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I find it amusing that this is being reprinted at the same time as Battle of Wits. One of the most fun losses (sounds weird but true) I ever had was when I got hit by Shimian Specter while holding Battle of Wits (1 turn before I could cast it!) thereby removing all my Battle of Wits cards ha.
Posted By: TreeTrunkMaster (7/6/2012 11:01:11 AM)
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This seems like a nice replacement for Memoricide.

Memoricide doesn't restrict you to what's in their hand, but this allows you know what's in their hand and take out whatever they might play next turn.
Posted By: Xilinoc (7/5/2012 6:05:43 PM)
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This is the most balance cmc for effect. Birds of paradise, Fervor and this makes people quit turn 4 in standard lol.
Posted By: housebob11 (8/9/2012 8:09:29 PM)
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Great replacement for surgical extraction and memoricide as others have said. This will fit nicely into a U/B mill/damage deck with jace's phantasm and mindshrieker...

More importantly its the good old specter CMC, which reminds greatly of the fun I had in the m11 cycle with guul'draz specter, painful quandary and inquisition of Kozilek... Ahh, memories
Posted By: Vakyoom (7/7/2012 5:29:18 PM)
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Ooh, didn't expect to see you turn up.
Posted By: blindthrall (7/8/2012 5:40:35 AM)
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Combo with Silent Departure (or Unsummon if you want). Gets rid of a blocker and makes sure you'll never, ever see it again.

Really one of the creepiest creatures possible. "Oh, I'll just slip into your mind, retrieve your most precious memory, and steal every thread of it. You'll always know I've taken something special, but you'll never remember what."
Creee-ee-e--e---epy!
Posted By: Starshayd (7/18/2012 10:09:17 PM)
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Aaah, another great reprint. I sure do respect my specters, and I sure like this one.

I think this goes well with exalted, for a start. The typical Specter weakness lies in their fragility (often only 2/2s), but with the new Black exalted toys (such as Duty-Bound Dead) make this a much more appealing attacking prospect.
Posted By: Splizer (7/31/2012 8:29:01 AM)
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I like to use this with Otherworld Atlas. Make them draw a decent amount, as do I, and when it hits, I remove one of their key creatures like Delver of Secrets, sorcery speed removal like Oblivion Ring or even an instant that they can't afford to cast right that second. Then that keystone of their structured deck is gone. And another one will be gone next turn. All of this for 4 mana!
Posted By: OceanicSphinx (8/31/2012 8:51:05 AM)
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This is NOT the 'good old specter cmc'. That would be three mana. The other card in your hand would be dark ritual. I'm showing my age.

I don't like specters unless you can drop them turn 1, but the flavor and artwork of this card is admittedly really, really cool. I kept mine just so i could look at the artwork.
Posted By: Laguz (7/20/2012 3:18:06 PM)
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Could have easily been 3 CMC. Hypnotic Specter is just not good any more. Dark Ritual is not being reprinted. Sedraxis Specter was extremely well done. This card does not give you any more card advantage than any of those cards, just a neat side effect. The picture and effect are so cool, I wish it was just slightly more playable.
Posted By: Bobth (8/15/2012 6:58:28 PM)
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