Sylvan Safekeeper

Sylvan Safekeeper

Creature — Human Wizard

Sacrifice a land: Target creature you control gains shroud until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)

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Commander Anthology (CM1) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Judgment (JUD) Rare

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal

Sylvan Safekeeper occurrence in decks from the last year

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Sylvan Safekeeper Discussion

wyzeman on Walk in the Vastwood

12 minutes ago

also change Sylvan Safekeeper for Wilt to gain in aggressivity

Davinoth on Omnipresent Omnath [Landfall EDH]

1 week ago

     Benwatts14: Excellent call on Greater Good! It was in the original build of this deck but was quickly cut to include it in my Mulching with Muldrotha [Self Mill EDH] deck. Since then that deck has acquired entirely too many draw tools and so I've moved Greater Good back. Triumph of the Hordes is something I threw on the maybeboard but am a little conflicted about haha! Great card, but not really my style. ^_^

     PhoenixHunter17: I have been trying to acquire Sylvan Safekeeper for what feels like an age! I've been seeking it for my Muldrotha deck, but you're right - it would definitely fit in nicely here. Scapeshift was in this deck before I built my Korvold's Frenzy [Sac/Reanimator EDH] deck. I had plans to replace it but I haven't really felt the pang of it's loss, either. I likely still will haha, but may wait for the next reprint. =)

     Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle is another card that's been holding down the maybeboard for a while. My build is decidedly not red, but most of the time I have more mana than I can use anyways. I likely could balance out the red & green basics.. Hmm. Thoughts!

     Thanks for the comments & updoots folks! =)

PhoenixHunter17 on Omnipresent Omnath [Landfall EDH]

1 week ago

I have a similar deck and Sylvan Safekeeper has saved my creatures many times. I noticed Scapeshift in your maybe board and depending on your personal strategies and direction you want to take the deck, it can do some crazy things with not only Omnath, but also Oran-Rief Hydra and Avenger of Zendikar. While Scapeshift into Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle isn't always game ending its a nice way to eek out some extra surprise damage.

Pikobyte on Xyris's, fortune

1 week ago

Spellskite, Steely Resolve, Diplomatic Immunity, Curator's Ward or Sylvan Safekeeper just to name a few. Also cards that produce mana for your creatures do well in my Xyris

Luciferian on Muldrotha Value town

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the suggestions!

Pikobyte, as I say in the description this is a non combo centric deck, hence your suggestion is not something I would put in the deck.

Last_Laugh

Bear Umbra, Sylvan Safekeeper were in the deck for many months before being eventually cut for better replacements, they just did not put in the work.

Song of the Dryads and Imprisoned in the Moon I've tried for a little while and as the cards above they were also cut. However I have thought on multiple occasions to try Kenrith's Transformation since it still deals with opponents commanders and replaces itself.

Crystal Vein over the span of this deck life I've found that much colorless mana is not something it needs and/or can utilize, for this reason I've kept the colors producing permanents to a minimum.

Cephalid Coliseum is indeed a very good suggestion, I'll put it in the next testing phase!

Last_Laugh on Muldrotha Value town

3 weeks ago

Crystal Vein ramps with Muldy out.

Cephalid Coliseum is an effective draw engine here.

Sylvan Safekeeper protects Muldy like a champ.

Bear Umbra is nothing short of amazing here. Allows you to aggressively progress your gameplan on your first main and still hold up plenty of mana for answers (or just play more stuff). Totem armor does a hell of a job at keeping Muldy in the game also.

Song of the Dryads/Imprisoned in the Moon are versatile and backbreaking against decks that're reliant on their commander. They're reusable (assuming they ever get rid of it) and only reliably answered by 2/5 colors.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's retired but upvotes are still appreciated. Muldrotha's Madhouse - No Infinite

BenWin on [[Primer v3.4]] - OM_RATH!!! (M20 Update!!!)

3 weeks ago

VexenX, as you have recently inspired me to find room for more draw in Om_Rath, I have done some testing and I'd like to recommend some ambitious solutions. First, I'd like to touch on some cards that I think have been holding Om_Rath back.

