Splendid Agony


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Common

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Splendid Agony


Distribute two -1/-1 counters among one or two target creatures.

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Splendid Agony Discussion

galleadden on

1 month ago

okie dokie! lets begin


at this point I just like 24 lands in any 60 card deck I have, buuuuut I do have plenty of faith that the 22 you have is fine. now the only change I would make to lands is adding 4 Ifnir Deadlands and maybe 2 Grasping Dunes. the Ifnir Deadlands I must say from experience are way more powerful then they look and to top it off fit your decks theme, so 100% includes. now Grasping Dunes is weaker but it is in them, so they are maybes. now what i would replace is 4 Swampfor ifnirs and 2 Foul Orchard for Grasping Dunes. but once again dunes are definitely a maybe, it won't hurt you at all to not have them


now I know Liliana, Death Wielder is in theme, but for 7 mana she does not do nearly enough so I could never suggest her in any deck outside of commander. Now Vraska, Relic Seeker may not be in theme but she alone is a fire magnet that ends the game by herself while being good removal in your colors. so if you want a planeswalker in this deck shes the only one I can suggest.


no real suggestions, there really is only one for your slot. maybe add a fourth since its the decks theme.


you already have push but a few things you could add are Blossoming Defense it may not be in theme but it can act like a kill spell and save your hapatras. Hapatra's Mark is an in theme blossoming defense. buuut sometimes you may want that +2/+2. Splendid Agony its not super but it triggers your stuff and can kill creatures, so really good in your deck needs play testing to be sure. Torment of Venom its pricey but i like how many counters you get out of it, plus the punish effect can be fun. Vraska's Contempt is solid sideboard tech for a deck with gods or planeswalkers.


Grind is cheap, kills possibly two creatures and channeler initiate can cast the dust part. but probably better in the sideboard. its not super strong but Hazardous Conditions is a fun field bomb your creatures could technically survive if they have -1/-1 counters on them, but against constrictor decks it does nothing sooo sideboard against token decks or just don;t use it. Its just a funny card that would surprise your opponents when your creatures survive it. Lethal Sting is your decks unlicensed disintegration, that can trigger your other cards. lastly maybe a field bomb like Yahenni's Expertise.


Archfiend of Ifnir though you don't have much cycle or discard he can wipe a board and do massive triggers, just need some discard/cycle cards. Bone Picker not to theme but your deck should have things die often. so a 3/2 flyer for 1 is awesome. Crocodile of the Crossing this is one of the best cards you can add, its in them and as game ending as hazoret with 5 power haste. i just love the idea of playing it putting the counters on a festering mummy, making tokens then put festering mummies counter on an enemy card to make more tokens then hit for 5. its soooo good. Decimator Beetle i do agree with you its cost makes it slow, but a one of might be good. Plague Belcher no your not zombies but the counters and 3 cost 5/4 menace means he is in theme with ridiculous power. Ruthless Sniper like archiend if you go cycle in any way he fits the theme.

My changes

so those are all my suggestions the actual changes i would go through with is- trade 4 Swamp for 4 Ifnir Deadlands, trade lili for vraska, take outWalk the Plank replace it with 2 Lethal Sting (worse but in theme) or keep 2 walk the planks and add 2 Yahenni's Expertise. take out Baleful Ammit and replace it with 2 Plague Belcher, go down a Banewhip Punisher to 2 and add a Channeler Initiate to 3. take out the Defiant Greatmaw and add 4 Crocodile of the Crossing. trade 2 hapatras for 2 Exemplar of Strength. so you have 4 exemplars and 2 hapatras. I cant promise this will be super strong with what little support wizards gave us but this is what i suggest.

Doran_The_ButtFighter on scarabs

1 month ago

You could turn this into a perfectly viable Standard deck if you wanted. + Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, - Blowfly Infestation. + Splendid Agony, - Grim Affliction.

ursamaul on

1 month ago

I get why you want to use tokens to dump your counter on, but lets say you don't have a Nest of Scarabs on the field and a Winding Constrictor, your Exemplar of Strength and Channeler Initiate will die automatically. If you replace your Winding Constrictor with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, you'll be generating that extra token but itll be a deathtouch snek! Also Splendid Agony should probably be used to kill/ shrink your opponents creatures, not to be put on your own tokens.

oldmanm0nk3y on

1 month ago

Thanks ursamaul but the beatdown doesnt happen to my creatures. The first token generated obviously targets a creature from there a 1/1 token is produced. Moving forward. Any counters then target tokens. Which enables me to generate even more tokens. So by playing something like Splendid Agony on my opponents end step. Targeting a 1/1 token creature. I am generating 2 more tokens (so an extra 1) without summoning sickness ready for me to use. If constrictor is on the board. That simply gives me an extra 1/1 token creature. And then simply moving forward i can target existing token creatures if i want. With the counters to generate more.

