Counterbalance

Legality

Format Legality
Arena [BETA] Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Coldsnap (CSP) Uncommon

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Counterbalance

Enchantment

Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may reveal the top card of your library. If you do, counter that spell if it has the same converted mana cost as the revealed card.

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Counterbalance Discussion

lagotripha on Miracles

3 hours ago

No love for Counterbalance?

nightfirephoenix on Aminatou, Sick top decks and flickers

3 days ago

oh yeah and those tools in conjunction with Counterbalance gives me lots of cool ways to counter spells :P

lagotripha on Family Reunion Help Wanted

1 week ago

I have one, major peice of advice- if you are abusing weird tribal synergies, hexproof and shroud are amazing, and haste is even better.

As such, effects like Diffusion Sliver will do better than Venom Sliver, and cards like hallimar excavator and screeching sliver can be swapped for more protection or value cards.

Deck stacking ETBs will help, expecially when they are strapped to creatures. Treefolk Harbinger for Woodfall Primus works really well.

To that end, you can also look at miracle effects and Counterbalance as a back up plan, letting you have multiple payoffs for stacking your deck.

Sage of Epityr to set up a bunch of turns with a Devastation Tide and a Wanderwine Prophets followup is terrifying in this list. Just make sure you plan a bunch of good lines for turns 1-4, and have somtething you want to be doing and a workable backup on each of them, and the rest of the deck will fill itself in.

Also, keep in mind that you can only name one creature type with Arcane Adaptation. Your Turntimber only ends the game if you name ally, while your slivers want you to name sliver. You'll want to plan around this- even if its only to drop a well timed Shields of Velis Vel.

VelvetVendetta on Control Zur

2 weeks ago

I would only use Estrid's Invocation on a reanimator variant as the reanimate enchantments were good enough targets to copy most of the time, meaning you could use it instead of a third reanimate enchantment, to improve slot efficiency.

Still, it got cut on my last reanimator build (likely to fit Counterbalance)

It's a very versatile slot tho, so if your meta has powerful enchantments and you feel like you always wish you had a second grasp of fate, then this is a good choice.

D_Cruz8712 on Arcum Dagsson

3 weeks ago

I'm on mobile as well so it's all good and thank you for the comment. Scroll Rack, Staff of Domination and Grafdigger's Cage will be going into the deck. Counterbalance is in the list as well as Sensei's Divining Top for the top lock. I want to add more card draw but I'm not sure what to add other than Rhystic Study

Heliogabale on We Don't Need No Education

1 month ago

Thank you for your input!

My Meta is multiplayer, high power level, high budget, but with gentleman rules including no infinite combos and this banned list : Banned List - The Command Tower.

You are correct that defenders don't really need pillows, which makes this deck a bit overboard, but honestly this was my goal all along.

I am not completely averse to counters; in my original list I was going to include Counterbalance and Sensei's Divining Top, but that got replace with Panharmonicon and Lifecrafter's Bestiary. I kinda like the idea that my opponents are playing around potential counters without allocating any spots, which seems like a win-win, but may just be wishful thinking.

Which cards specifically would you take out to make room for counters? I was thinking maybe Sunweb and Wall of Swords, because they get hit by Dusk, but I like the big flying walls, so I can't decide.

Obviously I am awaiting on many cards to playtest this deck, so I may have more to say after a few games.

mmcgeach on Control Zur

1 month ago

Hey Hey. So much stuff.

Yeah, I don't know what else to say about Cartouche of Ambition. It's very good in a competitive metagame. I don't know too much about playing this deck against non-competitive lists, but I'm pretty sure you'd have to change a bunch of things, since some stuff just gets way worse (like Counterbalance).

Re: Battlebond. @chowkaze, I think if Inner Demon had been 3CMC we'd have had something. But otherwise, I haven't seen anything that's really good. There's some kind of warrior that's a bad Dark Confidant, right? I don't think it's good enough.

@crstisalie: Well, amulet of safekeeping is like the bad part of Solitary Confinement. I'm sometimes happy to have the "untargetable" clause of solitary confinement, but it doesn't do that much. It sometimes stops a discard spell or an edict effect (which aren't even good); the most likely thing is to stop someone from targetting you with Carpet of Flowers. But that's not worth a card on its own.

@Nicolascolau: Yeah, metamorphic alteration is a strong card, but it's probably not as good as Imprisoned in the Moon. There's probably some trickery that can go on tho, so like Copy Enchantment or Copy Artifact it might be sort of a fringe card that you could flex in.

rockleemyhero on BigGameHunter12

2 months ago

Here’s my real wants list copy pasted from my binder: 1x Abrade

1x Abrupt Decay

1x Azra Oddsmaker

1x Bountiful Promenade

1x Chaos Warp

1x Counterbalance

1x Diabolic Intent

1x Dismember

1x Engineered Explosives

1x Forest

1x Gemstone Mine

1x Greater Good

1x Huatli, Radiant Champion 1x Imperial Recruiter 4x Island 1x Krav, the Unredeemed 1x Lurking Predators 2x Mind's Eye 1x Mindblade Render 1x Monastery Mentor 1x Mycosynth Lattice 1x Mystic Confluence 1x Pathbreaker Ibex 1x Pir's Whim 1x Plains 3x Portent 2x Predict 1x Red Elemental Blast 1x Relic of Progenitus 3x Scalding Tarn 1x Sea of Clouds 1x Search for Azcanta  Flip 1x Seedborn Muse 1x Selvala's Stampede 1x Skyshroud Claim 1x Slayers' Stronghold 1x Snapcaster Mage 1x Sower of Temptation

1x Stolen Strategy 1x Surgical Extraction 3x Terminus 1x Vesuva 1x Volcanic Island 1x Walking Ballista Entreat the Angels

Sorry for the terrible formatting. Biggest wants are volcanic island, snapcaster mage, search for azcanta, walking ballista, engineered explosives, vesuva, and imperial recruiter. Rest of the stuff is 2nd tier wants. Let me know if you have any :)

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