Balustrade Spy

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Common
Gatecrash (GTC) 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

Firegriff on Best Mill Commanders?

2 weeks ago

An interesting, different choice would be Anafenza, the Foremost. Equipped with Trepanation Blade and aided by Keening Stone, you can exile a lot of threats before they hit your opponents' hands. Geth, Lord of the Vault and Balustrade Spy also would not be remiss.

DRACULA150704 on Alesha's Inquisition

3 weeks ago

Balustrade Spy? to grind yourself??!?

Deathbend on Zombie Self Mill Trying Again (Please Help!)

4 weeks ago

If you haven't tried it already, you can just do a pure jank degenerate combo like Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer with 4Narcomoeba and Dread Return back Angel of Glory's Rise Azami, Lady of Scrolls and Laboratory Maniac you just have to run stuff like Lotus Petal and Simian Spirit Guide so you can have no lands in your deck. It's pretty fun tbh. Not really zombies tho. And preeeeeeety jank

cdkime on I Don't Even Have to Concede [Turn 0.5 Loss]

2 months ago

If you are a combo player, then you might want to consider adding the following cards:

Theoretically, this would allow you to lose the game on the very first upkeep, regardless of who starts.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Play Chess With the Devil

2 months ago

In your deck description, when you're talking about Balustrade Spy, you mention that you can use it to deck yourself and thereby get your Narcomoebas/Prized Amalgams.

If Prized Analgam reanimates on your end step, how do you use it for sacrifice if you deck yourself the following turn? It was my understanding that you can't dredge unless you have the cards required to mill.

Bababad on

2 months ago

Satyr Wayfinder over Balustrade Spy

Thragtusk over Hollowhenge Scavenger (if you feel you need need the lifegain)

Living Death or Wake the Dead over Champion of Stray Souls

direct budget swaps that are better most of the time.

I would say your curve is a tad high (average 4.03 atm, even with over 100 this is problematic). Depending on the speed of your meta you will get left behind on experience counters and setup if you can't play anything. So more value 2 drops and 3 drops will smooth the deck out.

Spore Frog

Wood Elves

Viscera Seer

Yahenni, Undying Partisan

I would also recommend Shadowborn Demon quite heavily in any meren deck. Surprise catch most kill with a slow sac outlet in a pinch (with a 5/6 flying body when you are adequately set up).

A question you want to ask yourself while cutting/swapping with this deck is: What do I want my mid/late game to look like?

Do you want combos? (Death's Presence, Corpsejack Menace, Butcher of Malakir)

Do you want tutor? (Razaketh, the Foulblooded, Protean Hulk, Rune-Scarred Demon

Do you want fatty beats? (Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, etc)

Is this deck focused more on multiplayer amongst friends, store multiplayer, or 1v1?

MortalWombat5 on Manaless Dredge

3 months ago

@JakeBreake You go second so that you can draw then discard a dredger at the end of the turn to get going. Then you win by recurring Ichorid, Narcomoeba, Nether Shadow and Bridge from Below tokens and beating face, or by Dread Returning a Balustrade Spy and dumping your entire deck into the graveyard, then Dread Return Flayer of the Hatebound then Golgari Grave-Troll to deal damage equal to the number of cards in your graveyard.

Force_of_Willb on No Deck, No Problem

4 months ago

Personally I think drawing cards might be two slow (unless comboing out). I would attempt a self mill in one shot with Mana Severance+Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer, or remove library with Selective Memory+Treasure Hunt

With the self mill option you can have one copy of Laboratory Maniac, 4x Narcomoeba and Dread Return to get the maniac in play after comboing out. Then the rest of your cards can be draw and counters/removal/disruption etc to protect your combo.

The remove library plan can fit in your current strategy but note treasure hunt does not draw the cards so It doesnt work with the crawler.

Also remove the bad draw spells Divination and Succumb to Temptation and Take Inventory is pointless with only two copies as the best it can get is draw 2 for two. look into Brainstorm, Serum Visions, Ponder if its casual and not banned in your group, even the new standard cards Chart A Course and Pull from Tomorrow are better than the current draw in the deck.

Lastly if the looter is important to have on turn 2, then its better to have more than one copy.

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