Channeler Initiate


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Rare

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Channeler Initiate

Creature — Human Druid

When Channeler Initiate enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.

, Remove a -1/-1 counter from Channeler Initiate: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

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Channeler Initiate Discussion

Naj187 on Prehistoric Stompy

3 days ago

Have you considered going full Naya? Cards like Sky Terror, Kinjalli's Sunwing Cast Out Huatli, Warrior Poet seem fairly worth it, and the land base for adding white is pretty good Inspiring Vantage and Sunpetal Grove

I'd definitely recommend some ramp. Maybe Channeler Initiate or Beneath the Sands ?

Maybe this is the deck where Champion of Rhonas Shines?

Also Rhonas the Indomitable

Kizmetto on nayasaurusrex {updated 18/9}

5 days ago

upon testing Kinjalli Caller is much better than the Priest mainboard. Going to add 4, replacing priest and Channeler Initiate for it.

multimedia on New block, wait or start ...

6 days ago

Hey, the list looks good. Changes I would make to it are cut Channeler Initiate for Longtusk Cub. Or get 4x Cub when you buy the list to playtest in place of Initiate. Cut 1x Rhonas the Indomitable for a fourth Glorybringer. Add the fourth Botanical Sanctum for a Game Trail. Cut Cut/Ribbons for a second Spray.

If all you're planning to do is play Standard then you can skip buying Tireless Tracker and Chandra, Flamecaller because they rotate in two weeks saving you about $22.

Additional cards I think you should buy to playtest with when you get the list are: 4x Abrade and 4x Whirler Virtuoso.

AlertKnave8075 on closed

1 week ago


BaiZongTong on Archfiend Hapatra

1 week ago

How's Archfiend of Ifnir working out for you?

I play a similar deck and was excited about the archfiend, but didn't think there's enough cycling cards to make it worthwhile. Ruthless Sniper I thought may have been an interesting addition, but again, not enough good cycling cards. I run The Scorpion God instead for late-game big-hitting. It also helps with card advantage.

Cycling lands is a way to got to compensate the problem, but I run Blooming Marsh instead which allows the deck to be a lot faster.

An intersection is Stinging Shot, which is a great sideboard card against flyers like Glorybringer, and gives you three insects for just one mana with Nest of Scarabs. It also fits into the cycling requirement also.

On the topic of Nest of Scarabs, I find it to be perhaps the most powerful card in this setup, because it allows you to flood the board with creatures very cheaply. Combine it with the previously mentioned stinging shot, Channeler Initiate, or Exemplar of Strength, you are basically throwing out multiple 1/1s for just 1 or 2 mana. The 1/1s do more than just flooding the board. Target one of the 1/1 with one of those creature's ETB effect, and you have cheap 4/4 or 4/3 for just 2 mana.

I also find Supernatural Stamina to be extremely helpful in this setup, since it allows you to trigger ETB effects again. Imagine you have channeler on the board with some counters, and you play exemplar targeting channeler, channeler dies, but you play stamina to return it to the battle, triggering its ETB. Now you just created 6 -1/-1 counters in two batches, which allows you to either create two snakes with Hapatra and/or 6 insects with each tomb. It also helps you save creatures, and sometimes gives you that extra push for lethal damage.

With that many creatures, right now I run Westvale Abbey  Flip to transform the 1/1s into a giant creature. But when that rotates out, I'm thinking of something like Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter or Metallic Mimic to help.

Anyways, this is my interpretation of the deck. I recently splashed more red (I have red already since I was supporting the scorpion god), which affects the mana base, hence all the Aether Hub and Attune with Aether. I'm still debating whether this is the direction I want to go into.

goalicious on Hapatra, comin' atcha!

1 week ago


You could add Blooming Marsh and Overgrown Tomb to your mana base.

In my modern deck Snakes&Bugs I also use Devoted Druid and Contagion Clasp to create counters.Apart from this you could consider Khalni Hydra since you can cast it very cheap once Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons get's goingAnd Grind / Dust can be usefull. The Dust part can be cast with Channeler Initiate or Manalith and will probably a surprise for the other players.

I'm not sure if this changes make sense, since I haven't had a lot of oportunities to play commander.But maybe there is something in there for you.

TheVectornaut on beginner deck tips appreciatedb

2 weeks ago

You have a pretty good curve and some nice bombs, but like many new decks, the biggest problems are lack of consistency and lack of a unifying theme. I'd choose your favorite finisher and try to build the rest of the deck with that card in mind. Then, you just want to acquire duplicates of the best cards in that strategy so they can replace the less useful cards. If it was me, I'd focus on The Scorpion God and build around -1/-1 counters. Add green for Channeler Initiate, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, Obelisk Spider, etc. I'd also consider more Banewhip Punisher, Festering Mummy, Nest of Scarabs, Plague Belcher, and maybe Soul-Scar Mage with enough burn spells. Finally, I'd look at Torment of Hailfire as another win condition.

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