Hornet Nest


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 Rare

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Hornet Nest

Creature — Insect

Defender (This creature can't attack.)

Whenever Hornet Nest is dealt damage, put that many 1/1 green Insect creature tokens with flying and deathtouch onto the battlefield. (Any amount of damage a creature with deathtouch deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

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Hornet Nest Discussion

TheVectornaut on Damien Dhark

1 week ago

If the brunt of your creatures have deathtouch, fight spells can actually serve as cheap removal. Prey Upon, Ulvenwald Tracker, Setessan Tactics, etc. The larger deathtouch creatures can also synergize with lures like Bloodscent, Revenge of the Hunted, and Roar of Challenge.

If you're trying to play from the grave, return to battlefield is usually gonna trump return to hand. Reanimate, Exhume, and Animate Dead are some classic options. Vigor Mortis and Recurring Nightmare are fine, given a slow enough meta, but I think Soul Stair Expedition is on the weak side. It may be worth begging the question: is reanimation even worth it right now? Bringing back small creatures is pretty underwhelming, even if they have deathtouch. Cards like Ophiomancer, Hornet Nest, and Ogre Slumlord further reduce this need by keeping DT creatures on the board. It might be worth finding some other targets to reanimate, even if they don't have the titular ability. Grave Titan and Hornet Queen are some of the bigger deathtouch creatures I know of. For other options, Griselbrand and Sheoldred, Whispering One are bombs I've faced in reanimator. Of course, if you go in on the strategy, running enablers like Cabal Therapy and Entomb may justify running win conditions from the whole color pie.

Raging_Squiggle on When does the game check ...

1 week ago

Assuming you still died even after reducing the damage dealt to you by 2...

704.3. Whenever a player would get priority (see rule 116, Timing and Priority), the game checks for any of the listed conditions for state-based actions, then performs all applicable state-based actions simultaneously as a single event. If any state-based actions are performed as a result of a check, the check is repeated; otherwise all triggered abilities that are waiting to be put on the stack are put on the stack, then the check is repeated. Once no more state-based actions have been performed as the result of a check and no triggered abilities are waiting to be put on the stack, the appropriate player gets priority...

704.5. The state-based actions are as follows:

704.5a If a player has 0 or less life, he or she loses the game.

You will lose the game before your trigger from Hornet Nest even goes on the stack.

Slythe on When does the game check ...

1 week ago

Combat damage resolves all at once. Effects from Hornet Nest would go on the stack after combat damage resolution. Life totals are checked as a state-based action, so you're dead as soon as damage resolves and Hornet Nest never triggers.

Now, if you had hit Hornet Nest with Comet Storm, X=6, during the declare blockers step you could've triggered Warstorm Surge off the 6 1/1 green insects and offed Prime Time before combat damage was resolved.

GreenLover21 on When does the game check ...

1 week ago

A Primeval Titan swung for lethal to which i blocked with Hornet Nest, I also had Warstorm Surge on the field.

I specifically wanted to know when do the tokens stack vs when the combat damage resolves?

Do the tokens entering trigger Warstorm Surge first?

JoltsOfEnergy on

3 weeks ago

I think the goal of this desk should be to focus on making insect tokens. So some suggestions I would give you are Hornet Queen, Saber Ants, Broodhatch Nantuko, Hornet Nest, and Beacon of Creation. I would get rid of cards that don't really have to do anything with it. So get rid of Forgotten Ancient and Wall of Blossoms.Then you need some Overrun sort of effects to win with your token army. So Garruk Wildspeaker, more copies of Overwhelming Stampede, or Triumph of the Hordes. You could also try artifacts like Door of Destinies, Coat of Arms or Eldrazi Monument. Finally you have too many big creatures. Honestly you could even get rid of most of them and just put more copies of Vorapede in. If you're worried about running out of cards you can always get some Harmonize.

Hope this helps.

Voracrosscek on Fight Me!

1 month ago

Ihazadeck Whoa! Making something punch Hornet Nest and then getting a face full of bees is a great idea!

Ihazadeck on Fight Me!

1 month ago

my list is literally fight tribal, i run Hornet Nest in my list it would be good in yours. make it fight something big, it dies you get a bunch of bees with deathtouch they fight a bunch of stuff, its good times.

jubale on [Community Discussion]: Frontier Chat

1 month ago

There's a million angles to try. I'm fond of Deathmist Raptor and Den Protector/Whisperwood Elemental. Elvish Mystic is an of-course. There's not a lot of tokens in green except Hornet Nest and Ishkanah.

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