Serrated Arrows


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana Common
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" Rare
Anthologies Uncommon
Homelands Common

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Serrated Arrows


Serrated Arrows enters the battlefield with three arrowhead counters on it.

At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are no arrowhead counters on Serrated Arrows, sacrifice it.

, Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Serrated Arrows Discussion

Tenlor on Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons - EDH (Kinda Budget)

3 days ago

Honestly the deck looks pretty solid to me. I always thought that Hapatra wouldn't make a very good commander, but I never realized that ANY -1/-1 counters would trigger it. Soulstinger might be a good addition to this deck, as a way to sink counters and then get that many counters again. If you want some more infect in the deck, perhaps Phyrexian Hydra or Tainted Strike would interest you. Maybe Liliana, Death Wielder might be of some interest, despite its cost.

There are a few cards in the deck that I'm unsure about. I'm not sure if Serrated Arrows deserves a spot in this deck.It's 4 mana and at most generate you three snakes. Maybe more with some proliferate shenanigans, but I feel like there would be a better card for this purpose. The card fits the theme well, but I'm not sure if it's worth ordering, unless you already own the card of course. I'm also not quite sure why From Beyond is included in this deck. you have plenty of other ways to generate mana through the use of Cryptolith Rite, Channeler Initiate, and cards such as Golgari Signet. The last card I'm not sure about is Ashnod's Altar. To me it just doesn't seem to have much a purpose. You're paying 3 mana to be able to sacrifice a creature and get two mana. It just doesn't seem worth it.

On a side note, I would love to see this deck play against my +1/+1 Skullbriar, Counter King deck. They're essentially completely opposite but similar in the same way.

v0lrath on No step on snek

2 weeks ago

-1/-1 Counter Ideas:
- Blight Mamba (Snek!)
- Blight Sickle
- Cinderbones
- Cinderhaze Wretch (Combos with Melira)
- Core Prowler
- Deity of Scars
- Grafted Exoskeleton
- Grim Poppet (so good)
- Harbinger of Night (also amazing)
- Incremental Blight
- Lichenthrope
- Lockjaw Snapper
- Melira, Sylvok Outcast (Must have!!!!)
- Phyrexian Hydra
- Rendclaw Trow
- Ruthless Sniper (if going in the Archfiend of Ifnir/Cycling direction...)
- Serrated Arrows
- Serrated Biskelion
- Shambling Swarm
- Stinging Shot (Good with Archfiend...)
- Viridian Corrupter
- Garruk Wildspeaker

And then..Cards that do stuff after you have a bunch of snakes:
- Beastmaster Ascension
- Triumph of the Hordes
- Overrun
- Overwhelming Stampede

Random Good Stuff:
- Coat of Arms (Snake? Snake?!? SNAAAAAAKE!!!!)
- Patron of the Orochi (...)
- Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro
- Seshiro the Anointed
- Shisato, Whispering Hunter
- Sosuke, Son of Seshiro
- Withering Boon

Bastaba on Hapatra's Flowing Poison

1 month ago


Thanks, I considered Serrated Arrows in the deck build, and with my initial commander (Atraxa) it was very good. I just think, that it will be too random in its usefulness, since it is pretty much only good if you have a proliferation engine, of which there are only three in the deck. If you get serrated arrows, and an engine, I agree, it is an insane combo, but it is too much of a chance for my taste.

Thanks for the advice

page04z on Hapatra's Flowing Poison

1 month ago

Check out Serrated Arrows in a build like this. with something like contagion engine out, you're able to continuously put arrowhead counters on it, and then tap it to distribute a -1/-1 counter somewhere.

There's a recent episode that commandzone did where they used new amonkhet commanders and josh, the one guy, had it out and it was pretty brutal. i really liked the combo.

ohmless on Mistress of Poisons, Hapatra Primer

1 month ago

this commander would really want to keep that demon you were on the fence about. I generally have 35-50 creatures in a deck so I would start by cutting there. I don't think second harvest would double counters, only tokens. I would include a Worldly Tutor so you can find your Archfiend of Ifnir quicker to take advantage of the discard/cycling stuff. Might not make the cut but Serrated Arrows might work in this.

SecondRate on Artifacts that use counters? (Atraxa ...

1 month ago

@Cmasa435, wow I hadn't even thought about Ring of Three Wishes, that's brilliant!

@chaosumbreon87, I'll have to go through all those when I get a little more time.

@philktoken8998, I appreciate the cost of those first three, they're nice and budget XD

@RedUndead40, I didn't know Serrated Arrows was a thing, but it should work nicely by helping me keep everyone's board presence a little in check.

@MindAblaze, I'll give Contagion Engine some thought, it's a bit pricey but I guess it shouldn't hurt to buy just a single of it.

Thank you all a lot! You've really helped me out, I've never built an artifact deck before so I was really clueless. Cheers! :D

RedUndead40 on Artifacts that use counters? (Atraxa ...

1 month ago

One of my favorites is Serrated Arrows. Stays around forever and makes everything else shrink

metalmagic on Serrated Arrows (old people stuff)

2 months ago

Please link cards when asking a question about them for ease of those answering, and others looking. Serrated Arrows new, Serrated Arrows old.

"Bury" was an old term that is no longer used in magic. It meant destroy the permanent, and it cannot be regenerated. Some cards have been errata'd to say sacrifice in place of bury (whenever the card is referring to itself, like the Arrows), and others like Dark Banishing now actually say the full destroy and no regen clause. (Dark Banishing old version for reference)

For what you're interested in, the card will go the graveyard either way, so it hasn't changed the functionality of it, and you can easily get it back via Glissa, the Traitor.

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