Sylvan Advocate

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier 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. Inventors (DDU) None
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Rare

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Sylvan Advocate

Creature — Elf Druid Ally

Vigilance

As long as you control six or more lands, Sylvan Advocate and land creatures you control get +2/+2.

Sylvan Advocate Discussion

Lordeh on Freyalise, Elf Ball

2 months ago

Steel Leaf Champion and Sylvan Advocate are solid elves

Harmonize is sold green card draw

lagotripha on Budget Discard/Sacrifice lands

2 months ago

There are a lot of cool 'lands matter' cards out there. A lot of the manlands are pretty cheap because there are better options, but work well in a casual Sylvan Advocate Sylvan Awakening list. If you want to lean into land sacrifice, red/green does have cool cards like Devastating Summons Edge of Autumn and the classic Wildfire lists. Warped Landscape is interesting in land reanimation lists as a consistant land engine, but is far from perfect.

Personally, I'd look at focussing on a single strategy and going all-in on it- aiming to play as many lands as possible, or animate lots of lands, or destroy all the lands, or replay a lot of Ghost Quarter or Field of Ruin . I hope you have fun brewing something up.

Cattrick on Anthousa bad? No, Anthousa good!

3 months ago

Coolest creature deck I've seen by far. Have you considered adding Embodiment of Insight and/or Sylvan Advocate ?

Veitanah on Elf Commander

4 months ago

Suggestions

  • CREATURES - I've already told you this, but due to the nature of your deck and simply due to the sheer amount of elves at your disposal, I'd suggest ~35 creatures to put in your deck, although there are more good elves out there that aren't currently in your deck (such as Skyshroud Poacher ), a non-elf creature that has great synergy in your deck is Protean Hulk .

  • Wild Pair , this card is GREAT in a tribal deck, nonetheless a mono-green Elf deck. As once this card is on the battlefield anytime you cast an elf you'll search your deck for another and put it directly on the battlefield; this works for all your elves except for the following four elves Druid of the Cowl , Sylvan Advocate , Talara's Battalion , Steel Leaf Champion ).

  • An alternative to Wild Pair, or another great enchantment to have, is Hibernation's End as it does what Wild Pair does but better as it guarantees a creature on your field every turn that it's on the field.

  • Creature Tutor, another good card that'll help you search for your good/big creatures is Time of Need and Eldritch Evolution .

Possible cards to get rid of:

  • Warped Landscape , Evolving Wilds , and Terramorphic Expanse these cards are, despite their commander staple nature, entirely unnecessary as you're mono-green and every land you have minus one is a forest. Ideally, in my opinion, you want 33 lands in your deck.

  • Presence of Gond , as it's only creatures one elf, and your better off attacking with the tapped elf (or tapping one of your mana dorks for mana) due to your commander

  • Ramp Spells - You have six ramp spells, and as such I've removed two based on personal preferences: Explosive Vegetation and Cultivate

  • Desert Twister , this spell is too high of a cost for it's simple removal, and while mono-green doesn't have much creature removal, creature removal in green is your own creatures.

  • Prism Ring , this artifact is also necessary as it more so helps early game and while it works well in tandem with your commander, in an average game it'll gain you 10-15 life on your own. And while it's a nice artifact, and a cheap one at that, it doesn't progress you towards any sort of tactic or strategy towards winning.

Potential Replacements

McToters on Do you even lift, bro?!

4 months ago

VTMan72

Thank you so much for your feedback! It is all really great perspective on many cards I’ve thought about or haven’t even considered for the deck.

I too, like Sylvan Advocate and have yet to really punch anyone in the face with his +2+2 land pump but I cannot wait. Seems like overall great value, especially as a druid.

The feedback i probably appreciate the most is what you’ve said about Craterhoof Behemoth and Decimator of the Provinces . It’s, for lack of a better word, comforting to hear that they aren’t needed for a few reasons... 1) because it’s a relatively “easy” and common way for decks like this to win like and it’s cool to not have to depend on that as much. I may still keep End-Raze Forerunners in as the only creature to supply that kind of ability.

I will have to play some games with Paradox Engine before I decide to take it out. I hear you about the how big of a target it is but I feel like it’s one of those cards that can be that card—a gamechanger. Especially with the recursion I have in Restock and Revive to have it get some second chances.

