This Friday’s CotW is a bonus feature covering ALL the sweeper removal in Magic! Well, most of it, anyway. It’s a pretty broad category, and some cards can only be considered a sweeper if you stretch the definition somewhat. The definition I intend to use for this article is that a sweeper is a card that removes (destroys, exiles, bounces, etc.) all permanents of a certain type, even if there is a condition attached, and that does so by not targetting them or dealing damage. The condition is often based on converted mana cost (e.g. Pernicious Deed). As such, Mutilate is a sweeper, but Violent Ultimatum is not. The definition is pretty fuzzy, as Overwhelming Forces can either be a sweeper or not by these criteria, but you get the idea. It’s mostly a “feel” thing.
I’m going to go in categories based on what card type the sweeper removes. The goal is to give everybody an idea of all the options they have in certain colors to get rid of all kinds of permanents at the same time, which is obviously a great thing to do. Using one card to get rid of a whole bunch is just Good Magic. I’m also going to leave out Planeswalker ultimates, because, well, they never happen.
Monday’s column will be a strategy article on just how many of these type of cards to include, to tie in with this one. With that said, here we go!