This entry is part 18 of 24 in the series Unexpected Results

Posted by Brian (@ChaosMTG).

Well, Sylvan Primordialohlookapicture is finally banned and many decks have found themselves with an open slot.

Let’s look through some things that can replace it.

Sure, nothing really comes close, but there are still aspects of it that can be replicated.

7 Mana things

Great Whale & Palinchron – Sylvan Primordial loved to abuse Deadeye Navigator and so do these. While they aren’t exactly new or innovative, they still give you infinite mana.

Platinum Angel – Seven mana and an absurd effect, it also fits into any deck.

Eternal Dragon – If you’re not in blue and the land finding aspect was the important part for you.

Novablast Wurm – Like destroying things? Why not destroy all the things?

Avenger of Zendikar – You’re probably already using this, but if you aren’t, now might be the time to try it.

Destroy-y things

Acidic Slime – Fairly cheap and can take out a creature if it sticks around.

Angel of Despair and Ashen Rider – Restrictive in colors, but solid removal choices.

Bane of Progress – A bit more restrictive in its destruction options, but becomes huge if it destroys enough.

Mold Shambler – Less reanimatable, but if you do get to cast it, it’s pretty good.

Nessian Demolok – Usually they’ll pay the tribute, but since you choose the opponent, it’s pretty easy to make an alliance to take out anything too problematic.

Terrastodon – It’s big and destroys three things, though it does leave them with Elephants.

Woodfall Primus – It’s big and destroys multiple things, it also combos with Ashnod’s Altar and Nim Deathmantle.

Rampy Things

Fertilid – Cheaper and less ramp, but since it uses counters as its resource, you can replenish it. It also targets in case you need to use it politically.

Yavimaya Dryad – Another one with political applications, or just a 2/1 that gets you a land.

Silverglade Elemental – Bigger than Yavimaya Dryad, but with less options.

Solemn Simulacrum – Sure it’s a staple, but it is for a reason.

Mwonvuli Acid Moss – Restricted to LD, but it has no drawback.

One with NatureRampant Growth+Curiosity.

Reap and Sow – Like Mwonvuli Acid Moss, but gets nonf0rests.

Boundless Realms – What’s better than a lot of mana? More mana.

PregrinationCultivate with scry stapled to it is pretty good.


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