Banishing Light

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Uncommon
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Journey into Nyx (JOU) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Banishing Light

Enchantment

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

thefallan on Karametra's Enchanting Harvest

13 hours ago

Personally I always like to have a way to protect my strategy against interaction. How much is purely based on who you play with but having options like Heroic Intervention , Selfless Spirit , and Teferi's Protection can put you ahead when people wrath. Finding effects like this for all permanents especially enchantments would be ideal but these are some of the first ones I found. I am about to just lay out some potential additions that if you feel you like them feel free to swap cards you are finding to not work out for. There are quite a few suggestions so I would just go by category. Generally a good way to cut cards would be to ask yourself if a card is over 5 mana is it doing something that good or worth it and if it is over 7 is it winning you the game. Some of the card recommendations are just improved cards of what you already have that are a little less narrow. Hope this helps at least some and sorry for the long comment. I would personally make these changes to make it a little more streamlined:

Remove some of these cards: 1x Krond the Dawn-Clad, 1x Enchantress's Presence, 1x Dictate of Heliod, 1x Spidersilk Armor, 1x Journey to Nowhere, 1x Pacifism, 1x Seal Away, 1x Bow of Nylea, 1x Mine Excavation, 1x Approach of the second sun

Replace with some of these cards: some mana ramp that is also an enchantment would work pretty well as well ( Fertile Ground , Wild Growth , Utopia Sprawl , etc)

Removal (personally I don't like removal that is situational even if it is an enchantment like seal away and pacifism sometimes doesn't hit what you need to remove. Adding cards like Banishing Light allows you to target anything you want including planeswalkers.): Swords to Plowshares , Cast Out , Banishing Light , Grasp of Fate , Aura of Silence , Archon of Valor's Reach , Karmic Justice , Conclave Tribunal , Darksteel Mutation

Cards advantage and recursion:: Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip (seems okay), Beast Whisperer , Vizier of the Menagerie , Krosan Grip , Beast Within , Panharmonicon , Sun Titan , Eternal Witness , Open the Vaults

Miscellaneous (other okay adds that I like): Rancor 1 mana enchantment can draw you cards and returns from the graveyard worst case, Snake Umbra creature protection and card draw on one card

Expensive additionas but would all probably be pretty good additions:: Aura Shards , Craterhoof Behemoth , Oracle of Mul Daya , Replenish , Sylvan Library

Xica on Silver Bullets

1 month ago

RedmundR2
"I was just using artifact hate as an example. In general creature removal is the most common type of removal in the format,"

Any sane person has to agree with that...

"so it generally means your hate is more vulnerable like apple is saying"

But not with the conclusion.
As of now the wast majority of removal played in the format is very conditional.
Beside Path to Exile & Assassin's Trophy, there are close to no cards that can hit any creature. In the context of my deck, cards like Lightning Bolt, Fatal Push, Abrade, Dismember, even Lightning Axe accomplish very little - against my finisher creatures. Stuff like the "non-legendary" clause on Cast Down is very relevant!

The counter hate, that comes in game 2 and 3 against artifacts and enchantments is MUCH less conditional. Just take a look at Ancient Grudge, or Nature's Claim

How many removal spells are played... Show

In short there is a gigantic amount of removal that will easily kill Glistener Elf, but the WAST majority of those cards can't take on Iona, Shield of Emeria - especially since even deck that run live removal tend to not be able to cast it if the correct color is named.

UWx control (due to Cryptic Command) & tron (colorless obviously) being the main exceptions.

Lanzo493 on brago the whitewalker: winter orb is coming

1 month ago

There's something you would probably be delighted to learn about the Strionic Resonator combo. Cards like Angel of Serenity and Oblivion Ring have great synergy because they have an ETB effect and a LTB effect. It's important to note that the enter and leave the battlefield effects are separate. Let's say you're comboing off with strionic resonator. Your O-Ring enters play and activates. Then you activate your strionic resonator to flicker everything again on the stack. Then O-Ring's leave the battlefield effect triggers, resolves, but nothing is returned because nothing has been exiled. Then the ETB effect exiles its target PERMANENTLY. It no longer has any way to return because that effect already triggered. Strionic Resonator turns every card with ETB and LTB exile and return effects into permanent exile effects. This doesn't work with cards like Banishing Light, just cards like Fiend Hunter.

