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Creature — Specter
Whenever Hypnotic Specter deals damage to an opponent, that player discards a card at random.
Hypnotic Specter Discussion
2 weeks ago
Cool deck man! Looks like you're into discard quite a bit here. Definitely wouldn't want to mess with what you like, but I can absolutely name a few cards for mono black that are better when graveyards are huge. Here are a few in no particular order. All of these should be on the cheaper end of the spectrum.
Nyxathid , Nighthowler , Hypnotic Specter , Liliana's Reaver , Shrieking Affliction , Persecute , and Isochron Scepter . That last one is a bit steeper, but it would let you reuse instant and sorcery cards for even more constant discarding.
Good luck with the building!
3 weeks ago
Mono-black aggro deck with transformational sideboard. Who cares about matchups anyway?!
For transformation, this is probably the best option:
1 month ago
Lil_Kalki I see that you have a small discard subtheme..I get that stealing creatures from opponents by making them discard is fun but honestly I think concentrating on reanimating your own creatures and having the option of stealing later is much better. I would cut Hypnotic Specter and maybe add another sac outlet or ETB value creature. You do have kokusho and gary which can gain you ridiculous amount of lives already so I do think that sangromancer is redundant but it's really up to you. Good luck!
1 month ago
Well, when going for the CMDR kill, Mesmeric Orb is the card of dreams, where other cards aren't bad, like Vicious Rumors, they don't do enough to warrant me wanting their inclusion without the commander.
What should be kept is a lot of tutors, to fetch different cards, as well as a lot of ramp. Then a reasonably large hand disruption package, and finishing the deck off with some combos, and cards that do a ton to swing the board in your favor.
Unsure of your budget, and the power level you want, here are the cards I would add to increase the competitiveness of the deck:
(On a budget? Do nothing with the lands!)
Draw: Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, Sensei's Divining Top, Scroll Rack, and Asylum Visitor (can top cards you don't want to discard), Library of Leng (tops cards you don't want to discard again... but in a different way), Necropotence
(On a budget? use control elements like Doom Blade, and removal in black instead of stax, some of the more budget stax is okay, but generally the more layered stax the better, so the less the worse each is. Removal is a good replacement.)
Vicious Rumors, Abyssal Nocturnus, Fell Specter, Guul Draz Specter, Herald of Anguish, Hypnotic Specter, Liliana's Reaver, Myojin of Night's Reach, Needle Specter, Scythe Specter, Sewer Nemesis, Stronghold Rats, Wei Night Raiders, Whispering Specter, Ghoulcaller's Bell, Darksteel Plate, Ordeal of Erebos, Raiders' Wake, Bontu's Last Reckoning, Anvil of Bogardan, Putrefaction, Painful Quandary, Megrim, Fraying Omnipotence, Rise of the Dark Realms, Torment of Hailfire, Liliana Vess.
Not sorry about the long comment ;)
2 months ago
I played around with Liliana's Caress effects in a Modren setting and really tried to make that card work. Liliana's Caress does nothing on its own and demands a lot of support to function properly. It's a dead play when you drop it on turn 2; then you need to have forced discard in hand, or mediocre creatures like Hypnotic Specter; then you need to make sure they actually have cards in hand.
Ultimately, this is a deck I optimized and optimized. Right up to the point where I optimized Liliana's Caress right out of the deck and realized I had accidentally recreated 8-Rack.
2 months ago
Nyxathid, Abyssal Nocturnus, and Shrieking Affliction would be nice in discard heavy decks. If you want the deck to be more creature heavy Fell Specter and Raiders' Wake are nice as well. Hypnotic Specter is also a good choice.
3 months ago
Blizzard Specter does not bounce threats as xhuggels and FSims81 suggested. It allows your opponent to pick their worst permanent to bounce. By the time you cast this on turn 4, that means they're just bouncing a land or an insignificant one drop.
I would argue Blizzard Specter is an all-around worse card than Hypnotic Specter. I would always rather have a creature that forces your opponent to discard a random card than one that allows them to discard their worst card. Yes, Blizzard Specter is more useful when your opponent's hand is empty, but I do not think that justifies the lack of randomness and additional mana.
Thief of Sanity, on the other hand, "draws" you a card whenever it deals combat damage. That's a much more powerful effect than "pick one of two mediocre options."
3 months ago
Hybrid mana and Thief of Sanity's older brother.
Hypnotic Specter occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%