Sylvan Library


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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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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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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Sylvan Library Discussion

zebeg on Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire

1 week ago

I'd recommend more effects to try to control what you get with Vaevictus. Use Scroll Rack, Sylvan Library, and Sensei's Divining Top to control the top of your library, Garruk's Horde and other cards to look at it, and fetchlands, Evolving Wilds, and Terramorphic Expanse and other ways to shuffle your library if you don't like what's on top.

cdkime on Selvala EDH Damin

1 week ago

Currently all your cards are in the Maybeboard, rather than the main deck--it would be helpful if you could move the cards to the decklist and mark Selvala, Heart of the Wilds as your commander. While you are not done with the deck yet, I've found this to be pretty helpful in the deckbuilding process, as it lets you use this site's tools to keep track of your mana curve.

Some cards you might want to consider:

  • Tooth and Nail is fantastic, and can be cast very quickly with Phyrexian Dreadnought

  • Worldly Tutor is a solid card, helping you find the creatures you need.

  • Sylvan Library is strong top deck manipulation, with the ability to draw extra cards.

  • Rishkar's Expertise draws you a bunch of cards, and gives you a free cast.

  • Defense of the Heart can cheat out some of your larger creatures pretty quickly.

  • Song of the Dryads is a powerful removal spell in commander--because it does not cause a zone change, you can hit an enemy commander with it, removing it from action until the aura is dealt with.

eddywaters1 on Kaiser Permanente (Vaevictis Primal Surge EDH) v.2

1 week ago

Thanks for the suggestions!

I run Dark Confidant in most of my black EDH decks cuz the card draw is always good to have, especially at 2 CMC. I haven't had a major problem with the life loss, though obviously there is a risk of revealing It That Betrays which is a bummer. I will often pay the 8 life to get 2 extra cards from Sylvan Library, so I kinda see Dark Confidant in the same vein. I still definitely think it's good to have, and have never regretted seeing it.

Elvish Spirit Guide has also been getting the job done in testing so far. Fast mana, even if it's a one time thing, is valuable here as the deck definitely benefits from setting up faster. Getting out a turn one Sylvan Library, Lotus Cobra, Dark Confidant, or even just a signet can set me very far ahead.

I agree that Oracle of Mul Daya would be great in the deck, and I will definitely try to fit that in. Courser of Kruphix I'm personally not as high on. She doesn't speed things up much (doesn't really ramp), the life gain isn't super relevant usually, and her top deck manipulation is pretty limited. I'm trying to leave out things that just let me look at the top of my deck. I left out Vizier of the Menagerie for this reason, and I think he's better than Prophet.

Ruric Thar, the Unbowed is a very good creature, and I think I would run it in a non Primal Surge variant of Vaevictis. In this one, where the goal is more to win quickly than to control the field, I'm not sure if it would be the best option most of the time. If I were to put it in, I would probably take out Sire Of Insanity since they sort of take up the same slot, but I'm giving the nod to Sire at the moment mostly because I think he's hilarious, especially when it can turn the game into a chaos warp top decking grindfest with Vaevictis on the field (not the best reason I know, but I'm standing by it for now).

I love the idea of Glissa, the Traitor in the deck, and I will definitely test her out. She seems like a great way to bring back the artifacts I end up sacrificing to Vaevictis, and I can see myself trying out some more relevant artifacts to take more advantage of this.

BronzeArrow on Discordant Dryads

1 week ago

Love the Trostani deck! Hopefully, I can offer some helpful advice!

You might know this already, but in terms of removal, there is the ever-popular Swords to Plowshares and the equally as great Path to Exile. For even more versatile removal spells (at least ones that are in Selesnya), there are the cards: Selesnya Charm, Dromoka's Command, and even Collective Effort.

Since you are looking for different win conditions, you could take advantage of the 2/2 lifelink tokens you create (either with their effect in general or your mentioned method of creatures entering the battlefield) and have multiple life-related win conditions. Some cards that take advantage of this are Test of Endurance, Felidar Soverign, and, as you brought up, Aetherflux Reservoir.

If you don't want to make something simply about producing many tokens, make sure you still put in some powerhouses such as Serra Ascendant, Archon of Valor's Reach, and possibly even Selvala, Explorer Returned.

For some other cool beneficial effects, I also would also recommend Commander's Sphere, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Aura Shards, Authority of the Consuls, Sylvan Library, Evolutionary Leap, Luminarch Ascension, and Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip.

There is a ton you can do with this deck! I am looking forward to seeing how everything turns out with the reintroduction of the guilds!

If you want, you can also check out my GW Lifegain deck here to see what I have in terms of Selesnya. I am sure you will find lots of cards that I have not listed here that might help you build your deck.

Best of luck!

Last_Laugh on Atraxa

1 week ago

Have you considered Reyhan, Last of the Abzan partnered with Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker as your commanders? A: They work better with +1+1 counters than Atraxa and are far more explosive with this strategy (She's better off proliferating pretty much any other type of counter and I'd run her in the 98). B: They get a LOT less hate. If you do decide to try, I recommend adding Jarad as an alt win-con... when Reyhan moves counters, they double again off Corpsejack Menace/Doubling Season etc. and the damage adds up FAST. I'd also drop things like Astral Cornucopia if you switch.

Now as far as suggestions go...

Creatures: Rishkar, Peema Renegade, Champion of Lambholt, Eternal Witness, Kalonian Hydra, and Vigor.

Instants: Inspiring Call, Teferi's Protection, Heroic Intervention, Ready // Willing, Path to Exile, Beast Within, and Anguished Unmaking.

Enchantments: Cathars' Crusade, Rhystic Study, and Sylvan Library.

No sorceries, pw, or artifacts I can think to add.

Anyways, feel free to check out my list for ideas... I run Reyhan/Ishai but same colors and strategy so it should help whether you switch commanders or not. Feedback and/or upvotes are appreciated. Atraxa-less Atraxa (Reyhan/Ishai +1+1 counters)

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