Baral, Chief of Compliance

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Aether Revolt (AER) Rare

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost less to cast.

Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

Baral, Chief of Compliance Discussion

dingusdingo on Urza, Lord High Artificer cEDH *Primer*

3 hours ago

I found your response of calling card selections "cute" to be incredibly patronizing. You'll have to forgive my terse tone if you truly weren't trying to patronize me, but regardless, you have as much time as you need between postings to look at your deck and the suggestions. If you are truly a competitive player and this is truly a competitive deck, people should not have to spoon feed you the reasoning as to why a card works with 8% of the cards you run (I didn't even include the mediocre synergy Seat has with Sai, Master Thopterist or Fabricate ). You have to consciously put every card into the list, so they were all intentional choices you made. You should have familiarity with the cards you run, especially if you claim this to be a competitive deck. You should also have familiarity with competitive concepts, like removal that requires 2 turns and 2 mana to work is far worse than removal that requires 1 mana to work at instant speed (why run Legacy's Allure before Pongify or Rapid Hybridization ? They are both less conditional and cheaper).

A close reading of my earlier comment will also show I only had a strong tone towards the card choices and deck building ideas, not at a person. Also quick shout out to all the people swearing at me and calling me a douche, the bad card suggestions, lack of card suggestions, and ad hominems have been pivotal to the development of this list. I'm not gaining anything from writing paragraphs explaining easy includes for YOUR list, so if you want to keep flinging mud I'll simply leave you to it. If you want to talk cards, put on your big boy pants, realize that you can make an ignorant or bad card choice without being an ignorant or bad person, and lets talk winning.

Mind Over Matter is expensive to cast, and combos out with tap to draw permanents, which this list doesn't run. It's been ignored by cEDH due to the massive color cost requirement + CMC and how weak the combo pieces are outside of combo.

Riddlesmith could have value, but this list doesn't have the artifact density required. It also does absolutely nothing by itself, meaning it has no value without other pieces to make it go. Relatively weak card and any loot effect for 1 or 2 cmc will outperform in a fast format like cEDH.

Time Spiral is also mostly ignored because it doesn't generate the value you want. It isn't reusable like Timetwister , so it doesn't generate value with looping as a wincon. It requires 6 mana to cast, and you're only getting 6 untaps with 6 lands in play, meaning turn 6 as the earliest (read: 3 turns after someone else has won). Even with 3 mana and getting 3 mana back (so it effectively costs 3), it has a high initial cost which means it will sit in hand without being used, while Timetwister could be used earlier. Hits for a lot off Ad Naus and Dark Confidant , which are format staples. Mediocre replacement for twister, but you'd be better off running another 1 2 or 3 cmc draw piece that isn't already used, Sleight of Hand comes to mind for this list.

Precognition Field does the same thing as Urza but allows you to peek top of library. Just like Future Sight , the slot is literally wasted with this commander, because you don't need another infinite mana outlet. If you need help getting to your infinite mana combo pieces, you should run more tutor and draw, not a slow and expensive top of deck value engine.

Cephalid Coliseum is usually ignored because of how unreliable threshold is. Timetwister resets it, and GY hate is very common. Its a painful non-island island in the vast majority of games, and generates land disadvantage when you can use it. Coliseum has its place though; it's very useful in Doomsday decks as a low opportunity cost pile cracker and sifter, but is still sometimes passed over in those lists because of the cost of Doomsday. It can also be used in decks that run Laboratory Maniac as a way to draw on an empty library, but most ignore Coliseum because they achieve no cards in library by drawing the deck, which means they will almost definitely have a draw card they can play that isn't dependent on a land drop. Also Coliseum gets caught by all the non-basic land hate that sees play.

Darksteel Citadel is a worthwhile include if blue mana density is high enough. Dodges Armageddon and opens up same lines that Seat of the Synod does.

I also have one more suggestion. Baral, Chief of Compliance has more value in this list than Etherium Sculptor . You run a total of 32 instants and sorceries, 15 of them which can be cost reduced (the 32 matters in case opponents play a tax effect). Meanwhile, of the 21 artifacts you play, only 15 of them can be cost reduced due to the amount of 0 cost rocks. Baral also generates value on the ridiculously large amount of counterspells you run though, which makes it a more worthwhile include. If you do decide to up artifact density (and include Mishra's Workshop , which you should due to playing under Trinisphere and orb effects anyways), then sculptor may end up being the better slot.

You also really don't need future sight in your infinite lines. Voltaic Key can replace it in the Paradox Engine line, and the other line is weak anyways because its creature based (easiest permanent type to remove). Voltaic Key untaps Sensei's Divining Top while top trigger is on stack, and use Top again. Sensei's draws a card, then goes to top of library on first trigger, then draws itself on second. Assuming you have 2+ mana in rocks you break parity, on 3+ you generate positive mana. You can do a similar thing with Rings of Brighthearth and Sensei's Top, plus Brighthearth combos with both the monoliths, so it serves as a second B for the A + B of Power Artifact and Monoliths.

