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Thank you for the positive and constructive feedback Doombeard1984 :)

Like you, I initially crafted the list with Sliver Overlord at the helm. I liked the idea of having a powered down version available for friendly games with new pods. I find I'm slowly creeping power back into the deck. How can you not, slivers just seem to get more fun the better they work together. I'll likely pilot the deck with Overlord in the Zone when I'm with people I know, and when they're playing decks that can handle a higher power level.

I will very likely, for example, start sneaking counter magic back into the "Protection" category—which initially started out as a stack of counterspells and a Teferi's Protection . That's exactly the kind of confirmatory feedback I was looking for when I fired up this Hive Mind project; thank you. I'll start by throwing Fierce Guardianship back in later this evening, as each Commander is central to their respective combos.

Speaking of helpful ideas that I'll be reworking the curve to include, I knew there had to be something amazing out there for Spiteful Sliver . Blasphemous Act + Spiteful Sliver is exactly the type of flavour I wanted to find for this deck. I love it! That'll be going in as soon as I have a minute to rework my spreadsheet. I love how well Blasphemous Act works with Crypt Sliver as well. A one-sided board wipe for ? Yes, please.

Welcome to the Hive Mind Doombeard1984, and thank you for the strength and the spice that you and your All hail...The Overlord list have offered my brood!

May 1, 2021 5:35 p.m. Edited.

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Thank you RA_HORAKHTE, and further thanks for your contributions to Sliver theory.

I welcome the mind of The First Sliver into the Hive Mind, as I welcome any evolution that THE FIRST SLIVER EVOLUTION 【Primer&VorthosThings!】 might trigger within the hive!

May 1, 2021 8:38 a.m. Edited.

This is a fantastic repository of knowledge RA_HORAKHTE. Thank you for taking the time to share so much of what you've learned of the lore, function, and related biology of these fantastic little fantasy creatures.

I thank you for all the mental transposons. The strength of your hive will most certainly affect the evolution of mine :)

May 1, 2021 8:21 a.m.

It would knock a tutor down a peg, but not much and not for long. I’d be happy to see updated art and borders at a soak-me-financially price for that card tho. It’s the one wrong piece hammered into the puzzle ;)

April 28, 2021 7:51 p.m.

I’d be pleased. Printed into Secret Lair, they’d need cool new updated art. I’m an OCD Commander Player; I can look past the financial politics of a thing if that thing offers my deck bling!

April 28, 2021 8:10 a.m.

And this is why the very thing that makes Secret Lair controversial for stores also makes it good for people with our wish list DemonDragonJ:

Now, in addition to reprint equity, WOTC has another more immediate vehicle to turn the insane markup of high demand resale prices into profit in house: direct to consumer marketing. The Secret Lair Ultimate Edition I didn’t grab from the store that day was a prime example of that. Fetch prices were, as they remain to be, through the roof. Using special sets seems to be giving them an even more profitable and more importantly, repeatable profit vehicle.

Notice that fetch lands weren’t added back into Standard with the latest return to return to return to Ravnica set, even though they were the reprint equity of the past Ravnica returnings. Notice that their resale value kept high through Secret Lair and again through their limited-to-expeditions re-release as well. WOTC can now cash in repeatedly on an expensive reprint and leave it as a value asset.

Now I know any good WOTC employee will tell you that fetches weren’t added to standard because they make people shuffle their decks, and deck shuffling is cumbersome. But I ask in response to that, “what is it that Fabled Passage does again?” I’ll tell you what it doesn’t do, fetch a hundred dollar bill for WOTC.

I don’t blame WOTC for cashing in, it’s their asset, and it’s worth money.

Just noting that means a far greater chance for those Imperial Seal and Personal Tutor reprints we need to make our decks match. Hopefully we’ve got shiny matchy decks soon.

April 28, 2021 7:44 a.m. Edited.

Mystical Tutor is in the deck, and Solve the Equation is a couple mana too pricey for when I’m trying to chain off, (also, I can’t get behind three mana limited target tutors; they feel like I dropped a Demonic Tutor in a trash bin.) Personal Tutor is just way past due for a reprint. Nobody should have to shell out $150 for old paper when there’s 7 different printings of Mystical Tutor to be had for a fraction of that. Portal cards have always been overlooked for reprint.

April 27, 2021 12:35 a.m.

DemonDragonJ I feel every bit of your joy about the updated borders and new art. Every Commander deck I've owned has had, at some point, some dirty-sock-looking-nobody-cares-enough-to-reprint-this-seventeen-year-old-piece-of-trash in it that doesn't look like it's from the same game just because it wouldn't headline a set, and it's always something absolutely optimal for the slot in my deck too.

Spore Frog , a common reprint of a common, was worth more than the rest of Modern Horizons to me twice over because it made my No More Room in Hell deck finally look complete!

I refuse to work a reserved list card into a Commander deck for that reason alone. Still waiting on an update for Personal Tutor for my Simic list. Not getting my hopes up since that wait has been since 1997, but hey maybe after 74 more reprints of Sol Ring they'll finally find room on a sheet ;)

April 24, 2021 10:57 p.m.

I love seeing new, fun-art reprints without Pringled foiling. These are so close to what From the Vault should have been. I personally just can't get behind a "premium" product that has an egregious lack of quality control.

I came within an inch of buying Secret Lair ultimate edition from my LGS, but I cringed when they let me look inside an open box they had and saw that 3 of the 5 cards were cut visibly off centre, and the holo foils on most of them were all slapped on crooked as well.

Call me picky, but Bicycle Playing Cards can sell me a box that's all cut straight enough to pass a Casino's eye and printed on higher quality linen stock for $5. That company has turned a profit since 1885. So what's up with nobody at Wizards bothering with a quick quality check on five cards for $300? Throwing lower and lower quality foils and cuts into packs is insulting enough, but the unit price on this just demands a higher standard.

I should be the living embodiment of the target demographic for Secret Lair. I want desperately want to want this, want to be excited about these special treasures, but I just can't trust that they're not selling me rushed garbage because they don't think we're worth any effort as customers. If I find the ones I like cut correctly, behind glass at an LGS, I'll happily offer my business there. It may come at a premium, but I'll get an actual premium product for my premium product purchase.

April 24, 2021 12:46 a.m.

I'd have to agree with sergiodelrio the dependence on circumstancial factors. If an opponent waited to see my next play and then wanted to walk back to a previous counterspell opportunity, that would seem sketch and so i'd probably say no. If someone dropped an oops and immediately noticed their error without waiting on additional game info, I'd likely let that slide.

That said, if I was your opponent, you let me walk that back, and I went on to win a prize, I'd probably be sharing that prize with you if it was the clear reason for my win. Nice is nice, but it's less mandatory in increasingly competitive environments. Always consider the prize vs. the downside of being that guy. FNM is maybe you let it go, depends on circumstance and the opponent. If it's Commander night next time, your friend is 100% correct; let it go. If it's quarter-million championship match, lawyer up and go buy a more tolerant friend with the prize pool!

April 23, 2021 8:56 a.m.

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