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Bala Ged Thief
Zendikar

Reviewed October 27, 2009

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 2.60
Multiplayer: 2.40

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BMoor

Bala Ged Thief

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 Hypnotic Specter!

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 2.3
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bala Ged Thief

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.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Miguel

Tuesday 10-27-09

 

Bala Ged Thief

 

Constructed: 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.

 

Casual & Multiplayer: Good thing Hypnotic Spectrer is not a Ally.

 

Limited: 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.

 

Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 2

Limited: 3

 

Later

Miguel

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 serious threat.

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.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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