Creature — Insect
When Decimator Beetle enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature you control.
Whenever Decimator Beetle attacks, remove a -1/-1 counter from target creature you control and put a -1/-1 counter on up to one target creature defending player controls.
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Decimator Beetle Discussion
3 days ago
Not bad, but needs more cowbell.
I decided to splash white so I could go 100% in on the token generation part of this deck and drop in some card draw as well so I could get the combo faster. You can see what I put together here: Four Color Token Engine
Several thoughts besides the token part - I always thought Decimator Beetle was just sooo slow and clunky. Also, Die Young is complete poopy here cuz its not counters it temporary & you also don't have energy.
Also, if you're going to run 4 hapatra's mark and 3 shred weakness, you 100% need Ammit Eternal because their synergies with him is bonkers.
6 days ago
okie dokie! lets begin
at this point I just like 24 lands in any 60 card deck I have, buuuuut I do have plenty of faith that the 22 you have is fine. now the only change I would make to lands is adding 4 Ifnir Deadlands and maybe 2 Grasping Dunes. the Ifnir Deadlands I must say from experience are way more powerful then they look and to top it off fit your decks theme, so 100% includes. now Grasping Dunes is weaker but it is in them, so they are maybes. now what i would replace is 4 Swampfor ifnirs and 2 Foul Orchard for Grasping Dunes. but once again dunes are definitely a maybe, it won't hurt you at all to not have them
now I know Liliana, Death Wielder is in theme, but for 7 mana she does not do nearly enough so I could never suggest her in any deck outside of commander. Now Vraska, Relic Seeker may not be in theme but she alone is a fire magnet that ends the game by herself while being good removal in your colors. so if you want a planeswalker in this deck shes the only one I can suggest.
no real suggestions, there really is only one for your slot. maybe add a fourth since its the decks theme.
you already have push but a few things you could add are Blossoming Defense it may not be in theme but it can act like a kill spell and save your hapatras. Hapatra's Mark is an in theme blossoming defense. buuut sometimes you may want that +2/+2. Splendid Agony its not super but it triggers your stuff and can kill creatures, so really good in your deck needs play testing to be sure. Torment of Venom its pricey but i like how many counters you get out of it, plus the punish effect can be fun. Vraska's Contempt is solid sideboard tech for a deck with gods or planeswalkers.
Grind is cheap, kills possibly two creatures and channeler initiate can cast the dust part. but probably better in the sideboard. its not super strong but Hazardous Conditions is a fun field bomb your creatures could technically survive if they have -1/-1 counters on them, but against constrictor decks it does nothing sooo sideboard against token decks or just don;t use it. Its just a funny card that would surprise your opponents when your creatures survive it. Lethal Sting is your decks unlicensed disintegration, that can trigger your other cards. lastly maybe a field bomb like Yahenni's Expertise.
Archfiend of Ifnir though you don't have much cycle or discard he can wipe a board and do massive triggers, just need some discard/cycle cards. Bone Picker not to theme but your deck should have things die often. so a 3/2 flyer for 1 is awesome. Crocodile of the Crossing this is one of the best cards you can add, its in them and as game ending as hazoret with 5 power haste. i just love the idea of playing it putting the counters on a festering mummy, making tokens then put festering mummies counter on an enemy card to make more tokens then hit for 5. its soooo good. Decimator Beetle i do agree with you its cost makes it slow, but a one of might be good. Plague Belcher no your not zombies but the counters and 3 cost 5/4 menace means he is in theme with ridiculous power. Ruthless Sniper like archiend if you go cycle in any way he fits the theme.
so those are all my suggestions the actual changes i would go through with is- trade 4 Swamp for 4 Ifnir Deadlands, trade lili for vraska, take outWalk the Plank replace it with 2 Lethal Sting (worse but in theme) or keep 2 walk the planks and add 2 Yahenni's Expertise. take out Baleful Ammit and replace it with 2 Plague Belcher, go down a Banewhip Punisher to 2 and add a Channeler Initiate to 3. take out the Defiant Greatmaw and add 4 Crocodile of the Crossing. trade 2 hapatras for 2 Exemplar of Strength. so you have 4 exemplars and 2 hapatras. I cant promise this will be super strong with what little support wizards gave us but this is what i suggest.
1 week ago
Haha sorry I got this post confused with your comment on the deck itself.
Decimator Beetle is a great card and I had it in the original deck but it always seemed a bit underwhelming. I havent tried it since I made some changed and I think now it might be a bit better in the deck. Ill try it out again!
1 week ago
Hey thanks for the input Leon9358!
I have considered Decimator Beetle and while it is a great card and seems like it would fit in the deck it actually does more harm than good.
1 week ago
Decimator Beetle you should consider this when it attacks it triggers your nest of scarabs
3 weeks ago
Innnnnnteresting. You know, I've been toying a similar deck for a while, but this wasn't the approach I took. I never noticed how well the Ammit Eternal works as a battery, and I like your inclusion of the Westvale Abbey Flip as a closer -- Ormendahl is a hell of a beater.
Sadly, I don't have a whole lot of suggestions to offer, but Throne of the God-Pharaoh was the closer I opted for, and it might be of interest to you, especially for its low cost and how wide you will be going.
Ifnir Deadlands can be worth running for extra counters when you get mana flooded later on and don't have places to spend your mana.
You can drop a Decimator Beetle for the same amount of mana as The Scorpion God and place a minus counter for free whenever it attacks, which might allow you to drop your red splash and tighten your mana pool.
Your Channeler Initiate makes Grind / Dust a viable option that gives you some more removal and a nasty boardwipe presence people might not expect; Banewhip Punisher and Soulstinger similarly both provide removal, albeit single target, that works with the deck.
Actually, the Stinger, in particular, might warrant additional consideration beyond the point above, as it provides a great dump location for minus counters from things like Exemplar of Strength and Channeler Initiate later on. You can swing with the Stinger, then play one of the two during your second main phase and drop the counters on him, netting you two -1 counter triggers for 'patra and the spider, as well as 5 triggers for the Scarab Nest, alongside dropping a permanent -5/-5 on the enemy board.
Hapatra's Mark provides great protection from single target removal and will help your Ammit Eternal stay alive if it can't get in; it also helps any other creature accumulating your minus counters. I sadly don't have any antiboardwipe suggestions, though, and things like Blazing Volley and Sweltering Suns always gave my deck a ton of trouble. :(
Anyway, those are the most useful suggestions that come to mind. Thanks for the Ammit Eternal idea, I'mma steal it now. Woooooosh! /O/
1 month ago
With work now it is tough to find time for any magic these days but I'd still like to have something available to play with. My current standard deck will rotate almost half the deck so it will be useless. I have a few ideas for build around, but haven't been able to get past that stage. Below are the interests in question:
Decimator Beetle : maybe B/G/X - counters?
Bastion Inventor : maybe the top end of an artifacts matter deck? U/X maybe with the new gold or thopters/servos? Voltron maybe?
Or a Prowess like deck maybe... if at all possible.
Thanks for reading and/or helping. Any help is appreciated, I love the game and hate not having enough time for it anymore. Semi budget btw, don't want to spend a fortune but doesn't have to be dirt cheap either.