Sylvan Messenger

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic Origins Uncommon
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins Uncommon
Apocalypse Uncommon

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Sylvan Messenger

Creature — Elf

Trample (This creature can deal excess combat damage to defending player or planeswalker while attacking.)

When Sylvan Messenger enters the battlefield, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Elf cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Sylvan Messenger Discussion

StoryArcher on Pointy-Eared Bastards IV

3 weeks ago

Opening Draw:

Forest, Forest, Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves, Heritage Druid, Elvish Archdruid, Sylvan Messenger

Turn One:

Play and Tap Forest for G

Play Elvish Mystic #1

Turn Two:

Draw Dwynen's Elite

Play and Tap Forest #2 for G, Tap Forest #1 for G

Play Dwynen's Elite & elf token

Tap Elvish Mystic for G

Play Heritage Druid

Tap Heritage Druid, Dwynen's Elite & elf token for G x 3

Play Elvish Archdruid #1

Turn Three:

Draw Immaculate Magistrate

Tap Forest #1 for G

Play Llanowar Elves

Tap Forest for G

Tap Elvish Mystic #2, Heritage Druid & elf token for G x 3

Play Sylvan Messenger & draw Elvish Mystic #2, Elvish Visionary & Elvish Archdruid #2

Tap Elvish Archdruid #1 for G x 7

Play Immaculate Magistrate

Play Elvish Mystic #2

Play Elvish Visionary & draw Joraga Warcaller

Tap Elvish Mystic #2, Elvish Visionary & Sylvan Messenger for G x 3

Play Elvish Archdruid #2

Turn Four:

Draw Heroic Intervention

Tap Elvish Archdruid #1 & Elvish Archdruid #2 for G x22

Play Joraga Warcaller with 10 +1/+1 tokens

Tap Immaculate Magistrate to place 12 +1/+1 counters on Joraga Warcaller

Attack with Dwynen's Elite (26/26), elf token (25/25), Sylvan Messenger (26/26 w/Trample), Elvish Visionary (25/25), Elvish Mystic #1 (25/25), Elvish Mystic #2 (25/25) and Llanowar Elves (25/25).

StoryArcher on Pointy-Eared Bastards IV

3 weeks ago

Here is a sample solitaire draw I just played out. It went off a little faster then usual (though not rare by any means), but it obviously wouldn't take into account whatever interference my opponent managed. Of course with a Heroic Intervention in hand, that lessens the threat of interference somewhat.

Opening draw: Forest, Forest, Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves, Heritage Druid, Elvish Archdruid, Sylvan Messenger

Turn One:

Play and Tap Forest for G

Play Elvish Mystic #1

Turn Two:

Draw Dwynen's Elite

Play and Tap Forest #2 for G, Tap Forest #1 for G

Play Dwynen's Elite & elf token

Tap Elvish Mystic for G

Play Heritage Druid

Tap Heritage Druid, Dwynen's Elite & elf token for G x 3

Play Elvish Archdruid #1

Turn Three:

Draw Immaculate Magistrate

Tap Forest #1 for G

Play Llanowar Elves

Tap Forest for G

Tap Elvish Mystic #2, Heritage Druid & elf token for G x 3

Play Sylvan Messenger & draw Elvish Mystic #2, Elvish Visionary & Elvish Archdruid #2

Tap Elvish Archdruid #1 for G x 7

Play Immaculate Magistrate

Play Elvish Mystic #2

Play Elvish Visionary & draw Joraga Warcaller

Tap Elvish Mystic #2, Elvish Visionary & Sylvan Messenger for G x 3

Play Elvish Archdruid #2

Turn Four:

Draw Heroic Intervention

Tap Elvish Archdruid #1 & Elvish Archdruid #2 for G x22

Play Joraga Warcaller with 10 +1/+1 tokens

Tap Immaculate Magistrate to place 12 +1/+1 counters on Joraga Warcaller

Attack with Dwynen's Elite (26/26), elf token (25/25), Sylvan Messenger (26/26 w/Trample), Elvish Visionary (25/25), Elvish Mystic #1 (25/25), Elvish Mystic #2 (25/25) and Llanowar Elves (25/25).

IlGuale on Elf Deck: Lead the Stampede ...

3 weeks ago

It's a small difference, but Sylvan Messenger doesn't per you hit Phyrexian Revoker, Selfless Spirit or Scavenging Ooze which can be very important on some matchup, even more if you have just sideboarded them.

