MTG: Top 20 Slivers

MTG: Top 20 Slivers

Taking a look at the best slivers ever printed.

Slivers are one of the most powerful creature types in MTG. They appeared in the Rath Cycle and have been around since. They only appear in certain blocks here and there, but when they do it’s insane. Slivers build off of one another and form an unstoppable force.

Honorable Mentions: Plague Sliver & Lymph Sliver

Plauge Sliver gets a special mention because it’s a good card outside of a sliver deck and an awesome sliver to use against a sliver deck! It’s the anti-sliver. Lymph Sliver gets an honorable mention because it is the only card to ever be printed with the absorb ability. I hope they bring it back one day, because it seems like an interesting ability. Now to the real list!

#20 Crystalline Sliver

An amazing card for it’s casting cost. Cards like Magma Sliver will be useless if you play this card, so it comes in a little low on the list. However, this prevents your slivers from being killed off by Terror or Shock.

#19 Psionic Sliver

A sliver for the end of the game, this card can kill off your slivers if you aren’t careful. However, if you have six or more slivers in play, you’ll probably be able to take your opponent’s life down to zero. This is an end of the game card (or a card to play after you have more than two Mucle Slivers in play).

#18 Winged Sliver

Why is this card lower on the list? Well, because sometimes flying hurts more than helps. I have lost two or three games because of this card. Certain cards deal X damage to creatures with flying or things like that. This card should be in your deck, but don’t play it without tact.

#17 Two-Headed Sliver

This card is Goblin War Drums. There are slivers that do a better job of making your slivers difficult to block, but this is the cheapest one. A good play early in the game.

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Mitchell, posted this comment on Aug 3rd, 2009

Slivers are my all time favorite creatures, i have had 1 uber sliver deck for over 6 years. doesnt have any of the new ones thought. it is my one “go to deck”, i have it where i have some extra card i bring with i can add and subtract to mold it to a situation deck.

Victor, posted this comment on Aug 9th, 2009

Ahhhh Slivers, as Mitchell Says, truly Awesome, my Deck i would like to say was Uber, had for about three years, but sadly i had Slivers from the Tempest Block, adn the ones from Legions, did not collect any of them past legions but truly Awesome, sadly i pumped Mainly Green, with the standard Exsplosive vegetations and such to just search for the other colors and poof….. by fifth turn the game was usually over or my opponent quit… or friends would not play it

sadly…. the worst game i ever played with my sliver deck was against another sliver deck… about four or five turns in, 2 sides of slivers, Power ups out the ass…. sadly he attacked me with ONE little ole sliver…. i said “i take it” and as in instant, he dropped the Instant Sliver, then slapped downa Magma Sliver as an Instant then tapped those bitchs and raped me for like 40 damage…….. lol so lesson in live… i must use Quick Slivers which i think thats what they are called, been a LONG time ^^; lol… sadly the deck does not exist anymore ; ;!! but…. i’m content with the decks i got, and will rebuild one day!! and btw Sliver Queen NUMBER ONE!!!

John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith, posted this comment on Nov 18th, 2009

Slivers are no fun… they are impossible to kill unless you take them out early or all at once.

Raziel, posted this comment on Dec 23rd, 2009

Tired of you’re friends playing magic the gathering? Want to lose people to play against? Look no further. A single sliver deck is all you need to make everyone around you quit the game and leave you with a collection cards that can now sit and collect dust.

Chad, posted this comment on Dec 24th, 2009

Just built my first sliver deck with almost all the cards mentioned in this list, have play tested against my toughest decks like Stasis,Life Gain/Life Loss, Infinite Elfs,Mycoloth Saproling and my Arti Deck, this Sliver Deck handled them with Ease!! I was amazed how rediculous these critters are.Only sad thing it doesn’t seem to take much skill to play this deck, I think I’ll use it if I’m having no luck playing my other decks so I can get my 1 win in Casual Group Games.

These are really overpowered Creatures!

your mom, posted this comment on Jan 22nd, 2010

yah there over powered alright but i keep mine close

Chris lub the slivers, posted this comment on Jan 30th, 2010

Only bad thing about group battles is with slivers your the main target of aggression..I learned the hard ways. The slivers do require skill but mainly when its all 5 colors and your playing a deck that is fast or very aggravating such a combo decks.

