Creature — Elf
Trample (This creature can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking if lethal combat damage would be dealt to all blocking creatures.)
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.
Printings View all
|Magic Origins (ORI)||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks Anthology (DD3)||Uncommon|
|Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins (EVG)||Uncommon|
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Sylvan Messenger occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
Sylvan Messenger Discussion
2 weeks ago
Lumberjacks, you had a good point about adding Sylvan Messenger so I did some testing with it and it's perfect for the deck. Though in my testing I've accidentally decked myself a few times so I opted to keep the Beast Whisperer as a three of. The deck runs super consistently now and combos off all the easier so thanks a lot for your suggestions.
2 months ago
With regards to cuts, you can cut more than I'm recommending, but I figure I'd start it off
Seeker of Skybreak - Does nothing by itself
Skyshroud Ranger - Bad without lands
Sylvan Messenger - Eh, I just don't personally like it. Can whif, put important cards away, only hits elves. Just an eh card for me
Taunting Elf - Bad
Uktabi Wildcats - Even worse
3 months ago
Seems like quite the fun deck. Methinks it could use some hand refilling, though. To that end I'd go for actual draw with Distant Melody and Brass Herald, Icon of Ancestry, and Sylvan Messenger to get more elves in your hand. Also Etchings of the Chosen and Steely Resolve are great ways to keep your dudes around.
6 months ago
Hey Randsome, I'm currently not playing Pioneer. There's definitely many more and much better Elves in Pioneer than in Standard. Shaman of the Pack gives Elves the tribal win condition and a reason to be Golgari. If I decide to play Pioneer then I will definitely change this deck since I've left Standard.
I don't think I will return to Standard for quite a while, if ever, because it's a damn mess, a waste of money and Theros is the next plane we're revisiting. It's one of the few planes in the multiverse that doesn't have Elves. I'm a Commander player now and I don't see that changing because Wizards is supporting Commander a ton next year which I'm very excited about.
If I was playing Pioneer then this is the budget Elves decklist I would play:
- 4x Elvish Mystic
- 4x Llanowar Elves
- 2x Gnarlroot Trapper
- 1x Deathrite Shaman
- 4x Dwynen's Elite
- 4x Elvish Clancaller
- 3x Wildborn Preserver
- 2x Paradise Druid
- 4x Shaman of the Pack
- 4x Steel Leaf Champion
- 1x Reclamation Sage
- 2x Sylvan Messenger
- 4x Chord of Calling
- 8x Forest
- 4x Llanowar Wastes
- 4x Unclaimed Territory
- 3x Woodland Cemetery
- 1x Westvale Abbey Flip
6 months ago
No Sylvan Messenger ?!?! Love it though. I've always had a sweet spot for elves.
7 months ago
Thanks, I appreciate it!
And yeah -- Throne of the God-Pharaoh was a game-changer when it found a home in this deck. It frequently wins me the game. I also think that with any high-mana generation deck that you need not only outlets for all that mana, but also card-draw.
The Vanquisher's Banner s are nice, and producing the mana to play them even on turn 2 or 3 isn't out of the question with this build, but I'm a big fan of older cards just for the nostalgia. Even so Sylvan Messenger stands up to even modern cards in this respect. He's even better with innate Trample once in play (making him a nasty target for Wirewood Pride or Alpha Status ). I didn't mess too much with trample; he and Ezuri are the only two options for it. Instead this deck is all about that ever-important 'elf count', and then just uses spells which complement that.
A horde of elves (including lands with Ambush Commander ) and a high-mana dump on Tribal Unity generally does just fine even without trample in my experience, but it's nice to have an additional deterrent.
9 months ago
Other cards you can try are Elvish Vanguard , Triumph of the Hordes , Llanowar Tribe , Priest of Titania , Elvish Harbinger , Elvish Champion , Joraga Treespeaker , Sylvan Messenger , Elvish Promenade .