Sylvan Advocate

Sylvan Advocate

Creature — Elf Druid Ally

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

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Duel Decks: Elves vs. Inventors (DDU) None
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Sylvan Advocate occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Sylvan Advocate Discussion

makemefamous on Golgari Midrange Pioneer

2 months ago

If you're playing aggro, you want 4 Blooming Marsh and probably 0 Quagmire. Advocate is probably not very good here if you're running only 23 lands because it will be very difficult to get to 6 lands in Pioneer. I would also drop Field of Ruin because, again, you're an aggro deck simply trying to clock your opponent. There aren't any threatening lands in the format to warrant a slot to a colorless mana source. I would Max out on Knight of the Ebon Legion and Scrapheap Scrounger .

Here's what I would change: -4 Sylvan Advocate -1 Scavenging Ooze -1 Tireless Tracker -2 Questing Beast -1 Liliana, the Last Hope -1 Vraska, Golgari Queen -3 Fatal Push -1 Collective Brutality -2 Field of Ruin -2 Hissing Quagmire

+4 Llanowar Elves +2 Pelt Collector +2 Lovestruck Beast +4 Scrapheap Scrounger +1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet +2 Blooming Marsh +1 Castle Locthwain +1 Llanowar Wastes

As for the Sideboard, you probably don't need Plague anymore, since Field of the Dead is.. well, dead. I would honestly set it up for what you most expect to play against. X number of Duress, Graveyard hate (Ashiok/Leyline of the Void/Scooze), Artifact hate (Reclamation Sage), Creature hate (Cast Down/Doom Blade/Languish/Cry of the Carnarium). There will still be some Nissa/Big Mana decks you'll have to look out for.

Argy on Pioneer Enchantress (SPICY! MUST CLICK)

2 months ago

I tested this against a Burn deck, as I thought that would be the most challenging for it.

I think 21 lands is too few. I know you have Enchantments that let you get two for the price of one, but these don't hit the field until Turn 3.

Many times I was waiting for one more land to drop, and getting a good opening hand without having to Mulligan was impossible.

Super Aggro decks go with 21 lands. This is a mid to late range deck, as its core mechanic takes time to build up. I would run 23 lands at least, but if this were my deck I would run 24.

If Nyx-Fleece Ram doesn't hit the field by Turn 2, this has no early game.

A bunch of 2/2s (that you don't really want to chump block with) can't hold off 2/3s for very long.

In a Burn deck the problem becomes worse, as spells that can kill a Creature by spending one are plentiful.

That's if you can even cast any Creatures by Turn 2, once again lack of land means you often can't.

Something like Sylvan Advocate may help to stall a little, and gets a boost later in the game.

In StuBi's deck we found that Ixalan's Binding gave better value than Banishing Light

Yes, it comes down one turn later, but the effect of preventing the Opponent from casting the same spell again is more than worth it.

I would run Fumigate instead of Doomwake Giant The life gain might keep you in the game a bit longer, and you will hit more stuff.

This would have been especially good against Burn, as few of your Creatures stayed on the field.

The other thing you could consider is adding some Valorous Stance and/or Titanic Growth in either your Main or Sideboard.

That would save some of your Creatures, give the opportunity to get rid of big Opponent threats, and also pump for lethal.

Declaration in Stone is also good. You'll have to play around to see what works the best.

As far as which cards you might cut - you have way too many 4 ofs. I see this in a lot of decks. Although it might seem to make a deck more consistent, it actually has the opposite effect. Due to all cards wanting prime place at the table, none of them have it.

In my opinion, these could be cut back to 3:

3x Herald of the Pantheon
3x Starfield Mystic
3x Gift of Paradise
3x Verdant Haven
3x Eidolon of Blossoms

Remove Sphere of Safety for Authority of the Consuls You want that effect earlier, rather than later.

That's my take on things. Be aware that sometimes decks play differently on paper than in the TappedOut playtester.

This is particularly pertinent for lands, which often show up with more regularity.

Hope that helps.

Lordeh on Freyalise, Elf Ball

6 months ago

Steel Leaf Champion and Sylvan Advocate are solid elves

Harmonize is sold green card draw

lagotripha on Discard/Sacrifice lands

6 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!

7 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

8 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?!

8 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!

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