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Swords to Plowshares
4th Edition

Reviewed May 10, 2005

Constructed: 4.65
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 5.00

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Swords to Plowshares

Here's a smart little white card right out of the Magic Hall of Fame! The most powerful white instant ever created? Probably. In any format where this card was legal, you could pretty much count on seeing four Swords in every white deck. Aggro decks used Swords to clear the way in the early game.
Control decks used Swords as spot removal throughout their games. Swords removes 90% of all creatures ever created in the game of Magic. For just one white mana, you can't get much more powerful. Some control decks went creatureless in large part to give all white decks four dead cards in their deck. Swords is a first pick in any limited format in which it is legal.



* Game Store Owner

Swords to Plowshares - Tuesday

This is arguably the best white removal card to date. I would recommend playing this card every chance you get you if it's legal in your preferred format. It's just that good. 'Nuff said.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 3.5 (only because many guys don't like letting their opponent gain life)
Limited: 5

Paul Hagan

Swords to Plowshares --

I very rarely give out 5.0 ratings, and when I do, it must be the best of the best in a given category. For example, as far as card draw goes, Ancestral Recall is as good as it gets. Therefore, it gets a 5.0. Whenever someone asks me what the best removal spell in the game is, I have to tell them Swords to Plowshares. The drawback is fairly insignificant, it removes from game (read as: not "destroy"), and it is dirt cheap to cast.

No matter what format, if you are playing white and have the ability to play Swords to Plowshares, you should absolutely do so.

Constructed Rating: 5.0
Casual Rating: 5.0
Limited Rating: 5.0


Swords to Plowshares

Quite a classic, and an amazing card. With Swords, White gains the ability to basically "mega destroy" a creature (by going one step further by removing if from the game), AND you get to gain life as a bonus. All that for only 1 mana?? It's insanely good. A mainstay in constructed, even though it may be a sideboard card against creature decks. In casual, where big, ugly combo creatures can abound, definitely worth it. In limited, Swords is a MUST play. You'll never be sorry to see Swords in your hand.

Constructed - 5
Casual - 5
Limited - 5
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