Banisher Priest is a powerful white uncommon "Magic: The Gathering" creature card from Wizards of the Coast's "Magic 2014 Core Set." Banisher Priest's usefulness stems from its "enters the battlefield" ability, which allows you to exile one of your opponent's creatures.
Banisher Priest - 1WW
Creature - Human Cleric (Uncommon)
When Banisher Priest enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Banisher Priest leaves the battlefield (That creature returns under its owner's control.)
"Oathbreaker, I cast you out!"
Featured in the "Inspiring Heroics" event deck, Banisher Priest can't target your own creatures like Fiend Hunter and eschews a larger toughness of three in favor of an extra point of power of two. While Banisher Priest won't help you assemble an infinite combo or stave off early attackers as its predecessor can, Banisher Preist can instead play a more aggressive role in your deck.
Exiling threats is more relevant than ever now, as "Theros" brings five indestructible god creatures that could be quite troublesome to deal with otherwise: Erebos, Thassa, Nylea, Purphoros, and Heliod.
Banisher Priest's creature type as a Human isn't entirely irrelevant either. It can gain flying alongside Cavalry Pegasus, ping a rival's creature or face with Titan of Eternal Fire, and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token when it dies if you control an Xathrid Necromancer.
Because Banisher Priest's "enters the battlefield" ability is triggered, you can copy it with Strionic Resonator. If you really want to gain value, you can then sacrifice it with both the original and copied ability on the stack in order to keep the targeted creatures exiled forever. You'll gain even more value if there's an Xathrid Necromancer in play. Throw in several other Humans with triggered abilities like Sin Collector and Agent of the Fates and you could have a fun deck.
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