Like yesterday's card, this girl's strength is
tied to a tribe that just isn't fleshed out
enough yet. As it exists now, the Ally deck
basically just plays a creature a turn and
attacks. But in that deck, the Theif's ability
to slowly and consistently strip an opponent's
hand with no additional investment of resources
is very powerful. Think of it as an unblockable
A fairly straightforward card for any deck with
Allies. If that deck ever makes it big in
constructed, I imagine he'll be a part of it to
foil Day of Judgment and other similar foils for
tribal decks; until that time comes, he's mainly
an expensive Duress that gives you a creature at
the end. But sometimes that's okay.
Allies are a weak tribe for now. This one is
nice, but black discard is not very popular in
standard. Maybe the Ally theme will get better
as new sets come out.
Good thing Hypnotic Spectrer is not a Ally.
A 2/2 for four mana is not that great, but if
you pick up several Allies than this could help
make them discard thier bomb or important card.
Most drafts Allies would be hard to pick alot
of. When most of the cards have Ally matter to
them, than drafting will be a little more
harder. Most players will be fighting for the
good creature Allies.
Averall a good card.
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno
Today's card of the day is Bala Ged Thief an ally
that allows you to see some or all of a player's
hand and choose a card to discard. This isn't a
bad ability, but naturally needs an ally deck to
work to maximum effect. However, Black is quite
slow when it comes to allies as the three it has
currently are four, four, and five mana leaving
the other colors to fill the earlier drops for
an ally deck.
For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is
a fairly costly card with a moderately useful
effect that can be included in multi-colored
ally deck. I don't see this as a major power in
the current environment as without another ally
it only reveals one card which could be
something trivial by that point in the game. If
it was a three mana 1/1 instead I would see it
in a better light, but for now it is slow and
doesn't control enough of the game to make it a
An addition note for Multiplayer, but do note
that Bala Ged Thief says target player not
opponent which can include a partner if they
need to discard something for a combo.
With Limited this should be played if you are
already running an ally deck with a splash of
Black or if you are playing a Black deck that
need a little extra card advantage. For Sealed
it mainly depends on what colors you are running
and how many allies you have, while in Booster
if you are drafting allies in this color pick
each one that comes by.
Otherwise let them go by as a 2/2 with a chance
to see one card and discard it is a bit of an
advantage, but without enough allies it is just
a bit too underpowered at four mana.