Sylvan Ranger

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) Common
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Common
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Common
2011 Core Set (M11) Common
Promo Set (000) None

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Sylvan Ranger

Creature — Elf Scout

When Sylvan Ranger enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Sylvan Ranger Discussion

epicrean on Help with old Ausus, lost ...

2 months ago

This mono green EDH deck is well out of date and I could use some help updating it to not only be legal but competitive

I feel like the base of the deck is still pretty strong and it only needs a few minor updates here and there, so any and all inputs would be greatly appreciate.

Asus, lost but seeking

gocubsgo on Karador

3 months ago

Looks great! Cards like Aura Shards and Return to Dust are edh allstars (I'm guessing one of the cards you skipped was Vampiric Tutor ? That one's pretty good too), and there's a bunch of gameplan-specific cards like Buried Alive and Dread Return that will work perfectly with Karador, Ghost Chieftain . Some other staples you might want to add are Eternal Witness and Sol Ring .

First thing you should probably change is playing 2x Makeshift Mannequin ... I know you're into playing banned cards and everything, but this format has RULES!

I'd also look for is more ways to get things into the graveyard. Right now, I see you've got:

Inconsistent Options: Extractor Demon Nyx Weaver Satyr Wayfinder Perpetual Timepiece

Consistent Options: Corpse Connoisseur Buried Alive Jarad's Orders

and a couple sac/discard outlets like: Bloodthrone Vampire Cartel Aristocrat Viscera Seer Harrow Fauna Shaman

The consistent options are great, since they allow you flexibility to find any answer, support synergies, and aren't going to whiff. The inconsistent options don't have the same upsides. The main reason you'd want to play them is to grind out value, so I think Perpetual Timepiece and Nyx Weaver could work (although I've been looking for an excuse to try Grindclock because I'd imagine it can take over a game if let's unintended for a few turns). Corpse Connoisseur is only useful if it's already in the graveyard, and Entomb might be a better option. Extractor Demon has the same issue where it's overcosted for a Thought Scour effect. Overall, since you only have three or so creatures that benefit from being cheated out from the graveyard, cards like Satyr Wayfinder might end up hitting things like Harrow , Buried Alive , etc. too often. This means you're probably going to have to play more self-mill type cards to justify cards like Ramunap Excavator .

Some options to get stuff into the yard: Grim Flayer Underrealm Lich Life from the Loam Golgari Grave-Troll (not my favorite since you don't draw a card, but if you have enough graveyard effects, it could work)

Sylvan Ranger seems strictly worse than both Sakura-Tribe Elder (puts the land into play and puts himself in the graveyard to reduce Karador cost) and Rampant Growth . There seem to be a couple cards like this that are meant to provide some enter-the-battlefield trigger and then get sacrificed for value, but I only see Viscera Seer , Cartel Aristocrat , and Bloodthrone Vampire . That means most of the time you play cards like Elvish Visionary , it'll just be a 1/1 on the battlefield. Viscera Seer is fantastic, but the other two outlets don't get you much value anyway, which makes cards like Yavimaya Elder more valuable. Looking into effects like Qasali Pridemage , Selfless Spirit , and maybe even Spore Frog is probably where you want to go, since they are situationally fantastic, can put themselves in the graveyard to cast karador, and are much stronger options to cast with Karador later in the game. They can subtly win you games sometimes. Maybe looking into things like Skullclamp could help if you want extra sac outlets, but you'd probably want ~10-15 cards that make 1/1's to justify it (not entirely sure though). It's wildly powerful though, especially if you can recur 1/1's with Karador.

Tutors: Eldritch Evolution Diabolic Intent (These two double as sac outlets if you want to go with that strategy)

Recursion: Unburial Rites Living Death Journey to Eternity  Flip (imagine how fun turn two Sakura-Tribe Elder into card could be? Also can be used to protect Sheoldred, Whispering One or Karador later in the game)

Finally, figuring out how you want to use your toolbox cards ahead of time help. Right now, there are a couple good lines for Buried Alive , such as Dread Return + Sheoldred, Whispering One , but what happens if you don't have three creatures available? Then you want Unburial Rites in your deck so you can pay 3W next turn.

