Swords to Plowshares

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO 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
Battlebond (BBD) Uncommon
Masters 25 (A25) None
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Conspiracy (CNS) Uncommon
From the Vault: Twenty (V13) Mythic Rare
Coldsnap Theme Deck (CTD) Uncommon
Masters Edition IV (ME4) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret (DDF) Uncommon
Masters Edition II (ME2) Uncommon
Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Uncommon
Anthologies (ATH) Uncommon
Ice Age (ICE) Uncommon
Fourth Edition (4ED) Uncommon
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Uncommon
Revised Edition (3ED) Uncommon
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Uncommon
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Uncommon
Collector's Edition (CED) Uncommon
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Uncommon
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Uncommon
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Uncommon

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Swords to Plowshares

Instant

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

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Swords to Plowshares Discussion

xaarvaxus on Aurelia Homebrew

1 day ago

Some relatively inexpensive cards that should help...

I'd remove Fountain of Renewal in favor of Mind Stone and pull Manalith in favor of either Worn Powerstone or Talisman of Conviction .

I'd remove at least a couple of the Pacifism type enchantments in favor of removal such as Swords to Plowshares or Generous Gift . You could use at least a couple of inexpensive [$$-wise anyway] boardwipes like Fumigate and Hour of Revelation .

Hard to marry lifegain and aggro but for lifegain, you should absolutely consider Soul Warden . With enough lifegain Aetherflux Reservoir could become a kill condition.

TheDwarvenAxe on March of the Manydudes - EDH Selesnya Tokens

2 days ago

Hey bushido_man96, thanks for your input!

Generous Gift is a great suggestion, altough I think i'm more inclined to taking out Swords to Plowshares .

Aura Shards is amazing in this deck, and would be just fine replacing Glare of Subdual for it. I'll include it in the Maybeboard for those without budget restrictions!

Osbert on Teysa

5 days ago

Orzhov Signet , Zulaport Cutthroat , and Reassembling Skeleton are some great includes I see you're missing. If you want to keep the deck's power level down I wouldn't add too many tutors otherwise there is Vampiric Tutor and Entomb as some low cost powerful ones that weren't mentioned already.

The deck is lacking instant speed interaction which means you aren't going to be able to stop what your opponent is doing very well. I suggest adding Swords to Plowshares , Path to Exile , Anguished Unmaking , Despark , and Aura of Silence .

Lastly run some disruption because an Orzhov deck can always go the distance, but is SO slow to get there. Hushwing Gryff and Aven Mindcensor are instant speed disruption with a flying body that can really mess with an opponent's plan.

I would honestly rate your deck as more of a 6 power level and no where near a 8-9 as those can compete with cEDH decks or are cEDH decks themselves which can combo off around turns 3-6 and run a million counter spells to prevent your opponent from doing anything... Being in the 7-8 range is really the happy place but its dependent on your meta. If this deck is an 8 in your current meta then I would be hesitant to upgrade it too much because you don't want to leave your playgroup behind or it always turns into arch enemy where everyone kills you off first because your deck is so much more powerful then all of theirs. I actually have a friend who has this problem and even after de-powering his decks the slogan of "Rule 0: Kill Chris" is still said and obeyed a lot of the time.

If you enjoy listening or watching podcasts I suggest you check out The Command Zone podcast on Youtube or itunes. They have a few episodes where they specifically cover balancing your meta and how to avoid these conundrums.

BMHKain on Some ideas for Cuts & ...

5 days ago


cEDH Boros is so CRUEL, they'll never give up!

Commander / EDH* BMHKain

SCORE: 2 | 10 COMMENTS | 275 VIEWS


Before I begin, I might as well introduce a new OC Planeswalker of Mine: Tyris, Who Blazes Where She Walks.

