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

MRDOOM3 on Phenax, God of Mill

1 day 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

3 weeks 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: ...

3 weeks 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.

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

3 weeks ago

Yeah I need 1 Prized Amalgam, 4, Phantasmagorians, 2 Balustrade Spy, and 3 Cabal Therapy. the total value of your cards including the Cabal Therapy and 3 Phantasmagorian assuming thats how many you have, is about $13. So I would do those and like $10 worth of other stuff for it. And yes it is the conspiracy version.

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

3 weeks ago

jamesfiek- I'm interested in your Berserk, assuming it is the conspiracy version. I have a set of Prized Amalgams, a few Phantasmagorians, Balustrade Spys (one of which is foil I believe), and possibly a spare Cabal Therapy. Think we can work something out?

2gherkins on Oops, all spells... in modern?

1 month ago

Oops, all spells is a legacy deck that utilizes a lot of key pieces that modern doesn't have access to. (Nether Shadow, Ichorid, Cabal Therapy, Dread Return) I had been surfing the web, and travis Woo did an article way back last year about a version in modern. I liked it a lot, so I decided to put my own spin on it.

The idea of my deck is to use fast mana in the form of Simian Spirit Guide and Chancellor of the Tangle to ramp out an AEther Vial turn one or turn two, while also using either a Phantasmagorian T1 or an Insolent Neonate turn two off AEther Vial to establish a dredge base. Dredge until you get some narcamoebas onto the field and at least one Bridge from Below into your graveyard. Use AEther Vial to fill the board with cards like Blisterpod, Young Wolf, and Wild Cantor in addition to the narcamoebas. Use Viscera Seer to sacrifice all those creatures, have them come back in some form, all the while creating zombies. Use your creatures to convoke Endless Obedience onto a Balustrade Spy, milling yourself, but make sure you have either Snapcaster Mage or another Endless Obedience, or you've screwed yourself. Either AEther Vial in Snapcaster Mage and recast Endless Obedience or cast another Endless Obedience from your hand, then get Angel of Glory's Rise, reanimating Laboratory Maniac and Azami, Lady of Scrolls, winning with your next draw of Azami, Lady of Scrolls.

So it seems complicated, and it is, but it goes off surprisingly well. Here's the list:

I'm really looking for some suggestions, as this is a pretty bizarre deck for modern. I want to see if anyone has any ideas surrounding possibly one of the jankiest modern builds... ever.

The_Grape on The Ultimate Budget Way to Troll EVERYONE

1 month ago

I see your point, but I was referring your commander and cards like Angel of Glory's Rise, Archeomancer, Auramancer and Balustrade Spy among others. I think you may have misunderstood me because the etb triggers of some of your creatures are very useful and if you could repeat them for free with King Brago you could get a lot of cards back you might not be able to otherwise.

I mean no disrespect, your deck is great, so don't take my suggestion the wrong way.

titanreaver on B/U mill

2 months ago

Surgical Extraction, Extirpate, Extract, Lobotomy, Sadistic Sacrament, Pick the Brain and a few more cards I can't remember at the moment make it easy to get cards out of your opponents library without milling them. Which can be very helpful for you, because it prevents the problem of milling an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or something similar which sort of null and voids your game plan. Also since you are playing black you have access to Leyline of the Void as a mainboard option. Obviously leyline doesn't work with the first two cards I mentioned but oh well. Also Balustrade Spy, and Undercity Informer have the same effect of Mind Funeral on a body. You could also play one of the infinite mill effects like Leyline of the Void (although more commonly Rest in Peace) and Helm of Obedience, or Painter's Servant and Grind Stone. Both are pretty fun to play. Basically what I am saying is why not exile stuff if you can, and/or use some precision extraction with your mass mill. I am also not sure what you are doing with the Shelldock Isle since you don't have anything really in need of hiding away. I would switch to something else in that slot. I suppose it depends on how competitive you want to be, and how much you are willing to spend as to how to decide on what to change. Like playing Halimar Depths, Bojuka Bog, and Dimir Aqueduct is fun with the synergy and to fuel your Hedron Crab but not really fast enough to be very competitive, and playing Underground Sea, with Polluted Delta is fast enough and fuels the crab but is very expensive. You could also play Force of Will and Thoughtseize to protect your stuff, with a team of walkers like Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, Liliana of the Veil, and Jace, the Mind Sculptor to lay down threat but that doesn't entirely seem like the way you wish to play. I have a few decks you could look at if you'd like to see what I did. your worst nightmare, tezzstone, and a deck that uses Shelldock Isle, today is doomsday. Hope something I said is worth while to you.

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