Some final things to hammer out: 1. What's the plan for early game? Is it playing sac outlets then creatures with ETB triggers for extra value? It is playing utility creatures like Qasali Pridemage to develop a relevant board and solid recur value later in the game? Is it to ramp as quickly as possible into huge threats? Is it getting creatures into the graveyard ASAP with Grim Flayer or Entomb so you can Reanimate something huge on turn three? It's not bad to dip into each method, but you can have the best synergies if you heavily commit to one strategy, otherwise you might end up with great curve like Reanimate , Bloodthrone Vampire , and Ramunap Excavator , but no real value. 2. What's the win condition? I'd expect reanimating huge things out providing too much value with Karador, but even the best reanimation target Sheoldred, Whispering One isn't going to close out a game. The other targets like Soul of the Harvest and Harvester of Souls are great value, but bashing with a 6/6 can only go so far. If you're going more the reanimation route, perhaps dreaming bigger like It That Betrays could help. If you play these big boys, playing Ashnod's Altar could be fun, plus I think it's got a bunch of infinite combos. Sadly, a lot of the best options like Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite are ~10-20 bucks. 3. My personal strategy would be to play a bunch of cheap value creatures like Selfless Spirit , ramp like Sol Ring and Sakura-Tribe Elder , the best graveyard stashers like Entomb and some self-mill cards (but only ones that can win me the game if left unattended, like Underrealm Lich ), 3-5 board wipes (you can always recur your threats) and the classic interaction package ( Swords to Plowshares , etc.), and probably 7-10 or so curve-topping creatures that can end games for you (from Grave Titan to It That Betrays ).

The deck looks great, it's gonna be scary in no time!

Entity97 on A Cuberino

3 months ago

Cube Stats!
This past weekend saw my cube’s first seven player draft (eight had homework to finish). Now, some of them are filthy casuals but here are the deck lists drafted with (W-L) stats! No basic lands included, however.

Me – Mardu Angels (3-0)
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Assemble the Legion
Baneslayer Angel
Boros Signet
Bruna, the Fading Light
Cavern of Souls
Conqueror's Galleon  Flip
Crystalline Crawler
Emeria Angel
Exhume
Faithless Looting
Gisela, the Broken Blade
Godless Shrine
Golgari Thug
Grim Monolith
Loyal Retainers
Lyra Dawnbringer
Nahiri, the Harbinger
Reanimate
Resplendent Angel
Restoration Gearsmith
Smuggler Captain (finds Reanimate )
Sphere of the Suns
Tidehollow Sculler
Windswept Heath

Pritch – Golgari Midrange (2-1)
Bayou
Chainer's Edict
Cryptbreaker
Damnation
Doom Blade
Doomed Dissenter
Go for the Throat
Golgari Grave-Troll
Golgari Signet
Grave Titan
Herald of Torment
Heir of the Wilds
Hissing Quagmire
Innocent Blood
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, the Last Hope
Night Incarnate
Ravenous Chupacabra
Rite of Belzenlok
Scavenging Ooze
Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Thoughtseize
Thrun, the Last Troll
Tragic Slip
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs
Westvale Abbey  Flip
Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Paul – Grixis Control (1-1)
Academy Ruins
Baleful Strix
Bitterblossom
Bituminous Blast
Brain Maggot
Creeping Tar Pit
Cruel Ultimatum
Cyclonic Rift
Eldrazi Monument
Force of Will
Havengul Lich
Inferno Titan
Kitesail Freebooter
Lich Lord of Unx
Mesmeric Fiend
Murderous Redcap
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Rakdos's Return
Tezzeret, Artifice Master
Thassa, God of the Sea
Thing in the Ice  Flip
Twilight Prophet
Unscythe, Killer of Kings
Whirler Rogue

Abby – Bant Midrange (0-1)
Austere Command
Bow of Nylea
Celestial Colonnade
Counterspell
Courser of Kruphix
Crush of Tentacles
Dauntless Bodyguard
Elixir of Immortality
Felidar Sovereign
Glacial Fortress
Imposing Sovereign
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Loxodon Hierarch
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Noble Hierarch
Plaxcaster Frogling
Qasali Pridemage
Reclamation Sage
Sagu Mauler
Sakashima's Student
Selfless Spirit
Sigarda, Host of Herons
Simic Signet
Solemn Simulacrum
Sphinx's Revelation
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Sun Titan
Supreme Verdict
Suture Priest
Sword of War and Peace
Temple Garden
Terminus
Traveler's Amulet

