Creature — Ouphe
Whenever Dusk Urchins attacks or blocks, put a -1/-1 counter on it.
When Dusk Urchins is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card for each -1/-1 counter on it.
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Dusk Urchins Discussion
2 days 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!
3 days ago
whistle A lot of comments here!
hurricane219: Protean Hulk has been spectacular in this list, especially when I can Defense of the Heart for it and a sac outlet. I'd highly recommend it to any deck relying on creature-based combos ;)
gdm1989 (first comment): I've thought about including Asceticism before. However, I rarely have the 2 mana open to regenerate, and it doesn't protect token swarms very well. I wish I could find a slot, though...
Craterhoof Behemoth is a great card, and even neater since all of my combat-relevant creatures have deathtouch :) but it simply comes down too late in many cases. I initially ran it so I could Natural Order in the late game, but I found that I rarely waited that long once I draw Natural Order. I put Triumph of the Hordes in its slot, and I wish I could play both, but slots are tight...
Archfiend of Ifnir is a card I WANT to use here, but I simply do not have enough discard. I'd have to make discard into a strong subtheme in the deck, and I definitely don't have enough slots to do that reliably...I suppose I could use all 7 relevant cycling lands, but that would slow my curve down pretty hard...
Forgotten Ancient is interesting! I'll keep that in mind haha.
Seshiro the Anointed is a dead 6-mana card if I can't make tokens with Hapatra...
Seasons Past is an amazing piece of recursion, I'm surprised more people don't run it. I usually get at least 4 cards back for 6 mana. I wish I could run fetches for increased value...
3 days ago
Craterhoof Behemoth Is a good card but I rarely pull him most games lol I've been using him before I tweaked the deck
Archfiend of Ifnir like Bhaal666 said it would be better in a discard/cycle variant
Dusk Urchins Can provide you with card adventage pretty fast It's worth running
Seshiro the Anointed while draw power and giving snakes power is good and all but it's situational and can slow the deck down if you can't generate snakes
Shisato, Whispering Hunter would be a better alternative to seshiro
I also suggest running
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa in a hapatra deck if you want to slow your opponents down when it comes to mana
Bitter Ordeal with the hapatra combo to exile a library
Woodfall Primus with Mickey if you want to be that guy lol
I wish I can run Blightsteel Colossus
Feel free to see my variant as well if you're interested
3 days ago
Odysseus_97 my own hapatra deck is more casual than this one but I've used most the cards you are asking about.
Corrosive Mentor has been generally very nice for me. Either my creatures get through or i get a few extra snakes, been especially nice for forcing hapatra through. A few times he has been the only black creature so he sucks then but most my creatures are black and gives those silly bugs from Nest of Scarabs more bite. Also great for when people want to attack you until they figure out you benefit more from it.
Archfiend of Ifnir would be great in a discard deck or perhaps The Scorpion God has a good use for him. Sadly to force some usefulness from him you need around 10 discard effects or more for consistency, it just ends up being a subtheme that takes a lot of space and doesn't do enough. better off with Black Sun's Zenith , Carnifex Demon, Contagion Engine, Harbinger of Night, and Midnight Banshee. That seems to be plenty of mass negative counters.
Forgotten Ancient I'm not playing anymore but is hilariously overpowered. He can keep your stuff alive or just pump hapatra and kill someone with commander damage. The multiple uses for the positive counters is really worth it. I'm just testing a more reanimate oriented idea right now.
Dusk Urchins is surprising. Since hapatra drops turn 2 you swing turn 3 and you can place a negative counter here because you want the draw in a few more turns and then turn 4 swing with him for another snake. It is hard to explain how nice he has been but just think about how nice it is to draw 2 or 3 for 3 mana then add in that he gets snakes and might do some damage.
Seshiro the Anointed I removed him because when I want my snakes to get pumped up is also when I want to win. He is useful to have out as long as possible so that you can have deadly 3/3s and consistent draw but that stops a combo I use. If you use the Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons + Blowfly Infestation combo then you need to watch how many pumps you include since they turn it off. If you are not using that then include it as long as the mana doesn't slow you down too much.
3 days ago
I am building my own hapatra deck, what are your thoughts on these cards?
Corrosive Mentor: The wither effect of the black creatures seems very nice, but sadly the snakes are green only. Considering it but what are your thoughts on this card?
Craterhoof Behemoth: Seems like a must in every token deck, you will have an army of tokens so dropping this would be really strong. But might not fit the theme of the deck, but feels wrong not running it. I run From Beyond in my deck as well so i have an extra token generator.
Archfiend of Ifnir: A card i am considering cutting. Its effect is amazing but there are not that many cycling cards that are useful in this deck, so its not often its effect will be used. The only cards you could use with cyclingWhat do you think?
Forgotten Ancient: Might be a good way to remove some -1/-1 counters from your creatures as a form of protection.
Seshiro the Anointed: Good snake lord, and will let you draw cards when a snake hits, isnt this really good in this deck?
Dusk Urchins: I'm not sure about this card, what are your thoughts?
Seasons Past How has this card performed?
Hope for some comments on these card. But what an awesome deck +1.
1 week ago
If I understand correctly, playing Noxious Hatchling with Nest of Scarabs out gives me four insect tokens, and potentially much more due to Wither. Phyrexian Hydra gives me tokens both when it deals and takes damage. In comparison, Decimator Beetle seems kind of underwhelming, especially since keeping Ammit Eternal isn't really a priority.
I would instantly include four copies of Dusk Urchins if I had them, but unfortunately the card is a little expensive
Necroskitter definitely deserves consideration, though I'd probably have to take out creatures that ultimately generate far more tokens that it does.
1 week ago
Dusk Urchins could give some additional card draw
Lastly maybe Necroskitter needs to find a spot in the deck too
1 week 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.