Walking Ballista


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Aether Revolt (AER) Rare

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Walking Ballista

Artifact Creature — Construct

Walking Ballita enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

: Put a +1/+1 counter on Walking Ballista.

Remove a +1/+1 counter from Walking Ballista: It deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Walking Ballista Discussion

GhostChieftain on New and improved spawnsire

1 day ago

I would suggest 2 card infinite combos like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion . Either that or have cards like Palinchron and Deadeye Navigator for infinite mana in your deck and then have cards like Oona, Queen of the Fae or Walking Ballista in your sideboard for the spawnsire win

multimedia on Kooopa Meren *Suggestions Appreciated*

2 days ago

Hey, consider more one drops?

Birds, Shadow, Llanowar and Mystic are one drop mana dorks; these are good with four drop Meren because they can help to ramp into her and then be used as sac fodder. Deathrite is a fantastic Golgari card in multiplayer Commander because there's four graveyards to choose from. Seer and Feeder are one drops, no mana cost, sac outlets who can also sac themselves. Having a sac outlet that's a creature has good interaction with Meren because she can recur or reanimate it. Entomb is a fast way at instant speed to tutor for and put any one card you want into your graveyard such as Tribe-Elder or Frog. Revival is excellent in 40 life Commander because it's a free spell, just 2 life, and since it's an instant you can put any one card from graveyard on top of your library to draw for your next turn which is helpful with noncreature cards. If you like some of these suggestions I offer help to make cuts.

You're already playing Mikaeus and Hulk and these two are the start of an infinite damage combo, Hulk is the enabler. If you add Walking Ballista , Viscera Seer and Phyrexian Delver this completes the combo. When you sac Hulk tutor for Delver and Seer. Delver reanimates Hulk for the cost of 7 life, sac reanimated Hulk with Seer tutoring for Mikaeus and Ballista. Ballista's CMC is 0 therefore you can get it along with Mikaeus because this equals 6 CMC of creatures. Mikaeus makes Ballista a 1/1 creature because he gives all nonHuman creatures +1/+1 and Ballista is not a Human. With Seer sac Ballista this triggers the undying of Mikaeus which then lets Ballista ETB with a +1/+1 counter. Remove the counter from Ballista targeting an opponent. Then sac Ballista again, triggering undying. As long as you remove the +1/+1 counter from Ballista before you sac it with Seer this creates the undying loop. Repeat infinite times until all your opponents are dead.

The great thing about this combo is it's made up of all creatures which Meren is able to recur or reanimate. With Meren on the battlefield before you do the combo it's then infinite experience counters because Ballista keeps dying. This is helpful if one of your opponents disrupts the combo breaking the loop. You don't need the exact Hulk line to do this combo, it's just an enabler who can tutor for all the pieces, but as long as your have Mikaeus, Seer or another sac outlet and Ballista on the battlefield at the same time the combo can happen. Riftsweeper is helpful in multiplayer Commander since exile is plentiful. Sweeper can remove a card from the exile zone and put it back into your library and Meren can recur or reanimate Sweeper.

Consider Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist ? Zulaport is great in multiplayer Commander because it can hit all your opponents at the same time. This is very good with sac outlets and strategy of sacing your own creatures to get experience counters with Meren. The repeatable life gain from both of these cards is also very helpful. Artist is also very good in multiplayer Commander and is unique because he makes an opponent of your choice lose life whenever any creature dies, yours and opponents. With four players in a game he can make your opponents lose a lot of life.

Consider Ashnod's Altar and Greater Good ? More powerful sac outlets that give you excellent value when you sac a creature with them. Twilight Mire , City of Brass and Mana Confluence are other Golgari dual lands that can ETB untapped; upgrades to replace lands like Golgari Guildgate, Jungle Hollow, etc. Good luck with your deck.


3 days ago

Hey there! Not sure how competitive you're trying to be, but I would definitely add Mikaeus, the Unhallowed to the deck, and try to find combos to win. You already have Viscera Seer . so adding Mike and Walking Ballista will win the game. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter is also an infinite board wipe, so you could cut out the expensive board wipes.

Last_Laugh on Dovo's Animar

4 days ago

I get that you're going the Primal Surge route, but for mana less you can...

Weird Harvest into Ancestral Statue / Walking Ballista and it only takes 4 mana and 3 counters on Animar to win. Add 1 mana and you can tutor up the win with Spellseeker . Add 1 more mana and you can tutor up Spellseeker to tutor up the win with Imperial Recruiter . Even Imperial into Spellseeker into Weird Harvest is less, just sayin.

I'd also squeeze in Cloud of Faeries and Great Whale . By dropping Primal Surge you get to consider Cloudstone Curio , Glimpse of Nature , Sylvan Library , etc.

hellhole3927 on Necrotic Ooze Combo Compendium

5 days ago

Walking Ballista and any other mana sinc with some benefit usually means with Infinite Mana, due to Necrotic Ooze you also win, due to Necrotic Ooze .

philktoken8998 on 5cmc, 6cmc, or X spell ...

6 days ago

Hey everyone, I've been fine tuning this brew for a while and am getting some good results recently at my FNM against some Tier 1 decks (3-1 last night; beat affinity, grixis shadow, and dredge; lost to Jeskai conrol)

Big thing is that I've made it more interactive and lower cmc cards so I had to take out some stuff at the top curve. I took out a PrimeTime (sad) and am left with a Walking Ballista , and while this card can be good, I think I could find a better card.

Basically I'm looking for someone to help recommend cards (preferably a creature) in BUG colors that are at 5cmc, 6cmc, or X/X. It should be super impactful obviously. Options are always great so I can switch them depending on the meta so feel free to see send a couple different ones and any cards you always wanted to play in modern but didn't because they're pretty expensive. Generally GG and UU is not too hard while BB can be a bit more difficult, but doable at 5 or 6cmc.

If it doesn't have an ETB effect or cast trigger, hexproof of recursion would be something I'd like since I really want this card to at least 2 for 1 if removed and take over the game if not.

I've only been playing for about 4 or 5 years so my knowledge of older cards is somewhat limited unless they are eternal staples.

Cards I've been thinking of so far are:

Hydroid Krasis ~ gains life + draws cards on cast; large evasive flyer if resolves

Carnage Tyrant ~ super good vs. control which is a tough matchup

Doom Whisperer : evasive flyer that only casts 5 cmc (easier to get on turn 3 than a 6 drop) that helps sift through your deck

You can view the deck at the link below: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/13-04-19-4c-ramp/?cb=1555158339

Let me know what you all think! The deck is getting pretty competitive now, but I really want to make sure my top end card is very solid overall. Thanks!

Last_Laugh on Animar

1 week ago

Ancestral Statue targets itself with its' own etb and goes infinite with Animar due to eventually costing nothing to cast. Weird Harvest looks up Ancestral Statue and Purphoros and goes infinite with 3 counters on Animar and 5 mana. Preferred finisher is Walking Ballista so you can do this combo with 4 mana and 3 counters. Also Spellseeker to tutor up this win with only 2 counters on Animar (3rd coming from Spellseeker) and 5 mana (6 w/ Purphoros).

MtgGalaxyYT on Feather, Honorary Storm Crow

1 week ago

bmbowdish while yes paradox does combo with isochron scepter really well, it doesn't really go infinite unless you have something like a Dramatic Reversal under it because you would still have to pay the 2 mana. It is not as simple as a two card combo like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Walking Ballista even though it would go infinite if you had mana rocks.

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Walking Ballista occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.31%

Green: 4.54%


All decks: 0.46%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Golgari: 0.11%