Dimir Spybug


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Uncommon

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Dimir Spybug

Creature — Insect


Menace *(This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.) *

Whenever you surveil, put a +1/+1 counter on Dimir Spybug.

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Dimir Spybug Discussion

BrandonNass on UB - Surveil

2 days ago

After playing this deck a bit, I learned a few things. Dimir Spybug is fantastic, cheap, gets big quickly, and is hard to block. Thoughtbound Phantasm is also good. A 2/2 for U is already good, and it gets big and loses defender quickly. Nightveil Sprite is the repeatable surveil trigger that makes them both shine.

Price of Fame is okay even without a legendary target, but only due to the surveil. Thought Erasure is well-costed, effective, and a great surveil card. Sinister Sabotage and Unexplained Disappearance are both good. Creeping Chill is okay, but only really if you cast it from the graveyard for free. Notion Rain is great, and has amazing artwork IMO. Not much to say about Sinister Sabotage, it is Cancel with surveil attached. Disinformation Campaign is disappointing without surveil in it, and Enhanced Surveillance is best limited to 2 per deck.

hydrothermia on Janky Sultai Surveil

2 days ago

Welcome to Tapped Out!

I too am running a Sultai deck in Standard currently, so good luck in your endeavors.

It would probably be a good idea to show the land base to know how balanced or unbalanced it is. Currently you're at a 2.46 CMC average meaning you should probably have 24 lands, but you do have Llanowar Elves, so you could get away with 23. Though I'd invest in some Evolving Wilds if you can't get a hold of any of the following lands: Drowned Catacomb, Hinterland Harbor, Overgrown Tomb, Watery Grave or Woodland Cemetery. That will allow you to search for a land in the event you only get two colors during your first couple of turns.

I'd look into Ochran Assassin as it has good synergy with Vraska, Golgari Queen, allowing you to use a creature that doesn't need to be unblockable. Thoughtbound Phantasm and Dimir Spybug would be good additions here. Instead of Demon of Catastrophes, Doom Whisperer is a primo card right now.

You could also use Enhanced Surveillance and Gaea's Blessing to recycle your graveyard back into your library after you get a flipped Search for Azcanta.

xhuggels on Abusive Surveillance, Volume One

3 days ago

the problem is some of the spells in this brew cannot be used to its full potencial. Unexplained Disappearance for example is very limited in its use as opposed to what it should be. normally you can use it to protect one of your creatures, but you lose so much trying to save a beefy Dimir Spybug or Thoughtbound Phantasm, and it takes so long to build them into something strong that its just not worth it. Creeping Chill has to be in the deck or else Notion Rain and Doom Whisperer will just kill you. if you dont draw Creeping Chill its very risky to cast or use the those spells against red decks since they do a good enough job taking your lifepoints without you helping them. Dimir surveil can be very ying and yang, opposites trying to balance one another out. its a difficult deck to pilot, as no decision is an easy one.

NEXIS_PRIME on Dimir Disinformation

6 days ago

I could see Demon of Catastrophes being the budget replacement for Doom Whisperer. I wouldn't want switch them though. The surveil ability on the doom whisperer synergizes too well with Dimir Spybug and Thoughtbound Phantasm. I know it isn't the same, but I've been play testing this deck on Arena, and that ability has won me multiple games.

Finix54eva on Is the new Lazav good enough for standard?

1 week ago

Hi Orion93

Firstly, Shalai, Voice of Plenty isn't a problem as board wipes with 'all' and not 'each' will hit creatures with Hexproof. Second, you can remove Nullhide Ferox's Hexproof using his own ability and Shalai, Voice of Plenty, herself, doesn't have Hexproof. Thirdly, if you are going to use Lazav, the Multifarious you need to have creatures in your graveyard and I don't see you running worthwhile creatures to copy.

If you are running for surveil then run 4 Dimir Spybug and 4 Thoughtbound Phantasm as they are going to become the important parts of your deck.

You say that Enhanced Surveillance serves to throw away unneeded cards away, but then you say it is used to save your graveyard from exile, so what perpose does it serve if you are just putting the unneeded cards back into your deck again.

Dimir and control decks like it live mostly in the opponents turn so having more instants than sorceries, having creatures with flash and low cost sorceries will help you conserve mana for your opponent's turn, in order to respond to their plays properly.

Overall, I your deck needs to be more focused on what it is trying to do whether control, mill, graveyard control, etc. I do suggest that you, in this type of deck run Chart a Course instead of Notion Rain as I feel in this current deck you are going to attack instead of going for other means of winning, and because Chart a Course is cheaper than Notion Rain and you don't lose life when you use it.

In conclusion you should rethink your deck and come up with a better one which is more concentrated on what you want to do in your games.

Good luck with your deck and come back to me when you've had some development.


Chainer_the_Dementia_Master on Dimir Surveil (1st attempt)

1 week ago

Dimir Spybug belongs in the main deck. Easily one of the best payoffs for a "Turbo Surveil" style deck. Personally, I'd replace both the Whispering Snitches and the Whisper Agents with them. In testing this strategy myself I found both of them very underwhelming. Haven't tried out House Guildmage, but could see how it would be good, especially if you're in a position where you can't attack every turn. I've also been using Nightveil Sprite as an additional enabler as well.

MTGHGC on Avail, Dimir Surveil!

1 week ago

Thanks for the help! I agree with most of what you said and have made a few changes (still tweaking)

Do you mind explaining the Lazav, the Multifarious interaction with Dimir Spybug / Thoughtbound Phantasm ? I didn't know you could pay for abilities before a creature had ETB'd.

Zacoly on Etrata Bombardment

1 week ago

You're at 64 cards,

If this were mine I'd cut

2x Barrier of Bones (sideboard vs Aggro... maybe?)

2x Wall of Mist (sideboard vs Aggro... maybe?)

2x Dimir Locket Awesome in limited, kinda bad here. A bit slow and you have 4x Sinister Sabotage which is a WAY better turn 3 play.

That would leave room for 2 new cards!

+2 Admiral's Order (AMAZING protection for attackers) OR +2 Curious Obsession sounds decent on paper is AWESOME on Nightveil Sprite (surveil right before you draw) or Dimir Spybug (extremely hard to block so he gets in for draws REALLY easily)

I play both in my Dimir deck and Curious Obsession is GREAT!

Mission Briefing is GOOD!!! You Surviel BEFORE you pick a card to copy, MEANING you can pick a card that you just put there by survieling with Mission Briefing it'self. AND you have until the end of the turn to cast... whatever you picked. You don't have to cast it right then... :) Kinda mana expensive... SUPER VERSATILE! If you have them, try them out!

One last card to consider might be either Dire Fleet Poisoner or Price of Fame. Both behave like instant speed removal, the poisoner flash-blocks to get past hex-proof!!! (Ignore his textbox besides the FLASH+DEATHTOUCH) He's pretty decent.

I'm still pumped from last FNM!!! My Dimir deck did pretty dang well!

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