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.
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Balan, Wandering Knight Discussion
2 days ago
Hey, long time Aurelia player here. Deck looks sweet, I just have a few questions for you. Do you find that you are getting good value from Sword of Light and Shadow? Your creature count seems a bit low, and ive had not great luck with Light and Shadow in low creature count decks. I noticed you're not running sunforger, I know its slow but its so ridiculously powerful if the game goes late. A card you must add is, Mask of Memory its literally the best card draw in boros. Some other things ive thought about in a deck like this are Specter's Shroud and Destructive Urge. Another thing too, I would probably add Balan, Wandering Knight to act as back up commander if Kalemne gets killed too many times. I like the bit of stax that you have going on, helps slow down the other powerful stuff going on. If I get some time (it might be a while) Id like to try this deck out on my channel.
You can check out my Aurelia deck here if you like Weapons of War
1 month ago
Hey, well constructed budget Commander deck. I'm confused though the main deck here is low budget, but the maybeboard is not? In fact the small amount of cards in the maybeboard are worth more than the entire main deck? If you want to play voltron consider a lot more equipments and cards that give bonuses to equipment? Voltron is a good secondary strategy with the main strategy of having many attack phases with Aurelia.
Consider these budget cards for more voltron (in no order):
- Sigarda's Aid
- Sram, Senior Edificer
- Balan, Wandering Knight
- Mother of Runes
- Silverblade Paladin
- Relic Seeker
- Kemba, Kha Regent
- Brass Squire
- Steelshaper Apprentice
- Mask of Memory
- Sword of Vengeance
- Loxodon Warhammer
- Bloodforged Battle-Axe
- Helm of Kaldra
- Shield of Kaldra
- Sword of Kaldra
An alternative for the very expensive price Swords (Sword of Feast of Famine, Sword of Fire and Ice, etc) are the three less expensive price Kaldra equipments. Obviously these are not as good as the Swords, but they're still powerful equipments and can get all three for less than half the price of one Sword. When you get all three into play they can combine to make a 4/4 creature and attach all three Kaldra equipments to it.
For the manabase consider:
- Needle Spires
- Ghost Quarter
- Slayers' Stronghold
- Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
- Inspiring Vantage
- Rugged Prairie
Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
I had misread the ability on Vanguard of Brimaz; I absolutely agree with your evaluation of the card here. I'm glad I could help! I made a Balan, Wandering Knight cats equipment deck based off yours. I really like the benefits like board wipes in Mass Calcify, and mana simplicity that mono-white provides.
If you want to see if there are other things there that might also work here, feel free to check it out. It needs a lot of work though! Balan, the Overdressed
2 months ago
If you are considering Urza's Ruinous Blast, are you not concerned you would not be able to cast it considering you only have f o u r legendary creatures/planeswalkers in total? Sure, you have access to Balan, Wandering Knight in your command zone, but I would still consider the requirement of legendary sorceries a real draw back. At least with Terminus, you can cast it when your board is empty, even better when top decked too. Only cool thing I have to admit involves the fact that you can tutor Urza's Ruinous Blast with your recent change Thalia's Lancers.
I would reconsider and having something like Tragic Arrogance instead, so that you would most likely have more control of what you destroy. I would much rather have them keep their redundant things like mana dorks than their commanders/planeswalkers/other legendary permanents. The card can also help in a matter of politics.
3 months ago
Equipment is the theme here so getting them and protecting your equipment is good, but there is a bunch so you could make an easy cut there: Open the Vaults -I personally don't like because opponents get their shit too, Darksteel Forge -such a big mana sink and it wont keep your creatures alive, Ghostly Flicker -I'm trying to think of where this would be useful besides ETB effects, it wont save them from artifact destruction spells, Leonin Abunas -gives your artifacts hexproof but is a 4 mana 2/5, super meh imo.
There is also a lot of 'equipment recursion' if you wanna call it that. Think about how much resources you want to dedicate to bringing destroyed equipment back from the graveyard versus counting on drawing or tutoring one of your 17 equipment in the deck. I personally LOVE how many artifact/equipment tutors you have, I personally would gladly run just those INSTEAD of the recursion spells. Ritual of Restoration
Here are other cuts I'd consider: Bred for the Hunt Primeval Bounty Foundry Inspector Auriok Windwalker Dispatch -I would swap with Swords to Plowshares as it is more reliable, or Condemn. Harrow, Kiora, Master of the Depths.
Here are some possible replacements: Sun Titan -VERY GOOD FOR YOUR DECK, Danitha Capashen, Paragon, Bloodforged Battle-Axe, Moonsilver Spear, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Armory Automaton, Balan, Wandering Knight, Blackblade Reforged, Valduk, Keeper of the Flame, Godo, Bandit Warlord, Ajani, Caller of the Pride -bringing him back, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Austere Command, Elspeth, Knight-Errant.
