Abusing -1/-1 counters for fun and profit! This is a token/stax deck, killing and maiming your opponents' creatures. You can take advantage of the fact that most tables will have at least one player without a creature on turn 3, so you can swing to kill small utility creatures and get snakes.

SNAKES FOR DAYS - The value from spells like Black Sun's Zenith is disgusting: when you kill the board, you retain an army of deathtouching snakes! It's also ludicrously easy to get more than 20 snakes, sac them for mana/cards, then win.

The main wincons are stax (smokestacks and Shisato, Whispering Hunter) and/or classic beatdown (Craterhoof Behemoth, Triumph of the Hordes, etc). There are also two infinite combos in the deck:

-- Blowfly Infestation+Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons gives infinite ETBs, infinite counter placement, and infinite death triggers. With this combo working, Nest of Scarabs gives infinite creatures, Blood Artist/Zulaport Cutthroat gives infinite life loss, Fecundity gives infinite draw, et cetera.

-- Quillspike+Devoted Druid creates infinite power. Paired with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons or Nest of Scarabs, it also gives an infinite number of snakes!

As is typical for me, I started building this about 2 minutes after she was first spoiled, so it's likely the first Hapatra deck on the internet :)

What remaining cards would you add/cut?

Like the god-pharoah, I shall return!



Having played this several times at my LGS, I'm happy overall, but a few changes were necessary. The list got a bit tighter, the curve was improved, and I included more cards from Amonkhet.

(Speaking of Amonkhet, Defiant Greatmaw will be in this deck once T/O adds the card.)

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Montanax says... #1

Enough is enough, I've had it with these motherf'ing snakes during my motherf'ing EDH games.

April 13, 2017 8:44 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #2


April 13, 2017 9:22 p.m.

Bhaal666 says... #3

Viridian Corrupter seems lack luster when compared with the rest of the deck. if infect/wither work with hapatra there are stronger sources of those like Corrosive Mentor (should be awesome with Nest of Scarabs), if you want the destroy there are instant speed options like Krosan Grip. Honestly everything else looks fine you could probably not use the any color pain lands but necroskitter could grab a thing that needs red mana or something...

April 15, 2017 2:03 a.m.

Delta-117 says... #4

April 15, 2017 7:24 p.m.

TheRedGoat says... #5

Okay, so what about coming down on tribal synergies and running other snakes? Or even Conspiracy maybe?

April 15, 2017 11:57 p.m.

RazortoothMtg says... #6

I would definitely play Coat of Arms cuz buff snakes are better than small snakes.

April 16, 2017 2:09 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #7

Bhaal666: Thank you for the comment! While I do like Viridian Corrupter, I cut her for Necropede instead.

Delta-117: Yeah, I do need to tinker with the mana base a bit. That being said, I almost never play Temple of the False God outside of a ramp-heavy deck (which this is not).

TheRedGoat: I've currently cut the deck down to only having one "snake tribal" card. It's just too variable how many snakes I possess.

RazortoothMtg: I'll consider it! However, there are several goblin decks in my meta, and I don't want to give them the boost...

April 16, 2017 2:18 p.m.

ohmless says... #8

happy to see an old school card like harbinger of night and serrated arrows in the list. The black ring that gives regeneration might come into utility if you want to protect a keystone creature in your strategy. Ring of Xathrid +1'ed

April 16, 2017 2:41 p.m.

ohmless says... #9

was just thinking the ring of xathrid would be awesome to get extra turns of activations from harbinger of night.

April 16, 2017 2:42 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #10

ohmless: In my testing, Ring of Xathrid has proven to be fantastic (mostly so I can protect my commander from Harbinger of Night and friends). I almost want to run Ring of Kalonia too, but for now I think one is enough...

Thanks for the comment!

April 16, 2017 2:47 p.m.

Bhaal666 says... #11

Your list has been really helpful to me so I'm glad I could help a bit. Necropede seems like a good choice. I was looking through your list again and realized you dont have Concordant Crossroads not really a must but in theory i think the card would be very nice, start of your turn harbinger of night kills a bunch of your snakes and then you get new snakes that cant do anything except block or die at the start of the next turn unless you give them haste.

April 16, 2017 6:44 p.m.

Is there a possibility that an Eldrazi Monument could fit in there for flying and indestructibility? The sacrificing a creature shouldn't be too much of a problem since there are quite a few snakes being produced.

April 17, 2017 6:27 p.m.

AwezomePozzum says... #13

Moar snek tribal! Also, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed? It synergizes very well with all of your -1/-1 counter effects that hit your creatures.

April 22, 2017 10:29 p.m.

AwezomePozzum says... #14

As an example for snake tribal, what about Seshiro the Anointed?

April 23, 2017 4:13 p.m.

Iron_Cube says... #15

AwezomePozzum ; Seshiro the Anointed was on the list before, but was removed. With the exception of the commander, the deck didn't contained many snakes. This decklist focus more on -1/-1 counters and ways to use tokens. Shisato, Whispering Hunter still there because of it's effect that fit a stax subtheme.

It could be fun, but I think almost half of the deck would have to be built differently.

April 23, 2017 9:25 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #16

Bhaal666: I'm glad I could help! I'm just worried that Concordant Crossroads would give my opponents the ability to kill me faster :( It does give me a way to do my second infinite combo faster, though...

DastardlyStache: Yeah, it's one of the cards I really need to add, haha. What would you cut for it? I don't want to cut anything that gives -1 counters, because they're pretty central to my strategy.

AwezomePozzum: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed used to be in the deck, but got cut to lower the curve. I'm looking for a way to put him back in, though, because he immediately goes infinite with Devoted Druid...And Iron_Cube is right. The deck has no snake subtheme without my commander, so anything that completely depends on my commander's ability (and has 6 CMC) was one of the cuts. He's a card I want to add back in, but I'd need to find space.

Thank you all for your comments!! :)

April 24, 2017 3:28 p.m.

In my honest opinion? Probably Culling the Weak, where the extra mana is ok, but in this sort of deck I found it unnecessary. The survivability of boardwipes seems a bit stronger.

April 24, 2017 5:19 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #18

DastardlyStache: Hmmm. I'll consider it. Thanks!

April 24, 2017 5:21 p.m.

Now if you want to go for mana and get quite a bit of it, put a Cryptolith Rite in there so your tokens can tap for mana.

April 25, 2017 12:10 p.m.

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