Grasping Dunes

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Grasping Dunes

Land — Desert

: Add to your mana pool.

, , Sacrifice Grasping Dunes: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Grasping Dunes Discussion

AgentJackjohn on Black Green

1 week ago

I'd recommend picking between going fully -1/-1 counters, or fully +1/+1 counters. Having the mix of both makes the deck a bit unfocused. Both are pretty good, if you were to go down the +1 coutners, then you'd want to play more things like Longtusk Cub and Rishkar, Peema Renegade.

If you're going -1 counters then Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and other creatures that add -1 counters on themselves/ spills that put it on your opponents creatures are better.

Dhund Operative isn't that good with only 3 artifacts. Id recommend either playing more artifacts, or playing more Gifted Aetherborn instead but this could be an issue for your manabase to consistently get it out.

Ramunap Excavator doesn't seem like it generates enough value with only Grasping Dunes and Evolving Wilds. I'd recommend either cutting the excavator for a better 3 drop, or adding Ifnir Deadlands/ Hashep Oasis for more value.

Overall I'd say the deck needs to be a bit more focused on a strategy, but there are plenty you can go off of from here with a bit of modification. You could go +1/+1 or -1/-1 counters, deathtouch themed, desert value, or even a potent green aggro deck with black supporting for removal. You've got a lot of options and all you need to do is pick one you think you'd enjoy and you should do alright!

billium813 on Fangor Hapatra Counters

3 weeks ago

Hour of Glory is strictly better than Final Reward here I think. Also, still budget.

Ifnir Deadlands or 1-2 Grasping Dunes may be some nice utility lands to add.

Ruthless Sniper is really good if you can get a cycle/discard theme going. If you do want to go this route, Desert of the Glorified and Key to the City may not be so bad. It helps Archfiend of Ifnir as well.

backinajiffy on slow burn

1 month ago

Perun Feel free to splash white but of course it comes with weaknesses to add a fourth color. That you should be awarre of before doing it.... specifically keeping Ifnir Deadlands and Grasping Dunes is almost, if not, impossible becuase you need to split your mana base up so much you don't have room to produce colorless.

And no pressure to change it, I think your deck is good as is. Just wanted to add some thoughts to stir up the pot a bit as it helps me think through situations too.

galleadden on Insects

1 month ago

okie dokie! lets begin

lands

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

Planeswalkers

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.

Enchantments

no real suggestions, there really is only one for your slot. maybe add a fourth since its the decks theme.

Instants

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.

Sorceries

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.

Creatures

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.

My changes

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.

gryderart on Scarab Infestation

1 month ago

So, I like the new build. Very stream lined. I would take out the red duel land, as it comes into play tapped and slows you down. Less plains also.

Maybe also play a few games trying:

Blowfly Infestation

Plague Belcher

Blood Artist

Zulaport Cutthroat

Grasping Dunes

Exemplar of Strength

Channeler Initiate

Contagion Clasp

Argy on Buggin Out - ULTRA BUDGET

1 month ago

Sorry. Double post.

Argy on Buggin Out - ULTRA BUDGET

1 month ago

I think 2x Grasping Dunes fit the theme of this deck better than Hashep Oasis, and has the nice bonus that it can either sac itself, OR be sacced by Ifnir Deadlands for double the -1/-1 Counters.

You could actually just add the Grasping Dunes and take out a Swamp and a Forest, as the likelihood of being colour screwed is slim.

Argy on Counter Swarm

1 month ago

This deck needs to try to draw into Nest of Scarabs as soon as it can, as it is essential for it to win.

For that reason I would add 3-4 copies of Arguel's Blood Fast.

I would remove copies of Exemplar of Strength for it.

I would run 3x Ifnir Deadlands and 2x Grasping Dunes, and remove 2x Swamp.

See how that goes.

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