Sword-Point Diplomacy


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Sword-Point Diplomacy


Reveal the top three cards of your library. For each of those cards, put that card into your hand unless any opponent pays 3 life. Then exile the rest.

Sword-Point Diplomacy Discussion

Darth_Savage on saddisct shitty mono black

1 month ago

The reason you are struggling to make this deck work is that it has at least two different plans, none of which it can fully support. Outside of this your deck has a glut of four drops and only eight spells which cost less than 3 mana, this is not a good curve as it means you do very little until turn three or four.

It is often repeated that you need to have a clear plan for your deck to function. You have a part of a punisher style deck with cards like Torment of Hailfire or Temporal Extortion then you have a Soulflayer plan with Xathrid Slyblade and other creatures to feed it. You need to pick one of these ideas, you can play a mono black punisher style deck, but it needs a discard package Duress and Despise for example as well as Dash Hopes and Sword-Point Diplomacy but everything in the deck needs to be focussed on helping your plan or keeping you alive. A Soulflayer deck is also possible, I run a variation on MonoFlayer at the modern night locally on occasion and can win rounds.

In summary; make a plan and watch your mana curve. I hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

Murphy77 on Rakdos Coffee

3 months ago

I just get the feeling that Sword-Point Diplomacy or Risk Factor would do more for this deck than Experimental Frenzy . I like the idea of doing some direct damage to put +1/+1 counters on Knight of the Ebon Legion , but you might need a few chump-blockers early in the game. Maybe Bladebrand in place of Light Up the Stage to both reduce your mana-curve and let Viashino Pyromancer also clear out an opponent's creature. I also like Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord over Chandra, Fire Artisan

musicman3310 on B/W Control Exile

6 months ago

Dawn of Hope can combo with Fountain of Renewal but Fountain is a meh card. You can use Treasure Map  Flip, I personally used to doubt this card but people will literally counter this with a Syncopate which shows how much advantage it gains you. There's also the simple draw spells of Discovery / Dispersal which you already have listed, Revitalize / Ritual of Rejuvenation , and Sword-Point Diplomacy .

Poaralion on Ultra Budget Black Deck Wins (WAR Standard)

7 months ago

You could go down to 22 or even 21 land with this curve imo.

You could also add a way or two to refill your hand. Mono red uses Light Up the Stage and Experimental Frenzy for it. Black has acces to Sword-Point Diplomacy , both burn and sudo card draw ! Costly Plunder is another choice.

Pretty nice otherwise !

jcskew84 on Black Judith

8 months ago

Maybe cut Reassembling Skeleton for some cards that will help you draw and deck cycle. Theater of Horrors Risk Factor and Sword-Point Diplomacy come to mind.

PlatinumOne on Grixis CounterBurn

9 months ago

Pirate88: Blightning might be decent, but the purpose of Sword-Point Diplomacy is to help draw into my creatures.

BlackDeegs on Mayhem

9 months ago

I agree, Pestilent Spirit is undervalued and overlooked. Menace + Deathtouch is an amazing combination and 3/2 for 3 with only a singular black mana requirement is insanely good value. I would just look at his ability as an added extra to make your shocks and sacking a Footlight Fiend that much deadlier.

I would definitely reduce your Judith, the Scourge Diva to three and drop a second Bedevil or a third Risk Factor into your main board. Sword-Point Diplomacy could also be great in this deck as it can cost your opponent up to 9 life.

SoulsSlayerKnight on Orzhov Spirits and Angels

9 months ago

Hey there, nice deck you have, it looks fun to try. Got something similar here thats solely based around revival and spirits alongside the primary afterlife focus. Orzhov Syndicates of Afterlife (RNA) is my version of an afterlife deck.

What do you think of more removal spells like Final Payment (If budget or I find useful with spirits because its a 2 cost and for a spirit but destroys any target creature), and maybe Mortify (Unless 3 cost is much to pay)?

I'm not entirely sure about the Sword-Point Diplomacy myself, or rather 4x of. I honestly find something more like 2x would work out better. If Divine Visitation is your focus you can leave it between 2x-4x.

My personal preference for an afterlife deck is that there isn't to much to buff said spirits without Visitation being out and thats later game, on the other hand consider a card I received from good helper, Unbreakable Formation . Counters and indestructible vigilance all on a main phase means a good win-con for your spirit angels.

Pitiless Pontiff I enjoy having at least 3x of because with all the spirits at the start it can also help take out bigger things later when necessary. Or rather quick green/red decks.

As for creatures your pretty much well on your way :).

I think the lack of certain card draw and/or holding off until visitation comes out is going to be a possible struggle.

Either Costly Plunder like you have or give Consecrate / Consume a try, may not draw 2 cards but you wouldn't have to sacrifice anything. Either works in their own ways. Revival / Revenge isn't a bad idea either, you can bring back cards to "reactivate" that afterlife ability. Especially useful with Ministrant.

My only other suggestion could be some room for Midnight Reaper , card draw + 1 damage for when nontokens die, and afterlife afterwards if the creature had it. Synergy works well with it I found.

Anyhow I tend to go on and type out a lot of stuff, paragraphs rather, but hopefully something out of what I mentioned helped you out :). Good luck with the deck and glad to find another Afterlife deck.

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