Sword of Light and Shadow


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions Mythic Rare
Modern Masters Mythic Rare
Darksteel Rare
Promo Set Mythic Rare

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Sword of Light and Shadow

Artifact — Equipment

Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black.

Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.


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Sword of Light and Shadow Discussion

Siq6Six on Of Hate-and-a-laugh Tales

5 days ago

Howdy! Been busy the past, uhh, hell i don't know. Missed a few FNM's, and have had a few I didn't even get to play 8. One of the guys in our group likes to play Sydri, Galvanic Genius which hoses my strategy.

How excited are you about seeing the banlist for duel? When I read it I thought about all the Vial Smasher decks you've had to contend with. I LOL'd pretty hard about it!

I'd say the Sword of Light and Shadow is an easy in. Especially now you've had an opening.

How has Pentarch Paladin worked out for you? Additional removal is always nice, but is it worth a slot over other options?

APPLE01DOJ on Blessed Perfection

1 week ago

Sword of Feast and Famine isn't really what your deck wants. It might be good on occasion but basically the only 2 sword relevant in modern are Sword of Light and Shadow for protection and Sword of Fire and Ice for it's powerful utility.

As for additional tweaks, I would personally cut 2x Collective Brutality for a 2nd Overgrown Tomb and 4th MB Abrupt Decay.

Collective Brutality is a good card and shines at times but for the most part it plays a secondary roll to everything else and often needs you to discard other cards to get everything out of it.

Thrun, the Last Troll MB is a total valid choice. I've played with him MB in a few decks and he pays off. However in your deck, I wouldn't run him MB unless you felt like swapping him in place of an Phyrexian Obliterator. It's important to keep your overall mana costs low and 5 4 drops is just too many. Additional, while an uncounterable, untouchable 4/4 is nice, being only a 4/4 in the late game can be a set back.

Warxuaroz on Of Hate-and-a-laugh Tales

1 week ago

Since Paladin en-Vec was underperforming, I took it out for Sword of Light and Shadow because I often needed these two colours of protection at one time. I'll see if the swords aren't too densely populating the deck now.

zoodiackiller on Hekkin Bull Beatdown

1 week ago

SaltySpecula: and MoGoose831: Thanks for both of your inputs! I don't really purchase cards so budget is definitely not an issue. I mostly play it through Xmage.As for the fetch lands, I mostly play it for the speed and ability to fetch the duals. However, I am considering changing some of them to different non-basics. One I need to add is Gaea's Cradle, and potentially one or both Strip Mine and Wasteland because Pendrell gets on my nerves. I also never really like playing basics unless I need to when I'm playing on Xmage or proxy decks with my group of friends.

As for my choice in commander, I like using Marath for his utility in this deck, rather than playing combo like he usually is. I like the unpredictability of the deck, as I rarely play the same game with it (no creature tutors!).

SaltySpecula: I love your suggestions! I think Strionic Resonator and Panharmonicon are really good! Especially the latter. As for Amonkhet, I am very excited to add a couple of those cards to this deck, especially today's Samut, Voice of Dissent. Others I'm excited about is the one you mentioned, Champion of Rhonas and Combat Celebrant.

As for the Blasphemous Act, I think something to the effect of Anger of the Gods or Slagstorm would be a better fit so that my creatures can survive.

I think Warstorm Surge is way overpriced, and would be lower in the priority to cast list versus something like Gisela, Blade of Goldnight.

Regarding lifegain stuff, I like the flavor of it, but I don't have enough cards for Patron and Archangel's Light to be relevant. Though I am looking for some good graveard recursion, I think Sword of Light and Shadow would do the trick. Especially for Gyre Sage or Mikaeus, the Lunarch. Those get targeted so fast.

Zillabrony13 on That'll be one Zirilian dollars, please.

2 weeks ago

More recommendations.

Belbe's Portal. Another way to cheat Dragons into play.

Greater Gargadon. A great sac outlet to keep your dragons from being exiled by Zirilan that eventually gives you a 9/7 beater.

High Market and Rishadan Pawnshop. More ways to keep your dragons from being exiled.

Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Fire and Ice, and Sword of Light and Shadow. Aggression, utility, and protection. They cost $20+ for a reason.

Sword of the Animist. Speaking of swords, this sword ramps you and gives you more power on board.

Solemn Simulacrum. Ramps you, blocks early game, and draws you a card when it dies.

Basilisk Collar. Works very well with cards like Balefire Dragon, Scourge of Valkas, and Scourge of Kher Ridges.

Buried Ruin. Gets back an artifact that was destroyed or discarded.

Daedalus19876 on Jor Kadeen, Metalcraft

4 weeks ago

My first advice would be that your artifact count is simply too low to reliably hit Metalcraft. I would add the artifact lands (Darksteel Citadel, Ancient Den, and Great Furnace) and more strong, cheap equipment (like O-Naginata, Tenza, Godo's Maul, Sword of the Animist, Inquisitor's Flail, Fireshrieker, etc).

I've never liked Hero's Blade much, since its equip cost is so prohibitively high unless you attach it to a legendary creature.

Mirran Crusader seems both on-theme and powerful. Bastion Protector can protect your commander pretty easily. Silverblade Paladin and Duelist's Heritage give that most-sought-after keyword, double strike. Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder and Akiri, Line-Slinger both seem really good here.

Heliod, God of the Sun and Hundred-Handed One seem a bit odd here.

Leonin Shikari and Shimmer Myr have both been disappointments to me in the past.

Scroll Rack is super handy with Land Tax, and just a good card overall...

Wheel of Fortune over Reforge the Soul obviously if you can afford it.

Careful with Sword of Light and Shadow and Sword of Fire and Ice and Sword of War and Peace. Protection from your own colors can bite you sometimes.

I didn't have much time to really make an in-depth analysis at the moment, so I'll take a little more time to look it over later, but you definitely get my +1 ;)

BPWyndon on Kemba, Armory Commander

4 weeks ago

Sword of Light and Shadow isn't worth the price for this deck (I only have 4 creatures total), but if my friends decided they just couldn't bare to continue living without me having those expensive swords, and gave them to me, I certainly wouldn't not put them in the deck.

McAtoms on Kemba, Armory Commander

4 weeks ago

You should add all the legal swords. Sword of Fire and Ice, Sword of Light and Shadow, & Sword of Feast and Famine. (The Masterpiece versions)

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