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Sliver Hive
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 Sliver Hive
- M15

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 4.67
Limited: 2.00
Multiplayer: 4.33

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Sliver Hive

This is a classic example of a card that's valuable to a very specific kind of deck and useless to anyone else. Sliver decks tend to almost always be multicolor, and because they share their abilities they love having more recruits, so this card solves their color-fixing issues and gives them a repeatable source of creature tokens. But the multicolor mana can only be used to cast Slivers, and the token ability can't be activated unless you already have a Sliver on the board, which means this card does nothing but tap for colorless for any other deck.

In Limited, I *might* take this if I saw it early, but in order for it to be worth it I'd pretty much have to take EVERY Sliver I saw for the rest of the draft, AND be the only one in my pod going for it. I'd be more likely to just go for a generally strong card. If I saw it wheel, however, telling me nobody else wants to commit to Slivers either...

In any other format, it's as strong as the Sliver deck running it.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 5
Limited- 1
Multiplayer- 5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Sliver Hive which is a land that can tap to add one colorless, one mana of any color that can only be used to cast a sliver spell, or for five mana and tapping it can put a 1/1 colorless sliver token into play if you control a sliver. The tapping for every color is of course useful in the typically three or more color sliver builds, as is the colorless usage for support cards or activation costs, plus the ability to add tokens is a very solid usage later in the game or alongside mana producing slivers. Overall this will be a four of staple in every sliver deck going forward for formats it is available in as it offers something beneficial in nearly any situation.

In Limited this is at worst a possible token producer and at best can assist in balancing the mana base in a multicolor sliver build. The token production is useful, though without slivers to enhance them it is vastly reduced in potential. For Booster it is a fairly weak first pick unless supported with several colors of slivers, though drafting into that is risky and easily disrupted. A Sealed build is more likely to need multiple colors and this works very well alongside a few slivers and allows easier splashing of other choices.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


David Fanany

Sliver Hive

This is the exact land that Sliver decks have been praying for these past seventeen years. Reflecting Pool and Exotic Orchard are amazing, but each relies on other things that are on the table. Ancient Ziggurat is powerful and lets you splash any member of the tribe you please, but doesn't help with the planeswalkers and other non-creatures who practically beg to be in a Sliver deck (Domri Rade, Obelisk of Urd, Distant Melody, etc). City of Brass and Gemstone Mine are powerful in their own right, but have built-in brakes on their use. But between this card and Cavern of Souls, Slivers now have lands that combine all the benefits of past iterations, with major benefits besides. And the planes shall weep.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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