Swords to Plowshares


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

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Pieguy396 on Call for the army

7 hours ago

Hi! Here's my two cents:

Hope this helps! My first deck was a GW tokens deck pretty similar to this, and I loved playing it.

GlistenerAgent on What Does Staple Mean?

1 day ago

The staples of a format are just the cards that see play in a wide variety of strategies. For example, if you play in a Legacy tournament, you can reasonably expect some number of your opponents to be playing Deathrite Shaman, Force of Will, Swords to Plowshares, Delver of Secrets  Flip, etc. because those cards are staples of the format. You would likely not expect to see Pernicious Deed, though some decks do play it. Deed is a part of Legacy, but is not a staple. This heuristic (what you expect to play against in a tournament) is a solid determinant of what is and isn't a staple.

TrueRock5 on What Does Staple Mean?

1 day ago

First off I am relatively of new to Magic so please don't be too hard on me. I've heard quite a few things on this. My personal thought is that a staple is a popular card in a format that sees a lot of use. Although I have been told by many others that this is incorrect that staples are Cards that can go in every deck in a format like Sol Ring and Sensei's Divining Top and that something like Swords to Plowshares or Wrath of God is only a white staple and therefore is not a "true" staple. I would really like to know what is the true meaning as I have become quite confused.

Arkheid on ʙlʌᴄk wʌvᴇ

1 day ago

proabis I would love to run a Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip but she is a little bit too pricey for me, i have a Path to Exile & a Swords to Plowshares but i don't like them, maybe l8er, but for now I'm quite doubfull.

Sun Titan & Ashnod's Altar have a place in this deck, but idk if Sun titan will do the work, I don't have a lot of 0-3mana drop, and 50% are sorcery/instant & for ashnod, i don't have any "Big drop" that will cost me an arm, but i sure need more Sacrifice outlets!!

GlistenerAgent on Cut Sire of Insanity for ...

2 days ago

Your first reanimation target will always be Griselbrand in the dark. After you put him into play, only combo decks can beat you. The best way to stop them is Iona.

Lots of decks you would put Elesh Norn into play against have Swords to Plowshares. Iona keeps that from happening, and still makes it tough for them to win most of the time.

In general, you just don't need Elesh Norn once you have Griselbrand in play, and frequently he is just better to put into play even when your opponent has a bunch of Elves or something.

Sleazebag on help needed

2 days ago

You have quite a lot of lifegain, but not that many cards that put this to use.

I'd definitely run four Ajani's Pridemate.

Lifegain can be good, but cards that only gain life and nothing else are very much not so. I'd cut all the Chaplain's Blessing, Awe Strike's and Luminous Wakes. They don't do enough to be worth a card slot in your deck.

Another card that can put your lifegain to use is Sanguine Bond. It should give you a solid way to double up the damage you are dealing with your lifelinkers.

Next I'd work on adding some removal to your deck. Currently you have almost no interaction with your opponents gameplan.

Karlov of the Ghost Council is a super strong creature with a lifegain deck as he not only costs little mana and grows really fast, but he also doubles as creature removal.

As for instant speed removal, there is an incredible variety! One of the best removal cards in MtG is Swords to Plowshares. It can even be used as emergency lifegain in a pinch (Imagine using it on a Serra Avatar. In black you also have cards like Doom Blade, Murder, Go for the Throat, Tragic Slip and Fatal Push.

If you want a non combat way to gain life, cards like Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant give you many small and repeated triggers for only 1 mana, excellent cards.

For non budget lifegain goals, there's Serra Ascendant and Archangel of Thune at $18 and $25 each, but they are amazingly strong.

Also keep in mind that this deck is not "standard" legal, but casual. Standard legal requires you to only play cards printed the last 2 years in MtG.

abby315 on Favorite reanimate targets

2 days ago

For sideboard:

Blazing Archon stops Eldrazi & other creature decks (Shardless, Elves, etc).

Archetype of Endurance comes in against Swords to Plowshares decks like Death and Taxes and W/X control (new Miracles, etc).

Grave Titan is also great against Path decks, can dodge GY hate because it's castable with fast mana, and is good against Karakas.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is great against Deathrite Shaman decks and small creature decks like Elves.

4x Chancellor of the Annex main is standard now for any fast Reanimator deck. Good tax effect, non-legendary so Karakas is less of a problem, and the reveal ability protects a t1 reanimate.

R/B Reanimator is much faster than U/B Reanimator and has better topdeck potential (less dead cards like FoW). Has a better Game 1 percentage and hoses a lot of otherwise difficult matchups (D&T) with fast hands that come down before GY hate can. It can splash Green for Reverent Silence or Abrupt Decay in the side.

U/B Reanimator plays more controlly and has a better chance against other fast combo decks because FoW. It's not really played anymore.

HOWEVER, a "Grixis" variant showed up at the recent GP that plays U over R but is built with the speed of R/B. In this build, the Useas splash for a sideboard Show and Tell plan against GY hate.

Between the R/B/g and the U/B/r splashes really just depends on your budget and your playstyle, whether you like to get in there before GY hate, get around it, or destroy it.

Here's my list, it's a pretty typical R/B/g build that I've been tinkering. NEED 4 T1 GRISELBRAND

R/B builds have strict ratios: 10 reanimate targets (4 CHancellor 4 Grisel 2 other), 18 discard/Entomb effects, and 12 Reanimate effects (4 Reanimate 4 Animate Dead 4 other). They run 12-13 lands with 9-13 fast mana sources (4 Ritual 4 Petal 1-2 Mox or 4 Simian Spirit Guide).

These ratios make the deck very streamlined and easy to mulligan (important since it doesn't run cantrips). The "Grixis" version has similar ratios, but I think drops Animate Dead? I don't have as much info on that one.

LeaPlath on Sigarda's Army

3 days ago

Swords to Plowshares is the best removal spell in the game though, because the lifegain is irrelevant. You've just turned their big creature into a lifegain spell. They've spent...a 6 mana for a Wurmcoil Engine, and you've made them spend 6 mana for 6 life. They don't get anything else.

Path to Exile isn't played in legacy because giving them a land is generally better. It makes their Brainstorms and Ponders better, it gives them a land which is relevant in a form of Dazes and other stuff.

Remember, you are the beatdown, you will be negating that life gain and then some, just don't give them a land to let them hardcast Terminus.

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