Sliver Hive is one of the newest Magic: The Gathering cards revealed June 24, 2014 from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expansion set Magic 2015 in an article by Gavin Verhey on Wizards.com. This rare land is a must own card for any player attempting to make a Sliver-based deck, be it competitive or casual.
Tap: Add 1 to your mana pool.
Tap: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a Sliver Spell.
5, Tap: Put a 1/1 colorless Sliver creature token onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only if you control a Sliver.
One of the largest challenges in playing a Sliver deck is consistently having to the correct colors of mana to cast your creatures. Sliver Hive fixes this issue, much like Command Tower did, without the ubiquitous nature of chase land such as Cavern of Souls. While some Standard Sliver decks will still no doubt utilize Manaweft Sliver, Sliver Hive will help allow players to consistently cast Bonescythe Sliver and Battle Sliver without relying on pricey to obtain lands such as Mana Confluence or Shocklands.
Sliver Hive may not be able to pump out a horde of Sliver creature tokens as Sliver Queen did, however as many of the newer Sliver creature cards don't have activated abilities it's a nice late game mana sink. Aside from the intensive activation cost, Sliver Hive also requires you to control a Sliver in order to use its ability. This can be a problem after one of your rivals casts an Extinguish All Hope, Fated Retribution, Supreme Verdict, or Wrath of God. One way around this is by playing with Mutavault in your deck too.
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