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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
2 weeks ago
An interesting, different choice would be Anafenza, the Foremost. Equipped with Trepanation Blade and aided by Keening Stone, you can exile a lot of threats before they hit your opponents' hands. Geth, Lord of the Vault and Balustrade Spy also would not be remiss.
4 weeks ago
If you haven't tried it already, you can just do a pure jank degenerate combo like Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer with 4Narcomoeba and Dread Return back Angel of Glory's Rise Azami, Lady of Scrolls and Laboratory Maniac you just have to run stuff like Lotus Petal and Simian Spirit Guide so you can have no lands in your deck. It's pretty fun tbh. Not really zombies tho. And preeeeeeety jank
2 months ago
If you are a combo player, then you might want to consider adding the following cards:
- Leyline of Anticipation allows you to flash in your spells.
- Free Mana Accelerators, such as Mox Opal, Lotus Petal, Simian Spirit Guide, etc.
- Immortal Coil (cannot be used alongside Lotus Petal or Balustrade Spy and any one mana draw spell.
Theoretically, this would allow you to lose the game on the very first upkeep, regardless of who starts.
2 months ago
If Prized Analgam reanimates on your end step, how do you use it for sacrifice if you deck yourself the following turn? It was my understanding that you can't dredge unless you have the cards required to mill.
2 months ago
direct budget swaps that are better most of the time.
I would say your curve is a tad high (average 4.03 atm, even with over 100 this is problematic). Depending on the speed of your meta you will get left behind on experience counters and setup if you can't play anything. So more value 2 drops and 3 drops will smooth the deck out.
I would also recommend Shadowborn Demon quite heavily in any meren deck. Surprise catch most kill with a slow sac outlet in a pinch (with a 5/6 flying body when you are adequately set up).
A question you want to ask yourself while cutting/swapping with this deck is: What do I want my mid/late game to look like?
Do you want fatty beats? (Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, etc)
Is this deck focused more on multiplayer amongst friends, store multiplayer, or 1v1?
3 months ago
@JakeBreake You go second so that you can draw then discard a dredger at the end of the turn to get going. Then you win by recurring Ichorid, Narcomoeba, Nether Shadow and Bridge from Below tokens and beating face, or by Dread Returning a Balustrade Spy and dumping your entire deck into the graveyard, then Dread Return Flayer of the Hatebound then Golgari Grave-Troll to deal damage equal to the number of cards in your graveyard.
4 months ago
Personally I think drawing cards might be two slow (unless comboing out). I would attempt a self mill in one shot with Mana Severance+Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer, or remove library with Selective Memory+Treasure Hunt
With the self mill option you can have one copy of Laboratory Maniac, 4x Narcomoeba and Dread Return to get the maniac in play after comboing out. Then the rest of your cards can be draw and counters/removal/disruption etc to protect your combo.
The remove library plan can fit in your current strategy but note treasure hunt does not draw the cards so It doesnt work with the crawler.
Also remove the bad draw spells Divination and Succumb to Temptation and Take Inventory is pointless with only two copies as the best it can get is draw 2 for two. look into Brainstorm, Serum Visions, Ponder if its casual and not banned in your group, even the new standard cards Chart A Course and Pull from Tomorrow are better than the current draw in the deck.
Lastly if the looter is important to have on turn 2, then its better to have more than one copy.