Balan, Wandering Knight

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare

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Balan, Wandering Knight

Legendary Creature — Cat Knight

First strike Balan, Wandering Knight has double strike as long as two or more Equipment are attached to it. 1W: Attach all equipment you control to Balan.

Balan, Wandering Knight Discussion

K1ngMars on Choosing Commander

3 weeks ago

If you want to have a Selesnya Voltron, you have first of all to remove Balan, Wandering Knight from the options, as her color identity is white: she'll do fine in the 99 as a backup plan in case your actual commander is unavailable.

My choice would be Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist : Low on curve, First Strike, with some evasion like trample is devastating, as can be only be blocked by one creature. Plus, she even prevents attacks when in the turns after she attacked. Solid option. Of course, you'll need to watch out for removal, so Hexproof, Indestructible and Flicker effects are most welcome.

In case you didn't know, however, probably the best Selesnya Voltron Commander is Sigarda, Host of Herons , as she has Hexproof, cannot be sacrificed and has flying. Basically, her only weakness is mass removal: stick an Indestructibility on her and she'll be there for the rest of the game. Just add some early ramp and you're good to go. Here Mirri would go really well in the 99.

DrukenReaps on Choosing Commander

3 weeks ago

Well Balan, Wandering Knight isn't actually Selesnya but I would argue he is the strongest equipment commander of these three. Voltron commanders get targeted...a lot...so the ability to reattach ALL of your equipment for is very strong. Granted the Hammer of Nazahn , which would be fetch-able by Nazahn, will equip for free but only when the equip first enters the battlefield.

The thing that slows equipment decks down the most is having to equip cards they already paid for over and over and over...It gets frustrating even when you have ways to get around it in the 99. Having a way around equip costs on the commander should be a lot better.

lifemtg on Choosing Commander

3 weeks ago

Hey so guys I am interested in Selesnya color commanders. The three I singled out are Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist , Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith , and last of all Balan, Wandering Knight . You might notice that these are all from C17. My acquaintance gave me an extra set he had. Now these are all different commanders, can be used differently, and all are selesnya. They all have different aspects and are hard to compare. But here are the things I really want to do. 1. Kill quickly and in a fun way with combat damage. 2. I want more strong voltron. 3. I want to use equipments. 4. Most effective, fun, quick, and efficient. 5. Best overall commander for semi competitive play.

gzusvictory on Balan, Equipment Voltron

3 weeks ago

TCG-Player There are definitely other ways of working around that equip cost though!

However...

NensouHiebara did turn down Ogre's Cleaver for the similar reason of a high equip cost, but Colossus Hammer has the difference of making Balan, Wandering Knight a one-shot kill when also equipped with literally any other equipment in the deck. NensouHiebara made a similar argument for Inquisitor's Flail (which made the cut, but understandably has more reasonable costs).

I would play test the Colossus Hammer by removing the Basilisk Collar . First strike and deathtouch seems nice, but no power boost just lengthens games. Colossus Hammer will end games faster and seems like the closest thing to an Eldrazi Conscription equipments will get

TheSlowestBro on Kemba, Cat Regent

1 month ago

Nice seeing the less common tribes being given attention. Looks like you have done a good job finding the staples that fit well with Kemba.

I have a few suggestions despite this:

ThoAlmighty on Kemba Voltron MH1

2 months ago

I’d swap Executioner's Hood for Golem-Skin Gauntlets , and maybe try and find space for Balan, Wandering Knight . He’s pretty absurd, especially with Bloodforged Battleaxe. Other than that, looks great!

OurDarkCloud on Magic the Gathering Presents, Cats

3 months ago

Once again, thank you Gadianten, for your comment. I'll try and explain why I choose to not run the cards you mentioned.

Brass Squire and especially Semblance Anvil are interesting, but I found to not be worthwhile. Although they let you play your equipment, and equip them faster, the deck doesn't need them. Since they are quite clunky as they are at 3CMC, and only help with half the mana cost of equipment, being that one only helps equip, the other only helps cast. As such I try and keep my mana ramp to low CMC, being 1 CMC tutors and 2 CMC Dowsing Dagger  Flip and Sword of the Animist .

Leonin Shikari , was in the deck for quite a while, but was consistently found to be too low impact. I'm not interested in moving most equipment around once they get onto Kemba, Kha Regent . It does work well with some equipment but proved to be not worthwhile.

Emeria, The Sky Ruin , also used to be in the deck, and it was there for a really long time. It always ended up just being a bad Plains . It is a powerful card, and the opportunity cost for running it here is low. But in this deck, it isn't worth the times where you needed it to be an untapped land. Since it rarely recurs anything significant.

Balan, Wandering Knight does a really bad impression of Kemba, Kha Regent which I am not interested in. Simply put, he doesn't deal commander damage, would come up too rarely, and takes away from the focus of the deck.

Enlightened Tutor would be 100% worthwhile putting into this deck. However, I only have a single copy, which is in another deck being 5C_Paradox.

Gadianten on Magic the Gathering Presents, Cats

3 months ago

While I agree you would not want the entire cast I mentioned before I do think that both Leonin Shikari and Balan, Wandering Knight would add a great deal to the deck with Balan being a good backup if people keep removing Kimba. A couple of artifact mentions worth looking at is Brass Squire and Semblance Anvil for speeding up the pain train.

Also look at Emeria, The Sky Ruin as it provides a very low cost opportunity for repeatable resurrection for creatures to the deck. I am assuming by your list that you don't have an Enlightened Tutor or that its currently out of budget, but if you are able to acquire one I think its one of the few cards you do not have that is close to a must have.

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Balan, Wandering Knight occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

White: 0.38%