Heroes' Bane


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

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Set Rarity
Journey into Nyx Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Heroes' Bane

Creature — Hydra

Heroes' Bane enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it.

: Put X +1/+1 counters on Heroes' Bane, where X is it's power.

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Heroes' Bane Discussion

MRDOOM3 on xenagos, god of revels

21 hours ago

First of all, I would either cut Ruric Thar or cut a few noncreature spells, since his ability applies to everyone, and all it takes to bring someone down from 40 to 0 is 7 noncreatures.

I would cut Vexing Shusher and replace it with Spellbreaker Behemoth.

Alongside mana dorks, you probably should use extra lands per turn cards such as Mina and Denn, Wildborn and Azusa, Lost but Seeking.

Siege Behemoth and Arlinn Kord  Flip are nice for getting past pesky chump blockers, should your creatures not have trample handy.

Pathbreaker Ibex, Rapacious One, Balefire Dragon, and technically Deus of Calamity are all cards that benefit from Xenago's pump ability.

To protect your fatties during attacking, Stonehoof Chieftain can help with those with deathtouch or protection from red/green and Breaker of Armies helps by being the "attention stealer".

Malignus makes for a very nice early game threat and beater as well.

One lovely synergy I like to run is Dragon Throne of Tarkir+Heroes' Bane. Sure, my 256/256 gets reduced to a mere doorstop, but much worse things happen afterwards.

You can find my Xenagos deck here. Who knows, you may find some cards you like!

CaoJin on Large Hydran Collider

1 week ago


Descendants' Path, Call to the Kindred and Lurking Predators are indeed great for tribal decks however with Hydras they lose a lot of their power due to the way Hydra creatures work, as most come in with as many +1/+1 counters on them for mana paid (X costs), otherwise they are 0/0 creatures and this would mean they would die upon hitting the field as the wording doesn't allow for enter the battle effects that would allow cards like Heroes' Bane to survive.

Cathars' Crusade, Hardened Scales and Gleam of Battle could be pretty good additions but i'm not sure what to cut for them as the more enchantments I field the bigger the chance Merciless Eviction could neuter me.

@joshuaizac Thanks for your recommendations from before, in addition I also realised that due to the way Hydras work Blade of Selves is sadly worthless on them, as the myriad creature is a copy of the attacking creature with no counters and as such very likely a 0/0 which means it would die immediately.

ShatteredEmpires on Hail Hydra

3 weeks ago

squirlfood With the exception of the morphing Hydra, every other hydra in the deck is an X cast hydra. Well, other than Heroes' Bane, but that completely fits the theme. I keep thinking of adding the Phytohydra because it's just that good... but it hasn't fit the theme yet. More play testing is needed to see if it will or not. It's always in the back of my mind though.

Waffleoflegned on Hardened Creatchies

1 month ago

First thing I have to say, that mana base is Disgusting. You have absolutely no need for Wooded Foothills, you have no mountains at all. replace those with forests. you have literally two black cards in your entire deck, and neither of them are needed for your deck to function or survive. take out all of those shocks and fetches, you only need forests. No black cards needed. now that we freed up some spaces for good cards, add in Kalonian Hydra, or pretty much any other hydra. Primordial Hydra, Heroes' Bane, and Hydra Broodmaster, are just a few.

Delta-117 on

1 month ago

Interesting, my first ever deck was a blue/green deck that I used to play with several friends back when I was in high school. We didn't bother with formats at first, although later we did start commander.

It use to have an Arcanis the Omnipotent, Prophet of Kruphix, Hydra Broodmaster, Heroes' Bane, Explosive Vegetation, Archetype of Endurance, Roil Elemental, Horizon Chimera, AEtherspouts, Plasm Capture, Sigiled Starfish, Courser of Kruphix, and later some things like a Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger. It was all about ramp, and large threats.

We just played casual 60 card decks, although for whatever reason mine was usually more like 80 as there was always so many cards I wanted to cram into it and I tried to justify it by the Scrying and card draw it had but it was a bit much still. This became eventually my first commander deck with Vorel of the Hull Clade.

Gamerpg04 on

1 month ago

Try Regal Force It draws you a ton of cards and provides a 5/5 body

Heroes' Bane is also goodIt can get really big really fast if you have enough mana

Same goes for Chameleon Colossus

Craterhoof Behemoth can end the game quickly If you have enough creatures

Karametra's Acolyte can act as an extra Nyxthos

If all else fails just shove an Emrakul in there. He is good at killing stuff.


1 month ago

My buddy has a Xenagod deck and he absolutely loves Heroes' Bane. He loves casting it and swinging it for 8, putting 8 more counters on it, then swinging for 48 the following turn.

Pathbreaker Ibex seems at least a little better than cards like Silvos, Rogue Elemental. An attacking 16/13 trample is neat, but Ibex gives everything trample and, even if by itself, is a 12/12 trample when attacking alone. Add in literally any other creature in this deck and it gets ludicrous: Going small, let's say you have Ibex and Urabrask. Urabrask gets +4/+4 from Xenagod, and then Ibex gets +8/+8 and Urabrask gets another +8/+8, and both have trample. Ibex is pretty nuts with Xenagos since Xenagod gives his pump first, and then Ibex passes the pumped creature's power among all of your creatures, including itself.

Using a more remarkable example, you pump Atarka double striker to 12/10 using Xenagod's trigger, and then when Ibex attacks, every creature you control, including Atarka, gets +12/+12 more power, allowing Atarka to deal 48 damage. By itself.

Pathbreaker Ibex is basically Xenagoat, Goat of Revels. It and Xenagod were made for one another.

Also, my friend runs Nylea, God of the Hunt in his deck to give much-needed trample to guys like Malignus or Hydra Omnivore, but if you add Ibex you'll probably have that covered.

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