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Balustrade Spy

Balustrade Spy

Creature — Vampire Rogue

Flying When 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

brokendwarf on No Land Combo

5 days ago

ZenoZero: The deck should go off on the first turn in the best situation, which is at least half of the time. It should go something like this:

1) Use card draws and mana creators (like Chrome Mox , Lotus Petal , or Dark Ritual , just as examples) to play Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer and mill your entire deck because you have no lands.

2) 4 Narcomoeba will come back to the battlefield as a result of the mill. Flashback Dread Return by sacrificing three Narcomoeba s. Target Angel of Glory's Rise to get Azami, Lady of Scrolls and Laboratory Maniac onto the battlefield from your graveyard, since you are completely milled (you'll get some other dudes, but you don't care about them).

3) Using Azami, Lady of Scrolls 's ability, tap either herself or Laboratory Maniac (both are wizards) to attempt to draw a card. Normally when you draw a card while you have no library you lose the game, but Laboratory Maniac says you win instead.

caiopsg on Black in blue

1 week ago

Nullify e bem melhor que Essence Scatter . Clout of the Dominus pode ser interessante para proteger as suas criaturas e deixa-las mais fortes. Se voce ficar atacando com criaturas inbloqueaveis, ok, mas sua defesa fica a desejar...Fog Bank pode resolver o seu problema (ainda mais se voce proteje-la com Clout of the Dominus ). O Profane Memento vai sair na proxima edicao, M15, e acredito que lhe sera uma excelente fonte de vida. Void Snare tambem e da M15, e na minha opiniao subistitui Unsummon sem pensar duas vezes. Se voce quiser dar as suas criaturas uma "durabilidade" maior, use Skeletal Grimace . Ao inves de Murder eu prefiro a combinacao de Doom Blade no mainboard e Dark Betrayal no sideboard...seus assassinatos ficarao mais rapidos. Lifelink e realmente interessante, entao vale a pena ficar de olho em Eternal Thirst da edicao M15 - pois afinal voce nao precisa de voar que Gift of Orzhova da, ja que suas criaturas sao inbloqueaveis. Eu removeria os Psychic Strike pois o teu deck nao se beneficia com o descarte de cartas do grimorio do oponente. Seria melhor ter mais dois Nullify ou Cancel . Quanto aos terrenos, eu ficaria com 4 Dimir Guildgate , 9 ilhas e 9 pantanos. Aqueous Form esta quase so ocupando espaco no deck...suas criaturas ja sao inbloqueaveis - com excecao de Canker Abomination , claro. Mas justifica 4 Aqueous Form para 2 Canker Abomination ? Eu acho que nao. Considere Ogre Marauder no lugar de Balustrade Spy . Mais uma vez, seu deck nao ganha muito com o descarte de grimorio do oponente, mas com sacrificio de criatura, sim, e muito. Se voce gostou de vampiros Guul Draz Vampire me pareceu muito bom. Latch Seeker tambem parece uma boa criatura. Mask of Riddles e um artefato que voce deveria pensar sobre.

OcelotProblems on Test Black Discard Deck

1 week ago

Not a fan of Black Cat since he's terrible. He could be less terrible if you have a way to kill him off like Altar's Reap or Undercity Informer , which could fill the spot currently held by Cremate . I think that would be fun to combo up with Dictate of Erebos . Better yet, replace it with something like Ashiok's Adept and then later enchant it with Ordeal of Erebos for some discard to go with that discard, Drainpipe Vermin is essentially the same card as Black Cat except you can cast it turn 1. I briefly considered Tormented Thoughts but you don't have a creature that would be beneficial to kill off at that mana cost.

Down / Dirty is a slightly more expensive Mind Rot if you are into that kind of thing. (I'm not). However, maybe you could make Mental Vapors a thing. Try it on a creature like Xathrid Slyblade for hexproof shenanigans.

Disciple of Phenax could be a defensive drop that causes discard. Slate Street Ruffian could also be a pain for them.

Balustrade Spy isn't exactly discard, but he'd combo well with Rise of the Dark Realms

I'm a huge fan of Bile Blight as a replacement for Doom Blade .

