MtG: Mighty Morphing Monsters & 2 Sliver Decks for the Price of 1!

Dear readers and fellow Magic afficionados!!

Here I am with yet another three decks strategy article – the deck ideas just keep coming as per usual and writing them down is actually what I do in order to relax… So don’t wonder about the constant influx of new deck articles and don’t you worry about me. I am having a great time doing these. So let’s get to the first deck in this three part post.

Before I get to the actual decklist, let me share with you a bit of how the following deck idea came about:

Quite recently, I presented on here what was supposed to be a “working” Morph Deck, which I saw as some sort of a challenge, my “Mighty Morphing Magicians” deck, which used cheap and distruptive morphing Wizard Creatuers such as Voidmage Prodigy and Willbender amongst others, with the supreme Morph deck draw engine Secret Plans, which just came out with the new Khans of Tarkir set.

The deck itself worked out pretty well – it drew you a lot of cards through Secret Plans as intended and had quite some disruptive potential – again as intended – but I realized two things:

Firstly, the deck had no real win-condition or “killer cards” with your most powerful Creature, besides the big boss of Morphs, 3/4 Ixidor, Reality Sculptor, being weaker than any Morph Creature (Voidmage Prodigy that was with a measly 2/1…) and secondly, as all the Morph costs on my Morph Creatures were 3 or less, my “main guy’s” quite awesome activated ability was utterly pointless in the deck I had in my hands.

The next thing that happened is that I realized my good gaming buddy Robin was running quite some high-cost Morph Creatures in his Work-in-Progress Deck, which is just his expanded Sealed Deck from the Khans of Tarkir Prelease Event we both attended while ago. I was able to convice him to take my 3 Ixidors and add them to his yet quite unfocussed deck, so he could Morph-up Woolly Loxodon for 2U instead of the regular 6G. Seeing some potential in this approach and knowing there were some better targets for Ixidors morphtastic ability around, I set out to have a second go on a “working” Morph Deck. This time I call it…

Mighty Morphing Monsters

Creatures…22

4 x Birds of Paradise G

2 x Llanowar  Elves G

3 x Hystrodon 4G

4 x Ixidor, Reality Sculptor 3UU

3 x Sagu Mauler 4UG

3 x Root Elemental 4GG

2 x Rockshard Elemental 5RR

Instants…12

4 x  Mizzium Skin U

4 x Mana Leak 1U

4 x Simic Charm UG

Enchantments…4

4 x Secret Plans UG

Lands…22

4 x Yavimaya Coast

4 x Terramorphic Expanse

8 x Forest

6 x Island

About the Deck:

Now that is what I call “powering up” a deck, quite literally. Whilst the average Morphs in the previous Morph deck mentioned above were 1 Power Creatures with the exception of the 2/1 Voidmage Prodigy, now I have mighty 6/6s and Double-Strikers and whatnot at my disposal. While I used mainly  varoious “Monsters” from the Onslaught Block, where Morph made its first appearance, I would like to highlight one bigass Morph Creature that was just released as part of the Khans of Tarkir Set. Just have a look at him:

I mean just look at this one!! What more could you ask for 6 Mana than a 6/6 TRAMPLER with HEXPROOF to boot!! And this is just barely not a crap rare, averaging in at one and a half dollars a copy right now. Sagu Mauler would be a great deal even if you cast him regularly, but just imagine getting him for 2U through the centerpiece of the deck…

…whose secondary ability finally has a purpose in this deck as compared to the weakling Morph filled previous Morphing Magicians Deck! Also, Ixidor makes sure your Morphs won’t be killed off by Shocks and in conjunction with Secret Plans, which has the secondary ability of giving your face-down Creatures +0/+1, not even a Lightning Bolt will kill any of your Morphs off!

Besides Sagu Mauler, my more or less big-bad Morphing Monsters of choice are Hystrodon, which costs 4G, is a 3/4 Trampler that draws you a card whenever it deals damage to an opponent, which makes it a great secondary draw engine besides the obvious Secret Plans, which will draw you 1 card whenever you flip a card face-up.

Then I am running 2 Rockshard Elementals that are 4/3 Double Strikers and would cost 4RR to flip. But thanks to Ixidor you can do it for just 2U and what a nasty surprise your opponent will be presented with if they just let through your morphed Rockshard Elemental, thus receiving 8 damage straight into their terror-stricken face. What would be the icing on this cake would be if you cast Simic Charm on top of that giving Rockshard +3/+3 and thus letting it deal 14 damage for just 2 additional Mana.

Probably my favorite big beater Morph is Root Elemental. Itself it is a 6/6, which is nothing out of the ordinary, but when you morph it up for 2U through Ixidor (the regular Morph cost would cost 3 times as much!) you will get to put any Creature card from your hand into play at no additional cost. Sagu Mauler anyone?

As for support I am running the obvious playset of Secret Plans as well as 4 Mana Leak as my early-game all-in-one solution for pretty much anything. Besides I included 4 Mizzium Skins and 4 Simic Charms for the same purpose why I ran them in the Wizards Morph Deck… in order to protect your important Creatures, first and foremost Ixidor, and for versatility as well when it comes to Simic Charm!

4 Birds of Paradise and 2 Llanowar Elves are just in to do a reliable 2 turn Morph Creature and also to speed up getting out your all-important Ixidor!