SideBae on Azami's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

6 days ago

Right off the bat, I think you should run Preordain . The card is very powerful, and I see it in your 'Maybeboard.' Second, I saw you replaced Anticipate with Sensei's Divining Top . This is a good idea, but if you're looking for more cantrip effects, Impulse is a strictly better Anticipate . Furthermore, looking at your deck's curve, you might want to consider running Counterbalance in conjunction with top -- I have had good results with that combo, particularly if running Zendikar and Onslaught fetches to clear the top. Azami's draw ability would do just as well though.

I don't think Halimar Depths is a very good card. Sage of Epityr is a one-drop wizard who does the same thing (slightly better, actually) and doubles as card-advantage later in the game. Siren Stormtamer is another good utility one-drop wizard, as is Sidisi's Faithful . (Note that Sidisi's Faithful can be tapped to draw a card while the exploit trigger is on the stack, and you can still have it exploit itself.) Generally any low-cost wizard that has a relevant ability is a good idea. Furthermore, cards like Intruder Alarm and Paradox Engine are your friend, as they make spells into spells plus draw 4 or 5.

Pairing Azami with Mind Over Matter then becomes an auto-win in conjunction with Jace, Wielder of Mysteries . For the record, Laboratory Maniac is a wizard, but I like your choice of Jace better. I think the Lab Man/Jace combos are likely a better way to win than wizard aggro.

Riptide Laboratory is a good way to protect your general.

Sapphire Medallion , which I see is also in the 'Maybeboard,' is also a good card. Mono-blue has little ramp, so any two-drop ramp is good. Same goes for Sky Diamond , Baral, Chief of Compliance and Coldsteel Heart . With more rocks, things like Aphetto Alchemist also get better (I strongly recommend playing him).

I do not recommend Portent . Half the time I use cantrips, I am using them to find a land or some other card I want to use immediately. The Ice Age slowtrips just don't fulfill that need.

Finally, I am not sure I think Arcane Lighthouse or Detection Tower are very good. It may be a meta-call, but I feel that Azami costing triple-blue means you want to run as few colorless lands as possible.

All the best and good luck! Azami was one of my pet decks when I used to play her.

Wonderman14 on NEED HELP , with a ...

1 week ago

Hi guys, ¿any ideas about a Mono U control deck viable for MODERN?. I have some nice cards but im a noob about modern meta, if there is something like that in modern actually.

Here a list of some card i already have

Snapcaster Mage x 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor x 2 Mana Leak x 4 Serum Visions x 2 Cryptic Command x4 Thing in the Ice  Flip x 4 Remand x 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance x 4 Spreading Seas x 4 Vedalken Shackles x 2

Please, im lost, i see a lot of mono u control/tempo decks, but they are from 2016,17,18, so maybe im trying force something useless.

Wonderman14 on NEED HELP , MONO U ...

1 week ago

Hi guys, ¿any ideas about a Mono U control deck viable for MODERN?. I have some nice cards but im a noob about modern meta, if there is something like that in modern actually.

Here a list of some card i already have

Snapcaster Mage x 3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor x 2 Mana Leak x 4 Serum Visions x 2 Cryptic Command x4 Thing in the Ice  Flip x 4 Remand x 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance x 4 Spreading Seas x 4 Vedalken Shackles x 2

Please, im lost, i see a lot of mono u control/tempo decks, but they are from 2016,17,18, so maybe im trying force something useless.

Deelo on Nissa, Stewart of the Land // Worldly Tutor

2 weeks ago

Very well might as was my initial assumption, but there are people at my LGS who are playing it. Even if Oathbreaker crumbles as Tiny Leaders did, I still own all of these cards; I could make an excellent UB lands matter-ish style commander out of this with Tatyova, Benthic Druid .

Tiny Leaders had issues, namely a smaller amount of people playing Commander when it was proposed and Baral, Chief of Compliance style decks nigh solving the entire format. As of WAR I feel that we have enough Planewalkers for a good variety of decks which can stop any kind solving.

Out of curiosity, why do you think Oathbreaker will peter out like both Brawl and Tiny Leaders mikeb388? Reviewing your profile only shows standard decks: do you even play Commander?

FullmetalWes on Polymorphing Nonsense

2 weeks ago

I agree with Catpocolypse. I think it's very important for the creature that you're polymorphing for is something with hexproof/shroud (so it doesn't just get removed after all that set up), Inkwell Leviathan fits well with stormtide, but stormtide is vulnerable to removal. I could recommend more but I'm not sure what your budget is because I also think that you could use better legendary creatures, like Thalia, Heretic Cathar , Baral, Chief of Compliance , Lavinia, Azorius Renegade , Kira, Great Glass-Spinner , Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip or Geist of Saint Traft are a great choice and there's plenty more good choices I can't think of. Keep working on it and The Gatherer is your best friend :)

lifemtg on Help with Oloro CONTROL

2 weeks ago

Gidgetimer I got all those cards except Forbidden Orchard . So I am going to build a Sen Triplets . The only reason I want a control deck because everybody in my playgroup uses control decks. One person uses Baral, Chief of Compliance , and uses way too many counterspells so stoppping them from doing that would be great. Also speaking of counterspells, how many counterspells should I put in this deck?

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Baral, Chief of Compliance occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.08%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Blue: 0.5%

U/R (Izzet): 0.59%

U/B/R (Grixis): 0.52%