Matt – Four Color Good Stuff (1-1)
Ancestral Vision
Arch of Orazca
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
Badlands
Birds of Paradise
Bomat Courier
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Clifftop Retreat
Crop Rotation
Desolate Lighthouse
Domri Rade
Dualcaster Mage
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Experiment One
Ghost Quarter
Hallowed Fountain
Isolated Chapel
Lotus Cobra
Maze of Ith
Murderous Cut
Odric, Master Tactician
Path to Exile
Phyrexian Metamorph
Plateau
Price of Fame
Sacred Foundry
Savannah
Silverblade Paladin
Sunpetal Grove
Sword of Light and Shadow
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Tetzimoc, Primal Death
Through the Breach
Tropical Island
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Ultimate Price
Voice of Resurgence
Warden of the First Tree
Wasteland
Zacama, Primal Calamity

Ben – Temur Cascade– (0-1)
Akroma, Angel of Fury
Arboretum Elemental
Blasphemous Act
Bloodbraid Elf
Braid of Fire
Chief Engineer
Chrome Mox
City of Brass
Combustible Gearhulk
Deep Analysis
Dream Eater
Etched Champion
Eternal Witness
Fauna Shaman
Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Genesis Wave
Gruul Signet
Heart of Ramos
Hedron Archive
Hellkite Charger
Hinterland Harbor
Inkwell Leviathan
Izzet Signet
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Lumbering Falls
Maelstrom Wanderer
Master Transmuter
Metalwork Colossus
Mishra's Factory
Mox Opal
Myr Enforcer
Mystic Snake
Pact of Negation
Sai, Master Thopterist
Sarkhan Unbroken
Search for Azcanta  Flip
Shardless Agent
Sword of Fire and Ice
Taiga
Temporal Mastery
Urabrask the Hidden
Verdurous Gearhulk
Voidslime
Volatile Chimera (I forget what was on it, never came up)
Wurmcoil Engine

Courrtney – Green Black Delirium (0-1)
Avenger of Zendikar
Blood Artist
Dark Petition
Empty the Pits
Emrakul, the Promised End
Expedition Map
Explosive Vegetation
Garruk Relentless  Flip
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Great Sable Stag
Greenwarden of Murasa
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
Isareth the Awakener
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Living Death
Master of the Wild Hunt
Mox Amber
Mox Diamond
Oracle of Mul Daya
Phyrexian Delver
Primeval Titan
Putrid Leech
Rampaging Baloths
See the Unwritten
Sylvan Ranger
Thran Dynamo
Volrath's Stronghold
Merciless Eternal
Whip of Erebos
Worn Powerstone

Monti_Jones on Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant Combo (EDH)

5 months ago

Hello again!

Thank you for your very detailed response! Let me start by saying: Please, there is no need to apologize at all! English is not my first language and the problems that come with this deck are quite complex. You are not missunderstanding, if anything it is me, not being able to communicate exactly what I want to convey. Let me continue by disappointing you: my deck is not on TO right now! Maybe I'll get around to type it in some time next week, but I can tell you our lists are very similar. I'll try to tackle your comment a bit differently this time as I think I see your train of choices and can understand why it is working for you.

Meta Decisions: My meta covers everything, from cedh breakfast hulk to precon decks. There are always over 15 changing players, at least 3 new decks, at least 1 completely new player, every week. I want my deck to keep up and be lenient enough at the same time to play with everyone. If I play Sasaya, it's either just another green ramp deck, a weak one compared to some, or just another combo deck, a slow one compared to some, or I have to remember everyone what the heck it even does. I spcifically prey on this situation and can throw people off by not doing anything for 5 turns or throwing an Oath at them turn 2. You are absolutely right, if your opponents figure you out, you don't have much chance with Sasaya. That's exactly why I try to confuse the table with cards like Oath, soothe them with a Howling Mine, kill them in ways they can't be mad at, like Domesticated Hydra. It is a very specific play style that, I would say, only works in a highly diverse meta with changing players.

