Selvala, Explorer Returned


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Conspiracy (CNS) Rare

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Selvala, Explorer Returned

Legendary Creature — Elf Scout

Parley: Each player reveals the top card of his or her library. For each nonland card revealed this way, add to your mana pool and you gain 1 life. Then each player draws a card.

Selvala, Explorer Returned Discussion

dbpunk on Commander Suggestions!

5 days ago

Here's the ones I had a lot of fun with. I changed each of these into tricolor decks, so it's the dual color paired with the tricolor it corresponds with. I think any of the 20 are pretty fun and unique in their own way.

Dragonlord Ojutai / Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest extra turns/control

Grimgrin, Corpse-Born /Muldrotha the Graveside mill/grave control

Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury / Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire goblin/dragon tribal

Mina and Denn, Wildborn / Surrak Dragonclaw cheating creatures/creature combo

Selvala, Explorer Returned / Mayael the Anima elf tribal/super ramp into creatures

Daxos the Returned / Ertai, the Corrupted enchantments and sacrifices

Meren of Clan Nel Toth / Anafenza, the Foremost sacrifices and +1/+1 counters

Rashmi, Eternities Crafter / Roon of the Hidden Realm bounce and etb abuse

Arjun, the Shifting Flame / Kess, Dissident Mage spell slinging and mass draw

Brion Stoutarm / Mathas, Fiend Seeker burn and destroy

davidsays1 on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 month ago

EVERYBODY PARL(T)AY [Combo][Primer] my current Selvala, Explorer Returned deck, i will be updating it soon when i purchase 5 more cards, but for now it is what it is.

enpc on Commander format pet cards

2 months ago

I really enjoy Selvala, Explorer Returned . Both as a commander but in the 99 as well. I had her as commander for a while but still run her in 2 out of my 3 active lists.

She's just a good card across the board. Ramp, Card advantage (even if it's symmetrical), good stats and even dope art.

cPute on Uril, the Murderer

2 months ago

Thank you for your comment and for you ideas. I appreciate it and will follow your advices.

Unfortunately I had time to play just three games with this deck and twice my Birds of Paradise or Dryad Arbor got hit by a Lightning Bolt or similar card. I love Bloom Tender but it usually eats removal asap (any card that may generate more than 1 mana is usually hated in my meta). Anyway I need some chump blockers and if I use more mana dorks, some of them could survive .. I had some bad experience when I used to play Prossh in the same meta and at the end I had to avoid mana dorks as much as possible, otherwise everybody was killing my ramp.

Second Sunrise and Faith's Reward - both are great suggestions, I have Teferi's Protection in my collection, so it could be even better than any of the forementioned cards (since I have almost no ETB creatures). You are right with Swords to Plowshares , I will switch it immediately. Gaddock Teeg should fit in as well.

When I goldfished this deck the card draw was the biggest issue. When I have creature tutor and some enchantments, I am able to draw a lot of cards. In one of my other decks (Bant Enchantress Combo v2.1) I was using self returning enchantments to be able to draw some cards with enchantresses (when I had no enchantment in my hands). I am thinking about Flickering Ward - it would give me evasion (I may choose the color protection based on color of defending player's creatures) and with an enchantress on battlefield I may return it to my hand and play again. Crown of Flames seems to be another option as well. I am considering Runic Armasaur . It could draw a few cards in every game and 2/5 is quite ok for blocking.

Some other card draw possibilities:

  • Colossal Majesty is slow and I need to have Uril on the battlefield.
  • I am tempted to run Selvala, Explorer Returned , it is ramp & card draw, but it's slow and gives cards to my opponents as well.
  • Do you think that it would be worth to add Mesa Enchantress ? I don't like the double cost and I am not sure if I need another enchantress.

This deck is my second / third deck which I want to play as maybe 75 %, not cEDH. Anyway I want to win some games and in all the games so far Uril got a lot of hate, because everybody was afraid what happens when he hits the field. Right now I want to avoid mass land destruction, but it maybe needed in the end. Realm Razer seems to be ok. The lands are not destroyed, but it's not possible to use them and if anybody has an instant removal, he may float some mana and then kill it.

Rzepkanut on Paradox and Iona: In Memoriam

3 months ago

My Selvala, Explorer Returned deck ran both cards, so its a particularly sad day for her. She was so fond of going off with Paradox Engine and dropping an early Iona, Shield of Emeria . Totally a bummer they are gone. I truly don't think they were OP in that deck, they were just good cards for the strategy.

arvarnargul on Sisay has the answers | * Hibernation * | Primer

3 months ago

Since my deck already had it, I might try using Bow of Nylea , Blasting Station , Cloudstone Curio , and Selvala, Explorer Returned . I probably need a way to generate infinite mana too so maybe i need devoted druid and vizier of remedies? Boy that's an ugly combo.... I guess Sisay is just a fancy tutor now and not a commander.

OR we say screw it and play PE anyway because who cares what they say. It's a good thing i didn't splurge on my one-card-a-year rule and get gaea's cradle cause now my 1 and only EDH deck is defunct :(

enpc on Which is stronger? Causing life ...

3 months ago

The other thing to mention here is that while gaining life makes you harder to kill, it also doesn't in a lot of contexts. Depending on the format you play (for example in commander), gaining life will not protect you from combos which deal "infinite" damages, "lose the game" effects, your opponents playing "win the game" effects, infect, etc. Whereas a sure-fire way of ensuring you don't lose is that you beat all your opponents.

While there are some life gaining cards which are played, these are typically only because they then use life to do something else (see Aetherflux Reservoir ) or they do it as a side note (see Selvala, Explorer Returned / Deathrite Shaman ).

It's very much a skill, but learning how/when to youse your life total as a resource is a much better use for all that life that was just lying around anyway.

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Selvala, Explorer Returned occurrence in decks from the last year

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All decks: 0.02%