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

Icbrgr on Forged Future

30 minutes ago

@xyr0s your not wrong. This originally was meant to be Modern, but then after putting Counterbalance in here I thought to myself "y'know what Sensei's Divining Top might actually make this deck a winner!" And like a moron went out and bought some not knowing that it was banned in both modern and legacy... So this became "Vintage" out of spite.

Icbrgr on Forged Future

4 days ago

@lagotripha those are some great suggestions! I was convinced that Counterbalance was not modern legal when I built this... I was wrong and am definitely going to put it in here and play test it.... I see what you mean about getting 2 for 1ed with Aqueous Form but the idea is to set it and forget it to leave Mana open for counter spells and has the evastion boost... But with Counterbalance in here I think I can go without it.... I feel the same way about Sage of Epityr but the higher toughness is really important to me hence why I chose Omenspeaker over Augury Owl.... Love your tech recommendations too I will look into those ty very much for the input!

lagotripha on Forged Future

4 days ago

Counterbalance is the core card in this deck style. Its worth taking even more budget options throughout the rest of the deck just to play a set. Aqueous Form is too easy to get 2-for-1'd compared to a playset of something like Anticipate or Telling Time.

I much prefer Sage of Epityr to Omenspeaker- dropping things lower in the library to later be shuffled away is fine when it just costs 1.

There are also some interesting tech options, depending on what direction you take the build.Captivating Glance Cloudform Hinder Mitotic Manipulation etc.

Take a look at Lantern of Insight control for a good set of tools. Psychic Surgery/Cosi's Trickster/Vortex Elemental can be a spicy and powerful budget combination. There are also some fun Skill Borrower brews to check out too.

Syncharmony on Tasigur Seasons Past / Season Pastigur

2 weeks ago

MordMetal I play a version of this deck in a 75%ish kind of playgroup. Meta examples are Kaalia, Scion, Gishath, Xenagos, Krenko, Meren, etc.

When tuning the deck to my meta I found it very helpful to include cards that discourage my opponents from attacking me. Maze of Ith, No Mercy, Propaganda, Glacial Chasm are all cards that do a lot of work on that end for me without diluting the control element of the deck significantly.

Since it's a slower meta than cEDH, I also found that removal like Song of the Dryads to be invaluable to shut down a particularly pesky commander (or any permanent giving you trouble).

If your meta is especially creature heavy like mine than running more board wipes can be a good thing. Even though it's CMC is high, I have won many games with a well timed Decree of Pain that drew me into my win conditions.

As far as recommended removals from Cameron's list, a lot of it is going to be meta dependent of course. However some cards like Counterbalance are more valuable in a cEDH meta where the emphasis is on low CMC cards and thus it will be effective very often. Since I don't have to answer win threatening combos early in the game, I run a few less counters and a few more answers for late game threats.

Hope that helps. If you check his primer under Meta Based Inclusions, you will get more ideas as well.

itachi45 on Never Doubt the Power of a Miracle

3 weeks ago

How well does this deck work against the formats best decks? Jund? Deaths Shadow? Titanshift? Storm?

Im just not sure how competitive it is, since you dont have access to Counterbalance. I really want it to do well; I loved the deck in legacy. Im just not sure.

Bchong on Brain Fart Stax

1 month ago

Ok those cards make a lot more sense now... I have actually used so many of the cards in your deck kind of funny seeing somebody seriously playing lantern control... I kind of did it when I played eggs just because Codex Shredder and Pyxis of Pandemonium were wincons in my deck and I played Counterbalance because it is a soft lock on storm decks.

Maybe you want something like Toxic Deluge its just good removal and you're aren't going to be paying more than 2 or 3. Lim-Dul's Vault is also a very strong tutor and it synergies well with Counterbalance and self mill. And if you are willing to shell out $50 then Yawgmoth's Will is a great card in general.

Also Etherium Sculptor seems a bit weak. I am saying this just from seeing my friends kess deck http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kess-anf-storm-paper-list/once he casts Ad Nauseam he wins anyways and most of your artifacts are 0 and 1 drops...if you are casting Paradox Engine then mana reduction doesn't matter anyways. I guess this is a meta call but you don't really have any graveyard hate, Nihil Spellbomb is a good flex pick. Preordain maybe? Night of Souls' Betrayal if there are hatebears around.

If you want some more random stax pieces... Zur's Weirding Shared Fate Knowledge Pool Omen Machine total meme pieces. And one's that go with your anti drawing theme.

Bchong on Rashmi Stax EDH

1 month ago

Probably don't want to be running Arcane Laboratory it hurts you way too much. You should also run some more actual stax cards your not really slowing anyone down enough. So run something like Root Maze or other effects that tax. So base it off of your meta what stax pieces you are going to get, if there are a lot of creatures then its probably better for you to just run removal spells than trying to use stax, and if there are a lot of combos or storm then run stax or run Mystic Remora.

You should also take out your Counterbalance your mana curve is way too spread out for you to effectively use it. If you want to use it be smart about it since unless you are playing against sotrm then it is probably not going to do much...I played this card vs storm and other combo decks and it only worked because I was playing eggs with a shit ton of library manipulation...Codex Shredder Pyxis of Pandemonium Scroll Rack and all of my eggs.

diego.femiliano on Derevi, Budget cEDH

1 month ago

I think you can cut

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