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If anyone has ever dealt with a deck that has banding in it, you know how useful the effect this card has would be.

Your attacker has Trample and the defender has 2 blockers, one with Banding? You will get to kill the one the defender assigns ALL of the damage to. Under the new damage system, Banding breaks trample, and makes combat damage and effects a mess.

From the rules on Ayesha Tanaka: If a creature in combat has banding, it's controller assigns damage for creatures blocking or blocked by it. That player can ignore the damage assignment order when making this assignment.

They won't (most likely) make anymore creatures that have banding or any effect that gives banding to creatures in the future.
Posted By: Guest1162619373 (8/5/2010 1:56:39 PM)
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Hey, if anything, it helps on the off chance your opponent is running Phantasmal Image
Posted By: GlassJoetheChamp (3/11/2012 11:34:19 PM)
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Its second ability is sort of useless now for obvious reasons, but it's still strictly better than an island; and Banding is actually a very powerful ability.
Posted By: Aquillion (4/6/2013 7:11:23 PM)
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Someone should build some sort of academy here. It's got a great view, students won't go away during spring break, and it just might break the damn game.
Posted By: Gilgiga (9/20/2009 1:20:32 PM)
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Still kills any creature with a tap in a horobi deck.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (12/4/2010 7:40:34 PM)
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I don't see why this card is rated so low. Sure the effect might only be useful once in a thousand casual games, but since it doesn't come in tapped it's really just as good as an Island. Sure being non-basic it can be destroyed more easily than an Island, but then you've probably got more threatening non-basics in your deck whose loss would hurt more than an Island anyway.
Posted By: mikluemp (8/2/2010 3:21:15 PM)
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So...this site appears on 4 cards and a plane. The hell.
Posted By: izzet_guild_mage (6/11/2010 12:16:59 PM)
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I love putting this in decks just to mess with people. It's really just a "because I can" card.
Posted By: Sooku (7/22/2009 11:45:39 PM)
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@GainsBanding: Or if your opponent shows you Boil or Acid Rain. Back in the day, a lot of color-hate took the form of basic land hate, so it was really handy to have nonbasic lands that gave colored mana without drawbacks.

And Banding was always a lot more powerful than folks nowadays appreciate. Sure, it was essentially only found in white, so most decks wouldn't have it, but still, it doesn't cost you much to put this in just in case, and at worst you could sideboard it.

Bands with Other, of course, was a joke, since there was only ever one card anyone would ever consider using that involved it. But they just mentioned that here for the sake of completeness.
Posted By: sonorhC (6/30/2011 6:58:52 PM)
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Most of the time it's just as good as an island... except when your opponent shows you Blood Moon, Price of Progress, Wasteland, Anathemancer, Magus of the Moon, Ruination, etc etc.
Posted By: GainsBanding (5/18/2010 1:47:19 AM)
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