1) Doubling Season. Lets power level check this card by comparing it to another 5 CMC card Where Ancients Tread. I believe both cards serve a similar purpose: Do more damage. If our focus is burn: Doubling Season does an extra 3 damage plus a sac outlet effect per land given that you have a sac outlet vs Where Ancients Tread's 5 extra damage per land, no outlet required. The biggest problem I'd like to point out is that Doubling Season demands that you also have a sac outlet in play to be interactive with other players on the same level as Where Ancients Tread. Although we will usually come across one of our four sac outlets in a given game and we'll always have the creatures to burn players given a board wipe, Doubling Season is very often a slow card. Not to mention that it always deals less total damage than Where Ancients Tread. Lets look at the other upsides of Doubling Season though. What it has that Where Ancients Tread doesn't is the ability to create more creatures. Lets take a look at the cards that benefit from more creatures in the deck: Gaea's Cradle, Shamanic Revelation, Purphoros, God of the Forge, Craterhoof Behemoth, keep in mind Akroma's Memorial was recently slotted out, and more burn effects like Where Ancients Tread. None of these cards are at all dependent on Doubling Season effects, they appear to only be assisted. I could not say the same about Where Ancients Tread - a card that Om_Rath is often dependent on to close games. In summary, although Doubling Season and Parallel Lives are strong synergistic cards, I view them to be awkward in many hand states and cut-able if the price is right.

2) Genesis Wave. I gotta say this card looks much more exciting on paper than when you actually play it. And that's IF you play it. First off, Genesis Wave is usually the last card in your hand that you play when you're out of gas. This isn't a bad idea if you need a mana sink and if you have good odds on hitting some bombs. I won't knock the mana sink call, but what exactly are we trying to hit in this deck? In theory, we're playing a deck that has its main bomb for a commander, so most of what you can expect to hit is lands and cheap spells. And in that respect, isn't Genesis Wave often a high CMC ramp spell? The kind of spells we've been cutting from the deck for a while now for good reason? I think it's cuttable.

3) Command Beacon. I get that it's useful to have a late game land, but I think Command Beacon is TOO late game. Every time you sacrifice a land, you sacrifice tempo. Tempo you could use to drop more lands for a real CMD cast or draw spells into real protection for Omnath, Locus of Rage. For ex. just one tutor draw can grab Sylvan Safekeeper and a lot of the time that works better than any Command Beacon loop will. If you're looking for a late game land, I think you want to be in Field of the Dead. I've been absolutely loving it, and it even fills the role of a tiny Doubling Season, keeping Gaea's Cradle, Shamanic Revelation, and Purphoros, God of the Forge perfectly happy even after Doubling Season's removal. This also means splitting your mountains and forests in half to make room for equivalent snow lands.

Off this tangent, I would propose the following changes with a theme of increasing draw, decreasing CMC, and not compromising win cons:

Genesis Wave --> Sensei's Divining Top : Top does everything including sinking mana and sometimes drawing cards

Doubling Season --> Skullclamp : I believe Skullclamp was always correct in Om_Rath and synergizes with sac outlets even better than Doubling Season will. Plus the card draw is way too insane.

Parallel Lives --> Compost : Compost can be an on or off card, but if we're talking odds, I think it hits enough of the time in enough games to earn a slot.

Return of the Wildspeaker --> Life's Legacy : Same card draw for much less CMC. In both scenarios you will want a 5/5 out anyways. I think it's a great deal.

Command Beacon --> Field of the Dead

7 Forest --> 7 Snow-Covered Forest

3 Mountain --> 3 Snow-Covered Mountain

And lastly, with the addition of more reliable draw I think Burgeoning deserves to be revisited. You will have more hand states with more lands than you can play in a turn or even two. If you were to make the swaps I listed, I would recommend slotting in Burgeoning over Mina and Denn, Wildborn. I think this is more where we wanted Om_Rath to be in the first place. I believe you only slotted out Burgeoning because the deck didn't have enough consistent card draw. We know Mina and Denn, Wildborn fills a flex spot because it's an expensive Exploration and if all Exploration effects were integral to the success of the deck, we would also be in Wayward Swordtooth. If we're in Burgeoning, I think we should also slot in Ghost Town again. In summary:

Mina and Denn, Wildborn --> Burgeoning

Evolving Wilds --> Ghost Town : Thought assisted by my previous post about Evolving Wilds

I hope you take everything I say with a grain of salt, and at the end of the day I just love chatting about Om_Rath!!!

