Tuesday Night Takeover

Balmor, Battlemage Captain Cantrips Pauper EDH

“No matter. It’s all the same. Lay out your arms, then”.

Art:Balmor, Battlemage Captain by Bram Sels

Balmor is an amazing Izzet commander who can come out of nowhere and hit like a semi-truck! We are entirely focused on cantripping as much as we can and keeping the cycle going before swinging in huge! Balmor can come down super early and allow us to be super aggressive even in the early stages of the game. In the late stages of the game we can begin to cantrip a bunch in a turn and go for kill-shots! Balmor is a crazy aggressive commander who allows us to play an interesting take on a spellslinger deck. Without further adieu lets get it!

The Deck:

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Balmor, Battlemage Captain Cantrips!

Commander (1)
Balmor, Battlemage Captain

Creatures (22)
Monastery Swiftspear
Aquatic Alchemist
Blighted Agent
Dwarven Forge-Chanter
Erebor Flamesmith
Goblin Electromancer
Kessig Flamebreather
Kiln Fiend
Umara Entangler
Volshe Tideturner
Bloodwater Entity
Mocking Sprite
Nivix Cyclops
Noggle Bandit
Razor Swine
Spellgorger Weird
Twinscroll Shaman
Keymaster Rogue
Cryptic Serpent

Instants (20)
Arcane Denial
Big Score
Daring Escape
Gimli’s Fury
Izzet Charm
Lightning Bolt
Mizzium Skin
Radical Idea
Run Away Together
Shadow Rift
Soul’s Fire
Sure Strike
Temur Battle Rage
Unexpected Windfall

Sorceries (15)
Artful Dodge
Dragon Fodder
Empty the Warrens
Flame Rift
Flame Slash
Gitaxian Probe
Mana Geyser
Ral’s Reinforcements
Ruthless Invasion
Seismic Stomp
Serum Visions
Slip Through Space

Artifacts (4)
Arcane Signet
Fellwar Stone
Izzet Signet
Wedding Invitation

Enchantments (2)
Aqueous Form
Clout of the Dominus
Lands (36)
Command Tower
Dwarven Mine
Evolving Wilds
Forgotten Cave
Halimar Depths
Lonely Sandbar
13 Mountain
Mystic Sanctuary
Prismari Campus
Remote Isle
Silverbluff Bridge
Soaring Seacliff
Swiftwater Cliffs
Thriving Bluff
Thriving Isle

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Why Balmor, Battlemage Captain?

Balmor is absolutely a focal point in our deck and we are heavily built around having Balmor on the field as early and for as long as possible! Balmor gives our deck the “punch” it needs to be aggressive and content with other combat heavy decks within Pauper EDH. Not only can Balmor come down super early but even on turn 3 we have the possibility to cast 3 spells a turn and turn him sideways and start swinging hard! Balmor is also defensively stat-ed so can be a great early game blocker as well!

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck! As well as highlighting some of my favorite cards in the deck!


Two of the best creatures in our deck are Blighted Agent and Razor Swine which both have infect and we all know how that goes especially with how easy it is to pump up our creatures and give them trample, since Blighted Agent has unblockable if they can come down on turn 2 the game can end very quickly! We also have some cards that get huge when instants or sorceries are cast like Kiln Fiend, Monastery Swiftspear and Nivix Cyclops which all get much better after we cantrip a couple times!

The other part of our creature package is our non-combat ways to deal damage like Guttersnipe and Erebor Flamesmith we have 4 of these effects in the deck and if we have more than one on the field that game will get out of hand super quickly and when combined with all of the damage we have from Balmor we can end games really quick!


Our instant package has a ton of great cards like Counterspell and Arcane Denial are both great ways to stop our opponents from casting crazy spells and is a great way to stop game-winning spells! Big Score and Unexpected Windfall are really great draw spells that we can use pretty early depending on how much we can ramp! We also have some cards that help us with combat and allow us to trigger Balmor like Expedite, Daring Escape and Sure Strike. Just as all of our instants and sorceries are we want to cheap cards to trigger Balmor as many times as we can!


Our sorcery package is where a lot of our card draw is with sweet cards like Serum Visions, Ponder and Preordain these not only trigger Balmor but give us the ability to keep cantripping and hit even harder! Since we cantrip an absolute ton we can use cards like Empty the Warrens which is a great way to make a ton of creatures and more creatures to apply Balmor’s buff too! Ruthless Invasion and Seismic Stomp are two cards that can be true game-enders since we can make a lot of our opponents unable to block or at the very least limit their blocks!


More mana means more cantrips so we absolutely had to include Izzet Signet, Arcane Signet and Fellwar Stone which are all great ways to have some extra mana at our disposal. Wedding Invitation is a cheap card draw source that allows us to make a big creature unblockable!


We only have two enchantments but both of them are very impactful! Aqueous Form is a sweet and cheap enchantment that makes one of our bigger or key creatures unblockable, this is especially good when we have Balmor out! Clout of the Dominus is another great card that allows us to protect Balmor and give them a buff, this is perfect for protection from heavy single-target removal or for a commander damage kill!

Land Base:

We are an Izzet deck so we of course have a bunch of ways to get both of our colors, that is combined with lands like Forgotten Cave and Lonely Sandbar which are perfect to draw some more and get more fuel for Balmor. We are more red-heavy then blue heavy so we are running more red sources then blue. We draw a ton of cards, but in testing I found that 35 lands often left us strapped on resources so I found that 36 is the right number!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Super easy to kill our opponents
  • Constant stream of card draw
  • A bunch of ways to deal damage outside of combat

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Weak to creature hate
  • Deck is considerably weaker without Balmor on the field
  • Weak to control-heavy strategies

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Main Win Conditions:

We are a combat deck through and through but we also have some non-combat ways to win. We can win through non-combat creatures like Guttersnipe, Erebor Flamesmith and Kessig Flamebreather which are all great ways to win throughout combat, even if we use them as a complementary piece they are great ways to whittle down our opponents and get a ton of damage in!


Balmor is a cantrip machine who allows us to have huge swings, especially combined with sweet creatures like Kiln Fiend and Monastery Swiftspear and can get out of hand super quickly. We are a fast acting Izzet deck who looks to chain and cantrip as much as we can and swing in for huge damage! Hope you enjoyed this article and thank you so much for all of the support. Thanks for reading to the end!