eliakimras on Estrid, the Masked

1 month ago

Solemnity is a really strong card that shutdowns Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, Vorel of the Hull Clade, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed-Triskelion/Walking Ballista combo, Marchesa, the Black Rose reanimator and general infect decks. Since you're not running any of these strategies, swap in Solemnity. It comboes with Phyrexian Unlife (you can't die since you can't have poison counters), Lost Auramancers (that can be immediately killed with High Market to bring Decree of Silence so no one but you can play Magic), Glen Elendra Archmage (counter every single noncreature spell your opponents cast, since she can't have -1/-1 counters), Dark Depths (the land enters without counters, then immediately turns into Marit Lage - but she can still be easily Swords to Plowshares'd), Glacial Chasm (if it can't get counters, you can keep it forever to never be attacked), Mystic Remora (free draws for the rest of the game) and Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle (it enters as a creature). It also comboes with Elephant Grass (more pillowfort), Force Bubble, Delaying Shield and Kitchen Finks, but they're not that good on their own. However, you need to protect your combo pieces: Solemnity+Decree of Silence win combo cost a whopping 11 mana, and can be disrupted easily. So you need protection of targeted removal. Privileged Position, Sterling Grove and Greater Auramancy can do the trick, and the Grove doubles as a tutor. // Enchanted Evening comboes with Aura Thief+High Market, Cleansing Meditation, Calming Verse, Opalescence+Mirari's Wake (all opponents' lands will be 0/0s and will be put into the graveyard while yours will be 1/1s) and Serra's Sanctum. // Omniscience + an Enchantress + Approach of the Second Sun is a free win if uncountered. // If I can suggest some improvements on your manabase: Exotic Orchard, Rogue's Passage, Prairie Stream and Yavimaya Coast are cheap replacements for Thornwood Falls, Woodland Stream and 2 Islands. Weirding Wood is better than Gift of Paradise, because it can draw you a card via Clue. Card advantage is crucial in EDH, and you should run at least 6 sources of realiable draw. That's why I recommend you to run Mesa Enchantress, Verduran Enchantress, Kruphix's Insight, Mystic Remora, Rhystic Study, Sylvan Library (comboes with Abundance), Argothian Enchantress. // Eladamri's Call tutors your creatures. Ground Seal and Rest in Peace shutdown graveyard stategies. Open the Vaults is a really good budget replacement of Replenish and plays around Ground Seal (better replace Hanna, Ship's Navigator - she's too slow). Courser of Kruphix, Land Tax, Mirari's Wake, Burgeoning and Exploration are great ramp Leyline of Anticipation allows you to play on your opponents' turn. Copy Enchantment gives more utility. Search for Azcanta  Flip fills the graveyard for Open the Vaults and easily flips into a good utility land. Seal of Primordium, Seal of Cleansing, Banishing Light, Stasis Snare, Cast Out, Prison Term, Act of Authority, Detention Sphere, Imprisoned in the Moon, Song of the Dryads, Grasp of Fate and Aura Shards take care of troublesome permanents. Energy Flux, Aura of Silence and Stony Silence deals with artifact decks. Austere Command, Wrath of God, Supreme Verdict and Cyclonic Rift are great boardwipes. Teferi's Protection is the best protection spell ever released. Karmic Justice and Martyr's Bond tell people to don't mess with you. Collective Restraint is another Propaganda effect (comboes with Prismatic Omen).

CaptainGalvanic on Kestia's Divine Army

2 months ago

redace10 I'd actually advocate towards keeping both Oblivion Ring and Banishing Light, since they are the most versatile on-theme removal. More importantly, if you can get Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, and Estrid's Invocation in play (admittedly a long shot) you can recursively have them exile each other as much as you like, scoring an arbitrary number of Constellation triggers. It certainly isn't as efficient as some other combos, but Kestia draws a lot of cards, and there's something special about drawing your deck from Eidolon of Blossoms or swinging for infinite damage because of Nylea's Colossus.

solarbeam on Black White Knights

2 months ago

You're very heavy on the 4-drop slot. I would recommend cutting the Approach of the Second Sun, since you should be trying to win by bringing your opponent's life to zero. Anointed Procession is cool, and can be powerful, but it relies on you following it up with other cards. THough pricey, this should be History of Benalia as this card does not depend on being followed up by another card and produces more Knights on its own.

Instead of Murder, Fatal Push or Path to Exile are better choices. For more budget options, Declaration in Stone, Go for the Throat, Cast Down, Anguished Unmaking, and Oblivion Ring are good options.

You should be running 4 of the Dauntless Bodyguards in the maindeck, they should not be in the sideboard. You're going to be wanting to swarm the enemy in a flood of chivalry as fast as possible, and a few amazing 1 drops can help you out that way. Accorder Paladin, Knight of Glory, and Sigiled Paladin are all great 2 drop knights that help you out in attacking strong and early. Knight of the White Orchid can act as ramp, but is also a decent beater.

Always Watching is an amazing anthem effect! Plus if you run this, History of Benalia, and removal like Oblivion Ring, or Banishing Light, you could run Blood-Cursed Knight!

Mirran Crusader is extremely powerful and you should definitely be running 4 of this one.

Vona, Butcher of Magan is really cool and can give you an answer to nearly anything, and she helps pay for herself with that lifelink.

Sorin, Solemn Visitor may not make a knight, but that uptick can be a crushing blow for you enemy. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar makes knights and can drop an emblem to give your team a permanent buff.

You'll also want to use some of black's card draw capabilities, since card advantage is definitely white's biggest weakness. Don't be afraid to spend a little bit of life to draw some cards with Dark Bargain, Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, or Damnable Pact just to name a few.

You should also definitely be running lands like Isolated Chapel, Concealed Courtyard, and Godless Shrine

For your sideboard, cards like Duress are very important if you're running black, I would recommend running 3-4 of these in your sideboard, since you have no other hand disruption. Celestial Purge is pretty popular, as is Timely Reinforcements. Vraska's Contempt and Anguished Unmaking can help you deal with opposing planeswalkers, and Unmaking hits any troublesome non-land, Rest in Peace, Stony Silence, and Zealous Persecution are very strong sideboard options as well.

Let me know if this was helpful or would like to know some of the reasoning's behind the suggestions!

kamarupa on Warmongering

2 months ago

Always Watching would be good. Maybe Sign in Blood, too.

You should add some removal variety to your sideboard to deal with various threats - here's a few options: Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, Journey to Nowhere, Blessed Alliance, Celestial Flare, Celestial Purge, Cast Out, Seal Away, Doomblade, Fatal Push, Hero's Downfall, Murder, Cast Down, Geth's Verdict

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