Blizzard Specter

Blizzard Specter

Snow Creature — Specter


Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one — That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Coldsnap (CSP) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Blizzard Specter Discussion

multimedia on Nicol Bolas, Deck of Nightmares

1 month ago

Hey, I agree Nicol Bolas can be devastating repeatable discard in multiplayer Commander. It's a more powerful Grixis Commander then Crosis.

No matter the Commander choice here's some budget cards $2 or less each to consider adding. Several of these suggestions are in the maybeboard. When you're playing a high CMC Commander then more low CMC ramp helps.

Crosis has flying and most Specters also have flying which makes Dragon Tempest a two drop haste enabler for the majority of your creatures. Consider cutting the other Dragons and high CMC creatures for more Specters or creature that can give you more value?

Whispering Madness is a wheel and it can be repeatable with cipher which can be powerful with flying creatures. Read the Bones, Painful Truths, Brainstorm are mana efficient draw spells. In multiplayer Commander the versatility of Mirrormade is great, especially on a budget. With all the discard from multiple opponents The Eldest Reborn can do a lot and have many targets to choose from to reanimate.

Mask of Memory and Mask of Riddles is low CMC equipment that can be repeatable draw with flying creatures. Sunken Hollow, Dragonskull Summit, Grixis Panorama, Ash Barrens are lands to consider adding.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Hideous Visage
  • Slate Street Ruffian
  • Fill with Fright
  • Traveler's Amulet
  • Phantasmal Dragon
  • Territorial Hellkite
  • Boltwing Marauder
  • Hypersonic Dragon
  • Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury
  • Arcanis the Omnipotent
  • Moltensteel Dragon
  • Tyrant's Familiar
  • Gruesome Deformity
  • Fear
  • Foresee
  • Ambition's Cost
  • Mind Rot

Good luck with your deck.

xhuggels on Blizzard Specter or Thief of ...

1 year ago

Chill guys i didnt actually go one way or the other. I just stated what the cards can do. They focus on different things. Now, it is a fact that both cards have the possibility of getting you absolutely nothing, but i agree with your assesment that Thief of Sanity has the better chance of doing something useful since its basically an Anticipate, but in your opponents library instead. I was just pointing out that thief is many things, but consistant is not one of them. You have no idea what you are getting, nor can you plan for it. Its a wild, fun card to play. Its kind of like critical strike in an rpg. If you get something good, it could win you the game, but you can also get something really useless in the shell of the rest of your deck. Thief doesnt touch your opponents hand and it doesnt touch their board, so it doesnt impair their means to play at all. Its power entirely depends on what you get, which is incredibly random since it doesnt draw from your deck. Blizzard Specter doesnt have great options in this department, but it can touch both the board and the hand, and it will definately touch 1 everytime it activates. Its effects might not be as good as thief, but it is more consistant.

Caerwyn on Blizzard Specter or Thief of ...

1 year ago

Blizzard Specter does not bounce threats as xhuggels and FSims81 suggested. It allows your opponent to pick their worst permanent to bounce. By the time you cast this on turn 4, that means they're just bouncing a land or an insignificant one drop.

I would argue Blizzard Specter is an all-around worse card than Hypnotic Specter. I would always rather have a creature that forces your opponent to discard a random card than one that allows them to discard their worst card. Yes, Blizzard Specter is more useful when your opponent's hand is empty, but I do not think that justifies the lack of randomness and additional mana.

Thief of Sanity, on the other hand, "draws" you a card whenever it deals combat damage. That's a much more powerful effect than "pick one of two mediocre options."

FSims81 on Blizzard Specter or Thief of ...

1 year ago

Blizzard Specter deals with your opponents hand or bounces threats. It doesn't do both. Thief of Sanity however can do both if you view keeping options out of an opponent's hand that way and depending on what you choose to play it can answer threats with a body, remove them, or possibly bounce them. For me I'll take the options Thief presents, but I won't begrudge anyone who'd like to play Specter.

xhuggels on Blizzard Specter or Thief of ...

1 year ago

It all depends on what you are playing agaibst.Thief of Sanity mills your opponent and does...whatever else the cards you steal does. It does not however deal with anything on the board or in your opponents hand. Its relies on the power of the cards it steals. Blizzard Specter deals with your opponents hand while bouncing threats. It has more consistant direct impact on the game, but it does come into play a turn later. Thief of Sanity can be better or worse, it entirely depends on the game and what you draw. It is better in the control matchup though.

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