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Plague Sliver
Time Spiral

Reviewed October 30, 2006

Constructed: 3.17
Casual: 2.6
Limited: 3.8

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Plague Sliver

Expect to see a bit of this guy around. If everyone likes Juzam Djinn, they are going to love this guy. It's just like a Juzam Djinn in many ways, but it even has the added bonus of hurting your opponent's Sliver laden game plan.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4


Plague Sliver

The Powers That Be here at Pojo.com Magic HQ have a real soft spot for Juzam Djinn. I wonder what they said when they saw this. It's a 5/5 for 4, at the reasonable cost of 1 life per upkeep. But it's a Sliver, so it gives every Sliver on the board the Juzam Whammy. I would not recommend playing this in a Sliver deck. I would recommend it for any deck that Juzam of old would've helped, except this one is even more painful in multiples. If you play two, each one will cause you to lose 2 life a turn, for a total of 4 life a turn. So treat it as a Legend-- one at a time please. The other obvious job for this is as sideboard tech against other Sliver decks. Your opponent's Slivers will give this guy all their power-ups, while yours gives all the opponet's Slivers the Plague! Ouch!

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 3.5

Jordan Kronick

Plague Sliver - This card is not a Sliver. Or rather, it doesn't fit many of the definitions of a sliver. Slivers work well together and poor apart. Plague Sliver works terribly in a sliver deck and fantastically anywhere else - especially against a Sliver deck. If I opened up a sealed deck that had only one sliver in it (aside from Venser's Sliver) I would rarely put it into my deck for fear of boosting my opponent's slivers. This one, on the other hand, would make the cut every time. In fact, I would pull other slivers out of the deck in order to include it. In case the reference is lost on anyone, this is a Juzam Djinn. A 5/5 for 4 that cost a life every turn. It has the additional flaw of making some other creatures cost you life, but that's easy to fix - just don't play them. Plague Sliver is going to see constructed play. I guarantee it.

Constructed Rating - 3.5
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 3.6

Nick Tan

Plague Sliver

The irony is, you don’t want to play this Sliver in a Sliver deck- that’s just suicide. Instead, play this fellow like the Juzam Djinn remake he is- alone, without any other Slivers, otherwise you’re just asking for trouble. Otherwise, he’s as good as his predecessor, an efficient 5/5 fattie for four. There are better creatures to play, but that doesn’t detract from this Sliver’s usefulness.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4


Plague Sliver

Now we have a Juzam Sliver. Why you would play this in a sliver deck is beyond me, as it makes your slivers kill you rather quickly. Sorry, but I'm not paying 4 to die in 4-5 turns and get a 5/5 body with potential for more. This is much more of a sideboard card, as you can side it in against a sliver deck and watch them cry if they can't remove it. However, I don't see slivers being tournament-worthy anytime soon. Maybe if Crystalline Sliver got reprinted, but not without it.

In casual, this obliterates a popular deck type. You'll get hated for playing it.

In limited, it depends on what else you drafted. If you have lots of slivers, I definitely would not play this guy, but as a standalone creature he is decent at a 5/5 for 4. He's also highly effective against your opponent's slivers.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 1
Limited - 3

Matt Cortez

Plague Sliver

Constructed - I see this getting some play. Of course someone will have a sliver deck and how to you fight fire? With fire. It's a 5/5 body on a four casting cost creature and the drawback is not a draw back at all. It will get all the abilities from your opponent's sliver's and they get, At the beginning of your upkeep you die, basically. Sideboard it and see what happen's.
Casual - You know that one friend who built that sliver deck that get's you frustrated every time you play against it. Use this.
Limited - A small drawback if your not playing sliver's. Take it. Small drawback for a big body. If you are playing sliver's, take it anyway. You don't want to go against this.

Constructed - 4.5 if against sliver's, 2.5 if not Casual - 4 Limited - 4

Cyrus Huang

Throwback to Juzamn Djinn blah blah blah blah. A really strange card because you can't play him with slivers, like the rest of the slivers are designed to do. Instead, you use him against slivers or by itself.

Constructed: Bad. You'll see it in budget black aggro-control decks just like how yukora the prisoner was used but it'll never be a tier one choice. Like yukora, bad in multiples, and like yukora, not going to make much of an impact.
If the world blows up and slivers see constructed play, ie never, this guy will be a sideboard card in all black decks.

Limited: By itself, this card is great. A 5/5 beater on turn 4 will make any opponent extremely worried. 1 life per turn isn't a big deal when you're either taking out a creature or doing 5 to the dome every turn. Also, slivers are very popular in sealed play and this guy simply punishes your opponent for having any. However if you plan to go slivers as well, you have to suck it up and take this guy out since you'll just kill yourself.
Bottom line: You play it if you got the colors and you're not going slivers. Undercosted 5/5's are good (excluding that piece of crap from coldsnap).
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