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I've never seen such a polarizing card as far as controversy.
Posted By: Zulp (10/7/2010 2:39:23 PM)
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This card has more comments on it than black lotus, 21 pages vs 13
Posted By: bijart_dauth (2/6/2011 6:39:56 PM)
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I'm so glad wizards kept their promise of not printing tournament staples at mythic rare.
Posted By: Studoku (3/19/2010 11:13:56 PM)
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It's a powerful creature card with an efficient casting cost. Because of that, the card is insanely priced, especially since it was in a deck that won a Pro Tour qualifier. Even though there are plenty of low-cost creature removal cards in all formats, Baneslayer Angel demands attention when it enters the battlefield. It is a threat that cannot be ignored.

Juzám Djinn is also a creature card that has a high retail price, because it is powerful and efficient for its casting cost. Thus, even after Baneslayer Angel rotates out of Standard, I expect its retail price to remain relatively high.
Posted By: ClowWizardEriol (2/6/2010 4:36:29 PM)
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Honestly its not as broken as people say. I agree that it should have a CMC of 6, but even costing 5 it isn't completely broken or format warping. While it is a mythic, and overpriced, many standard decks that run white don't even maindeck a playset. More than anything, Baneslayer isn't an unfun card to play against. Very few of the "broken" cards and decks in standard are. The only deck I honestly don't enjoy playing is Mythic Con***ion. However, I will say that this card is pushing the limit, and is almost always better than Serra Angel
Posted By: f_fivefiftyseven (6/23/2010 4:24:53 PM)
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If someone played this I'd pick my cards up, find someone whos playing Platinum Angel and Darksteel Forge together, make a hat out all my rares, and play against them with what was left. It'll be more fun.
Posted By: psyklone (11/24/2009 4:17:44 PM)
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This is with little arguement the best creature in standard. If nothing else it is the most cost effecient. The Lifelink is a touch much when it's a 5/5 first strike, flying.

The argument over it's protection is best solved by this:

Protection from Red & Black renders the creature near banned and restricted list levels in standard. It would only be able to be killed in blue (god forbid you Polymorph them into another one!) or White.

Protection from demons and dragons very rarely effects a game but actually can on very rare occasion. Like if an opponent drops Bogarden Hellkite and CAN'T use it to deal 5 to Baneslayer since it's a dragon... or has to chump block, but doesn't have a chump that is not a demon or dragon.

Wizards has been trying to move toward more downside free large creatures (9/9 shroud for seven for example), however I agree not putting anything else in the set that can compete at a REASONABLE level with Baneslayer is out of hand.

It does not take away fro... (see all)
Posted By: ong312 (9/13/2009 12:46:37 AM)
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This card is clearly a 5/5 star card in a vacuum, but the fact that it truly seems to throw any semblance of balance out the window is very frustrating. At the very least, it should have been legendary-- even then, it's undercosted. Hell, Xanthrid Demon costs more than this, and you have to feed it a creature every turn! Oh, and Xanthrid is the only flyer in the set naturally bigger than this guy, but even he can't kill her because of protection! Absurdo card.
Posted By: TroglodyteJB (7/22/2009 11:13:26 AM)
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More like "Bankslayer Angel", amirite? :D

But seriously, I have a very strong love-hate relationship with this card for a myriad of reasons, but you can't argue with the fact that pound-for-pound she's probably the best 5-drop in Magic history save Morphling.
Posted By: HairlessThoctar (2/20/2010 9:20:53 PM)
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This card is great, but it's just too much. This card should not cost 5CC, it's just ridiculously over powered. I think the public has stated that they don't like cards like this. Cards that cost $40 is not healthy for magic, Richard Garfield said so himself! 20 is the limit for standard, and this card was clearly created to be insanely powerful. WotC does not deal with the secondary market much so their not banking on this. But this card being so above the curve, so ridiculously overpowered, and so insanely rare just crosses the line. Put the card at Rare, or don't print it at all. Put fun things at mythic. Chase mythic's are not healthy for the game. If you make them, make them good in one, or two decks. Not good in every single deck that even considers playing the color of the card. Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and Baneslayer are the only two I can think of. Zendikar was perfect in the regard that none of the mythics were so sought after that they were overpriced. Cards lik... (see all)
Posted By: bighaben (2/25/2010 8:26:38 PM)
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