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Balance
Beta


Reviewed May 12, 2005

Constructed: 4.75
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.00

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

 Balance

I remember playing in this big Type II tournament in 1995 when an announcement was made before the tournament that Balance and Fork were now officially restricted. At the time, I remember wondering who would be crazy enough to run three or four copies of Balance in their deck anyway? Just like all my Magic buddies back then, I had NO IDEA how powerful Balance was.
When Balance was restricted, it was a perfect case of not appreciating what you have until it's gone. If you went back in time to the time before that restriction, you would CLEARLY play three or four Balance in every deck even splashing white. It's just this simple: if you are losing, playing Balance will probably fix it. Getting overrun by opponent's creatures? Balance will fix it. Control player beating you with card advantage? Balance will fix it.
Land destruction deck keeping you down by destroying most of your land?
Balance will fix it. The funniest combo was when both players had Zuran Orb in play and one player would play Balance. Each player would jockey to respond to Balance with some number of lands sacrificed to Zuran Orb. Often, both players would end up with no land in play. Balance was also great in limited play, but much less effective than in constructed.

CONSTRUCTED: 5.0
CASUAL: 5.0
LIMITED: 4.0


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

 Balance - Thursday

Wow. I just don't know what to say about this card. It's just good enough that you need to play it in most Type 1 decks. It's so unfair. There is nothing balanced about this card at all. The caster can usually get whatever situation they want if they time it right.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

Paul Hagan

Balance --

Wow, so earlier in the week, we had Swords to Plowshares, which was the first time I had given a 5.0 rating in months. Now, just two days later, I find another 5.0 rating. I'm not sure what I can say about this card that won't be said by the other reviewers. It equalizes the game, and if you play your cards right, then you can cause your opponent some serious harm for your 1W mana cost. For added fun, try this thing out in a big multiplayer game and watch all the chaos that ensues.

As with Swords to Plowshares, if you are playing white in a format that allows you to play Balance, it should absolutely be in your deck.

Constructed Rating: 5.0
Casual Rating: 5.0
Limited Rating: 5.0


Christine
Gerhardt

 A nice card, especially against swarm decks. If you are going creature light or not at all, Balance is a nice way to wipe an opponent's board of their creatures. Lands and cards in hand are fairly inconsequetial. It's the beatings that you're concerned with, and Balance is an answer. I definitely see a few of these fly past our order desk.

In casual, an excellent resource if you're going creatureless. In limited, it can be used as a semi-reset button, but it doesn't work quite as well as Wrath, etc., as you can't store up creatures for post Balance in your hand since that gets equalized too.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 4
Limited - 3
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