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Reviewed January 12, 2005
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This little gem from Mirrodin lets you do what
most land search spells
won't, gain access to non-basic lands. Last
year, Sylvan Scrying most often
meant your opponent was playing a Tooth and Nail
deck and was searching for
Urza's lands. This card was pretty good in
limited play, helping green decks
access splash colors. This card's primary
purpose, however, is in combo
decks like Tooth and Nail where accelerating
access to important non-basic
lands is very important.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
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After talking about two fantastic mana
acceleration tools like Sakura-Tribe Elder and
Kodama's Reach, Sylvan Scrying seems to kind of
pale by comparison, so what makes it so great?
Well, the ability to search for ANY land makes
it so great. In Type One it can find you your
Academy. Depending on the format it can find you
a Volrath's Stronghold, Gaea's Cradle, Kjeldoran
Outpost, Kor-Haven, or even the one Urza's Land
you are missing. In limited its not very useful,
but in constructed formats it's useful.
* game store owner (The
Game Closet - Waco,TX)
Scrying - Wednesday
This is just more of the same from yesterday.
It serves the purpose of getting land and not
much else. However, the interesting thing is
that it doesn't restrict you as to what type of
land you can get. That's a huge, when you
comapre it to other land grabbing spells. It
also makes it highly effective in those decks
like Tooth and Nail that play a lot of different
I'm a pretty big fan of Sylvan Scrying, as it is
one of two key cards that can let you go get a
*non-basic* land from your deck, the other being
Reap and Sow. I'm not sure I can say a lot about
this card; it fits well into almost any deck
that needs to hunt down non-basics. If you
aren't running non-basics, then you should be
looking at Sakura-Tribe Elder instead.
In limited, much like Kodama's Reach, I would
probably use Sylvan Scrying to thin my deck out
and help support an extra color. Not an early
pick, but usable.
Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 2.5
One that's easy to overlook, it's bad compared
to most other land
fetchers... unless you need a specific non-basic
land. Even then, though,
it's rarely seen outside type 2/block because
there are stronger choices, such as living wish
and crop rotation available. Thus it is pretty
much only a tooth-and-nail staple.
game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)
smoother, but definitely a step down.
Compared to Kodama's Reach, Scrying gets you
one less mana, and doesn't get it into play
for you. While it's still useful in
Mirrodin limited, it loses it's salt in
constructed and casual because it doesn't
give you any acceleration at all.
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3