By the way: I just proxied up the deck as listed above and can’t wait to put it to the test tomorrow, as tomorrow is M:tG/games day as every Thursday – thanks to my good friend Robin! 😀

OK on to the first of two very different Sliver Decks: The first I will call “New Sliver Swarm” as it will be based on swarming the field with the slithery hive dwellers which made a fabulous reappearance in the Magic 2014 Core Set and the second deck will be totally different and centered around  Sliver Overlord beatdown. The latter deck is the Casual Format version of my all-time favorite EDH/Commander Deck: Sliver Overlord EDH. Just show me another commander with 7/7 at 5 Mana with an inbuilt search engine and a way to overtake any opponent Creature all in one hefty package! But Sliver EDH is a whole different story. Let’s get to the regular Sliver decks and start with…

New Sliver Swarm:

Creatures…26

4 x Galerider Sliver U

4 x Predatory Sliver 1G

4 x Manaweft Sliver 1G

3 x Diffusion Sliver 1U

3 x Blur Sliver 2R

3 x Syphon Sliver 2B

3 x Groundshaker Sliver 5G

2 x Constricting Sliver 5W

Instants…8

4 x Mana Leak 1U

4 x Harrow 2G

Sorceries…4

4 x Hive Stirrings 2W

Lands…24

4 x Sliver Hive

4 x Ancient Ziggurat

4 x Terramorphic Expanse

4 x Forest

4 x Island

2 x Plains

2 x Swamp

About the Deck:

Well, the deck is pretty straightforward and includes some of the new Magic 2014 and Magic 2015 Sliverss only. You can look every card up on http://magiccards.info/ if you wish. I have Slivers that give all Slivers Flying, Slivers that give all Slivers +1/+1, ones that give Lifelink or grant Trample or even the ability to exile any target Creature when a Sliver enters play and for as long as it stays in play. The more Slivers the merrier, the more powerful will your individual Slivers be – and that is the very essence of any straightforward Sliver Deck I guess. One Sliver that is especially dear to me and crucial for getting out your diverse-in-color Slivers is this one:

Also, Hive Stirrings is awesome as it does not only give you 2 lowly 1/1 Slivers, no, those will be +X/+X, flying, trampling, lifelinked etc in many a case! Sadly however, as even the uncommons in this deck are quite costly, I will probably never actually assemble this “New Sliver” deck, so let’s move on to the second Sliver Deck which is UTTERLY different in what it tries to do as compared to the above deck and I take quite some pride in having come up with the concept myself. I posted this deck on here a while ago but as I made some changes to it, I will show you the updated version of it now:

Sliver Overlord Beatdown:

Creatures…19

4 x Birds of Paradise G

1 x Galerider Sliver U

4 x Gemhide Sliver 1G / Manaweft Sliver 1G

3 x Amoeboid Changeling 1U

1 x Harmonic Sliver 1WG

1 x Necrotic Sliver 1WB

1 x Bonescythe Sliver 3W

4 x Sliver Overlord WUBRG

Instants…4

4 x Harrow 2G

Sorceries…4

4 x Channel the Suns 3G

Enchantments…7

3 x Training Grounds U

4 x Steel of the Godhead 2 U/W

Artifacts…4

4 x Lightning Greaves 2

Lands…22

3 x Crystal Quarry

4 x Evolving Wilds

5 x Forest

4 x Island

2 x Plains

2 x Swamp

2 x Mountain

About the Deck:

This deck has one goal and only one: Tear your opponent’s LP asunder with one massive Sliver Overlord! Bow your heads:

How this is achieved? I shall tell you:

Well you best get out a turn 1 BoP to play Harrow on turn 2, diversifying and accelerating your mana base and then, with your two untapped lands left over from the Harrow, you best summon Gemhide Sliver (If I had a tad more money I’d get a hold of some Manaweft Slivers instead) or if you don’t have that one just make some Lightning Greaves, which you will need soon or if worse comes to worst, just an Amoeboid Changeling. Just make sure you use all your available Mana. On turn 3 you’d cast Channel the Suns for 3G which will give you one mana of every color, so 5 Mana – WUBRG. That is just what you need to get your Overlord onto the field. If you were lucky enough to cast Lightning Greaves on turn 2, you’d attach them to Overlord and swing in for 7 (Plus he will be protected from any targeted harm)! And that on turn 3!! Pretty amazing – IF… it works out that way. As soon as you have your Sliver Overlord out, the mayhem begins! Switch Greaves over to another Creature temporarily to enchant the Overlord with this Aura I am quite fond of and find myself using in many a deck…

…and you’ll have a 9/9 Lifelinked Overlored WHICH CANNOT BE BLOCKED!! Seriously, how awesome is that?

Also with the Overlord out, you have a toolbox of Slivers at your disposal as well as a way to overtake any opponent Creature (that can be targeted) you wish! Your Sliver Toolbox consists of 1 casting cost Galerider Sliver, which gives Overlord Flying for cheap, Harmonic Sliver, which can be used to get rid off pesky artifacts or enchantments, Necrotic Sliver which destroys ANY 1 permanent and lastly Bonescythe Sliver, which gives the Overlord (and all other Slivers) Double-Strike (and now I have to mention it: Why the hell do all the new Slivers look like Predators? As in Alien vs Predator? Seriously? What’s the deal with that??). A Double Striking 9/9 Lifelinked AND unblockable Sliver Overlord would surely cause your opponent some serious trouble I would say!

When it comes to activating either of Sliver Overlord’s awesome activated ability, I found Training Grounds to be your perfect card to go along with those:

Yes, this means fetching a Sliver will cost you just 1, and you can activate it any number of times. Also, and this takes me to the last point of awesomeness, you will be able to overtake any opponent Sliver, again for the cost of 1 generic Mana. Now how to turn an opponent Creature into a Sliver. The answer is this Creature, which can be fetched via Overlord as it counts as a Sliver also. Just have a look:

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And this concludes today’s three part deck & strategy article! I hope you enjoyed your read and wish you all

HAPPY GAMING!

Yours,

Andi

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