Flourishing Defenses

Flourishing Defenses


Whenever a -1/-1 counter is placed on a creature, you may put a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token into play.

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Shadowmoor (SHM) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Unformat Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Limited Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal

Flourishing Defenses occurrence in decks from the last year

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Flourishing Defenses Discussion

spoonieluv1023 on EDH- HAPATRA - Your opinions

4 months ago

Flourishing Defenses is another token generator for a -1/-1 counter deck.

johnwayne1488 on Hapatra's Poison Ivy

4 months ago

update 07/07/2020

Switched Razaketh, the Foulblooded for Heroic Intervention

Razaket is really expensive and I find I have cheaper ways to tutor for what I need. Got Heroic Intervention in core 2021 so i'm gonna rock it to protect my board at a low cmc!

Flourishing Defenses for Hooded Blightfang

Flourishing Defenses is also expensive, I'd rather have just one Nest of Scarabs effect.

Whispersilk Cloak for Swiftfoot Boots

Yes, you can get damage through with Whispersilk Cloak and get Hapatra's trigger but I find that I don't really need to attack with her that much, I just need her to stay on the board and i can do that on turn 3 with the boots!

Puppeteer Clique for Animate Dead

Puppetee doesn't hit our graveyard for recursion sadly and even though you can get 2 creatures with that persist trigger, Animate Dead is just cheaper and hits every graveyard.

Rampant Growth for Elvish Mystic

Would rather play a turn one Elvish Mystic and a creature than a 2 mana (i'm casting hapatra on turn 2 for sure) spell I can't get back with Meren, Eternal Witness, Animate Dead or Victime.

Smothering Abomination for Liliana's Standard Bearer

I feel like I can benefit from the Bearer more, either by sacrificing my creatures or to answer a boardwipe for example. Abomination is good but it costs more and doesn't have that flash value


5 months ago

Gidgetimer Thanks for the suggestions! I had actually recently removed Midnight Banshee and Flourishing Defenses mostly because of their mana costs but depending on how the deck plays I may swap them back in. Quillspike is a great idea to combo with Devoted Druid to make him big enough to take someone out with one swing! And I actually didn’t even know about Nullmage Shepherd but I’ll probably end up adding it in place of one of the removal instant or sorceries being that I can get multiple uses out of her. Really appreciate the input!

Gidgetimer on

5 months ago

Some cards I have found useful in my build that you are not currently running:

Quillspike to go with Devoted Druid

Midnight Banshee is a great recurring source of -1/-1 counters. This prevents you from attacking with your snakes because they perpetually have summoning sickness, but who attacks with their snakes.

Nullmage Shepherd is good artifact/enchantment removal.

Flourishing Defenses Hapatra effect number three.

Hikarumei on Snake Oil

1 year ago

you may be interested in Flourishing Defenses

Poly_raptor on The Scarab Queen

1 year ago

Thanks for the suggestions guys, I’ve bitten the bullet and have bought the green cards needed to upgrade the original Scorpion King deck to this Golgari beauty.

However, due to budget and certain cards being unavailable I need some potential cards to consider instead of the following.

- Sylvan Library

- Alhammarret's Archive

- Abrupt Decay

- Assassin's Trophy (I’ll wait for it to rotate out so it drops in price)

- Flourishing Defenses

- Casualties of War

- Damnation

Any ideas would be great

andheplayedsax on Counters

1 year ago

Consider adding Nest of Scarabs . It’s much more mana efficient than Flourishing Defenses if you don’t have an elf-based lay-off. Also, Noxious Hatchling is an absolute bomb in this kind of deck, particularly when one or two Nests or Defenses are in play. Perhaps replacing some of the creatures with a couple copies of Dusk Urchins could be a move as well for card draw.

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