Playable in any deck, Hall of the Bandit Lord allows to get one colorless mana for the cost of three life. But wait, that sounds pretty awful! However, if that colorless mana is used to summon a creature, that creature gains haste.
Why is it Important to Have a Colorless Land That Gives a Creature Haste?
Haste is an extremely important thing for some creatures to have in Magic. This is especially true in Commander. It’s a format in which there are many tap abilities that can essentially win you the game straight-away. Therefore, in decks that rely heavily on being able to attack right away or use tap effects to win the game for them, Hall of the Bandit Lord's effect is super useful, even at the cost of 3 life. Also, giving your Commander haste on a regular basis isn’t a bad thing, either.
Hall of the Bandit Lord does have the drawback of having to come into play tapped. Then again, there are plenty of ways in Commander to untap lands anyway. Also, in Commander, that Hall of the Bandit Lord will probably be sitting on the board for a long time before you need it. Yes, life is a bit less of a precious resource in Commander, as you start with 40. But, you still only want to use it for your biggest and best tap abilities, most often those on your Commander.
What Commander Decks Use Hall of the Bandit Lord the Most?
The Commander who uses Hall of the Bandit Lord the most is probably Kaalia of the Vast, who doesn’t have Haste herself. Paying three life to use her ability to put an Angel, Demon, or Dragon into play when attacking right away is well worth it. Kaalia is already a powerful commander, and this land makes her even more deadly.
Narset, Enlightened Master is another Commander who also benefits greatly from Hall of the Bandit Lord. Her ability to potentially cast four noncreature spells for free every time she attacks definitely is one made a lot better if she has haste. Narset decks can win without this land, but any extra chance to use this ability is extremely valuable.
Bruna, Light of Alabaster, Captain Sisay, Krenko, Mob Boss, and Zur the Enchanter are other Commanders who often take advantage of the Hall of the Bandit Lord’s haste granting ability.
Does Hall of the Bandit Lord See Play in Modern?
Hall of the Bandit Lord has found a home in some Modern decks, including this four-color deck based around Devoted Druid, Vizier of Remedies, and Walking Ballista. It has also seen occasional play in Collected Company decks.
What Price Should I Expect to Pay for Hall of the Bandit Lord?
Hall of the Bandit Lord has reached price highs of $15 in 2018 as more and more players discover it. While it may enjoy a reprint at some point, this is a card that’s not going to see a dip in price anytime soon.