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Makes Me Wonder If I Should Put This In Standard Mono Black Once Obliterator Is Out. Or Maybe It Will Be Grixis Once Obliterator Rotates,
Posted By: Blind_At_Heart (7/10/2012 1:04:35 PM)


What a great specter! I finally have an answer to Relentless Rats decks.
Posted By: Lotsofpoopy (9/5/2012 4:00:25 AM)


Hell yes.
Posted By: LordOfTheFlies87 (7/6/2012 5:22:59 PM)


Ride dat skull!
Posted By: Goatllama (10/19/2012 3:21:40 PM)


I always misread this as "Simian Specter."
my friends and I call him "that dirty monkey"
Posted By: WannabeJedi1337 (12/14/2012 11:10:53 PM)


I bought 4 of M13 because I think this is an obscene card!

The body is weak, but if you can run it with Dark Ritual on 2nd or (rarely) 1st turn, maybe the evasiveness with the ability can give you the game.

My game is casual, but sometimes is interesting to run some fireworks!
Posted By: Ratazana (3/3/2013 4:10:11 PM)


I manged to pull two of these guys from m13 packs and I love, love, LOVE them. While I'm sad how fragile they are my friends absolutely panic when they see this guy and do anything to get him off the field. I can easily recommend throwing in a pair of these guys in an exalted deck (to buff up their toughness), or in a Rakdos deck. In my case I like to throw down one of these guys alongside a Rix Maadi Guildmage or Carnage Gladiator, blocking becomes a tough choice at that point.
Posted By: RamenAwesome (5/30/2013 2:52:22 PM)


A wonderfully effective card, which I didn't notice was reprinted until just now. It's not just potentially repeatable discard - it's potentially repeatable discard of your choice. Add on to that, you can sometimes hit multiple copies of the same card in their hand. Add on to that, you get to see the contents of their deck. Add on to that, you can strip threats or answers out of the deck. Add on to that, the cards don't even stay in the graveyard.

Works great with bounce, and best of all with Echoing Truth - return all copies of the card from play, remove all copies from the hand and deck. Prioritize taking blockers and removal with your first hits, unless there's another target that you know you can't deal with otherwise. If your opponent isn't prepared, you can end up taking each card the turn before they would be able to play it. If you can control the board with your spells in the meantime, this card can net you a lot of advantage.
Posted By: JustWhie (6/25/2013 9:34:35 PM)


The only way he could be better is if he could take out nonbasic lands.

I always liked Lobotomy and for the same price this can do it repeatedly (except Lobotomy can get the nonbasic lands). I put him in my vintage BlackBlue with Dark Ritual and Hypnotic Specter, the original turn-one combo.

Seems making this 3 CMC would've been ridiculous, but I'm old and I don't want to see the Hypnotic that powercreeped.
Posted By: jfre81 (9/11/2013 9:32:40 PM)


This is an underrated card, strangely, because people seem to be overwhelmed by the type of text in the ability.

Compare to Doomsday Specter. Same CMC, multicolor, must return a creature to hand. But in return, the effect is for the opponent to discard a card of your choice rather than random, as from Hippie. But Doomsday gets 4 stars. This one gets 3.5, while being mono-black and not returning a creature, still also getting a card of your choice. On top of that, itexiles that card instead of putting it into the grave, and only then extracts all the other copies from the deck.

Sure, not every Lobotomy effect gets cards in hand. Some of those effects can also name cards not currently in the opponents hand. But this card isn't to be compared against Lobotomy effects, but rather against specters. And he's got some serious perks over Hypnotic Specter for the extra mana you pay. I have even seen Hippie in EDH once in a while, but never this guy. And whenev... (see all)
Posted By: Justice1337 (10/24/2013 3:52:14 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!