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Sylvan Scrying 

Reviewed January 12, 2005

Constructed: 2.92
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 2.67

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Sylvan Scrying

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.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Sylvan Scrying

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.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 2


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

 Sylvan 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 lands.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 3
 Sylvan Scrying --

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

 Van Zandt

 Sylvan Scrying

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.

constructed 2.5
casual 2
limited 2.5


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Sylvan Scrying
Another mana 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.
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3

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