Balustrade Spy


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

Force_of_Willb on No Deck, No Problem

3 weeks 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.

Funkydiscogod on What are those "land" things you're talking about?

1 month ago

The classic 0-land-deck uses Dread Return to bring back a Balustrade Spy, and dredge up a storm.

Shane on I think I'll save the 2 grand

2 months ago

Love this deck. Also not sure if you knew this, (I only just found out) you can arrange the cards you dump from Balustrade Spy in any order.

Shane on Rules on ordering your graveyard

2 months ago

I was looking at a no land legacy dredge deck and came across the card Balustrade Spy. The deck used lots of cards that interact with the order of cards in your yard. So I'm wondering if I reveal my deck with the spy, is there any rules saying what order I put those cards into my yard or no? Or can I just order them to be bonkers?

Funkydiscogod on

2 months ago

Eleven Wastes?

I expected a "Look Ma, no Land" deck to have 0 lands, and some combination of Dread Return and Balustrade Spy to fetch Narcomoeba and Bridge from Below and whatever.

What a let down.

Zhorus_The_Bauqret on My new Modern deck

3 months ago

Mainboard: +Lotleth Troll, +Dakmor Salvage, -Westvale Abbey, -Sequestered Stash, -1Mortal Combat, -Spider Spawning, -Gnaw to the Bone, -4Forest, +Balustrade Spy, +Stinkweed Imp,(maybes but expensive) +Life from the Loam, +Vengevine, +Bloodghast, +Gravecrawler, Fetch and Shock Lands (reduces lands in deck, which is an advantage for Mortal Combat).

Sideboard: +Abrupt Decay, +Gnaw to the Bone, +Spider Spawning.

Spazik008 on

4 months ago

in case you were interested, there's an old "no lands" deck that wins through Laboratory Maniac. To pull the combo off you simply cast Balustrade Spy and then mill yourself for your entire deck. Upon doing so, the 4 Narcomoeba in the deck trigger, and then you can sacrifice them to flashback Dread Return. You use the Dread Return to resummon Angel of Glory's Rise, which in turn brings back Laboratory Maniac and Azami, Lady of Scrolls. You use Azami, Lady of Scrolls to draw a card, at which point you win through Laboratory Maniac.

It may sound crazy, but in the right deck it can go off pretty consistently. If you're playing against some casuals trying to summon big creatures they will absolutely get wrecked.

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