Solstice, posted this comment on Feb 2nd, 2010

I had a Sliver Queen a long time ago. Traded a Serra Avatar for it. I think it was grade 8 when some kid stole it… it was a harsh blow. I love slivers, but when that happened I just didn’t have the heart to play them anymore. I know its pricy but I am now considering buying a new one and going back to the sliver game.

Soundbucket, posted this comment on Mar 22nd, 2010

Another great sliver worth mentioning is Root Sliver. Green, relatively cheap, and prevents all sliver spells from being countered. Good against counterspell decks if you can get it out early enough.

The Endbringer, posted this comment on Apr 11th, 2010

I am supprized you did not mention Might Sliver, a 2/2 sliver that costs 5 mana and gives all your slivers +2/+2. and why do you seem to like Plague Sliver, Drakdrium13? it counts as a sliver, therefore it also deals damage to you. it does not say “all other slivers”, it says “ALL slivers”. and Plague Sliver is a sliver, so it will be dealing damage to you as well, unless you can find a way to get past that.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Apr 11th, 2010

I like Plague Sliver because it’s a 5/5 for only four mana. Taking one damage on your upkeep is totally worth it. It’s just like Juzam Djinn really.

Claymore, posted this comment on May 24th, 2010

SLIVERS RULE but need sliver queen

Skulblaka, posted this comment on Aug 17th, 2010

You can’t destroy lands, or planeswalker with necrotic sliver as neither of those are permanents. Planeswalkers are considered “players” in the game and lands are nonpermanents. There was a big ordeal about this at a tournament I was at a few months back. Still a good card but, not top ten.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Aug 18th, 2010

Sorry Skullblaka, but you are incorrect. Both planeswalkers and lands are permanents, as stated in the rules: “# 110.1 – A permanent is a card or token on the battlefield. A permanent remains on the battlefield indefinitely. A card or token becomes a permanent as it enters the battlefield and it stops being a permanent as it’s moved to another zone by an effect or rule. [CompRules 2009/07/08] ” It is a top ten for sure! I don’t know what tournament you were at, but the judge was definitely not knowledgable!

Willis, posted this comment on Aug 19th, 2010

Great read I have noticed that you talk about Shadow or Horsemanship and abilities like that. Which makes it hard to believe that you left Shadow Sliver off of this list. Any reason for that or was it an over sight?

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Aug 20th, 2010

I feel that Shifting Sliver is just way better than Shadow Sliver and the fact that you won’t be able to block anything makes me a little nervous. That’s why I left it out. However, I am going to re-rank this sometime soon. Stuff like Crystalline Sliver needs to move up the list

Daspike, posted this comment on Sep 28th, 2010


Conrad, posted this comment on Oct 1st, 2010

to be honest i don’t find slivers fun to play with, I would much rather have bugs, snakes, elves or goblins.

Jacob MArried To Sliver Deck, posted this comment on Oct 10th, 2010

Wait i thought that the shadow sliver, please correct me if i’m mistaken, can block normally as well as blocking shadows and can only be blocked by shadows.

When i read the card it said ‘Creatures with shadow can block and can only be blocked by creatures with shadow’ if you could not block normaly wouldn’t it say ‘Creatures with shadow cannot block creatures without shadow and can only be blocked by creatures with shadow’.

Also i think ‘Brandon’ is a sore looser, just because he can’t find a way to beat a sliver deck he swears, yells abuse at sliver players and repels people from this webpage.


Jacob MArried to sliver deck, posted this comment on Oct 10th, 2010

I have an idea, if you have the haste sliver on the field you can then play plauge sliver and attack before sacrifycing him to psionic sliver to kill another creature or deal damage to opponent.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Oct 10th, 2010

Shadow can’t block normally, which is why I prefer shifting sliver. It is unfortunate, but it makes the ability more unique. if it were the other way around it would be too similar to flying

Jacob MArried To Sliver Deck, posted this comment on Oct 10th, 2010

Phoughy! Otherwise it would be unstopable, i think that i will use shadow sliver but then sacrifice him at the end of the turn to a psionic sliver (to deal more damage) or a homing sliver (to get another sliver. Why isn’t homing sliver on this list anyways?