As night fell, and the creatures of the Night thrived in such desire for flesh, somebody decided her duties as a member of the Boros Legion aren't yet finished much less satisfied. Her name is Tyris. But unlike even those like her, who showed high promise at an early age, Tyris rose the ranks rather quickly, so much so that Tajic even honored her cause as a member of a military-style Guild known as the Boros Legion. While Tyris' Parents were happily married, her father, a high ranking, & variously decorated soldier, was slaughtered during the War of the Spark; not by just any Eternal, He could handle them fine. It was the God-Eternals; Deceased Gods from the Plane of Amonkhet revived as Lazotep on a Divine level of power not even Aurelia could handle on her own. Even after the War concluded, Ugin forced an unsparked Nicol Bolas to his Meditation Realm, where Ugin watched over Bolas for the last of their days; No way for someone to get in. No way for someone to get out. Several Months passed after the fact, & even after Niv-Mizzet became the True Living Guildpact, the usual Ravnican madness continued to happen, just in time for Tyris to be conceived in a Universe-Sized City by a mere Widow. As Tyris became older, she was already more aware of the dangers than her Mother would even think. Domri Rade was killed before Tyris' Birth, but even after the War, & Ravnican Life having no choice but to accept Planeswalkers for what they are; Universe-Hopping Pranksters nobody wished to have on any Plane of Existence. To Tyris, it was perhaps, the most sorrowful nightmare ever; Civilian life demanding the Guilds to realize if they can unify in the War of the Spark , why not just have all 10 Guilds set their enemyship aside, & realize, such enemyship would be of a really great weapon in the first place?

Tyris thought about that for so long. She even investigated the House of Dimir for a while now; the very Guild the Boros League hated the most above all others. But even with Ilharg, the Raze-Boar now brought to Fruition, Tyris wondered to herself:

(Why did we make a Bond to those who are even worse than the House of Dimir? The Gruul Clans had a Leader that was never that mentally out of his head... , & we're allies to someone who are just Vulgar Savages, where even The House of Dimir is well focused, plenty resourceful, & are more cunning than us? Why...? The reason so many hate us is just that Aurelia enlists us just to be used as expendables...?)

Now having Second Thoughts, Tyris shook her head in regret; knowing that following in her Father's Footsteps she never knew even after she was born, whatever stories were told between a Mother+Daughter Relationship was a kind one, but she wishes never to speak ill of the only family she had at all; Loneliness. Tyris knew she is nothing but an orphan. Even her fellow troops seemed more so to be strangers, than a Stepfamily at all. Such a thought: (I know what is feels to be alone... & I've been this way my entire life.)

Tyris knew there were two things left she can lose: Herself, & an already ignited Planeswalker Spark. She decided to gamble w/ both. She then opened the doors to Aurelia 's Quarters. She seemed just as concerned for her Planeswalker Soldier; Tyris wasn't done with her duties, she still needed an audience to Aurelia herself. Aurelia , usually very serious upon her entire Guild, couldn't help but feel pity to Tyris, & as she saw it so, likewise for a Guildleader known for having a guild whose beliefs are considered Wrong & Unjust; even for the Boros League...

End of Part 1.

Alright enough FanFiction crap. Let's get to the topic in question; several in fact.

For those who haven't paid attention after all this; I decided to put Feather, the Redeemer in the deck. BUT, she won't be the commander. I wanted to use her as a Sunforger Package on legs (Even though that might not be the right term in this case.). Since Sunforger is not good in cEDH (I'm not giving up anytime soon. Please make your criticisms end as I'm planning to make a Community Deck for cEDH Boros Deck Users; submitting cards to what could be a literal Guide/Primer for this.

For Feather, the Redeemer, I have the following Instants & Sorceries; but I've no Graveyard; just a Rest in Peace to negate all Graveyard activity.

For Sorceries thus far:

Gamble

Idyllic Tutor

Vandalblast

Wheel of Fortune

Winds of Change

Yes, it's that low, but the Instants are crazier:

Abrade

Angel's Grace

Apostle's Blessing

Boros Charm

Chaos Warp

Dawn Charm

Enlightened Tutor

Ephemerate

Generous Gift

Illumination

Lapse of Certainty

Mana Tithe

Path to Exile

Pyroblast

Rebuff the Wicked

Red Elemental Blast

Return to Dust

Swords to Plowshares

Teferi's Protection

Wear / Tear

Wild Ricochet

For this, we can cut out the following kinds of cards:

  1. Tutors (How can you reuse Tutors?)
  2. Self-Exiling Cards (They're too powerful to reuse here.)
  3. Misc. (Basically your ideas for Wild Cards.)

