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Crib Swap

Reviewed October 18, 2007

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 4.33

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Crib Swap

This is going to be a powerful tool for white. Most white kill cards require the card to be attacking or blocking (Neck Snap) or are toughness-based (Sunlance), or both (Hail of Arrows), or are enchantments that could be Disenchanted, allowing the creature to come back (Pacifism). This one just needs to be able to target a creature, and it's gone. That and the fact that you can find it with Kithkin Harbinger, reveal it to your Ancient Amphitheater, or bring it back with Boggart Birth Rite just make it all the more versatile. Just make sure you don't get beat down by the Shapeshifter token.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4


Thursday - Crib Swap

A highly useful card for a specific deck. Most of the time, Condemn is superior to this, but because this has Changeling, it's a reusable removal card as long as you have Haakon in play. I can see this deck becoming a force in the near future, because Haakon lets you replay any Changeling card from your graveyard over and over (since they are Knights). So, it's a really good card in that one deck, but otherwise, I would just play Condemn instead because it's so much cheaper.

In casual, the combo with Haakon is pretty fun, and you'll need removal to deal with their fatties.

In limited, this is very useful, as it lets you take out their big threat and replace it with a weenie.

Constructed - 4 (in the one deck)
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 4

David N

Thursday - Crib Swap

One of the better white removals in this set. This is right up there with neck snap and oblivion ring. The best thing about this card is that if you really need a changeling you can target one of your own creatures. There is plenty of pseudo removal in green and blue so changing your locked down creature into a changeling looks very good.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Crib Swap

This is Lorwyn's version of Afterlife, a card that I thought never saw enough play in its day. Of course, in its first day Swords to Plowshares was legal, and in its second day removing one creature for three mana didn't look so impressive against a board of about 10,000 Rebels. Nowadays, the design team has a very different standard of what sorts of spells and creatures are acceptable, and using Crib Swap to replace a 1/3 creature with fear that draws a card when it damages you, or a 6/7 creature for two mana, or a 9/7 creature for one mana and six permanents, with a 1/1 Changeling is a fine play. Crib Swap is also highly playable in limited, especially since it's basically removal on demand if you picked up a Harbinger or two.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
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Crib Swap

Removal in limited is good.  I think constructed will have its removal in the other hot Lorwyn card as well as with condemn.  So, I don't think this will see a lot of constructed play.  However, in limited, this is a quick pick.  The changeling aspect may add to it's feasiblity in block constructed.

Constructed: 2 but 3 in block
Casual: 2
Limited: 4

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Crib Swap

For 3 mana you get instant speed removal and leave them with a Goat that can potentially be stolen with Goatnapper. The 1/1 token is next to useless so this will still see play just because it can take out anything troublesome and it white removal that doesn't need an opponent to attack first.

I would get 4 copies of this right now as it sure to be played often until it rotates out.

In limited, it's removal so it can't be too bad here.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 3.5/5
Meb9000 10/18

Crib Swap

We take a look at the interesting Changeling spell, Crib Swap today. Once again, we have another card that will be compared to the iconic Swords to Plowshares. This card has to compete with the other StP look-alike, Condemn. Being able to remove the creature from the game is a huge bonus for Crib Swap, especially at instant speed. Crib Swap has already established its place in the new Hakkon Inverted deck as a changeling that can be infinitely replayed thanks to the Zombie Knight. Crib Swap can also be tutored out by any Harbinger, allowing another way to answer a given threat. The token it gives the opponent is minimal and not much of a threat. Look for this card to be quite popular in the upcoming Standard.

Constructed: 4/5

Limited: 5/5: Top notch removal for pretty much no drawback.

Until Next Time-meb9000

Thursday's card is Crib Swap,perhaps the best removal card in the set.  It is a Tribal Shapeshifter card so it can be searched with any of the harbringers including the Kithkin one which is right for the color.  It removes a creature from play, giving you a permanent answer to any creature opposing you, plus it's an instant so the spell can be used as an answer against an attacking creature unless your foe plays Teferi.  It turns Teferis, Incarnations and other truly annoying creatures for a 1/1 changeling creature which is not nearly as opposing as the creature it removed.  Play 4 in your Kithkin deck, Merfolk deck or any deck running white.

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