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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
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!
1 week 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.
1 week ago
I thought you'd be using Glistening Oil on opponents creatures to make them less useful. It would tick down that creature every turn and make a chump blocker, and you can always let it hit you, since you can take a few hits before poison counters become an issue.
Anyway, what about Crumbling Ashes?
2 weeks ago
A lot of the creatures with Wither can also be useful. Boggart Ram-Gang comes to mind.
The same goes for Infect. Glistener Elf, Phyrexian Vatmother, Ichorclaw Myr, Inkmoth Nexus, Phyrexian Crusader, Flensermite, and Phyrexian Hydra are probably the ones on-curve. I'd be wary of Infect, though, because it means you're trying to win via both poison counters and regular damage. You could also fall into the trap of being just a really bad Infect deck. Glistening Oil might offset this to some degree, but it's not very good on its own compared to just jamming in more creatures.
2 weeks ago
Midnight Banshee is in the sideboard, along with 2 of Kulrath Knight due to mama cost. Tried having all of that main board but that became extremely top heavy and often lost with all of that in he hand and no earlier plays.
3 weeks ago
Hey, thanks for the link. That will definitely help me with my lists and future builds.
The Command Zone had this deck featured in a episode of "The Command Zone" and their game series "Game Knights"
Here are a couple suggestions I found while researching the Hapata build.
Flourishing Defenses - More token generation.
Midnight Banshee - Wither, plus a great upkeep trigger
Crumbling Ashes - Similar trigger on a harder to remove enchantment and a lower CMC.
Vhati il-Dal - A great way to two card combo kill tough creatures.
Eternal Witness - E witness for life.
Craterhoof Behemoth - A perfect finisher for all of those nasty deathtouch tokens.
Glistening Oil - Pseudo-recurring single target removal.
Eldrazi Monument - Another synergy card with the tokens from Hapatra.
Archfiend of Ifnir -The aforementioned Deadly Demon.
Woodfall Primus - Persist and a great ETB trigger.
Ulvenwald Tracker - An option.
Cards I would remove:
Intimidation - A very expensive enchantment that doesn't grant you much synergy as I don't think you will be wanting to attack often. Rather rest on your defenses until the timing is perfect. I.E. Craterhoof Behemoth or Overrun
Ferropede - Cannot justify taking a card slot. IMO.
Tainted Strike - How are you going to get the last points of Infect damage?
4 weeks ago
If thought of Cauldron of Souls but I worry my creatures will have counters on them when they need saving.
Necropolis Regent is a good idea :D
1 month ago
Crumbling Ashes would be good, but it can be kind of hard to find now that Hapatra is a popular commander. It looks like you're trying to pump out as many neg counters as possible so have you considered Cauldron of Souls? If there are lots of board wipes in your playgroup, it's a nice lifeline and it has the potential to make lots of neg counters. Add Necropolis Regent or Mikaeus, the Unhallowed to counteract the negative counters with positive ones and your creatures become very hard to remove for good. That's just a combo I've ran in mono black before. You've got access to green so Vigor would make it even more bananas. I hope you find this helpful at least.