Dormant Sliver

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Planar Chaos (PLC) Uncommon

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Dormant Sliver

Creature — Sliver

All Sliver creatures have defender.

All Slivers have "When this permanent enters the battlefield, draw a card."

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Dormant Sliver Discussion

ThaElectroGypsy on Sliver EDH Control Deck

1 month ago

Hello, figured I'd come have a look after you commented on my list :D

Lots of interesting options for people looking to get into building Slivers, and for all the flavors of them. My personal meta has tournaments at close to a cEDH level so unfortunately the gloves have to come off, and a lot more resources are spent protecting my boardstate and disrupting opponents.

Outpacing opponents on mana production is huge. Running the creature tutors Eladamri's Call and Worldly Tutor to specifically go get Manaweft/Gemhide is super important in my experience. If one of those are already in play, you use them to go either get silver bullets (or Haste) while you wait to get your commander online, or as a way to expedite the end of the game by getting Seedborn Muse with your commander on the field. Not a sliver, but it builds your own Prophet of Kruphix (with Quick Sliver), which was good enough to be banned.

Also, unbudget your landbase if you can/are willing to. Lots of people say it can be done without a big hit in smoothness, but a decently optimized base of even just fetches/shocks makes a world of difference.

Survival of the Fittest feeds into Patriarch's Bidding like some kind of horrible nightmare for your opponents. Building your battlefield in your graveyard for 1 green mana a creature feels good. Bonus points for sticking a Dormant Sliver in to draw a bunch of cards, and either Darkheart or Basal to be able to swing afterwards :D

Hand refills like Wheel of Fortune make the deck shine as well. You can empty your hand remarkably fast, and without your commander to grind advantage out of your deck, a nice refill to 7 gives you more options than it takes away. Budget options like Shamanic Revelation and Collective Unconscious also aren't bad.

Recommend readding Crystalline Sliver. Slivers are the casual player's lightning rod. If you've got more than 2 slivers, odds are the is watching your every move and any spare removal often goes your way. Arcane Lighthouse is your way around "gifting" your opponents' creatures the best type in Magic, shortly before stealing them away with Overlord.

Lastly, Winged Sliver instead of the maybeboarded Galerider Sliver? Or is that something to acquire?

+1, Welcome to the Hivemind :D

cdkime on Ssssssslivers

1 month ago

Paradox Engine is absurdly strong with Manaweft Sliver and Gemhide Sliver as you can use your slivers to cast spells, immediately untapping them.

Hibernation Sliver is another strong option for protecting your slivers from removal/wrath effects.

Dormant Sliver is another great option, as it provides extremely powerful card draw (particularly with Paradox Engine--you cast a sliver, draw another sliver, cast another sliver, draw, etc.). While its defender ability is annoying, Hibernation Sliver, Necrotic Sliver, and Frenetic Sliver can keep it from being too much of a problem.

Vanquisher's Banner is another strong option--slivers quickly empty your hand, and you need as much card draw as you can muster.

If you want to play an expensive-to-cast wrath as a win condition, Kindred Dominance is vastly better than Extinguish All Hope, even with the extra in the casting cost. This card should outright win you the game.

Patriarch's Bidding will likely benefit you more than your opponent, and provides a strong method of recovering from a wrath effect.

cdkime on Silvers, i mean slivers

1 month ago

Paradox Engine is absurdly strong with slivers. With Gemhide Sliver, Sliver Overlord, and Paradox Engine, you can easily tutor and cast every sliver in your deck.

Dormant Sliver is another great card, creating incredible card advantage. Its downside is easily nullified with Hibernation Sliver or Necrotic Sliver.

cdkime on Sliver is good

2 months ago

Dormant Sliver is an underrated card that many sliver decks ignore. The card draw it generates is fantastic, ensuring you can constantly dump new slivers onto the battlefiled. With Paradox Engine and Gemrider/Manaswift Sliver in play, you can easily draw and play a significant portion of your deck. Its frustrating defender ability is easily rectified with Necrotic Sliver or Hibernation Sliver.

Vanquisher's Banner is also worth considering. Its tribal boost is nice, and limited just to your creatures. The card draw it generates is fantastic, and can be used alongside Paradox Engine as above.

Loonmoon18 on cdkime

2 months ago

Solid decision on the Dormant Sliver! I used to have it in the deck but weeded it out early on before I figured out some cards to add to the deck, thanks for the reminder! :)

cdkime on Sliver EDH Control Deck

2 months ago

Consider Dormant Sliver. The card draw it generates is fantastic, and well worth the downside. Cards like Hibernation Sliver and Necrotic Sliver can be used once you no longer want defender.

It also works fantastically with Paradox Engine, which I saw on your acquire list. I highly recommend purchasing Paradox Engine next. Alongside Overlord, it easily lets you cast every sliver in your deck during the same turn.

cdkime on The Glorious Hive

2 months ago

Couple suggestions:

  • Dormant Sliver is underrated, but absurdly powerful. The amount of card draw it gives is crazy and will win you games. Its downside is easily rectified through Hibernation Sliver.

  • Galerider Sliver - all your slivers get flying for . What's not to love?

  • Muscle Sliver is another great card. Predatory Sliver is powerful as well, but I fully understand not liking the more modern version of Sliver.

  • I am going to second Paradox Engine--it's just that good with Sliver Overlord and Gemhide Sliver. Once you have 5 Slivers in play, you can fetch and cast every Sliver in your deck in the same turn (fetching Heart Sliver first). You should really consider Manaweft Sliver to increase your chances of hitting this combo. As unfortunate as the new Sliver designs may be, this card is too strong to pass up.

cdkime on Slivers still use hives

3 months ago

Dormant Sliver is great in EDH. The card draw it provides is massive, and its downside is easily avoidable with Hibernation Sliver.

Paradox Engine is a must in sliver commander decks, since it pairs so nicely with Gemhide Sliver and Manaweft Sliver. You use your slivers to cast a sliver to untap your slivers to play another sliver to untap your slivers to . . . If you have Dormant Sliver in play, you can keep these shenanigans going for quite a while.

I also think you are incorrect about Sliver Overlord vs. Sliver Hivelord--Overlord simply provides a lot more utility as your commander. You can tutor your Hibernation Sliver to make your Dormant Sliver more effective. You can tutor your Hivelord to give your slivers indestructible. You can tutor your Crystalline Sliver if their deck is heavy on removal. You can tutor your Necrotic Sliver if they are about to combo out. You can . . . I think you get the point.

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