balustrade-spy

Hello everyone, I know I usually write on Wednesdays and in the Competitive section but I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about my 1-land combo deck. Seeing as how the deck is okay, but is currently not something I’d recommend for a daily, I figured I’d put it here. The deck is super fun though.

This is my current list:

Miserable Spy (Pauper)

Land (1)
Forest

Creatures (24)
Balustrade Spy
Deadshot Minotaur
Simian Spirit Guide
Street Wraith
Tinder Wall
Wild Cantor
Wirewood Guardian

Spells (35)
Cabal Ritual
Commune with Nature
Conjurer's Bauble
Dark Ritual
Destroy the Evidence
Gitaxian Probe
Haunting Misery
Land Grant
Lotus Petal
Manamorphose
Springleaf Drum
Sideboard (15)
Pyroblast
Duress
Flaring Pain
Spore Frog
Ingot Chewer
Ray of Revelation

So the way this deck works is you get your Forest out with Land Grant.Then you cast some rituals to get out your Balustrade Spy and target yourself. Now that your library is in your graveyard, you Conjurer’s Bauble the Haunting Misery and it pops into your hand. You then shoot your opponent with a lethal Misery.

I don’t recommend this deck as competitive because you have a cap on how much damage you can do, and it just auto-loses to counter magic. But it is extremely fun, and really gets your brain moving. It is hard to play and hard to tweak. You have only one land but the list is choked full of cards you need to keep.

Today I got wind of a player named Oninaka who had taken my initial list that I assume I disseminated to his friends (unless they came up with this entirely independently of my work, which is a total possibility), and they made it even better. Here is a picture of his list. See if you can spot the insane-o changes they made, and figure out why the changes are so good. He went 2-2 in this tournament, winning the first two matches. So they deck is capable of winning competitive matches, but you probably won’t win all that many haha.

The nice part about a deck that mills itself is that it is easy to get the exact maindeck.

Here is another version by obZen. He took interest in my initial build and has been going a different route, using a culling the weak and creatures he dubs “Tall men”:

Tall-Men Miserable Spy (Pauper)

Land (1)
Forest

Creatures (30)
Balustrade Spy
Elves of Deep Shadow
Crimson Kobolds
Crookshank Kobolds
Shield Sphere
Simian Spirit Guide
Street Wraith
Wild Cantor
Phyrexian Walker

Spells (29)
Cabal Ritual
Conjurer's Bauble
Culling the Weak
Dark Ritual
Haunting Misery
Land Grant
Lotus Petal
Read the Bones

Feel free to post your tweaks below.

I don’t have a bunch of time right now to post all the nuances of this deck, but I will a bit later on today or this weekend.

Editor’s note (February 26, 2016) – Since they can be challenging to find (heck, these articles have been lost for many months until now), here is a list of One-Land Spy articles and resources from around the time of the original brewing in late 2013.

Enjoy! /bava

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