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
2 hours ago
WumboCraft: Thank you for the suggestion! I will definitely add Incendiary Flow to the mainboard in place of Harnessed Lightning. Through playtesting, Shock was somewhat situational (good against Servant of the Conduit, not good against Baral, Chief of Compliance), so I will put it in the sideboard for now.
Crazydude391: Thanks for the compliment! I will still try to come up with new story lines for this deck and possibly some others as well.
5 hours ago
Most but not all of the cards in the deck are standard legal (cards from the most recent sets). It's not too important but at present it means you couldn't enter it in a standard tournament. I wouldn't worry too much about that though. Following that not all of my suggestions are going to be standard legal.
Anyways, here are some cards you might consider adding.
22 hours ago
Totally understand that you're wanting it to be budget but Crucible of Worlds Enlightened Tutor as well as Mystical Tutor I think should be an auto include on this. Baral, Chief of Compliance as well as Curious Homunculus Flip might be good to be played in there. Talrand, Sky Summoner as well might be good. Willbreaker might be useful with the targeting it pairs nicely with Icy Blast
1 day ago
1 day ago
@Trap7x, Baral, Chief of Compliance is a interesting thing some games he does absolutely nothing, and other games a turn two Baral into a turn three Thing in the Ice Flip and half price Harnessed Lightning gives my control deck the stronger boardstate. In control mirrors, where I see his value the most, he gets killed instantly by Dynavolt Tower or whatever lingering burn the other player has. I'm definitely leaning towards removing him.
Shielded Aether Thief is great on paper but in practice it's irrelevant. A turn two flash block that deters attacking for one maybe two turns before a G/R Energy Aggro deck has a Bristling Hydra with five power, and against Mardu F*** Vehicles or G/B Snake the issues are the same. I dropped my playset of Shielded Aether Thief for 3 Thing in the Ice Flips and one more land (yeah I started my first event running 23 lands with control - don't judge, I already admitted I was a dunce).
That all being said, I feel like my best options are dropping 2 Baral, Chief of Compliances and 3 Galvanic Bombardments and adding 2 lands and 3 Harsh Scrutinys. The only issue now is where to fit in 2-3 Radiant Flames and how to edit the manabase so it fits the deck better. Drop 1 Unlicensed Disintegration and 1 Negate (or 1 Disallow?) for 2 Radiant Flames? With that I'm looking at 7 counters, 7 card draw, 8 single target removal, and 2 board wipe (5 if you count Thing in the Ice Flip). 7 creatures from 9 creatures and 26 land from 24 land. How does that sound?
1 day ago
Pretty sure Walking Ballista counts as a 0 CMC. Honestly cutting black to smooth your mana was going to be my initial recommendation, and is probably still a strong move for the consistency of the deck but i do like some of the options in black, and cutting it would make the Radiant Flames inclusion worse. Despite that it looks less flexible i like Harsh Scrutiny better as hand disruption, a lot of creature heavy decks and its a proactive turn 1 play that can hit Winding Constrictor Veteran Motorist Walking Ballista and even Servant of the Conduit if the hand your looking at looks desperate for mana. IDK about Baral, Chief of Compliance i am not playing him in my esper list but i run fewer counters mainboard let me shamelessly plug http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/18-02-17-esper-control/ his value probably largely depends on how often he stay on the board, if you get 2 counter triggers off him he may be worth the inclusion, but if you have to play him and sac him as a blocker next turn or hes getting removed most games he may be on the chopping block. maybe cut Baral, Chief of Compliance and 1 Evolving Wilds for 2 more dual lands and a 1 of Crackdown Construct. sure its synergy with Wandering Fumarole is a bit gimmicky but its can just win a game....... fine fine fine i guess Shielded Aether Thief is a little less ridiculous, flash so you can hold up mana for counter magic into their turn, produces energy for Aether Hub and Harnessed Lightning and can use any excess energy made by those cards, might be better than Baral, Chief of Compliance but the differences are going to be really situational.
1 day ago
So i checked all the commander with blue in their identity and i would like to know which one of these commanders would be more suited for a control based deck
2 days ago
@Trap7x, Honestly I have not even considered the loss of advantage due to single target burn being my current priority, but what you say makes a lot of sense. However, since I'm not in white, Fumigate is not an option, and I hate relying on two black for Yahenni's Expertise even though I love the card. With that in mind, taking things out for implements or Servo Schematic does not feel ideal for the current state of the deck, which takes away the viability of Incendiary Sabotage, so despite my efforts to ignore it, Radiant Flames is suddenly seeming the most viable option since it only needs three color components to do the same job.
As for the spot removal, Harsh Scrutiny was not even on my radar; I had never even heard of it. Now it seems like something I have to get my hands on. However, how would this compare to Transgress the Mind? I feel like the unlimited removal of creatures is great (Harsh Scrutiny), and the scry is potent since I'm running fewer lands than I likely should be. In contrast, Transgress the Mind offers any card type with the limit of needing a CMC 3 or greater. Against gearhulks, this is fantastic, but versus Heart of Kiran or Winding Constrictor it seems weak. How would the CMC requirement act with respect to Walking Ballista? (I'll look up the interaction in a minute, but confirmation here would be nice.) Either way, I definitely see the value of three of the pre-ETB effects exiles versus three Galvanic Bombardments.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury seems like a fun sideboard to keep things interesting, and I'll watch his price (which I knew around release but not now) and whenever I like it, either in the next five minutes or the next five months, I'll pick two up for the SB.
I only see one issue - I was rotating out of grixis. Now suddenly I'm tempted back into the full three colors or at least a more solidified three rather than the one black required for Unlicensed Disintegration. Is this just a good time to leave Baral, Chief of Compliance in the past and run two more land? But should that be an Island and a Swamp, or a Mountain swapped for either? Is this the time to pick up some Sunken Hollows? Should it be a fourth Aether Hub and fourth Evolving Wilds? Or is my land state fine already? Before I make any actions, I'd love some advice there.