Nest of Scarabs

Nest of Scarabs


Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create that many 1/1 black Insect creature tokens.

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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

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Nest of Scarabs Discussion

wallisface on Negative counter Deck

2 weeks ago

Heads up that Tainted Wood is not modern legal.

You prolly want a full playset of Nest of Scarabs as well as Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons so you actually benefit from using the -1/-1 counters. A playset of Black Sun's Zenith would be strong also

Massacar on Hapatra Sneks

2 months ago

Henwy_UltimateTimmy hello!

May I recommend Blowfly Infestation for your consideration? It works well with Hapatra and synergizes really well with Nest of Scarabs.

Also consider Karn's Bastion for a land slot since you can use it to Proliferate.

Scallywallwest on He Sacc'd Everything But the Budget

2 months ago

I know!! I love Yawg so much!! :D I noticed the Nest of Scarabs combo, which can be super useful if our opponents have loads of creatures and no hexproof/shroud/protection. But thanks for the reminder, and I'll add that to the combos section!

ilovemydoghisnameistuna on He Sacc'd Everything But the Budget

2 months ago

Another combo I just realized is any undying creature + Yawgmoth + Nest of Scarabs. It's not infinite (you pay ALL the life!), but with a draining aristocrat it works.

johnwayne1488 on Hapatra's Poison Ivy

3 months ago

update 07/07/2020

Switched Razaketh, the Foulblooded for Heroic Intervention

Razaket is really expensive and I find I have cheaper ways to tutor for what I need. Got Heroic Intervention in core 2021 so i'm gonna rock it to protect my board at a low cmc!

Flourishing Defenses for Hooded Blightfang

Flourishing Defenses is also expensive, I'd rather have just one Nest of Scarabs effect.

Whispersilk Cloak for Swiftfoot Boots

Yes, you can get damage through with Whispersilk Cloak and get Hapatra's trigger but I find that I don't really need to attack with her that much, I just need her to stay on the board and i can do that on turn 3 with the boots!

Puppeteer Clique for Animate Dead

Puppetee doesn't hit our graveyard for recursion sadly and even though you can get 2 creatures with that persist trigger, Animate Dead is just cheaper and hits every graveyard.

Rampant Growth for Elvish Mystic

Would rather play a turn one Elvish Mystic and a creature than a 2 mana (i'm casting hapatra on turn 2 for sure) spell I can't get back with Meren, Eternal Witness, Animate Dead or Victime.

Smothering Abomination for Liliana's Standard Bearer

I feel like I can benefit from the Bearer more, either by sacrificing my creatures or to answer a boardwipe for example. Abomination is good but it costs more and doesn't have that flash value

Crow-Umbra on Nice in the Sac

3 months ago

Thanks JRaynor! I kinda wish that Kels was Grixis, so I could throw in Vicious Shadows, or some of the R/B Wither creatures.

I do have a -1/-1 counter list with Kels at the helm. It features stuff like Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Crumbling Ashes, Blowfly Infestation, Nest of Scarabs and Necroskitter, but it feels less focused than this list. I'll likely revisit it and make it public.

5dollarMTG on $15 Counter Engine

5 months ago

Nice! It's also worth pointing out that you can also put together a $15 deck just focusing on negative counters. In addition to Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, there's Obelisk Spider and Nest of Scarabs as payoffs, along with cards like Decimator Beetle, Skinrender, etc. I tried to put together a deck like that awhile back, but I could never get it down to $5.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Kompyras, the Dreaded

5 months ago

Thanks for the comments :)

dbpunk: This is indeed a great synergy.

abby315: Thank you for the kind words. I considered trample, but thought it make him too powerful. Which stats would you suggest? The Hapatras of this world are great partners for him, indeed. Nest of Scarabs would be even better as he doesn't shrink it, though.

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