Jund -1/-1 counters deck I've been working on slowly but surely. Super psyched for HOU, as it's adding in some much needed upgrades to the Golgari Hapatra decks out there. I started playing MTG when Amonkhet came out, so I'm going to need some help tuning and refining this deck. I don't expect it to be a super competitive deck, but this is definitely a fun deck that I've been playing with on MTGO and so far I've been loving it.


I have made some pretty big overhauls and changes to the deck. First of all, I have removed 4x Soul-Scar Mage in favor of 4x Crocodile of the Crossing . Soul-Scar was very underwhelming as many people had commented on Reddit and on here, and it was true. Too often I would have SSM out without any burn spells, or it was just a dead card. Crocodile has not been the case so far as it always comes down as a 5/4 with haste. Usually Ammit is on the field and can just tank the counter. Next, we have completely taken out the burn spells. Abrade has been moved to the sideboard and Magma Spray has been removed. They have been replaced with 4x Driven / Despair and 4x Consuming Fervor . Driven / Despair has been a real devastating card when we have some snakes out as we can usually cast both sides of the card in the same turn. We refill our hand and our opponent discards theirs, and they usually don't see it coming. I usually always discard the Driven portion of the card for Key to the City and just cast despair as it's more beneficial for us. Finally we have Consuming Fervor , which has been an absolute monster of a card for us. I always attempt to put this on Ammit Eternal as he will then be an 8/8 that creates a snake every turn, and pairing him up with Key to the City allows us to get through for combat damage to remove all of his counters. Ammit Eternal is honestly a win condition by himself with Consuming Fervor . Add in Driven / Despair for the trample or menace, and the game is over.

I will leave the original post untouched in case anyone prefers that version over this one.

First and foremost, the creature spells! We will be running 4x Soul-Scar Mage as a way to make all of our burn spells even more effective as they will create -1/-1 counters on our targets rather than just simply do damage to them. This makes spells like Shock and Magma Spray effective against all of our opponent's creatures, as if we have Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Nest of Scarabs out, that will create our snake and insect tokens. Soul-Scar Mage's prowess ability also helps greatly as each time we cast a non-creature spell, it will get a +1/+1 counter which makes a huge difference when it comes down to blocking / attacking.

Next up, we have 4x Channeler Initiate. Not only does Channeler Initiate serve as a ramp because of her ability to tap and create a mana, she also is our tank for counters. She comes in to the battlefield with a -3/-3 counter instantly, and if we have Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Nest of Scarabs, that's either one snake or three insects. Or both!

Moving on, we have 4x Ammit Eternal, our first Hour of Devastation card coming in to the mix. Ammit Eternal is vital as not only is he a massive 3CMC 5/5, he also has a new effect called Afflict, which means if he's ever blocked, our opponent will still take 3 damage. He also acts as a way to get a massive amount of tokens out, as each time our opponent casts ANY spell, he gets a -1/-1 counter which creates us either a snake or an insect. Whenever Ammit deals combat damage to our opponent, he gets all of his counters removed as well. Definitely a vital piece to our deck!

Our next 4x creature is going to be Obelisk Spider, another new addition from HOU. Obelisk Spider is nuts. 3CMC 1/4 with Reach, a mechanic that seems to be all but forgotten in recent sets. 1/4 with Reach is already important because a lot of fliers go unblocked, and the odds of them being 4/4 or higher are pretty low, so we can block fliers and non-fliers for days with him. In addition to his key blocking ability, each time he deals combat damage to a creature, we put a -1/-1 counter on that creature. Free snakes and insects! Now comes the super important part of this card and a win condition in itself. Whenever we put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, we gain a life and our opponent loses a life. Considering this deck is built solely around -1/-1 counters, Obelisk Spider is one of our most important cards in this deck and is without a doubt a 4 of.

We'll now introduce our queen of the deck, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons. Since this card was first spoiled in Amonkhet and I pulled her without knowing anything about the cards, I loved it. Hapatra is the core of this deck. Whenever we deal damage to our opponent with Hapatra, we put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. We can put these on Ammit Eternal, Channeler Initiate for more ramp, or even on our opponent's creatures if they have any. Whenever we put a -1/-1 counter on a creature, we get a 1/1 green snake with deathtouch. One hell of a combination, as this entire deck deals out -1/-1 counters or absorbs them like candy. Synergy is at the heart of this deck, and I love decks with synergy.

