Sword-Point Diplomacy


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander 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

PlatinumOne on Grixis CounterBurn

2 weeks ago

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

BlackDeegs on Mayhem

3 weeks 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

1 month 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.

trnx14 on Thirsty Vampires

1 month ago

Forgot to add this in my earlier comment, but I think Sword-Point Diplomacy and Remorseless Punishment are really fun cards to play around with.

nmiller on Rakdos "Control" tweaks needed

1 month ago

It seems more of a midrange deck. The concept is sweet, but kinda jank. The problem with some of the cards like Dire Fleet Daredevil is that it depends on what your opponent is playing, and Sword-Point Diplomacy is only a way to get your hand full of mana.

Quadsimotto on Cruel Ultimatum

1 month ago

You are going to want one more land at least I would think.Your curve out is high and In control you dont want to miss a single land drop. I wold drop the rix madi for some Sword-Point Diplomacy Sure they may exile cards but at a decent chunk of life its kind of worth it.

DwaginFodder on Rakdos Party

1 month ago

This, quite frankly, doesn't look like an aggro list to me at all. You're running a grand total of 14 creatures. I realize that you want to turn on spectacle and Theater of Horrors , but you're leaning too much into pure burn. While cards like Squee and Severed Strands are appropriate in Aristocrats-style decks, I dont think they are of significant power level to be worth running. Sword-Point Diplomacy is just bad, even as a punisher card for burn.

The bottom line is, if you want the deck to be more effective, give it more focus.

Boza on Arena Creatureless Punisher Burn

2 months ago

I play exclusively on arena for standard (best of 1 games) and recently crafted a bunch of new allegience cards. Rakdos impressed me a lot and I decided to make a punisher burn deck, featuring Sword-Point Diplomacy and Risk Factor as the punisher cards.

There are several new cards that enable the deck:

  • Skewer the Critics is the obvious new card - 3 damage for 1 mana is awesome.

  • Light Up the Stage - 2 cards that you may use this turn and the next and play lands from there? Sign me up!

  • Carnival / Carnage - both sides are useful - the 1 mana spell is the cheapest way we have to enable spectacle, while carnage is useful versus control decks.

  • Theater of Horrors - the best new card for sure. It is just a better Experimental Frenzy for burn decks and works very well with the punisher aspect of the deck, unlike frenzy. Amazing in multiples.

Now the issue I am having trouble with is that the deck has a glaring omission, making it slower - Wizard's Lightning , which is not playable without 8 wizards at least.

So this is the choice:

1/ Include Wizard's Lightning , Viashino Pyromancer and Ghitu Lavarunner , but relinquish the creatureless aspect. Which 12 cards to cut to make room?

2/ Keep as is.

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