Dalektable on endless combo

1 week ago

I've seen a similar deck that has the same win con, though achieves it a different way. It uses no lands, just things like Lotus Petal and other things I can't remember. The reason for the no lands is because you mill yourself with Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer . I believe the deck may be called "Oops all spells"? I'm not really sure though, I don't play legacy at all.

J6Prince on Fire in the Night

2 weeks ago

@amo4b88 Good For you getting into a new format of play is really tough to do not to mention making a deck for one, trust me I would know. You have a theme thats all good and fun but with an EDH Deck your not really building around a theme, you are supposed to build around you commander and their ability and adding cards that help help you defeat your opponent Take your comander for example Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker , he allows you to mill you opponent when he attacks and they have to go till they reveal 4 lands that is a great ability however not all of your cards help him mill your opponent faster, if thats the way u want to go. I don't see how cards like Dungeon Shade or Wind Drake Will help they dont really do anything for you however carsd like Balustrade Spy and Mindeye Drake do a lot for you here. What you need to do is figure out what you want you deck to do all together as a whole than find a commander, or stay with Mirko if you want to go that direction and find cards that do the same thing or help you accomplish your goal no matter what one you draw. Sorry that was a lot to say hope it helps lord knows there are better people at this than me.

fastzero on No mana? No problem. Dredge

2 weeks ago

I dont think so, because the combo is put Balustrade Spy fastest u can with Dread Return , then Dread Return on Flayer of the Hatebound to Dread Return on Golgari Grave-Troll . I dont think flame-kin will make the combo better or faster.

BubbleMahn on All Spells, Zero Lands, Turn One Win: BOOM

2 weeks ago

Now that I think about it, if you have one of the combo cards in hand, for example Laboratory Maniac , but no Cabal Therapy in hand, you could mill, wait for the four Narcomoeba to return to the field, then pay Cabal Therapy 's flashback cost by sacking one Narcomoeba or what you milled yourself with, discard Laboratory Maniac and leave the remaining three or four for Dread Return 's flashback and continue with the combo. Now what if that were to happen but with one or even two Narcomoeba still in hand? Just wait for the other ones to return to the field and use what you milled yourself with as part of the flashback cost for Dread Return , whether it's Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer .
Have two combo cards in hand at once (EVEN A Narcomoeba MAKING THREE)?! Azami, Lady of Scrolls and Angel of Glory's Rise still in hand?! Hopeless?! Nope. If possible, play Summoner's Pact to get a Spirit guide and/or just sack a Spirit guide to play a Wild Cantor . (Should have minimum 5 creatures on field by this point, including (possible) 3 Narcomoeba .) Sack two creatures by casting two seperate Cabal Therapy flashback costs, and discard the two (or three) combo cards. Then continue with the combo. For this case specifically, if a Wild Cantor can't be played, you're out of luck, or if you've still got a Narcomoeba in hand, try messing around with remaining mana in your pool. Still damn beautiful.
TL;DR Weebles wobble but they don't fall down!

JakeHarlow on WTF

2 weeks ago

Ok, here are my suggestions. Let's start with what you can drop:

  • 3x Balustrade Spy : He's a bit of a niche card and at 4 mana in Modern, you'll want more value.

  • 4x Temple of Deceit : You have a mono-black mana base. I recognize that scrying is good, but this is Modern, and you have better options.

  • 4x Tenacious Dead : Pretty much a dead card in your strategy.

  • 3x Whip of Erebos : Slow for this format and redundant within your strategy.

  • 2x Anowon, the Ruin Sage : You can drop him. He's slow, legendary, and your Gatekeeper of Malakir covers his role in a much more versatile manner.

  • 2x Mirri the Cursed : She's a little over-costed. She's powerful, but at 4 mana, she doesn't add enough value and is way too easy to remove.

Will post again for what I think you can add. Price

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Power / Toughness 2/3
Color(s) B
Cost 3B
Converted cost 4
Avg. draft pick 10.21
Avg. cube pick 5.63


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common