Restore Balance Updated

by Drizzlebaby on 28 October 2020

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sideboard (15 cards)

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Deck Description

Resource denial!

How to Play

The Game Plan:

The goal of this deck is to play the card Restore Balance as efficiently and effectively as possible. When used correctly, this card can decimate your opponent's creatures, lands, and cards in hand. The converted mana cost of each card in the deck is 3 or more, so when we cascade with Ardent Plea or Violent Outburst, we are guaranteed to hit Restore Balance every time. It can also be played immediately with As Foretold. There are no creatures in the deck that we intend to put into play, so it will always be a one-sided boardwipe. We play artifact-based mana sources so that when we Restore Balance it will be a one-sided mass land destruction effect; we can also use Greater Gargadon to sacrifice extra lands we have, to completely wreck the opponent's mana base. Finally, we try to "cheat" on costs as much as possible, so that we can make meaningful plays before Turn 3, and so that we may empty our hand as much as possible for the discard clause on Restore Balance. Tezzeret the Seeker's ultimate is our main kill, as it creates creatures out of nowhere that also go away after the turn, so it works the best with our balance gameplan. Games can also be closed out with Greater Gargadon, as it is only a 2 turn clock with Ardent Plea in play.

Additional Disruption:

Beast Within - a main-deck catch-all, it is used to convert pesky artifacts, enchantments, and planeswalkers into creatures that we can eliminate via Restore Balance. It is an auto-include in my opinion for any Restore Balance deck that uses Violent Outburst. Sometimes it can be used to target lands as well.

Teferi, Time Raveler - Proactively denies our opponents the ability to interact with countermagic or any other form of disruption in response to our combo. It can also be used to bounce pesky permanents as well as digging us to our important pieces. Additionally it soaks up some damage to buy enough time for us to execute our gameplan. Yet another use, is that we can cast Restore Balance at instant speed if we have As Foretold in play.

Force of Negation - Can protect our instant speed Violent Outburst cascade, as well as countering certain problematic early game cards that our Restore Balance doesn't interact with, such as planeswalkers and burn spells.

Blood Moon - Obviously very good versus any opponent that isn't playing heavy red and has very few basic lands.


Dismember - The main reason to include this card is to kill Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. She is incredibly annoying for this deck to deal with. Since most of our spells costs 3 or more, she slows down our gameplan dramatically. She also makes it so that our cascade combo costs 5 instead of 3. Dismember is the most efficient answer for her, able to be played as early as turn 2, for us to continue with business as usual on turns 3 and so on. This card can also be used to kill Ethersworn Canonist, Archon of Emeria, and Eidolon of Rhetoric. These cards are brutal for this deck to deal with, as they completely shut off the cascade part of our combo.

Force of Vigor - Since Restore Balance doesn't interact with artifacts or enchantments, this card comes in when the opponent plays a reasonable amount of these that we care about, such as Stony Silence and other forms of disruption for our plan. It can also be used to kill Ethersworn Cannonist, Eidolon of Rhetoric, and Rule of Law.

Patrician's Scorn - Mostly included for Stony Silence, but it's also good for enchantment-based prison strategies.

Bloodmoon - Again, for opponents with greedy mana bases.

Leyline of Sanctity - Mostly to stop Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek from stripping away key pieces from our hand. Can also be useful to slow down or stop certain strategies like Burn, Storm, Mill, Heliod combo etc.

Leyline of the Void - For graveyard-based strategies obviously. Some decks, like dredge for instance, can have their board completely wiped and reassemble as early as the next turn. This will stop their strategy from getting going in the first place, as well as preventing the reassembly. Also stops more niche strategies like Goryo's Vengeance and Archbound Ravager nonsense.

Mistveil Plains - Specifically for grindy match-ups where 4 Restore Balance may not be enough.

Deck Tags

  • Modern
  • Combo
  • Control

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Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Not Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for Restore Balance Updated

Every modern cheat spell in the game

Posted 28 October 2020 at 18:39


I personally recommended sunbirds invocation and fires of invention

Posted 28 October 2020 at 18:40


Well, my favorite pet deck just got cucked... So that's that for modern for me probably...

Posted 13 March 2021 at 17:06


The SSG ban was stupid

Posted 14 March 2021 at 00:29


I couldn't agree more. It was obviously not the problem card. They need to own up and admit it when they make dumb decisions. Or just bite the bullet and make Valki 9 cmc like they did with fuse cards.

Posted 18 March 2021 at 15:24


Valki had nothing to do with it, it was oops (to my knowledge never placed higher then 10th), ad nauseum (needed help), and neoform (Died to all removal), and electrodominance apparently existed, but before this deck I have never seen or heard about it.

Posted 18 March 2021 at 15:46


There were other contenders for sure, but I'm fairly certain much of the blame falls on Valki's dumb design. It just really sucks that decks that have been around forever (Living End, Restore Balance, Ad Nauseam) and other fringe decks like Mono Red Storm got severely neutered when they were barely playable to begin with. Since we gained Force of Negation, there is absolutely no reason that the ape should have gotten banned. There have been some uncomfortable bannings for me, like Flash and Paradox Engine in edh, which hurt my two favorite decks that I played that format. This is the first ban though that completely killed my desire to play Modern at all..

Posted 19 March 2021 at 20:02


Valki was in cascade decks, those decks didn't run SSG. But Valki was a huge problem and changed the rules of cascade.

Posted 20 March 2021 at 00:02