StoryArcher on Elf Deck: Lead the Stampede ...

3 weeks ago

I'm really warring with myself over these two cards. Figure a deck with between 30 and 38 elves not counting these four slots - Lead the Stampede lets me dig 5 cards deep for 3 mana while Sylvan Messenger lets me go 4 deep for 4 mana but also gives me a 2/2 elf with trample in the bargain.

How much of a difference would it make whether the deck had Elvish Harbinger in it? When I'm playing with EH in the deck, it seems like Sylvan Messenger is the card I go for 90% of the time, but when I take EH out, that's when the two cards really seem like a toss up. Thoughts?

Cicjose on Elves

1 month ago

Sylvan Messenger

Zenbeast on Mono Green Elf

1 month ago

Thanks for the tips! I am trying not to spend more than $5 per card and I was considering running Elvish Visionary instead of Sylvan Messenger or Dwynen's Elite perhaps? Though I really do like how Sylvan Messenger can get me multiple elves. I liked Rhonas's Monument since he makes getting more elves cheaper and gives me a boost on any creature. I do like your suggestions for instants though.

StoryArcher on Best artifact for an elf ...

1 month ago

Morning, all.

I'm really going back and forth over how I want to build my Modern Elf deck. At the crux of this deliberation are three artifacts which all seem to offer tremendous opportunities, depending on how its built.

My first thought was Staff of Domination for the infinity loop it offers with Elvish Archdruid - those two cards hit the table with any kind of support and its game over, while in the meantime I just run a traditionally aggressive Elf deck, perhaps with some Heroic Intervention to keep the key parts of the combo safe.

My second thought was building a Elf recursion deck around Cloudstone Curio, specifically using elves that create an effect as they come into play, like the aforementioned Shaman of the Pack, Elvish Visionary, Reclamation Sage, Elvish Harbinger and Sylvan Messenger. Even Joraga Warcaller works here because it can be cast early for (G) and then picked up and recast with the kicker when the mana production explodes. In fact, with this version I'm finding myself with a bit of 'option paralysis', where including everything that looks good might lead me taking too few of anything, making my ideal draw less and less likely. Something like this (Elven Curiosity), maybe.

My final consideration was lifecrafter's beastiary. I've actually run Elf decks with 42 elves and nothing else but lands and had them be very effective. I can't help but think that the added draw (and scry) that the Bestiary gives me could really speed up the game - but by the same token, I don't want to get drug down by casting it and re-casting it as my opponent bounces, counters or destroys it.

I've toyed around with a host of non-creature cards - green staples like Heroic Intervention, Collected Company and Chord of Calling - and I'm not specifically opposed to including them, but again, I've found success and synergy going all-Elf in the past. I guess I'm wondering if working towards those combos is pulling me away from the strength of Elves or, if done correctly, might instead help me maximize what they can do. It seems like the Staff of Domination combo might be too specific, but its not as if the deck wouldn't be strong even if the combo never comes out. The Cloudstone Curio combo might be too unfocused, though it does offer quite a bit of versatility. Card draw is so important, hence Lifecrafter's Bestiary... ugh.

Another part of me thinks that sticking with my original 42 so that I don't have to worry about protecting my artifacts and not having any non-creature spells in the deck at all could actually give me an advantage in wasted draws by my opponent. After all, the entire reason I lean hard towards Elf decks is the speed and efficiency with which they can overwhelm an opponent. I'm so conflicted...

Here's what it comes down to - if I were going to run an Elf deck with 38 Elf spells and 18 lands, which artifact would you suggest to fill those 4 remaining card slots, and why it over the other options available? Any insights would be most appreciated...

Lucky_Dutch on Mean Green Elves Machine

2 months ago

@ PookandPie

Glad you sticked arround:)

Yes i whas having doubts about glissa and recsage, as i encouter allot of artifact decks at the moment glissa lookt a the better option..Natural order is definitely going to be added en i wil also replace nissa.

Im looking for some additional wincons, i tried Helix Pinnacle but it didint work for me.Now in trying aetherflux but still having my doubts about that.

The biggest problem i encouter is (yes offcourse) bord wipe.. I added Hall of Gemstone and i am thinking about adding a Winter Orb to slow down ny opponents.. I also played Defense Grid but that could backfire so i removed it.

Do you have any suggestions to counter or recover fast for bordwipes?

You are als right about Sylvan Messenger she whas already removed but forgot to update the deck list.

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