Hypnotic Specter


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Anthologies (ATH) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Uncommon
Revised Edition (3ED) 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


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

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Hypnotic Specter Discussion

Exotryptan on Mono Black f**k whateva ya gat

1 hour ago

AlfrescoHotshot I see where you're coming from. But the reason i chose "choose and discard" over "random discard" is so i can eliminate threats immediately.Snapcasters and Lilianas i will remove instantly and purge the library with Surgical Extraction if possible. I want to remove them the first turn or second depending on the sitoution.

The only card i could see removed is Hypnotic Specter and maybe just maybe Kitesail Freebooter

Liliana is really strong even if you just use it as a 3 mana sac sorcery, but i think her one fucks yourself too hard, and what liliana's 2 can do is also done by Phyrexian Obliterator or Desecration Demon

Collective Brutality is a really good card that gives you a lot of options, i use it myself in my Dimir decks. But this is not what i'm going for in this deck. I want to eliminate all threats as soon as possible and make dealing with my creaturesimpossible for him.

Dont get me wrong these are really good cards and i appreciate your advice but they just don't fit in to the mechanic of this deck.

RedMulligan on Starting in Commander?

3 weeks ago

So here's a list of the cards that I got for the deck:

However, there's plenty of things I know I need, and some things I might consider (thanks to edhrec.com).Holy crap, that's a lot of cards. What I want to do right now is have Kess play the support role while I tutor up Nekusar to play. As soon as I can start nabbing the wheels for Nekusar's pain, Kess's ability will allow me to cast them back for more wheel-y fun times (for me, at least). That way, people won't realize that this is actually a Nekusar deck: he's hiding, ready to strike! But my biggest problem is discerning which of these 150+ cards I need to whittle down to about 65, and also figure out how many lands I need to play. I've got a little money to spend, and this list is about as far as I'll go cost-wise.

Joumba on One card, Two Card, Three Card, None

1 month ago

Nice deck construction! Giving poeple draw mitigate the pain you then make them feel with the discards hehehe... +1 Also like the Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank combo, infinite, but gives your playmate a chance.

Well, perhaps the additon of a silly Liliana's Reaver might help you bring a bit more pressure, I personaly prefer it to Hypnotic Specter ; it dosn't fly and cost one more, but the fact that it both makes your opponent discard a card and gets you a zombie often makes them loose a creature to avoid it.

Blightning is a fantastic for this deck, as well as Terminate instead of Victim of Night if your opponents deck run important creatures.

Perhaps a Howling Mine would help you here ; you diminish your own lost while taking advantage politically of the gains of others...

Need a mana sink? Like using your commander? Illusionist's Bracers might be for you! And hmm, it's a funny card, but check out Cabal Interrogator hehe.

Totaly optional, but since you run a lot of basic lands , Drowned Catacomb and Dragonskull Summit could help you fix you many a little. They're not a costly as fecth or shock lands, so thats a option.

Finally, if you think you lack finishers or hard hitting late game cards, perhaps Rise of the Dark Realms would be nice. Also Damnation.

Have a great day/night sir.

NV_1980 on Liliana, Defiant Discard

1 month ago

Great deck! Hope you will get those Chains; I've been searching for them for a while, so far no dice ... Have you ever considered adding creatures like Hypnotic Specter? Also, as this is a mono-black deck, how about adding Dark Ritual for some nice accelaration in early stages of the game (or just some surprise-buttsex when people think you are (almost) tapped out)? Have fun gaming!

CheeseTheGunslinger on 8-Rackish

1 month ago

kuru54 You're probably right, I was feeling similarly. I'm thinking of dropping the Bloodgift Demon for 4x Hypnotic Specters. That would give me another creature with a card discard ability which would free me up to add Phyrexian Arena in place of the 2 Whispers of Emrakul and possibly 2 Swamps. I suppose it all depends on whether 20 land is sufficient. I would think they are for a deck nothing costing more than 3 CMC. Thoughts?

wonderboyrox on Make your friends (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

2 months ago

Previous suggestion was to stall the game in your favor, but the more I think about it, the more I think something like Hypnotic Specter would be a better choice, to possibly replace Mindmelter, since they would lose the choice of what card would go, also, it wouldn't cost you mana to use the ability.

bushido_man96 on Annoyance^2

2 months ago

If you're going to run Maralen of the Mornsong as your commander, then I don't see why you'd want to keep all of your draw spells and enchantments in there. You can't draw the cards, either. You need to run Necropotence, because its effect isn't a draw, so you get the cards. Scroll Rack would be another good addition. You may also want to consider creatures like Hypnotic Specter and Abyssal Specter.

LeaPlath on Justice: R.I.P.

2 months ago

Like you can do a lot to improve it, but this doesn't belong in the competitive tag.

Nothing you are doing is powerful or efficient. 4 mana for a -1/-1 counter and draw a card. 4 mana for a 2/3 that discards a card your opponent chooses. A 1/1 for 1 who drains each player for 1.

You've got Traveller's Amulet which costs you 1 mana to play, 1 mana to crack to...get a swamp. So it could just be a swamp. And Terramorphic which costs you a turn to...get a swamp, so it could just be a swamp.

For 4 mana you can wipe the board, generating a ton of card advantage. For 3 mana you get a 2/2 flying who discards a random card. For 1 mana you can get a 10/10.

Have you considered trying The Gate, or Mono-Black Devotion?

The Gate is a powerful "deplete your answers" style deck which plays a grindy game with cards like Bitterblossom, Hypnotic Specter and Dark Confidant to have each player hellbent but you will a better/winning board state.

Mono Black Devotion is a deck that rewards you for curving out with burn/mana ramp using Grey Merchant of Asphodel and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, as you go "turn 1, discard spell. Turn 2 Gifted Aetherborn, turn 3, Geralf's Messenger, turn 4 Phyrexian Obliterator, turn 5 Grey Merchant, drain you for 11 gain 11".

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