Pieguy396 on GB Hapatra Midrange

2 months ago

Hey there! Awesome deck you have here! I have a few suggestions for you:

  • Crocodile of the Crossing is one of the best cards a Hapatra deck can have, as it's often a 5/4 with haste if you have another creature to shrink (such as possibly the Channeler Initiate that you can use to cast it on turn 3). I'd strongly recommend running the full 4.
  • Decimator Beetle is also a strong option, though 2 or 3 is probably plenty.
  • Lethal Sting is a great removal spell here, being easier on your mana than Never, and also almost definitely stronger than Splendid Agony.
  • Nest of Scarabs is an absolutely insane card in this deck, and I'd highly recommend adding 3 more copies.

As for cuts,

  • Nissa, Vital Force and Liliana, Death's Majesty don't really do much in this deck; I'd take them out, good cards they may be.
  • Pulse of Murasa doesn't really do all that much in your deck, and a card that gains you some life and replaces itself is rarely worth the slot.
  • Plague Belcher is definitely worse than Ammit Eternal, especially as the Ammit's counters can fuel a near-endless supply of Nest of Scarabs tokens.
  • Hapatra's Mark doesn't really seem to do it for me. It might be good as a 1- or 2-of, but 3 copies seems pretty excessive. It's a reactive spell in a deck that really wants to be proactive.

In any case, I hope this helps! Happy Magic-ing!

Pal00ka on -1 Foolishness

2 months ago

I've been brewing Hapatra and to me it looks like you're not focused on her enough.

An example is Archfiend of Ifnir; you have 6 lands, 1 creature (him), and no other cards which cycle. Its payoffs seem very minor to have a slot even though it does give out -1/-1 counters.

Why so much support for Titania? Your deck almost looks like you really wanted to play her, not Hapatra. Yes, you have tutors or you could draw her but if you never see her, a lot of it becomes even less optimal. Speaking of lands, 15/38 come in tapped, that's almost half, and would make any start slow I would think.

While Plague Belcher will net 2 snakes, you have only 1 other zombie creature. Why not Necroskitter, Dusk Urchins, Crumbling Ashes, etc. that net a better return with -1/-1 counters.

Just like Nest of Scarabs, Flourishing Defenses is a great Plan C in case Hapatra cannot stay on the board. Redundancy is consistency.

I'd probably add a couple more instant -1/-1 counter spells to make surprise deathtouch blockers. Splendid Agony and Stinging Shot work.

Interesting build, I'd like to hear how it plays/evolves as time goes on!

FullmetalWes on SNAKES MF!!!

2 months ago

Lookin pretty good Cody! One thing I notice is your mana-curve is a bit off. Tappedout has the lovely bar graph to the right that shows the CMC (converted mana cost) of your cards and what colors they are. The reason mana curve is so important is to maximize your chances of playing your cheap cards early and more expensive cards later. Most decks want to play a 2 cmc on turn two, 3 cmc on turn three, and so forth, that's how you make steady progress and push your way to victory. Here's the tough part, you can notice that the 3 CMC slot is more than anything else, so you'll want to remove some 3 CMC cards and probably add a few more 1 or 2 CMC cards. It can be tough making cuts since obviously you like every card that you put in it. Here's my recommendations: remove 2 or maybe even 3 Cartouche of Ambition and cut 1 or 2 Splendid Agony and cut at least 1 or 2 Raise Dead and I don't see a single way for you to activate Archfiend of Ifnir's ability so I would either remove him or add cards that cycle or let you discard. Hapatra is amazing but remember she's legendary so you can only have one in play at a time, so maybe cut 1 of her if you need more room and Bone Picker is a really sweet card that I love but if you need to make room for other cards remember that he doesn't actually support your -1/-1 theme so you may be able to take out 1 or 2. As for cards I would add: I like Crocodile of the Crossing a lot, Exemplar of Strength, Festering Mummy, Obelisk Spider (even tho I said you need to cut down on 3 cmc lol), Plague Belcher may be better in a zombie deck but still great in this. If you find you're playing against someone with lots of removal Hapatra's Mark can be great and Larger Than Life works very well with Hapatra and Ammit Eternal. As for mana if you feel like you're not getting the right colors you can add Evolving Wilds as a cheap way of mana fixing. If you ever want to make this less budget I can help with that too. Hope that helps and good luck man!

kiki45 on Scarab Counter

2 months ago

This is good idea, I do have my own version, which combine with Liliana Planeswalker (Amon), that deck mostly consist effect of -1/-1 counter. Try Splendid Agony this way you can create at least 2 token and kill opponent monster, and also try Diabolic Tutor to search for Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Nest of Scarabs

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