Hypnotic Specter

Legality

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

Flying

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

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Hypnotic Specter Discussion

kalyanmanning23 on Mono-black Discard

2 weeks ago

This deck looks similar to a deck called 8-rack, which uses the cards The Rack and Shrieking Affliction instead of creatures to win the game.

If you're sold on using creatures, I personally think Nezumi Shortfang and Hypnotic Specter are too slow. Possible replacements are Pack Rat and Gurmag Angler.

In your discard package, Raven's Crime is superior to Cry of Contrition, since it lets you discard extra lands for value, and by the time a creature haunted by Cry dies, your opponent most likely will be empty-handed.

I also think more removal is necessary, and since your curve is low, you can cut 1-2 lands for it. Fatal Push is very good, as are Dismember and Victim of Night.

If you're not on a budget, Liliana of the Veil would be excellent here, but she is very expensive.

Hope that helped!

GearNoir on Pre-Mirrodin MonoB Discard

4 weeks ago

A the pre-Morrison restriction is a bit rough on Rack-like decks but, a few suggestions (I'm formulating off of a set list from a wiki, sorry if some suggestions are incorrect):

  • Wheel of Torture instead of Megrim

  • Blackmail

  • I like the inclusion of 4 Hypnotic Specters, it can be a beast. Definitely don't be afraid to benefit from traditional 8-Rack style though by going creatureless.

  • You do have the option of Ensnaring Bridge, though I realize it doesn't necessarily fit your budget focus.

  • Sun Droplet could be a useful stalling strategy if you foresee a long match.

  • You could use Pox, but I'm not so sure how much it would benefit you as much as just simply changing your strategy.

That's all I can think of at the moment.

MTGApprentice2016 on The Touch of Bolas deck ...

4 weeks ago

Hypnotic Specter I don't know how that changed on me.

BuckWylde on Death By Rack! [EMN UPDATE]

4 weeks ago

Dig the deck, always liked both mono black and discard. Dunno if he still plays, but Hypnotic Specter fits the rack theme and gives you something to eat fairies.

n0bunga on Dark Phoenix, Who Frowns At Fun

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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?

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