Each player chooses a number of lands he or she controls equal to the number of lands controlled by the player who controls the fewest, then sacrifices the rest. Players discard cards and sacrifice creatures the same way.

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Format Legality
Casual Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal

Balance occurrence in decks from the last year

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Balance Discussion

plakjekaas on What, Exactly, is Wrong with …

1 month ago

I didn't mean mono G does tokens better, I meant, if you have a token deck of any variety, seeking support cards, splashing green will probably benefit you more than splashing white.

My argument was made in that regard, not comparing mono colors, but comparing reasons to play white in your deck over the other available colors.

Fun fact: if you look at the commander ban list, all banned white cards are there because they're literally too annoying to play against:

Balance - dump your hand of free artifacts, make everyone discard their hand, sacrifice their creatures and their lands, and gloat.

Iona, Shield of Emeria - forbids magic from being played.

Karakas - every deck has at least one legend the deck was built around. Free bouncing that is as annoying as it gets.

Limited Resources - forbids magic from being played.

Shahrazad - I heard you like magic, so I've put some magic in your magic, so you can play magic while playing magic. Having fun yet?

On top of that, out of the seven cards banned for racist depiction, three are white. Maybe that's why the color gets a time out right now.

All I hear about this from Wizards, from random MaRo or Gavin conversations, or the Tolarian Community College videos dedicated to the topic, states that Wizards is aware of the problem, and is thinking about how to solve it. Seeing how they work about three years in advance, we might see some change in upcoming years.

Xianling69 on Valuemium

1 month ago

Balance and Shahrazad are not commander legal

abby315 on Does Red/White Need to Have …

1 month ago

I used to be a person who laughed at the "white is always shafted by WotC" common feeling, but to be honest, after this year and after playing a lot of ABU cube (I know), I do think WotC is a little lost. From Alpha to current day, a lot of things they've tried to make part of white's color identity just haven't turned out to compete with the other color identities: damage prevention, lifegain, weenies (for the most part, especially with all of the new power granted to Green and Red for creature aggro).

And, as Caerwyn mentioned, the stuff that does compete, like mass land destruction and Balance effects, WotC thinks creates unfun gameplay, so they don't really do it anymore.

It seems like they've tried to reverse-engineer Balance with cards like Oreskos Explorer and Alms Collector, but white can't always just play catch-up to other colors IMO. And they've tried making life-gain good by making it a supported archetype, but it doesn't change the fact that gaining life on its own just isn't impactful (unlike drawing cards or, arguably, burn).

I'm not so hung-up on white getting access to things other colors can do, although I don't mind that WotC is bending the color pie recently. I'd rather WotC either go back to what white does well and damn the unfun gameplay, or just put new and exciting mechanics in white, try out some new stuff or expand effects like Silence. TBH I think it'd be fun to brainstorm new aspects of the game that white could interact with.

Eckat on THE Praetor

4 months ago

Ookay , so after long thinking session.

I have replaced Fabled Passage with Scalding Tarn

And Lim-Dul's Vault with Balance

Now I just want to fit Triumph of the Hordes, but have not yet figured out what to remove

Also maybe thinking one less swamp, one more island :D

Eckat on THE Praetor

4 months ago

So on top of Balance I dug from albumn Triumph of the Hordes

Thinking hard what to take out.

Halp! :)

Eckat on THE Praetor

4 months ago

Ookay, removed Shark Typhoon and added the Eladamri's Call.

Now, I still want to add Balance since it can save my ass, when things are not going super well for me and I am getting overwhelmed. But what to replace it with? :(

Eckat on THE Praetor

4 months ago

Thinking of maybe adding Eladamri's Call and Balance

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