• Kahai

    Sadly, this being only allowed in Vintage, and at restricted. Really don’t see why it’s banned in commander, especially since there are plenty more powerful cards being printed.

    Sure the 2 CMC is very low, but it isn’t something that wins the game for most scenarios of commander. XD

    • Happy The Cat

      it’s banned because most edh decks are late game based and will get locked out of the game by this. Imagine tapping out, then Aggressive Mining all your lands then casting Balance. you are now way ahead of everyone. if you have mana rocks or even just left yourself some Karoo lands to play with you can lock someone out of the game with just land hate.

      • Kahai

        I guess i’m just jaded, if the allow combos that give one player full control of the game, with no interaction from other players, this seems fair by comparison…

        • Jordan

          Yet Cataclysm is still allowed :)

          • DJ Pad

            Cataclysm takes a lot more work to build around and the benefit is less pronounced. Balance can essentially clear the board and make your opponents discard their hands on turn 1 leaving you with artifact mana

      • Mr.Mayhem631

        Well that combo doesn’t work, but ya pretty strong.

  • Happy The Cat

    glad to see this in the same set a Force of Will, just so control players can have “Balance” in the “Force”

  • xxxx

    This is the only really unfaire card in white. I dislike the fact that it is banned in legacy while cards like brainstorm or show and tell are legal. Belcher or oops all spells can win on turn 1 and Miracles is oppressiv af too :(
    I get why it’s restricted in vintage (tutors, mox, lotus would make it too consitend) but legacy …

    • DJ Pad

      Legacy can also empty their hand with artifact mana on turn 1 and cast this to basically cripple an opponent for the rest of the game for only 2 mana.

      • Mr.Mayhem631

        Casting this turn one is not wise.

        • free the eternal

          Ive seen it used terrible ways in vintage but it is usually turn 2 or 3. Would be tricky to pull off turn one.

      • xxxx

        You’re right but only with the right hand. And the right hand of storm, oops all spells or belcher can kill you on turn 1 as well.
        I just want white to have some fun toys too …

  • Blahblahblahbla

    Mythic slot taken up by a card that is restricted in vintage and banned in every other format? Seems a bit of a letdown. I would be pretty bummed to pull this since i don’t feel like dropping $20,000 on a vintage deck.

    Seems to me they should unban it in EDH. You’ve got Pox, Cataclysm, Impending Disaster, Toxic Deluge,
    Jokulhaups shenanigans, turn 1-3 combos galore.. I personally don’t
    think Balance is too much for EDH. Especially with the fact that white
    and red have the hardest time in EDH of all colors.

    • free the eternal

      First Id like to agree with that this is dumb because its banned in everything but vintage which its still restricted. But EDH is a fun and casual for fun only format. Combo by turn three is not casual or fun. Also white has angels which are the most powerful creatures in mtg (opinion) and Red has dragons which are comparable to angles. I dont think the have a hard time in EDH. Of course angels and dragons are usually expensive to cast. But its EDH fun and casual which makes them no longer expensive to cast. Dont forget this is a multiplayer format too.

  • Azreyl

    The new art is sick, luckily it’ll be cheap

    • Sheebson

      I’d wager that having a couple of censers hanging from your flamberge makes combat slightly…. awkward. Unless you’re a complete boss.

  • Zombie

    This is going to be a literal nightmare in EMA Limited. Ugh.