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

king-saproling on Never Fear the Grave

1 month ago

You could include combo lines around Intruder Alarm , such as Alarm + Deranged Assistant + Hua Tuo, Honored Physician . There are actually a lot of cheap self-mill creatures that work here like Cathartic Adept , Vantress Gargoyle , and Millikin among many others. Drift of Phantasms could be nice to include here since it can find either Alarm or Hua Tuo.

Another good combo card is Mana Severance . You could follow it up with Balustrade Spy , Hermit Druid , or Undercity Informer to mill your whole library. This is good since you could then flashback Dread Return targeting Necrotic Ooze, which in turn is good if you toss in Necrotic Ooze combo lines (there are many) such as Phyrexian Devourer + Triskelion .

Another notable self-mill card is Cephalid Illusionist . With it and Lightning Greaves you can mill your whole library, 3 cards at a time. The 3 card chunks is significant since you'll get a bunch of triggers from Sidisi, so a finisher like the above-mentioned Necrotic Ooze combo may not be needed since you'll have tons of zombies. Dimir Infiltrator and Muddle the Mixture are nice here since they can find either combo piece.

Nemesis on Huge Banned & Restricted Announcement

2 months ago

B&R Announcement today and it's a doozy:

Historic:

Omnath, Locus of Creation is banned (from suspended).

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is banned.

Pioneer:

Balustrade Spy is banned.

Teferi, Time Raveler is banned.

Undercity Informer is banned.

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is banned.

Wilderness Reclamation is banned.

Modern:

Field of the Dead is banned.

Mystic Sanctuary is banned.

Simian Spirit Guide is banned.

Tibalt's Trickery is banned.

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is banned.

Legacy:

Arcum's Astrolabe is banned.

Dreadhorde Arcanist is banned.

Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned.

Vintage:

Lurrus of the Dream-Den is unbanned.

Also, Cascade has been changed so that it only works on the side of dfc/split cards that is below the casting cost of the cascade card.

Thoughts on this everyone?

VorelNailo on Milling Gone Rogue (Precon Upgrade Guide)[PRIMER]

2 months ago

Balustrade Spy at 4 mana sits at a very crowded part of our curve, where most of our card draw sits. I don't want to have to delay getting our card draw engine running for a turn; card advantage is how we keep up with more powerful commanders/decks.

Undercity Informer is interesting, but a 3cmc 2/3 with no evasion doesn't cut it, and we don't want to sacrifice any of our more evasive rogues or lords. The mill is nice, but with not sacrificing any of our other creatures it's just a worse Mind Grind , which didn't make the cut.

Thanks for your interest in the deck! Suggestions are always appreciated.

Yuri200X on RALLY THE HORDE COMBO (HOMEBREW)

2 months ago

Actually, osiczym, thinking about it... I guess the argument for why this works is the same argument for the following cards/interactions:

All of these have the implicit command of stopping the effect once the library count reaches zero...

So I guess there you go, that's why this works

Hawke15379 on List of all infinite combos 2.0

5 months ago

You have Mana Severance + Balustrade Spy as well as Mana Severance + Undercity Informer as infinite mill of ANY player...but mana severance can only remove your lands so how is that supposed to mill another player? Just curious what I'm missing. (I'm pretty new to mtg). I could see if you used both those combos on yourself and then played Thassa's Oracle then you could instant win the game but there are easier combos for that (Demonic Consultation + Thassa's Oracle or Tainted Pact + Thassa's Oracle for instant wins)

Meachman on Anowon's Rogues

6 months ago

Rogues that synergize with what you're doing: Balustrade Spy--mill + evasion Blighted Agent--evasion Canal Courier--evasion + monarch Disciple of Deceit--tutoring Faerie Macabre--evasion + graveyard hate Looter il-Kor--evasion + card selection Rankle, Master of Pranks

Mill enablers: Induce Paranoia Whispering Madness Perplex

Mill payoffs: Drown in the Loch Covetous Urge Animate Dead Memory Plunder

tumamaenmondongo on

7 months ago

There's a fringe combo archetype call One-Land Spy. It basically plays a single forest, fetchable with Land Grant, a bunch of ways to ramp into Balustrade Spy or Destroy the Evidence to get your whole deck into the graveyard at once. From there, there are plenty of ways to win, typically casting a Haunting Misery for 20 something, retrieving it from the graveyard off Anarchist, casting it by flasbacking Morgue Theft, with mana generated from Songs of the Damned and rituals.

https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/1-land-spy-hard-mode/ That one is a more elaborate version IMO, which wins through looping songs of the damned, to pay for a second loop which could be either Gray Merchant of Asphodel to drain life, or Balustrade Spy to mill your opponent.

The only thing you should be changing from that version is Gitaxian Probe which isn't pauper legal anymore. Replacing those, players are using cantrips like Manamorphose or cycling creatures, mana fixers like Abundant Growth, Springleaf Drum or mana dorks, rituals like Culling the Weak, or even stuff like Commune with Nature to dig for spy.

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