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Sword of Vengeance
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Sword of Vengeance
M11

Reviewed July 16, 2010

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.60
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.69

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BMoor

Sword of Vengeance

It's the same mana and equip cost as Loxodon Warhammer. So, imagine you've given up 1 point of power and lifelink for haste, first strike, and vigilance. I'd say that's a fair trade. First strike and vigilance go hand in hand, since vigilance allows a creature to attack and block, and first strike is only relevant when the creature tangles with another creature in combat. First strike and trample also work nicely together too. When a creature has trample, it pretty much expects to be blocked and is therefore willingly getting into situations where it can be killed by combat damage-- who'd chump block a creature with trample when you'll take most of the damage? Block it so you can kill it if you can. First strike makes such blocks that much harder to find, as enough of the blocking creatures have to survive the onslaught to deal lethal back to the attacker. And of course, the +2/+0 raises that bar quite a bit. Haste might not seem relevant, but I'm glad it's there. How often have you found yourself with equipment on the board but no creatures? You topdeck a small creature you might not really want this late in the game, but you need a creature so you play an dequip it. Not So Fast, Bucko! Your opponent topdecked a kill spell for it! If that creature had haste, or if the equipment granted it, you'd at least have gotten to swing with it once.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sword of Vengeance
 
One of the most interesting things about M11 is the high number of references it contains to older sets. Sword of Vengeance, for example, is Akroma's sword, in both abilities and appearance. I find it hard to imagine it won't be of appeal somewhere - powerful equipment has a great pedigree in Magic, and the number of abilities this sword grants compares well to even the likes of Loxodon Warhammer and Umezawa's Jitte. My only question is, since it is a reference to Akroma, is . . . shouldn't it have been called the Sword of Wrath?
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Sword of Vengeance
  
Welcome back readers today's card of the is an interesting equipment. Sword of Vengeance grants the equipped creature the abilities of Akroma minus flying and the protection, putting this on a Vampire Nighthawk or heck even a Birds of Paradise can result in bad situations for your opponents. Its no Umezawa's Jitte but its solid. In standard I can see at least one copy being played as a tutor target for Stoneforge Mystic, this card will see play in those types of decks because its an insane amount of abilities for a relatively small cost. In extended it may also see play with Stoneforge Mystic outside of that it will see some play just not extensively. In eternal it may see play in decks that focus on equipment but overall it may not be a popular option. In casual and multiplayer this card will see play the ability to beef up your creatures over and over is a great option to have. In limited it turns any creature into a legitimate threat a good option I would pick first as it does not commit you to a color and can be used with any of your creatures.
 
Constructed :3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited :3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Sword of Vengeance which is an equipment that gives First Strike, Vigilance, Trample, Haste, and +2/+0 at a cost of three to play and three to equip.  This is a fair cost and a powerful effect that can turn even a 0/1 token into a concern, but equipped to a credible threat like Vampire Nighthawk or Sacred Wolf and you have an opponent struggling for answers.  This may not have the extra +1/+0 and Lifelink of Loxodon Warhammer, but for the same price it does offer better survivability and defensive options with First Strike and Vigilance respectively.  Expect to see this making the rounds in a variety of formats for the duration of legality.
 
With Limited this is an excellent equipment card to pick up and play on almost any creature as the variety of effects are all beneficial.  As a first pick it can be played alongside any future colors and there is no real drawback to running one in your deck provided there is a solid foundation of creatures.  Opening it in Sealed is a similarly positive experience as whatever colors you choose this is another rare to include with them.  Some cards to watch for include Sacred Wolf, Child of Night, Clone, Cudgel Troll, Juggernaut, Reassembling Skeleton, and anything with Flying as they all work quite well when combined with the Sword.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


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