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Balthor the Defiled

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Constructed: 3.50 (3 Reviews)
Limited: 3.25 (3 Reviews)
Reviewed May 22, 2002

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So, kill a dwarf, he comes back even stronger? Not bad. Imagine this is a poor man's version of Twilight's Call. He can easily be combined with Buried Alive to make for something rather naughty. But, Twilight's Call is legal and its not seeing much play. 

In Limited he's obviously extremely strong in the mid to late game, garnering a 3.5. 

In Constructed, I doubt he'll really see play, a 2.5.


Balthor The Defiled
I am really excited about this card. Although there is still a long way to go for old school Sligh to come back. This guy may work out well in a B/R sligh style deck. First do all the damage you can, then when you start losing creatures just sac ol' Balthor and viola...instant army. His only draw back is his 2BB cost, 4 is a bit high and his BBB activation cost should probably be 2B or 1BB. Overall I think he fits a lot of decks and will see play.
In extended he is very strong especially when combined with Black creatures like Braids, Faceless Butcherman, and many others. The only problem here is that in block draft you won't see him until the last pack but black is pretty good alone in the first two packs.
  Balthor the Defiled

This name always makes me giggle, as it makes me think of a certain practice subscription websites are often accused of. Anyway, Balthor the Defiled is effectively a Lord for Minions (gives others +1/+1), which are pretty bad except for the other Minion Legends Chainer and Braids. The second piece of text is what makes Balthor the Defiled an exciting prospect. For the low cost of BBB and removing Balthor, you can return all Black and all Red creature cards from graveyards to play. Twilight's Call never looked this cheap, giving BR decks a very efficient finishing blow. 

Constructed - 4
Limited - 3.5


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