Nest of Scarabs


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Amonkhet 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

SaltyBird on Deck Idea: Soul-Scar Mage&Nest of ...

12 hours ago

The idea is a simple (Deal damage with Soul-Scar Mage in play, then the -1/-1 counters that shrink or kill the targeted creature(s) turn into 1/1 insects from Nest of Scarabs) R/B burn to kill creatures to make scarabs for days. Maybe running Dynavolt Tower. Could I get some input on what would people suggest to do for a deck like this?

Playahstation on Fangor Hapatra counters

2 days ago

Pretty good Deck, but I do have some suggestions for you. First, I would run 3 or 4 Nest of Scarabs to get some extra creatures out there, it also would allow you scarabs to dump more -1 counters on, which would kill a scarab but give you more scarabs in the process.

You're Mana ramp needs fixing, you have a lot of 3-5 Mana cost cards, that will make it hard to get your strategy rolling when you can not play any cards turn one, or multiple cards late game. I would suggest Festering Mummy Over Doomed Dissenter. It's a good 1 drop and can die later to give you a -1,-1 and possibly some scarabs or a snake with Hapatra. I would also drop Wasteland Scorpion, although I love deathtouch, it doesnt have much synergy with this deck, and you need more small creatures. I would presonally replace it with a Ruthless Sniper

It's a little more expensive, depending on how budget you are going, but Channeler Initiate could really help you create some tokens and you can always again drop the 3 -1's on a scarab. As well as give you more Mana to play with at the same time.

A card like Key to the City can help your Hapatra hit for damage to create a -1 counter and a snake / scarab as well as help you cycle through your cards to make sure you get the ones you need. As well as activate Ruthless Sniper's ability.

I would also dump Soulstinger entirely for Archfiend of Ifnir, as he is a good finisher, can cycle, and create -1 tokens making him more flexible.

Just some suggestions. Happy Deck Building!

druciany on Hapatra's guys

2 days ago

I'd put few Nest of Scarabs, tokens add up riddiculously fast, and they're better to sacrifice than snakes.

Izu_Korasu on Hapatra Sniper Sneks

3 days ago

Quillspike+Devoted Druid also gives unilimited sneks if haptra is on board.

Phage the Untouchable should probably be dropped from the list, there are too many ways for it to backfire (Eldrazi Displacer/Oblivion Ring for example)

Carnifex Demon seems fun here, especially with Crumbling Ashes, Consumptive Goo/Fevered Convulsions.

Flourishing Defenses and Nest of Scarabs seem like good ways to flood the board with tokens in addition to haptra's ability

ursamaul on -1/-1 counter "debt" on creatures ...

3 days ago

I knew that Nest of Scarabs triggered only once but spawned an insect for each counter placed (so Drilnoth you are correct in that regard (and in the same regard when refering to Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons only triggering once and creating only one snake) but thank you for your rules clarification for "overkill", Epochalyptik!

Stan_Bandhoof on Steaming Tar Pit

3 days ago

clayperce I do have to thank for for reminding me of sweltering suns, with Nest of Scarabs this could be an excellent win condition.

Drilnoth on -1/-1 counter "debt" on creatures ...

4 days ago

@ Epochalyptik: Nest of Scarabs does only trigger once, but when it does it creates "that many" tokens, so in the described situation two tokens will be created. Just to clarify.

(this is different from Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, whose similar ability only creates one token).

Epochalyptik on -1/-1 counter "debt" on creatures ...

4 days ago

Yes, sort of, to both. You're still placing both counters.

Similarly to how players may be "overkilled" with extra combat damage or a creature can be dealt more than lethal damage, a creature can have any number of -1/-1 counters on it.

In this case, it's important to note that Nest of Scarabs's ability only triggers once, regardless of how many counters are placed. Note the wording "one or more."

You will, however, put six -1/-1 counters on a target creature for Soulstinger's ability.

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