Sword of Light and Shadow


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions (MPS) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Mythic Rare
Darksteel (DST) Rare
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare

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Sword of Light and Shadow

Artifact — Equipment

Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black.

Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.


Sword of Light and Shadow Discussion

pskinn01 on H: valuable cards W: Cash

2 weeks ago

Below is a list of cards I have for sale. I will be adding more, and removing cards as they sell. Prices can be negotiated if reasonable. I plan on selling these on tcg player but thought I'd lower the price on try to sell on here first. I updated my binder a little bit ago, and have made some trades and have not been able to update due to thopters.

Gaea's Cradle - $274.
Wheel of Fortune (revised) - $70.
Arid Mesa (mm3) - $35.
Scalding Tarn (mm3)- $73.50.
Batterskull (new phyrexia) - $27.
Blightsteel Colossus - $41.
Cavern of Souls (A. Restored) - $50.
Giver of Runes (foil)- $28.
Mana Vault 5th - $21.
Marsh Flats mm3- $38.
Staff of Domination - $27.
Sword of Feast and Famine (M Beseiged) - $56.
Sword of Light and Shadow (darksteel)- $39.
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon - $35.
Sensei's Divining Top (E masters) - $27.
Rings of Brighthearth - $35.

Us only.

PayPal or money order. PayPal use friends/family or add 4%.

No extra shipping fee unless you need/want signature or insurance. Tracking will be included. I ship in padded envelopes only. I can only guarantee that I ship it, unless you insure it ($3).

I have over 120 traded on here, and over 140 trades on deckbox. I have over 100 sales on Ebay. All using same name.

exalted_k1d on Card creation challenge

4 weeks ago

There already is a white and black sword Sword of Light and Shadow

NensouHiebara on Balan, Equipment Voltron

1 month ago


Sword of Light and Shadow is indeed the only card that allows me to reuse Cast Off. Even with just the one recursion source, it's a lot better than the one-shot spell sweepers generally are.

TCG-Player on Balan, Equipment Voltron

1 month ago

I mean costly in the sense that it essentially is Day of Judgment for extra. It is restrictive because it only hits creatures, whereas Austere Command and Cleansing Nova have the option to hit artifacts and/or enchantments instead.

Obviously, I would not advice taking out Cataclysmic Gearhulk , the natural cut (as in card that currently has the same function) would be Wrath of God .

P.S.: Am I mistaken or is Sword of Light and Shadow currently the only way to reuse the Realm-Cloaked Giant's boardwipe part?

mmartak on Kaptain K'rrik

1 month ago

Notes from game on 09/08/2019:

Rock Stars:

Worth Considering for Removal:


lagotripha on Get A Life

1 month ago

Traditionally these lists run Martyr of Sands and Soul's Attendant . The old school variants used Squadron Hawk for bigger martyrs, most modern lists are red/white for Norin the Wary / Genesis Chamber .

Ranger of Eos / Ranger-Captain of Eos are powerful tools to put a lot of lifegain creatures on the board. Black white 'pay life'/ Children of Korlis is a thing. Condemn plays nice with alternative wincons. Essence Warden and cards like Weather the Storm point towards a green list, which would likely run some newer token-generation like Haazda Marshal & Legion's Landing  Flip.

Finally, stoneforge getting unbanned means that turn three Batterskull is on the menu, but also Sword of Light and Shadow .

Have fun brewing- martyr proc/soul sisters is a classic which deserves to be back in the meta.

romearsen on Bant Stoneblade MDN

1 month ago

Kjartan Yes and no, it's really dependent on the meta in which you are playing. Where I am, there's been a lot of Jund, Dredge, etc. Now, It has likely shifted, and maybe Sword of Light and Shadow or Sword of Fire and Ice may be stronger, but that's where sideboard options can come in to play. I haven't made the sideboard yet, and didn't make it to FNM the last week to see what everyone has shifted towards.

I also play a lot of F2F tournaments, so I often watch what that meta looks like in terms of what I will use removal, or sword wise (moving forward)

I don't disagree that it may not be at its strongest, and there may be a better MB choice, but I'll shift the lift as I see what's played here!

heckproof on Upcoming B&R Announcement

1 month ago

Hey all,

If you haven’t noticed, Modern kinda blows chunks to play right now because of Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis . Last B&R announcement, most everyone missed the fact that the big Ho was actually a problem card even without Bridge from Below , myself included.

The next B&R update is Monday the 26th (if I’m remembering correctly). I’m wondering what everyone’s view is on said announcement, so if it’s not too much trouble, I’d like everyone to respond with 4 things:

  1. What deck you mainly play in Modern

  2. What cards would you like to see banned (if any)

  3. What cards would you like to see unbanned (if any)

  4. What your prediction is for the actual announcement.

Or don’t, and feel free to respond however you like.

I’ll give my thoughts:

  1. I play mainly Skred Red and Mono-Green Stompy (in paper). I’m currently building Jeskai Draw-Go.

  2. I’d love to see a couple cards go. Mainly, I’d like to see Teferi, Time Raveler go. This ban will never happen in real life, but I wish it would simply for quality-of-life. T3f3ri leads to really unfun game states because he locks out interaction. I also feel like both Ancient Stirrings and Faithless Looting are problematical because they are absurd enablers. I don’t think they will be banned, but I feel they ought to be unless an unban occurs (I’ll talk about that in a minute). Finally, I’d like to see Hogaak go. I think I’ll get my wish; if not, I might be done with Modern for a while.

  3. Wizards has indicated that they don’t want to ban enablers like looting. I can understand that. That said, I believe Preordain needs an unban. The fact that Blue doesn’t have the best card selection spell in Modern baffles me. Which deck unfairly benefits from Preordain? U/R Storm is far from tier, and blue-based control often needs to hold up interaction turn one, making Opt a reasonable contender. In any case, it wouldn’t be broken. The glaringly obvious unban, however, is Stoneforge Mystic . Modern is a brutally fast format with either blazingly quick kills or crushing levels of interaction. A squire that maybe gets you a Batterskull or Sword of Light and Shadow on T3 doesn’t seem great to me, even in a grindy matchup. The only reason SFM is still banned is that it’s too expensive to let loose into Modern. If anyone sees a reprint set with SFM in it, expect to see an immediate unban.

  4. Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis will be banned. No other changes.

Oh, and one last thing, too: please, please be civil in this forum. The last time I asked about a B&R announcement, at least two guys devolved a conversation about Ancient Stirrings being okay for the format into a verbal slugfest. None of that, please. It’s tiresome and obnoxious; plus, you just come off like an incredible heel.

With all that aside, I’d love to hear from y’all!

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Sword of Light and Shadow occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

White: 0.37%