Balustrade Spy


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper Legal

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Gatecrash Common

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Balustrade Spy

Creature — Vampire Rogue

FlyingWhen Balustrade Spy enters the battlefield, target player reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a land card, then puts those cards into his or her graveyard.

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Balustrade Spy Discussion

Boza on Manaless Dredge (Modern)

1 week ago

I think you lose more from being manaless than gain anything. You lose so much speed and tempo by playing this deck over regular dredge, it is insane. This deck gets little to no mileage out Bridge, has to have a great opening hand (Cantrips are necessary to go off, but you never draw for your turn with this deck, so you have to have them in the opener), does not actually have the quinteessentinal Balustrade Spy plan to mill your whole deck (aside from cost, the only reason to go manaless)...

The only reason to run this deck over anything else is to say "hey, I am not playing lands". Adding 12 lands, Greater Gargadon, Bloodghast, Prized Amalgam will give you a different take on current dredge lists that is just as powerful.

Simon_Williamson on Karador Reanimator

2 weeks ago

So you need to cut cards, let's see.

  1. You have 2 copies of Yosei, the Morning Star.

  2. Balustrade Spy won't necessarily fill your graveyard with creatures and is a small body.

  3. Beacon of Unrest costs a bit more than you want for this kind of reanimator deck (and this is a streamlined list).

Now we have 100 cards. Additional cuts

  1. Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts is one of my favourite cards, but she doesn't do much here other than put up defenses, which you should be able to do well without her.

  2. Lord of Extinction & Thunderfoot Baloth are big beaters, one of which has little to no evasion and another that doesn't help you close the game or if you're behind.

Living Death, Riftsweeper, and Pernicious Deed are what I'd add in. The rest of your maybeboard seems like you can live without, hope my opinion was helpful!

BattleDragon on

1 month ago

*combos! Epiphany at the Drownyard is simply a REALLY EASY way to start them (compared to other risky cards like Balustrade Spy as seen here:

foxboy93 on One Badass Trans Lady

1 month ago

Strionic Resonator Should be in here. Reason being is because you can copy ETB triggers, copy Alesha's trigger (pay 4 mana, reanimate two creatures).

Sac outlets are another way to get creatures to reanimate. Sac Master of Cruelties, reanimate it tapped and attacking. Same thing with Raving Dead.

I'm not sure what your meta is like, but having some sort of 'combo' is also a good way to close out the game. Reveillark and Karmic Guide with a sac outlet is a win. Hell, even just with Ashnod's Altar you have infinite colorless mana. Add in a card like Altar of Dementia and Mindcrank seems good.

If you go more so the reanimator style, you'll need ways to fill your graveyard and I feel the best way to do that is either tutor and put it in the grave ((Entomb, Buried Alive)), discard cards ((Olivia, Mobilized for War, Cathartic Reunion, Tormenting Voice, Nahiri, the Harbinger, Key to the City))or milling yourself ((Balustrade Spy, Mesmeric Orb, Undercity Informer, Altar of Dementia. Some cards let you filter things easier and discarding cards to draw cards seems like a good way. If you can do it every turn it just gets better.

Again, going with the reanimator strategy, you'll need alot more reanimation spells. Going the self mill, you'll want cards with flashback like Unburial Rites or Increasing Ambition

I also don't see alot of life gain. Might be meta dependent, but having some way to gain life is good. Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Disciple of Bolas, Whip of Erebos are all good ways. (even Sorin, Solemn Visitor)

Playing creatures for 0/0 power and toughness is a good way to get in too. Pentavus is a great example. Even if it dies you can remove counters and leave a small army behind!

SheolZ on Legacy Dredge

1 month ago

You Should run Balustrade Spy

MRDOOM3 on Phenax, God of Mill

1 month ago

Ah, yes, the Mindcrank+Duskmantle Guildmage infinite damage/mill loop...

Anyway, let's get to my suggestions. You may or may not like them, and I have no problem against that. It is your deck, after all.

Balustrade Spy, Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker, and Mind Grind all act as Mind Funerals to some extent.

Glimpse the Unthinkable is a nice 2-mana mill spell, however, it's second ability is "Destroy Target Wallet".

Startled Awake  Flip is a nice little repeating mill-13 spell.

Although they aren't mill, Sire of Stagnation and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver are fun. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger can make for a decent finisher.

Jace, Memory Adept and/or Jace Beleren and/or (If he's EDH legal, I have not checked recently) Jace, the Mind Sculptor are fun mill as well (Mind Sculptor's fifth ability, his +4, I believe, is Destroy Target Wallet).

Sphinx's Tutelage+Jace's Erasure make for nice mill each turn.

Hope this wall of text I typed helped to an extent. Good luck with the deck.

GeminiSpartanX on Manaless Dredge Stuff I need

2 months ago

jamesfiek- Going just off of memory, I have the following from this list: 2x Balustrade Spy (plus 1 foil if you're interested), 2-4 Phantasmagorian (I'll need to double check how many I have), 1x Prized Amalgam, 1x Street Wraith, 1x Cabal Therapy, 2x Dread Return, and some number of Gitaxian Probes if needed. I know some of my buddies have other parts of this list for sure, since they played during original Ravnica block which was right before I started playing in Timespiral and have the dredgers. I can check with them if I don't have enough value with just my cards.

GeminiSpartanX on H: Berserk, Flagstones, Things W: ...

2 months ago

jamesfiek- Sounds good. Just to let you know, the tcg list is not entirely comprehensive (it doesn't show my non-foil Balustrade Spys for instance), but it does include all of my rares/mythics. Perhaps if you made a decklist on this site listing the cards you still need for dredge, I could prioritize the ones that you need. For example, I have Git. Probes if you need them. A list would also allow me to see if my buddies have cards that you need that I don't.

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