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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.
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Baral, Chief of Compliance Discussion
11 hours ago
Great primer! It was really helpful for me starting my own The Locust God list (the description is very much a WIP so disregard that if you check it out).
What do you think about Whir of Invention instead of Trinket Mage? It can find either Skullclamp or Ashnod's Altar or Alhammarret's Archive all at instant speed. It gets even better if you're running cost reduction cards like Baral, Chief of Compliance but it seems good without that too.
14 hours ago
frogkill45 I've never liked Kiln Fiend/prowess much along with Enigma Drake, because they don't really do, or want to do, the same thing (Runechanter's Pike, on the other hand...). But otherwise, Titi might be good here too - it just wants you to cast sorceries and instants, and doesn't care where they go afterwards. Baral, Chief of Compliance could also be part of this deck, but again, not a full set - just 1 or 2.
Temur Battlerage and Wings of Velis Vel could actually do pretty well together, when played on a creature with prowess. Just a bit heavy on mana (dreams of a 6/6 flying, double strike, trample Monastery Swiftspear).
1 day ago
3 days ago
Kyln I do like Mana Leak as well, but Remand draws a card and Muddle the Mixture can get you Leonin Relic-Warder, Baral, Chief of Compliance or Remand. I could try running 2 of them instead of Dispel, but it only costs 1, and since we are to combo on our turn, instants are really what's dangerous. Still, it remains situational.
3 days ago
Hi, Is there any reason you aren't running Baral, Chief of Compliance?
4 days ago
@maxon, I like the extra turns bit. It needs more irl playtesting, but yea it's fun
I figured you can take advantage of the card draw in two ways; cast them on an opponent's turn (Dictate of Kruphix, Leyline of Anticipation), or take more turns! Casting Howling Mine into Time Warp is great. Add in effects like Helm of Awakening, Sapphire Medallion, and Baral, Chief of Compliance and you're cookin'
My favorite is Lighthouse Chronologist. For nine mana you get a lot of turns lol. He usually dies pretty quick though shrugs but nine mana is very achievable in edh
I used to run Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar in my animar build to dig for combo pieces. I'll absolutely consider it! Thanks!
5 days ago
Thanks for the suggestion Jay, I know the Bolas Bandwagon is a crowded one. As far as Nimble Obstructionist, I just wanted to limit the number of creatures in general in this deck. I know a lot of people would be playing 4x Torrential Gearhulks but I didn't want more creatures than are in it already, opting instead for more control. If the Obstructionist did take a slot, I just feel like I'd almost want to be cycling it, in which case it's a 3 cost counter (with a card draw) that doesn't benefit from Baral, Chief of Compliance's cost reduction and can't be re-cast with the Gearhulk. Even as a creature, the 1 toughness makes me uneasy since any creatures I'd want to be playing early are just going to be blocking fodder and she just won't hold up long for that purpose. All that being said, I'll be able to play this deck for the first time Monday at my LGS's standard night. If I decide I want to make some tweaks that include more creatures, the Obstructionist will be top of the list since its cycling effect definitely slides right in here.
5 days ago
If you're keeping your deck black, then I would recommend a few board wipes like Flaying Tendrils or Yahenni's Expertise to balance the board if things slip through your fingers. Some potentially good cards are the three torments: Torment of Venom, Torment of Scarabs, and Torment of Hailfire.
If you're adding blue though, you've got a whole new approach to fun. Things like Baral, Chief of Compliance reduce your spells by 1 mana, as well as allows you to cycle through useless cards whenever you counter a spell. You also have access to things like Glimmer of Genius and Anticipate for draw power.
Even if you don't change anything, I like the deck and the evil thoughts that went into it. Maybe I'll build it if I find the pieces lying around.