Counterbalance

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders 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
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Counterbalance Discussion

Dango on Banana Seasons Past Control

1 month ago

Counterbalance loses reliable targets in a casual meta when there is a diverse range of mana costs present in other decks. It works better in cEDH when most of your opponents have cards with primarily CMC two or less for a large portion of the deck, and you can just manipulate your topdeck to counter those spells.

SynergyBuild on Banana Seasons Past Control

1 month ago

You'd run Counterbalance ?

I thought that was for normal EDH xD

Dango on Banana Seasons Past Control

1 month ago

Honestly when I do cast Cyclonic Rift , I'm more than likely going to be overloading it. The boardwipe potential warrants the slot, and I've found that Chain of Vapor just hasn't put in enough work in my meta. It just hasn't done enough and I'd much rather see literally any other removal spell in my hand. Sorry guys, but you have to realize that I don't play cEDH. There's more emphasis on value and longevity in my meta than there is on speed. I would be running cards like Mental Misstep , Flusterstorm , and Counterbalance if this was a cEDH meta, but I've instead adapted cEDH lines into this deck and certain cards in the mix just weren't worth the slot based on what I aim to do.

Icbrgr on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 month ago

ooooh like a counter-egg brew!!! Counterbalance + Academy Ruins with Aether Spellbomb / Sunbeam Spellbomb going into Mind Stone / Alchemist's Vial ect ect..."In response: Egg" lol

Icbrgr on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 month ago

ive only playtested a handful of games with running Counterbalance both with and without Crystal Ball ... its ok... my biggest gripe with the ball is that because its "just ok" ... yeah the scry 2 at instant speed has helped but because it 's ontop of paying it feels like its not worth trying to combo and i find myself tempted to run just a straight up hard counter or wipe/removal in its place to Just blindly jam in a Counterbalance to essentially get close to the same value from it as a general "card advantage engine" rather than a soft lock.

so far of the things said i really think that Doom Whisperer with counterbalance seems ridiculous in a deck jammed with 1-3cmc spells to stave off removal.... maybe Disinformation Campaign and or Death's Shadow would be good synergy with that.... but then again with a 6/6 flying trampler in play i wouldn't imagine you'd need counterbalance to work much more than once lol..... really cool stuff thanks guys.

Funkydiscogod on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 month ago

I've been looking for other things that can do what top does:

DuTogira on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 month ago

As far as Counterbalance mimicing Chalice of the Void ... no, they don't serve the same function. Chalice locks both players off a CMC for the rest of the game (or until chalice dies) while Counterbalance locks your opponent off of one specific CMC for one turn cycle. Stacking Counterbalance s does nothing, while stacking Chalice of the Void with different charge counter amounts further locks out your opponent. They perform different functions, even if they go about it similarly.

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Counterbalance occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%