Balustrade Spy

Balustrade Spy

Creature — Vampire Rogue

Flying When 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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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
Iconic Masters (IMA) Common
Gatecrash (GTC) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Balustrade Spy Discussion

lagotripha on Dimir Inverter (help wanted)

1 week ago

Undercity Informer and Balustrade Spy are pioneer legal, which combined with a low land count can empty the deck very fast. Pioneer 'Belcher' was my take on it, but Its been a long time since those first few weeks of the format.

Thassa's oracle makes such lists a lot, lot better. Between oracle, Stitcher's Supplier and Balustrade Spy, you might even want to lean to flicker effects - Displace, Illusionist's Stratagem or Thassa, Deep-Dwelling, which opens up etb value cards as a maindeck plan.

thitev on Manaless Dredge

2 weeks ago

The discard Pharaoh tricks and discarding dredgers with Unmask was new to me, so thanks for this guide! But I disagree on some points:

According to my calculation the likelihood of having at least one dredge card in the 7 card starting hand is

for 13 dredgers in deck: 1-(60-13)!(60-7)!/(60!(60-13-7)!)= 83,7%

for 14 dredgers in deck: 1-(60-14)!(60-7)!/(60!(60-14-7)!)= 86,1%

for 15 dredgers in deck: 1-(60-15)!(60-7)!/(60!(60-15-7)!)= 88,2%

So maybe you can get away with running only 13 dredgers ??

Also I think that Balustrade Spy (or Whirlpool Drake) is as good or better than Ashen Rider in almost all situations:

-fair blue matchups: winning anyway without Dread Return

-Stompy: if they have Trinisphere, no dread return anyway; if they dont have it and aggro us spy wins the game

-dark depths: spy = win

-show and tell: put spy into play; if we have Progenitus/Worldspine Wurm/... in deck we win. If Whirlpool Drake is used, those "shuffle back" cards are not needed, so no slot gets used up by it. If they put Progenitus into play, Ashen Rider doesn't kill it.

-Elephant Grass: Lotleth Giant doesn't care, spy wins

-Glacial Chasm: Ashen Rider is better unless the wincon is Thassa's Oracle

In all of these cases Balustrade Spy wins on the spot, not giving your opponent more turns to draw cards. Only drawback is you have to put a finisher like Lotleth Giant/Thassa's Oracle/Flame-Kin Zealot/... into your deck for the immediate kill, but without that you still get lots of Narcomoebas, zombies, etc and don't lose the game next turn as long as Progenitus is in deck or Golgari Thug is reanimated and sacced, so still enough time to attack with all the zombies.

mr_jooloo on Illuna Consultation [WIP]

1 month ago

No no no lonesentinel. The idea of this deck is similar to deck like Legacy Oops, All Spells!. Since there's no land on All Spells deck, Balustrade Spy and Undercity Informer mills my entire deck and the deck wins from there. This deck works like that too. After we tutor Thassa's Oracle somehow, the deck will contain no permanent. Then Illuna, Apex of Wishes exiles the entire deck, and play Oracle on empty library to win.

limitsoflogic on Dude, where are my lands?

2 months ago

Oh wait only the Balustrade Spy actually works... :(

limitsoflogic on Dude, where are my lands?

2 months ago

Oh yeah what about Mind Funeral, Mind Grind, Balustrade Spy or suchlike?

Could speed things up if you could get the mana to afford them no? Then you just play your Gitaxian Probe and ta-daa!

king-saproling on The Knight's Tale (Syr Konrad EDH)

4 months ago

Looks good! These may interest you:

muffpuncher on Chains and dead thangs

6 months ago

Fuck all that shiz. We're throwing out the old plan and starting from scratch. We're saying fuck the mill main plan and making it a sub plan now.

REMOVE: Worry Beads

Unwinding Clock

Ghoulcaller's Bell

Balustrade Spy

Sewer Nemesis

Undercity Informer

Never / Return

From Under the Floorboards - I think we can make more efficient zombies than this tbh.

ADD:

Josu Vess

Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Fleshbag Marauder

Liliana's Reaver

Gravespawn Sovereign

Soulless One

Rotting Rats

Undead Augur

Jet Medallion

and add any eldrazi you may have that causes you to shuffle your graveyard back into your LIBRARY

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