wasn't a fan off during the developmental stages of the non-budget, but it seems perfect in this context. I will also be looking for a slot to put this one in.

Scryb Ranger : It's been one of those cards that I REALLY wanted a slot for in the non-budget version, but never could. I stuck it in here recently and the 3 games I've had with it in, it never showed up, so it hadn't gone through the rigorous testing I tend to put cards through and for that I apologize. I figured if the main deck wanted it so much, why not stick it in the budget version since we lost Instill Energy .

Thank you so much for your comment! It honestly made my day and gave me something to work on today.

BobL on Yeva Draw-Grow (Budget)

2 months ago

Really cool deck! I'm glad you built a version for us mortals who have to play edh on a budget. I've been playing a proxy version of the budget deck with my friends for a few days (I like to get a feel for how a deck plays before I buy it) and I have some feedback to share. The main problem I've run into is I can make a ton of mana, but don't have anything to do with it. Maybe I've been keeping hands that should be mulligans because all they do is make a lot of mana, but I think the deck is struggling from having a few less tutors than the non budget version (obviously since tutors can be expensive). Elvish Harbinger is kinda weird and definitely slow but does the job of getting Priest of Titania or Elvish Archdruid if you need mana or Fierce Empath or Fauna Shaman for more tutoring or even something like Reclamation Sage if you really need it. It's also an elf for all the elf synergies. Time of Need is definitely niche but can get Marwyn, the Nurturer or Yisan, the Wanderer Bard in a pinch. On the other hand, maybe it's worth considering playing some regular old card draw to replace the lost tutors. Guardian Project is a strictly worse Beast Whisperer (not an elf) but is a consideration for the budget build. Also, how do you feel about Quest for Renewal ? It's definitely slow, but might be worth it in a budget deck like this which isn't trying to be as fast as possible. Finally, I found that Scryb Ranger really underperforms. Being two more mana than Quirion Ranger and not an elf really hurts, and I'm not sure if you need two copies of the effect in the deck anyway. I've been destroying with the deck (my playgroup is seriously about edh, but I wouldn't consider it cutthroat competitive) and find it super fun to play.

multimedia on Nikya of the Old Ways EDH

2 months ago

Hey, for improvements consider more draw, recursion, tutors and more powerful mana sinks?

Nikya's ability doesn't let you cast noncreature spells so you need to be creative in how you can tutor for creatures. Fauna Shaman is great, but you need to draw her or have ways to tutor for her. Nikya can make a lot of mana with her ability, but you need creatures to use all the mana with. You will not always have a big creature to use all the mana to cast therefore mana sinks give you something to use the mana with.

Cards to consider adding:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Gruul Guildgate
  • Rupture Spire
  • Kazandu Refuge
  • Thran Dynamo
  • Firewild Borderpost
  • Illusionist's Bracers
  • Borborygmos
  • Leaf Gilder
  • Terra Stomper
  • Karametra's Acolyte
  • Savageborn Hydra
  • Silvos, Rogue Elemental
  • Ulasht, the Hate Seed
  • Explosive Vegetation
  • Kodama's Reach
  • Zendikar Resurgent

Good luck with your deck.


Kamerot on Kamahl, Fist of Krosa

4 months ago

Take out Elvish Harbinger instead of selvala. Same cmc, and you get much more value

Braingamer on Elfheim

4 months ago

Elvish Harbinger and Immaculate Magistrate are really strong in an elf deck so I would go with those.

Valengeta on elves

6 months ago

other cards you can consider are Elvish Promenade, Asceticism, Heroic Intervention, Elvish Champion, Ezuri, Renegade Leader, Heritage Druid, Elvish Harbinger, Immaculate Magistrate and somthing to destroy artifacts/enchants for the sideboard. Also I would drop Coat of Arms for 2 more lands. Coat is a good card but you have enough buffs as it is and you dont want to give advantages to your enemy as he can be playing a tribal deck too. Dont forget to use 4 Rootbound Crag if you can to maximize the chances of you using Banefire. The deck seems pretty solid to me with those cards but the extra 2 lands would help a lot.

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Elvish Harbinger occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Green: 0.3%