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Bonescythe Sliver
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Bonescythe Sliver
- M14

Reviewed August 29, 2013

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 4.10
Limited: 3.80
Multiplayer: 4.20

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BMoor

Bonescythe Sliver

This isn't the first Sliver to grant double strike-- that honor goes to Fury Sliver. But Fury cost six mana for a 3/3, while this is four mana for a 2/2. It's also in white instead of red. Since white seems to have a better selection of Slivers than red, and this costs less for what is basically the saem ability, I'd definitely choose this one. The only drawback is that it's a bit smaller (and in Shock range). That may be important for Limited play (where there are Shocks) but in Casual you're bound to have a Sinew, Watcher, Lymph, or even Crystalline Sliver to keep Bonescythe safe.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bonescythe Sliver
 
In my opinion, the question of which creature ability is the strongest in the abstract comes down to a choice between an evasive ability (flying, shadow, whatever you call Silhana Ledgewalker's ability) or double strike. On a normal creature, double strike gives you a ridiculous offensive clock and makes your opponent reluctant to attack with anything that costs less than twice what your creature does. On this card, it all but ensures that the opponent is about to be attacked by a herd of winged, lifelinking, vigilant, regenerating, possibly poisonous insectile carnivores. Yeah.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Bonscythe Sliver
 
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the upgrade and cheaper version of Fury Sliver. In standard being white aids this sliver dramatically, making it an easy addition to Naya colored sliver decks and a powerful tool to make sure your slivers dominate combat and are able to push through for damage. A mana cost of four while lower than the previous double strike sliver still is about at the top of the curve and may be unnecessary and a dash of win more, or it could be the finishing blow needed to push your deck over the top depending on your sliver composition. In modern there exists a wider variety of slivers but this creature may still provide solid work for decks looking to dominate combat. In legacy cheaper and more effective slivers are the name of the game limiting this creature’s usefulness. In casual and multiplayer a strict upgrade to the previous double strike granting sliver, double strike is quite a scary ability and combined with the other combat boosting effects of slivers will unquestionably allow you to dominate combat. In limited this card is powerful but requires dedicated support and slivers, it leads you down the path of drafting slivers but also there’s worse things than a 2/2 double strike for four mana providing a solid body as well. Overall a powerful upgrade to a past sliver and a card sure to see casual play and possibly some play elsewhere.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Bonescythe Sliver which is a four mana White
2/2 that gives Double Strike to your slivers.  This is the key threat to Standard slivers and can even see play in older formats as a fairly low cost source of a very powerful effect.  White already offers some valid options to a sliver build and this almost demands being played as it makes any sliver nearly twice as effective. Overall this is a definitive card for Standard slivers and will see play in most sliver builds barring one excluding White for some reason.
 
In Limited this is a bomb provided it can be supported with other slivers.  An absolute first pick, as a hate draft if necessary, as an opponent with even a small number of slivers on board with this may be far too much to defeat.  In Sealed this is easily supported by the common Hive Stirrings and Sentinel Sliver even if other colors aren't factored in, which makes it a top choice for nearly every White build.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Franky
Green

This card and Hive Stirrings makes white a key component of a successful standard sliver deck. It gives all of your Slivers Double Strike. I mean what else can you say about that? You're looking across the table and you see a field full of Slivers. You'd be pretty scared right? Unless you're holding board wipe you should be. Now those Slivers have double strike. Twice as scary.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual:4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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