Sunday, January 29, 2012

RCotD #78

Random Card of the Day #78:

Doomsday Specter - 2UB
Creature - Specter
When Doomsday Specter enters the battlefield, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand.
Whenever Doomsday Specter deals combat damage to a player, look at that player's hand and choose a card from it. The player discards that card.

Initial thoughts:

Wow. I'm sorry for posting this so late guys. If you didn't know today was the pre-release for the Dark Ascension. Me (Sefah), Lolzor, and my friend who I guess I will deem LightningCount, all went to the pre-release. Needless to say, we were quite occupied after two sealed events and then returning for home for more EDH. Most magic filled day in a long while.

Anyways about the card it is really bad. Like, not as bad as Goblin Bangchuckers, but still pretty bad in comparison to the other specters.

The cheapest specter I know of (with the actual combat damage discard, unlike Liliana's Specter) is Hypnotic Specter. It seems kind of unfair to compare a random discard to a chosen discard, so I would rather compare it to Shimian Specter. The difference besides searching everything and exiling it, is that is doesn't hit lands. And although it may be nifty, discarding lands at turn 5 when he can finally swing is not exactly the best, not to mention depending on the deck you are facing it will either be removed, or targeted discard could be worthless against a fast deck.

The other thing to note is that you can't play it alone. There's not many three drops (or at least amazing ones) that I would play. The perfect one that comes to mind is Sea Gate Oracle, which saw a lot of play at FNM's. Play him, bounce him for the specter, then replay him for his cantrip effect. That might be the best play I can come up with. Besides ridiculous things like playing Faceless Butcher, and with his exile effect on the stack, flash in this Specter with Leyline of Anticipation. Bounce the Faceless Butcher, and when his exile effect resolves you can permanently exile any creature. Like I said, outside of ridiculous things.

Overall, I don't like this card. It's a good card, especially against certain deck archetypes, but I would not play this over some of the other Specters, and actually it's only sub-par because of the bounce effect. I might even Guul Graz Specter over this. 2/5

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