Carnifex Demon

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Carnifex Demon

Creature — Phyrexian Demon


Carnifex Demon enters the battlefield with two -1/-1 counters on it.

, Remove a -1/-1 counter from Carnifex Demon: Put a -1/-1 counter on each other creature.

DragonOfTheWest on Card creation challenge

9 months ago

TypicalTimmy I would run Carnifex Demon in Saiam and laugh maniacally.

Gidgetimer on cEDH Hapatra -1/-1 Combo

1 year ago

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed isn't used for the lord effect. It is used for the undying. It is a combo piece. Two combos are explained in the deck description and then it also goes infinite with a sacrifice outlet and Carnifex Demon or a sacrifice outlet, Ivy Lane Denizen, and Soul Snuffers.

Mortlocke on New hubs to be added

1 year ago

Hello legendofa,

I propose a new hub to be added: Phyrexian. During Modern Horizons 2, 225 creatures were retconned into having the Phyrexian creature subtype to join Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider . Additionally, there were a smattering of Enchantments, Artifacts and etc that ether have the Phyrexian subtype or create creature tokens that do. Thanks to this retcon I now have a deck that has a Phyrexian tribal theme. For your reference, below is a full list of spells that were affected by WotC's Phyrexian errata.


johnwayne1488 on Hapatra's Poison Ivy

1 year ago

Just removed Golgari Charm for Beledros Witherbloom

I do like Carnifex Demon in Hapatra and I use to run it but this deck only needs two 1/1 creatures to combo off and i believe there's cheaper way to do so but it's in my sideboard card for sure! Maybe with Beledros in, it can be a power engine, would need to test it! Thanks for the comment!

mungnum on Hapatra's Poison Ivy

1 year ago

update 5-14-2021

I play alot of Hapatra since 2017, and I'm honestly shocked nobody has referenced Carnifex Demon on this yet. I understand it can kill hapatra as well, but Ivy Lane Denizen (Don't forget the snakes are green) and other cards are well worth getting a snake for all active players especially with Nest of Scarabs or Flourishing Defenses and in a game with more than two players. It's a crazy card that synergizes with practically anything on here.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on

1 year ago

Orange+: Thank you for the kudos.

The Minus counter theme is something that grew while going through my collection. I do realize that Ifnir and Carnifex Demon don't target, and that actually is the reason I included them. The deck has two cards that can steal opposing creatures. The first one is Grave Betrayal, which is just ridiculously powerful, but also costs seven mana. The second one is Necroskitter. If I were to target a creature which e.g. Cauldron of Souls, it would die before getting the counter, so Necroskitter wouldn't trigger. The demons can spread the minus counters without targeting, so the next targetting ability will give me control over them. A thing that seems very interesting in this regard is that proliferate doesn't target. I don't yet know what to make of this, but I'm pretty sure there is a way to abuse this...

The auras are meant to be used just as you said. They can protect my creatures when I attach them without an active Horobi. Swiftfoot Boots are especially important here. Protecting either K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth or Magus of the Coffers is crucial. Unhallowed Pact and Unholy Indenture habe a special little place in that regard: They can simply be protection, but enchanting an opposing creature with either before putting out Horobi is another way to steal them.

There are overall three spells like that: Bone Harvest, Forever Young, and Gravepurge. They are somewhat of a combo with Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Bolas's Citadel. Fill my grave with lots of creatures, control a Citadel and have a Merchant in hand or graveyard. Cast one of the three recursion spells, put all the creatures on top (If Gary is in the Grave, put him on the bottom of the creature pile). Cast all the creatures with Citadel, then cast Gary into a crowded board and drain an obscene amount of life. When we have enough mana, Death Denied or Reaping the Graves can do a similar thing.

There is one find in particular that I really like in the deck: I've always wanted a reason to play Skeletal Wurm. Horobi is propably the only deck that can make use of it, and it plus the not so small number of other activated abilities is the reason I included Necrotic Ooze. This can be a very powerful creature that can protect itself from Horobi's influence.

Pabs4444 on Hapatatra test

2 years ago

IzmAYAYA That is a large reason why my creatures deal with counters themselves. If I were to go against a deck with little to no creatures or those creatures have protection, I want to still have a value engine going on. Originally, I did not have that be the case. There are still cards like Black Sun's Zenith, Carnifex Demon, and Midnight Banshee that don't care about targeting.

Daedalus19876 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH [PRIMER]

2 years ago

moldycrow83: I prefer Soul Snuffers to Harbinger because it's both more immediate and more controllable. I used to run Harbinger, but there were far too many times where it actually harmed me more than it helped me. In a slower meta, I think Carnifex Demon actually fulfills that role best, as you said (I've considered putting him back in, actually).

If you're concerned about losing all of your creatures to a Carnifex activation, the best solution (apart from Ivy Lane, who's awesome) might be effects like Gaea's Anthem that give you a static toughness boost -- these also combo nicely with Yawgmoth, making them good additions to the deck in multiple ways. I'm currently running two of these (Spidersilk Armor and Eldrazi Monument), and Leyline of Vitality would be my go-to for a third.

(Note that even if you have Ivy Lane Denizen, any creature with 1 toughness will die before you can put +1 counters on it to save it.)

Hope this helps! Glad you appreciate my deck :D

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