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Sliver Overlord
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 Sliver Overlord
- Premium Deck Series: Slivers

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 4.63
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.83

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Sliver Overlord

Back in the early days of Slivery, the Slivers granted their abilities to ALL Slivers, and Sliver vs Sliver decks created quite a conundrum. Every Sliver you played strengthened your own team, but also your opponents, and the only solution was to simply have the most Slivers on the board. Sliver Overlord was perhaps a means to break such a stalemate. It has a sizeable body; big enough to safely block most Slivers. It confers no additional benefit to other Slivers on the board, so you don't have to worry about what your opponent will gain. It can also bolster your own army in two ways-- by tutoring for any other Sliver in your deck (and thus finding you any ability to grant your team that you may need in the current situation), and by forcibly conscripting your opponents' Slivers out from under them. The second ability is only useful in a mirror match, or if your opponent using Changelings, or something like Act of Treason (and not even then, really, because they'd just steal the Overlord anyway). But the first is terribly useful, as it guarantees you the ability to put out more Slivers every turn.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sliver Overlord
 
This was the second legendary Sliver printed, and it's interesting to note how well his ability works against other Sliver decks, especially the most high-value target: Sliver Queen. As far as advancing their game plan, he's less of a necessary cog (if you have a 7/7 creature, you're in a good position to win even without searching for more) and more of the card you go to when you want to make your Slivers have a very specific set of abilities just for the heck of it. But he does that very well.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Sliver Overlord which is a five mana and five color 7/7 Legendary that for three mana can gain control of a target sliver or for three mana can search your library for a sliver and add it to your hand.  This is a solid support card for a five color sliver deck supported with the right lands plus Green's mana fixing slivers. 

Searching for any sliver as needed is very powerful and with other effects added to a 7/7 body this becomes a game ending threat as well, particularly in Commander.  This may not be as impressive as Sliver Queen's low cost token production, but is is a powerful card and a popular choice for sliver decks in formats that allow it.
 
In a Limited format with this it is a very difficult card to utilize as it has five colors and requires other slivers to be more than a 7/7, though the second effect could actually see use.  In Sealed it can be built around if there is enough support, but running the deck around it is difficult at best with anything less than an excellent draw.  For Booster it has value as a rare draft, though slivers are popular and drawing a pool for it depends on the pod.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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