Finally, we'll round out our creatures with another new addition from HOU, the deadly The Scorpion God . The Scorpion God is so dope. Firstly, he's a 5CMC for 6/5 and one of the reasons I wanted to bring this deck to in to Jund colors when he was spoiled. Whenever a creature with a -1/-1 counter on it dies, we draw a card. This is huge, as a major problem I've had with this deck in Golgari colors is not being able to draw enough cards or getting the right combination out. With Channeler Initiate ramping us, and our diverse mana-base, I feel like we can get to The Scorpion God quick enough and be able to draw an extra card or two every turn, fueling our burn engine or getting out more counters. For the cost of 1RB, we can put a -1/-1 counter on any creature. Initiate needs more ramp? Drop a counter. They have a card with only 1 toughness on the field? Drop a counter on it, draw a card. It's not as strong as our other burn spells, but having a burn spell at any time and the ability to create a snake or insect will be great for us. Finally, whenever he dies, he's returned to our hand at the beginning of the next turn. Unless he's exiled, he will always be in our hand or on the board. We pack a lot of enchantment and artifact hate in our sideboard, so even if they do manage to exile him game 1, we'll pack enough heat to make sure that doesn't happen again.

On to our non-creature spells!

Firstly, 4x Abrade. I do not know how this card will function exactly yet, but with Soul-Scar Mage on the field as well as Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, we're gonna get some snakes and possibly destroy a creature. If our opponent is rocking the increasingly popular W/U Monument deck, Abrade will take care of that pesky monument as it destroys target artifact as well. I feel like this card would've been so perfect if Aetherworks Marvel was never banned, but that's okay. There's still plenty of artifacts out there that we can destroy with this.

We'll also run 2x Nest of Scarabs. If we can get this out on the field, each time we put a -1/-1 counter on target creature, we get an insect for every counter. Unlike Hapatra which only creatures one snake regardless of the amount of counters, Nest of Scarabs creates a token per counter. That can lead to an insane amount of insects if we get the right card draw.

We'll also run 3x Magma Spray to either exile some popular cards such as Dread Wanderer or Scrapheap Scrounger, or any annoying 2 toughness creature. With Soul-Scar Mage, we'll get those -1/-1 counters and create some snakes and insects again if we have Hapatra and Nest out. If not, their creature is permanently neutered which is always good for us.

Rounding out our non-creature spells we have 3x Grind / Dust which is what I'm going to try to roll with as it's a better version of Splendid Agony as it only costs 2CMC whereas Agony was 3CMC, and it in essence, does the same job. I'm running this at first over other burn spells such as Incendiary Flow which I would probably usually run, because of the ability to create two snakes with Hapatra rather than the one we'd get with Incendiary Flow . If it doesn't work out so well, Incendiary Flow will be taking it's place. In addition to the Grind part, the Dust portion exiles all creatures with -1/-1 counters on them, which would definitely ruin our opponents day. With Channeler Initiate more than likely being on the board, we can tap her for the white mana we need to cast Dust and exile our opponent's board permanently.

Land base is pretty generic, but I do need help with land bases as I'm not great at making them. Currently it runs 4x Blooming Marsh, 4x Game Trail , 3x Smoldering Marsh, 2x Canyon Slough, 2x Sheltered Thicket, 3x Mountain, 3x Swamp, 3x Forest.

Sideboard we're going to run 2x Appetite for the Unnatural for the artifact // enchantment removal. 2x Natural State for the same reason, lower CMC but the disadvantage of only removing 3CMC enchantments. 3x Heroic Intervention if our opponent is running board wipes. 2x Never / Return to get rid of any Planeswalkers or creatures we can't remove right away. 2x Prowling Serpopard for our counter magic friends. 2x Liliana's Defeat for black planeswalkers or black creatures. And finally 2x Chandra's Defeat as Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Glorybringer are running rampant in Temur Energy. My side board needs a ton of help as I'm not really sure what to put here, these were just guesses based of what I expect to see.

This deck is the epitome of synergy. Every card has a place and a purpose, but I'm sure there are cards that I'm missing that are much better than what I have listed because as I said, I am fairly new and this is one of the first decks I've made from scratch, with the help of some other decks of course. Please, please let me know what I can do differently. If something I put in here seems idiotic or dumb, tell me. If you think this deck is dope, let me know! There are a TON of cards in HOU and even in AHK that could replace some of these cards. I will edit the maybeboard when I come up with some other ideas.

Thank you all in advance for your help, it is much needed and very appreciated.



Driven / Despair

After looking at some cards more in depth, I feel that Driven / Despair would fit so well in this deck as the CMC for both options is very low, and it can cause some devastating effects for our opponent. Firstly, everything we have will gain trample, which, if Ammit Eternal, or The Scorpion God is on the battlefield can already be a pretty bad day for our opponent in terms of damage. If we have a ton of snakes or insects out the trample ability isn't what matters so much as the ability to be able to draw a card for each creature that does damage this turn. That's a hell of a lot of card draw.

