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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

mckin on The next Snappy?

14 hours ago

Oh yeah foil Wear / Tear , foil Balustrade Spy and Undercity Informer

EternityTheory on Holy Aberration, Jace-man!

1 week ago

Thanks a lot for your feedback! After testing this at my first FNM, I've found that...

  • Yes, the Balustrade Spy is really unneeded. I'll be sideboarding or removing both from the deck.
  • I need more stalling. I had too many times where I sat helpless with only 3-4 mana while my opponent was beefing up their Heroics.

So I've decided to focus on more counterspells; short-term I swapped in two more Doomblades for the Spies, and will likely be throwing another Psychic Strike and/or some Dissolve cards in as well. I've got a bit of work to do, expect some updates to the deck shortly.

Elocsnrek1 on No land? No problem!

1 week ago

I love the deck, it took me some time to see the combo with Azami, Lady of Scrolls , Laboratory Maniac and Angel of Glory's Rise , tis quite the slick combo, a rather nasty piece of work. I would consider running a few more Dread Return in case they counter the first, plus your chance of one showing up so you can use Balustrade Spy will be better. also, you may want to run one more Laboratory Maniac in the event one gets kill spelled. Definitely +1!No land FTW!

Elocsnrek1 on Manaless Dredge

1 week ago

pretty nice, could cut 1 Flayer of the Hatebound in favor of a Laboratory Maniac . it's nice to have just in case the flayer+gravetroll combo doesn't work out somehow. plus, run Balustrade Spy . lets you dump your entire deck into the grave

nashbridges52 on dimir thought of it is scary

1 week ago

Psychic Spiral is strictly better sideboard option against other mill decks.

Also, Notion Thief and Whispering Madness is basically an instant-win combo. You opponent and your opponent discard your hands, you draw 7, then notion thief triggers preventing your opponent from drawing any cards and you draw 7 more.

I also think you should focus your creatures more, it will make the deck more consistent if you run multiple copies of certain cards rather than a bunch of one-ofs. Personally I'd go with 4Wall of Frost , 4Duskmantle Guildmage , 3Balustrade Spy , 2Consuming Aberration , and 1Phenax, God of Deception . That will still let you mill well, but it also will be defensive enough to help you survive until the late-game when your big bombs can come down.

Dragonpecnaz on Discard Mono Black Pauper

1 week ago

I already thought on putting them in this deck, but I was thinking on making an alternative deck (this one), which would have creatures and sorceries that other people may not use and they actually work together (like the ones in this deck) and it's pretty accessive for all (average price is like 14-20 dollars). But I haven't thought about putting some other good creatures that works very well in this deck in the maybeboard in case people don't like creatures such as Stromkirk Patrol or Balustrade Spy .

brycecream on Dimir Jank or Competitive Deck ...

1 week ago

You're a little unfocused with your win conditions. It seems to want to mill just for the sake of growing Consuming Aberration , but wants to win through combat, putting lots of enchantments onto one or two creatures.

I'd either say bring it closer to control (with mill being the goal) with Balustrade Spy and Wight of Precinct Six , mill spells, and countermagic - or bring it closer to mono black with better creatures to enchant. U/B tends to favor control and you're not going to be able to play (or protect) some of your higher costed cards without keeping the board in check with control spells.

Anublet90 on None

1 week ago

Well, the results are now different. Sad truth is, I get very little done before Sanguine Bond comes out. So, despite being potentially the biggest mill in the deck, the two Balustrade Spy -dudes are coming out. Once they're there they just do too little. So, as replacement, I threw in a pair of Mind Rot at least as placeholder, if nothing else. I've been looking at discarding anyway, though, as it has noticeable results, as well as functioning as a sort of pseudo-mill. Price

Low Avg High Foil
$0.03 $0.13 $0.61 $0.6
Power / Toughness 2/3
Color(s) B
Cost 3B
Converted cost 4
Avg. draft pick 10.21
Avg. cube pick 5.58


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

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common