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Dark Banishing

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.55 (6 Reviews)
Limited: 3.32 (6 Reviews)
Reviewed July 9, 2002

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This card just hasn't seen a lot of play in constructed, because of all the other good removal cards that have been created over the years.

In limited, I would definitely take it.  It's a high pick that can kill a ton of different creatures.

Constructed: 2.8
Limited: 3.4


Dark Banishing has been a staple card since Terror leaving the environment.  In constructed, to be able to deal with most anything for 3 mana is pretty good.  In limited, it's REAL good since it can very easily negate most bombs with no negative side effect.
In limited, it's a no brainer in black - you play it.  In constructed, if it's not in the main, it needs to be considered for the side.
Constructed - 4
Limited - 5
Current Price - $.45

John Hornberg 

Dark Banishing had the unfortunate job of replacing Terror in 7th Edition as blacks standard creature destruction spell. It has failed miserably at the job, and the fact that no one is playing it is testament to that. It is not necessarily a bad card, but Terror was infinitely better, and Type II right now, as well as Extended, have better ways to kill creatures. In Constructed, a 2. 

In limited, removal is good. It is always going to be a high pick, usually within the first 5 picks, and is a killer. I give this card a 3.5, because it has no neat trick like Agonizing Demise, and isn't exactly cheap like Terror or Terminate.



Dark Banishing
Instant speed removal that takes away regeneration has always been good. Dark Banishing has a reasonable cost 2B, and is targeted (unlike edict or blood) so it is still valuable. In today's format Edict and I-Blood are generally better because they can kill Togs. But Banishing is still a useful card.


Dark Banishing is a very solid pick in draft as is most removal of this kind. If there are no cheaper alternatives, Black players always end up putting these in their Constructed sideboards. Limited a 3.5, Constructed a 2.5.



Judge Bill

A solid removal card. Back in the day though, we could pay one less if we didn't want to hit artifacts. Shows you the overall weakening of the base set =\.
Play it in limited; a solid start to a person's Magic career in constructed, but you'll soon find yourself moving on to better cards. Especially Nekrataal (next year).
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 3.5

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