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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron - RIX Update
AgePosted: 2018-Mar-01 6:33 am 
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One suggestion I would make is to replace Serra Ascendant with Tails, Taj-Nar Swordsmith, or Stone Haven Outfitter (an oddly underrated piece imo). SA is powerful aggression, but tends to either irritate a table into oppressing you, or doesn't really support the primary strategy (supporting, protecting, and providing equipment to whatever you intend to Voltron.)

As for your take on Balan, I like it- it's dry, but you obviously put love into assembling the power to make it work. If it were me, I'd probably focus on the lifelink via equipment, and the number of cheap guys who make easy lifegain to build a Well of Lost Dreams engine.

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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron - RIX Update
AgePosted: 2018-Mar-01 7:28 am 
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One suggestion I would make is to replace Serra Ascendant with Tails, Taj-Nar Swordsmith, or Stone Haven Outfitter (an oddly underrated piece imo). SA is powerful aggression, but tends to either irritate a table into oppressing you, or doesn't really support the primary strategy (supporting, protecting, and providing equipment to whatever you intend to Voltron.)

As for your take on Balan, I like it- it's dry, but you obviously put love into assembling the power to make it work. If it were me, I'd probably focus on the lifelink via equipment, and the number of cheap guys who make easy lifegain to build a Well of Lost Dreams engine.


Serra Ascendant is a threat the deck can rely on if Balan is hated out and trapped in the Command Zone. Turn 1 Ascendants are also too fun to pass up.

Eight-and-a-Half-Tails was recently dropped for being to cumbersome when tight on mana.

Taj-Nar Swordsmith requires too much mana at once. Way too slow.

Stone Haven Outfitter doesn't work well in this deck:
  • I almost always have every Equipment on a single creature, so its anthem has a weak impact.
  • Balan returning to the Command Zone won't trigger its second ability.

I've been shying away from using too many non-Equipment value artifacts. Equipment strategies incentivizes harder artifact hate, and my non-Equipment artifacts ending up as collateral damage is commonplace. Well of Lost Dreams wouldn't be doing a whole lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron - RIX Update
AgePosted: 2018-Mar-02 2:14 am 
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Hate to say it- but there really isn't much you can do about artifact or creature hate in the first place. Well of Lost Dreams would be an entirely different sort of build anyways, but the point is that decks like these die on getting choked for card resources. The weapon tutors are bad-ass, and recurring them is powerful- but on it's own, that probably isn't enough to support the entire deck reliably- thus, building redundancy with your enchantresses (Sram and Puresteel) seems like a B12-shot of kick-ass.

Not trying to convince you that Serra Ascendant is a bad card, by any means. But any body works for equipment, so putting that kind of target on yourself early seems antithetical (where in a build like Jenara, you can handle the hate because you have constant cardflow and ability to keep pressure on constant tap with power weenies.)

Just suggestions; your build, your piece of art :D

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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron - DOM Update
AgePosted: 2018-May-17 12:27 pm 
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Dominaria Update

Dominaria Additions:
Transcendent Master -> Danitha Capashen, Paragon
Godsend -> Blackblade Reforged
Conqueror's Galleon -> Karn, Scion of Urza
Terminus -> Urza's Ruinous Blast

Other Additions:
Angel of Sanctions -> Thalia's Lancers
Reveillark -> Teferi's Protection
Smuggler's Copter -> Mind Stone
Land Tax -> Tithe
Rest in Peace -> Crook of Condemnation
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx -> Ancient Tomb


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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron - M19 Update
AgePosted: 2018-Sep-01 7:44 am 
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Summer's End Update

Core 2019 Additions:
Crook of Condemnation -> Remorseful Cleric
Day of Judgment -> Cleansing Nova

Battlebond Additions:
None

Commander 2018 Additions:
Thalia's Lancers -> Heavenly Blademaster

Other Additions:
Forsake the Worldly -> Key to the City


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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron - M19 Update
AgePosted: 2018-Sep-01 10:14 am 
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I suggest you add Thawing Glaciers. It tutors for basics and has good synergy with Sword of Feast and Famine.

Did you consider Angel of Finality over Remorseful Cleric?

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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron - M19 Update
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Celerus wrote:
I suggest you add Thawing Glaciers. It tutors for basics and has good synergy with Sword of Feast and Famine.

Did you consider Angel of Finality over Remorseful Cleric?


Thawing Glaciers was in the deck before. It is an exceedingly slow card and ties up your mana in the early game. Dropped it for Myriad Landscape back when C14 was released and never looked back.

Remorseful Cleric is half the cost for the same effect and has synergy with Recruiter of the Guard, Sun Titan, and Sword of Light and Shadow. Way better choice over Angel of Finality.


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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Wandering Knight | Equipment Voltron -||- GRN Update
AgePosted: 2018-Nov-27 4:49 am 
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Guilds of Ravnica Update

Ravnica Additions:
Karn, Scion of Urza -> Dawn of Hope

Other Additions:
Solemn Simulacrum -> Wayfarer's Bauble


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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Equipment Voltron -|| Ravnica Allegiance Update||-
AgePosted: 2019-Mar-03 6:34 am 
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Ravnica AllegianceUpdate

Ravnica Allegiance Additions:
Wayfarer's Bauble -> Smothering Tithe

Other Additions:
Armory Automaton -> Restoration Specialist
Remorseful Cleric -> Stonecloaker
Masterwork of Ingenuity -> Basilisk Collar
Tithe -> Noble Templar
Petrified Field -> Scavenger Grounds


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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Equipment Voltron -|| Ravnica Allegiance Update||-
AgePosted: 2019-Mar-19 1:36 pm 
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I was curious if you have considered and/or tried out Inspiring Statuary in this deck. I'd seen the card some time ago and was curious how useful it would be to make equipment work double time. I was thinking it would make paying commander tax costs fairly easy once you got it out. Assuming it were useful, probably the hardest thing is finding a good spot for it since Smothering Tithe is likely just better.

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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Equipment Voltron -|| War of the Spark Update||-
AgePosted: 2019-May-19 4:29 am 
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War of the Spark Update

War of the Spark Additions:
Urza's Ruinous Blast -> Single Combat

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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Equipment Voltron -|| Ravnica Allegiance Update||-
AgePosted: 2019-May-19 4:31 am 
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Segrus wrote:
I was curious if you have considered and/or tried out Inspiring Statuary in this deck. I'd seen the card some time ago and was curious how useful it would be to make equipment work double time. I was thinking it would make paying commander tax costs fairly easy once you got it out. Assuming it were useful, probably the hardest thing is finding a good spot for it since Smothering Tithe is likely just better.


A major strike against Inspiring Statuary is that it can't make Equipment cheaper to cast.


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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Equipment Voltron -|| War of the Spark Update||-
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 Post subject: Re: Balan, Equipment Voltron -|| Summer's End 2019 Update ||-
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Summer's End 2019 Update

Core Set 2020 Additions:
Heavenly Blademaster -> Cavalier of Dawn
Stonecloaker -> Apostle of Purifying Light
Basilisk Collar -> Colossus Hammer

Modern Horizons Additions:
Key to the City -> Giver of Runes
Single Combat -> Winds of Abandon
Unexpectedly Absent -> Generous Gift

Commander 2019 Additions:
Remember the Fallen -> Sevinne's Reclamation

Other Additions:
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