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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
2 days ago
Unfortunately, Cauldron Haze is not legal in your list because it has white in its color identity. There isn't really a card to directly replace it, but here's some other suggestions for your list:
Black Sun's Zenith is apparently legal in Tiny Leaders. So long as the spell has a cmc less than 3 during deck construction, it is okay. Enjoy your awesome boardwipe.
Nest of Scarabs nets you so many tokens in this list. You can easily aggro someone out with a steady stream of Insects.
Channeler Initiate seems better than Devoted Druid in this list. Adds mana of any color, and turns into an aggressive beater later on. Of course, you can always put more -1/-1 counters on her with Hapatra for synergy.
Golgari Signet is useful for ramp.
Putrefy is a great removal spell that'll be able to target most relevant targets.
3 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.
4 days ago
1 week ago
Daedalus19876 - Ive been tinkering with my hapatra deck lately and Throne of the God-Pharaoh has been insane. I played recently and an opponent who was playing edgar cast a Blind Obedience which just won me the game once I started making tokens. With that in mind, i started thinking Earthcraft would be great in this deck combined w/ Throne of the God-Pharaoh. Not only is is crazy ramp when you have a good amount of snakes out its a better Cryptolith Rite since it gets around summoning sickness. have you tried earthcraft? i will be testing it before spending the $30 pricetag.
I've also played other games against opposing token decks and I've realized that the more creatures on the field the better when you cast mass -1/-1 counter spells such as Black Sun's Zenith or Soul Snuffers. It just gives you so many tokens, so the more creatures on the field the better. And forget about it if you have Flourishing Defenses or Nest of Scarabs on the field; the triggers get out of control. With this in mind I think that Sylvan Offering can be a great card for hapatra and with the large amount of mana we can get from earthcraft, cryptolith rite, a flipped growing rites, or even ashnods altar it could be huge.heres a link to my deck:
Hapatra - Sneks n countersI am also testing Gruesome Fate, Grasping Dunes, Ifnir Deadlands, and Path of Discovery.I think Path of Discovery could be really great in this deck and I switched out Fecundity for it recently but haven't been able to test it. I would love to hear your thoughts about these cards!
2 weeks ago
One tiny suggestion. Throw in a Nest of Scarabs or two so all your infect damage can generate 1/1 Insect Creature Tokens.
2 weeks ago
I play a Negative Counters themed deck which is 95% based on GiantMonsterGames Negative Counters - Budget. Both are Golgari, but I have been thinking about how well fits in the deck. (The Scorpion God is such a good card). I even started brewing a Jund Negativity-Version. Maybee you will find some card inspiration there.
The added value of getting Tokens just makes "weaker" cards like Scar work in this kind of deck. And especially as you are playing Kulrath Knight it is vital to be able to put counters on enemy creatures.
I would be really interested in your general experience playing your deck. Is Kulrath Knight a working piece to lock your opponent out of the game, or does it get removed to easy? How do creatures like Ammit Eternal work out?
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Even if you kill your tokens, you double them with x=2 or triple them with x=3.
For each creature you get x new creatures. So Clear the entire field and get X*#creatures new tokens.