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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 (Smokestack, Mind Slash, etc) and/or classic beatdown (Eldrazi Monument, Triumph of the Hordes , etc). There are also three major infinite combos:

There are three main infinite combos in this 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! Mikaeus, the Unhallowed sometimes has been in this deck; when he is, he also goes infinite with Devoted Druid. Both pieces of this combo can be fetched with Protean Hulk (thanks for unbanning that, Sheldon!) along with Sylvan Safekeeper to protect the combo.

-- Devoted Druid+Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons+Ivy Lane Denizen generates infinite green mana and infinite snakes. Discovered this combo by accident, heh.

Your best distributors for -1 counters are Harbinger of Night, Midnight Banshee, and Black Sun's Zenith. They will put counters on your snakes too, but your snakes will return if you control Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons (or Nest of Scarabs). Functionally, Harbinger of Night acts like casting Deploy to the Front each turn!

I've frequently netted more than 60 deathtouching snakes before by doing this. Just try to ensure Hapatra has a way to survive the global counters, such as Ivy Lane Denizen or Defiant Greatmaw.

Natural Order frequently grabs Protean Hulk T4 or earlier. This can be enough to close out a game alone against an unprepared opponent.

Smokestack is of course one of the most vicious stax cards ever printed. Just don't forget to use it in the right way: sacrifice then increment the counters, so that you sacrifice less permanents than your opponent.

If a creature has even one counter on it, Vhati il-Dal can kill it - even if it's indestructible! Avacyn, Angel of Hope and Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre cannot stand up the power of Hapatra's poisons!

Triumph of the Hordes forces your opponents into a sadistic choice: if they block, you get more snakes because the infecting creatures deal combat damage. If they choose not to block, even five snakes can prove deadly.

Ulvenwald Tracker is one of the most powerful creatures in this deck. It allows your snakes to Murder almost any threat on the field at instant speed - it's a powerful incentive for your opponents not to attack or mess with you.

Most of the tutors in this deck grab creatures. And while a large portion of the strategy in the deck is learning to tutor for the right thing at the right time, here's a rough outline:

Defense of the Heart usually tutors for Protean Hulk and Sadistic Hypnotist. This does leave a very brief gap for your Protean Hulk to be Path to Exile'd, though. You could include Viscera Seer in the list to remove that possibility. Or you could include Mikaeus, the Unhallowed for the additional combo with Devoted Druid.

Natural Order also usually grabs Protean Hulk, but it can also grab your other combo piece directly or just a useful creature at the time. Eldritch Evolution and Worldly Tutor usually vary heavily based on board state.

Protean Hulk, in turn, usually tutors for Devoted Druid, Quillspike , and Sylvan Safekeeper. Unfortunately there are not any 1-mana creatures that can give haste in Golgari colors, but Sylvan Safekeeper can protect the combo pieces against spot removal.

The other major Protean Hulk combo is to grab Devoted Druid and Ivy Lane Denizen. This combo trades protection (no shroud) for speed (can ignore summoning sickness).

Birthing Pod almost always goes for Ulvenwald Tracker first - after all, he does basically read ", : Murder" when paired with a snake token. After that point, it can tutor for several options.

And your non-creature tutors will often grab Blowfly Infestation for the one-card combo with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.

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

What remaining cards would you add/cut?

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$25 Extreme Budget Hapatra EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


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...this is a MEAN mean mean deck. I love it.

I made five players quit yesterday by staxing them to death.

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HOPMONSTER says... #1

Excellent, +1. Here are some other fun cards to consider here:

Crumbling Ashes, Lockjaw Snapper, Hunter of Eyeblights , Plaguemaw Beast sac snakes to make more snakes.

Then Collective Unconscious and Slate of Ancestry for more cards draw equal to the number of snakes you control...

I'm sure you've already considered Parallel Lives and the like...

June 6, 2017 2:25 p.m.

slambamwam says... #2

Parallel Lives would be brutal in this deck.

June 6, 2017 5:43 p.m.

Teufell says... #3

Hello, I like your deck, I 've been playing this commander for some time and enjoying pretty much. I made a budget Hapatra, do you mind taking a look? Maybe giving me a few tips?A Lesson in Poison

What do you think of running Prowling Serpopard in this deck against f* counterspells?

June 11, 2017 3:40 p.m.

gdm1989 says... #4

Don't feed the snakes My variant of it so far

June 11, 2017 6:03 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #5

HOPMONSTER: Thank you for your comment! Most of those have been in this deck at some point, but were removed for one reason or another. I would like to put Crumbling Ashes but it came out for Defense of the Heart currently. Lockjaw Snapper and Plaguemaw Beast were too conditional (they only worked if I had other sources of -1 counters), and Parallel Lives basically only works if I control my commander. And while I probably should find room for a bit more card draw, Slate of Ancestry always frustrates me when I try to put it into a list (8 mana for its effect?). Thanks for the comment, I always appreciate your insight! :)

slambamwam: I really need a dedicated token deck. This deck works okay without it, though - I just hate that often I tap out for a somewhat dead card.

Teufell: I'll take a look at your list! :) For the moment I'm not too worried about counterspells - Hapatra comes down T2 and dodges many early responses - but if you play in a counterspell-heavy meta Prowling Serpopard and Gaea's Herald could be really helpful!

gdm1989: I'll take a look at your list too :)

Thank you all for your comments!

June 11, 2017 6:45 p.m.

Muushuu says... #6

You should run Melira, Sylvok OutcastBtw- check out my deck: []

June 17, 2017 7:19 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #7

Muushuu: Nah, she shuts down all of my combos. Ran her for a while, didn't like her at all, cut her. In particular, if my opponents don't have many creatures, she completely hobbles my deck.

I'll check it out when I get some time :) You're welcome to leave a +1 if you like my deck!

June 17, 2017 7:58 p.m.

Casey4321 says... #8

Spidersilk Armor? Presumably you're not running it because you don't need the reach.

June 17, 2017 8:26 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #9

Casey4321: It's a good card for this deck, but it's hard to open a slot in this deck. Eldrazi Monument does something of the same, though of course redundancy is always great. What would you cut for it, if anything?

June 17, 2017 8:40 p.m.

Casey4321 says... #10

Defiant Greatmaw seems like the first thing I see on the list that I question why it's really there.

Possibly Harbinger of Night as I am not a huge fan of forced counter placement either myself.

June 17, 2017 8:46 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #11

Casey4321: I've found Defiant Greatmaw to be really useful because of forced counter placement. If I control Harbinger of Night or cast Black Sun's Zenith, et cetera, the counter placed on Defiant Greatmaw removes the counter on Hapatra (assuming she didn't die as an SBA).

And while forced counter placement can be a pain, it's also one of our cheapest methods of mass -1 generation. I've found it to be worth it despite the downside, personally.

June 17, 2017 9:06 p.m.

Casey4321 says... #12

June 17, 2017 10:39 p.m.

Casey4321 says... #13

Apologies for the double post but Concordant Crossroads has been helpful for those times I've had Ivy Lane + Hapatra + Devoted.

June 18, 2017 10:55 a.m.

Enral says... #14

Love the deck +1

June 18, 2017 10:51 p.m.

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