Shimian Specter

Shimian Specter

Creature — Specter


Whenever Shimian Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with the same name as that card and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

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Set Rarity
Magic 2013 (M13) Rare
Future Sight (FUT) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Shimian Specter Discussion

Munchaus on DCI Banhammer

1 year ago


I like the Unmoored Ego, and if I added blue then Meddling Mage would seem like a good route. Unfortunately, Meddling Mage dies to almost every piece of removal in Modern. So it becomes far less viable and leaves us with just the Ego. I do like it, but that would be a painful manabase since the deck is so heavy on double color costed cards. Eradicate, Shimian Specter and Circu are all really neat too, but going heavier into four mana and greater cards not only shaves off our low cost silver bullets, but it also heightens our chance at dead cards in our hands. But thank you for taking the time to share your ideas and I wish you luck in your version!


I honestly don't know how I forgot about Spyglass. The information that it provides about our opponent's hand and future game plan in game 2 and 3 is pretty great. Good on you for the great idea!

Guffawkle on DCI Banhammer

1 year ago

If you're willing to splash blue, Unmoored Ego would be a perfect upgrade for this deck. There's also Eradicate and its kin from Betrayers of Kamigawa. And If you decide you want creatures, just know that Shimian Specter and Circu, Dimir Lobotomist exist.

This beautiful conglomeration of absolute denial has inspired me to build a similarly themed deck that I am presently aiming to make competitive, so thank you.

SynergyBuild on Drain and Gain, Die and Cry

1 year ago

Shimian Specter is a little slow, and doesn't have any immediate impact, as does Drana, Liberator of Malakir, and even a Cabal Coffers, for when games don't get to 5 lands.

AMJacker on UltraDimir

1 year ago

good question Unlife. At this point you just wait for a tap out. I'll likely have to make room for a Shimian Specter or two.

Darkshadow327 on Schemes of the Omnipotent

1 year ago


Mindleech Mass was in here, but during testing I just never really wanted to cast it. Shimian Specter is good if I run into an Athreos, God of Passage + Shadowborn Apostle deck (it was everywhere after the Command Zone episode and it was driving me insane. Luckily the deck has died down now). Doomsday Specter sounds interesting, and I love Kheru Mind-Eater. Glasses of Urza could be interesting, it would allow me to see if I wanted a certain opponent to discard their hand.


It's all good, I just remind people because I've posted and haven't been commented on before. I totally understand, I've done it too.

I've been on the fence about It That Betrays for a while, but Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire cannot be in the deck due to the green symbol in its mana cost.

Thanks for letting me know about Last Word in the land slot, I have no idea how it happened and probably wouldn't have noticed.

Thanks for the suggestions guys! You've given me a lot to think about (and thanks for not saying anything about Dragon Tempest, it gets annoying have to explain why that is in here sometimes)!

Bxbx on Schemes of the Omnipotent

1 year ago

Hey, I play a similar deck in esper that tries to control the opponent's hands. Some cards I play in it are: Silent-Blade Oni, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, Mindleech Mass, Ghastlord of Fugue, Shimian Specter, Doomsday Specter, Kheru Mind-Eater, Rootwater Thief, Head Games and Glasses of Urza. Maybe some of those cards would also work in your deck. Also Mindclaw Shaman.

hungry000 on Say My Name

1 year ago

np, glad to help :) Since you did decide to go with that route, I strongly suggest adding Wrench Mind (probably in place of Brain Pry) and a couple Raven's Crime to your deck. Wrench Mind is often a two-for-one and is likely the best way to get the opponent's hand empty quickly in modern (plus it puts 2 counters on the Quest in one go), and Raven's Crime is a great way to turn dead lands in the late game into more discard or use your lands if you flood out. Also, you might want to consider playing Hypnotic Specter over Shimian Specter for the random discard effect, which is REALLY strong. It costs less and triggers the Quest too.

simon9011 on Hypno Seize

2 years ago

Maybe you could try Guul Draz Specter instead of Shimian Specter.

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