Mean Combo, posted this comment on Oct 15th, 2010

Mana echos + sliver queen = infinite slivers. I belive I am correct in saying this. Then add magma sliver and you are attacking with an infinite army of slivers with infinite attack.

Jacob MAried to sliver deck, posted this comment on Oct 15th, 2010

Oh snap! great combo, i should try that. But before attacking use necrotic sliver to kill everything!!!

Alex Vain, posted this comment on Dec 29th, 2010

A decent list for top slivers but some incorrect positions no doubt. Realistically, if you wanna win the game, FOR SURE the crystalline sliver is your creature which at worst should be top 3 in this list (on mine top 1) You get that out second turn, and your sliver army will build like no tomorrow. Against control blue (with no wrath of gods or damnation), you get him out early and it’s GG. Be sure to pack 3 or 4 of those bad boys in your sliver deck.

Now for all those sliver haters, the simple way to win almost every game is with a mono white knight deck with 4 wrath of god’s (THE greatest end to a sliver army, watch him rebuild somewhat and pow! – another wrath of god. Not a single sliver on this list will survive it, not even the ward sliver), and 4 Knight exemplars (the best knight in a knight deck in the whole game of MTG). Oh what’s that? All your slivers die cause of my wrath of god and all my knights are indestructible and LIVE cause of my knight exemplar! (although she will die, unless you have 2 in play!!) A wicked wicked knight deck indeed!!

.........................., posted this comment on Jan 8th, 2011

random dumb comment buthow would a sliver planeswaker be

black_and_white, posted this comment on Feb 12th, 2011

WOG and other mass removals are good againts a sliver deck, unless he plays ghostway… or the Patriarch’s bidding during his turn… or he has an enchanted evening and harmonic sliver and other bunch of slivers and plays ghostway to kill all your non-knights… as for the exemplar… ego erasure can remove its creature type so it wont be indestructible, better yet, use ameboid changeling (changeling are slivers too) to change it to sliver and steal it with over lord…ego erasure is an anti-sliver also… for counter heavy decks, root sliver can neutralize almost all anti-spell blue can offer, combine that with crystalline and quick(uncounterable, shrouded, flash creatues), counter deck will have a hard time winning.

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, posted this comment on Mar 6th, 2011

Lol, my friend’s elf deck inspired me to playing slivers. Now nobody at school wants to play Magic with me anymore, thanks to a final hit with my Lava Spike/Izzet Guildmage/Desperate Ritual. Either way, still stocking up more cash to get my hands on that Queen.

go cry to your life partner if you dont like slivers, posted this comment on Apr 10th, 2011

the original infinate sliver combo is queen, heart stone, ashnod’s alter.
i have updated this to queen, heart stone basal sliver. coupled with an overlord, gemhide, and heart sliver you empty your deck for what ever combo your doin and win.(infinate colored mana)
also try glittering wish and living wish to open you sideboard.
land grant is great with the forest duel lands.
fetch lands and crucible and exploration with horn of greed.
oh yeah and dont forget prismatic omen. aluren is a fun option as well

SO, posted this comment on Jul 19th, 2011

Been collecting slivers for years and I have 80% of them :D

It\’s true that Sliver\’s weakness are cards like WOG but Pulmonic sliver can help you revive those slivers again one by one (should be included in top 20 though change it to winged sliver) although Patriarch\’s bidding is better.

Queen basal heart psionic = instant win (infinite spit) – old ultimate combo for slivers

Dude your wrong, posted this comment on May 11th, 2012

Wow, not 100% accurate top 20… for Plague Sliver, all Slivers deal 1 damage to you, not just him. Also, Planeswalkers are players, not permenants. Lands are, artifacts are, and creatures are, though.

Xaines, posted this comment on Nov 18th, 2012

Poster “Dude your wrong”, you make me laugh… actually all of you bashing him over the Plague Sliver make me laugh… he stated it was a good thing to use AGAINST a Sliver Deck not use in one. Also, Players are people who start in the game, not cards that enter the field from your deck. Planeswalkers are permanents, not players as they are -cards- (Not living, breathing people who started in the game) that remain on the field.

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