Outside of these kinds of cards, I wonder if there are any that can target your own creatures. & no. I'm not using them for the sake of Ol' Pierakor az Vinrenn D'rav . I'm using them over & over because of Aforementioned Rest in Peace .

Which leaves us w/ a new dilemma: Paradox Engine finally got banned, but it at least gave us back a Potential threat to build upon: Painter's Servant . Forcing everyone to just one color is going to be crazy. But the question lies w/ another part of the question: Which Color to Work With? has Blood Moon , which makes all Non Basic Lands Mountain s, but Celestial Dawn makes your lands Plains . Which of these two to use? Or should I take a dare, & go for ? Jaya Ballard, Task Mage would love to say "GOTCHA!!!"

Also, for the sake of cEDH, I just want to know if there are any in the cEDH Community Post-Tier 3 Pierakor az Vinrenn D'rav . I mean, there has to be more than ever, right?

Also, what to cut? I'm starting to Doubt Eldrazi Displacer here. In addition; you would have to think like a cEDH Player; & for that matter, a cEDH Player that approves of Boros in this Subformat.

Now, if you don't mind, I've an account to Archidekt to make...

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Help Being Casual

1 week ago

I tend to have this same problem. My current way to try to play more casually is to pick cards/strategies which are fun, but not that good, and then build semi-competitively with an inherently bad deck goal. This is good for me because I cannot bring myself to play deliberately strictly-worse cards, especially for interaction. That, to me, isn't fun. There shouldn't be any problems with Nature's Claim or Swords to Plowshares or Wrath of God .

For example, my casual commander deck right now is partners Silas Renn, Seeker Adept and Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa . I play a lot of 2 power creatures which can't be blocked because of Sidar and artifacts like Nihil Spellbomb and Baleful Strix to recur with Silas Renn. My payoff cards are things like Mirror Entity , Spawnwrithe , Edric, Spymaster of Trest , Dusk . Overall the deck can do some silly and fun things, but it's inherently not a good strategy.

If you really want to build a deck that's not too competitive, build Boros XD

NV_1980 on 7 Days to the Wolves

1 week ago

Hi,

We forgot; please consider Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares ; these cheap removal cards can come in handy in so many situations.

Again regards,

Mrs. and Mr. NV_1980

LordBlackblade on March of the Dusk Legion

2 weeks ago

VampRamped: Competent is what I'm going for! I think we view Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile as different tools. It sounds like you would use them to "plow the road" for your vampire army, so to speak. I view them as defensive tools to protect myself from the crack back that inevitably comes when you swing all-out at someone.

Artifact and enchantment removal is definitely something I need to improve upon. I currently run two unconditional removal spells, and one each for artifacts and enchantments. I'm hesitant to run board wipes due to the deck's glass-cannon nature. That is to say oftentimes a board wipe would put me in a more difficult recovery situation than my opponents more battlecruiser/midrange decks.

It's honestly been a minute since I took a good, hard look at a lot of my decks and done a reevaluation for meta changes and overall shifts in the deck itself. Maybe its time for a review.

Blobby_Bobby on Dig Up Her Bones

2 weeks ago

Awesome suggestions, lots of cars Duelist's Heritage that are strict updrades. Will take some time to do some mulling.

In playtesting the deck is pretty princely 1v1, but I have deep reservations about a multiplayer format. Just gotta find what to trim.

Swords to Plowshares has definitely been on my mind but on initial builds I try to keep costs as low to the ground as possible so I cut it but it will make its way in soon.

I really do appreciate the thoughts and I'll do some tweaking after the build and some field testing

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Swords to Plowshares occurrence in decks from the last year

Legacy:

All decks: 1.32%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.33%

White: 1.95%

WU (Azorius): 3.19%

GW (Selesnya): 2.45%

WB (Orzhov): 1.41%

RW (Boros): 4.51%

WUB (Esper): 1.63%

RBW (Mardu): 1.62%

RGW (Naya): 3.27%

BGW (Abzan, Junk): 3.92%

GWU (Bant): 1.78%