Despair is just as good, as it gives all of our creatures menace. The ability to cast both of these in the same turn will be absolutely devastating as everything has trample and menace, along with the ability to draw a card each time we do damage, and our opponent must discard a card each time we do damage because of Despair. This card alone can and will change the outcome of a game if played at the right circumstance.

Appeal / Authority

Appeal / Authority is another card that could be a potential addition. Appeal gives one of our creatures a massive +X/+X where X is the amount of creatures we control and also gives that creature trample. Authority allows us to tap two of our opponent's target creatures as well as give our snakes, insects, and other creepy crawly creatures vigilance, effectively leaving our board full of blockers next turn.

Claim / Fame

Claim / Fame is a great card to get our creatures that we need back from our graveyard. Hapatra only being a 2/2 is a heavy target for removal and as she is the engine of our deck, we will need her back. I have been previously running Wander in Death to bring and another creature back as well, however the 1 drop for Claim is fantastic. Fame is also awesome, because Hapatra can become a 4/2 with Haste the turn we bring her back if we choose to play it that turn. If not, we can use that on any creature throughout the game.

Banewhip Punisher

This is a easy and cheap way to remove any of our opponent's enemies. She comes in to the battlefield and instantly drops a -1/-1 counter on a creature, and we can sacrifice her for 1 mana to destroy any target creature.

Cryptolith Rite

Cryptolith Rite would be useful in the situations that we don't have a ton of mana, or we need to activate our abilities. It will give all of our creatures the ability to tap for any mana of any color. With the amount of tokens we generate, this a lot of mana being generated.

Majestic Myriarch

Majestic Myriarch is a card I'm not too excited for, but it could create a ton of issues for our opponent if it comes in at the right time. It has X/X where X is the amount of creatures we have, and it will also get all of their abilities as well. In essence, this could be a 5/5 with death touch, a 2/2 with nothing, or a 13/13 with death touch for 5CMC. It's variable and depends on the board state, so it could very well be a dead card in our hand. Without an option like Chord of Calling or Natural Order to find this card, I don't necessarily like it, but it is an option in it's own.

Second Harvest

Second Harvest is fantastic. It simply doubles the amount of tokens we have on the board, which is amazing with our deck. I would like to play this card, but I do not know what to replace with it as generating snakes in the first place is more important than doubling them. You can't double zero.

Throne of the God-Pharaoh

Throne is wonderful. It's a 2CMC legendary artifact that makes our opponent lose life equal the number of tapped creatures we have on the battlefield. With the amount of tokens we have, this will be a large amount of life lost each turn.

Key to the City

I have been fiddling around with Key to the City and it is great. It allows Hapatra to get through for some snakes and is far more efficient than Soul-Scar Mage is at making -1/-1 counters thus far. I may end up removing the Soul-Scar Mage combo completely and adding in Key to the City.


Looks promising. I'd say this archetype may finally be standard worthy.

July 5, 2017 1:34 p.m.

Triryn says... #2

I have been looking at a similar deck build, but I think we will see on many sideboards. So I am thinking about a B/W deck with creatures that come in with -1/-1 counters on them but having out first.

Plus it will slow down GB Energy, Walking Ballista, and anything else that needs counters!

July 5, 2017 3:39 p.m.

Triryn says... #3

hmm didnt put my image links in...

Here are the cards I am looking to play around with.

SolemnityAmmit EternalLethal StingBaleful AmmitSoulstinger

July 5, 2017 3:40 p.m.

Ol_man says... #4

Perfectly explained deck, great job on this! I tried running 4 Nest of Scarabs in a similar deck with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and during testing Hapatra always seemed to be more of a priority (deathtouch w/ those tokens definitely comes in handy). I believe Claim / Fame is a huge bonus for this deck (and many others), recurring a Hapatra for 1 cmc or pay 3 cmc increase her power by 2 and she gains haste for a turn.... Seems really good.

Good skill with this build, nice! +1

July 7, 2017 11:10 p.m.

Variux says... #5

Ol_man First and foremost, thank you for your kind words.

I too have found that drawing a Nest when I could've drawn Hapatra is unfortunate, but I feel like I'd rather have one of them rather than none of them. I think if I do take anything out it'd be 2x Nest of Scarabs for either Driven / Despair or Claim / Fame. Have you looked at Driven / Despair or Appeal / Authority at all? I posted an update and I was hoping you could take a look at it and give me your insight as your deck is also very well built.

July 8, 2017 1:25 p.m.

Ol_man says... #6

Your welcome and thanks again!

