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Creature — Specter
Whenever Hypnotic Specter deals damage to an opponent, that player discards a card at random.
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Hypnotic Specter Discussion
1 week ago
Okay, constructive criticism incoming:
After looking through your decklist, you have a pretty solid theme going on here. It's a take on a classic that has been around for a while. Unfortunately, with how low cost your discard spells are, and with no draw power in the deck and very few creatures, you'll be top decking in no time, leaving your end-game to chance.
Obviously your creature base is nearly non-existent. That's not always a bad thing, but in your case I think it is.. for two reasons. One, I don't know about you.. but when running decks like this I prefer to have a backup plan (an alt win con, if you will) for killing my opponent. And two, creatures will protect you from fast decks early game. A deck like this will have nearly no chance to win against Elves, Goblins, or the like.. due to speed and no creatures on the board to protect you.
Here is what I would do:
-4 Duress (The card is too limiting, especially after the first few turns have passed)
+4 Funeral Charm (Giving you access to the only instant speed discard spell in Modern, also, gives you a few other options.)
-2 Drown in Sorrow (Too slow, imo. Also could hurt a couple changes I am suggesting to the deck)
-2 Languish (Similar reasons as listed above)
+4 Fatal Push (Faster, and doesn't hurt your own creature base)
-4 Smallpox (Great card, but hurts you as much as it does your opponent. You don't want to be top decking sooner than you have to be.)
-4 Buried Ruin (With how much devotion your deck is giving to early game black, you can't afford to chance colorless mana early game. Also, this distracts from your overall goal. If they get rid of one of your The Racks, no sweat, that's what alt win cons are for.
-1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (No reason to run this and potentially give some advantage to your opponent when you're mono black as it is.)
+3 Swamp (Slightly fixing your mana base)
-3 Ensnaring Bridge (Doesn't flow as well as I'd like.)
+4 Master of the Feast (Gives you access to an alt win con, with built in evasion AND forces your opponent to draw, giving you access to more cards you can force him/her to discard.
-3 Nyxathid (Nice card, but with no evasion, weak to chump blockers)
+4 Hypnotic Specter (Built in evasion, fits the theme better giving you access to discard on a stick. Also gives added bonus of possibly hitting your opponents lands. Alternatively, Guul Draz Specter could fit this slot as well.)
-4 Shrieking Affliction (Good card, but...)
-1 Liliana of the Veil (Good card, but she hurts your hand, too)
+1 Liliana Vess (Fits your theme, gives you access to yet another win con, doesn't hurt your hand, gives you access to a tutor on a stick, and this would allow you to have both Liliana's on the field simultaneously.)
Overall this would give you a lower mana curve, in turn making your deck faster. It would give you access to alternate win conditions that still fit your theme. Would give you access to a few more creatures, giving you more early game protection. Would give you instant-speed discard. And would give you the ability in certain situations to affect your opponents mana base. I know these are a LOT of changes I am suggesting, but, even taking a few of them could help you out a lot.
Let me know what you think and if you end up using any of the suggestions!
1 month ago
Do you want to know what The Deck was for me? It was my first deck, which I have been able to remake, and will tweak for Modern play. There were no Planeswalkers, and cards like Dark Ritual and Hypnotic Specter were great, as were Shivan Dragon and Serra Angel. I built the slickest, meanest hand control deck, featuring the two aforementioned black cards, Hymn to Tourach, and The Rack. Yes, it sounds the ancestor to our modern 8-rack, and I have to say yes I believe it is. I have built myself an updated version of my "dream" deck now, and I will be transferring this over to 8-rack once the other pieces arrive. I like hand disruption, messing with people's thought process.
1 month ago
Double strike is a great idea, I am trying to maintain my subpar minotaur theme, so as good as Hypnotic Specter is, I'll pass on it for now.
Additional combat steps are also great: I do know of an enchantment that does something similar. Thanks for the advice.
Yeah, I love Aggravated Assault: that's the one I'm leaning towards, though I don't like the cost of the activated ability. With that said, I do have some ways to cheat that cost.
I didn't even consider the Sword of Feast and Famine! That might be the best one! Thanks, everyone!
1 month ago
1 month ago
Take out basilica
2 months ago
Beautiful deck. Seriously. Its like a time machine. It even reminds me of that time of the game's development when land destruction was a common deck archetype. I built this kind of deck back then, but commander didn't exist yet. Got a few ideas too.... If the bank isn't broke yet it would be so epic if you could get a Nether Void in there. Also Scroll Rack could be awesome since you have limited card draw options available. Surely you are looking for a beta Demonic Tutor already, so good luck with that ;) Mind Twist, Hypnotic Specter and Hymn to Tourach all hit lands sometimes too. Shatterstorm kills mana rocks pretty good, and you don't run too many artifacts yourself. Power Matrix is the original equipment, it could make your little LD dorks into little threats. Cursed Scroll for repeatable removal and damage. Jeez what a fun deck, I wish I could see it in real life. Happy gathering!!
2 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions, GrixisconTrollsyou99! I definitely like the addition on Mindslicer as I have a large amount of card draw, so it's ability doesn't affect me that much. I believe I already have Hypnotic Specter in the deck. I definitely like the idea of Nicol Bolas, God-Pharoh as well. As far as I know some people do hate me, so this deck must be a success!