Top 10 Sliver Creatures in Magic: The Gathering
What Are Sliver Cards in Magic?
Nope, we're not misspelling the color "silver"—slivers are a scorpion-like subtype of Magic creatures whose effects build off each other, empowering not just themselves, but all members of their clan. Thus, sliver decks work best when you fully commit to them, filling their ranks with troops who combo their abilities.
But with dozens of slivers of all shapes, sizes, and colors, which bugs are most crucial to your victory? These are the ten best sliver monsters in Magic: The Gathering!
10. Sliver Hivelord
CMC (Converted Mana Cost): 5
Of your several options for rainbow legendary slivers (accessing all hues when used as commander in EDH format), Hivelord remains one of my favorites. He needs one of every mana type, arriving with a respectable 5/5 stats (five power and five toughness), and he grants all slivers you control (including himself) the valued indestructible trait, making them immune to the most common form of removal.
Use this to fortify your often-weak monsters, making it much safer to assault your opponent and intercept hits.
9. Plated Sliver
White's Plated Sliver bears a puny 1/1 stats, but for his inexpensive price, it's hard to complain, especially since he grants all slivers +0/+1, meaning he really arrives as a 1/2.
That extra point of toughness goes a long way towards protecting your team, granting an excellent support you can play on your first turn—just remember it'll also boost opposing slivers. Other cards can grant Plated tap abilities to further warrant his presence, like the black faction's...
8. Crypt Sliver
Crypt Sliver carries a disappointing 1/1 for his price, so be sure to fortify him with Plated and other boosts. However, he lets slivers tap to regenerate a target sliver, removing all damage and tapping it if it would die that turn!
Using the often-overlooked block-tap technique, you can now defend against any invaders without fear of death. When your opponent plays attackers, declare your untapped slivers as blockers. Then, use Crypt's tap ability to regenerate them; even though they're now tapped, they'll still block (as they were successfully declared as blockers), guarding your enemies and adeptly regenerating themselves if they would fall in combat.
7. Sedge Sliver
Like many of his kind, red's Sedge Sliver is rather weak for his price, bearing just 2/2. However, he grants your team two excellent boosts as long as you have black mana available (which you should in rainbow sliver EDH decks).
First, while you control a swamp land, Sedge grants your slivers +1/+1. Then, whether or not you have a swamp, Sedge lets you spend a black mana at instant speed to regenerate a sliver, an excellent substitute or supplement for Crypt's defensive powers.
6. Sliver Legion
Like Hivelord, Legion is a legendary creature who serves as an excellent sliver general in EDH. While he doesn't grant your army indestructible, he wields a monstrous 7/7 stats and lets all slivers (including himself) gain +1/+1 for every sliver in play.
Boosted by allies (and possibly enemies), Legion can potentially score a commander damage win with one or two hits, and your other insects will enjoy a similar increase. Be sure to apply trample with other slivers to ensure your excess combat damage bleeds through blockers.
5. Harmonic Sliver
Harmonic Sliver can be risky, as he's pitifully weak at 1/1 and his effect isn't optional: whenever a sliver enters the field, its controller must destroy a targeted artifact or enchantment.
This can end up nuking your own cards if you're not careful, but in the creature-heavy decks of slivers, you're unlikely to brandish many artifacts and enchantments anyway. The effect also triggers when Harmonic himself enters, so he's really a three-cost removal, creature, and sliver support all in one.
4. Sidewinder Sliver
Like Plated, white's Sidewinder Sliver grants your army an appreciated combat boost for just one mana. He grants all slivers the rare flanking trait, forcing blockers without flanking to suffer -1/-1 for the turn whenever guarding your troops.
This makes it challenging for opponents to defend, as their units will deal less damage and die more easily, often letting your fiends slip through unimpeded and land their direct attacks.
3. Virulent Sliver
Virulent works great when used in decks that emphasize low-cost spells, as he grants slivers the poisonous ability. This works similarly to infect, placing a poison counter on your opponent whenever you deal them damage and forcing a loss when they collect ten.
A useful boon, but not quite as helpful as infect itself; note that poisonous doesn't let you deal damage to creatures as -1/-1 counters (like infect and wither), and you only land one on your opponent per attacker regardless of how high your creature's power is. Still, it's a handy potential win condition that you can proliferate with cards like "Atraxa, Praetors' Voice."
2. Heart Sliver
Red's Heart Sliver is yet another puny creature, carrying weak 1/1 stats. However, he grants all slivers haste, letting them attack or tap on the turn they arrive. This is simply an excellent boost for your team, especially with the tap-bestowing effects of creatures like Crypt Sliver and...
1. Manaweft Sliver
Manaweft is an upgraded version of "Gemhide Sliver," bearing the same great effect but only applying it to your slivers (and not your opponent's). While he's a disappointing 1/1, Manaweft only requires two mana and grants your team an excellent ramp effect, letting your slivers tap for a mana of any color.
This affords sliver decks a surprising amount of speed, and the ability to collect any hue helps access the mana colors whose lands types you haven't yet drawn. Manaweft's an essential component to my sliver EDH decks, accessing the best spells that much faster; thankfully, he's surprisingly cheap for a competitive card, costing less than two dollars!
Which card do you prefer?
How to Support Your Sliver Commander Deck in Magic
Since nearly all slivers boost their entire faction, they themselves are their best supports, but they still enjoy a few non-creature spells. The land "Sliver Hive" can tap for any color when used to cast a sliver, and the artifact "Hivestone" grants all your creatures the sliver subtype, letting anyone make use of the sliver family abilities.
With every color available on their legends, you can place whatever other supports you like in your deck (pay special attention to green's creature assists), but for now, as we eagerly await Wizards of the Coast's next expansion of powerful slivers, vote for your favorite card, and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!
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