I really like your point about Helix Pinnacle . It seems really really awesome, but you’re right, how practical is it really? Probably not very often to not at all.

I also hear you on the druids... I actually have Woodfall Primus , Treefolk Harbinger and Voyaging Satyr floating around and I will put them in for sure. I like what they can bring to the table. I still need to get my hands on Priest of Titania .

And wow, I also have Throne of the God-Pharaoh and that kind of synergy never clicked in my head before. So thank you! I’m also going to try that one out.

I will also get my hands on Benefactor's Draught and Mobilize . I really like those suggestions as well as taking out Restock for Wildest Dreams . Roar of Challenge over Bloodscent makes complete sense to me as well, as does Harmonize over shapers.

Thanks so much for the comment!

VTMan72 on Do you even lift, bro?!

4 months ago

First of all, I like the animated lands subtheme! Sylvan Advocate is spicy. Being able to get wrath'd only to swing out with your lands next turn is the type of EDH we play for.

Win Cons: I saw that you want a Craterhoof Behemoth or Decimator of Provinces, but you don't need either! Most of your mana comes from dorks. If you tap down your team to cast a Craterhoof, you can't swing with your pumped Druids. As a general rule, never do fair things with Paradox Engine . If you aren't comboing out with it immediately, expect it to eat a Naturalize before next turn. Helix Pinnacle is another trap card. Without infinte mana, it's a painfully slow wincon. Even if you generate 12+ mana a turn, that's still an 8 turn clock, assuming no one can get rid of Pinnacle or wrath your mana production away. I even played it with Quest for Renewal and it's still too slow. A few overruns is all you need (Kamahl, Triumph of the Hordes, Pathbreaker Ibex, etc.) If all else fails, you can beat down with a big trampler by itself.

Druids: Don't play bad Druids for the sake of staying on theme. There are 179 Druids in Magic at time of writing, and I believe that only 25-30 of them are worth considering. At least trim some of the more niche ones to make room for 1cmc dorks that tap for . If you want to go big, you need reliable mana, not just neat synergies on turn 6. You also should add in the swiss army knife that is Treefolk Harbinger . It finds lands, Lignify , or Woodfall Primus depending on what you need. Priest of Titania is powerhouse, as is Voyaging Satyr to untap a Nykthos or flipped Growing Rites of Itlimoc.

Other Options: If you like Primal Order, Throne of the God-Pharaoh is another incremental damage source. Benefactor's Draught is the second best "doubler" after Vitalize, because it has a secondary mode of drawing a ton of cards on an opponent's turn for 2 mana. That card is a few dollars now, but Mobilize is a decent budget replacement. Wildest Dreams is a strict upgrade over Restock . Bloodscent is not good but can be cheaply replaced by Declare Dominance or Roar of Challenge . Harmonize is great as far as monogreen draw goes, and will on average draw you more cards than Shaper's Sanctuary.

I've been playing Seton for a few years now so feel free to message me with any other questions. I could talk about this deck for hours. I sometimes do.

TheAnnihilator on H: Mono-U Merfolk W: Standard ...

5 months ago

abby315 My apologies, I haven't updated my binder in a while. I actually don't own any Incubation Druids right now, but in looking a bit more at the trade, could we make a few changes? I found a few extra cards in my stuff that you might need, and that I actually already have 1 Mutavault. So how would you feel about the following?

My:
Hallowed Fountain (Ravnica Allegiance, $7.75)
Shalai, Voice of Plenty ($2.98)
Glacial Fortress (The old art, I'm not sure exactly which set but I'll say it's around $7)
Breeding Pool (Ravnica Allegiance, $12.30)
Time Wipe ($0.53)
2 Hinterland Harbor (ISD, $5.75ea = $11.50)
Sylvan Advocate (it's like .13 so you can just have it, I just saw it in your wants) Total: $42.06

Your:
3 Mutavault ($6ea = $18)
1 Aether Vial ($29)
Total: $47

I'm $5 short, so I'll update my binder and then maybe you can find close to that amount from my stuff? Check back later tonight and I'll have it updated by then.

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