Hypnotic Specter


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
2010 Core Set Rare
Tenth Edition Rare
Ninth Edition Rare
Anthologies Rare
Fourth Edition Uncommon
Revised Edition Uncommon
Unlimited Edition Uncommon
Collector's Edition Uncommon
International Collector's Edition Uncommon
Limited Edition Beta Uncommon
Limited Edition Alpha Uncommon
Promo Set Rare

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Hypnotic Specter

Creature — Specter


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

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Hypnotic Specter Discussion

n0bunga on Dark Phoenix, Who Frowns At Fun

4 days ago

Hypnotic Specter is also in the running for an Alesha target. But I'm a softy for it as a card.

saj0219 on Modern Master 2017 Spoilers/ Speculation

3 weeks ago

DemonDragonJ: Hypnotic Specter actually was originally an uncommon in its initial printings. It was upshifted to rare in ninth edition (or whenever it got the printing with the new art... I think 9th was it, but I'm not sure)

DemonDragonJ on Modern Master 2017 Spoilers/ Speculation

3 weeks ago

On a more positive subject, the reprints of the Ravnican signets are awesome, as are the three-colored uncommon cards from the Alara block (how tragic that Sedraxis Specter is being downgraded to an uncommon); I am glad that WotC is being serious about having good mana-fixing in this set. I also am glad that WotC chose to avoid reprinting Cryptic Command another time and chose to reprint Primal Command, instead; while primal command is nowhere near as expensive as is cryptic command, due to having been reprinted more frequently, it is good to have variety in the Masters sets.

Given that Sedraxis Specter is being downgraded to an uncommon, is the same likely to happen to Hypnotic Specter, if that card were to ever be reprinted, again?

MagicalHacker on Saskia - TO Build-a-deck

1 month ago

True Conviction turns an unblocked Saskia by herself into a 24 life swing each combat.

I also like the free doubling given to Avenging Druid, Hunting Cheetah, Hypnotic Specter, Soltari Visionary, Abyssal Specter, Mana Skimmer, Entropic Specter, and others.

jimmynitos on Master Splinter hates you

1 month ago

Cut some some lands for mana rocks like Sol Ring, Caged Sun, Dreamstone Hedron, Hedron Archive and Mind Stone, for example.

You can optimize your sac effects with Butcher of Malakir, Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact. Viscera Seer can help you filter your draws and Blood Artist/Zulaport Cutthroat fit in the sac effects bag as well. Also, a Phyrexian Arena is never bad in mono-black.

I would cut Dark Ritual for a removal and Duress for Banshee of the Dread Choir, Hollow Specter, Hypnotic Specter or Scythe Specter.

Daedalus19876 on 曹操 (Cao Cao, Lord of Wei)

1 month ago

There are a lot of odd card choices here, no offense intended - I assume that's just because this is composed from cards you had laying around? Regardless, I'd eventually end up removing most of the cards unless they 1) aid in making opponents discard, 2) give you enough resources to justify their inclusion, or 3) help you make the opponent dead. I can give a more complete list of cards that I find subpar here if you want :)

Of your maybeboard, I'd add Animate Dead, Beacon of Unrest, Cabal Coffers, Cunning Lethemancer, Demonic Tutor, Expedition Map, Extraplanar Lens, Geth's Grimoire, Hypnotic Specter, Larceny, Memory Jar, Mind Slash, Mind Sludge, Necromancy, Noetic Scales, Stronghold Rats, Syphon Mind, Thousand-Year Elixir (Magewright's Stone works too), and Words of Waste

If you're looking for more discard effects, PartyJ's superb Nath list could be helpful: Nath of the Gilt-Leaf - Multiplayer Stax EDH

If you're looking for more mono-black shenanigans, like Phyrexian Arena or Necropotence, you might check my Yahenni list: The Hungry, Hungry Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

Hope that helps a bit!

Nethereon on Caress Liliana's Rack

1 month ago

I hate to break it to you guys, but any leyline's triggered ability, in the starting hand, does not utilize the stack, cannot be responded to, and is prior to the game starting. Thoughtseize will NOT do anything to a turn 0 leyline. This is part of the reason why I run cards like Wipe Away in my sideboard. If you have access to lands that are actual duals, i.e. Sunken Hollow or Watery Grave, so they don't mess with your spells looking at number of swamps, then you can run these cards without any problems.

I tend to run my discard deck so that I have access to cards like Wistful Thinking and Lore Broker, which I think are much better than some other options. The broker isn't a targeted ability and will get around a leyline and it is especially useful when they are empty handed while your Caress is sitting there doing nothing. The broker could also utilize any madness cards out there. I'm also a fan of creatures like the good old Hypnotic Specter, but call me old fashion. You may want to look into Quest for the Nihil Stone if you're worried about Leylines. Quest doesn't target like Rack does.

Megalomania on Daedalus19876

1 month ago

Creature? I guess Hypnotic Specter 'coz the pod wants me dead ASAP. Lol

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