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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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Balustrade Spy Discussion

LordofThieves on Mill Stone

5 days ago

Okay, to preface this entire comment, I'm not particularly experienced with standard, so take this with a grain of salt.

Now that that's out of the way, there are a couple deficiencies I see here:


Personally, I wouldn't play more than 25 lands in a 60 card deck unless I had a reason to. I would suggest taking out a couple swamps and a couple islands, and probably only running about 2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . Don't get me wrong, the Tomb is a great card, but it sucks when you draw more than one because then you have a dead card in hand. Also, unless you have all of these lands, you'll be dumping a bit of money on them. If money is no object, go right ahead. I would still say take out a couple lands, as doing so would free up some room for more cards that actually allow you to mill.


While your creatures are all pretty good, they don't feel like they really belong in this deck. I wouldn't suggest running Fate Unraveler or Hypnotic Siren unless you just need creatures to bulk up the deck. If you're thinking of going with a slower, controlling mill, I would suggest the following:

Grisly Spectacle : Destroying creatures is always nice, and since this only costs one more than Murder , you might consider running it. Psychic Strike : Like Countermand , only cheaper. Mainboard a couple Phenax, God of Deception s. He's great for milling someone at end of turn, especially with your defenders. Wall of Frost : Goes well with Phenax for milling at the end of an opponent's turn with your defenders. Devour Flesh : I know it might seem a bit risky to be giving an opponent life, but you aren't going to care much about their life total anyway. Also, getting rid of a creature is pretty great. Balustrade Spy : As good as having a defender as good as Wall of Frost is, it's always relevant to have flyers. It mills a bit, which is a nice added bonus. Other than that, here are some others: Returned Centaur , Undercity Informer (only if you're running an aggressive mill/graveyard recursion strategy), Mind Grind , and finally Paranoid Delusions (again, only if you're going aggressive). Sorry for the wall of text. Hope this helps.

hackerheck on Nightmare Mill

6 days ago

I'd replace both Cerulean Wisps and Twisted Image with Thought Scour since it'll help with the milling as well as act as the cantrip you want. Also, I think the deck would be better if you focused on the milling aspect and cut out the proliferate. It looks like you've got a good start on a proliferate deck but I don't think this should be it. For replacements I'd look at consuming abberation and Induce Paranoia . Also, I think both Warden of Evos Isle and War-Wing Siren could be replaced. For those I'd suggest Jace's Phantasm and Balustrade Spy . Just my 2 cents! Good luck with whatever you decide to do though!

brokendwarf on No Land Combo

1 week ago

ZenoZero: The deck should go off on the first turn in the best situation, which is at least half of the time. It should go something like this:

1) Use card draws and mana creators (like Chrome Mox , Lotus Petal , or Dark Ritual , just as examples) to play Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer and mill your entire deck because you have no lands.

2) 4 Narcomoeba will come back to the battlefield as a result of the mill. Flashback Dread Return by sacrificing three Narcomoeba s. Target Angel of Glory's Rise to get Azami, Lady of Scrolls and Laboratory Maniac onto the battlefield from your graveyard, since you are completely milled (you'll get some other dudes, but you don't care about them).

3) Using Azami, Lady of Scrolls 's ability, tap either herself or Laboratory Maniac (both are wizards) to attempt to draw a card. Normally when you draw a card while you have no library you lose the game, but Laboratory Maniac says you win instead.

