Nest of Scarabs


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander 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

cdkime on Do multiple -1/-1 counters apply ...

2 days ago

Atramentous - not true. The Scarab will die when state-based actions are checked, which will be upon resolution of Skinrender's ability. This will be after Nest of Scarabs ability is triggered and put on the stack, but before Nest of Scarabs resolves. As such, the Scarab will die first, then the tokens will be created.

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cdkime on Do multiple -1/-1 counters apply ...

3 days ago

Please link cards with double brackets, it makes things a little easier:


[[nest of scarabs]]


Nest of Scarabs

A creature dying to 0 or less toughness is a type of state-based action (Rule 704.5f). State-based actions check automatically whenever a player would gain priority.

A player cannot gain priority in the middle of spell or ability. As such, state-based actions will not check in the middle of Skinrender's ability.

So, Skinrender's ability will resolve and put all three -1/-1 counters on the Scarab Token, before state-based actions will be checked. All three counters will go the 1/1. This will result in Nest of Scarabs triggering and its ability going on the stack. State-based actions will check once Skinrender's ability resolves and the Scarab Token will die due to having less than 0 toughness. Then Nest of Scarabs will resolve and create three Scarab Tokens.

TypicalTimmy on Quillspike Ooze

4 days ago

Ammit Eternal allows you to maintain -1/-1 counters and gets bigger as you remove them and is fast play.

Canker Abomination would be a good replacement for Ammit on the sideboard because, while he is a turn slower he also hits with all counters, making him faster with respect to Quillspike.

Channeler Initiate Hits big and also ramps, if you need it.

Nest of Scarabs Let's you go toe-to-toe against tokens. So a good sideboard card.

Hope these ideas help! :D

Rez09 on Spreading death

2 weeks ago

Have you considered dropping the blue for some of the green Amonkhet cards? Since a lot of what you are looking at involves -1/-1 counters Obelisk Spider, Nest of Scarabs, and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons are all quite strong and potential wincons in a deck like this, and Channeler Initiate provides ramp whilst also acting as a respectable beater later on if you need it to be.

JeranF on BRG Negative Counter (MtG Casual)(Need Help)

3 weeks ago

@jamiekingslayer I really like wither actually. I think Everlasting Torment would work really well with Nest of Scarabs. By this every token's hit on another creature creates another token. I like it! Of course, the downside is that I can't gain life from my Obelisk Spider, so I would have to try it.

JeranF on BRG Negative Counter (MtG Casual)(Need Help)

3 weeks ago

After playing this deck for over half a year and talking with a lot of players, I decided to now finally add Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Nest of Scarabs into the deck. I still got The Scorpion God in, but I'm thinking about dropping him, since by now he's the only card with red in the deck. Maybe I also find some good red card to get in again, though. What do you guys think?

Funkydiscogod on m i l l

1 month ago

It looks like you're going for infinite mana combos, with Nest of Scarabs to create a bunch of 1/1s to win the game.

You seem to lack reliable ways to assemble the combo pieces: Devoted Druid and Morselhoarder in the Graveyard, Necrotic Ooze and Obelisk Spider on the battlefield.

I remember seeing a deck like that before. It used Grisly Salvage, Jarad's Orders, and Fauna Shaman to get the pieces where they needed to be. Also, Walking Ballista to kill the opponent.

wonderboyrox on YOU get a car! And YOU get a car!

1 month ago

Raptor980, Hey thanks for the reply. Hate to break it you, but if I am reading your proposed infinite combo correctly, it actually wouldn't work the way you're thinking it does. Nest of Scarabs only triggers from -1/-1 "counters" being placed on a creature. Illness in the Ranks gives all creature tokens -1/-1, this is different than giving creatures a "-1/-1 counter".

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