Sylvan: deck recipe [Jun 14 Updated]

Duel Links Sylvan deck, Sylvan in the meta, Sylvan Skill.
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The most likely archetype to be viable from the newest box “Rampage of the Forest” is the Sylvan archetype. This plant based deck revolves around excavating cards from the top of your deck, and if Sylvan monsters get excavated they have effects that can be activated.

Most Sylvan deck lists you’ll see will only run a few spells/traps because your strategy will be to clear your opponent’s backrow and monsters with the help of your Sylvan monsters and to consistently excavate Sylvan monsters you need to run a lot of them.

Example Deck


Sylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoSylvan HermitreeWorld Carrotweight ChampionWorld Carrotweight Champion
World Carrotweight ChampionSylvan MarshalleafSylvan MarshalleafNaturia PineappleAmaryleaseAmarylease
AmaryleaseSylvan GuardioakSylvan GuardioakSylvan GuardioakSylvan LotuswainUltimate Providence
Ultimate ProvidenceUltimate Providence

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
This turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300. This skill can only be used once per turn
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba

Card Advance Version (Pre-Banlist)

Sylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoRose LoverRose LoverRose Lover
World Carrotweight ChampionWorld Carrotweight ChampionSylvan GuardioakSylvan GuardioakSylvan GuardioakSylvan Marshalleaf
Sylvan MarshalleafSylvan MarshalleafSylvan HermitreeSylvan LotuswainCard AdvanceCard Advance
Card AdvanceTreacherous Trap Hole

Sample deck (with Magical Merchant) (Pre-Banlist)

Sylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoSylvan MarshalleafSylvan MarshalleafSylvan Marshalleaf
Sylvan FlowerknightSylvan BladefenderSylvan GuardioakSylvan HermitreeSylvan HermitreeSylvan Hermitree
Magical MerchantMagical MerchantMagical MerchantRose LoverRose LoverRose Lover
Raging Mad PlantsRaging Mad Plants

Sample Deck (Without Magical Merchant) (Pre-Banlist)

Sylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoSylvan KomushroomoRose LoverRose LoverRose Lover
World Carrotweight ChampionWorld Carrotweight ChampionSylvan HermitreeSylvan HermitreeSylvan GuardioakSylvan Guardioak
Sylvan MarshalleafSylvan MarshalleafSylvan MarshalleafEnemy ControllerEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Ultimate ProvidenceUltimate Providence

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand.
Yugi Muto
Yugi Muto

How to Use (Post-Banlist)

Low-Leveled Sylvans

Low-Leveled Sylvans excavate only once with their effects, Komushroom when he is flipped face-up and Marshalleaf when he is summoned making them less useful to keep on the field. But being easier to put on the field makes them good opening plays. The best opening play would be to set Komushroom and wait for your opponent to attack into it and excavate 5 cards from your deck.
Additionally, these two monsters have the best effects when they are excavated. Komushroom destroys a spell/trap card on the field while Marshalleaf destroys a monster, and chaining them together with other Sylvan effects makes them impossible to negate.

High-Leveled Sylvans

After using their excavate effects they have little use on the field. Komushroom can stay as a wall and Marshalleaf is a below average beater, but it would be best to tribute them into your high-leveled Sylvans. Hermitree is your biggest beater and allows you to draw cards while excavating your deck, although needing 2 tributes makes him the most difficult to summon of the bunch. Guardioak and Lotuswain allow you to excavate multiple cards from the top of your deck, with the number of cards Lotuswain is able to excavate depending on the number of cards your opponent controls.
When excavated, these monsters have effects to help you manage the arrangement of your deck that you only excavate what you need and not unnecessarily excavate cards you might want to draw.


To summon these high-leveled monsters consistently, using the low-leveled Sylvans as tribute would not be enough. Send Naturia Pineapple to the graveyard so that he can be revived every turn to use as tribute. Amarylease is like a worse Rose Lover, you can banish him from the graveyard to summon a monster for 1 less tribute. (0 tributes if it originally required only 1 tribute.)

