Pre-Constructed Deck Review
And here it is, by far the most popular Pre-Constructed (Pre-con) deck we presently have in stock. Even though Sliver Shivers can go for twice the price of other decks, we still invariably sell out of this deck before the others. Before taking the time to review it, I kind of wondered if it was really worth all the attention it is receiving. While it is an interesting deck, I still think the Zombies Unleashed deck is better before altering.
But I believe the reason this Sliver deck is so popular is because it has 2 nice Sliver rares in it, and people are using it as a base for building an even better Sliver deck. Sliver Queen has doubled in price since Legions was announced, and for good reason. A well put together Sliver deck is insanely good, and a ton of fun to play, especially with some of the other Tempest and Stronghold Slivers in so you can build your own monsters.
Let me give you the deck listing, and then we'll go over some of the cards:
Here's what this deck, as is, will give you if you got all of your Slivers on the board at the same time:
An uncounterable, 1/1 token making, +0/+1, life gaining, pro (insert color here), can only be blocked by Slivers, instant speed Sliver. The question is, is that good enough? For one thing, you have to have at least one of each to get there. That's a lot of work and time. Are you still alive at that point? I'm kind of doubting it.
The qualities that this build gives you just aren't that amazing. Let me go over them:
And there you have the build as is. If you want to modify it a bit, take out the Root Slivers, the Crowns, the Plated Slivers, and anything you don't think will apply to your local metagame.
Add in more: Brood Slivers, Essence Slivers, Shifting Slivers, Explosive Vegetations, Tribal Unity. Even with those changes, I still don't think this deck is nearly as good as it could be. That being said:
Honestly, I think the Black Slivers would give much more bang for the buck here. I'd probably exclude the white build to do so. While Essence Sliver makes a good Timmy build (life gain), the Black Slivers are pretty evil. I'll go over the black I'd add so you can see the difference:
So consider removing white completely, and adding black, including multiples of all three of the black Slivers. If you have space, add some blue Synapse Slivers too, which will let you draw cards. Card advantage wins games.
Sliver Shivers has good potential as a pre-con. It's main advantage over most other pre-cons is that it is a good base that can be modified into a great build. It's disadvantage is that it will cost you a bit to do so.
Important! Be sure to keep your deck right at 60 cards. When you add a card, remove a less useful one from your deck. The smaller your deck, the more it increases your odds of drawing a good card.
Compared to other Precons, I'd rate this one a 3 out of 5 as is, a 3.5 when modified within color, and 5 when modified with Black.
Remember that you can also go outside of the cards used here by Wizards, as I did by subbing in black for the white. You can use the Pre-cons as a base for a deck, and then add some of your favorite stronger cards that you feel will be helpful. Remember not to stray too far away from the focus or theme of a deck, as that will generally weaken it.
Most of all, have fun with it! Be constantly on the lookout for cards that you can add to your deck to make it better. If you are a good trader, you should be able to do it all for a small investment, and eventually have a much improved deck!
For those of you that are interested in the list of Precons, you can check them out here: www.ShuffleAndCutGames.com. That will give you an idea of the different decks available and their pricing.
Until next time...
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