Kaervek, the Spiteful

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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
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal

Kaervek, the Spiteful

Legendary Creature — Human Warlock

Other creatures get -1/-1.

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Delphen7 on Anybody have a card that …

5 months ago

I've been surprised by Kaervek, the Spiteful lately in pioneer. There are enough X/1s that the card by itself is brutal, but the mono black devotion shell I've built around it takes it over the top.

Sargeras on A $20 Ticket For The Highway To Hell (Budget EDH)

7 months ago


Thanks for the suggestions, out of all those I think only Death Tyrant and Kaervek, the Spiteful would really make the list, since everything really wants that instant utility in this deck.

If you have other suggestions, let me know what your logic would be for cuts in the deck already, as the main gameplan of the deck is to ramp while playing tons of spot removal to stay ahead and then drop fat removal bomb demons and swing sideways for the kill.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Innistrad: Crimson Vow

1 year ago

Toxrill with Night of Souls' Betrayal and Kaervek, the Spiteful is pretty dope. Add in Fleshbag Marauder and friends, Revel in Riches, maybe even Inexorable Tide and other proliferate effects. You could even include Overseer of the Damned, Quest for the Gravelord and more zombie stuff. And just imagine Skullclamp and Grave Pact/Butcher of Malakir with the activated ability. As I said, I like where this is going.

Oh, btw: I build a hypothetical 60-card casual Frog tribal list around Grolnok. In case anyone is interested, here you go: Ancestral Ribbit (UG Frog Tribal)

MagicMonkZA on Hapatra and cards that give …

1 year ago

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons says the ability triggers when a -1/-1 counter is put on a creature. Does that mean that cards like Cower in Fear or Kaervek, the Spiteful do not trigger Hapatra?

Mtg_Mega_Nerds on

1 year ago

I don't know about this deck honestly. Your trying to be kind to opponents but playing stax? Seems kind of counter productive to me. Stax is like the opposite of being friendly to the other people, so I am just not sure how well this strategy will work. Cards to take out: Mind Stone , Fate Unraveler , Garrulous Sycophant , Kaervek, the Spiteful , Austere Command , Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted , Gang Up . I know that isn't 20 cards, but that is a start. Try to take out cards that do not do what your deck is trying to do. Hope that helps.

MLS91 on Crippling Fear

1 year ago


  1. I don't understand? please fill me in on how this works?

  2. Homeward Path vs. Nightmare Shepherd - i know exactly what your talking about, it does because the interaction with Skullclamp , i'm more understanding and valuing the slot at what it is im trying to accomplish. In my mind Nightmare Shepherd is a symmetrical effect, where as Homeward Path makes the possibility of an asymmetrical effect.

  3. I'm actually thinking of cutting To the Slaughter for Feed the Swarm i'd rather have the choice and the answer rather then present my opponent with a choice, secondly Slaughter has a restriction. this way I can keep Dismember or replace Dismember with Executioner's Capsule


Looking back at your suggestion of Kaervek, the Spiteful here is why it didn't make the cut. put simply it turns of Skullclamp and effects the board compared to Massacre Wurm which eats peoples life totals and has no effect on my own board. Great thought though, ill keep him in mind for decks in the future

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