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Guul Draz Specter
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Guul Draz Specter
Zendikar

Reviewed November 8, 2009

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.80
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 3.00

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BMoor

Guul Draz Specter

Is the +3/+3 worth costing a mana more than ol' Hyppie, and losing the random part of the discard so your opponent can choose what he or she wants to pitch? I think so. Hyppie's biggest problem has traditionally been that once your opponent plays out his or her hand, it's just a 2/2 flyer. Hardly worth the price of admission. Guul Draz Specter here solves that-- once your opponent is out of cards in hand, it becomes a Dragon-sized beatstick. Your opponent will be desperate to hold cards in hand, only to have to pitch them to the Specter!

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Guul Draz Specter

I remember Entropic Specter from way back in Exodus, and how even though he was good, you still sometimes felt a little bad even when you were attacking your opponent because your cool Specter got weaker. Guul Draz Specter, by contrast, is all upside, punishing your opponent both for not blocking him and for trying to play their hand out faster than him. He may not be what competitive play is looking for right now, but he can still do a lot of damage. And you'd be surprised how often people end up with no cards in their hand in limited matches!

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Miguel

Friday 11-6-09

 

Guul Draz Specter

 

Constucted: Another Specter. Dark Ritual cannot get it into play on the first turn.

 

Casual & Multiplayer: Well if someone in your muliplayer game has no cards, this dude is bigger.

 

Limited: It flies. There are a few uncommons and maybe a common or two that I would pick over this card. But it fly so I might hate draft it if I was not into black.

 

Overall it is just another Specter that can get bigger.

 

Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 3

Limited: 3

 

Later

Miguel

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Guul Draz Specter the latest in a long line
of Flying hand destroying specters. In fact there are seventeen
different specter cards in Magic and all save one involve some kind of
reduction to your opponent's hand size, just ignore the black sheep of
the family Dread Specter. Having used this concept so many times it can
be difficult to fairly judge newer additions to the theme. Hypnotic
Specter and Sedraxis Specter are both still standard legal and can be
played earlier in the game, provided the right mana is available of course.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer I feel better options exist as
keeping an opponent at a single card is a difficult prospect to maintain
for any long period of time and the act of discarding to this effect
would be before any increase in power. Whenever the opponent has even a
single card in hand this is a strictly worse Hypnotic Specter and there
is little reason to run this card instead.

For Limited this specter isn't as bad as the other formats and the
possibility of your opponent running at no cards in is a bit more
likely. Playing any other cards that support a discard theme can assist
in the potential 5/5 Flying threat, but it is still uncommon and by
being a frequent target of removal rarely seen. I don't see this as a
first pick in Booster as the cost is a bit high for a 2/2 Flying and
locks you into a difficult draft color, but if running Black already
this is a decent addition to the aerial offense. In Sealed it depends
entirely on the rest of your pool, but aside from an unlikely hand
destroying theme this is likely to be just an overpriced 2/2 in the air.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

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