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

Quicksilver on What's Dead May Never Die!

4 days ago

I love the idea of Game of Thrones themed deck. My suggestions:
Athreos, God of Passage - R'hllor, as well as the Sword of Light and Shadow
From your Maybeboard/Sideboard

  • Doomwake Giant - Hodor.
  • Odric, Master Tactician - As Stannis Baratheon.
  • Eidolon of Countless Battles - Beric Dondarrion.
  • Balustrade Spy - Varys the Spider.
  • Underworld Coinsmith - Petyr Baelish.
  • Obzedat, Ghost Council - The Council.
  • Doomed Traveler - Any member of an entourage who dies from the series.
  • Spiteful Returned - White Walkers

  • Personal Recommendations:
  • Sword of Fire and Ice - in reference to the name of the series.
  • Snow-Covered Swamps and Snow-Covered Plains in reference to The Wall.
  • Teysa, Orzhov Scion - Cersei Lannister.
  • Elspeth, Sun's Champion - Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Bog Initiate will net you black mana from any sources including colorless so you can pay extort costs, also a good reference for Melisandre.
  • Bogbrew Witch - As Maggy The Frog. Goes well with the cauldron as well.
    I could go on, but I'd be here for hours. That should get you started. The Orzhov colors work really well here for referencing churches and the light/dark themes from the series.

  • CrimsonVision on Who needs lands?

    5 days ago

    @skrid54321 Although it would be good to have access to Mystic Retrieval, I just can't see how I could reliably cast it. The Lotus Blooms and mana producers of the deck are really all backups to hardcast Undercity Informer or Balustrade Spy in case I can't get an AEther Vial into play turn 1, which happens a lot lol. I'll look at it some more though, and test it a bit and come back with an update on it!

    sharoth on Balustrade Dredge

    5 days ago

    axeswinga115, while it is not particularly common, I have indeed lost a couple of games by having an opponent Reanimate my Balustrade Spy on their turn, and target me with the ability. The key thing to remember is that I lose if I would draw a card when my library is empty, but if I can find a way to keep a card in my library, or win before I have to draw, then I'm fine.

    This is why there is Progenitus in the sideboard, so even when I get fully milled, I still have one card in my library, and survive past my next draw step. This is a must board-in against Reanimator decks, for the above reason, and Show and Tell decks so I can drop in Balustrade Spy on their turn and win the next turn if they don't have the kill ready.

    I've also had a strange situation where my library was empty and my opponent passed the turn expecting that to be the game... however I had a Flayer of the Hatebound in play and was able to bring in all my Nether Shadow and Ichorid during upkeep, getting lethal damage on him before having to lose in my draw step.

    So while it can be a liability, so long as you know what matchups to look out for, and are prepared, you can avoid it.

    tyforthevenom on Who needs mana?

    1 week ago

    allthingsMTG I'll elaborate the combo, you sacrifice 3 creatures to pay for Dread Return targeting Balustrade Spy whose effect you target yourself with then you Dread Return Flayer of the Hatebound and finally Dread Return Golgari Grave-Troll

    allthingsMTG on Who needs mana?

    1 week ago

    How does Balustrade Spy work in this deck? Since you don't have any lands in your deck how does this function?

    beninator on Budget (Seriously?) Manaless Dredge

    1 week ago

    No Balustrade Spy? He's under a dollar and is a key card most manaless dredge decks.

    Jaceblue12 on 2015-04-16 update of Eccentricity in ...

    1 week ago

    Also, the Cabal Therapy count seems a bit high; you can sacrifice a Narcomoeba or Balustrade Spy to use its flashback

    ShamaLamaDingDong on What to do when an ...

    2 weeks ago

    Please format all cards.

    Balustrade Spy

    You would put all cards from your library into your hand. Rule:

    1/24/2013 If the target player has no land cards in his or her library, all cards from that library will be revealed and put into his or her graveyard.

    Power / Toughness 2/3
    Color(s) Black
    Cost 3B
    Converted cost 4
    Avg. draft pick 8.81
    Avg. cube pick 6.06


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

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    Set Rarity
    Gatecrash Common

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