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great card for breaking stale-mates. I'm very unimpressed with the artwork. As an artist, you'd think drawing "sword of the ages" would be a great opportunity, but the background looks like it was generated in a cheesy computer program like paint shop, and the sword itself is pretty generic looking.
Posted By: Nickkom (11/29/2009 3:52:06 PM)


The art resembles the Gladius, standard sword of the Roman empire, thus: Sword of the Ages.
Posted By: Raedien (4/11/2011 7:42:09 AM)


Similar to Soulblast. Less risky, but less surprising. This forces you to exile your creatures, but you don't need to exile all of them.
Posted By: KikiJikiTiki (5/12/2011 1:26:17 AM)


This card was so good back in the day, it was actually banned in vintage for about 2 years during Magic's early days. I still wonder why it was ever banned, since it was very difficult to untap artifacts on the same turn it came into play (tapped) and lots of fat creatures were hard to come by (the only thing I can think of is Ball Lightning+Berserk, no one blocks, and exile it for the win). I have never ever heard of anyone building a deck around this card. Though I did see someone play it in an EDH deck once; he actually won a game with it I heard by making a ton of 1/1s and exiling them to the sword for lethal damage (I think he used the old Squirrel Nest/Earthcraft combo to make the tokens)
Posted By: jonb86 (4/8/2011 10:05:15 AM)


This is a really fun card in my "Gimmee" deck.

Granted, it's not as good as Diamond Valley in that regard,
but unlike DV, it can actually defeat your opponent.

It's fun in casual (esp. group games), but not at all tourney-worthy.

Also- why on earth do you think this card was banned at any point?
I've been playing since Legends was in print, and this is news to me.

AFAIK, The only card ever banned from t1 for being broken was Time Vault,
and even that one is legal now, despite being re-errata'd into godlike power.

The other bans are due to antes, card drop effects (Chaos Orb, Falling Star) or excessive timewasting (Shahrazad).
Posted By: drpvfx (10/6/2011 6:22:24 PM)


I can't say I'm a fan of the art style, but I DID preffer magic back in the day when you got drastically art styles such as this. Most of the new stuff while good is pretty "samey".

Cool effect though.
Posted By: BloodDragon (2/5/2011 8:20:59 AM)


March of the Machines
Posted By: Ragamander (5/16/2011 7:43:41 PM)


Goes well with Glyph of Destruction.
Posted By: achilleselbow (4/11/2010 1:24:11 AM)


I like the art and this card is insanly powerfull
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (1/8/2011 2:14:37 PM)


Didn't this become less powerful with the new wording? - the old wording states that you have to sacrifice a number of creatures, and that they are then removed from the game afterwards ... I wonder if they would have triggered any graveyard related abilities ... not to mention the interaction with Dragon Appeasement and Mortician Beetle (if it would ever become relevant)
Posted By: GrimjawxRULES (3/29/2011 1:57:37 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!