Reverse the Sands


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Champions of Kamigawa (CHK) Rare

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Reverse the Sands


Redistribute any number of players' life totals. (Each of those players gets one life total back.)

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Reverse the Sands Discussion

IrishMidgetMan on Card Clarification

1 week ago

I just want to make sure I understand this card correctly before attempting to use it..

Reverse the Sands --So say I cast this spell. I have 5 life remaining, Player B has 20 life remaining, and Player C has 25 life remaining. (Total of 50 life points on the field)

I can redistribute life totals so that I have 48 life, Player B has 1 life, and Player C has 1life? (Total life points remains 50)

Pluto__ on Commanders of Ixalan: Vampires

4 weeks ago

It might be interesting and more flavorful to do more of a life-pay type deck, and then use life switching cards. It fits the theme of Vona more, while also being a very curious strategy.


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You would still have lifelink cards, but be a little less focused on having the highest life total, but instead use your life to gain the advantage.

MagicalHacker on THAT Player

2 months ago

Oooh positive ones, I like that idea too!

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  • "Dang, that card is awesome!"
  • "That was such a close match, I can't believe I actually won."
  • "I really like your deck, I can definitely tell you put a lot of hard work into building it."

The GM

This player starts first with the goal of making sure everyone has fun in the multiplayer games, and knows how to balance the common goal of winning with the perfect level of power for the group. Common quotes of this player:

  • "Tap my Homeward Path so that everyone gets their creatures back."
  • "I'm not gonna hit you cause you're mana screwed."
  • "I wanna see how your Avacyn, Guardian Angel deck plays out, so I'll play Fog to save you."

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This player has a lot of experience building decks and playing in the format, so when they offer help, you know the deck is going to get much better. Some common quotes:

  • "One of the nice things about playing white is that you get quite a few efficient spot removal cards for any type of permanent!"
  • "I see you are playing Tooth and Nail, do you have Craterhoof Behemoth in the deck?"
  • "If you are having trouble staying out of topdeck mode, here are some cards in your colors that you can use to keep your hand filled."

jackowski626 on Reverse the sands revival

2 months ago

Hello, I was playing commander with a couple of friends and I conceded. A guy played Reverse the Sands and said it could make me revive (give me some life). Make me sure it's not true please :)

CaptSillva on Welcome to Azir's Sandbox Game

2 months ago

How about some super flavor picks that aren't completely worthless Brave the Sands, Sands of Delirium, and Reverse the Sands. Brave actually seems decent in this deck.

ZendikariWol on zero life total = win con (enchantment)

3 months ago

Double strike doesn't matter to Fling. Make him unblockable instead? Switch Reverse the Sands and Murder Investigation out for 4 Ghostly Prison and do control. For unblockability, try Break Through the Line before increasing his power.

StumpyIB on zero life total = win con

3 months ago

A fun card with Reverse the Sands is Invincible Hymn. Better in Commander, but you might useful!

Ovlibion on Wildfire Exploits(U/R Control With a Twist)

4 months ago

Some other powerful spells you can add are: Time Stretch, 2 turns instead of just one; Heroes Remembered, good lifegain; In Garruk's Wake, nice removal; Rise of the Dark Realms, get you some creatures; Army of the Damned, get you some MORE creatures; Reverse the Sands, steal your opponets life and leave him/her with one; Worst Fears, mindslaver made sorcery and Wit's End to leave your opponet with no cards. Since you are running on 59 cards you could add some of this.

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