Sylvan Library

Sylvan Library


At the beginning of your draw step, you may draw two additional cards. If you do, choose two cards in your hand drawn this turn. For each of those cards, pay 4 life or put the card on top of your library.

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters (EMA) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Commander's Arsenal (CMA) Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Rare
Fifth Edition (5ED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
Legends (LEG) Uncommon

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Format Legality
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Highlander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Noble Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal

Sylvan Library occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.79%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.15%

Green: 0.67%

GU (Simic): 0.83%

Golgari: 0.41%

GW (Selesnya): 1.28%

RG (Gruul): 1.26%

BRG (Jund): 1.0%

GWU (Bant): 0.8%

BUG (Sultai): 0.84%

Sylvan Library Discussion

casual_competitive on Mulching with Muldrotha [Self Mill EDH]

6 hours ago

i suggjest Necrologia as it can mill your whole deck if you also have Underrealm Lich not only that its also just a really good draw affect. also you could add Sylvan Library as its incredibly good with Underrealm Lich, you dont have to pay the life for the cards because of liches draw replacment affect, sylvan library is also a really good card by itself.

sil3ntalch3mist on Jolrael "Boots and Cats"

1 day ago

Don't think Phyrexian Arena would be EDH legal for this deck. Maybe try Sylvan Library?

DemonDragonJ on New Creature Versions of Enchantments

1 day ago

Making a creature that is identical to an existing enchantment is one of the easiest methods in this game for making new creatures, because creatures are much easier to exploit than are enchantments, so I have created several creatures that are inspired by existing enchantments, as seen, here.

Dark Prophet Show

This creature is modeled after Dark Prophecy, which is a great card, but cannot do anything on its own. It has a higher mana cost, but one that is more lenient about its color requirements. I was contemplating making it either a zombie or a vampire, but I then decided that those types do not need to have every awesome effect that black has to offer.

Spidersilk Shaman Show

This creature is modeled after Spidersilk Armor, which, as with the previous enchantment, is useless without at least one creature on the battlefield. It has one minor yet important difference in that it also increases the power of other creatures on the battlefield, not only heir toughness, since I feel that creatures in recent years have improved sufficiently that that is now acceptable. Again, I feel that a mere 1 mana more over its predecessor is acceptable.

Sylvan Librarian Show

This creature is clearly inspired by Sylvan Library, which I actually feel is out of green's domain by today's standards; black would make much more sense for this effect, but I could not miss an opportunity to use that name. Unlike the previous two creatures, this one costs 2 mana more than its predecessor, because I personally feel that a mere 2 mana is far too low of a cost for such a powerful effect. I was planning to make this creature only a 2/2, but I felt that that would be too low for a creature that costs 4 mana, but a 3/3 would have been too powerful, so I made it a 2/3.

Privileged Princess Show

This creature is inspired by Privileged Position, which, again, cannot do anything on its own. I kept the same mana cost, because I feel that that is the perfect cost for such an effect. The flavor text is to explain how this card makes sense: a princess is using her wealth and position of authority to assist others who are in need. Her low power is to show that she is not accustomed to a life of hardship, but her high toughness shows that she can afford protection (and also to prevent her from being destroyed by a single Lightning Bolt).

What does everyone else think of these cards? Did I do well with them?

Woiteck on What is your favorite combo ...

3 days ago

Not as deadly as the other mentions, but I love Sylvan Library and Abundance. The latter provides a replacement effect so you basically “draw” 3 land or nonland cards on each of your turns. It always makes so happy.

DarkHero on What answers would you want ...

1 week ago

^^^ ideally for things like Necropotence, but also possibly Ad Nauseam and Sylvan Library depend on the wording.

harbingerofduh on RGW Armageddon?

1 week ago

I love me a Stone Rain, but it isn't really necessary for the deck. The point of a Erhnam-geddon deck is to drop a fatty and then blow up all the lands so your opponent can't kill it or outclass it. Stone Rain doesn't really do anything to enhance that gameplan.

What this deck is really missing is a way to draw or filter cards to ensure you draw a fatty and a 'geddon in time for them to be relevant. Since we're being old-school, Sylvan Library seems appropriate. Zuran Orb can also be nice as a way to get a life cushion out of lands that are going to get blown up by the 'geddon anyway.

Profet93 on Xenagos, God of Wilds

2 weeks ago

Beast Whisperer - Weakest suggestion but worth mentioning

Bonders' Enclave - Takes a land slot

Greater Good - BEST card for your deck ever. Run this or you're dumb, period

Harmonize - Decent draw

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth - Not needed at all, but he's fun. 24/24 annilar 4 with haste and draw 4? Damn

Lifeblood Hydra - I've always liked him, even more fun with Berserk (which itself is fun with Selvala, heart of the wilds)

Lifecrafter's Bestiary - Scry and draw

Life's Legacy - Draw, beware of blue

Momentous Fall - See above, in response to removal

Nylea, Keen-Eyed - Ramp and draw, being similar to xenagos makes him harder to get rid of

Return of the Wildspeaker - Draw or pump

Rishkar's Expertise - VALUE

Skullclamp - Nice to use on dorks other weak bodies

Sylvan Library - Nice to have, not necessary, but very helpful

Tireless Tracker - Decent but worth mentioning

If you add even half of this card draw, your deck will improve tremendously. Maintaining gas is crucial.

Once we discuss each of these options, I would be more than happy to discuss creatures with you. Lmk

DuTogira on What are the most abusive ...

2 weeks ago

Based on edh rules and restrictions, I’d peg Demonic Consultation as the most abusable card. Singleton format with a plethora of tutors...

As for cards that are “night and day” between commander and other formats... Serra Ascendant and Sylvan Library are the two that stick out. Turn 1 6/6 flying life link creature is borked. And 2 mana “draw 3 each turn, 8 life ain’t shit” is also broken.

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