World Carrotweight Champion

Since you want Naturia Pineapple and Amarylease in your graveyard, it would be bad if they got stuck in your hand. As a solution you can send them to the graveyard to special summon World Carrotweight Champion from your graveyard. Carrotweight can then be used as a beater or as tribute to summon Sylvan Hermitree in combination with Amarylease.
You can also send the low-leveled Sylvans to the grave to revive Carrotweight after you are done using their excavation effects.

Ultimate Providence

Negating monster effects with Ultimate Providence is really good as it also destroys the monsters. And with so many monsters in this deck you will almost always be able to use Ultimate Providence on your opponent's monster. Another great thing about this, is that you can use this discard to put Naturia Pineapple or Amarylease in your graveyard for later use. Monsters you can negate include Amazoness Princess to stop Amazoness decks from setting up, Spellbook Magician of Prophecy to stop Spellbooks from using Spellbook of the Master and Spellbook of Fate, and Masked HERO Anki to stop Masked Heroes from extending their attacks.

How to Use (Pre-Banlist)

When you start to duel you’ll want to Restart to look for cards like Sylvan Komushroomo, Sylvan Marshalleaf and Magical Merchant, so that you can start excavating cards as soon as possible.

The optimal way this deck works is you excavate cards with the effects of Magical Merchant, you get rid of your opponent’s cards with the effect of Komushroomo and Marshalleaf (when they are excavated), you maybe excavate a Rose Lover so you can special summon a high attack monster and draw into Raging Mad Plants with Magical Merchant’s effect, which should make you able to defeat your opponent very quickly.

Because the Sylvan cards have a lot of text, we’ll add a very short TL;DR (Too Long Didn’t Read) after we talk about each Sylvan card.

Sylvan Komushroomo, Marshalleaf & Magical Merchant

The best cards to have in your opening hand are probably Magical Merchant and Sylvan Komushroomo. Magical Merchant can excavate a large amount of cards at times, because the deck only runs two cards to stop the excavating (Raging Mad Plants).
With Sylvan Komushroomo you’ll want to excavate 5 cards in most situations, and with Sylvan Marshalleaf you want to excavate 2 cards.

Sylvan Komushroomo and Sylvan Marshalleaf have the most powerful effects of all the Sylvan monsters available when they are excavated themselves because you can destroy a spell/trap and monster respectively.

Sylvan Guardioak, Sylvan Hermitree & Rose Lover

The only two monsters in this deck that normally would require (a) tribute(s) in order to be summoned, but since this deck runs three copies of Rose Lover, you have a high chance of sending some of those Rose Lovers to the graveyard thanks to all the excavating you’ll be doing. That way you can special summon those high level monsters easily to apply huge amount of pressure on your opponent.

Sylvan Hermitree can excavate one card per turn, and if it was a plant you can draw one card. If he was excavated you look at the top three cards in your deck and place them in any order.

Sylvan Hermitree can excavate one to three cards each turn, and if he was excavated himself you can place one plant on the top of your deck.

Sometimes you’ll want to tribute summon Sylvan Guardioak so you can get rid of useless monsters on the field like Sylvan Komushroomo (after he is flipped face-up) .

Sylvan Flowerknight & Sylvan Bladefender

Although these two monsters are the best Sylvan beatsticks, you don’t actually want to run three copies of each because most of your normal summons/sets will be used for Sylvan Komushroomo and Sylvan Marshalleaf.
However they are both decent targets to special summon with Rose Lover as well in case you don’t have any of your high attack monsters in hand and you can go for game, or get rid of a lot of your opponent’s monsters (which is important in games against Gladiator Beasts for example).

Raging Mad Plants

An extremely powerful card in this deck which will allow you to finish of games very quickly. You’ll consistently draw into this card thanks to the effect of Magical Merchant and because you’ll be sending a lot of Plant monsters to the graveyard this card will easily boost your monsters with more than 1500 attack. (don’t forget it boosts all of your plant monsters on the field).

Additional Notes

In the TCG/OCG you can decide in which order you want to activate effects from excavated Sylvans, however in Duel Links the order of activation will be decided in what order they were sent to the graveyard (first on send to the graveyard; first one to activate).

Magical Merchant is an insect monster, so when it is excavated with the effects of a Sylvan monster it will be placed on the bottom of your deck.

Sylvan effects only activate when they are “excavated” , so it doesn’t work with cards like “That Grass looks greener”.

