Sword of Light and Shadow


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.


Sword of Light and Shadow Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Will the Allied-Colored Talismans Be ...

5 days ago

It is nice that there are finally enemy-colored talismans in Modern Horizons to complement the allied-colored talismans from the original Mirrodin block, so that has me wondering about something.

The first two cards in the “sword of X and Y” cycle, Sword of Fire and Ice and Sword of Light and Shadow , from the original Mirrodin block, were illustrated by Mark Zug; later, in the Scars of Mirrodin block, three more swords were printed, illustrated by Chris Rahn, and Rahn was later tasked with illustrating the original two swords in Modern Masters with new artwork, and he then illustrated the two swords that appeared in Modern Horizons (which means that it is also safe to presume that he shall illustrate the final three swords, whenever they are printed).

The enemy-colored talismans have artwork that is radically different from that of the allied-colored talismans, so is it possible that the allied-colored talismans may eventually be reprinted with new artwork and flavor text? What does everyone else say about this?

Snowmen1 on BR Bob Party!

3 weeks ago

Hey, thanks for the input! I'm seeing a lot of similar decks to the one I made popping up. I ended up cutting a Grim Lavamancer in favor of trying out the fourth Seasoned Pyromancer . It has really just been that good. As for the Sword of Light and Shadow , I have never been disappointed to draw it. I think that it has a particularly good spot in this deck over Sword of Fire and Ice because it solves problems that the deck has with its life total, which is a pretty big problem since this deck doesn't have any collective brutality or cards like scavenging ooze to deal with aggressive decks like burn, and also with this deck having such a low number of threats, getting back a creature is amazing. It lets you get a restock almost guaranteed after hitting with a manaland thanks to the creature recursion built into it. Both Sword of Light and Shadow and Sword of Fire and Ice do this, but usually all of this deck needs is one creature to pull ahead. Also Sword of Light and Shadow blocks Path to Exile and Fatal Push and for some creatures even Lightning Bolt , while Sword of Fire and Ice only blocks bolt. This helps to keep you ahead.

I would agree though that Sword of Fire and Ice may be better, since it just says draw a card instead of there needing to be a creature in the graveyard, and that it can two for one having the shock. I will test with it.

As for Young Pyromancer , after testing, I find that it just doesn't provide enough advantage given this build, and it really is just a win more card because it would only stick once I get enough value creatures out to be able to cast enough spells for Young Pyromancer to pay off.

TheGameMaster85 on BR Bob Party!

4 weeks ago

Honestly looks pretty clean overall. I would say that Grim Lavamancer and Sword of Light and Shadow are more sideboard cards depending on the matchup. I would switch the sword out with Sword of Fire and Ice to get some extra damage and card advantage. With the amount of spells you can sling I honestly wouldn't think it bad if you put in the Young Pyromancer you were thinking about.

griffstick on Muldrotha vs Yarok

1 month ago

Yarok is better because Muldrotha has a huge weakness. Graveyard hate. One Rest in Peace or any other similar effect and you're done. But the same could be said about Yarok. One Torpor Orb and you're done. Only difference is torpor orb stops creatures. Yarok cares about all the triggered effects not just creatures, and not the entering.

Theres so many strategies you can go. Reanimation decks. Mill decks. Draw and discard decks. Control decks. Token decks. Walkers. Or just value.

I'm gonna list a few cards that trigger in many effects except etb effects. To hammer home the point that torpor will not shut down a yarok deck.

I can go on and on. Yarok all the way better

clancheek on Quest Combo

1 month ago

Thanks for the upvote and the comment heckproof, and yes, I am looking at other stuff for this deck. Always love to tweek decks to add my own flavor. Elbrus, the Binding Blade  Flip and Sword of Light and Shadow came to mind.

LukeEffe on Eldrazi vs. Tron

1 month ago

Hi everyone, I was thinking about the state of Eldrazi Tron right now. I'm often switch between regular Green Tron and E-Tron because I'm lacking the will and the money to buy the last two copy of Karn Liberated and the second copy of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon . When it comes to E-Tron I own the whole shell and I even add some spice of my own with equipments like Sword of Fire and Ice and Sword of Light and Shadow .

I'm not too informed about the current modern state and what is the E-tron placement. I really dislike the Serum Powder version and I'd like to know some opinions about this archetype that I prefer over traditional G-Tron.

Let's discuss.

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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%