Hypnotic Specter

Hypnotic Specter

Creature — Specter

Flying

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

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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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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Hypnotic Specter occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Commander

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Hypnotic Specter Discussion

Tata on Budget Pharika Pod

3 weeks ago

I think your top-end needs at least 1 or 2 more big spells or creatures. Bane of Progress , Woodland Bellower , Greenwarden of Murasa , Rune-Scarred Demon - all of these are good value. Your pod/yisan chains are missing top-end payoffs like these.

I also think you can afford to play Farseek and Nissa's Pilgrimage .

Your deck has a lot of low-value cards, like Order of Midnight and Hypnotic Specter . These cards just don't function well in EDH in my opinion, and are better left to conventional 60-card Magic.

multimedia on Mad Lord Windgrace

1 month ago

Hey, nice budget version of Windgrace and interesting discard strategy.

Command Tower , Exotic Orchard , Savage Lands are excellent budget lands for a Jund manabase. Jund Panorama , Blighted Woodland are other budget Fetch lands good with Ramunap Excavator . Llanowar Wastes , Cinder Glade and Dragonskull Summit are other budget dual lands.

Some upgrades within the budget to consider:

Scavenging Ooze can exile cards that your opponents discard. Neheb is another five drop and all the other five drops here are better than it. Deathrite Shaman can exile cards your opponents discard. Can exile your own or more importantly your opponents lands to make mana. Orcish Lumberjack is good for ramp and it has interaction with Windgrace since you can reanimate the Forests you sac. Can tap the Forest to make mana before you sac it with Lumberjack which means that single Forest can make four mana.

Can reanimate any creature in any graveyard with Animate Dead , includes your opponents graveyard. Opponent discards a big creature you can reanimate it. Hypnotic Specter is the original Specter, one of the original sources of opponent discard and the discard is random which is good. Good luck with your deck.

DarkHero on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

Kalstrax, Shade Lord

Legendary Creature: Specter

Other Specter creatures get +1/+1 and Voidmaster 2 (Pay 2 life, this creature gains shroud and is unblockable until end of turn)

Voidmaster 10 (Pay 10 life, this creature gains shroud and is unblockable until end of turn)

Whenever ~ deals combat damage to a player, that player loses 7 life, discards 7 cards, and sacrifices a permanent.

It's a Lord for the underappreciated Specter Tribe, which would like to be able to be unblockable as many have deals damage effects like Hypnotic Specter or Nightveil Specter . I also like the idea of throwing Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker ultimate at people in exchange for some life. Minus 6 permanents because that seemed a bit overpowered.

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Massacar on Discarding Discord

4 months ago

Personally, I'd probably drop that one sub-theme from the deck and devote the slots either to my own self-discard strategy or shore up any other sub-themes you may want to foster. If you go that route, look at Glint-Horn Buccaneer because he was basically made for this deck.

That being said, I really do enjoy some individuality and personal flavor/spin on decks.

So if you do wish to continue with the strategy you might want to open a card slot or two (since you're currently sitting at 9ish pieces). Some cards you may want to consider to add: Pain Magnification if you see yourself reliably dealing 3+ damage, Hypnotic Specter for a 3cmc attack discard engine or Liliana's Specter if you prefer ETBs, Banshee of the Dread Choir for a 5cmc discard monstrosity (lets face it Myriad is cool).

You just have to decide how much flavor you want out of your deck at the cost of efficiency.

Massacar on The Vorpal Blade went Snicker-Snack - Anje Madness

4 months ago

Totally missed Creeping Dread and a few others.

If you really want to build into opponent discard though, consider Arterial Flow , Dark Deal , Hymn to Tourach , Dreamstealer , Hypnotic Specter , or Liliana's Specter . All of those options cost 3cmc or less and are $ cheap as well.

Good luck with the build, I will post back if I come up with anything new.

Brutal_B on

5 months ago

I like what you got going on here. Some cards I run in my mono black devotion that you could utilize as well are: Gifted Aetherborn , Hypnotic Specter , Ravenous Chupacabra , Squelching Leeches and possibly Bone Picker . I like the idea of Languish but I don't like killing off my own creatures; so maybe Grasp of Darkness for target removal. I'd definitely fit in at least 2 Cabal Stronghold .

Lenax on Go Not Into Dark Woods

6 months ago

Neato! Lots of elves and such, but I wonder if getting more opportunities to let your commander shine via creating discard opportunities would be good. I think I only count 4 things that cause discarding. Anything to make the most of your commander seems like a good strategy. If

I run Grave Pact to further have big creatures I can't handle disappear from my opponents, and your sack outlets with tokens can do that nicely. Putting some recursion like mortilus suggests will help make your token army, and thus swap some elves for discard effects. Hypnotic Specter can provide some damage and discard. Liliana's Triumph is cheap and works well with some of what you got. Mind Slash speaks for itself, sorcery speed unfortunately though. An expensive but guaranteed stranglehold on a game unless hard countered is Myojin of Night's Reach .

bushido_man96 makes a good argument for forcing draws and then they discard at end of their turns. I prefer to not allow others to draw though, usually because I see a lot of Reliquary Tower s and and the likes. Also regardless of the discard amount they get to choose which cards the keep. Limiting their options works better in the long run I find.

Also is Crypt Ghast allowed with that commander? B/W in its ability.

Hope these help!

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