Sword of Light and Shadow


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions (MPS) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Mythic Rare
Darksteel (DST) Rare
Promo Set (000) 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

Ripwater on Karlov's Chapel

1 week ago

Is it me or are you a bit low on the lifegain side? I do like your take on trying to control the board through other cards than Karlov. But I feel, when looking at this list, you might have problems getting Karlov going consistently. I mean no tutors: Demonic Tutor , Vampiric Tutor , Ranger of Eos etc.

Also have you reconsidered Contemplation ? it does the same as the Demon's Horn but better. It is erratad to "Whenever you cast a spell"

Also: Auriok Champion , Blood Artist , Mother of Runes , Sword of Light and Shadow ? In my opinion auto includes to any Karlov deck.

When it comes to lifegain triggers, I play about 25 in my deck, wich often result in a 8/8 Karlov by turn 3.

You can always take a quick look at my list if you want, maybe it gives you some ideas! :)

[[Primer]] Karlov's Will

Commander / EDH* Ripwater


Ripwater on The Eternal Greed Of House Karlov

1 week ago

Cool deck! Just a quick question: The only 2 token generators I see are Regal Bloodlord and Regna, the Redeemer is that enough fuel for your sac outlets? The thing is I don't see a lot of other creatures you want to throw in the meat grinder, since they all give quite some value.

I think I would cut the token theme and, like theemptyquiver said go for Sword of War and Peace or Sword of Light and Shadow . Hell I would run all of em, just for the protection, it makes Karlov unblockable. The other effects are the value bonus. Oh don't run Sword of Body and Mind it's trash ;)

Also have you considered: Mother of Runes , Eight-and-a-Half-Tails , Contemplation , Tablet of the Guilds , Shizo, Death's Storehouse , Crested Sunmare ? They all have a lot of synergy with Karlov and the way he runs the deck.

Try to go for as much lifegain triggers a turn, not just once in your upkeep. It will make you much much faster, to the point where you can exile creatures AND swing in for commander damage, instead of doing one of the two.

Hope it helps! And if you are curious or need some inspiration this is my list: [[Primer]] Karlov's Will. Maybe it gives you some idea's! :)

DrkNinja on DEUS VULT | Aurelia Mentor EDH

2 weeks ago

I like what I see but... I have some opinions

Your creature selection is weak, there are better cards at your desposal than what you are using.

And since most of my suggestions, and most of your creatures are either soldiers or humans...

You also have a tokens subtheme, all of which are soldiers or humans:

Also I feel like you are missing some really good creature/boros cards

If you are going to play Equipment tutors, you should be playing these;

Maybe not all of them but one or two for sure.

Lastly I think you may have just two too many mana rocks, you aren't playing 3 colors.

ThaneGarrus on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 month ago

I agree on Deathrender , Martial Coup and Living Death , but I like having a backup fetch in Carrion Feeder if viscera seer gets exiled or we don’t have a way to recur it. Teysa, Orzhov Scion is pretty restrictive to use outside of the combo with Darkest Hour

I was toying with the idea of Stoneforge Mystic , Sword of Light and Shadow (recursion/protection), Nim Deathmantle (combo potential) and Open the Armory since skullclamp is such a powerhouse Possibly cutting Mentor of the Meek

Zej on Nahiri, The Lithomancer

2 months ago

Thank you everyone for the comments. I appreciate all the help with this. I should say that mass and continual land destruction is frowned upon. I went "lighter" on the reanimation with a high probabilitly some thing will be "exiled" rather than just destroyed. That is the direction things seem to be moving.

@hkhssweiss - thanks for the input. I do use a Cataclysm + Faith's Reward Combo. This helps remove all the plainswalkers from the Atraxa deck.

@xaarvaxus - There is some light reanimation with the Sun Titan and Sword of Light and Shadow .

I do like the idea of Mistveil Plains and will be adding that in V2.

I feel the weakest cards in the deck are Elspeth, Knight-Errant and Linvala, Keeper of Silence .

I have to say Extraplanar Lens felt underwhelming as well. But, I know once Eight-and-a-Half-Tails is out I want all the white I can get. IDK maybe Caged Sun would be better here.

I do have a Teferi's Protection and I need to find a spot for it. I also feel a spot should be Tocatli Honor Guard as well.

