Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

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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Amonkhet (AKH) Rare

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

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Golgari: 0.18%

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons Discussion

triproberts12 on Toxic relationship(trying hard to make this work)

1 week ago

You, sir. I admire your earnestness.

For getting more counters, I HIGHLY suggest Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. Golgari is an excellent color combination for getting a ton of cards in your hand and a ton of mana, so you could easily go from a couple of counters to 10 in a turn. Same logic for Planewide Celebration. 7 mana for 4 counters each isn't a bad deal. Lean into green ramp. You can definitely afford to fire off 1-for-1 2-mana green ramp spells, so long as you're drawing with Tymna.

You can amplify the effects of your infect and proliferate cards with Winding Constrictor and Corpsejack Menace. Hand of the Praetors and Phyrexian Swarmlord are infect lords, so they should probably see play. Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons means that all of your infect creatures explode into deathtouching snakes when they trade in combat.

Swamp Mosquito doesn't say infect, but it has non-keyworded Infect. Suq'Ata Assassin has non-keyworded Fear, but also gives poison counters with evasion. If you want to load up on the cheapest, most efficient bodies with infect, then it might be worth running Pit Scorpion, too.

The reason why I would go for a bigger spread of bodies is that it will ultimately be more efficient to load up on instant-speed mass pump spells, rather than having to draw and cast poorly-suited cards for Commander like Giant Growth. In priority order, I'd go Return of the Wildspeaker, Overrun, Pride of Conquerors, Make a Stand, Dark Triumph, Borrowed Grace, Zealous Persecution, Fortify, Sigil Blessing.

Xica on Help with a -1/-1 counters ...

2 weeks ago

That is simply untrue.
There are plenty of decks that are not a pile a goodstuff, whose cards are garbage in vacuum. Grixis Death's Shadow, 5c Humans, hell even burn's cards are terrible without a critical mass.
That is why you won't see eidolon of the great revel or goblin guide running all over the format, same about lava spike.
(and i am pretty sure burn ain't a combo deck)

Ragarding the deck in question, it needs a LOT of work if you want to have success with it.
While Necroskitter is cute, it is simply too vulnerable to everything to win the late game, and is too slow to win fast. And it does diddle at all if the opponent's deck is light on creatures.
You plan to win shouldnt require your opponent to play a specific deck, ideally it needs to work regardless, realistically its acceptable to give up a FEW matcups.
The deck only working in some matchups is not acceptable - if you want to win.

On the other hand nest of scarabs is a pretty fine win condition, with a lot of support cards.
Also, i would like to point out that Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons doesn't work the same as Nest of Scarabs in conjunction with Black Sun's Zenith - the former always creates a single snake for each creature affected (which is great on defense thanks to the deathtouch), however its very far from the absurd power that the nest offers, as it creates a token for EACH counter, even for creatures that have less toughnes than the number of counters they get.
(yes, this includes casting Black Sun's Zenith on your own scarab tokens to multiply them drastically)

I have a similar deck in pioneer to this one, however in modern you need to have really good interaction OR win the game fast.
This deck requires the opponent to play a creature deck, and its not a given that you will face such a deck.

Regardless of what you plan, i would advise running card draw engines (or cantrips), to help you find what you need.
To start i would take a look at Plunge into Darkness as it does many thing you likely want to do, at a very affordable mana cost.

OtherWorldlyShadow on Hapatra EDH

1 month ago

Have you considered Yawgmoth, Thran Physician? You seem to have an aristocrat sub-theme in the deck, and Yawgmoth is an amazing sacrifice outlet/source of -1/-1 counters/proliferate engine/combo piece. Assuming you have life, he also goes infinite with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Nest of Scarabs.

I would also suggest Ifnir Deadlands and other deserts to synergize with it. Desert of the Indomitable and Desert of the Glorified are good ones to work with it. As well as that, you can run Scavenger Grounds for extra desert synergy. I would also suggest Ramunap Excavator, but I think he belongs in any deck running lands that go into the graveyard and has green.

