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At the beginning of your upkeep, destroy target creature with a -1/-1 counter on it.
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Crumbling Ashes Discussion
1 week ago
May I recommend switching Manalith for Commander's Sphere? Not only can you still tap for your Commander's colors, but you can also sac it to draw a card if you really need to. Also Crumbling Ashes is absolutely excellent in your deck when you rely on your opponent's creatures with -1/-1 counters dying. Warstorm Surge along with your infect creatures will deal infect damage because their damage is always infect damage!
4 weeks ago
Have you considered going the wither/infect route? For example, Juvenile Gloomwidow, Obelisk Spider, and Blightwidow are all spiders with wither/infect. There's Contagion Clasp which is basically just spider-shaped jewelry, and if you're willing to branch out and include cards that could be thematically connected to spiders (for example write Devoted Druid off as devoted to spiders, Poison Ivy style) then you could make an interesting wither control deck. Throw in some other creepy creatures with wither/infect such as Blight Mamba, add some spells that play with -1/-1 counters, such as Crumbling Ashes, and you've got a workable, if inefficient, spider deck. Or you could make a red/blue spider deck and be a spider man. ;D
1 month ago
I've been brewing Hapatra and to me it looks like you're not focused on her enough.
An example is Archfiend of Ifnir; you have 6 lands, 1 creature (him), and no other cards which cycle. Its payoffs seem very minor to have a slot even though it does give out -1/-1 counters.
Why so much support for Titania? Your deck almost looks like you really wanted to play her, not Hapatra. Yes, you have tutors or you could draw her but if you never see her, a lot of it becomes even less optimal. Speaking of lands, 15/38 come in tapped, that's almost half, and would make any start slow I would think.
Just like Nest of Scarabs, Flourishing Defenses is a great Plan C in case Hapatra cannot stay on the board. Redundancy is consistency.
Interesting build, I'd like to hear how it plays/evolves as time goes on!
1 month ago
I really love infect, so I think this deck is awesome. Here are a few suggestions: Archfiend of Ifnir, Black Sun's Zenith, Blowfly Infestation, Crumbling Ashes, Grind, and Necroskitter. In my experience, those are all good cards when spreading plagues.
2 months ago
I would replace Plague Belcher with Ammit Eternal. Good way to generate some -1 counters. Also, just a good beater on its own. Less effective against black kill spells and such, though. Works well as an additional card to feed Quillspike if they happen to stick around.
Inkmoth Nexus has also been solid for me. If anything, it helps stop a flyer and drops a -1 counter.
Speaking of lands, Shizo, Death's Storehouse is a relatively safe card. Comes into play untapped, still adds black, and can give Hapatra fear to get through some decks to use her ability.
Other than BSZ, infect, and Wither, you have nothing that puts -1 counters on their creatures. While things like Splendid Agony, Grim Affliction, and even Fume Spitter aren't needed for this deck, I feel like without some of these, Crumbling Ashes is pretty negative. You will HAVE to kill some of your creatures if you don't put counters on the opponent's creatures.
Some solid sideboard options are Hex Parasite as a way to help clear any -1 counters on your side, kill pesky walkers, or neuter Animar, Soul of Elements. Choke just because we don't like blue. Krosan Grip for MANY things including Sword of Feast and Famine and a Loxodon Warhammer that's preventing token beats.
Just my take on the deck. I like the way you have yours together!
2 months ago
Thank you for commenting. The great thing about Glistening Oil in this deck is that there isn't any downside or risk to using it on my own creatures. The counters can be taken off by Ammit Eternal and Channeler Initiate by themselves. Noxious Hatchling does it when I cast any other spells, and tokens replace themselves. It gives the creature wither, so if they block they're just gonna give more triggers. If they don't block I have an option to close the game out sooner. In case of a stalled board I can get a Snake/Insect/ +1 life +1 damage each turn.
Crumbling Ashes is literally the worst thing for this deck. I want -1/-1 counters on my creatures, and since it's not a may effect it would kill my Ammits, Hatchlings, and Channelers every turn.