Swords to Plowshares

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Corporal_Sparrow on Kaalia EDH

1 hour ago

Regarding the creatures there are definitely quite a few that don't fit into the decks theme such as Sky Terror, Skittering Surveyor, Iron League Steed, Ammit Eternal, and Baleful Ammit. You should definitely replace them for lower drop creatures that can be effective early on in the game while you ramp up in order to drop your big threats.

There are also creatures that fit into the theme of the deck and have powerful abilities that more than likely wont be useful such as Archangel of Tithes, Aegis Angel, Reya Dawnbringer. Tithes because nobody should really be attacking the player who early on manages to have enormous flying angels and demons, Reya because its fairly unlikely you will have too many cards in the graveyard that can be pulled out and overall you wont get that much value from her, and Aegis could be replace with cards like Dauntless Bodyguard, or Darksteel Plate.

As for the rest of the deck there is a distinct lack of either card draw or tutors throughout the deck. The best cards don't matter if they never make it into your hand. Cards like Shock and Abrade while staples in Standard are fairly useless in EDH partly due to large life totals and multiple threats that often cannot be stopped with just 2-3 damage.

There needs to be more spot removal such as Anguished Unmaking, Swords to Plowshares, and Path to Exile.

In total there are only 3 board wipes in the entire deck which is sub optimal and two of those are creatures which require you to do combat damage to wipe the board so consider having more ways to clear the board.

As for lands you should definitely be running at least 38 since a majority of your creatures have high cmc's. While you are trying to cheat them into play using kaalia you should also be able to pay their full cost if the game runs long or if Kaalia is continuously targeted.

The last point I would make is Elspeth doesnt fit into the deck very well as most of your creatures already have flying so one of her abilities is fairly useless and only producing a single soldier token isn't great protection. However Elspeth, Sun's Champion produces 3 soldier tokens to better defend herself to get to her ultimate and her second ability is a board wipe that is almost 1 sided since most of your creatures are so large.

DemonDragonJ on Core set 2019: New Planeswalker

1 day ago

I like Infernal Reckoning very much, as it is nearly a black version of Swords to Plowshares, one of the most powerful creature removal cards in the game, but I am surprised that WotC printed it in a set that is legal in both standard and modern, since StP has never been printed in a modern-legal set, so I would have expected IR to be printed in a Commander or other supplemental set.

How is Gigantosaurus even remotely balanced? It is a 10/10 creature for 5 mana with no drawback! I thought that, if a creature has power and/or toughness higher than its converted mana cost, it needs to have a drawback of some form to balance that.

I also am very disappointed that there is no card of Ugin in this set, considering that he has been playing a crucial role in the current story and the other five elder dragons have cards that depict them in this set.

joecool1299 on Arcades Needs Your Help

3 days ago

You may be an aggro wall deck (That's a sentence I never thought I'd say) but sometimes you have to get rid of the Peacekeeper or Hushwing Gryff. Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares and Beast Within are all generic good cards.

You could also afford to draw more cards. Your commander does draw you some and you have some cards to assist that but you wanna play your two and three drop walls before that. Abzan Beastmaster is wonderfully in flavor and a personal howling mine. Sultai Flayer is an option but IDK if it's worth it. But also just generic good card draw like Soul of the Harvest, Mind's Eye, (If you have one), Shamanic Revelation, even stuff like Concentrate and Harmonize. Your deck may be running on a funky axis but that doesn't mean you should forget the essentials. In fact, they can help tie your gameplay together.

Angelic Chorus Lol. Don't know if it's good but come on. Verdant Sun's Avatar, Proper Burial too. They probably aren't worth it but it sounds funny. Dragon Throne of Tarkir is also pretty funny and works well with Arcades. Marble Titan is a meekstone with legs. Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive makes your team unblockable. And Heroic Intervention is pretty good.

You could probably cut some of the less impressive walls like Order of the Stars or Thraben Gargoyle  Flip.

multimedia on Esper Control

6 days ago

Hey, you're welcome. Is Swords to Plowshares in M19 the next Standard set? Cards in Battlebond are not Standard legal if that's what you're thinking. If Swords is back in Standard then it's miles better than Push. Push is also rotating out of Standard October 5th. If you're playing this deck in a casual format not Standard then Swords is better than Push.

Playing Swords instead of Push would change the manabase a lot, for instance you'll want more early game ETB untapped white sources this means switching the number of Swamps and Plains around. Might even consider Concealed Courtyard...

I think you still want Contempts instead of Settle because Swords and Contempt make a nasty removal team for control. If you're going with my manabase example then even in the sideboard Settle isn't worth it with only 12x total white sources. To play Settle you want minimum 16 white sources in the manabase.

All these points are pretty much moot if you're playing this deck casual and not Standard then you can play any cards in Magic in the Esper colors.


Debo on Modern Mill 3-Pc Combo

6 days ago

LidarMonkey, I so wish Swords to Plowshares was legal in modern. That would be amazing.

I see where you're going with it though, Path to Exile is accelerating the opponent. A Condemn could work, only downfall is waiting to be attacked. Not sure how I feel about that yet.

About reducing to the 2pc token combo. I actually thought about it last night. 4xMystical Tutor and 3xSurgical Extraction would be really good. I'm gonna play test it tonight and i'll let you know how it goes.

Faynn on Esper Control

6 days ago

multimedia Thanks! How do you feel about Swords to Plowshares coming into standard again? Is it worth playing over Push? Would you consider keeping some of settles in the side board? If you did replace push with swords how would you arrange the mana base then?

LidarMonkey on Modern Mill 3-Pc Combo

6 days ago

Well, if you want to keep the control, may I suggest taking out Altar of the Brood and Trinket Mage and swapping them for Mystical Tutor and for Burst of Speed or Blinding Fog to make sure you can swing with your unlimited 1/1's. Since you took out Archive Trap I suggest swapping Path to Exile for Swords to Plowshares. Your deck doesn't seem to care what your opponent's life is at, but a mana lead is very powerful in this situation. Also, Swords to Plowshares is actually cheaper.

Nert23 on Black White control

6 days ago

I might suggest Ixalan's Binding over Oblivion Ring. (Costs Aside...)

Maybe Dawn Charm, Valorous Stance, Rush of Vitality, Sheltering Light, w/ Phyrexian Obliterator.

Defensive enchantments - Brave the Sands or Always Watching .

Card draw-ish things - Necropotence w/ Eternal Thirst, Mark of the Vampire.

Removal possibilities - Swords to Plowshares, Dismember, or Oust.

All in all, W/B Control is very powerful, have you played against Ryan's Spirits Deck?

Looks like a fun Idea to build tho.. :D

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