Selvala, Explorer Returned


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy 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.

Selvala, Explorer Returned Discussion

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

For the Lifegain commander:

Sorin, Thraben Outcast

Legendary Creature - Vampire Cleric

Lifelink, Shroud

Whenever you gain life, each opponent either sacrifices a permanent or loses that much life.


I'd like to see another lifegain commander. I love life gain and incorporate it whenever I can. I love Selvala, Explorer Returned , Obzedat, Ghost Council , and Elenda, the Dusk Rose .

scheerlc8520 on Sisay Paradox Combo (Averages turn 3.4 wins!)

2 weeks ago

Hey I love the list and your other more competitive list, I just had a quick question. I'm working on a budget decklist of this and I want my main wincon to be the Bow of Nylea loop with one of the ahmonket monuments, with my backup plan being the Selvala, Explorer Returned and Thousand-Year Elixir mill loop. My question is, is there any reason why i couldn't use Hope of Ghirapur instead of Mikaeus, the Lunarch ?

ZendikariWol on

3 weeks ago

This deck actually started with a lot of commanders, chiri. Thantis, the Warweaver and Gahiji, Honored One were two big ones, but Mathas, Fiend Seeker , Queen Marchesa , Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire , Selvala, Explorer Returned , and perhaps my favorite (mostly because he's such an underrated political piece) Zurgo Helmsmasher are all incredibly fearsome and piles of fun. Not only that, but after the attacks are forced, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is a very neat fella to toy around with.

Kholek on Smothering Tithe

1 month ago

thats great thank you so much for the clarification guys this makes Selvala, Explorer Returned even better

Kholek on Smothering Tithe

1 month ago

Hey guys looking for some verification on Smothering Tithe

If I have more then one opponent drawing a card, is that multiple treasure tokens being made off each opponent?

Say for instance Selvala, Explorer Returned "parley" three opponents draw a card... thus three treasure tokens are created from Smothering Tithe ...

enpc on Wait, My Army Just Arrived

1 month ago

For ramp you have:

Landsearch: Nature's Lore , Three Visits , Farseek , Sakura-Tribe Elder , Wood Elves and the slower Cultivate , Kodama's Reach and Skyshroud Claim .

Dorks: Llanowar Elves , Elvish Mystic , Birds of Paradise , Priest of Titania and Selvala, Explorer Returned .

Rocks: Sol Ring (must have), Mana Crypt , Selesnya Signet , Talisman of Unity , Mox Diamond , and Fellwar Stone .

If you're going to run Life from the Loam , you could look at Ramunap Excavator , however for either card I would recommend increasing your fetchland count. If you can get all seven then great, however I appreciate that like some of the other recommendations here, they can be quite expensive.

SamsWrath on Captain Sisay - Legendary Combo

2 months ago

Syrathia I worked in both Tithe and Mikaeus, the Lunarch . I took out Selvala, Explorer Returned and Dosan the Falling Leaf as I just couldn't get enough value from them in my pods. I've had to deal with a LOT of Gaddock Teeg s lately so I also replaced Oblation with Mangara of Corondor so that I have at least one piece of removal searchable with Captain Sisay .

SynergyBuild on Varolz Hulk

2 months ago

What do you think of Mox Amber, not the best mox by any means, but with your abundance of dorks to turn 2 a Varolz, dropping this right after makes it a 2 color mox, and can start casting spells pretty reliably by then, acting as, at worst case once Varolz hits, another land. It has worked well for me in my Selvala, Explorer Returned, Animar, Soul of Elements, and Thrasios, Triton Hero/Tymna the Weaver lists, but didn't do well in Najeela, the Blade-Blossom. Always is a card I want to try out in any deck where the commander costs less than or equal to three mana.

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Selvala, Explorer Returned occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%