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Shimian Specter
Future Sight

Reviewed May 4, 2007

Constructed: 2.71
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.42

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Shimian Specter - Friday

This is another interesting card. It costs four mana for a 2/2 flier. That's less than exciting. But it does come strapped with the ability to completely remove all copies of a card from your opponent's deck. It could be an interesting card to play against control decks.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2


Shimian Specter
Hypnotic Specter meets Lobotomy.  Any opportunity to get a card out of your opponent's hand AND make it impossible for them to draw it again is an opportunity worth taking, especially if it's tied to a 2/2 flier who's dealing damage anyway.
Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.6
David Fanany Shimian Specter

Shimian Specter is basically Lobotomy on wings. Lobotomy was a good card, but it also wasn't a creature. Shimian Specter won't hit the opponent until turn five (or four, with an accelerant of some sort) at the earliest, meaning it has an even larger window for the opponent to set up a counter wall, burn it to death, or otherwise make it irrelevant. If it does hit, though, it can basically dismantle a control or combo deck. I wouldn't write it off entirely. In limited play, the Lobotomy effect will often not be stellar unless your opponent managed to draft multiple copies of some good card. It's still a 2/2 flyer, though, and that is often good enough.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5

Shimian Specter

Constructed: Lobotomy, Cranial Extration and Extirpate all had a benefit to their ability that they could rip apart an opponent’s deck when you cast them, not a turn later, and not in a fashion that could be blocked. Granted the Specter is a nice idea, but for four mana and in a small 2/2 body it is a vulnerable means of attacking your opponent’s deck. It’s a nice idea but it’s going to cost cards to protect it or to ensure that it does infact hit your opponent, and even then it won’t work against an opponent that has no cards in hand (or at least no relevant cards).

Casual/Multi: If your table is afflicted by a lot of combo decks then this is a pretty good solution. Reusable deck destruction can work to your advantage in a multiplayer setting allowing you to affect the player in the strongest position. Casual games can dip into a few more abstract cards that wouldn’t see play in constructed formats to make sure their card is protected and will get through, cards like Writ of Passage or Whispersilk cloak. And being a Specter gives it some bonus points for giving another creature to a fun black tribe.

Limited: the best way to deal with an opponent’s bomb is to get rid of it before it hits the table. When Shimian Specter comes out it creates a must deal with threat that if not blocked will not only take out the best card in your opponents hand at the time (and any extra copies they have in their deck; hurting players that try and draft lots of multiples of things like Blight speaker) but can also give you great insight into the other threats and cards in your opponents deck, information that makes or breaks sideboarding for games 2 and 3. Granted the Specter doesn’t have a huge body, but in a color with so much removal it shouldn’t be all that hard to clear the road for him.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4
The Missing Linc Shimian Spector

Find an answer quick. In a set that may really bring combo to the fore of standard, this card will see play. Even without a lot of combo, this card will see play. While it won't be there as soon as the hypie, it comes soon after and unless you are ready, then it will hurt. This is coming out in the new blue/black preconstructed deck as well, so it will likely see play quickly in the world of small town Friday night tournies. I have to say this is in my top 5 list from this set.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 4
Shimian Specter:

Constructed: Run hypnotic over this. This costs 1 more, and as far as board position goes, does the exact same thing.

Casual: Can't afford hippy? Well, this guy is probably going to cost you less to pick up, but, costs you more mana to play. Balance that as you will.

Limited: Card advantage on a 2/2 flyer? Sure thing. I'll take it here.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
PsychoAnime Review by PsychoAnime

If Shimian Specter hits, it can really end a combo player's game. But seeing
as how this comes out on turn 4 and hits on turn 5, it's likely game already.
And it's going to be rare that this will actually go through to deal damage.

In casual, it's ok as I see this being in the junk rare section so it's
readibly obtainable but it certainly won't have a big impact on the game, most
likely just drawing out some removal.

In limited, it flies and attacks your opponent's hand!

Constructed: 1.5/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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