Balustrade Spy

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

Busse on Merendipity

6 days ago

Memoriae Thanks man! I'm in the process of building it. The price might go a little higher but not too much. I try to make these things affordable hahah.
I still don't have the optimal cards, although I'm trying not to follow the primers 100% (see Balustrade Spy for that matter hahah)... otherwise this deck would be just another Meren deck.

I have thought of Vraska the Unseen, but I am no totally sure if she's worth it... I don't see thaaaaat much value in her right now.
As with the blob... It triggers when it attacks, so it's not the best choice for this deck, where ETB and LTB effects shine brighter.

Thanks for checking the deck!

Loboargost on Black/Blue mill help

1 month ago

I'm looking to build this deck around Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Phenax, God of Deception. Other key cards include Sphinx's Tutelage, Balustrade Spy, and Alhammarret's Archive.

Pro_Noob on The Ultimate Budget Way to Troll EVERYONE

1 month ago

could you not also have Balustrade Spy in the deck just to make it a little easier to combo off or to survive past something like Pithing Needle? also, you could side it against someone who knows the deck and is running Meddling Mage. It would increase the mana needed to combo, but it at least offers a chance against anything that would stop Undercity Informer.

Boza on Dread Return

1 month ago

Two ways:

  1. Manaless dredge - Get to 4 mana, one of which is black and play Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer, putting your whole deck in the yard (you have 0 lands in the deck). You will mill 3 Narcomoeba and put them on the battlefield. Sac them to Dread Return to bring back a Angel of Glory's Rise, which in turn brings back Laboratory Maniac and Azami, Lady of Scrolls. Tap either of them to draw a card and win.

  2. Normal Dredge - use cards like Stinkweed Imp in combination with faithless looting to put your deck in your yard very fast. Get 3 Narcomoeba or anything else on the battlefield, along with several Bridge from Below. Use Dread Return to sac 3 creatures making 3xnumber of Bridge from Below zombies and reanimate Flame-Kin Zealot to give them haste and win on the same turn.

elfsaine on Manaless dredge

1 month ago

Sir_Jinx, the problems with Balustrade Spy is that it only works constantly with Flayer of the Hatebound. If I added one I might as well run the combo, and I'm trying a different flavor first.

Rhyooski on Prized Manaless Dredge

1 month ago

NotSquishedYet You choose to go on the draw, and then discard your 8th card preferably discarding Phantasmagorian or a dredger if you don't have Phantas. Then if you have Phantas in your graveyard before your 2nd turn you can activate it's ability, discarding 3 cards, then activate it again in response to discard another 3, and then on your upkeep you can bring cards like Ichorid, Nether Shadow etc back, dredge hoping to hit Narcomoeba and if you have Prized Amalgam in your yard when you do bring these back, you'll get him during your end step. Then you wanna Cabal Therapy to clear out any Force of Wills from your opponents hand, then Dread Return your Balustrade Spy back and flip your deck, then Return Flayer of the Hatebound, then return a Golgari Grave-Troll ftw.

sylvannos on New Legacy Player Needs Sideboard ...

2 months ago

I think you want Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite for aggro matchups. It also deals with True-Name Nemesis.

If you're going to play Gitaxian Probe, it needs to be mainboard. Otherwise, it's wasting slots. The same goes for Balustrade Spy and Flayer of the Hatebound. Contagion, Ashen Rider, and Surgical Extraction seem like better choices.

The issue with Leyline of the Void is it puts you down to 6 cards on turn 1, instead of being able to discard and get the engine going.

Noxious Revival is another good sideboard option. It helps protect your graveyard from Deathrite Shaman, or save your Bridge from Below if they try and sacrifice one of their own creatures.

Scouty on First U/B Mill Deck

2 months ago

Okay, that's a pretty small budget then.. Mill decks can actually get really expensive with the proper cards like Glimpse the Unthinkable and Snapcaster Mages.

If I were you, I'd start by going up to 24 lands. Mill decks are somewhat control-based, and having the lands you need is very important. Lands that should be considered that are (relatively) budget are Drowned Catacombs and Underground River. Maybe River of Tears if you can find them.

Spells that should be cut are Liliana Vess, Psychic Strike, Cancel, Tunnel Vision, Traumatize, Artful Dodge, Phenax, God of Deception, Balustrade Spy, and Cathartic Adept. Now, there's a strong chance you wont be able to replace ALL of these, but these are the cards that are either too high of a mana cost, or just don't do enough for the deck to be included.

Now for the cards that you should be running, but aren't: Hedron Crab is a must. 3 cards every turn is an amazing thing to have, and if you can ever get the money for Polluted Delta and other fetchlands, it'll do some serious amounts of work for you.

Remand, Spell Pierce and Mana Leak are also very good spells, but make sure not to run too many. It's good to have some countermagic, but not too much so as to run out of milling power.

Breaking is a good card, and not super expensive, either. Milling 8 for 2 mana is strong. Not Glimpse the Unthinkable strong, but strong for your budget.

Sorry if this took awhile, but I sorta forgot I was typing it halfway through, lol

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Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common

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