Baral, Chief of Compliance

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Aether Revolt (AER) Rare

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost less to cast.

Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

Baral, Chief of Compliance Discussion

9-lives on Esper Magii of Hypnagogia

1 week ago

But but but! Teferi is so good! Whyyyyyyyyyy?!! Digger63 do you know of any cards that give buffs to wizards or wizards give buffs to cards? Like the out of rotation Wizard's Retort or Naban, Dean of Iteration or Baral, Chief of Compliance ?

9-lives on Esper Magii of Hypnagogia

2 weeks ago

Vraska's Contempt and Alela, Artful Provocateur and Enter the God-Eternals seem like useful cards! I really, really wish I could use Baral, Chief of Compliance ! Now that's an awesome wizard card! Tyrant's Scorn and Oath of Kaya seem very useful too!

Nemesis on Niv-Mizzet Parun EDH

3 weeks ago

Hey there! I've got a few suggestions, though it's kind of hard to offer any tips since I don't know what your budget is or what your playstyle is. I'll just throw them out there anyway and if you've got any questions let me know. :)

Curiosity - this is the second half to the classic instant win combo with Niv. Almost an instant win when you get it enchanted.

Ophidian Eye - same as curiosity, just a backup

Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind - if you're going for the combo win, this provides you with a backup for your Niv in case he gets too expensive to cast.

Tandem Lookout - another backup for Curiosity.

Talrand, The Sky Summoner - great if your plan is to cast a boat load of spells.

Primal Amulet  Flip - cheapens spells, does other stuff too!

Baral, Chief of Compliance - more spell discounts!

Curious Homunculus  Flip - WILL THE DISCOUNTS EVER END!?

Cyclonic Rift - one of blue's best removals

Sapphire Medallion - DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS

Lightning Greaves - protection for your commander

Swiftfoot Boots - more protection for your commander

Jace's Sanctum - foams at the mouth

Narset, Parter of Veils - stops your opponents from having fun, excellent when paired with Wheel effects like Windfall

Lastly, lands. there are toooons of good lands that you can add here, I'll make a separate post for them later though.

If you want more suggestions or want to gear the deck towards a specific strategy, let me know and I can make better suggestions.

BMHKain on I thought about it. I'll ...

1 month ago

(CAUTION: A Huge List of CMDRS dead ahead. If you can't comply, remember that I apologized for the huge wall.)

Well, I was just told how to do a Folder, but to choose what for decks is another thing entirely. Especially if such decks are either:

A: What Everyone Plays B: Are good, but have since been outdated by a year C: Are Tribal Leaders in a Specific Sense (No Morophon, the Boundless please.) D: Not Underdog CMDRs. E: Other.

Let's Just assume we use that cEDH Deck Tier List One-by-One; but w/ a new rule for Playtesting such decks so none of the cEDH Decks win out of overall ratios ~100% of the time; CHANNELFIREBALL-style. That said, From using the Tier List, I require the following CMDR Decks to not have cEDH Level Power, but are these:

Tier 0:

Thrasios, Triton Hero & Tymna the Weaver Partners

Tier 1:

Kess, Dissident Mage

Kraum, Ludevic's Opus

Najeela, the Blade-Blossom

The First Sliver (Not as a Sliver Tribe Leader)

The Gitrog Monster

Urza, Lord High Artificer

Vial Smasher the Fierce

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard

Zur the Enchanter

(NOTE: Unknown if Kraum, Ludevic's Opus & Vial Smasher the Fierce need to be Parters to be of this level.)

Tier 2:

Animar, Soul of Elements (Morph Decks not allowed.)

Baral, Chief of Compliance (Get your Counterspells Ready!)

Brago, King Eternal

Breya, Etherium Shaper

Circu, Dimir Lobotomist

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Edric, Spymaster of Trest

General Tazri (Mandatory Ally Tribe Leader)

Ghave, Guru of Spores

God-Eternal Kefnet

Godo, Bandit Warlord

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip

Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge

Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain

Kykar, Wind's Fury

Meren of Clan Nel Toth

Mizzix of the Izmagnus

Momir Vig, Simic Visionary

Narset, Enlightened Master

Niv-Mizzet, Parun

Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Oona, Queen of the Fae

Prime Speaker Vannifar

Prossh, Skyraider of Kher

Ramos, Dragon Engine

Rashmi, Eternities Crafter

Scion of the Ur-Dragon (Possible Dragon Tribe Leader)

Selvala, Heart of the Wilds

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

Sidisi, Undead Vizier

Sisay, Weatherlight Captain

Taigam, Ojutai Master

Tana, the Bloodsower

Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Teferi, Temporal Archmage

The Mimeoplasm

Varolz, the Scar-Striped

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

Yarok, the Desecrated

Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder

Tier 3: WIP

But, yeah, you get the picture, right? Since I can't find such decks on my own to put in such a folder for decks worth testing against your own. Rules are as follows though:

  1. It needs to be up to date, prior to the Iona, Shield of Emeria & Paradox Engine bans & Painter's Servant unbanning/CMDR 2019's release; or just not include any of those at all.

  2. Each deck must not be of cEDH-level power; just imagine how much hell I'd have to playthrough against something just to beat a Thrasios/Tymna Partners deck just to have my claim on this notion nullified.

