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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.
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Baral, Chief of Compliance Discussion
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 ?
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!
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.
Baral, Chief of Compliance - more spell discounts!
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
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.
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A: What Everyone Plays B: Are good, but have since been outdated by a year C: Are Tribal Leaders in a Specific Sense (No Morophon, the Boundless please.)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:
The First Sliver (Not as a Sliver Tribe Leader)
Animar, Soul of Elements (Morph Decks not allowed.)
Baral, Chief of Compliance (Get your Counterspells Ready!)
General Tazri (Mandatory Ally Tribe Leader)
Scion of the Ur-Dragon (Possible Dragon Tribe Leader)
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:
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.
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!)
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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.
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.
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!
Baral, Chief of Compliance occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.08%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.04%
UR (Izzet): 0.59%
UBR (Grixis): 0.52%