Ixalan's Binding


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Ixalan (XLN) Uncommon

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Ixalan's Binding


When Ixalan's binding enters the battlefield, exile target nonland permanent an opponent controls until Ixalan's Binding leaves the battlefield.Your opponents can't cast spells with the same name as the exiled card.

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Ixalan's Binding Discussion

cyclinggamer on Rivals of Ixalan Reanimator

5 hours ago

Check out my B/W Vamps. Testing mine against yours, mine seemed to finish just about where yours got started.

Your mana curve is pretty gummed up at 3x cmc, with your 8 hand disruption cards coming in at 1x cmc. I'd say you need to include some 2x cmc or 1x cmc creatures to run, unless you're going to do some boardwipes. Granted, vampires W and WB are aggro. I hate being hit with hand disruption, and it's worthwhile, 1x hit initially, and possibly prior to combat as you prepare to swing in. Otherwise, if you play high creatures, and get one each of your spells, you'll have nothing to do but whiff for your turn 2. Unless I miss my guess, standard is going tribal pretty big with rivals, pirates, dinos, merfolk, and vampires. That means heavily creature based. Your meta might be more controlly, and would warrant 4x non-creature hate, but then your creature hate is wasted. Still, moment of craving or Dusk Legion Zealot would be nice filling in your 2x cmc slot. Why? One removes the vast majority of early creatures, the other gets you a replacement card (the better to feed your tomb raider).

The fastest I've played against reanimator-wise was God-Pharoah's Gift. Why? the guy traded evenly or a little worse until he got god-pharoah's gift on the field, then his tiny creatures he traded with came back as 4/4 with their abilities. Very sick. And he'd sometimes discard higher cmc creatures that have awesome abilities, because they come back as a token for free. Easy peasy, if you don't mind them being tokens of their former selves. Massive beat down occured, straight to my face.

Weaknesses this has: Ixalan's Binding on the gift kills that ability, or the new artifact, Silent Gravestone cripples this and your type of shenanigans, at least until you land vraska. Scavenger Grounds also does a number, at the cost of sacrificing a desert.

So, recap: get smaller cmc value creatures on the board to stall, bring them back as 4/4 zombies. Smash your opponents with easy as you get one maybe two back from your graveyard every upkeep. Then bring your big hitters in! Have fun driving the deck, and hope this helped.

Tyrant-Thanatos on Ixalan's Binding and Blossoming Defense

5 hours ago

It's important to note that in order to do this properly, you need to respond to the triggered ability, not to the casting of Ixalan's Binding. The target isn't declared until the ETB ability is put onto the stack. Most players will understand that this is your intent, but for clarity sake you may consider specifying that you're responding to the trigger, and not the spell.

Additionally, because it is the etb ability that you're effectively countering, and not the spell, Ixalan's Binding will remain on the battlefield, exiling nothing.

Sehz on Nayanosaur

20 hours ago

Nirb Thank you so much. You are my teacher XD

After I took your advise now it's more like a fair game than it was. Funny thing is That Ixalan's Binding which he throwned to my face was mine that I gave it to him and the purpose of his Gideon's Intervention is actually for my uw-approach but fortunately it's work even batter against my dino deck.

Anyway, from what you mentioned about knowing the full extent of the decks synergies. I think that should be an issue too since we're new. I mean me and my friend just started maybe a month ago. I'm not even confident enough to play with other people yet cause there're still lot of rule and circumstance that we're confused and don't understand LOL

sonnet666 on Ixalan's Binding and Blossoming Defense

21 hours ago


Ixalan's Binding has a triggered ability with a single target. It's target is chosen when it is placed on the stack, which is as soon as a player would receive priority after it has entered the battlefield. Your opponent has to choose its target then and stick with it unless another effect says they can change its target.

Once your Blossoming Defense resolves, your Ghalta, Primal Hunger becomes an illegal target for the ETB, and the ability fails to resolve since all of it's targets are no longer legal.

Argy on Ixalan's Binding and Blossoming Defense

22 hours ago

I have Ghalta, Primal Hunger on the field.

My Opponent casts Ixalan's Binding then targets it.

I play Blossoming Defense, also targetting it.

I have other Creatures on the field.

Can my Opponent now choose to target one of my other Creatures instead?

Sehz on Nayanosaur

1 day ago

Nirb Thank you sooo much that helped me a lot.

The only reason I put Silverclad Ferocidons in because unfortunately I've got only one copy of Trapjaw Tyrant, for now. I planned to get rid of it after my second trapjaw arrive. What do you think about 2 copy of trapjaw? would it be enough?

The tough time that I had to go through is when I played against my friend's cat-deck.Specially Gideon's Intervention and Ixalan's Binding which he always keeps throwing to my dinosaur's face and load of enchantment like Compulsory Rest and the worse part is Dusk / Dawn that almost completely wipes out my board alongside with Settle the Wreckage.

silastheguardian on Jeskai Phoenix

1 day ago

Hey, I love the idea of a jeskai Phoenix deck, I'm working on a boros version myself. Boom-Bird Control if you wanna take a look. Anyway, looking through the deck, the weakest piece I see is Curious Obsession. It's a good card if it works, but I see your target being blown up immediately in most games. There is a lot of instant speed removal in standard right now. Maybe look at some removal in its place? Abrade and Lightning Strike are both rather effective. Ixalan's Binding is a good contingency plan against Hazoret or The Scarab God.

Shyvana_ on Hour of Cat-astrophe

1 day ago

Since you said I should start countering their decks straight up with my sideboard, what would you recommend that I can use in G/W? I know another Ixalan's Binding for dinos, another two Shapers' Sanctuary for Ramunap but for vampires, I have no idea or any other stuff that would work for Dinos / Ramunap (If he abandons Ramunap from the bans, he'll play B/W zombies)

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