Nest of Scarabs


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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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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Nest of Scarabs Discussion

Paloma on Red/Black - Withering Rage

3 days ago

Have you considered Forbidden Orchard? It's pretty pricey (this whole deck is way out of my price range though) but it might give you more targets for some of those -1/-1 counters against decks that don't have much or any creatures, letting you trigger Nest of Scarabs, Blowfly Infestation, and The Scorpion God. Plus, free creatures thanks to Necroskitter!

Maybe not the best idea, but seems fun so I thought you might want to try it <3

JoeNathan37 on -1/-1 fun?

5 days ago

Since your deck has lots of -1/-1 counter synergies and also has both black and green, you may want to consider putting Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons in your deck. She seems like she would work very well in your deck.

You also may want to consider enchantments such as Blowfly Infestation, Crumbling Ashes, and Nest of Scarabs. I have a The Scorpion God deck and all three of those enchantments put in serious work.

You have Kodama's Reach in here but you don't have Cultivate, which is essentially the exact same card. You might want to consider using it as well.

I don't know if you want to run only basic lands in this deck or what, but if not you should definitely upgrade your mana base. One card that should be in just about every EDH deck is Command Tower, especially in a 4-color deck like this one.

I like this deck a lot. I had never thought of using Saskia the Unyielding to get access to more colors for a -1/-1 counter strategy and it seems to work pretty well. These are just some thoughts I had while looking through your deck that could potentially improve it. Scorpion God wither is my Scorpion God deck if you're interested, it could give you some new ideas for your own deck.

Xica on What are some cheap creatures ...

1 week ago

There is Quirion Dryad & Deeproot Champion as its second playset.

(Scute Mob, Dragonmaster Outcast, Death's Shadow, Serra Ascendant, Jace's Phantasm...)

White has Jotun Grunt, which can act as a weird hybrid of goyf and ooze, and is devastating against decks that utilize their graveyard.And there is Moldgraf Scavenger, and Exemplar of Strength (which is miles better in a deck that runs things like Quillspike or Nest of Scarabs).There is plenty to choose from.

Pample1 on -1/-1 Counters

1 month ago

I thought about Flourishing Defenses but Nest of Scarabs is a cheaper and more effective substitute and I already have a lot of enchantments. Because of this, Ivy Lane Denizen wouldn't be a great fit.

He_Who_Hungers on Hapatra & The Attack of the Snakes!

1 month ago

Don't have any specific suggestions, other than that you don't actually need to make them bigger. You already have a couple of ways of going infinite with this deck (Hapatra + Blowfly Infestation +Flourishing Defenses or Nest of Scarabs for example). Coupled with Obelisk Spider that wins you the game right there. Trying to go for an additional +1/+1 counter things might be stretching things a bit too much. You could replace the +1/+1 counter things with other stuff that synergises more with the huge amounts of creatures you produce.

v3n3m on Need help with 2hg -1/-1 ...

1 month ago

Hello I'm pretty new to the site and was hoping someone can help me with a -1/-1 counter deck I'm working on for 2hg.

Right now it looks like this but I'm very open to making changes (that's why i'm posting)


x2 Dragonskull Summitx3 Forestx1 Grasping Dunesx1 Ifnir Deadlandsx3 Misty Rainforestx5 Swampx4 Temple of Maladyx2 Temple of Malicex2 Woodland Cemetery


x4 Black Sun's Zenithx3 Contagion Claspx4 Nest of Scarabsx2 Scarscale Ritual


x3 Birds of Paradisex4 Channeler Initiatex4 Fume Spitterx3 Hapatra, Vizier of Poisonsx4 Necroskitterx4 Obelisk Spiderx2 The Scorpion God

The main thing I'm trying to do is keep the board under control, drain life with spiders, and create 1/1 tokens and finish by going wide if need be. Keep in mind I will have a partner as well so I don't have to do everything alone. Played it a few times and it is very hit or miss. Either it comes out the exact way it's supposed to be and wins games or it's all over the place and does nothing. Looking to make it a little more consistent and have something to do every turn if possible, not just wait for wombo combos. Sorry about the formatting, I tried to fix it but couldn't figure it out..

~Much appreciated

edwardgr on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

1 month ago

Nest of Scarabs does not add a 1/1 Insect Token to the Tokens List or in Playtest

razelfark on -1/-1 counter

1 month ago

I always liked the -1/-1 theme cards. You have a fairly good build here. I personally would change Hapatra's Mark into Blossoming Defense. I find the +2/+2 generally works out better as most of your creatures don't increase by 2 or more usually and functions as a better combat trick.

I am also a big fan of Nest of Scarabs as the card combos very well with Ammit Eternal, Archfiend of Ifnir, and Channeler Initiate. It makes Ammit a bigger threat as all spells they cast will now generate you 1/1 tokens, pairs well with Ifnir for obvious reasons, and makes a later game draw of Channeler Initiate more relevant.

The only thing that seems shaky with your deck design is the running of 4 copies of Archfiend of Ifnir. The reason this seems potentially problematic is that you have only 1 card in the deck that allows you to discard. you might want to cut down to 2 copies in the deck and bring in something like the nest or Banewhip Punisher.

Best of luck with the deck.

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