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Sword of Fire and Ice
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Sword of Fire and Ice
- Modern Masters

Reviewed July 19, 2013

Constructed: 4.50
Casual: 4.63
Limited: 4.63
Multiplayer: 4.75

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BMoor

Sword of Fire and Ice

This can turn absolutely any creature into a "must-answer". The +2/+2 is nice, and the protection from red and blue is quite nice against the right deck. The real sell here is the "hit a player" trigger. You draw a card, and you can either deal more damage or you can kill a small creature, which is another card's worth of advantage in your favor. Even one hit with a creature wearing this is a huge swing. Multiple hits heads into "can't recover" territory-- even if they Shatter the Equipment, you've drawn so many extra cards and they've taken so much damage that winning should be easy.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer-4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sword of Fire and Ice
 
I can't help but wonder if there's a chance of seeing the Sword cycle again in expert expansions. Mostly I want to see who they draw holding them the second time around, as there's a lot of unexplored flavor space in Magic for characters riffing on the Lady of the Lake and the craftsmen of Svartalfheim. Until then, Sword of Fire and Ice stakes a great claim to be one of the best, if not the outright greatest, equipment card in Magic. Red and blue are relevant colors to have protection from, making you immune to damage spells and annoying bounce and flash blockers. But it's the saboteur abilities that are really crippling. Dramatically speeding up a clock and/or killing smaller creatures occasionally or providing a hard-to-stop source of extra cards would each be worth deck space on their own. Having both of them together is beyond amazing.
 
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Sword of Fire and Ice which is a three mana equipment with an equip cost of two. The effects of +2/+2 with protection from Red and Blue are solid and relevant against many forms of removal. The dealing combat damage to an opponent triggering direct damage to a player or creature with the added bonus of drawing a card is dramatically improved when combined with an evasive target. Overall the card advantage, useful protection colors, and burn make this one of the best swords in the series and a favorite for designs that can utilize it.

In Limited formats where this is available it is a major threat that can easily win games when combined with an evasive creature. Being colorless and only costing two mana to equip gives flexibility both in adding it to any and every deck as well as switching targets after an attack. An easy first pick in Booster and automatic inclusion for any Sealed deck.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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