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Swan Song
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 Swan Song
- Theros

Reviewed November 6, 2015

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 2.67
Multiplayer: 3.33
Commander [EDH]: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Swan Song
The expression "swan song" comes from Greek, which makes it clever of Wizards to have put this card in Theros. It's also cool that they didn't go for the literal meaning of an ending, but something rather trickier. There are some fun plays that involve targeting your own spells, though they're arguably questionable in terms of card advantage - try it when this and Demonfire are the last two cards in your hand. Even when you're not trying to engineer situations like that, there are few times when you'll be more concerned about a 2/2 token than a God or a Warp World or such. Even without a splash color, blue gets much stronger flying creatures (albeit few as beautiful as the magical swan in the art).
Until next week, remember the past, and stop and take time to sing.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Swan Song which is a one mana Blue instant that counters an enchantment, instant or sorcery, then gives the controller a 2/2 Flying token.  This is better either in the later stages of a game where the 2/2 is less of a threat or with combos that can be disrupted.  Working to protect a combo this can win games and against one it can ruin an opponent's strategy, so it offers quite a bit for just one mana.  Other options exist and may see more play,, but the drawback to this is minor in the right situation.
In Limited the 2/2 evasive flier combined with not countering creatures or artifacts leaves this in a less favorable position.  A rare that can be passed on in Booster unless control is the preferred style of play.  
In Sealed it can be included when running Blue and in a truly dire situation can counter your own spell to put a creature into play, though that is far from efficient.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0
EDH/Commander: 3.0

Swan Song
It's not great, but not explicitly terrible either. Its restrictions keep it in the sideboard though. 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 4
EDH: 3

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