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Gemhide Sliver
Time Spiral

Reviewed November 13, 2006

Constructed: 2.57
Casual: 4.35
Limited: 3.62

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Jeff Zandi

 5 Time Pro Tour

Gemhide Sliver

Good in Sliver decks! My first impression of this card was that it was WAY too good for limited. A 1/1 creature for only two mana that taps for ANY color, and it’s COMMON too! Well, Gemhide Sliver may not replace Birds of Paradise in constructed decks anytime soon, but in limited, Gemhide Sliver is a MUST PLAY in all green decks, regardless of whether that deck has other Slivers in it as well.



Gemhide Sliver

Sliver decks are typically five color decks. Gemhide here is what makes them possible in Time Spiral block, though in Constructed you've got Ravnica's mana fixers to ensure you don't need to tap your creatures for mana. Limited, this is the Sliver that makes or breaks your deck. You mght get a decent Slver deck without it, but not likely.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5

Jordan Kronick

Gemhide Sliver - Of all the slivers in Time Spiral, two of them fit well in a non-sliver deck. The first is the almighty Plague Sliver. The second is this little bugger. Ignoring for a moment the ability to make other slivers into mana producers, what we have here is a slightly overcosted Birds of Paradise. It is Gemhide Sliver's presence in Time Spiral that makes three and four color decks playable in limited. I wouldn't say that it makes them particularly great, but they are at least viable. If you want to play a 4 (or 5) color sliver deck, Gemhide is an absolute must.

Constructed Rating - 2.8
Casual Rating - 3.4
Limited Rating - 3.0

KC MetroGnome

Gemhide Sliver

This is the one that I'm definitely the most excited about. It's great mana acceleration, especially if you had a turn 1 sliver drop. And, in a format like Peasant Magic (5 uncommons, 55 commons), it gives some much needed color fixing without taking up your uncommon slots. I definitely see this fitting into some decks when Birds of Paradise rotates out. Until then, probably not.

Constructed - 2 (now) 4+ (next year)
Casual - 5 (affordable BoP replacement, or BoP 5-8)
Limited - 3


Gemhide Sliver

Birds of Paradise on a sliver, and I think this wins the prize for my favorite sliver in the set. It's not that useful in constructed, due to sliver decks in general not being useful (not to mention Birds is a turn faster) but this thing is great in limited. It's a powerful mana fixer and accelerator (the former being the more important trait) if you're running additional slivers. If you're playing green in limited, you definitely play this.

In casual, this fits perfectly into a sliver deck, as it lets you accelerate to play more slivers and fixes your mana, necessary in sliver decks as they are required to run multiple colors. It even makes it easier to play the Queen and Overlord.

Constructed - 2.5 (because it still taps for any color)
Casual - 5
Limited - 4
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