Hypnotic Specter

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Rare
Anthologies (ATH) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Uncommon
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Uncommon
Revised Edition (3ED) Uncommon
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Uncommon
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Uncommon
Collector's Edition (CED) Uncommon
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Uncommon
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Uncommon
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Hypnotic Specter

Creature — Specter

Flying

Whenever Hypnotic Specter deals damage to an opponent, that player discards a card at random.

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Hypnotic Specter Discussion

eleventhend on Muldrotha EDH

1 week ago

Couple of notes up front (might just be due to ongoing edits):

  • You have 2 copies of Victory Chimes in the list
  • You only have 96 cards in the list (including the duplicate above) instead of 100

Design Strategy

Want to suggest a couple of deck strategies to consider focusing in on (they are all fairly synergistic but it might help to pick one to focus on to help the deck feel like it has a clearer win condition):

Mill-Value

With your current list of mill-value and beats, the missing pieces only seem to be ways to close the game.

Potential Additions

Discard Group Slug

I think this is a really interesting avenue for Muldrotha: running cards like Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Waste Not, Oppression, Mindslicer and Myojin of Night's Reach to clear out your own and opponents' hands while benefiting from Muldrotha and other graveyard recursion effects to allow yourself to keep making plays. It would be a deck unlike any other at our table so far.

Your win conditions could be both mill, using cards like Keening Stone to close, or life-loss with cards like Liliana's Caress and Bloodchief Ascension mixed with some mild creature beats.

Other solid cards that support this archetype:

Graveyard Theft or Pure Recursion

This concept would run recursion spells like Boneyard Parley to steal the best things from opponents graveyards. In this case, Muldrotha allows us to consistently run targeted recursion from our graveyard, and we can focus our deck construction on the grave-robbing package. Because of Muldrotha's ability, we want to focus primarily on "theft on sticks" which we can repeatedly cast as needed, likely leaning heavily into Black.

Theft on Sticks examples

Self-recursion

Darkshadow327 on Schemes of the Omnipotent

3 weeks ago

elgosu1337

While Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip would be good as the commander, I feel like the deck is more built around Nicol Bolas. Reforge the Soul is also a good wheel affect.

I don't actually like Myojin of Night's Reach, it's expensive, and only does the discard once. Hypnotic Specter also seems like a strictly worse Dreamstealer.

Mass bounce isn't really something I'm interested in.

Blatant Thievery was in here, but was cut. Might come back in though. Diluvian Primordial was also in here, but I felt it could be replaced with some better cards.

I feel Grave Betrayal is on about the same level as Prince of Thralls. While they can get it back it comes at a cost, one that they can't pay forever. Although, Grave Betrayal isn't as weak to removal. Thrilling Encore is good, it's in another of the decks I've built. Totally forgot about it when it came to this deck though.

You underestimate Dragon Tempest, I don't need more dragons/fliers. The way the wording works makes it so Nicol Bolas does the ETB damage, making someone discard their hand. Bolas then also has the benefits of haste.

Thanks for the suggestions.

elgosu1337 on Schemes of the Omnipotent

3 weeks ago

Have you considered Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip as the commander? You could probably cast him multiple times in a game compared to the original Bolas, which means multiple discards for each opponent. Reforge the Soul could be another good wheel spell for that purpose.

You probably need more ramp for the deck. Coalition Relic gives more mana than Commander's Sphere, and Thran Dynamo also produces a lot of mana for its cost.

Myojin of Night's Reach discards all your opponents' cards if you have 8 mana. Hypnotic Specter is a good early play to start the discard.

Not sure if you would be interested in Warped Devotion and more mass bounce spells like River's Rebuke.

Blatant Thievery is one of the best blue sorceries. Also a big fan of Sepulchral Primordial and Diluvian Primordial to steal the creatures and spells discarded.

Grave Betrayal could be better than Prince of Thralls since opponents can't pay life to bypass it. Thrilling Encore can act as a second Rise of the Dark Realms.

Phyrexian Arena could be good for more card draw.

Don't think you have enough fliers or Dragons to benefit from Dragon Tempest.

