Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt

Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt

Legendary Creature — Dinosaur Cat Nightmare

Mutate (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it ontop or underneath target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature that is on top and that creature has all the abilities of every card that is underneath it.)

Double strike

Whenever this creature mutates, it deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker an opponent controls and you gain 4 life.

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Set Rarity
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Highlander Legal
Standard Legal
Brawl Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Unformat Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pre-release Legal
Frontier Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vintage Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pioneer Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Modern Legal
Magic Duels Legal

Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt Discussion

multimedia on IKO Vadrok standard commander

1 month ago

Hey, looks like you opened an Ikoria booster box and got some nice rares/mythics. I'm jealous of the alt art/foil Raugrin Triome :)

I'm confused about your deck. The entire deck is all Ikoria cards except 1x Temple of Enlightenment which is in Theros Return. The Temple tells me that you can play other Standard legal cards in the format you're playing. Can you play other Standard legal cards? There's other legal sets besides Ikoria in Standard.

Budget cards from Ikoria to consider adding:

  • Pollywog Symbiote: reducing the mana cost of mutate and draw/discard a card is very good value with Vadrok for a two drop.
  • Cathartic Reunion: discard cards for Vadrok and then draw cards.
  • Sea-Dasher Octopus: flash makes this one of the better mutate creatures since can mutate at instant speed for two mana.
  • Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt: can cast it for it's mutate cost without needing black mana and double strike is good with flying.
  • Jubilant Skybonder: three drop 2/2 flying creature who makes it harder to kill Vadrok/mutated creature since it will have flying.

These are just cards from Ikoria. There's many budget cards that could be good with Vadrok in other Standard legal sets. Would you like me to suggest them?

Blackgate on Apex predators (Mardu mutate/menace aggro)

2 months ago

Hello Frosto, thanks! It’s really fun to play and I am still play testing it on Arena. There are a lot of fun combinations available to construct a pretty wild Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt.

Labyrinth Raptor is amazing in the deck too!

Agreed - Mutate is a very interesting ability and I didn’t know what to make of it either but I like it and this set overall looks very fun. I gravitated to Snapdax right away (my favorite Mutate card) and am looking to build another deck with some of the other mutate cards in the set.

BountyHunter200 on Jeskai Mutate Control

2 months ago

Play Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt. It provides EXTREMELY valuable lifegain against aggro, and can destroy most threats with no trouble, and also a fourth Teferi, Time Raveler.

triproberts12 on Suggestions for Rakdos?

2 months ago

Oh, in that case, if you aren't super set on Rakdos, but are just trying to play RBx, I'd suggest going for a Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt infect deck. Mutating up an Ichorclaw Myr, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon Flesh-Eater Imp, Ogre Menial, Phyrexian Crusader, etc. seems awesome with double strike. Or you can just hardcast Snappy and put a Grafted Exoskeleton or Phyresis on it.

abby315 on Snapdax Midrange

2 months ago

Ooh, I've been waiting for someone to brew with Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt! I love the idea. I do have a few suggestions to speed up the deck a bit:

1) Replace the 3x Savai Crystal with +1 Murderous Rider, +1 Bonecrusher Giant. Savai Crystal is very slow for standard, and you don't really need to go from 3 mana to 5 mana with this curve.

2) Cut Offspring's Revenge, which is way too expensive for what it does. Use those two slots and the extra slot from Savai Crystal to add 3x Spawn of Mayhem.

That will bring your curve down to be even more aggressive and give you more flexible creature/removal options.

I also think this deck has a bit of a crisis of identity. The mutate cards are actually pretty /slow/ since they don't add to the power/toughness on the board. I really don't think any Mutate cards here besides Snapdax and probably Necropanther have abilities that make Mutating worthwhile. And even though Snapdax has a great mutate ability, it's also just a really aggressive card. IMO you should be planning to play Snapdax as a 4-drop "6"/5 and then mutate with Necropanther late in the game for value.

This is just my opinion, so feel free to disagree. Vulpikeet is definitely interesting since it adds flying and a counter, but I'm still not sure the risk is worth it.

Here are the additional tweaks I would make, but again, grain of salt:

Cut Vulpikeet, Insatiable Hemophage, and Shepherd of the Flock (this doesn't work very well with Mutate cards since you have to bounce the whole stack). This frees up 10 slots.

- 4x Marauding Raptor, which doesn't kill any of your remaining creatures and makes them all really cheap, plus it gets buffed for pinging Snapdax and lets you play him on turn 3! He also cheapens Mutate costs.
- +1 Necropanther to get up to 4 copies.
- +2 Bedevil for planeswalker removal.
- +3 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger to give you an additional 2-drop play, stay aggressive, and give you a finisher.

Again, just my take on the deck (and it assumes a bit of a budget since Kroxa is expensive - you could definitely add other things instead, maybe Kunoros, Hound of Athreos to hose the other Titan).

If you do want to keep trying the Mutate theme, I will say, I think the interaction with Dreadhorde Arcanist is an interesting one people haven't explored. It's a useful way to permanently buff the Arcanist to start casting 2+ drop spells. You don't have a ton of these right now, but you could retool the deck to try it out.

I'd also add a few Noxious Grasp in your sideboard. You're really likely to run into Gideon, Tef3ri, or Nissa out there.

Let me know what you think!