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Community Rating: 3.570 / 5  (43 votes)
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Decent, flying is always good, I've found, and triggered combat damage abilities are always awesome with flying creatures.
Posted By: asskicker123456789 (1/9/2013 9:20:13 AM)


The solidity of playing ability and flavor make this a perfect part of the core set. The flying and 3 toughness make it understandable in ability. The flavor is interesting as well: when you gaze under its hood as it flies at you, you are so mortified by his face that you forget what you were about to cast . . .
Posted By: MaestroWingnut (1/10/2013 9:08:59 AM)


pretty good the 2/3 makes a much bigger difference than you think. It would be a lot easier to stop if it was a 2/2.
Posted By: nubiop (1/17/2009 11:47:39 AM)


i prefer a 2/2 Shimian Specter which is in exchange able to Extirpate your opponents hand instead,
or having a Hypnotic Specter being a 2/2 three-drop that doesn't let your opponent decide which card he or she discards, though.
Posted By: Mode (2/6/2009 2:55:52 PM)


To gaze under its hood is to bring disappointment it's not a hypnotic specter
Posted By: TravisBlanchard (10/8/2012 10:18:55 AM)


The 7th Edition artwork was a little better and more darker. Again the Hypnotic Specter still beats this one.
Posted By: Opant1 (3/28/2009 10:38:27 PM)


Since Bolt came back, 3 toughness has gotten weaker. As Mode said, Shimian is better.
Posted By: Fanaticmogg (1/28/2011 4:34:51 PM)


Actually, it is better to play Guul Draz Specter if you wanna be aggro or Shimian Specter if you wanna be control.

But, if you are a casual player or are in a budget it's ok to play the Abyssal.
Posted By: Ratazana (5/8/2013 12:55:30 PM)


It's a pretty big nerf over Hypnotic Specter. One mana make a huge difference with discard, because you need to start making your opponent discard as fast as possible, before they have a chance to bring out their key cards; and the difference between a random discard and a chosen discard is also huge.

But it's still a very good and usable card, which just shows how overpowered Hypnotic Specter was.
Posted By: Aquillion (5/12/2013 8:11:54 AM)


When I rate the cards I have in mind that Hypnotic Specter is rare, and Abysal Specter as an uncommon. For most of you this probably doesn't have a sense, but I think it's not fair to compare rare with common/uncommon. Nowadays you may have almost every card, but can you imagine If rare was really "rare", then for one additional mana plus +1 toughness.........
Posted By: CTORH (2/24/2014 2:58:43 AM)