Banishing Light


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 Uncommon
Journey into Nyx Uncommon
Promo Set Uncommon

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Banishing Light


When Banishing Light enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Banishing Light leaves the battlefield.(That permanent returns under its owner's control.)

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Banishing Light Discussion

foxinsox on G/W Enchantress-Prison deck

4 days ago

It really depends on your budget, but if it isn't an issue, then definitely run Leyline of Sanctity over Ivory Mask if you can afford it. Banishing Light will up your Oblivion Ring count to 8.

So much ramp, and nothing to spend it on? I have a good suggestion for you for all that ramp: Enduring Ideal. Then every turn you can just fetch out your answers.

I'd up the heralds to 4. They cheapen everything in your deck.

Good luck!

TheGooseManWells on Erebos and Athreos: How to lose friends 101

1 week ago

Will look into better replacements. Was thinking Banishing Light in the meantime.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Amonkhet Spoilers and Speculation.

1 week ago

I'll leave the rest of my 2-cents here, but this discussion should probably be moved to a different thread. I personally like having diverse sets of removal and not one catch-all like Hero's Downfall as it allows for diversification of decks. I'd say that depending on the deck, one could argue that any of To the Slaughter, Ruinous Path, Anguished Unmaking, or the new one could be considered more powerful.

However, I think wizards has done a poor job of supplying colors outside of black with adequate PW removal. White and Red occasionally get a decent answer printed (i.e. Banishing Light or a decent burn spell), but that is rare. Though I hope Cast Out can fill the void in White. Green and Blue pretty much just have to rely on other colors, creatures, or counter spells, which are all inefficient.

Regardless of the removal though, I think the main issue is Wizards getting too PW happy. We don't need new ones every set, and they don't need to be playable, but that is just my opinion and a different discussion entirely.

UnleashedHavok on 2power4me | Competitive Alesha

1 week ago

I would suggest Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar over Altar of Dementia, unless you find yourself with the ability to sac enough creatures in a turn to mill for the win. Alesha is a surprisingly mana hungry lady, my main deck is Alesha, Who is Unfinished and I have found that she needs quite a bit of juice at times.

I would suggest that you decide which route you want to take Alesha in, especially since you say your playgroup is competitive. Your list is pretty tight, I would just make a change or two. I would probably take out Mindclaw Shaman for Mesmeric Fiend. I think that if you are wanting to shut down your friends' decks, this is an option that fits with the overall feel of your deck a little better. I would also suggest putting in a Nantuko Husk so that you can have one more sacrifice outlet available to you since you have so many solid ETB effects. I like that you already have Fiend Hunter and Leonin Relic-Warder in here. I'm sure you are aware that you can permanently exile with both creatures just to bring them back to do it again, right? This would also work with Mesmeric Fiend if you choose to add it. I play my deck in a very control minded fashion, so I would also suggest cramming an Oblivion Ring and Banishing Light in here. I'm actually looking at cutting Disciple of Bolas..... I know I know, it feels like blasphemy but I find that I am wishing for a different answer when I draw him. He looks great on paper, and really is a good card in a sacrifice themed deck, but I feel he would be better in a Meren deck where you will be getting bigger creatures to sack throughout the game.

As for your maybe board I see that you have Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim. I would suggest playing her only if you are considering getting one of the most broken cards in commander: Serra Ascendant.

Anyway, I hope that my suggestions are helpful. Let me know if you want to chat more about one of my favorite commanders!

Argeaux on Nighthowler and Banishing Light

1 week ago

I knew it.

Player tonight tried to tell me I would lose Nighthowler if I got rid of Banishing Light.

Argeaux on Nighthowler and Banishing Light

1 week ago

If I get rid of Banishing Light and get Nighthowler back, and there are 10 Creatures in all graveyards, does it come back as a 10/10 or does it disappear as soon as Banishing Light is gone?

Chazchu on Lifegain Deathsquad

1 week ago

You'll need to think about potential control decks and how to respond to them, also you can get Exquisite Blood to go with the whole concept. I strongly suggest you get more Lone Rider  Flips to have a strong hard-hitter early on, that doesn't require too much investment. Try to prioritize your cards, I see a lot of 2x of things and without proper spells to draw them, you'd have a problem waiting for a specific card. Maybe try adding/finding Banishing Lights or Oblivion Rings and to have a bit more control over the playfield.

Firebird on White Angels, Devoted Thalia

2 weeks ago


I don't mind necessarily trading some Angels for other effects, as long as the whole thing fits this general theme. In fact, this was my very first Angel deck that I built a long time ago: Mono-white Angels Quicksilver Counterspells. One reason I really like Archangel of Tithes is because it has most of the benefit of Ghostly Prison but is always useful as either a blocker or an attacker, too.

I'm not totally inflexible, though. I think there is a way to find a balance between thematic and effective, and hopefully can figure out what it is. One thing I'm considering is more low-drop creatures like Grand Abolisher, and/or possibly running Sword of the Animist to help ramp out some lands. More removal, like Banishing Light or Oblivion Ring, perhaps? Add back in some of that counterspell package to help slow them down?

Hm. Well, I certainly enjoy the challenge!

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