Bane, Lord of Darkness
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Bane, Lord of Darkness

Legendary Creature — God

As long as your life total is less than or equal to half your starting life total, Bane, Lord of Darkness has indestructible.

Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), target opponent may have you draw a card. If they don't, you may put a creature card with equal or lesser toughness from your hand onto the battlefield.

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KBK7101 on BBEG Deck Ideas

6 months ago

I also vote Tiamat. I'd say The Tarrasque but that card is... not the best. Maybe the new Ghalta card from Lost Caverns of Ixalan as a replacement?

Bane, Lord of Darkness, Myrkul, Lord of Bones and Bhaal, Lord of Murder are some more choices that might be interesting.

Maybe Captain N'ghathrod?

OdinPlaysGames on How does The Golden Throne …

9 months ago

So in my last commander game using my Bane, Lord of Darkness suicide deck, I came across a situation where I had The Golden Throne, Wall of Blood, and Soul Conduit all on the battlefield. The objective is to reduce my life total to zero, allow the trigger for the golden throne to go on the stack, then respond by switching life totals with an opponent before The Golden Throne trigger resolves, killing them. We had some lengthy discussion about how it works and came to the conclusion that The Golden Throne's trigger is a state-based effect and cannot be responded to. since it will continuously see that I am losing the game and I cannot take more actions until the trigger resolves. I looked everywhere for a ruling on this and could find none. I think we made the right call, but I'm not sure if it was for the right reasons and I am dying to know a judge's answer. Let me know what you guys think.

gavriel1136 on Does Bane have a reflexive …

11 months ago

Bane, Lord of Darkness's second ability states "Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, target opponent may have you draw a card. If they don't, you may put a creature card with equal or lesser toughness from your hand onto the battlefield."

If an opponent chooses NOT to have me draw a card, is there a moment where I have priority before I need to put a creature from my hand out? I'm thinking of using a card like Death Denied to instant-speed put a creature into my hand in response to the reflexive trigger. If Bane does NOT have a reflexive trigger, then I won't have priority before the ability resolves.

Derreavus on Esika God Tribal

1 year ago

Thanks Housegheist for the suggestions, I took out Mimic Vat and Bane, Lord of Darkness because I can see how they wouldn't synergize well. I also made several other changes because there were cards I had originally wanted to add that I forgot about such as The World Tree and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Also your deck did inspire some changes I didn't think of like Resurgent Belief and Idyllic Tutor. Thanks for the suggestions!

Housegheist on Esika God Tribal

1 year ago

May you can get some inspiration from my deck. This is a God/Shrine tribal deck, because i thought gods and shrines are a perfect fit.

It can win on many ways.

You better worship! Meet the Gods on Shrines!

Commander / EDH* Housegheist


You have to recognise, the gods are multitools where no matchup will be the same. But i already saw some cards, which do not fit perfectly. Mimic Vat for example does not trigger when an enchantment god dies, when the devotion-condition is not met. Although Bane, Lord of Darkness is a god, he is pretty weak and wouldn't make the cut.

Sephyrias on Best Commanders in EDH [Tier List] Part 1

1 year ago

Nonary27 There are a lot of competitive/fringe competitive commanders in both sets.

New Capenna

Lagrella, the Magpie serves as Fiend Hunter in the command zone, letting you do sacrifice combos with Karmic Guide. She'll probably end up somewhere close to Saffi Eriksdotter.

Cormela, Glamour Thief combos with reanimator spells like Footsteps of the Goryo as long as you have cost reduction cards like Goblin Electromancer or a sac outlet that generates mana. I think she's pretty strong. Anhelo, the Painter is a grixis version of Kalamax, the Stormsire. Probably the best of the new Grixis commanders. Evelyn, the Covetous is weaker than it looks. I don't think there is an infinite blink/flicker/cloning combo piece that's also a vampire. Probably not better than Vela the Night-Clad, even with the extra color. Lord Xander, the Collector has a big impact on casual tables, but is nowhere near as relevant in competitive play. Would put him somewhere close to Evelyn.

Falco Spara, Pactweaver is an okay value engine, but you have to jump through extra hoops to go infinite with it compared to Elsha of the Infinite, so it will be a few tiers lower than Elsha. Rigo, Streetwise Mentor has to compete with Edric, Spymaster of Trest, they want to do more or less the same thing. I'm not sure if Rigo is better or worse.

Ognis, the Dragon's Lash does the same as Grand Warlord Radha. You get an extra color, but have the restriction regarding haste in exchange. Henzie "Toolbox" Torre is just a bad Grim Haruspex that can serve as pseudo-haste-enabler. Not weak, but also not very strong. Rocco, Cabaretti Caterer is a Wargate for creatures in the command zone. Might be the strongest Naya legend to date, although Marath, Will of the Wild is no joke either. Jolene, the Plunder Queen enables untap combos with Black Market Tycoon, but it just ends up being a much worse version of the Freed from the Real combos that other commanders can do.

None of the others are worth mentioning imo.

Commander Legends 2

Abdel Adrian, Gorion's Ward is similar to Lagrella, all about Fiend Hunter-type flicker/sacrifice combos. Candlekeep Sage is probably the best background for it. Alaundo the Seer is a simic version of Jhoira of the Ghitu, except that it's slower, but also draws cards. Bhaal, Lord of Murder is more or less an Odric's Outrider in the command zone, but that it only counts for nontoken creatures means you can't combo with Scurry Oak, so it's probably not that great. I think Duke Ulder Ravengard combos with Port Razer?

Gale, Waterdeep Prodigy sort of gives all your instants & sorceries flashback, which is usually very powerful. Not sure how good it ends up being in practice however. Ganax, Astral Hunter is basically just Galazeth Prismari. Kagha, Shadow Archdruid is yet another Golgari recursion commander, which are usually at least decent. Jan Jansen, Chaos Crafter goes infinite with Clock of Omens and Liquimetal Coating.

Baba Lysaga, Night Witch, Bane, Lord of Darkness, Dynaheir, Invoker Adept, Gorion, Wise Mentor and Jaheira, Friend of the Forest have a lot of combo potential, but I'm not sure how to break them yet.