Painful Balance

by tjjohnston on 17 February 2017

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sideboard (15 cards)

Creatures (2)

Sorceries (6)

Enchantments (2)

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Deck Description

My friend wanted a deck that he could meme in tournaments and still maybe pull off a win. I tried my best and this is what I could come up with. would like some input.

How to Play

hope you get to turn 3 with only 3 rocks on the board. control both boards until you have some form of way to win.

Deck Tags

  • Modern
  • Control
  • Combo
  • restored balance
  • 4 colors

Deck at a Glance

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Card Legality

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

Deck discussion for Painful Balance

seems a litetle lunky but easily could do some gross plays.

Posted 17 February 2017 at 06:36


my friend wanted me to make a version of this deck. feel free to give some ideas to the deck, I would really enjoy some.

Posted 17 February 2017 at 06:39


I don't think I can really.. Your S.b is good and fairly wide your mainboard has a clear plan.... your really soft to delver here with the lack of removal so possibly tailor your sb with spells like bolt and mana tithe for that matchup?

Posted 17 February 2017 at 08:00


That sounds pretty good!

Posted 21 February 2017 at 19:32


i've played a 3 colour Restore Balance deck for a while (Jund colours) and have done ok with it, mine is a lil heavier on Borderposts than your list tho, if i was going to suggest anything you HAVE to take Surgical Extraction out of the sideboard, cascading into that would be backbreaking.

Metalwork Colossus and Yahenni's Expertise have been awesome editions from the new set. if you have 3 borderposts in play the Colossus costs 2 mana for a 10/10, if you have 4 Borderposts in play then its free. play a free 10/10 right after wiping all your opponents lands and they often just scoop :) Yahenni's has allowed running 4 copies of Restore Balance again instead of the 3 copies most people used to run. double duty as a sweeper too. Have never tried Chandra but seems like it'd be strong, was never impressed with Ajani when i tried it but your experience might be different.

Posted 23 February 2017 at 12:06


thanks, we had Chandra in cause there was some confusion about the way her first ability interacts with restored balance, now that we found out the interaction, she isn't nearly as good in the deck as we thought

Posted 25 February 2017 at 21:37


Maybe consider bumping the posts and adding a March of the Machines. Makes for a great secondary win con with the Gargadon


Posted 15 March 2017 at 01:13


i would but that would mean going 5 colors, and 4 colors for this deck is already hard enough

Posted 20 March 2017 at 14:56