Sylvan Messenger

Sylvan Messenger

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.

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Set Rarity
Magic Origins (ORI) Uncommon
Duel Decks Anthology (DD3) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins (EVG) Uncommon
Apocalypse (APC) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 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 Messenger occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Green: 0.14%

Sylvan Messenger Discussion

jundemwing on Shelf of Elf

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.

Profet93 on High Risk, Higher Reward

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

Spearbreaker Behemoth - Doesnt stop sac, exile, board wipes for your elves, etc... It's nice to give your commander indestructible, but I would rather just have Darksteel Plate

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

Gomoomog on Help With Elves!!

2 months ago

Or a Sylvan Messenger for a much more budget option.

TogbusPrime on Morophon Elves

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.

multimedia on Elves of Eldraine

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:

Total: $130

babybrazz88 on Pointy-eared bastards are back! Now it's Personal

6 months ago

No Sylvan Messenger ?!?! Love it though. I've always had a sweet spot for elves.

Apollo_Paladin on Tae'rin Terror (Elf Zerg)

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.

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