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Blizzard Specter
Cold Snap


Reviewed July 20, 2006

Constructed: 2.22
Casual: 3.15
Limited: 3.12

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BMoor

Blizzard Specter

One of the few multicolor cards in Coldsnap that actually compliments its corresponding Ravnica guilds, Blizzard Specter will go great along with its older brother Hyppie in U/B control. The bounce effect is probably much preferable to the discard, but it would depend on the situation. Also, get two of these to swing at once against a player with an empty hand, and you can stack the abilities so that the opponent returns something to their hand and immediately discards it. This guy's definitely better in a flock (or would it be called a murder?)

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 3.5
 

Jordan Kronick

Blizzard Specter

I've become accustomed to opening this guy in my first pack, and I rarely pick anything else. Black/Blue is a great combination in CCC drafting and the specter helps immensely. If you can get this guy out on turn 4 (or earlier) he's a wrecking ball. You can pretty much ignore the discard ability because in the early game the real beef comes with the bouncing. If you can start bouncing your opponent's land (or even
creatures) before they get in a position to defend themselves, he can go all the way. And if they manage to find something easily bouncable (or something you don't want them to be casting every turn), then you can switch to discard mode. This is one of the best specters ever.

Constructed Rating - 2.9
Casual Rating - 3.1
Limited Rating - 3.5
 


Christine
Gerhardt

Blizzard Specter

Gawd, this thing is irritating as hell to play against in limited. Coldsnap doesn't have a lot of removal, nor great ways to deal with flyers. If you wasted your little removal on other things, Specter will beat you up and set you far enough behind to matter.

Don't see it in constructed, but a nice add to casual Specter decks.


Constructed - 2
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 3
 

Aburame Shino

Blizzard Specter

As much as I want to like this card, there's just not enough about it that makes it amazing to me. The discard effect can be a nuisance if left unchecked, but if I wanted recurring discard I'd use Hypnotic Specter or Nezumi Shortfang, both of which cost less than this card with the prior discard ability being out of the opponent's control. Yet again the return effect can be annoying, but the problem is that the opponent gets to choose what to return to their hand. So the return ability won't be all that hot if they're returning a Loxodon Hierarch everytime you choose to bounce something.

This card only shines in two ways; the first one being if there are two copies in play while the opponent has no cards in hand. You attack, force the opponent to return something, then with the other specter discard it. That may seem good, but it's actually not as easy to do as you may think. The other situation is if you grab him in limited, because repetitive discard is a pain to deal with.

Constructed: 1 - We've got Hypnotic Specter, why do we need this?
Casual: 1.5 - The point of Casual is to have fun. This card is just annoying.
Limited: 2.5 - It's a flier with recurring discard.
 
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