Balan, Wandering Knight

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Balan, Wandering Knight

Legendary Creature — Cat Knight

First strike

Balan, Wandering Knight has double strike as long as two or more Equipment are attached to it.

: Attach all equipment you control to Balan.

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IHATENAMES on Halvar, Divine Voltron

2 months ago

I was wondering if i could get your thoughts on Greatsword of Tyr I saw it do work in a deck recently. I have a deck with Balan, Wandering Knight at the helm that is simular to your equipment deck but much less optimized. Do you think it's worthwhile as an equipment? Or in a vacuum is it just too unexciting.

TheoryCrafter on Sword tribal

8 months ago

Have you considered Balan, Wandering Knight? Tournament Grounds could give you some extra mana flexibility. Happy Hunting!

EyelessStarfish on

11 months ago

Rebbec, Architect of Ascension is a pretty good fit for the deck! Now that you mention commander tax, Balan, Wandering Knight does make a lot more sense to me. As far as removal goes, I personally wouldn't go too heavy into creature removal because Sram can take care of most basic creatures (and deathtouch creatures provided he has first/double strike and the dt creature doesn't), but a lot of enchantments like Propaganda and Ghostly Prison can be quite the nuisance. I reccommend Erase and cards like it for dealing with those, but I wouldn't add more than 3 enchantment removal spells.

Tederollz on

11 months ago

EyelessStarfish I think Avacyn's Memorial and Darksteel Forge are too mana heavy to fit in the deck but I really like the idea of Leonin Abunas; maybe on a similar note Rebbec, Architect of Ascension could offer similar protection. Gods Willing effects also look like solid cards to look into. I’m not a big fan of Lightning Greaves in this deck since I play such a low number of creatures and if they get stuck on Sram I can’t equip anything on him.

Only reason for Zephyr Boots being in the deck is because it’s a 1 mana equipment so it’s definitely a card I could replace with something better. I don’t think I want to remove Balan, Wandering Knight I play him as a backup wincon when Sram is too expensive to play and/or equip.

Cards I’m considering replacing would be Zephyr Boots, Explorer's Scope and Armed and Armored, Also I’m thinking if I should cut down on removal in favour of adding more protection.

EyelessStarfish on

11 months ago

Avacyn's Memorial is a bit expensive to cast, but it protects your key pieces. Darksteel Forge works as a duplicate effect but is slightly more expensive. One less mana intensive card is Leonin Abunas, which is only half the cost of the memorial, but only offers hexproof instead of indestructible. Sram can be protected with cards that give hexproof or protection to the color he's being targeted by with cards like Beaming Defiance and Gods Willing. Something I noticed with Leonin Shikari is that it pairs really well with Lightning Greaves, as you can respond to a kill spell with the equip trigger at instant speed, which will fizzle the spell. Admittedly, these can be a little hard to pull off in a game, but when it happens it's very satisfying. As for things to take out for these cards, Zephyr Boots is nice because it's cheap, but it's effect is outclassed by the other 1 drop equips in the deck. Another card to remove would be Balan, Wandering Knight, mainly because it's hard to focus on two voltron targets. As for some other card swaps, I'm not too sure. There's already a lot of cards that work well with Sram in the deck and it's a bit hard to decide what else should be removed.

Sammycy1 on Equip/Aura Galea

1 year ago

Hey nice deck! The way i see it you can focus more one one direction of this deck and use the other for support: either auras or equipment. Aura Focus: Add: Archon of Sun's Grace Ashiok's Erasure Boon Satyr Copy Enchantment Curiosity Darksteel Mutation Dissipation Field Hydra's Growth Gift of Paradise Hypnotic Siren Ichthyomorphosis Idyllic Tutor Kenrith's Transformation Plea for Guidance Psychic Impetus Unflinching Courage

Remove: Masterwork of Ingenuity Puresteel Paladin Explorer's Scope Indomitable Archangel Catti-brie of Mithral Hall Resolute Archangel Valiant Endeavor Serum Visions Brainstorm Angelic Gift Unsettled Mariner Cold-Eyed Selkie Military Intelligence

Equipment Focus: Add: Balan, Wandering Knight Behemoth Sledge Belt of Giant Strength Golem-Skin Gauntlets Kemba, Kha Regent Mask of Memory Mirrormade Paradise Mantle Prying Blade Quest for the Holy Relic Whispersilk Cloak

Remove: Resolute Archangel Ajani's Chosen Valiant Endeavor Gryff's Boon Angelic Gift Unsettled Mariner Military Intelligence Cold-Eyed Selkie Serum Visions Brainstorm Explorer's Scope Indomitable Archangel

And if you dont want to focus on one this would be a more Varied apporach incorporating a little from both Both Focus: Add: Fleecemane Lion Geist of Saint Traft Kiora's Follower Mirrormade Spirit Mantle Staggering Insight Utopia Sprawl Curiosity Beast Within Archon of Sun's Grace Curiosity Darksteel Mutation Dissipation Field Idyllic Tutor Unflinching Courage Behemoth Sledge Kemba, Kha Regent Mirrormade Quest for the Holy Relic Whispersilk Cloak Kenrith's Transformation

Remove: Resolute Archangel Ajani's Chosen Valiant Endeavor Gryff's Boon Angelic Gift Unsettled Mariner Military Intelligence Cold-Eyed Selkie Serum Visions Brainstorm Explorer's Scope Indomitable Archangel Abundant Growth Goldvein Pick Cream of the Crop Three Dreams

DadHumanPraetor on CAN I RUN THE BIRD? [Rule Zero] ♡

1 year ago

Just looks a little light on creatures, there arent that many good knights in just orzhov when you're not an equipment matters deck, because cards like Balan, Wandering Knight and Puresteel Paladin get pushed out. Have you thought about Midnight Reaper? I like playing all the protection knights like Stillmoon Cavalier Mirran Crusader Paladin en-Vec Stromgald Crusader White Shield Crusader Phyrexian Crusader because they dodge a lot of spot removal and get through blockers.

I do like the bird a lot. Love the tribe, been trying to make them good for a long time lol.

Monomanamaniac on Halvar, Divine Voltron

1 year ago

gzusvictory it was good when Balan, Wandering Knight was the commander, but with halvar it's not a great choice

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