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
1 week ago
I don't play commander/EDH but I had thought about it before. I would imagine that you would have to have a way of tutoring up what you need since there is a definite lack of variations of cards that are needed. For example, even with the lack non-land mana generators and using something like Mana Severance and lands you would still be stuck with only two cards to self mill fast enough Undercity Informer and Balustrade Spy. As I noted above it is best to have one of these in your opening hand. Instead of a 8/60 or 2/15 chance you are looking at a 2/100 or 1/50 chance of getting one. There are many cases like this. Also there are no sideboards in Commander/EDH so you would have to have the sideboard in your main deck leaving you with even more cards you likely wouldn't want on turn 1. I am not saying it is impossible to do but would be extremely difficult. You could likely take the sideboard (with a replacement for the 2nd Oblivion Ring I know there is something that would work I just can't think of the card off the top of my head) and build a deck around it. It would be quite different and though the end result may be the same it would work quite differently getting there. There is also the lack of good 5 color commanders for a deck like this. The commander would likely end up just being for show.
1 month ago
Looks pretty good! A few cards i'd look into adding are Urge to Feed, Lord of Lineage Flip and Captivating Vampire as they pump your team, and Blade of the Bloodchief. I would also consider cutting Balustrade Spy (If your goal is to win through damage this doesn't help much), Crypt Incursion, and Crippling Blight.
1 month ago
Glimpse the Unthinkable would be amazing if it was not so expensive.
Certainly not limited when it comes to Dimir Mill cards. Plenty of great options!
And almost any Dimir theme is certain to be wicked!
I'm excited to see what you come up with!
1 month ago
I think you lose more from being manaless than gain anything. You lose so much speed and tempo by playing this deck over regular dredge, it is insane. This deck gets little to no mileage out Bridge, has to have a great opening hand (Cantrips are necessary to go off, but you never draw for your turn with this deck, so you have to have them in the opener), does not actually have the quinteessentinal Balustrade Spy plan to mill your whole deck (aside from cost, the only reason to go manaless)...
The only reason to run this deck over anything else is to say "hey, I am not playing lands". Adding 12 lands, Greater Gargadon, Bloodghast, Prized Amalgam will give you a different take on current dredge lists that is just as powerful.
2 months ago
So you need to cut cards, let's see.
You have 2 copies of Yosei, the Morning Star.
Balustrade Spy won't necessarily fill your graveyard with creatures and is a small body.
Beacon of Unrest costs a bit more than you want for this kind of reanimator deck (and this is a streamlined list).
Now we have 100 cards. Additional cuts
Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts is one of my favourite cards, but she doesn't do much here other than put up defenses, which you should be able to do well without her.
2 months ago
*combos! Epiphany at the Drownyard is simply a REALLY EASY way to start them (compared to other risky cards like Balustrade Spy as seen here: http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/modern-all-spells-no-lands/).
2 months ago
Strionic Resonator Should be in here. Reason being is because you can copy ETB triggers, copy Alesha's trigger (pay 4 mana, reanimate two creatures).
I'm not sure what your meta is like, but having some sort of 'combo' is also a good way to close out the game. Reveillark and Karmic Guide with a sac outlet is a win. Hell, even just with Ashnod's Altar you have infinite colorless mana. Add in a card like Altar of Dementia and Mindcrank seems good.
If you go more so the reanimator style, you'll need ways to fill your graveyard and I feel the best way to do that is either tutor and put it in the grave ((Entomb, Buried Alive)), discard cards ((Olivia, Mobilized for War, Cathartic Reunion, Tormenting Voice, Nahiri, the Harbinger, Key to the City))or milling yourself ((Balustrade Spy, Mesmeric Orb, Undercity Informer, Altar of Dementia. Some cards let you filter things easier and discarding cards to draw cards seems like a good way. If you can do it every turn it just gets better.
I also don't see alot of life gain. Might be meta dependent, but having some way to gain life is good. Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Disciple of Bolas, Whip of Erebos are all good ways. (even Sorin, Solemn Visitor)
Playing creatures for 0/0 power and toughness is a good way to get in too. Pentavus is a great example. Even if it dies you can remove counters and leave a small army behind!