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Put a -1/-1 counter on each creature you don't control. You may search your library and/or grave yard for a card named Liliana, Death Wielder, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
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Liliana's Influence Discussion
2 months ago
2 months ago
Hapatra would've been my first choice for a Brawl deck if I hadn't already made an EDH deck with her. It's one of my favorites. This one looks great!
Since you already have Liliana, Death Wielder, did you consider Liliana's Influence? Tutors/recurs her, while also having a pretty devastating effect on the board, particularly if you have Hapatra and/or Nest of Scarabs out.
2 months ago
Thanks for the comment. I agree about the mana base... I think i got too obsessed with the desert theme. I will hopefully test it and make some changes. I own, so I will try Noxious Gearhulk. I agree about Twilight Prophet also. Once I own it and these I would love to try Liliana, Death Wielder and Liliana's Influence partly for the memes of using planeswalker deck cards and also it actually looks good in this deck. Path of Discovery and Journey to Nowhere seem like great value and combo.
3 months ago
@SmashAdams, here is my updated list so far.
I followed your lead and added the same cycling lands to beef up Archfiend and, as such, also added Life from the Loam.
I couldn't bring myself to break up the Natural Order package that can get me token pump (Craterhoof Behemoth), card draw (Regal Force), or an instant board presence (Hornet Queen). Testing may show if it's in the deck's best interest to remove this in order to make space for lower CMC spells like Blood Artist and ilk.
You don't feel that Liliana's Influence is too pricey (mana wise) for the effect? I like that it can spread counters and make tokens but if I don't have a way to take advantage of those counters it's a pretty poor excuse for a board wipe. I'm still on the fence here and haven't added it yet.
Yahenni, Undying Partisan is in because I've been dying to play him and I feel like he could be good. I probably should find room for Sword of Feast and Famine and Sword of Fire and Ice though to get maximum value from him. I also feel like the swords would be of great benefit to Hapatra and keep her combat trigger relevant later in the game.
What do I cut for Path of Discovery?The second I get my hands on a Shizo it's going in. That one is a no brainer for sure.
Also, I think Devoted Druid still has a place even without Quillspike. It's fine ramp that can be cashed in for 2 snakes when ramp is not relevant. Also it's a decent creature to stick Journey to Eternity on because I control the death trigger. Also fine Natural Order fodder.
4 months ago
Hello, me again. While responding on my unesh thread to your comment I saw your hapatra deck. I also have been playing a lot of hapatra lately and wanted to share some insight. My build has been performing very well for me. I would say that most of my wins hinge on either a. Combat damage (craterhoof beats or sheshiro or some other anthem effect) or b. lifedrain effects - Throne of the God-Pharaoh or Blood Artist / Zulaport Cutthroat. With that being said, these routes to victory require a good amount of tokens. The best way to do this is with mass -1/-1 counter effects. Normally if I can cast just one, I can win the game. They feel THAT important to the game plan. Note that Im not running Devoted Druid/Quillspike combo, my deck is not as focused on infinite combos as Im not a huge fan of them. Its more focused on getting an overwhelming amount of tokens.
Heres my deck link for reference:
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I see that you are looking to abuse the archfiend and I havent used him so I cant say if its a viable strategy.
Some inclusions I think you should make:
Flourishing Defenses- a backup commander like Nest of Scarabs. worth it since you can use these backup enchantments if hapatras not on the table. Whats nice about hapatra is that she can recycle your insect and elf tokens into snakes (which are strictly better) with mass -1/-1 counter spells like Black Sun's Zenith.
Throne of the God-Pharaoh - this card has won me games and puts in work esp if your meta is running things like Thalia, Heretic Cathar or Blind Obedience. Since youre running Cryptolith Rite already, I think it warrants an inclusion. Additionally, Im testing Earthcraft and its been insane in this deck. Its better than cryptolith rite as it gets around summoning sickness. Definitely need to pick one of these up. On this same note Harvest Season has been great for deck thinning when you are putting all of your basics into play on one turn! Highly recommended!
Liliana's Influence - the more mass -1/-1 counter spells the better. Despite its high CMC its worth it. And note that I dont even play the walker it tutors.
Shizo, Death's Storehouse - helps to push through damage with hapatra in a pinch and doesnt come into play tapped. Another card that has won me games.
Some other cards Im testing are:
Path of Discovery - seems good in token decks to either dig or pump your team.
Gruesome Fate - not sold on this yet but looks like it could be a sneaky finisher. totally win more so I might cut it.
Ifnir Deadlands - nice utility land , comes in untapped and gives you black mana. I like it.
Sylvan Offering - havent tested this yet but Ive found that the more creatures on the battlefield as a whole, (even on your opponents side), the better for hapatra. More targets for counters = we get more snakes when we play mass -1/-1 counters spells. Just remember, hapatra always wins token wars. Ive taken down a guy going off with Avenger of Zendikar and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and another time angry omnath guy going crazy with 5/5 elemental tokens.
Some other thoughts - do you think its worth it to run Devoted Druid without Quillspike? I feel like its either all or none with these cards. Anyway, sorry for the wall of text, would love to hear your thoughts on this and let me know if you have any questions.
4 months ago
Devoted Druid has some good value with this commander and Liliana's Influence is like a smaller scale Black Sun's Zenith. If you're running Soshiro you should definitely consider Seshiro the Anointed for all the card draw you get off it and Triumph of the Hordes could help you end the game.