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Great card draw/library manipulation for green. I put it in any green deck that has some shuffling effects (like fetch lands) and Dredge effects. If you the top two cards are no use, you can dredge a card for one draw and then draw the other two. This gives you 2 new cards to choose from.
Posted By: Stuntman (10/25/2010 2:56:17 PM)


dissimilar to brainstorm in many ways, but most importantly because brainstorm allows you to take cards that were already in your hand and place them on top of your library, so you can actually use 3 new cards while only netting 1. sylvan only lets you get one new card a turn on its own because it specifically states that you have to put back two of the cards that you just drew.

i think the aspect of this card that i like the most isn't that you can pick one of three cards, but that you can stack the top 2 cards of your library every turn to hide cards from duress or use cards like call of the wild that put cards directly into play from the top.
Posted By: gasimakos1 (7/8/2011 8:48:38 AM)


Agreed, manudosde, and the original wording was no better than the oracle. This card needs to be fixed; there is nothing stipulating that the player controlling Sylvan Library has to keep the cards drawn that turn separated from the rest of his hand. Hence, there is no way for that player's opponent(s) to know that he/she is actually putting back cards drawn this turn. While a courteous player may separate the cards for their opponent, it does not seem that he/she technically has to do so. Furthermore, there are situations in which the Library could be cast during the players upkeep after they have drawn cards with an instant, so they would not have been keeping their drawn cards separate because they would not have even known that they would have the library in play by the time the draw step rolled around. For example, a player casts Brainstorm during their upkeep and then Bituminous Blast, which cascades into Sylvan Library. It's unlikely per... (see all)
Posted By: heenaheena (7/13/2011 9:32:25 AM)


Archmage Ascension
You'll definitely get a counter each of your turns due to the Library's draw effect.
The Ascension will let you search for three cards a turn, and due to not having actually drawn any cards, you won't have to put them back or pay any life.
And the ascension is much cheaper than Tomorrow.
Posted By: Atali (9/18/2011 2:11:44 PM)


@Zosk you my friend have the right idea... That will allow you to draw 3 cards of your choosing AND since it never uses the word draw (in oracle or actual) in the text you will be able to do this without having any disadvantage it might as well let you win the game lol
Posted By: __Silence__ (1/19/2011 5:59:59 PM)


> sylvan library+platinum empyrion
As Life totals can't change, you can't pay for the 4 life, so they don't really have a nice interaction.

> Question: would Thought Reflection cancel the payment of life via rule 614.11b?
Not really, as explained on the ruling of the card:
If you choose to draw two cards, then replace one or more of those draws with some other effect, the rest of Sylvan Library's ability still happens. If you've actually drawn only one card that turn, you must choose that card and either pay 4 life or put it on top of your library. If you haven't actually drawn any cards that turn, the rest of the ability has no effect.
But you can return any 2 of the 6 cards you will have drawn that turn, which is still pretty cool.
If you don't want to pay, you need to find a replacement which won't net you cards (Words of Wilding, for example). You will need to replace ALL cards drawn this turn. Or find a card

Posted By: ninjabear (1/13/2012 3:57:30 AM)


As soon as I saw Sylvan library it reminded me of that Sylvan learning center thing that "unlocks your child's potential."

This is a pretty flavorful card. Blue's Drawing and Scrying and Black's life as a resource, but in Green.
Posted By: gman92 (1/19/2012 11:52:22 AM)


What a mean librarian! Four life?! The Overdue Fees are pretty hefty.
Posted By: fibonacci112358 (3/11/2012 1:48:36 AM)


Excellent effect for Green! I'd certainly play it in Dredge. Also, Teferi's Puzzle Box seems fun.

Question: would Thought Reflection cancel the payment of life via rule 614.11b?
Posted By: Ragamander (12/4/2011 1:08:40 AM)


Intet, the Dreamer + Sylvan Library = ♥
Posted By: tricks777 (9/18/2011 5:38:24 PM)