I think the only change I'd make would be -2 Obelisk Spider , -1 Nest of Scarabs then +2 Claim / Fame and +1 Grind / Dust.

Driven / Despair seems really good given the right situation! I'm unsure about how it should be added though. Maybe sided and used against less aggressive decks.

July 8, 2017 4:39 p.m.

jaylawlerrr says... #7

Awesome, glad to see someone else working on this deck. I've been working with a similar build-> Jund Poison [HOU Update]. I'm stoked for the Hour of Devastation cards!

July 9, 2017 1:18 p.m.

multimedia says... #8

You're missing the great interaction of Key to the City with Ammit Eternal or Hapatra. Consider including 2x Key replacing 2x Nest of Scarabs. Both Eternal and Spider are better than Nest and 12x three drops, all 4 ofs, is a lot.

Your deck description is very good, you've broken it up into nice readable paragraphs, but it's a lot of text all at once. Breaking up the text by including images of the cards your talking about can further help readability as well as interest.

Good luck with your deck.

July 13, 2017 4:32 a.m.

Variux says... #9

Hi multimedia

I actually have been using Key to the City lately, just forgot to mention it on here!

I will update that as well as some pictures and whatnot, thank you for the suggestion.

July 13, 2017 9:59 a.m.

Seifer267 says... #10

Me and a friend have been working on a deck similar to this. We have been messing with Liliana, Death's Majesty as well in the deck to wild success. Less worry about Hapatra leaving the field and tons of zombie tokens to keep you alive. It's been great.So glad someone else agrees with the Hapatra turn 2, Ammit Eternal Turn 3 combo. It's dirtyyyyyy.

July 18, 2017 2:50 a.m.

Papagenu says... #11

with the amount of tokens that you can possibly be generating, i would recommend putting one or two westvale abby's in the deck

July 18, 2017 10:52 p.m.

Variux says... #12

Papagenu I actually picked some up recently, going to try it out at FNM and if it works as well as I'd like I will update the post. :)

July 18, 2017 10:57 p.m.

Holy Snakes Batman!!! I love this deck. This is on the right path for being competitive. I don't play Crocodile of The Crossing but instead 2 Rhonas and 2 Honored Hydra with Synergy with Key to the City. But this definitely looks playable

July 20, 2017 3:35 p.m.

James66NM says... #14

I see that you've taken out Soul-Scar Mage already, but have you tried using that in combination with Hour of Devastation and Nest of Scarabs? It's risky if HoD gets countered given it's cost, but well worth it if your opponent is running a low CMC or token deck.

July 20, 2017 4 p.m.

James66NM says... #15

Hour of Devastation to fix the tag*

July 20, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Variux says... #16


Rhonas is definitely way better than Crocodile, I'd totally play him if I had a set. I may just throw in some Tireless Trackers as I'm not super impressed with Crocodile of the Crossing.


I have not, but it's worth a shot! That would definitely change the board around. SSM could do well in a burn heavy version of this deck but then I would probably remove green all together and just go B/R, which could kick ass. Nest, Burn spells, Fatal Push / Grasp of Darkness and some other shit could be a great deck too. It's worth a shot for sure.

July 20, 2017 7:38 p.m.

xxfukkixx says... #17

Have you considered Exemplar of Strength? He comes out a lot earlier than the Crocodile and it's another target that works really well with Consuming Fervor.

July 25, 2017 10:10 a.m.

Mal_Mutation says... #18

Okay I love this deck and I have one question, how does it play against someone Solemnity? I know you have enchantment removal in the side board but if you don't draw into it is it just game over?

July 27, 2017 2:03 a.m.

Mal_Mutation says... #19

God damn it, ignore the "someone" in my previous comment

July 27, 2017 2:06 a.m.

Variux says... #20


If you play against Solemnity you're fucked. :)

July 27, 2017 8:37 a.m.

Seifer267 says... #21

Not fucked. you still have a haste 5/4 and a 5/5 with afflict. I think it'll be ok. haha. and a 2 drop 3/4. Solemnity shmolemnity.

July 28, 2017 6:07 a.m.

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Illegal cards Ammit Eternal, Driven / Despair, Grind / Dust, Obelisk Spider, The Scorpion God, Abrade, Chandra's Defeat
Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.08
Tokens 1/1 Snake
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Revision 3 (3 months ago)

-4 Soul-Scar Mage main
+1 Smoldering Marsh main
-1 Mountain main
-3 Magma Spray main
+4 Consuming Fervor main
+4 Crocodile of the Crossing main
+4 Driven / Despair main
+2 Forest main
-4 Abrade main
-4 Game Trail main
+1 Swamp main
-2 Liliana's Defeat side
+2 Abrade side

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