Balthor the Defiled
Legendary Creature — Zombie Dwarf
Minion creatures get +1/+1.
(Black)(Black)(Black), Remove Balthor the Defiled from the game: Each player returns all black and all red creature cards from his or her graveyard to play.
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Balthor the Defiled Discussion
2 months ago
My all time favorite is Balthor the Defiled but I also really like Kami of the Crescent Moon and Xira Arien . I've also seen really cool builds around Volrath the Fallen too! I play in quite an underpowered play group so these might not be best picks for you but I would still try giving them a shot! You never know, a janky old lengendary might be the perfect match :)
8 months ago
Love the deck! I was just looking at 3n3rgy2's deck the other week too! Wonderful to see another old-school deck around! I built one a couple months ago with Balthor the Defiled. It has easily become my favorite EDH deck now; it's super janky and far, far from optimized but I love every moment playing with it!
10 months ago
Balthor the Defiled could work in here. Might be a little risky but could be fun.
10 months ago
Speaking from experience, I really think that Rat Colony is stronger in EDH than Relentless Rats. The fact that colony counts all your other rats synergizes so well with Marrow-Gnawer. The toughness limitation can actually help you too if you use cards like Skullclamp to get loads of cards, or Grave Pact/Dictate of Erebos to punish your opponents' boards. I also love that it's 2 Mana so it is very easy to flood the field with them. I do think that if you do prefer relentless, take out the colonies and go all in with them; in my own deck, I found that they compete for the same space so running both weakened their strengths.
Good luck! :)
10 months ago
I would argue that Shirei should not be regarded as a big mana play, but rather as sort of a redundant Garna effect, which should mitigate the downside of its high CMC (you don't really need to cast Garna once Shirei is in play).
That being said, I can see your argument of it only being good with Heartless Summoning out, which is kinda true for all the cards I suggested. I was under the impression that the enchantment was one of the better cards in the deck and thus one you would very often tutor for, but I might be biased due to having a Balthor the Defiled combo deck that heavily relies on HS (and those mana creatures) for its reanimation lines.
Thanks anyway for the thoughtful reply, have a good one!
11 months ago
Really fun looking deck!
If you feel like you need more mass recursion, I have had success with Balthor the Defiled and Twilight's Call. Soul-Guide Lantern might also be nice to prevent others from benefitting as well as to help counter other graveyard decks.
1 year ago
Fun looking deck!
I know you are looking for cards under $10 but you also might want to keep an eye open for a Patriarch's Bidding. This card is incredible in my tribal deck and it looks like it could be great here too! It's possible to find them for less too; I found mine for $13 because it was well used :)
1 year ago
Nice deck. I've found a lot of input for my own Varina Deck (Rooftop Zombie Storm. Maybe you want to take a look at it.
From my the deck I can give you the following suggestions.
- Balthor the Defiled is a zombie with a Living Death like effect
- Bone Miser is sadly another 5cmc card but with Varina a very strong card
- Fleshbag Marauder with Rooftop Storm and Liliana, Untouched By Death is an empty table for your opponent's and with the other reanimate effects in the deck always a good card.
- Mirror Entity is a low cmc zombie that benefits your plan B
- Bident of Thassa and Coastal Piracy are great draw cards for go wide strategies but maybe a bit to slow
- Zombie Master gives all your zombies swampwalk which can be game ending but maybe is a bit to situational