  3. Decks must include CMDRs that are Popular, were Popular as well as Tribal Decks w/ Good Tribe Leaders (For example: The First Sliver & Sliver Queen do not fit this category where Sliver Overlord does fit the Sliver Tribe Leadership. Scion of the Ur-Dragon & The Ur-Dragon can both count as Dragon Tribe CMDRs. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is actually a bad CMDR to use in Superfriends, but Shines in all Counter Life. Make good use of that instead of making a 4< Color Walkers Deck. The rulings go on...)

I know this is too much for now, but I'm making a folder for Playtesting w/ decks as everyone kept telling me to do so; now I want to hold my end of the Bargain. But I seriously need help from you to do this. If you can find any decks here to add to such a Folder, put it on the comments below.

(& no, It's not like it's a personal thing! Anyone is allowed to use it when it's finished!)

Rhadamanthus on Can Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero's ability ...

1 month ago

@Yesterday It just so happens that the Gatherer page for Iname as One has the following rulings note:

4/15/2013 In a Commander game, you may send Iname to the Command Zone instead of exiling it during the resolution of its ability. If you do, its ability still works. Iname's ability only requires that you attempted to exile it, not that it actually gets to the exile zone. This is similar to how destroying a creature (with, for example, Rest in Peace) doesn't necessarily ensure that creature will end up in the graveyard; it just so happens that the action of exiling something and the exile zone both use the same word: "exile".

If you take an action but a replacement effect changes the result of that action, you still took the action. This is why, for example, Rest in Peace doesn't shut down activated abilities with "sacrifice a creature" in the cost. The game's definition of "sacrifice" is "To move a permanent you control to its owner's graveyard". If you sacrifice something while Rest in Peace is out and it moves to exile instead of the graveyard, you still sacrificed it.

In your Baral, Chief of Compliance and Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar example, you do have to discard a card.

Yesterday on Can Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero's ability ...

1 month ago

@Rhadamanthus: That's... not true? Otherwise, Iname as One would be... slightly less awful as a Commander.

If you have a Baral, Chief of Compliance and Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar out at the same time and would draw a card from Baral's triggered ability, you don't have to discard a card. You only have to discard a card if you do draw one, and Tomorrow's replacement effect says that you don't.

Flooremoji on cEDH in C19

2 months ago

Maybe Baral, Chief of Compliance decks will play Vacuume?

SideBae on CEDH - "Budget" Kess

2 months ago

Yo! Always nice to see a new Kess list... it's my go-to cEDH deck.

If you're digging for specific combo pieces, Plunge into Darkness is really good -- the problem is that it is often competing with Ad Nauseam for your life total. My Kess list runs Impulse over Plunge into Darkness because in Storm, I often don't need a specific card, but rather a specific kind of card; in Doomsday-style decks, in my experience your digging for exactly Demonic Consultation , Jace, Wielder of Mysteries or Laboratory Maniac . I think it's probably a good card to run, if only because it is very good as a top ten-twenty tutor.

Consider Doomsday . I don't have the concentration and/or the brainpower to make it work, but I understand that with enough of each it can be a one-card win.

Depending on your meta, I'd cut Stranglehold before Ashiok, Dream Render . Being three mana means Ashiok is not going to compete with Kess to be cast, and the graveyard exile effect is not a small plus.

I'm not sure Go for the Throat is good enough to merit inclusion in a cEDH deck. It's a limited one-for-one at best, and there are other cards you may want to consider running over it. Except against fat elf decks, you're not likely to face down a creature at a cEDH table with CMC more than four or five. (Note that this is my experience; if it isn't yours, feel free to ignore me). This means you're not going to be getting much of a mana-spent advantage. Also, in any EDH game you're facing down two or, more often, three opponents, meaning you're facing roughly two to three times the number of cards you have. So one-for-one's aren't usually going to be good enough; counterspells are different, in that they can break up combos and thus become effectively a 'several-for-one.' I love that you're running Fire Covenant , as it is a paragon of the x-for-one idea. Consider Ashes to Ashes , Pyroclasm , Rolling Earthquake , or even just Fact or Fiction to replace it.

I highly suggest bringing Dack Fayden out of the Maybeboard to the Mainboard. Strictly speaking, cEDH is more similar to Vintage than it is similar to any other magic format, and being able to nab someone else's Mana Crypt , Sol Ring or similar is a huge play. Also, the Faithless Looting every turn isn't exactly insignificant either.

Spell Snare is a hard-counter I've grown to like recently. I'd consider running it over Spell Pierce , as it can still counter a late-game Demonic Tutor when a Spell Pierce wouldn't.

Consider running Baral, Chief of Compliance . His discount effect is good with Intuition , Frantic Search or (if you choose to un-Maybeboard it) Remand , but more importantly his looting effect is useful for finding combo-pieces. Your list strikes me as being rather counter-heavy, and Baral makes your counterspells not only stop opponents, but actively help you as well.

Your deck's mana curve is very consistent and low. Consider including Sensei's Divining Top from the Maybeboard and then adding Counterbalance to the mix. I've obviously never played your specific list, but it looks like control is a significant element in what you're trying to do. Getting the counter-top combo going is a good way to control the game without worrying about losing the card-advantage war.

Good luck man! The list looks good overall!

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Baral, Chief of Compliance occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.08%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Blue: 0.5%

UR (Izzet): 0.59%

UBR (Grixis): 0.52%