Activate Raging Mad Plants in your damage step to play around cards like Enemy Controller, Windstorm of Etaqua, Curse of Anubis, …

The deck is listed as expensive because you need three copies of Sylvan Komushroomo in an optimal build, and since it’s an SR in a box with 80 packs this can be hard to obtain.

Other Useful Cards

Monster Reincarnation
Monster Reincarnation
Good way to get rid of dead cards like Rose Lover and get back a Sylvan monster with a useful effect.
Jar of Avarice
Jar of Avarice
Allows you to put back 5 cards in your deck and draw one card. This can help you if you fear decking out or you want to add fuel again for your excavation effects.
Dark Core
Dark Core
You can use this card to banish one face-up monster on the field, and just like Monster Reincarnation you can use dead cards like Rose Lover as the cost.
World Carrotweight Champion
World Carrotweight Champion
Can be easily special summoned from your graveyard (if it was sent there by an excavate effect for example) because your deck consists of only Plant monsters (beside Magical Merchant if you use him).

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Hot New Top
Dinosaurs > This deck

Dinos are top tier !

Whoever wants to play this one, well... they kinda STUCK IN 2018 !
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
or maybe they like the deck theme you know
I miss rose lover being three
I think Sylvans are still viable. I use this deck with a variation of spell/trap cards depending on the meta. Between rose lover and marshalleaf i would go rose lover. I've been in high/mid plat multiple seasons and can beat the top tier decks about half the time. Easy set-ups.
unlimit sylvan please, so old free-to-play player can compete again on cup.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
"Free-to-Play" are playing Koa'ki meiru and even Karakuris if you have enough gems.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I spent all my gems on Blue eyes deck and 3 Canadia, should I just stop playing now?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yeah sylvan no "op" anymore.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous. Reply

I agree with you, but this is exactly why konami won't do it. They won't make money if they make old decks competitive again. They always want you to buy new packs.
*lites a cigarette* Back in my day these lil fuckers were tier 0, nowadays they got this fancy synchro summoning and all this spot removal.
Why is this still kog worthy?
<< Anonymous
Deck is nice Reply
The guy above is kinda paranoid. Sylvans are still viable and op, but you need to play them with Black Rose Dragon and 2 Rose Lovers with No Marshleafs.
<< Anonymous(Deck is nice)
Jake Reply
Is that the trick? Just having 2 Marshleafs and zero Rose Lovers kills the whole deck.
<< Anonymous(Deck is nice)
Anonymous Reply
Black rose is not in this game tho
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
As its own permanent copy? You're right. But you can get 1 Black Rose Dragon temporarily via Akiza's skill.
NOT KOG worthy with the current ban list. IMHO, you will get farther make a plant beatdown deck ATM.
<< Anonymous(Jake)
Anonymous Reply
Just got demoted to “popular other.”
Haven’t really seen too many sylvans trying to make a come back in pvp since the nurfs. Occasionally, I’ll see a player or two trying to make it work but the most they can hope for is a beat down with their bigger monsters. I guess decks who rely on back row can still be annoyed with komushroom.
<< Anonymous(Yugimanz)
Yang Reply
Sylvans did hit a spot on the KOG list with Markov. Look at the page KOG Decks [ August 2018]
<< Anonymous(Yugimanz)
Anonymous Reply
I stopped playing the game for a while after the massive Nerf.Now I fixed back the deck and I managed to climb in plat 5 this month,only sylvans.
How is Gold treating ya?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Its actually treating me quite well, giving me the resources to plan your funeral and spit on your rotting corpse. Enjoy the afterlife, sylvans live forever.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
>live forever
>the deck's usage is practically near zero now

<< Anonymous
Kev Reply
Thats not correct. It works very well with syncrhos like Black rose dragon. Is just not as dominant as it used to be.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Im plat 5,only sylvans.
you can add amazon and fur hire to these bans.
silvan 3.3
I have tried to make a Sylvan with Luna's skill mark of the hand. Not bad, but still not competitive enough. Sometimes you mill good, sometimes you don't mill anything. But if you mill good, you can get a board of Guardioak, Stardust Dragon and Carrot. 3 Magical merchants and 2 Spell cards build.

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