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Hypnotic Specter
Ninth Edition

Reviewed July 22, 2005

Constructed: 3.41
Casual: 3.9
Limited: 4.01

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Hypnotic Specter - Friday

The effect that this card will have on the metagame is completely debatable. There are a ton of discussions on this right now. I don't think the impact will be that great, but it will definitely be felt in some way shape or form. Without Dark Ritual, he's definitely not what he used to be, but he will still be good to have around at times.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5

Paul Hagan

Hypnotic Specter --

When people complained about Dark Ritual going out of Standard, they obviously didn't see the lighter side of it. If you get rid of the ability to play certain cards on Turn 1, such as Hypnotic Specter, they are actually *balanced*. I'm glad Hippie is back, and the fun part is, he really is just about as good as he can be without being overpowered. Expect to see the Specter roaming about in several black decks, but don't expect to see him inspiring the fear of old. As far as new additions to 9th Edition, Hippie is probably one of my favorites.

In limited, Hypnotic Specter should probably make the cut, especially because it is an early creature with evasion. The fact that it can slowly wreck your opponent's game plan doesn't hurt, either.

Constructed Rating: 3.5
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.5
Tim Stoltzfus Hypnotic Specter

This classic will make an impact. Part of me wonders what possessed Wizards of the Coast to reprint this card. Without Dark Ritual, it is certainly not as brutal as it used to be, but with the enemy-color pain lands coming back in 9th Edition, and Birds of Paradise coming in Ravinca, being able to play this card 2nd turn for a 3rd turn attack is very likely. Even in a mono black deck that runs Chrome Mox and Wayfarer’s Bauble to power out 2nd turn Hypnotic Specter could make an impact. Be aware of this card, it will likely be showing up in decks for quite a while. In limited, this is a tough call. It is definitely playable, but will probably be second fiddle to removal in most cases. In draft, likely a 2nd-4th pick.

Constructed 4.5
Casual 4
Limited 3.5

Tim Stoltzfus


Hypnotic Specter

Hippie has returned, and while he is a sentimental favorite, I think many will find he just lacks the luster to make an impression in this Dark Ritualess world. Maybe some forget that without Dark Ritual to power this guy out turn 1, he's really not that great. He's only good when you can have him swinging and wrecking your opponent's hand right off the bat, making it difficult for them to deal with it. You're hoping for the reaction to spiral out of control, especially by using other cards in your deck to accellerate the discard effect. A hippie on turn 3 just isn't the same thing.

In casual, Specter may still find a loyal audience, as the casual realm may allow Dark Rituals to be played. In that case, good times. In limited, it's an auto-include for black builds - your opponent may have a difficult time dealing with this guy.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 4

The Antman

Hypnotic Specter- Rare- 9th

hey everyone. i am back from my long trip to origins and beyond and now i am all freshend up enough to give you all a CotD of one of my most fav. cards in the whole game, hypnotic specter, or as he is known in the magic world: Hyppie.

a 2/2 flyer for 3 you say? already this is sounding not too bad of a card, but when u tack on a ability it seems almost too good to be true. his reusuable discard ability makes him amazing good. he pretty much garintees you atleast 1 card gone from your opponets hand as early as turn 3. I do agree that he is only a shadow of his former self with out dark ritual, but he is still a awsome card with a awsome ability. also if you havnt seen his new art i would suggest you go look for it, it is simply amazing (10/5 for art), whoever drew him up is now one of my fav. artists.

anyways back to the review, even tho hyppy was a great card at one time will he be as great again? to tell you the sad but humble truth, I dont think so. the fact that he lost the ability to come out turn 1 via D. Ritual and the fact that discard isnt as powerful as it used to be he probably wont see much play out side casual and limited.

constructed - 4/5 i am going by his use in other formats other than future T2, and in older formats he is a lot more formitible
limited - 4.6/5 some would probably say a little high but i think a 2/2 flyer with a discard ability for 3 is really good.
casual - 3/5 not much of a casual card but it doesnt make him any less interesting

final thought - i really hope he is more useful in 9th T2 than i said he would be, but as ive said before, only time will tell.

Secret Squirrel

Hypnotic Specter

“Useful” is the word that comes to mind when I think of this card. “Will see play” is a little bit foggier. Its ability to discard is conveniently coupled with flying, which is what makes the card useful. It’s cool; a great card for limited as it’s a black flier and the discard can come back to bite you. I’m just having a tough time envisioning this doing well in Constructed. It’s meant to attack for multiple turns to make a big difference, and while I see that happening in Limited, it just doesn’t seem possible in Constructed. “Time will tell, however.”

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
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