Ballot Broker

Ballot Broker

Creature — Human Advisor

While voting, you may vote an additional time. (The votes can be for different choices or for the same choice.)

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Common

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

Ballot Broker Discussion

Mortlocke on EDH Deck based on Voting

2 months ago

GhostChieftain, Let me get this straight - you think Queen Marchesa (long may she reign) is a flavor fail? I think Bite of the Black Rose , Ballot Broker , and Capital Punishment have something to say. The Queen's court offers a choice even though the decision has already been made. I disagree with your assessment of Queen Marchesa (long may she reign).

Mortlocke on EDH Deck based on Voting

2 months ago

Queen of Curses ala Queen Marchesa (Long May She Reign) is a awesome commander who brings the Monarch mechanic into the deck. To accompany your previously mentioned subthemes you could utilize Curses - which are a typical sub-theme of the Queen 's. Since she is mardu, you can also include the previously mentioned Ballot Broker for your voting/politics cards. Speaking of which, if you choose the queen you will have 15 of the previously mentioned cards to choose from - mentioned below:

For wincons, you have some very exciting options in the form of Captive Audience , Generous Gift + Demonic Pact , and Approach of the Second Sun . And, if you were to ever be in a 1v1 scenario Overwhelming Splendor outright cripples your opponent's combat damage based strategies. So, what do you think?

NivStormfront on EDH Deck based on Voting

2 months ago

I recently came across the card Ballot Broker . This card inspired me to find a way to build a deck themed around voting and democracy using cards with the Will of the Council, Council's Dilemma, and Assist mechanics. However, once I started looking around for these cards I realized how few of them there are. So my question is, are there any other mechanics or cards that would fit a deck like this? Additionally, I'm struggling to find a good commander for this style of deck, so any recommendations on that front would be welcome as well.

clayperce on Most American Cards

7 months ago

Not sure if you're going for a cynical or an aspirational approach.

If the former: Border Guard , Soldier of the Pantheon , Unquestioned Authority , Tragic Arrogance , Gauntlet of Power , Warmonger's Chariot , Eternal Dominion , Scorched Earth , and Disdainful Stroke . And maybe some of the 'each player votes' cards like Coercive Portal and Ballot Broker .

If the later, I'll have to ponder some more ... Avacyn, Angel of Hope is the only one that comes immediately to mind.

Mandalorian on Queen Marchesa Politics

2 years ago

I have a deck with the same politics and voting theme and I found these to be pretty on theme

Beseech the Queen

Royal Assassin or King's Assassin


Ballot Broker

Grudge Keeper

Knights of the Black Rose

Ankle Shanker and Odric, Lunarch Marshal synergize well with all the key words the deck naturally comes with

Snaptune on

2 years ago

Love the theme you have going on here, and how well you are able to develop a curve given your restrictions.

Expropriate and Capital Punishment seem like very strong inclusions in this deck, especially if you manage to have Ballot Broker/Brago's Representative out when you play them. I feel Blind Obedience might fit the "advisors" theme, as well as promote your pillowfort strategy. Throne of the High City seems like an auto-include if you are planning to play the monarch mechanic.

Lastly, have you considered running Conjurer's Closet? You have 11 creatures with an ETB trigger, but your commander is what really makes it worth running. If you blink a creature that Merieke took control of with the closet, then the creature will come back into play under your control, but will no longer be under the effect of Merieke, freeing up her ability to take control of something else. Alternatively, you could blink Merieke to destroy the creature. Definitely feel it's worth some consideration.

Overall, a fun-looking deck! +1

SaberTech on Custom Commanders

2 years ago

metalmagic You're right that there isn't really a solid precedent for the type of ability that One With Nature has. I'm treating the whole discussion as more of a theoretical exercise in text crafting. Like you said, replacement effects change how a spell behaves upon its resolution. I can't think of anything that affects a card at the point where the active player is maintaining priority and making a decision (other than rule defined restrictions). Such an effect may require a completely new wording structure. The format used in Ballot Broker may be the closest answer we have, taking into consideration the issues you brought up about it.

I guess my inclination is to see if the ability could be changed into a replacement or triggered effect that still produces a similar outcome, versus trying to invent completely new precedents for interacting with card effects in the game. Still, either approach offers a fun creative challenge and there is the problem of limited available text space on the card.

Could the ability be worded: "While choosing modes for a spell or ability, you may chose an additional mode"? I think there is enough text space and it would help clarify that the ability affects cards other than just One With Nature, which is the misinterpretation I had when I made my first comment.

metalmagic on Custom Commanders

2 years ago

MagicalHacker - For Ghazid, my friend wanted it to make a token(s) but remain in exile so you could make the same creature more than once, sort of like Soul Foundry on a stick.

For Karn, I was going mostly for flavor. I do realize that Teferi was the one who came up with Phasing magic in the lore, but Karn and Teferi were good friends, and besides Sarkhan as of recent, Karn is the only other being to have successfully traveled back in time of which I know (or can remember at least). If I had to change it from phasing, I'd probably want it to do something like manifest your opponent's creatures instead of Ixidroning them, or maybe give them Vanishing/Fading X.

After much thinking and research, I believe I have come up with my rebuttal to changing the first ability on One With Nature, so hear me out.

As far as I can tell, there aren't any replacement effects that modify choices as you are attempting to cast a spell. This immediately made me think of the FRF Sieges, but that is a replacement effect that modifies how the card enters the battlefield, not how you make a choice. The next closest thing would be cards with the Bestow mechanic. The first ruling for Bestow cards is sort of ambiguous. You don't choose whether the spell is going to be an Aura spell or not until the spell is already on the stack. Abilities that affect when you can cast a spell, such as flash, will apply to the creature card in whatever zone you're casting it from. For example, an effect that said you can cast creature spells as though they have flash will allow you to cast a creature card with bestow as an Aura spell anytime you could cast an instant.

However, the second rule clears this up a bit, furthering the idea that no replacement effects modify how you make choices as you are casting a spell or activating an ability. On the stack, a spell with bestow is either a creature spell or an Aura spell. It's never both. Most importantly, the Bestow mechanic represents two Static Abilities, the first of which is the alternate cost. The second is a characteristic defining ability, not a replacement effect.

Now that I've said all that, the main point I want to make is that there is literally no precedent to an effect like this of which I'm aware, and even my example of Ballot Broker earlier - from which I derived my wording - isn't the perfect example either because that effect only kicks in when the spell is resolving, as that's how voting works in MTG.

In conclusion, I definitely see the argument for it to be worded the other way, and these points can be argued back and forth all day, but with no previous example, we can only guess at how it might be worded.

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