Conquering your Meta: If your meta is starting to focus you can try playing more chumpers that search for a land, like Gatecreeper Vine and Sylvan Ranger . Just a single blocker is often enough to deter opponents from attacking. I swapped them one for one with a forest a few times and it didn't slow me down at all. Moment's Peace was working out for me too. Again I want to recommend Glacial Chasm , it just keeps you alive like no other card, buys you more turns than you lose by sacrificing and playing a non-forest. But realisticly, if the table really wants you dead, there isn't that much you can do. In my opinion, with a deck that's 75% setup, you just have to rely on smoke and mirrors for a fair part to get by.

Connecting Card Draw and Ramp: I have a general philosophy when it comes to card draw: don't ever pay more than 2 mana per card drawn! My deck wants to have at least 7 cards in hand all the time. By recommending Howling Mine I just wanted to state continous card draw as the best draw option pre-flip for that setup. In conjunction with "no maximum hand size" effects you can still fly under the radar with about 9 cards in hand. My ramp approach with Cultivate and Kodama's Reach, instead of multiple land drops. just feeds into that further. Why waste those hard earned lands for a land drop?

Comparing our Approaches: I know your approach is just different and can get there too. Going for multiple land drops keeps your hand size lower, "no max hand size" is not needed. Although, I guess, you rely more on that one burst step with cards like the Elder (he really is the best!), before you go off. I play those too, but only the one time uses. In my opinion, cards like Journeyer's Kite give you a card you need, but not want, for too high of a price, but does so at the right time. By playing general card draw instead of those continous land tutors, I have the chance to draw into a win condition mid game. My approach keeps options open pre-flip, has room for a few removal cards or has multiple win options post-flip. I can go lower on lands too! The tipping point for me are the mulligans though. As you know, going down even a single card delays the flip turn like nothing else. The two main reasons for a mull are too many lands or no win condition. I become less reliant on a win condition in my starting 7 while your approach deals better with too many lands. You also choose cards that can work after a fast ramp too, to offset the few times you can't get to the flip, that's not an option for me. I can't say which way is the better one, I honestly don't think one is. But if your flip turn is consistent for you, all should be fine. Overall I'd say I gain a few slots at for utility, removal or fun (=Oath), but not that many. The setup for Sasaya just has to have a certain size to work.

A Similar Mindset: Interestingly, our general evaluation of hand card economy and spell costs are quite alike. We just took a bit different paths to reach the same destination. In no way I think you should change your deck just because it isn't mine! Do what works for you! If you like it, stay with it! I just tried to give you an overview of what works for me.

Hope that clears up a few things. I'll try to find my old "full blown combo" list and upload it for comparison. If you want me to go more into detailed card decisions for your meta, I'm sure I can help, as I played Sasaya in different setups through different metas. I would just need a better understanding what you are dealing with on a regular basis (commanders, archetyps, avg. win turn, etc.). Cheers!

Yz2000 on Beginner's deck

6 months ago

@slusken Thank you very much for your reply! I'm grateful for the advice. The combo in particular! I didn't even see the potential for Aerial Guide to do such a thing, it was just there since I wanted a couple of flying creatures. I'll look into obtaining those two wonderful cards that you suggested, and I'll likely remove the Aven Reedstalkers. Would a card like Harrow be good for the Landfall effects, or would putting a land in the graveyard be too big a cost in the long run?

The theme I went for was healing and sustaining myself, with Grazing Gladehart , Sylvan Ranger , Ondu Giant and the Avid Reclaimer . Baloth Woodcrasher was meant to be a powerful combo built into it, and I think I'll be trying to get a few more copies of him too. I might also look into cards that give Trample, to give my Timbermaw Larva a similar effect to the Baloth.

Also, I intend on playing Magic casually. Just with a couple of friends, and maybe people at Game stores every so often. Most likely just a casual format, though I believe the deck is Modern legal too, if I'm not wrong.

Once again, thank you for your feedback! I greatly appreciate it, and I'll use it to craft a more effective deck.

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Sylvan Ranger occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Green: 0.2%