Azeworai on Radha, The Lands Matter To Me!

3 weeks ago

Ah, lands. An archetype with which I consider myself quite adroit. I play a Naya version, but Gruul bears the majority of the value.

If you opt for a strategy more anent utility lands, there is a multitude of options that become available.

Inkmoth Nexus can combo superbly well withal Kessig Wolf Run, oft murdering someone on the spot.

Of course, Dark Depths and Thespian's Stage is just another threat for the opponents to answer.

Glacial Chasm has saved me more times than I would care to admit, and Drownyard Temple is fun with sacrifce effects.

Sheltered Thicket is probably just better than an Evolving Wilds.

Sylvan Safekeeper is a little too perfect here. Defend the commander, aggressively costed, and perfidious for the opponents to remove.

I have a lands deck myself, bearing Vital Force and Vivien Reid as splendidly potent engines.

Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip is a card that literally never feels bad. It's great at all points of the match.

For assembling your land base, Realms Uncharted carries its weight, Hour of Promise is fantastic evermore, Crop Rotation can be a surprise, Elvish Reclaimer is as powerful as it reads, and Expedition Map is cheap and efficient. Sylvan Scrying is also fine.

Given enow utility lands, Field of the Dead becomes one of the very best cards. You could try snow basics for additional names to support it. This also opens Into the North as a possible ramp spell.

'Tis a little selcouth, but I enjoy Throes of Chaos for decks with many lands, as it makes dead draws less possible.

Cantrips make every deck work! Once Upon a Time is banned and broken, Winding Way grants a refill, and Life from the Loam with a cycling land is an engine by itself, and one quite difficult for anyone to intercede upon. Explore is also effective.

One more interactive spell would be nice. Beast Within does the job.

World Shaper has proven itself with High Market for additional control.

There are some things I'd recommend you ablate:

  1. Yavimaya Elder is overplayed. It's five mana to draw two lands and a card. Unless you can reliably sacrifice it to alternate effects, don't play it.

  2. Skullwinder... Why not Reap or Regrowth? I don't see any effects that care about the body, so you may as well not help the opponents and gain a cheaper casting cost.

  3. Tunneling Geopede is not one I enjoy very much, but I can see its applications in murdering.

  4. Ghirapur Orrery is just too slow. If you need the card draw, run Harmonize. If you need the land drops, try a creature tutor for Azusa. If you are playing lands, the primary goal is assembling an engine and staying ahead of the opposition. Why aid those inimical to your goal?

  5. Nissa's Renewal is so slow! Six-mana?! Come on. You're ramping into seven-drops. Add a Kozilek if you want to do that.

  6. Rites of Flourishing. Tsk tsk. I'd recommend murdering this, but I suppose it earns the graces of the table.

Try fewer lands and more large threats. You have an ungodly amount of ramp yet the only thing reqiring much mana is Radha's second ability. Try some eldrazi, Apex Altisaur does work, Borborygmos Enraged is on theme and always sweet, and fun times is the scariest card on any table, no matter what. Ignore that Teferi. Radha is huge!

Insurrection is oft dispraised, but it ends games a lot of the time. In fact, it has bean so thoroughly unloved by the community as of late that no one expects it. Nice!

The combat package is nice, but it falls apart very quickly to a removal spell. Though, Raking Claws could be fun. :)

In summation, add more angles of attack than voltron, some more card draw would be great, have better ways to spend your mana, and just stick the cheaper ramp. Four mana or less is ideal.

Oh, add some wraths. Blasphemous Act and Ezuri's Predation are each solid. Put them in and don't look back.

Good luck and happy cartography!

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