Balduvian Bears

Balduvian Bears

Creature — Bear

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Set Rarity
Deckmasters: Garfield vs. Finkel (DKM) Common
Ice Age (ICE) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Balduvian Bears Discussion

Ehsteve on An-Ayula-tion

7 months ago


The cuts

New hotness


Now the changes (reduction in bears) came after multiple playtests. Initially the deck was designed to function a lot like my Arahbo, Roar of the World deck in just jamming as many tribal cards as possible. The issue with this though is:

  • Bears by and large have very few meaningful ETBs by themselves,
  • Arahbo, Roar of the World always functions from the command zone due to eminence, and
  • The way Arahbo is designed means that he requires as many cats as possible to function, as he can never affect himself.

Conversely Ayula, Queen Among Bears only functions on the battlefield, and we have access to multiple token producers in both permanent and spell form.

The Future

A few cards that have caught my attention for possible future additions:

bj_bancroft on Oran-Rief, the Vastwood + Cream ...

1 year ago

I have Cream of the Crop and Oran-Rief, the Vastwood in play. Oran-Rief, the Vastwood is untapped. I play Balduvian Bears and tap Oran-Rief, the Vastwood to add a +1/+1 counter to Balduvian Bears. Do I get to search the top 2 or 3 cards of my library with Cream of the Crop?

SerraMeya on

2 years ago

Balduvian Bears is legal in Paper Pauper. I played several Event in my local area and paper pauper stands for its own these days.

to be pauper legal every card in your deck must have been printed as a common in any Edition (e.g. River Boa is pauper legal cause it was common in Mirage Block, nowadays its printed as uncommon). there is no relation to mtgo anymore...


2 years ago

Kiivuhl yeah i know that Balduvian Bears is an ice age card but that card doesnt exkist on mtgo so its not pauper leagl. Not all cards exist on mtgo yet so (as far as concerne common cards) not all the paper commons are pauper legal


2 years ago

Balduvian Bears is not a legal pauper card since it doesnt exist on mtgo

Boza on Survey: Bluffing strategy in mtg

2 years ago

Bluffing is a constant part of magic. Simplest example is this situation, which happens in 90% of Limited games.

Your opponent starts first. On your second turns, you both play Balduvian Bears. On his third turn, the opponent plays a land and attacks with his bears. Do you block?

There is an element of bluffing/mind games in every decision you make without 100% information. That is literally all decisions in Magic. So, yes, there is quite a lot of that.