caiopsg on Black in blue

2 weeks ago

Nullify e bem melhor que Essence Scatter . Clout of the Dominus pode ser interessante para proteger as suas criaturas e deixa-las mais fortes. Se voce ficar atacando com criaturas inbloqueaveis, ok, mas sua defesa fica a desejar...Fog Bank pode resolver o seu problema (ainda mais se voce proteje-la com Clout of the Dominus ). O Profane Memento vai sair na proxima edicao, M15, e acredito que lhe sera uma excelente fonte de vida. Void Snare tambem e da M15, e na minha opiniao subistitui Unsummon sem pensar duas vezes. Se voce quiser dar as suas criaturas uma "durabilidade" maior, use Skeletal Grimace . Ao inves de Murder eu prefiro a combinacao de Doom Blade no mainboard e Dark Betrayal no sideboard...seus assassinatos ficarao mais rapidos. Lifelink e realmente interessante, entao vale a pena ficar de olho em Eternal Thirst da edicao M15 - pois afinal voce nao precisa de voar que Gift of Orzhova da, ja que suas criaturas sao inbloqueaveis. Eu removeria os Psychic Strike pois o teu deck nao se beneficia com o descarte de cartas do grimorio do oponente. Seria melhor ter mais dois Nullify ou Cancel . Quanto aos terrenos, eu ficaria com 4 Dimir Guildgate , 9 ilhas e 9 pantanos. Aqueous Form esta quase so ocupando espaco no deck...suas criaturas ja sao inbloqueaveis - com excecao de Canker Abomination , claro. Mas justifica 4 Aqueous Form para 2 Canker Abomination ? Eu acho que nao. Considere Ogre Marauder no lugar de Balustrade Spy . Mais uma vez, seu deck nao ganha muito com o descarte de grimorio do oponente, mas com sacrificio de criatura, sim, e muito. Se voce gostou de vampiros Guul Draz Vampire me pareceu muito bom. Latch Seeker tambem parece uma boa criatura. Mask of Riddles e um artefato que voce deveria pensar sobre.

OcelotProblems on Test Black Discard Deck

2 weeks ago

Not a fan of Black Cat since he's terrible. He could be less terrible if you have a way to kill him off like Altar's Reap or Undercity Informer , which could fill the spot currently held by Cremate . I think that would be fun to combo up with Dictate of Erebos . Better yet, replace it with something like Ashiok's Adept and then later enchant it with Ordeal of Erebos for some discard to go with that discard, Drainpipe Vermin is essentially the same card as Black Cat except you can cast it turn 1. I briefly considered Tormented Thoughts but you don't have a creature that would be beneficial to kill off at that mana cost.

Down / Dirty is a slightly more expensive Mind Rot if you are into that kind of thing. (I'm not). However, maybe you could make Mental Vapors a thing. Try it on a creature like Xathrid Slyblade for hexproof shenanigans.

Disciple of Phenax could be a defensive drop that causes discard. Slate Street Ruffian could also be a pain for them.

Balustrade Spy isn't exactly discard, but he'd combo well with Rise of the Dark Realms

I'm a huge fan of Bile Blight as a replacement for Doom Blade .

Dalektable on endless combo

2 weeks ago

I've seen a similar deck that has the same win con, though achieves it a different way. It uses no lands, just things like Lotus Petal and other things I can't remember. The reason for the no lands is because you mill yourself with Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer . I believe the deck may be called "Oops all spells"? I'm not really sure though, I don't play legacy at all.

J6Prince on Fire in the Night

3 weeks ago

@amo4b88 Good For you getting into a new format of play is really tough to do not to mention making a deck for one, trust me I would know. You have a theme thats all good and fun but with an EDH Deck your not really building around a theme, you are supposed to build around you commander and their ability and adding cards that help help you defeat your opponent Take your comander for example Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker , he allows you to mill you opponent when he attacks and they have to go till they reveal 4 lands that is a great ability however not all of your cards help him mill your opponent faster, if thats the way u want to go. I don't see how cards like Dungeon Shade or Wind Drake Will help they dont really do anything for you however carsd like Balustrade Spy and Mindeye Drake do a lot for you here. What you need to do is figure out what you want you deck to do all together as a whole than find a commander, or stay with Mirko if you want to go that direction and find cards that do the same thing or help you accomplish your goal no matter what one you draw. Sorry that was a lot to say hope it helps lord knows there are better people at this than me.

fastzero on No mana? No problem. Dredge

3 weeks ago

I dont think so, because the combo is put Balustrade Spy fastest u can with Dread Return , then Dread Return on Flayer of the Hatebound to Dread Return on Golgari Grave-Troll . I dont think flame-kin will make the combo better or faster. Price

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Power / Toughness 2/3
Color(s) B
Cost 3B
Converted cost 4
Avg. draft pick 10.21
Avg. cube pick 5.63


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

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common