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To endure death is not enough to be unfraid. One must embrace it. One must hold death in their hands… let it curl around their fingers and clutch it to their chest, feel it bite through their flesh and let it worm into their veins. Let it coil around their heart, smothering and endless, and as it holds their life in its jaws, command it: ‘No’.

This, Hapatra has done.

Death is everywhere on Amonkhet, and while the crops of Naktamun train all their lives to die with glory; none know death like the vizier of poison.

She has studied the shapes of death—from serpent’s fangs to the spread of disease. She knows how a streak of venom can stop a rampaging ammit, how a simple sting can lay the greatest warrior low, and the right snake’s bite can fell any sandwurm. Hapatra has lived longer than most, ever watchful, on a plane filled with death.

Hapatra has witnessed the death of her Gods. She has fought the undead champions of their past. She has endured poison and plague and walked through what was thought to be the end. But through it all, she has learned.

None know death like the vizier of plagues…

Hapatra, Vizier of Plagues is a tried and true token deck. It succeeds when making 1/1 Snakes using Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons ability with -1/-1 counters. You will find yourself commanding massive armies of snakes by the end of the game, and once you have your army, the deck then helps by making your tokens have massive value through many different routes such as card draw (Moldervine Reclamation), Mana (Cryptolith Rite) or Selective removal (Attrition).

Make sure you get Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons out early to start swinging to get your deathtouch Snakes, by the late game you can have other means of distributing -1/-1 counters. The snakes are useful as both blockers and easy damage because it is a deterrent to lose blockers to tiny 1/1 Snakes with deathtouch.

Once you are commanding large amounts of tokens, there are a few ways that you can use them to win in this deck. Based on your board state you may need an additional card to trigger some of these win conditions, such as a sacrifice outlet like Ashnod's Altar or Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, but for the most part the main win conditions fall into the following;

Life Drain

Attacking

Milling

Blowfly infestation triggers Putting a -1/-1 counter on your 1/1 Snake will instantly kill it, but you will simultaneously make another and have a new target for the next -1/-1 counter to make these triggers go infinite.

The first prerelease I ever attended was Amonkhet back in April of 2017. It was such an incredible experience and a whole lot of fun to try out new cards.

During this prerelease I pulled Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons as my stamped card. I thought she seemed like such an interesting card with a concept I had never heard of until that moment, -1/-1 counters. Although I lost every round of that prerelease, I had come out with an interesting foil.

Combining Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons with the Liliana, Death Wielder, I created a 60 card standard deck which became very powerful in our playgroup. Nest of Scarabs created a lot of insect tokens and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons created the snakes. My opponents found themselves constantly overwhelmed with board presence and I achieved a solid win ratio for this, my first personally constructed deck.

Flash forward to being introduced to commander a few months later and the urge for creating my own EDH deck had me needing to find a fun Legendary Creature to have as my general. It didn't take me long to look at my favourite 60 card deck and start thinking how to enhance it to commander.

Now, my first constructed deck, focused on the first ever stamped card I pulled has become my first constructed commander deck.

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Date added 2 years
Last updated 19 hours
Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

6 - 0 Mythic Rares

32 - 0 Rares

30 - 0 Uncommons

11 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.23
Tokens 0/1 Insect, 1/1 Elf Warrior, 1/1 Snake, 2/2 Wolf, Garruk, 3/3 Beast, 1/1 Snake, 1/1 Faerie Rogue, 1/1 Worm
Folders Commander Decks, Noice, EDH Decks, Commander, OPB
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