Swords to Plowshares, one of the most iconic "Magic: The Gathering" cards of all time, will be receiving new alternate art by Sam Wolfe Connelly as a DCI judge foil. Revealed Jan. 26, 2013 on a post at MtgSalvation.com, the new DCI judge foil Swords to Plowshares will be distributed by Wizards of the Coast as a thank you to the hard working volunteers who help form the backbone of the professional "Magic: The Gathering" circuit and play a pivotal role in their local "Magic" communities: The judges.
Swords to Plowshares - W
Instant (Promo Rare)
Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.
The Smallest seed of regret can bloom into redemption.
Swords to Plowshares is a heavily played staple in white Commander decks and also sees play in Legacy.
Swords to Plowshares has been printed numerous times to date over the course of the game's 20 year life span. First appearing in "Alpha" and remaining in the core set though "Fourth Edition," Swords to Plowshares received its first new art in "Ice Age." It's popped up in several ancillary products such as "Anthologies" and "Battle Royal." Swords to Plowshares would makes its first appearance in the modern card frame in a "Cold Snap" preconstructed deck. Swords to Plowshares also recently received a gorgeous new art by Terese Nielson in "Duel Decks: Venser vs. Elspeth."
Over the years there's been several Swords to Plowshares variants, such as Condemn, however the most famous is Path to Exile. In an artifact-based deck Dispatch is arguably more powerful because your opponent won't gain any resources.
This isn't the first time that Swords to Plowshares has received a premium foil treatment. Swords to Plowshares is the most expensive Friday Night Magic promo, commanding a whopping $120 on the secondary market. For comparison, a normal white border version with the same art retails for just a meager $1. You can expect the new alternate art DCI Judge Swords to Plowshares to debut around the $150 mark due to its scarcity, drop down to $50 as more become available, and then slowly creep back up.
How will you use Swords to Plowshares?
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