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.

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Walking Ballista Discussion

WrathofCod on shirei in refining

1 day ago

@ frwtr1968 Love the deck so far! It seems like a very fun and efficient mix of ramp, stax, sacrifice effects and reanimation! Normally, I would suggest adding some more ramp, but honestly I think you are pretty good! However, 37 lands for a deck with an average cmc of 2.86 is a lot and I would suggest cutting a land or two and adding in some more mana doublers like Nirkana Revenant and Magus of the Coffers to help ramp you (I would lower your land count to 36 lands if it was up to me, but 37 is just fine too). Nirkana Revenant is also a great finisher if you can somehow manage to get it through unblocked with something like a Whispersilk Cloak! The only thing I am struggling with is how you plan to win the game. While winning through attrition and recursion is definitely possible, I feel like you deck lacks staying power late game. Since you have a bunch of 1/1s and 2/2s, you aren't really winning through combat damage, and since you don't have any infinite combos (that I can see) you can't threaten to combo off and win that way. I would personally recommend adding in at least one infinite combo, a few more tutors and some more sac effects to help you win the game easier! In particular, I would recommend including the Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Walking Ballista/Triskelion combo to close out games that go long. In addition to being a combo piece, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is an amazing value engine that provides redundancy in terms of recursion and synergizes with Black Sun's Zenith! Another way to increase the power level of your deck is to add more tutors. Some tutors that are underused and would work great in your deck are Diabolic Intent, Increasing Ambition and Beseech the Queen. Lastly there are a TON of cards that synergize with your sacrifice theme (of permanents in general, not just creatures) or that benefit from creatures dying, that I think warrant some serious consideration. It don't have time to explain them all, so I will just provide a list and let you decide which ones to include! Alright, here are the cards I think should probably be in your deck: Fume Spitter, Tree of Perdition, Toxic Deluge, Death Cloud, Deathgreeter, Demon of Death's Gate, Ob nixilis, the unshackled, Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath, Weaponcraft Enthusiast (amazing reanimation target), Nezumi Bone-Reader, Malicious Affliction (Best removal for your colors!), Exsanguinate, Lake of the Dead, Bitterblossom (a must include in my opinion), Tragic Slip, Darksteel Plate (to protect Shirei), Hope of Ghirapur, Champion's Helm (same reasoning as Darksteel Plate), Bone Splinters, Killing Wave, Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, Waste Not, Cryptbreaker, Strionic Resonator (Does double Shirei triggers sound fun?!), Wretched Confluence, Entomb, and Champion of Stray Souls! Anyways, I know that's a lot of suggestions and a lot of information to take in, but I figured I should give you all the advice I have and let you decide what to do with it! Feel free to ask me for more advice or suggestions if you need to. Good luck with this amazing deck!

LeoSushi on Sek'Kuar, The Meat Master

1 day ago

Found more cards! Squandered Resources is a 2 mana sac outlet, and gets plenty of mana for whatever you need mana for when going off, Breath of Fury will have lots of fodder, and locks in the win, Scapeshift checks the sac outlet box, as well as a backup, and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is another backup plan, and, because I'm a terrible person, I would also suggest to run Triskelion and Walking Ballista if you choose to run mike. Zuran Orb is a 0 cost sac outlet which is surprisingly useful.

wolfpack108 on Infinite Mana Ramp Question

2 days ago

Hi, I just came across a combo i want to give a shot - i.e. Infinite mana ramp, by using Devoted Druid, Vizier of Remedies, and Walking Ballista.

Is there any other card combos legal in modern that effectively create the same effect as combo'g Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies?

CalmMirror on Paradox Machine

2 days ago

Good call on Beastcaller Savant, I think that's a better option. Channeler Initiate provides a beatdown plan B, but that's probably not worth it.

The problem with Ulamog is that it is only good when you've combo'd off. Walking Ballista is better both before and after combo.

frogkill45 on UB Eldrazi Control

2 days ago

Bearer of Silence might be useful, seems better than endless one since he is just a x/x creature. that way if anything hits the board you couldn't counter you can still kill it.

Walking Ballista could also be in this spot.

djnewellmit on UG Benefactor

2 days ago

I like you deck concept (+1'd for the idea), but it looks like it can still use a lot of work.

For starters, if your goal is to emerge into the Eldrazi, I think you want more targets to sac than to emerge. At the very least, I think your strategy would call for a full 4x Treasure Keeper. maybe by dropping one boar and one octopus.

I like the idea of Aid from the Cowl, but it's very disappointing in action. For example, you forfeit the cast triggers of both the Decimator and the Deep-Fiend, at which point a better deck option is Aetherwind Basker. I would recommend you consider as options to replace Aid:

  • Glimmer of Genius for both card filtering and advantage

  • Nissa, Vital Force slots nicely into the same curve spot as Aid with more flexibility and consistency.

  • Lifecrafter's Bestiary gives you some card filtering, and makes your little mana dorks more useful when you draw a card as they enter

Lastly, I just wanted to point out a couple additional options for mana dorks that can work nicely in this deck; you have a good selection already. All you have to do is figure out how many, and what proportion of each. I might consider swapping out the Servants, as I find it hard to keep them charged with energy consistently (although swapping in Glimmer for Aid would help there).

  • Channeler Initiate makes a nice source of both your colors. Unlike Servant of the Conduit, when Channeler runs out of fuel, you are at least left with a decent body.

  • Beastcaller Savant can help speed out your other mana dorks and emerges, although I would probably not consider him for your deck. He is such an easy target for removal, especially with Walking Ballista lurking in so many decks.

slambamwam on Ghave +1/+1 Counters

2 days ago

Walking Ballista would be a great replacement for Triskelion.

TheHelvault on Kruphix

2 days ago

Where's your X spells? Some good ones for you would be Chord of Calling, Walking Ballista, Hangarback Walker, Endless One, Primordial Hydra, Mistcutter Hydra, etc

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