If nothing else, this sliver wins the award for
having the most basic name. It's name tells you
exactly what it does. This isn't bad though. I
just see it being more of a "finisher" sliver.
When you are ready to bust through for the win,
you just play this little guy. Shadow isn't
likely to be a needed ability otherwise int he
it should be good. Evasive Slivers usually are.
But this one pretty much says, "Creatures can't
block", so it always turns the game into a race.
And winning races is practically the one thing
Slivers can't do, so this could cost you as many
games as it wins you. This Sliver finds its
strength in limited, ironically because there's
so little chance of you getting enough Slivers
for it to become a liability and often turns the
opponent's Slivers against him.
Shadow Sliver -
Shifting Sliver was great because it gave you
evasion without negatively impacting your
slivers. The same cannot be said for Shadow
Sliver. It can drop down to suddenly give you a
huge alpha strike that's nearly unblockable. But
if you miscalculate it can get you into huge
trouble. It's also a 1/1 for 3. That's never a
good price to pay without an effect that is far
more one-sidded than this one. If you play
Shadow Sliver you'd better plan ahead and know
just what you're getting yourself into.
I got this one at the prerelease. I dropped it
into play, and proceeded to attack away with my
big slivers, while I left some at home to block.
Now, if you haven't seen my folly, please reread
that sentence and then go see what shadow does.
This is not like Winged Sliver, where your
slivers have evasion but can still block. This
sliver gives all your creatures, and all of your
opponent's creatures, evasion. It is not one to
drop on turn 3 so much as one to be saved for an
Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 4
The body sucks, but the ability is not bad. Once
you drop this, you have to go straight for their
throat. This is a good sliver to drop when you
have good board position and they're not playing
Wrath. Won't see much play in constructed
because it's a sliver, though.
In casual, I'd rather have flying so I can
In limited, you can't block with this out, so
skip it. I'd like to be able to keep my slivers
back and block if I can.
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 1.5
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