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

darthskat on Sidisi shenanigans!

2 days ago

Sidisi's token ability on triggers if a creature card is milled. With 26 creautes, if you mill 4 cards, youd only get 1 2/2 zombie token and 3 "dead cards". I think you need to run more creatures but more specifically creatures that help you mill. Once you have your commander out, cards like Satyr Wayfinder will give you a land in hand and up to 3 2/2 zombies on the battlefield for 2 mana. Balustrade Spy can target youself and throw a shit ton into your yard Sultai Soothsayer can help dig as well.

Snapcaster lets you go get the spells that you milled by accident.

Doubling Season, Mesmeric Orb, Crucible of Worlds, Coat of Arms, Life from the Loam and Golgari Thug will be your superstars here but i think you should lose some non-creature spells and really load up on fun creatures that play off of Sidisi. I would want around 50 creature spells so im not whiffing on his triggered ability.

a fun suggestion that you could totally ignore and i wont be insulted it to go full on zombies. Your already running Diregraf Captain (i love this card), and your going to be getting a ton of 2/2 tokens entering the battlefield. cards like Noxious Ghoul can become a 1-sided board wipe. i always get confused but i think tokens do hit the yard if they die then immediately get exiled, if thats true, Vengeful Dead is another great zombie if you decide to go tribal. Coffin Queen, Shambling Shell, Lord of the Undead, Gravecrawler, Undead Warchief, Phyrexian Delver, Geralf's Messenger, and lol Skaab Ruinator would be a beast you could just keep recasting.

Matth33w on Deathbringer

6 days ago

This deck looks good, but it seems like you cannot decide between the strategies and you just threw in every card. This is quite mixed, and you should think about a main strategie and stick to it. For example if you want to make it some golgari style you could add more creatures like 4x Satyr Wayfinder for selfmill, and cards like Spider Spawning and Nighthowler. And more creatures.

The deck also could use more remouval like Murderous Cut or Murder or Hero's Downfall or you can add some Drown in Sorrow it damages your creatures, but it fuels the nighthowler, and who cares, u have plenty of creatures!

You can also add some early creatures with benefits for example Pharika's Chosen or Typhoid Rats and if you want to make a golgari deck you should add a Nemesis of MortalsI have a similar deck, and I have cards like Treasured Find or you can use the Champion of Stray Souls with undying very well! Cards like Young Wolf or Strangleroot Geist. For more selfmill you can try the Balustrade Spy or the Necromancer's Assistant

GlissasTraitor on Time to Win (Turn One Win!)

1 month ago

Street Wraith is there inorder to draw to get the cards I need as I dont have mana. Same reason for using Dread Return instead of Exhume. I dont have the extra mana to be spending on cards other than Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer. You have to remember this ALL happens on my turn 1. There is not a turn 2. Also Goblin Charbelcher and the entire sideboard is in there inorder to answer cards that exile my grave. Therefore I have no need for a grave. I didnt use a Mountain bc I have no way of knowing where its gonna be at. Besides even without it Im still doing somewhere around 50ish damage so it doesnt really matter. Pact of Negation was a good suggestion though thanks! Im going to figure out how to fit it in there.

mtg_deckmaster on Lands? Who needs lands?

1 month ago

Isn't 2 Flayer of the Hatebound a bit excessive? When you dump the entire deck, you'll only need 1, then you just bring back a Golgari Grave-Troll and win on the spot. I also think that all 4 Balustrade Spys is a bit unnecessary. 3 is enough. My preferred mix for Manaless Dredge is:

3 Spies

3 Chancellors

4 Probes

1 Flayer

zossthunder on Lands? Who needs lands?

1 month ago

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant doesn't work that good in the deck because with dredge or the Balustrade Spy you flip all the cards at once and you would only make one token. The problem with the other cards is actually playing them... You really don't need to cast a huge Empty the Pits, since you would have to wait another turn to win the game, it is simply best to revive a Flayer of the Hatebound and a Golgari Grave-Troll, and straight out win the game :P

drakendark on Lands? Who needs lands?

1 month ago

I was scrolling around tappedout browsing decks, when I saw a card that instantly made me think of this deck.

I haven't really crunched any numbers, but I'm thinking Sidisi, Brood Tyrant would be a more efficient and fun way to create zombie tokens in your deck.

all you have to do is revive him with Cabal Therapy or Dread Return and then revive a Balustrade Spy all the creature cards that enter the graveyard are instant tokens... no sacking necessary like you would need to trigger the Bridge from Below.

maybe use both Sidisi, Brood Tyrant and Bridge from Below for uber zombie production

I was also toying with the idea of tweaking the deck to utilize Blood Vassal and Empty the Pits after Balustrade Spy dumps the deck in the graveyard... but I don't know if that is just over complicating things because the pits would need to be in hand in addition to the other pieces being in place. would appreciate your thoughts and insight.

altpunk on Lazav's Master Mill

1 month ago

I like the idea of milling in commander. As there is only one of each card you can neutralise several win conditions very shortly (albeit with a lot of luck). Perhaps worth shoehorning in a Balustrade Spy. Also may be worth grabbing a Wight of Precinct Six so that you can swing big. I mean 100 cards is a lot to mill, especially when you're up against the commander damage, poison and standard damage win cons. What have you put in to make use of your milling to win without necessarily having to cause (what is essentially) 100 points of damage?

awesomeguy37 on comboing out of modern

1 month ago

In legacy, the best combo deck (IMO) is Breakfast burrito.

You combo of T1/T2 by milling your whole deck with Balustrade Spy and then get Laboratory Maniac onto the field to win...

It is very fun (and relatively easy/cheap) to play as well.

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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