4 months ago
hi really like your list! but I feel that you rely on the wrong keyword you see in most of the case having flying double strike haste is far better then first strike and vigilence also hexproof is really not that good because it doesnt give it during main phase 1 same thing for indestructible
creature: Skyhunter Skirmisher, Aven Sunstriker Balan, Wandering Knight, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite not sure about this one but it's such a cool card! Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Zetalpa, Primal Dawn if your local meta is slow enough this are the cards
sorcery: Hour of Revelation Wrath of God I know it's pretty weird but I feel that you can try to make your creature indestructible and blow thing up. Add them if you want it's more a play style choice then the other card. Revoke Existence
land: Command Beacon
list of thing to cut in my oppinion: Archetype of Courage, Elite Inquisitor, Batterskull, Ring of Thune, Unexpectedly Absent, Darksteel Mutation, Oblivion Ring, Captain of the Watch, Knight of Grace, Precinct Captain, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Decree of Justice, Leonin Shikari
if you have any question for the cut or why certain card are on the list just ask me :)
4 months ago
Looks like a great start ahve a +1.
Here's my two cents:
Some goodstuffs: Angelic Destiny, Basilisk Collar, Captain's Claws, Empyrial Plate, Fireshrieker, Masterwork of Ingenuity, Sigil of Distinction, Umezawa's Jitte, Blackblade Reforged, Brass Squire, and Vulshok Battlemaster, Silver-Inlaid Dagger
4 months ago
Hey TzickyT no worries, the community is here to help each other out!
Remember the Fallen would be great if you're building a Hunting Grounds / The Mending of Dominaria / Satyr Wayfinder / Mulch / Crucible of Worlds type deck (and others). At CMC3 it's pretty good, it returns a creature and an artifact, so it turns 1 card into 2 cards, just need a way to get the cards in the graveyard. Eternal Witness would be awesome in this build too. CMC3 is a bit slow for my strategy, and because it returns to the hand, and it's a sorcery, I wouldn't run it. If it was Instant, probably. Or if it was CMC2. If it slows me down a turn, it's not good for this build, have to fast infect and punch through (in this particular build).
It's funny I don't run any board-wipe in my build, this one is good because most cats can dodge it (before eminence). For CMC3 its very good. It's going to miss a bunch of creatures you really want to get rid of though, that something like Wrath of God will, could be a dead draw against certain commanders (tokens notably). It depends on your build, I don't see a Arahbo, Roar of the World in your public decks, but in my build, I use evasion (Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Fire and Ice, Trample, Doublestrike) to overcome blockers, I don't need to clear the board. I thought about Divine Reckoning as well, but I really dislike situational cards that may miss the real target. I'd probably also want protection, like Faith's Reward and abuse that infinitely, or Make a Stand / Rootborn Defenses / Teferi's Protection that type of effect to go along with it. I'm even contemplating taking out more protection / control to get more tutor, like Eldritch Evolution into the deck.
Blackblade Reforged with it's Equip 7 is too much. In my build, I'm not equipping Legendary creatures, Lost Leonin, Skyhunter Skirmisher, Adorned Pouncer etc. And rarely cast Arahbo, Roar of the World. There are some cool Legendary cats to equip, like Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist but I don't have enough Legendary to make it viable. It really needs Sigarda's Aid / Hammer of Nazahn / Puresteel Paladin / Balan, Wandering Knight / Stonehewer Giant / Stoneforge Mystic / Balan, Wandering Knight along with land enablers Cultivate / Kodama's Reach / Oreskos Explorer / Sword of the Animist / Nissa's Pilgrimage / Burnished Hart / Traverse the Outlands / Crucible of Worlds / Etc. A slight modification to this build could make it very effective. Because it doesn't have Trample, Haste, Lifelink, Draw, or Infect built in, it's not a priority. I'd still much rather have a Grafted Exoskeleton or a Steelshaper's Gift (or the likes) to Tutor my Grafted Exoskeleton, than draw a Blackblade Reforged. You'll also notice i've removed duplicate effects like I have Loxodon Warhammer but no Behemoth Sledge because they do the same things. I'd just rather tutor the better one Loxodon Warhammer in this case, than have 2 cards that do the same thing. Just my way of playing, I like consistency over force. I could see this with some nice Legendary creatures and enablers working out very well though, especially with Doublestrike/Trample mechanics. Imagine casting Berserk on a cat wielding this sword!! I do like this type of mechanic, and with you can overload the heck out of it, Lashwrithe is one of my favorites, nice too cause it's a living weapon. Would also be good on a Commander that does Commander damage as a strategy (Arahbo, Roar of the World doesn't do Commander damage)
All these are viable if properly supported in the deck. Like you wouldn't play a Prowling Serpopard in a Retribution of the Meek build, and Kemba, Kha Regent would be in a Blackblade Reforged build, as examples.
They all are too much protection, or potentially too slow / high CMC for me. I'm still testing whenever I can, deck is still not functionally perfect yet, but I do consistently pull my Lost Leonin + Eminence + Doublestrike enabler though, which is the goal! Much of the reason I don't play Lightning Greaves because I need to abuse the Eminence trigger.