ExpletoryOrb on what am i doing

1 month ago

alright so here goes, so the cards to the left can be swapped with the ones to the right, it has the same or very similair effect but for a reduced mana cost etc.

Throttle -> Grasp of Darkness

Bloodtallow Candle -> Dismember

Whispers of Emrakul -> Hymn to Tourach

Painful Lesson -> Night's Whisper (there is also: Sign in Blood

Lethal Sting -> Victim of Night (there is also Go for the Throat)

Dutiful Return -> Ghoulcaller's Chant ? (its cheaper and will almost always be for a zombie? a lot cheeper but its your call.)

Abyssal Specter -> Hypnotic Specter

the next ones are cards i think you should strip, i will list them and then explain why:

Ruin Rat : you already have a few of these, and this isnt even a zombie. there are just better cards out there that arent expensive at all, (i'll give some suggestions further down the post)

Shambling Attendants : Just strictly bad, you dont want to play a 3/5 dude for 8 mana ever.

Cruel Feeding : its just pretty bad, the strive cost is very expensive just to +1/0 lifelink. dont use this unless you had something specific in mind that i didnt catch up on reading the list.

Duress and Divest : these never really do much, yes you get to pick away 1 card and see 1 hand but you will almost never hit anything especially good, only run this if you are planning to do a lot of 1v1 EDH.

Here are some suggestions of cards that are very cheap and are pretty good:

Empty the Pits

Zombie Apocalypse

Nightmare

Zombie Master

Nevinyrral's Disk

Exsanguinate

Scytec on I'm coming for your hand and library

1 month ago

Haha, I actually meant to mention Oloro to you as he seemed like something I thought you would like, I just forgot to. This will be a super slow, grindy deck. Many people will not enjoy playing against it. I'd love it, but it will be difficult to make friends as a newer player. :p

Cards like Caress and Megrim really require you to have ways to refill your opponents hand. Cards like, but not limited to Font of Mythos and Dictate of Kruphix will be your friend here. Also, look for as many recurring discard effects as you can. Look for creatures, enchantments, artifacts, and planeswalkers if at all possible. I recommend some of these:

Nezumi Shortfang

Hypnotic Specter

Siren of the Silent Song

Words of Waste

Creeping Dread

Cunning Advisor

Raiders' Wake

Cao Cao, Lord of Wei

painful quandry

Myojin of Night's Reach

Ramp is also important look for mana rocks such as Mana Vault or Thran Dynamo. Ramp on creatures can also be awesome. Talking about Nirkana Revenant and Crypt Ghast. Both of which combo exceedingly well with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.

The Rack and Shrieking Affliction will be good tools to help you ping your opponents to death.

saturn999 on A empty hand is a dead one

1 month ago

is it just a preference thing with having Raven's Crime over Inquisition of Kozilek in the deck? you already have non-targeted discard in the form of Necrogen Mists and Hypnotic Specter. wouldn't iok be a little more helpful? also, are the Drown in Sorrow for the scry ability? personally Flaying Tendrils just seems better. takes care of Bloodghast, Kitchen Finks and the like but, definitely screws your Geralf's Messenger. so i can see why sorrow over tendrils in that case. anyhow, thanks for commenting on my deck. hope you're doing well and having good games. take care.

zero2581 on A empty hand is a dead one

1 month ago

Played with this deck against my friend's aggro burn deck. I had to side board in the Drown in Sorrow and sub out the Necrogen Mists. Needed the speed and to take care of the early attackers. he was fast enough to get his early spells out before i was able to empty his hand with Raven's Crime and Thoughtseize. Before I had the Thoughtseize i was able to cast Waste Not. Which gave me card advantage to pull lands, 2 Hypnotic Specter, Nezumi Shortfang for damage and hand control. I won with 10 life to spare. So in the end he top decked badly and I walked away without having to use the Drown in Sorrows.

jpermar on The Downward Spiral

1 month ago

More changes! More colorless creatures to windmill slam for free. Also, more direct damage to keep Rakdos leading the team to victory!

The loss of disruption against control players sucks a bit. These changes (and other recent changes) make the deck more consistent. I'll revisit anti-control tactics after I see how these changes turn out.

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