Nest of Scarabs


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Nest of Scarabs Discussion

Lanzo493 on Phyrexian high class

1 week ago

For an EDH deck to do well, the individual creatures should be more than just fancy sacrifice outlets but have actual utility and use.

Nest of Scarabs practically goes infinite. Very good for proliferating, too.

Necroskitter works well with your commander. A little pricey, but powerful.

Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat , and Deathgreeter are good for gaining life if you find yourself running short a lot. The first 2 are also great wincons.

Skullclamp , because who doesn't want more cards?

Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder , Genesis Chamber , and Westvale Abbey  Flip are great token generators.

andheplayedsax on Counters

1 month ago

Consider adding Nest of Scarabs . It’s much more mana efficient than Flourishing Defenses if you don’t have an elf-based lay-off. Also, Noxious Hatchling is an absolute bomb in this kind of deck, particularly when one or two Nests or Defenses are in play. Perhaps replacing some of the creatures with a couple copies of Dusk Urchins could be a move as well for card draw.

Chesu on Hapatra (Old Brawl deck)

1 month ago

It all depends on who you're using as the commander. If you're using Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons you'll really want to focus it down. Are you looking for the -1/-1 counter part of it or the 1/1 snake tokens? Hapatra can go off very quickly with snakes.

Orochi Hatchery , Sosuke's Summons , Snake Pit , Serpent Generator are all good cards, even if the last one has a high cmc.
- ( Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Flourishing Defenses ) + Devoted Druid + ( Ivy Lane Denizen or ( Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + ( Swiftfoot Boots or Lightning Greaves )))= Infinite Mana + Infinite Deathtouch Snakes -( Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Flourishing Defenses ) + Cinderhaze Wretch + ( Ivy Lane Denizen or ( Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + ( Swiftfoot Boots or Lightning Greaves ))) = Infinitely Discard Opponents (during your turn) + Infinite Deathtouch Snakes - Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Woodfall Primus + Ashnod's Altar = Destroy all noncreature permanents + Infinite Mana -( Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Flourishing Defenses or Nest of Scarabs ) + Grim Poppet + Sculpting Steel = Infinite Tokens -( Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Flourishing Defenses or Nest of Scarabs ) + Blowfly Infestation = Infinite tokens entering and dying. NOTE: This needs to be used in conjunction with something else such as Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat , or just another one of the cards listed above.

-Credit to akumawerewolf for his great Hapatra combo list.

hullos on Yawgmoth Reanimator

3 months ago

you obviously know about the undying combo but you only have two of them in the deck and in order to draw as many times as you want you need both. so some other cards that also combo with the undying cards are: Desecrated Tomb , Genesis Chamber , Nest of Scarabs . Nest of scarabs does not combo with the other two but still does with the undying. you could also try Lion's Eye Diamond but not only is this cards stupid expensive and is more geared toward making this really competitive and in reality is unnecessary in this deck to be playable but it still is an option. Not only is is free mana but with something like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth in the deck you can play through your entire deck once you get the two undying creatures / combo pieces. But again not necessary at all.

Daedalus19876 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH [PRIMER]

4 months ago

OptimalGreen: This'll be covered in the next update to the primer, but a preview:

Honestly Yawgmoth changes EVERYTHING for this deck. Blood Artist was primarily included over Zulaport Cutthroat to profit/deny opponents' infinite sac combos, but my meta has less of those these days. Moreover, with the inclusion of Yawgmoth, Nest of Scarabs + Hapatra + Yawgmoth becomes a viable infinite combo, or Yawgmoth + Mikaeus + two non-human creatures (or several jankier versions).

The issue is that these combos are limited by the number of cards in my library under many circumstances. I can easily create 40 death triggers with these (since I have 40+ cards in library), but creating 120 death triggers isn't possible. Thus Artist got the axe for Zulaport.

Valzasaurus on Scorpion God considerations

4 months ago

I've been in the process of building a The Scorpion God deck list but nothing is quite finalized at the moment. I'm thinking Yawgmoth, Thran Physician might be able to combo well with him and Nest of Scarabs for even more draws.

I'm trying to think of a way to more. I know infect/wither does well with him at the helm but what else is there?

Poly_raptor on Black Plague, On The Rocks: Yawgmoth EDH [PRIMER]

4 months ago

Really awesome list.


I’m Never really sure what to post on your deck lists as I feel like you cover every angle! It’s just like giving Ferrari advice on making cars...

The only thing I could suggest is a combo I have discovered which you’re already pretty much running, but adding Phyrexian Altar allows you to sacrifice tokens created by Nest of Scarabs to create the you need to proliferate with Yawgmoth, Thran Physician , which in turn then creates all the scarabs again.. rinse and repeat.

As I said above, never really sure what I can add to your decks, I think they’re awesome.

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Nest of Scarabs occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Golgari: 0.16%