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

vibe3000 on Look Ma! No Lands!

4 days ago

supermill you chose to be on the draw so you will have to discard first. The best card to discard in my opinion is Phantasmagorian then pass the turn. On their end step, discard 3 cards to return Phantasmagorian to your hand(you can even stack the triggers and discard 6 cards.) then on your upkeep, if you have Nether Shadow or Ichorid in your graveyard, return them to play. On your draw step, you should have a Dredge card in your yard, so dredge them out. Put any Narcomoeba you dredge out into play. Sac three creatures to flash back Dread Return and reanimate Balustrade Spy to mill over your entire deck. If you have any Bridge from Below in the yard you get zombies and more Narcomoebas. Sac the Narcomoeba and Balustrade Spy and zombies to flashback another Dread Return to reanimate Flayer of the Hatebound then sac the rest of the zombies to flashback a third Dread Return to reanimate Golgari Grave-Troll and do about 39 points of direct damage off the Flayer of the Hatebound Trigger. I realise this is probably hard to understand if you're new to the game considering this is one of the most complex combo decks out there.

tyforthevenom on would playing lions eye diamond ...

5 days ago

i know it's listed as a combo deck but i mean my "Balustrade Spy Flayer of the Hatebound Golgari Grave-Troll" that can insta win me the game or instantly lose it because if any part of it gets countered after i resolve spy's ability i am decked

tyforthevenom on 2014-11-19 update of Who needs ...

5 days ago

superwill123 turn 1 either play lions eye diamond or do nothing (remember to play on the draw) turn 2 dredge turn 3 dredge and basically repeatedly dredge and overrun them with zambie tokens or use the combo on return Balustrade Spy mill yourself then return Flayer of the Hatebound then return Golgari Grave-Troll

iamsum1gr8 on I cast this, no this, ...

6 days ago

this is my belcher list for modern designed to end up with no land left in the deck, something similar is possibly viable for you.

if you take out the Goblin Charbelcher, Fabricate, Blood Moon, possibly even the Simian Spirit Guide, that leaves you with 11 slots for 4xUndercity Informer, 1xPhantasmagorian, 1xUnburial Rites, 1xAngel of Glory's Rise, 1xAzami, Lady of Scrolls, 1xLaboratory Maniac and 2xBalustrade Spy. if you focus on Undercity Informer you can cast it one turn and activate the next, meaning you only have to get to 5 mana, instead of 8, also with all the mana dorks running around you don't have to have pulled all your lands out, you can use him multiple times.

some tweaking of the manabase would be necessary, but switching the two shocklands for the other two is probably all that is required. maybe the fourth Birds of Paradise over an Arbor Elf or something. Utopia Sprawl is you're friend here though, so maybe not.

tyforthevenom on would playing lions eye diamond ...

6 days ago

I'm Running both my deck doesn't really need 4 Balustrade Spy or Greater Mossdog nor does the sideboard need 4 Ashen Rider

jorjo10 on Mana? Why would I need it? (possible T2 kill)

1 week ago

Not at all. The thing is that when you mill cards, the all enter your graveyard at the same time - so when the Balustrade Spy hits the field you just take the library and put it into the yard, except for the Blightsteel Colossus. The Colossus is here for the cases when I somehow run out of Dread Returns and can't win via combo and am forced to finish my opponent in the following turn by attacking and against Show and Tell decks where when they play it we drop the Spy and because of the Colossus we have the one turn we need to kill our opponent.

But back again to your question: The Colossus will not ruin milling our library.

Srcsqwrn on Mana? Why would I need it? (possible T2 kill)

1 week ago

I'm a little confused on Blightsteel Colossus.If it hits your graveyard, the moment it goes there it triggers. So you then have to show it and shuffle it.In that case, would that not mean that Balustrade Spy becomes useless, as you mill your library, and instantly shuffle it back in?

Sorry, I may lack the knowledge to understand this, I've not been playing for an incredibly long time.

lemmingllama on Oops all spells vs modern ...

1 week ago

Just as a joke, you could 3x Simian Spirit Guide/Chancellor of the Tangle then Manamorphose, playing Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer. Mill them and they lose on their drawstep since all of an Oops all spells deck win conditions are sorcery speed.

Also I agree with vampirelazarus, its silly to think that Legacy and Modern decks should be comparable. And assuming it is a Modern version of Oops all spells, then they are sacrificing all of the consistency that the deck has just to try and hope for a magical Christmas land hand. Price

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Cardhoarder (MTGO) Price

Normal Foil
0.02 TIX 0.02 TIX
Power / Toughness 2/3
Color(s) Black
Cost 3B
Converted cost 4
Avg. draft pick 8.87
Avg. cube pick 6.07


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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