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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

Phil1McCrackin on Blue/Black Zombie Mill EDH/Commander Deck

1 week ago

Hedron Crab over Balustrade Spy , Eldrazi Monument over Levitation , Grave Pact over Blood Reckoning , Isochron Scepter + Brain Freeze , Mystical Tutor and Merchant Scroll are a must, Contagion Engine (good with your commander and removes indestructible creatures and tokens), Cryptic Command , Rise of the Dark Realms , Howling Mine , Phyrexian Metamorph , Forced Fruition , Painful Quandary , Whispersilk Cloak are all cards I would suggest over some one shot commons you have. Props for doing your own thing.

Caravaneer546 on Dimir Mill (Help please!)

2 weeks ago

I took a gander through one of my four full tins of cards, so expect 3 more lists like this. XDDark Betrayal Perhaps some good removal at a low cost, but very conditional. I'd say sideboard if lucky.Balustrade Spy I've considered this guy plenty of times for my deck, but I keep finding that his cost is too high or something else.Guardians of Meletis This could be good when combined with Phenax, or just for a tad more protection.Undo An annoying card, but not an instant. Side if lucky.Doorkeeper Decent milling, especially with the more defenders added due to Phenax. Conditional however.Hubris An annoying card with instant speed and a low cost. Good possibility.Armillary Sphere Could be some good mana fixing.Crosstown Courier A small miller, nothing too special.Thassa's Devourer Conditional and only good if I have plenty of enchantments, but it does have a decent toughness for Phenax's uses.Rapid Hybridization A creature remover with instant speed and a low cost, but it gives the opponent a decent creature. Probably good to side against high-power decks.Stymied Hopes An instant that can counter something and scry. Only downside is that the opponent can just pay one mana.Void Snare Pretty good card, except it's not an instant.

mmcgonig on Wasteful

2 weeks ago

Hey Ryan,Great deck! Here are my suggestions,

Swap: 4x Breaking / Entering to 4xDivination , 2x Balustrade Spy to 2x Liliana's Reaver and 2x Coerced Confession to Invisibility .

I think you're not going to be able to mill fast enough with this deck to make Balustrade Spy, Breaking, or Coerced Confession to be worth their slots. Liliana's Reaver is such an awesome card, especially with Waste Not I think it deserves 4 slots.

Divination is a good card because it gives you flexibility of drawing cards if you need it, or making an opponent draw cards if they have nothing in their hand to discard.

Also consider putting in more dual land cards like Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Dimir Guildgate

LordofThieves on Mill Stone

3 weeks ago

Okay, to preface this entire comment, I'm not particularly experienced with standard, so take this with a grain of salt.

Now that that's out of the way, there are a couple deficiencies I see here:


Personally, I wouldn't play more than 25 lands in a 60 card deck unless I had a reason to. I would suggest taking out a couple swamps and a couple islands, and probably only running about 2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . Don't get me wrong, the Tomb is a great card, but it sucks when you draw more than one because then you have a dead card in hand. Also, unless you have all of these lands, you'll be dumping a bit of money on them. If money is no object, go right ahead. I would still say take out a couple lands, as doing so would free up some room for more cards that actually allow you to mill.


While your creatures are all pretty good, they don't feel like they really belong in this deck. I wouldn't suggest running Fate Unraveler or Hypnotic Siren unless you just need creatures to bulk up the deck. If you're thinking of going with a slower, controlling mill, I would suggest the following:

Grisly Spectacle : Destroying creatures is always nice, and since this only costs one more than Murder , you might consider running it. Psychic Strike : Like Countermand , only cheaper. Mainboard a couple Phenax, God of Deception s. He's great for milling someone at end of turn, especially with your defenders. Wall of Frost : Goes well with Phenax for milling at the end of an opponent's turn with your defenders. Devour Flesh : I know it might seem a bit risky to be giving an opponent life, but you aren't going to care much about their life total anyway. Also, getting rid of a creature is pretty great. Balustrade Spy : As good as having a defender as good as Wall of Frost is, it's always relevant to have flyers. It mills a bit, which is a nice added bonus. Other than that, here are some others: Returned Centaur , Undercity Informer (only if you're running an aggressive mill/graveyard recursion strategy), Mind Grind , and finally Paranoid Delusions (again, only if you're going aggressive). Sorry for the wall of text. Hope this helps.

hackerheck on Duskmill

3 weeks ago

I'd replace both Cerulean Wisps and Twisted Image with Thought Scour since it'll help with the milling as well as act as the cantrip you want. Also, I think the deck would be better if you focused on the milling aspect and cut out the proliferate. It looks like you've got a good start on a proliferate deck but I don't think this should be it. For replacements I'd look at consuming abberation and Induce Paranoia . Also, I think both Warden of Evos Isle and War-Wing Siren could be replaced. For those I'd suggest Jace's Phantasm and Balustrade Spy . Just my 2 cents! Good luck with whatever you decide to do though!

brokendwarf on No Land Combo

1 month 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 month 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. 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