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
5 days 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.
1 week 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.
3 weeks ago
3 months ago
I just built one of these! Obligatory Hapatra Deck
I recommend taking out the slower sorceries and reanimation spells, plus removing tribal stuff like Seshiro. Instead focus on the Enchantment synergies like Blowfly Infestation, and tutors (even Diabolic Tutor) to help make them work faster.
My favorite wincon is anything that comes in with -1/-1 counters + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and a sacrifice outlet. This loops for infinite snakes.
3 months ago
Replace your gifts of paradise with Channeler Initiate a mana dork and you get -1/-1 counters. also consider white mana for dust. I also like Tenacious Hunter in decks like these. Maybe Winding Constrictor to help the counter game.
4 months ago
You will reduce a creature's power and toughness (be it permanent in the form of a -1/-1 counter or temporary with a -x/-x effect until end of turn).
Cards that deal damage will always say so (such as Steadfast Armasaur orCunning Sparkmage) whereas other cards don't deal damage (Rags or Liliana's Influence).