So the next version 2.1 will be

Out: Elspeth, Knight-Errant , Linvala, Keeper of Silence , and 3 Plains .

In: Teferi's Protection , Tocatli Honor Guard , Mistveil Plains , Arid Mesa , and Marsh Flats

Thank you all for the tips and ideas!

Darkshadow327 on May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

2 months ago


  • I've found that Ashen Rider is a good political tool since people don't really like their stuff exiled. It is a card to consider taking out though.

  • I've definitely been on the edge about Butcher of Malakir , I agree with you here

  • I've been on the edge about Extractor Demon too.

  • I like the "may" clause on Harvester of Souls , but it is definitely a card to consider replacing.

  • In a vacuum Knight of the Last Breath is definitely horrible. However, in this deck it can really work. Sacrificing something to just get a token out of it (along with any death triggers) is useful, and the low 4/4 stats are more than compensated for by the fact that it has Afterlife 4.

  • I do like Krav, the Unredeemed since it can help with many different areas of the deck.

  • Most of my tokens are white, which is why I have Light of the Legion . It is a card that have really been leaning towards cutting though.

  • Regna, the Redeemer is definitely expensive, but I do like token production and the fact that she can tutor for Krav. Definitely one that might not make the cut though.

  • Nomads' Assembly and Storm Herd synergize very well with the token theme, and the fact that all those tokens will gain me tons of life is worth it to me. To be honest since this won't be cEDH they aren't extremely expensive by commander terms, though Storm Herd is definitely pretty high on the curve.

  • Again, while it might be higher on the curve Rise of the Dark Realms won't be extremely hard to get to. Although, target recursion might be better in this deck.

  • With all the tokens I'm gonna get attacking will still be relevant, especially since the tokens dying can still trigger effects. Cathars' Crusade can help, it might not make it in though.

  • Divine Visitation is another card I've been on the fence about, it would probably be better in another deck.

  • While Sanguine Bond /equisite blood do combo, it's not one that I'm actively searching for. 99.999999999999% of the time they will end up being on their own.

  • Been on the edge about True Conviction and Grave Betrayal .

  • Sword of Light and Shadow just gives that extra lifegain and recursion, just have it in the "protection" category because I didn't know where to put it.

Lifeline is cool, I've never seen that before

Totally forgot about Razaketh and Sheoldred. I feel stupid now.

Bontu's will definitely do work

Teferi's Protection has been in and then cut more times then I can count, it is definitely staying this time though.

I've been considering Smothering Abomination , it would be good.

Oversold Cemetery is a really cool card.

Toxic Deluge is a good one, forgot about it too.

I really appreciate this! I'm sorry if it seems like I'm not accepting suggestions/criticism, I just like to provide explanations.

Thanks hkhssweiss!

TCG-Player on Karlov of the Ghost Council - Voltron

2 months ago

@Sanguine Bond:
I know the combo you are referring to, but I decided to settle for Vizkopa Guildmage instead of Sanguine Bond, because Vizkopa Guildmage is more useful outside of the combo. It can activate both of its abilities in one turn to drain a player for a lot (with your Commander), for instance. It can also be tutored for (Recruiter of the Guard) and be revived more easily (Sun Titan, Sword of Light and Shadow).
I also dislike the idea of Sanguine Bond, because this deck is built to gain little bits of life, rather than gaining a lot, so Sanguine Bond wont drain for a considerable amount.

I thought about Sunbond for a while, but I ended up cutting it. It can grow your Commander very fast, but that still requires external lifegain to happen. Sunbond could also be used to turn any creature into a substitute for your Commander, but there is a card that does essentially the same, but just way better: Archangel of Thune.

I think Debt to the Deathless is just outright a better option for decks with both Black and White in it. If you are spending at least 7 mana to cast either spell, Debt to the Deathless will do more damage/gain more life for the same amount of mana. And since both cards would be used as alternative win conditions for this deck, the cases where you would cast either spell for less than 7 mana will be rather unlikely.

dritchie on Kemba, her arms wide.

2 months ago

Also Voltron wise I would get rid of World Slayer because that can really backfire on you and use Fireshrieker, with this been semi tribal it might be worth playing Door of Destiniesfor added power boost, i would definitely recommend adding nehiri the plainswalker that you have in maybe as she will definitely speed things up, Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Light and Shadow

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Sword of Light and Shadow occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0,02%

White: 0,37%