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Basal Sliver
Time Spiral

Reviewed November 06, 2006

Constructed: 1.8
Casual: 1.83
Limited: 2.16

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Basal Sliver

As far as Slivers go, this one leaves me underwhelmed. It's a 2/2 for 2B, which is reasonable considering all the other abilities its brethren will likely give it. And with Slivers, sometimes all you need is that extra warm body on the bench. But the ability just isn't useful. If you want a controlling sort of Sliver deck that seeks to win with a Consume Spirit or the like, this is your card. Otherwise, you can do better.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 1.5


* Game Store Owner

Basal Sliver - Monday

This card is OK I suppose. Being able to turn your sliver into mana isn't ever really bad. Also, in combination with other slivers, you can use them to pay colorless activation costs. Also, in limited play, they can be an extra source of mana that opens up room for a few more tricks.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2

Gackley Ferguson

It's fun with Slivers week here at COTD, so lets kick this one off right!
Basil Sliver allows you to sacrifice any other Slivers and put BB into your mana pool. It could be used to sacrifice some weak slivers to pump out something really powerful, or cast oodles of spells on a single turn. So in the right deck this could be really useful. Other than that...not so much.

Constructed: 2.9/5- If in a sliver deck go for it, other than that...eh maybe.

Casual: 3.5/5- Again, the Johnny of the world would love this since they can pull off massively mana intensive combos in a single turn.

Limited: 3/5 In a Time Spiral draft it could be useful...with all the slivers in the set and what not, it all depends on the draws you get.

Cyrus Huang

Constructed: Black is really weak on slivers since the only real reason to have black is for sedge sliver (which most sliver decks are dropping anyways). This guy doesn't really help any of your other slivers (since it produces black mana, great and is an insignificant boost) and is mediocre by itself. Slivers aren't even playable in the first place, so don't worry about it (I think I'll be repeating this statement a lot for this month).

Limited: Sometimes you just need a creature and you'll have to put this guy in your deck. The ability will come in handy 1 in 20 games so you never know. You'll also definitely throw it in if you got a lot of slivers anyways just because it gets the benefits from your other guys.
Remember, no shame in putting grey ogre in your decks, they seem crappy but they're rarely useless unlike a ton of other cards you could be filling your deck with.

Cyrus Huang

KC MetroGnome


Basil Sliver

I don't know about this guy. I don't see him making a splash in constructed, although slivers on turn 1 and 2 plus this guy on turn 3 could ramp you up to something quite large in the up-to-10-mana-range on turn 4. So it's possible that something could come of him.

In Casual is probably where this will shine. That's where you've got the best selection of old and new slivers to really take advantage of the tempo boost this guy could give you to drop something really huge. I don't see it showing a lot, but it will be pretty key in the decks that do run it.

In limited, we've got a Gray Ogre with an ability, albeit one that you won't use very often. So it's slightly above the normal curve, but not something I'd go out of my way to include in a deck.

Constructed - 1
Casual - 3
Limited - 3


Basal Sliver

A 2/2 sliver for 3 is a decent deal, but the ability? I don't see this getting used that often. It is acceleration, but it's at a very steep price. I'd much rather play Gemhide Sliver, as it is just as good as this at accelerating, makes any color, and doesn't require you to give up your board.

In casual, good for getting out fatties, but the only fatties a sliver deck might want to play are the five-color slivers and this does not help with those.

In limited, you need a good reason to sacrifice a creature and this isn't one. It is a body, though, and gets benefits from other slivers, so it's not that bad.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 2.5
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