Nest of Scarabs

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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
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Nest of Scarabs


Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create that many 1/1 black Insect creature tokens.

Eareph on Xira of the Beautiful Dresses

2 weeks ago

Gleeock that's exactly right and it's what I do when the opponent doesn't have a weak creature I can shoot down for cheap. Most of the time once I have Doubling Season (or even it I don't) + Yawgmoth, Thran Physician + Nest of Scarabs I just place the -1/-1 counters on my own creatures and draw until I find an out.

I also always make sure to sting my own guys just so I will have some board presence after the inevitable wrath. XD

wallisface on Wither? Hardly know her!

4 months ago

Some thoughts:

  • your current list is only at 54 cards, you’ll need to get to 60.

  • 20 lands feels too low for what you’re doing here, i’d suggest 22-23.

  • Be aware that Blowfly Infestation and Nest of Scarabs can all-too-easily nonbo together to create an infinite combo you’re unable to stop, forcing the game to end in a draw. It’s very risky playing both of these cards.

  • i would really suggest adding green into this deck. It’s already hard-enough to build anything remotely viable centering around -1/-1 counters, without further restricting yourself for no real reason.

wallisface on -1 Counters

5 months ago

pea_body All of your suggested changes sound great! Sounds like you have a pretty good idea of the changes to make :)

As far as the higher mana cards go, I think aiming to run 3x Skinrender and 3x Kulrath Knight (with no Archfiend of Ifnir) is probably a good mix. With your beforementioned killspells added, and around 24 lands, I think you'll be able to easily sustain 6 4-mana cards relatively well.

Black Sun's Zenith is a fine replacement for any of your cards, particularly a good replacement for Archfiend of Ifnir. It becomes an auto-win condition alongside Nest of Scarabs (just through the sheer number of scarabs you can generate from it).

RebelGenius on The Infestation

1 year ago

zapyourtumor yeahh... I guess theoretically it could be ok if The Ozolith + Nest of Scarabs is out, but then it's still not great. any suggestions?

Reznor31 on Don't You Know that You're Toxic?

1 year ago

I own a deck similar to this except it was with The Scorpion God but the deck plays exactly the same as this one. Control the board with -1/-1 counters. I run Blowfly Infestation + Nest of Scarabs to go infinite on draw or kill with Blood Artist or Zulaport Cutthroat. So my version tends to run more of a combo deck style. I can win with infect but its not the focus so it doesnt happen often.

Cosmoesis on Curse me love

1 year ago

Not curses but curse adjacent flavor in goading: (12 suggestions) 1)Shiny Impetus 2)Psychic Impetus 3)Parasitic Impetus 4)Disrupt Decorum 5)Vengeful Ancestor 6)Bloodthirsty Blade 7)Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant 8)Jeering Homunculus 9)Goblin Racketeer 10)Grenzo, Havoc Raiser 11)Coveted Peacock 12)Kardur, Doomscourge

Other Curse like things with wither: (12 suggestions - some of these aren't very good and can be left out) 1)Stigma Lasher 2)Fang Skulkin 3+4)Nest of Scarabs + Corrosive Mentor 5)Everlasting Torment 6)Needle Specter 7)Midnight Banshee 8)Kulrath Knight 9)Necroskitter 10)Fists of the Demigod 11)Cinderbones 12)Oona's Gatewarden

Add 12 more lands (36 cards suggested total) + 56 cards currently on the list = 92 cards

Remaining 8 slots should be card draw, removal and Board-wipes (15 suggestions here) 1)Rhystic Study 2)Erebos, God of the Dead 3)Wheel of Misfortune 4)Shadowmage Infiltrator 5)Phyrexian Arena 6)Eye of Vecna 7)Blue Sun's Zenith 8)Tragic Slip 9)Go for the Throat 10)Doom Blade 11)Feed the Swarm 12)Ravenform 13)Chaos Warp 14)Damnation 15)Ritual of Soot

jacobpmesser on Negative Counters - Modern

1 year ago

Thoughts on updating? I'm working on a list now using The Ozolith and Everlasting Torment.

I don't know if I should go heavy with dmgremoval and Soul-Scar Mage or combo out.

I'm also thinking Utopia Sprawl for ramp but Bloodbraid Elf would be interesting.

Black Sun's Zenith and Nest of Scarabs seems insane but I'm also interested in that new The Meathook Massacre

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