Balthor the Defiled


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

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Set Rarity
Judgment (JUD) Rare

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Balthor the Defiled

Legendary Creature — Zombie Dwarf

Minion creatures get +1/+1.

(Black)(Black)(Black), Remove Balthor the Defiled from the game: Each player returns all black and all red creature cards from his or her graveyard to play.

Balthor the Defiled Discussion

Gadianten on Whisper’s From Hell

2 weeks ago

Looks like you have a really good start here, some suggestions you might like are Balthor the Defiled , Pitiless Plunderer , Dark Ritual , Culling the Weak , Grave Pact , Cabal Coffers and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . You can never have enough mana really, Also Entomb .

Olive_pdx on Balthor the Graveyard Defiler

3 weeks ago

A fun way to take the game with Balthor the Defiled is to run Morality Shift . It's a 10 mana exchange but we make plenty of black mana so no big deal. The library becomes the graveyard and then activate Balthor. Just make sure to have Gray Merchant of Asphodel ETB last for the win!

Gadianten on Mixed Veggies

3 weeks ago

Balthor the Defiled and Mirror-Mad Phantasm for setting up vicious reanimation schemes; if you add in clones and you clone the phantasm you could entirely mill your library for spectacular finishes using mass reanimation and Gray Merchant of Asphodel . If you are afraid of milling out using the previous setup just throw in an eldrazi titan and call it good.

snowfox54119 on Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - The Slot Machine of Value

1 month ago

apohl13, I would never consider taking this card out. It becomes invaluable with all of the saccing that I do in my own list, and it's so easy to clean out troublesome creatures on my opponents' side of the board. It's not as strong as Thoctar, but it's close to it's powerlevel and has definitely been the source of several wins for me.

I even had a game recently where someone cast Merciless Eviction on my filled out board, so I used Sharpshooter to kill off all of my own creatures (I was lacking a sac outlet) and set up an explosive Balthor the Defiled followup turn. I may have sentimental value towards the card since it's helped me win so many games, but I still think it's one of the strongest cards in the deck.

Olive_pdx on Balthor Ad Naus

1 month ago

Great build! I put together a Balthor the Defiled recently but in no way a cEDH, mostly based on lots of mana and Morality Shift to dump my library in the graveyard and activating Balthor the Defiled with Grey Merchant of Asphodel to finish things off. I think I'm gonna make use of the Nether Traitor + Pawn of Ulamog + Phyrexian Altar for mana and Praetor's Grasp + Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed to finish things off. I also will likely keep those tools for a soon-to-come WUBRG hidden Commander deck!

eatmygender on

1 month ago

Alesha is definitely best gril, one of the more interesting build-around Mardu commanders (unlike Queen Marchesa who's really convoluted and difficult to build properly for, and Kaalia's brutishly straightforward game plan).

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If I can make some suggestions, Balthor the Defiled helps the reanimation plan, Last One Standing gives you a much-needed boardwipe, and Kambal, Consul of Allocation is serious enough of a threat that it sees vintage play, and it'll gain you wayyyy more life than you might think.

Madcookie on Thraximundar

1 month ago

First off, for having 3.75 average cmc and a 7 mana commander 33 lands seems too low. I'd swap some of the cluestones for lands since they have similar purpose. As for the focus part right now you have 2 themes - 1 is tribal zombies, the other infinite combo with Tendrils of Agony or a on-death pinger, Rooftop Storm , Gravecrawler and a sac outlet.

While nice to have a back-up in my experience this hasn't worked out too well and I've removed the infinites from my non-combo dedicated decks, so my suggestion is to make the deck more focused by doubling down on one strategy. (Personally I like tribal more and can make more suggestions there)

If you want to go full tribal, I'd cut the infinite and/or most of the tutors for it and add Coat of Arms , Kindred Charge or Shared Animosity . Phyrexian Reclamation and Grave Pact can be nice additions. It That Betrays will do nicely with the sacrifice sub-theme as well. Lastly I'd recommend some of the more unfair stuff to do in tribal black like Patriarch's Bidding and Balthor the Defiled , which can create big swing turns and if unanswered for 1 rotation win the game.

Or if you want to strengthen the combo side, you'd need to add more and better tutors. Personally I'm a big fan of the transmute mechanic as it is low cost(both cmc and money lul) but it has the downside of revealing the card you tutored for. A more non-budget approach would include much more powerful tutors Demonic Tutor , Vampiric Tutor , Mystical Tutor and Diabolic Intent to name a few. You'd also need to add at least 5 counterspells or other ways to protect the combo from being broken as it will become the somewhat main win condition of the deck.

Hope this helps, mate. Cheers!

Gadianten on Naked Lunch

1 month ago

Fuel your opponents funeral pyre, Life's Finale and Buried Alive fill the graveyards. If you want some interesting options try Balthor the Defiled and Morality Shift .

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