Balance

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters (EMA) Mythic Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Mythic Rare
Masters Edition IV (ME4) Rare
From the Vault: Exiled (V09) Mythic Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
Revised Edition (3ED) Rare
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Rare
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Rare
Collector's Edition (CED) Rare
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Rare
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Rare
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Balance

Sorcery

Each player chooses a number of lands he or she controls equal to the number of lands controlled by the player who controls the fewest, then sacrifices the rest. Players discard cards and sacrifice creatures the same way.

Balance Discussion

MontaukMonster on An Idea for a Format

2 months ago

I'm calling this one "All Stars"

Here's the short version: (almost) any deck that was Standard or Type 2 legal at some point in time.

Here's the long version: The format consists of card pools, and players can choose any of the available card pools from which to build a deck. Events would include decks that come from many different pools.

For example: you could easily see matchups like Fires vs Necro, Tinker vs Naya Lightsaber, Tog vs Gazi-Glare, Reanimator vs Turbo-Stasis, and so on.

The advantages are many: first off, there will never be one dominant deck where half the meta plays it. I've played something similar to this; I used to have all the gold-border Worlds decks from every year and we used to play them against one another all the time. I can honestly say that as abusive as some of these were, they would all be evenly matched against one another. One in particular I remember: Ravager could beat Nether-Go consistently but it lost to Stars and Stripes or Prosbloom every time, both of which struggled against Nether-Go. It truly is the ultimate rock-paper-scissors format.

Second, it would mean you could keep you Standard deck when it rotates out and still have a format to play it in.

All the card pools are explicitly defined, though as a general guide think of a deck that was legal in Standard at the time it would have rotated out for the incoming block set. This is to keep things even. To say a 'Worlds' Standard used to work until they changed Worlds to happen at the end of the year. So that way decks in those card pools would have access to two full blocks.

The next question is the 96 pool (Chronicles, Fallen Empires, Ice Age, homelands, Alliances, 4th Edition). First, to have a 95 pool would be redundant because it's the same pool minus the newer sets. So then 96 is the first pool. A lot of cards were restricted in that format: Balance , Black Vise , Ivory Tower , Land Tax , among others. We could take a serious look at those restrictions because some of those cards are really not that abusive for one and for two aside from a few stars the rest of the pool is pretty weak; realize that Elvish Archers was a tier-1 competitive chase rare worth a lot of money.

Anyway so yes, each pool would have its own banned/restricted list.

This may seem complicated. So many pools, so many cards to pick from. But if you just remember your old Standard deck, the one you locked away in the closet years ago because you didn't have the heart to dismantle it when it rotated out, it now has a format.

Let's get this going hmm?

Flooremoji on Budget Formatless Decks

2 months ago

Chaphalid Breakfast should be cheap.

PO storm variants could be fun.

Check outsome Restore Balance decks, they could give you an idea for Balance .

A black storm variant seems like your best bet so far.

Maybe you could make a vinestorm deck?

I don't know how expensive it would be, but most eggs are cheap and the Second Sunrise / Faith's Reward got some serious results before it was banned.

kaluzzay on Budget Formatless Decks

2 months ago

Hello everyone.

Me and my friends are trying to build ultra-budget formatless decks to play "competitively" against each other. The restriction is it cant be more expensive (based on a particular website min. price) than 15 dollars.

I started sketching some decks online based on strong cards that are also cheap or banned in other formats. For example i could use Ponder and Brainstorm and even Treasure Cruise and Hymn to Tourach .

i came up with this:

1 - UR Spells shell deck, using Thermo-Alchemist and Electrostatic Field together with Curiosity and cheap shocks/bolts, cantrips. Link -> UR Spells

2- Monoblack shell with discards, Smallpox , Pox , Shrieking Affliction and The Rack Link -> Budget Smallpox

3- UR Shell with Kiln Fiend and Nivix Cyclops Strategy. Link -> UR Kiln Fiend

4- Infect based, since we have acess to Invigorate , but the list seems too fragile and slow without room for Mutagenic Growth , even running BS and Ponder.

Ill be linking the decks ASAP here.

do you guys have any cool ideas for decks that i can come up with that are strong and fast, or maybe some weird control or combo deck would be nice too. Id like some kind of Balance deck xD

Bisbas on Ojutai French Dual

2 months ago

HelixSnapHelix i have made the changes now, your are rigth it is pretty powerful with both Balance and Cataclysm . i tried with the two boots and it seems to make me lose my chance to answer in the early rounds.

but thanks for the suggestions!

Bisbas on Ojutai French Dual

3 months ago

HelixSnapHelix hmm maybe i should try Balance i have one in my folder

HelixSnapHelix on Ojutai French Dual

3 months ago

I feel like a Cataclysm / Balance would be good for this deck.

the_unseen89 on The Sea is Woke - Noyan Dar Control

4 months ago

thom-le I will go take a look at your deck and let you know how the button works.

I'm so glad to hear that you have tested my deck out. I think it runs very well and I appreciate the suggestions to enhance some of the cards already in the deck. I think AEtherize and Flood of Recollection are great cards and I have thought about adding them in the past. I'm to that point where it is hard to cut cards. But I will say that the one card I was thinking about cutting was Land Equilibrium. Not that it doesn't help but its tough to spend turn 4 casting that card. It really does "get" the ramp decks which is great but it can also be a card that just does nothing.

Settle the Wreckage is also great, but I hate ramping my opponents. Having Land Equilibrium out would be necessary for me to want to cast that. I think there is enough bounce in the deck that it isn't necessary but that might just be my meta. It is still a great card and would make sense to play over other cards if you own it.

Balance effects draws so much hate in my area that I stay away from those cards but they do work with this deck seeing as how you are usually not ramping at all.

I also love the idea of Shimmer but I'm trying to keep my instant and sorcery count high so I tend to avoid enchantments. See... Metallurgic Summonings .

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