Sylvan Messenger

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

Sylvan Messenger Discussion

Cannonhead on Elfdrazi

6 months ago

I would ditch your Heritage Druid s for three more Elvish Archdruid s, that should make your ramp a lot more consistent. Also, consider switching out one of your Sylvan Messenger s for a fourth Essence Warden . If you're not able to get Emrakul as fast as you'd like in a given game, the life gain could be a big help.

sholva on Green deck wins

8 months ago

Thanks for comments Apollo_Paladin , appreciate it.

  1. I'm not big fan of Ambush Commander , as you said he is kinda mana heavy. He might be ok for sideboard to get with Living Wish but i cant think of case when i would want to search him.

  2. Jagged-Scar Archers sure should be in sideboard to deal with flying creatures. About Wirewood Pride , maybe. I personally rather have more elf's and faster ramp.

  3. Totally agree with Throne of the God-Pharaoh , i will add one to my deck.

  4. I think i have card draw handled, you suggested Sylvan Messenger , i have similar effect Lead the Stampede i was considering messengers but chose stampede instead because i have some non-elf creatures. And about Vanquisher's Banner instead i have Beast Whisperer , i think either will work but i prefer elf instead of artifact.

Apollo_Paladin on Green deck wins

8 months ago
  1. Ambush Commander isn't terribly expensive dollar-wise (just over a buck last I knew), but he's a little heavy on mana cost. That's generally not an issue for an elf deck, particularly because I see you're running Priest of Titania and a bunch of other mana producers along with Vitalize which is one of my favorite cards ever in my elf deck.

  2. Jagged-Scar Archers is a good way to deal with flying, even if you just sideboard a couple ultimately, and Wirewood Pride is a very mana-efficient way to ramp up your damage early, or provide a surprise blocker for a big creature out of one of your 1/1's.

  3. Throne of the God-Pharaoh is an excellent and cheap way to add an alternate win condition to an elf deck; it's done stellar in mine since you can just tap your 1/1's for mana to deal damage rather than have them attack (even if you don't need to spend it).

  4. The only other thing I can suggest is some card-draw. Elf decks of this nature tend to speed through their hand fairly quickly. I use Sylvan Messenger and Vanquisher's Banner personally.

  5. You can check out my Legacy Elf deck entitled "Tae'rin Terror (Elf Zerg)" if you want some other neat options for elf synergy. It's not a "budget" deck, but there's no card in there over 6 or 7 dollars. Also, there are so many good elf cards that it's impossible to make determinations on the "best" for many cases, but I've had mine going for quite a few years now and it's continued to speed up. All about that Elf Count for the real craziness, imo. Hope this helps, giving a +1 on this deck either way just for using Vitalize ; that's one of the more overlooked ones it seems and I've been able to recommend that to quite a few elf decks in the past. Way to be on top of it!

Apollo_Paladin on

9 months ago

Personally I've always favored Sylvan Messenger for elf-drawing. Combined with Vanquisher's Banner (as suggested above), you can really push through your library and crank out some creatures quickly. I also use Ambush Commander in my deck, which you're free to take a peek at if the urge strikes you (runs primarily on 'elf in play' mechanics and variable cost (X cost) spells/abilities: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/taerin-terror/

ZorrosRage on

11 months ago

a lot of the best plays have Elvish Archdruid. Def should be a 4x.

If possible try to get 4xHeritage Druid its just one of the best elves in modern. I know its a bit more expensive though

I see your trying to do a merfolk style with Elvish Champion and Nylea's Presence. I am not sure how well thats going to do, but could be fun.

I think the power Elvish Clancaller coming down early might be better turn 2 play than Elvish Visionary.

Also Steel Leaf Champion is pretty solid at always being a threat.

1x Westvale Abbey  Flip can help just win some games where your at a stall. Could be good to consider

Sylvan Messenger is a fun card that could refill your hand for the long games. Maybe consider for the side or main up to you.

For a CoColess build looks fun

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Sylvan Messenger occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Green: 0.14%