Pure lifegain cards are really just bad? Like, they don't provide tangible advantage. No board presence, no card advantage etc.
Also, wanting to cast blue/black spells without any blue/black lands is risky, even with Gemhide, because the premium removal in the format for pauper is Bolt.
June 21, 2017 5:14 a.m.
Hi LeaPlath, Thanks for your suggestions. I personally think that Luminescent Rain is useful in this deck, because it can save you at the last moment, even during your opponent's turn, maybe allowing you to survive even with your slivers tapped or without blocking any attacking creature. Moreover, there are only 2 of them in the deck, so you don't risk to draw them when they are useless. As for the blue and the black spells, they can also be cast using Manamorphose, which is a card that is rarely countered by opponents. Also, putting in some swamps or islands would only result in making the deck worse. I also used this board vs Mono-black control decks and, generally, people think it is better to kill a Muscle Sliver or something like that, than a Gemhide one.
June 21, 2017 8:56 a.m.
A pure life gain spell is bad because it helps you not lose which isnt helping you win. It isn't dealing with the threats that have put you on low enough life you think a life gain spell is good. It is trading 1 of your cards for none of theirs. It isn't putting more presence on the board. A pure lifegain spell is just bad.
Also, by requiring the manamorphosis and gemhides, you are openning yourself up for psudo card disadvantage. If you have a gemhide on board, and a blue spell in hand they can kill your gemhide and then have technically traded 1 of their cards for 2 of yours, because that blue spell is now unplayable.
June 21, 2017 10:47 a.m.
I see your point but I don't think so. Imagine the opponent attaking you when you have all your slivers tapped and you are low on life. You use Luminescent Rain and you live another day. You have then the chance to attack him because he has evrything tapped and win. See it like a Fog. Yeah, it may not be the best spell, maybe something like Healing Leaves is better, because it can protect your creatures too, I was thinking of replacing Luminescent Rain with it.
As for the other blue and black spells, I've never seen someone killing a Gemhide sliver instead of something else, but if somebody does so, I could always answer him by tapping another sliver for that blue/black mana.