Scythe Specter

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare

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Scythe Specter

Creature — Specter

Flying

Whenever Scythe Specter deals combat damage to a player, each opponent discards a card. Each player who discarded a card with the highest converted mana cost among cards discarded this way loses life equal to that converted mana cost.

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Scythe Specter Discussion

Romer on One with Nothing

5 months ago

Holy smokes, I love the discussion this is generating! Thank you all for your comments!

geekmp3: I like the cheap CMC of Planar Void but I worry about exiling some of my key enchantments or artifacts. Turns out, people really don't like discarding their whole hand and a lot of my permanents become quick targets. I've won a couple games by pulling my stuff back from the graveyard and recasting it.

Phenix: I considered Nirkana Revenant for ramp but she's so expensive to cast that I decided not to. I generally prefer to keep my ramp spells cheaper so I can cast them early game, or later game I can cast them and other things. I'm currently a little on the fence about keeping Caged Sun.

majorappliance: Hehe, no I didn't want to do the Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank combo here. I have a whole other deck focused on milling combos (Phenax's Milling Machine) ;)

Thanks Kaleo42, I thought it was an amusing concept, too. Turned out to be just as fun to play. The decks I play against are a bit of a mixed bag. It's mostly kitchen table EDH, though my playgroup's experienced a bit of power creep as we strive to outdo one another. Some strong Jhoira suspending, tokens, combos, a number of quality voltron commanders but generally not much cruel control.

NoSoyYucateco, you're giving me good food for thought here:

Yeah, Scythe Specter's discard is conditional, relying on it dealing combat damage but I really like that makes all opponents discard. Its 6 CMC is pretty tough to swallow though - especially if it's killed before it even attacks. I did consider Bloodhusk Ritualist early on when building this deck but cut it, thinking that to make one person discard one card wasn't a great investment. But if I spent the same as Scythe Specter cost, I'd get that person to discard 3 immediately. Hmmm. I do like that the discard happens immediately, and I can scale my mana investment to "right-size" how many cards I want someone to discard. I might switch these two up.

Your Maralen of the Mornsong and Teferi's Puzzle Box combo is pretty cool and would definitely lock down the whole table. I like that Maralen can help me tutor up the puzzle box to complete the combo. But sometimes I want my opponents to draw cards, just so I can make them discard them and take damage with Liliana's Caress, Megrim and Raiders' Wake. Also, the puzzle box is a bit of a dead card to me without Maralen in play. I'll think on it.

I had Innocent Blood in my list for a while but with so few creatures, I was hesitant to run it for fear of having to sacrifice something really good. I figured Chainer's Edict was safer and pretty cheap for .

nero92: Skullcage is definitely interesting. The CMC makes me hesitant but it would probably give better results than Shrieking Affliction. Hmm. Might be a nice upgrade.

NoSoyYucateco on One with Nothing

5 months ago

Have you considered Bloodhusk Ritualist? It's a great way to make a player dump their hand. Personally, I'd take it over Scythe Specter.

You might find a quicker route to locking down the whole table is Maralen of the Mornsong and Teferi's Puzzle Box. They tutor for a card, then put their hand on the bottom of their library. On your turn, stack the triggers the other way so that you put your hand on the bottom, then tutor for a card.

griffstick on Annoyance^2

7 months ago

Painful Quandary is perfect for your next tutor after destroying your opponents hands. Some cards you might want to add. Banshee of the Dread Choir, Scythe Specter and a nice combo plus fits the theme here is Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank one damage to any opponent will kill then or mill them and gain you lots of life. If you want protection from creatures? If your hand is empty like everyone else's hands? then Ensnaring Bridge works great here. Other good protection is Dread.

I see you have Magus of the Coffers! With only 6 swamps you can make infinite mana. Just add Sword of the Paruns and or Umbral Mantle one of these on your Magus of the Coffers and 6 swamps is infinite black mana

sian on Malfy is misbehaving.

7 months ago

I think you're right on Ever After, and Pestilence, and Magnetic Theft. I think there is a value in being able to make people discard from the hand, I think I'll take out Unnerve and Tasigur's Cruelty, and put in Swiftfoot Boots to fill that role but better. I think Megrim is worth keeping in, because doubling up on that effect is really good, and it really surprised me how much impact its had so far. I think Memory Jar is too expensive for what it would do in this deck.

I feel like I have too many recursion effects, so I want to take out Dread Return, maybe Call to the Netherworld too.

So I'll be able to put in Oversold Cemetery, Swiftfoot Boots, Plague of Vermin, Curse of the Cabal, Blade of Selves, Nihilistic Glee

I do want to get Hellcarver Demon and Jagged Poppet in too. I'm leaning towards taking out Sangromancer and Scythe Specter.

buraddo79 on The Dark Lord

7 months ago

Velkaarn Yes, Scythe Specter is what I wanted instead of Silent Specter. But I built this with cards actually available for me to purchase. Where I live (Japan), I couldnt find one at the store I buy from. I will get one maybe off of eBay or something and add it. It is more powerful and I like the art better as well. Ill leave it up as a suggestion until I actually get it. For now I like to stick with cards I actually own. Thanks for the upvote.

Velkaarn on The Dark Lord

7 months ago

Nevermind if it works or nay, this is simply too awesome to not upvote! Nice writeup and solid justifications for your choices on my cursory glance. How about Scythe Specter for one of the mounted Nazgul?

Grimjack on Nicol Bolas Slaver

10 months ago

The other changes I can recall were more ironing out the wrinkles:

+Sphinx Ambassador, -Lord of the Void. Both are big fliers that play cards from opponents decks but the sphinx was more interactive and hence entertaining.

-Blazing Specter, -Doomsday Specter, -Scythe Specter, +misc utility. The specter suite swapped out for. Lot of things over time, but I think I utilmately changed them to NB God Pharoh, Torment of Hailfire and Hour of Devastation. I later cut hour of devastation for Zealous Conscripts, and then later changed it to a Baleful Strix to help get more draw.

griffstick on Let's talk myriad again

10 months ago

I was reading Scythe Specter and was just trying think of the most effective way to maximize his ability and Blade of Selves felt like the number 1 way of doing this then I just started thinking. How good is blade of selves and what new Blade of Selves combos have you used in CMDR that really stood out or was just WOW this is good! Tell me your stories

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