The Hypnotic Specter That Saved My Life – Update

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Earlier this month, I ran a story from Brainstorm Brewery about a twitter follower of mine who was diagnosed with cancer and found Magic: the Gathering to be the kind of diversion he needed to help him get through the long and difficult recovery process. He celebrated his victory by buying Hypnotic Specter, his favorite card and one that was now symbolic of his win over the disease.

Today we have an update. When I shared the story with various social media outlets, Wizards of the Coast's own Worth Wollpert contacted me asking for the author's address. The story inspired a lot of people and Worth wanted to send him a package. Well, it arrived today.





Worth had the R&D team sign a playset of hippies and they arrived just in time for Christmas. If this doesn't make you proud to be a part of this community, I don't know what will.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

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Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on He is also the Community Manager at and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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2 thoughts on “The Hypnotic Specter That Saved My Life – Update

  1. The original story was inspiring and touching. Follow that up with such a genuinely awesome gesture from WOTC, and you can’t help but smile. Thanks for sharing these stories and updates, as it helps to show (once again) how great the Magic community is!!
    Have a safe and Happy Holiday season everyone!!

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