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Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons
Legendary Creature — Human Cleric
Whenever Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deals combat damage to a player, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create a 1/1 green Snake creature token with deathtouch.
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Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons Discussion
4 weeks ago
Wow! Quite a few comments to respond to!
smashadams83: Hmmm. Of those, I really do need to acquire a Phyrexian Tower and find a slot for Eternal Witness. Not too much of a fan of Necrotic Ooze when it only works for one combo, but I'll consider it :) you're correct on the creature count, but there's a limiting factor where I have to have enough -1 counter granting effects...
seshiro_of_the_orochi: I'd expect this comment with a name like that! Honestly, I used to run him, but as a six-drop I'm not sure he does enough to justify his inclusion. If this deck ever shifts to be more combat-focussed again, he'll probably go back in.
KongMing: Thanks for the comment! Hapatra is un-American scum, confirmed. I used to run Shisato, Whispering Hunter in the past, but unless an opponent is tapped out he doesn't do as much as I'd want. The others seem too mana-intensive for their effects, I'm afraid.
GrimReaper0602: While Harbinger of Night and Midnight Banshee have some issues, they're also some of my only ways to place -1 counters on all creatures on the battlefield. Until more effects are printed that can do so, I can't easily remove them.
Flint2: I completely agree that Midnight Banshee+Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons+Obelisk Spider is a nasty piece of work, haha. I've enjoyed it a lot whenever I've pulled it off. I'll pass on the token-doublers, though.
Thanks you all for your comments!
1 month ago
I do love Hapatra!
Through experience of many Hapatra variants, I find that these cards are your maindeck core:
4x Hapatra 4x Chaneler Initiate 4x Ammit Eternal
Then depending on your strategy, there’s some sweet lines of play. Here’s a few ideas.
Crocodile of the Crossing (comes out on turn 3 if chaneler on the field) Rhonas, the Indomitable (synergises well with all the crocodiles and a good -1/-1 counter dump) Skysovereign Consul Flagship - Hapatra and a snake can crew (happens a lot)
Hapatra and Archfiend Ifnir:
Normally these two don’t play well together but add in Key to the City and you have a Hapatra that can safely attack plus a discard engine to activate Ifnir for hopefully many snakes.
To further maximise the counters on opponents creatures, Decimator Beetle is good and Grind // Dust more viable. White from Chaneler and a couple of dual lands shouldnt hurt the mana base
Its not great that -1/-1 mechanic is spread over 4 colours. What makes it worse is how unplayable Soul-Scar Mage and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons are together. Accepting that, the red splash is still good for two cards.
Samut’s +1 is incredible with all the crocs. 8 points of life from Baleful / Crocodile of the crossing hits for an explosive 10 for a great follow up after playing samut.
The Scorpion God will never feel great, but a 6/5 body that’s hard to deal with after playing a couple of must remove crocodiles is a threat that tends to last and can therefore more viably gain some card advantage and maybe place some counters.
Overall, I find Hapatra works best in a proactive deck, lightly splashing removal. Opponents familiar with playing against Hapatra will remove it immediately - which truely breaks the decks potency.
Therefore, depending on your local meta, I suggest Blossoming Defense as the primary protection spell, delaying hapatra until you have the mana to protect her. Its somewhat counter intuitive to not curve out Hapatra to Ammit Eternal, so another line of play is to fight through the removal and when you have the chance, cast Claim // Fame to bring her back.
Finally, for card advantage you should definitely try 2 copies of Driven // Despair. Its game breaking with 3 creatures on the field.
1 month ago
2 months ago
It won't work with your tokens, but lets say your opponent board wipes - you trigger Cauldron - all non-token creatures including Hapatra return and each returning creature triggers your commander bc of -1/-1 counter.
Plus it's a great political card.
And what about a good Snake lord: Seshiro the Anointed
2 months ago
Continuing with the artifact theme you might look at Breya, Etherium Shaper. There are dozens of ways for the deck to go off with and without her. Some of the better combos are done with Nim Deathmantle and Ashnod's Altar. Although any free sac outlet with something like Myr Retriever and Disciple of the Vault, Reckless Fireweaver, or Marionette Master will kill the table.
Another to think about is Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons. I retired my own version, Mistress of Poisons, because it was able to win much too early for it to feel "fair" at my table. Comboing turn 3 is difficult but not impossible and I wasn't even close to optimal on tutors...
2 months ago
2 months ago
A few updates, after play testing heavily against exclusively burn I have learned it's a pretty hard matchup for the deck... To compensate I removed the 2 Midnight Banshee as I found they were too expensive and rarely got round to playing them. In place I added an extra copy of Scar as TheRustMage20 suggested, it's useful when combined with pretty much everything in the deck for only 1 mana and an extra copy of Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons as LuxCannonator suggested because it was always useful to see her face pop up in my starting hand. Another point made to me was that Bloodbraid Elf would get incredible value out of my deck so I'm trying to order a couple of copies of it to probably run in place of the 2 copies of The Scorpion God.