Sylvan Library

Sylvan Library


At the beginning of your draw step, you may draw two additional cards. If you do, choose two cards in your hand drawn this turn. For each of those cards, pay 4 life or put the card on top of your library.

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Have (1) Azdranax
Want (2) Smail , TheRealSpecialK

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal

Sylvan Library occurrence in decks from the last year

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Sylvan Library Discussion

ZeroDegrees0 on Ford F150 [Gruul, Xenagos]

4 days ago

No problem! Cost is the first important thing when building an EDH deck, it decides what cards really you can include. It is important when making the deck to think about the various interactions you will have. The go-to list of stuff you need will likely include Ramp, Removal, Protection, and Win-Con.

It looks like you have a healthy amount of ramp in terms of mana production and land drop, maybe even a little too much but that will be known thru playtesting it. You could use a little more card draw, especially with all of the creatures. Beast Whisperer , Greater Good , Toski, Bearer of Secrets are all decent options. Sylvan Library is really good but on the expensive side.

In terms of removal, Beast Within , Chaos Warp , Krosan Grip , and Nature's Claim are some of the best options. Gleeful Sabotage is also good, along with Blasphemous Act and Vandalblast to level the board if you are behind.

For your win-con, its pretty obvious that you are looking to bash face with creatures. Using additional combats and protection like Heroic Intervention will help to keep everything in play to swing to win.

As a general recommendation, I think you should cut down on the creatures a bit and add more removal and interaction. One of the most powerful things in EDH is just the ability to interact, especially at instant speed.

KindredDiscovery on Mayael EDH Primer

2 weeks ago

@bankrupt_on_selling I've been experimenting with other draw engines. It's perfectly reasonable to throw a Sylvan Library in the deck, you'll rarely be upset to see it. I'm just currently testing other options that work better in the late game. Library may well find a place back in the deck.

pedroedmarcos on Can I choose the order …

3 weeks ago

Hey there,

Sorry if this is obvious and I'm just dumb, but with the trigger of the Sylvan Library I draw 2 cards and my draw for the turn, and I may choose to put it back or loose life right? But can I choose the order of the cards to use it to control the top?

legendofa on How powerful is this deck? …

4 weeks ago

Omniscience_is_life I like the Sylvan Library and Bolas's Citadel there. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on either one.

RNR_Gaming Thanks for the feedback! I've only used it casually, and I remember it having a decent win rate. Sounds like I'll need to pull something else together if I want to go above kitchen table, but honestly, I'm pretty happy there with EDH. I'm definitely not ready for hardcore competitive...

Omniscience_is_life on How powerful is this deck? …

4 weeks ago

Good question! I see Voltron, Pillow Fort, Superfriends, and a touch of other counters (mainly +1/+1) to proliferate.

I don't play an Atraxa deck myself, and I'm sure some of the resident experts could give you a better hand than this--but here are some of the better draw effects of the format:

Stroke of Genius

Phyrexian Arena (I don't love that one, but I would catch SO much flak if I didn't include it here)

Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Strait

Mystic Remora

Sylvan Library

Bolas's Citadel

MLS91 on The Power of Draw

1 month ago

I think what Housegheist is getting at is that you also have the option to draw a card with Migration Path over Skyshroud Claim . Secondly what's the point of targeting specifically forests, you're not running Dryad Arbor . Also you're in mono green what fatty 2 drop are you gonna play after Skyshroud Claim 'ing?

other things to think about:

Nissa, Who Shakes the World - she doubles your mana clear beats out any ramp spell

you're running big creatures, cut Protean Hulk unless you're using him as a combo piece which im not seeing

between all the elves is there a reason you're not running Priest of Titania ?

why don't you run Natural Order , banned in French ehh but not multiplayer

also you should go ahead and pick up the Green Collection, you'll get Worldly Tutor and Sylvan Library those alone are worth it

unwucht on Grumgully Brokoli

1 month ago

I'd recommend to use your Sylvan Library . Also, I think Rampant Growth , Kodama's Reach , Beast Within , Nature's Claim and Shamanic Revelation would be decent inserts. Craterhoof Behemoth and Triumph of the Hordes would make for great finishers.

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