AndyLVV on The Clone Wars

1 month ago

Thanks NV_1980 for the feedback, I wasn't sure about -1/-1 counters as it started taking the deck in a whole new area (some of it infect, and I don't like that in a casual deck). I may toy around with the idea, as I like the Persist mechanics, and the free 1/1 snakes from Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons would always be handy. The main problem is every new card that I put in, takes another card out :P

Panharmonicon and Yarok, the Desecrated are a bit above my budget, but would indeed be fine additions to the deck.

NV_1980 on The Clone Wars

1 month ago

Hi there,

We love the flavour of this deck and we also really like the fact that you've kept its necessary budget pretty low. So definitely, a +1 from us!

There are three pointers we would like to give you:

  1. Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons: This card would be absolutely amazing in this deck. She interacts so well with Volrath, not to mention the other cards you're using to hand out -1/-1 counters.

  2. Contagion Clasp/Contagion Engine: your deck does not use the dishing out of -1/-1 counters as its primary strategy, but it can be a very nice back-up way of controlling the board. Spells that destroy are exile can be countered; countering the distribution of -1/-1 counters is much, much harder. Also, with the aforementioned Hapatra in your deck, this would just be brutal.

  3. Panharmonicon: a deck that uses so many ETB effects benefits greatly from a card like this. A similar argument could be made for including Yarok, the Desecrated. These cards are relatively expensive though, so we're not sure whether this will fit what you had in mind for the deck's budget.

Keep up the nice brews; this is really great!

With regards,

Mrs. and Mr. NV_1980

Daedalus19876 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH [PRIMER]

3 months ago

Profet93: For that land, it's more that I want to keep colorless-producing lands to an absolute minimum. I always want to have GB available on T2 for Hapatra.

WarSpaniel: Sure! So you have Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons , Nest of Scarabs , and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician on the battlefield. You sacrifice any creature to Yawgmoth's ability, to lose 1 life and draw a card and place a -1 counter on something. When you place a -1 counter on anything, you make a 1/1 Snake from Hapatra and a 1/1 Insect from Nest of Scarabs. So you sacrificed one creature, then created two tokens. From this point on, you can sacrifice the Snake, put a -1 counter on the Insect, get two more tokens, etc: you never run out of things to place the counters on :)

To answer your other question, this is not a particularly straightforward deck? It tends to involve a lot of tutoring, and sometimes it's hard to know the right thing to search for or the right combo to try and win with. But there's no better way to learn than trying something a little complex, and if you have any questions you can always tag me here :D

Profet93 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH [PRIMER]

3 months ago


Taking urborg out is a meta call due to someone's deck being built around it, and providing nonbasics that normally don't tap for black mana such as Workshop, tabernacle, or even a boseju. The slight benefit of being to cast Necro more easily is outweighed the cost, correct me if I am wrong.


Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician + any one spare creature work together as follows (correct me if I am wrong)....

  1. Sacrifice spare creature to Yawgmoth, Thran Physician 's ability, placing a -1/-1 counter on an opponents creature and drawing a card.
  2. Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons reads "Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create a 1/1 green Snake creature token with deathtouch," so as a result, you make a 1/1 snake
  3. Use Yawgmoth, Thran Physician 's ability sacrificing the snake you just made, to place a -1/-1 counter on an opponents creature and draw a card.
  4. This will trigger #2 again. Each iteration of this will draw you 1 card, lose 1 life, and place one -1/-1 counter on an opponents creature.

Rinse and repeat until you destroy all of their creatures, or as your life total allows.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

Hapatra, Resistance Leader 2BG

Legendary Creature - Human Assassin


G: Target creature blocks ~ this turn.

2B: Destroy target creature with a -1/-1 counter, then create a 1/1 green snake creature token with wither.


Who would've guessed that killing things could ever be that useful?

So this is Hapatra from the timespan between Hour of Devastation and War of the Spark, where the remaining survivors on Amonkhet fought the Dreadhorde. She is a cheaper Sisters of Stone Death who could both have her own deck or be in the 99 of Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons .

I wish for a legendary Sultai Hydra with an unusual ability.

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