Selvala, Explorer Returned


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Conspiracy (CNS) Rare

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Selvala, Explorer Returned

Legendary Creature — Elf Scout

Parley: Each player reveals the top card of his or her library. For each nonland card revealed this way, add to your mana pool and you gain 1 life. Then each player draws a card.

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Selvala, Explorer Returned Discussion

enpc on Land Destruction Commanders

2 days ago

I actually really like Selvala, Explorer Returned as an MLD commander. She provides access to green for mana dorks, as well as ramping herself. And when you combine her card draw with resource hate, You can happily feed opponents cards as they don't have the mana to play them.

Rzepkanut on 5C Dragons LifeLink Help

1 week ago

Its hard to make good suggestions without seeing a deck list but some possible cards to consider: Angelic Chorus, Ivory Tower, Luminescent Rain, Selvala, Explorer Returned, Fracturing Gust, Fumigate, Venser's Journal

Iraruel on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 week ago


Was wondering how I could be able to improve the tier of my Edgar Markov list. I would argue it plays better than Teysa, Orzhov Scion, Ghost Council of Orzhova at very least, probably pushing towards the level of Selvala, Explorer Returned and Sliver Queen in power level, any suggestions on how I could improve the list would be great! I'm hoping to make the deck more resilient but also manage to keep the gameplan within the first 4 turns. Another interesting part of the deck is the longevity provided by Skullclamp allowing for more protected combo lines late game, which can be from Doomsday or the main enablers razaketh, the foulblooded and Ad Nauseam. The deck has improved with recent updates as well as getting a better line to victory with the inclusion of Necromancy mainboard for instant speed lines, this allows us to use Yawgmoth's Will efficiently.

Thank you and that's a brief overview of the deck, hope it helps and I will be waiting for suggestions if any eagerly! :)

Good day regards,


Atavistic on Looking for my next Commander

1 week ago

Wow, I'm truly surprised at the sheer diversity of recommendations here. I've taken a decent amount of time to look at each option and think through whether they fit my interests and if I can feasibly make them work on my maximum initial investment of GBP200.

First, those I have completely ruled out, and why:

The Gitrog Monster: Reasons as outlined in my second post in this thread

Nekusar, the Mindrazer: Absolutely despise this card and have no interest in wheels.deck, especially when someone at my LGS already does that, and it's absolutely maddening to play against at the best of times.

Gisa and Geralf: I like the idea of Zombie tribal on paper, but while there is graveyard synergy (what kind of Zombies would they be if there wasn't graveyard synergy?), the tribe as a whole seems far too linear, and a lot of the staple Zombie cards are pretty expensive, so I probably couldn't afford to build any kind of decent deck from it on my current budget.

Sapling of Colfenor: I investigated Treefolk tribal early on into my time in Commander, but I wasn't ever able to get a decent decklist together and it didn't actually interest me much at all, despite the gimmick the tribe offers.

Rafiq of the Many: I despise Voltron as I find it too linear and it makes games way too short (either you win quickly or lose quickly as everyone hates you out), so I have no interest in building a deck of this nature at this stage.

Roon of the Hidden Realm: I've already decided that, when I eventually do a flicker deck, it will be built around Ephara, God of the Polis, who was the first mythic I pulled from a pack when I got back into the game 18 or so months ago (in my first pack no less).

The Scorpion God: Not because I dislike it (as honestly, I do quite like the idea), but because a friend of mine has already built a Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deck and Scorpion just feels like an inferior version of that deck, as you swap green for red and lose out on a lot in the process.

Phenax, God of Deception: Not at all what I'm interested in right now, as straight mill on its own is highly unpopular and not something I want to delve into.

The Mimeoplasm and Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: Both of these seem to pretty much entirely rely on the graveyard to function properly and, while I like having the graveyard as a resource, I don't want something that can't function without it, as all it takes is one Bojuka Bog to nerf either of these decks, or so it appears to me anyhow).

Queen Marchesa and Selvala, Explorer Returned: Both fantastic generals, but I'm not currently interested in doing a political build, as I want something a little more nasty (but without going into full-blown stax, obviously) for a change of pace from my current decks, which are all slightly too nice more often than not.

Brion Stoutarm: I previously tried creating a list for this guy, but I couldn't get any kind of result I was happy with so I gave up on it. Besides, there seems to be a much, much more interesting option in Boros colours in Dominaria, which I'll have to have a look at eventually.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest: He seemed interesting and a decent comparison against Glissa, the Traitor as a Commander option, but the Primer I found for him made it sound like either a Stax build or a token-based build, the former of which I don't want to do and the latter of which I'm already working on with my Hazezon Tamar decklist. However, if I do end up doing Glissa, he will likely be a useful addition to the 99.

Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper: Honestly, as someone mentioned in the thread, he seems like too much of a glass cannon and he just seems to be Jund goodstuff really, which isn't particularly appealing to me. I don't mind a goodstuff build, but I like the Commander of my deck to actually matter rather than just being a choice to get certain colours.

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice: Even ignoring the fact that the card itself is close to 30GBP everywhere I look, I'm pretty certain that on my current budget a four-colour mana base is not really financially viable. Also, while I know she can be built in dozens of ways, it doesn't interest me to use a Commander that is one of, if not the, most commonly-built ever.

Varolz, the Scar-Striped: The only reason that this one doesn't interest me is because I don't really like the Scavenge ability as it doesn't seem all that powerful to me, especially when Varolz doesn't have any kind of in-built evasion to benefit from so many +1/+1 counters going on him.

Another post will follow running through the remaining six choices (Teneb, the Harvester, Saffi Eriksdotter, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, Oona, Queen of the Fae, Vela the Night-Clad and Tasigur, the Golden Fang), and my thoughts on those (and also one new option from the Dominaria leaks that have now been confirmed official by WotC.

huey87 on selvala

2 weeks ago

Mainly personal preference, but it also helps with Wirewood Channeler and Elvish Archdruid when the combo isn't fully assembled to mass out as much mana as I can get. Lys Alana Huntmaster also benefits from it as well for massing out as many creatures as I can which in turn benefits my mana producing elves. In group play having all the elves isn't nearly as necessary because of Selvala, Explorer Returned getting more hits herself, but it has helped me win several games when it is 1v1 or 1v1v1 where you're getting up to 2-3 mana max per hit.

My eventual goal is to get the pieces to be able to switch it to pure elfball whenever I want (minus changing the combo pieces), but it still remains my side deck for group play where it truly shines.

enpc on Trying to make deck more ...

2 weeks ago

You should play MLD. Roon can support that - him bouncing Acidic Slime repeatedly seems fun. That or Selvala, Explorer Returned.

enpc on Karametra: Combo Harvest

2 weeks ago

I play a Selvala, Explorer Returned list which is very similar to this one in as far as combo package goes. Village Bell-Ringer is really solid with either Temur Sabertooth or Cloudstone Curio as a line (and he's a creature so much easier to tutor).

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