Balor

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vintage Legal

Balor

Creature — Demon

Flying

Whenever Balor attacks or dies, choose one or more. Each mode must target a different player.

  • Target opponent draws three cards, then discards three cards at random.
  • Target opponent sacrifices a nontoken artifact.
  • Balor deals damage to target opponent equal to the number of cards in their hand.

Crow-Umbra on Musashi's Mosh Pit [Primer]

5 days ago

Thank you KBK7101! Honestly I'm kind of surprised with how popular Isshin became in the past year. He's already in or near the top 10 commanders in EDHREC. A year ago I thought that Satoru Umezawa or Hinata, Dawn-Crowned would have been the most popular commanders from Neon Dynasty.

I try to post updates when I feel they're relevant enough or worth posting lol. I printed out a copy of Otharri to try to play-test in the games I played last weekend, but sadly I didn't get the chance to play it irl then. I did like Skyhunter Strike Force and Mondrak, Glory Dominus when I played them in that game.

In solo play-testing I've mostly liked Otharri so far. I like that it has Haste baked in, so it is a bit speedier for a 5 drop. Although it has the baked in self-recursion, I'm not sure how often that will be relevant or used. If it manages to stick around or come back, then its token production potential will continue to scale up each swing with new Experience counters. I like that Otharri has flying, as I've wanted a little more "verticality" for attacking and defense.

I feel like the 5-drop and 6-drop creature slots are ones I've experimented with the most. I've also tested stuff like Balor, Death Tyrant, Karlach, Fury of Avernus, Ilharg, the Raze-Boar, and Adriana, Captain of the Guard at various points as 5-drop options.

SacredAtsira on Kroxa's Snax [PRIMER] *MH2 Update*

2 weeks ago

List looks great, just built Kroxa today myself.

Thoughts on Balor?

Gleeock on Anybody have a card that …

5 months ago

Of the new stuff I have been having tons of luck with forced sac for nontokens or specific parameter forced sac. Chain Devil is kickass. Balor has nailed so many opponents with that odd little nontoken artifact sac.

Demonstrate cards: Creative Technique & Incarnation Technique have a way of bringing me back in to games.

Rocketman988 on Demon Till Your Dreams Come True

6 months ago

MightyPox, for sure- Pestilence Demon is such a constant threat to the table. It is SO good at wiping out pesky utility creatures and acting as a free mana sink. People hesitate to commit things to table as long as he's around, which slows their game plans down and lets Rakdos lean into even more aggression. Also great at wiping out enemy boards to prevent retaliation swings.

I need to play around with Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos but I think he may get a spot. He's partly card advantage, partly targeted removal, so I really like him. I'm worried about exiling cards that I would want to be able to tutor for later, but that may be worth the risk for the constant value and early turn blocking. The deck is really vulnerable to early turn aggression. Having useful early turn plays is really nice, and we can even get critical land drops off this engine. I think this is a likely permanent include.

I don't love Orcus, Prince of Undeath. He does nothing when reanimated, which is really disappointing. With the mana cost required to bring high CMC demons back, Rise of the Dark Realms just seems scarier and more effective.

Balor is great and I think I may test him out. The random discard is incredibly powerful because the best way to Rakdos IMO is to force everyone to throw away their plans and be reactionary at all times. He creates so much mischief that he'll probably be a lighting rod for removal, which is actually a good thing! We play way scarier demons, so them "wasting" removal on him is probably a win. That he does it a final time as he dies is icing on the cake.

Vrock- I agree, is just too small a body and too weak an effect for the deck. "For each' would have been super tasty.

MightyPox on Demon Till Your Dreams Come True

7 months ago

Ok, ignore my previous comment.

After a two year hiatus I recently started to play Magic more regularly and got more experience with my Rakdos deck.

I replaced Sower of Discord with Pestilence Demon and was quite impressed how good it is against my opponents' creatures in general.

I added Chrome Mox instead of Mox Diamond because I need the land card to come back after a Rakdos attack.

Did you take a look at some of the newer demons:

  • Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos - nice cmc, could help filtering and smoothen our draws.

  • Orcus, Prince of Undeath - needs to be cast so reanimating him is not good. We need a lot of mana for his second ability because of the high cmc of the creatures in our deck. But if we have 11+ mana available (maybe from Sacrifice, Burnt Offering or Treasonous Ogre) he becomes a mass reanimation spell. The haste is also nice with our extra combat step effects.

  • Balor - some kind of disruption on a demon. I like it but don't know if his effect is strong enough to run him. Great art though!

  • Vrock - if it said "for each permanent" it would have nice synergies with a Rakdos swing but as it is it does not do enough.

  • Nalfeshnee - normally we don't cast spells from exile.

Demons I might test:

Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos and Balor are interesting but they don't really add something to our general game plan.

Orcus, Prince of Undeath could be a finisher but with the high mana requirement it is a bit situational.

Crow-Umbra on Fight Club Weaboo Edition

7 months ago

I like the flavor route you went with your primer. Definitely makes for a more interesting read lol.

If you want to lean into Exalted single combat shenanigans, I'd recommend checking out Silent Arbiter and/or Crawlspace, and force your opponents to play closer to your terms. Crawlspace is a bit on the pricier side depending on your budget. That's mostly because it lacks reprints. Silent Arbiter might be a better fit for you.

If you want more Myriad stuff which fits with your Battle Angels of Tyr (a card I'm very excited to try in my Isshin deck), I'd also recommend checking out Hammers of Moradin, also from CLB. There's also Duke Ulder Ravengard which can give your stuff Myriad, and technically attack solo. I used to run Herald of the Host before upgrading to Battle Angels of Tyr.

In case you haven't seen it yet, Balor can also hit pretty heavily on its own. Another cool creature I'm interested in trying out is Zhentarim Bandit.

Hope some of those suggestions are to your liking.

SpammyV on Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's …

7 months ago

I did get a draft of Baldur's Gate in. Since my store has a plethora of prerelease packs they kept using those, so I just drafted around my promo, Gorion, Wise Mentor. In hindsight I should not have passed so many Pegasus Guardianes and leaned into the blink theme, but somehow I came second in my pod. Mostly thanks to Basilisk Collar's lifegain. Ultimately I lost the damage race at the end because of the Trap! room. If nothing else, watching one opponent draw seventeen cards off an Ancient Silver Dragon only to die as someone else plays and kills their own Balor was worth the price of the draft.

Gleeock on Devil Rant

8 months ago

Stardragon I found it pretty comical that after this conversation the upcoming set has Balor - who is the exact statline of the type of Devil MtG should have... with chaos/punishment..... Except he is a demon in Tear eyed laughing face

To be fair though, DnD "Demons" are basically the kind of MtG "Devils" that you are looking for.

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