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Hapatra, Queen of Negative Counters

Commander / EDH BG (Golgari) Control Tokens


A Deck that puts a heavy emphasis on utilizing your commander and negative counters to suppress your opponents creatures while building a massive army of snakes! Some added redundancy from Flourishing Defenses and Nest of Scarabs can really make this deck pump out tokens like its no tomorrow.

This deck has gone through many revisions and I just recently overhauled it, please let me know if there is anything you think would be good to add / remove from the deck! I added custom categories if you would like to order cards by their purpose in the deck.

My version of a Hapatra commander deck focuses on making alot of dudes and typically going in for a 1 hit kill. By using cards like Finale of Devastation or Green Sun's Zenith to pull Craterhoof Behemoth or End-Raze Forerunners from your deck.

There are a couple other search cards in the deck that you can use to go fish for Overrun or Beastmaster Ascension which you'll have no problem getting the 7 counters on.

Notable Exclusions:

Many of these types of decks will run cards such as Zulaport Cutthroat , Blood Artist , or Poison-Tip Archer in tandem with Blowfly Infestation to go infinite and drain your opponents. Personally I don't enjoy infinite combos that much. You can always see your opponents be disappointed and the victory isn't as satisfying. However this is a very strong win condition that should be pointed out. These win-cons are also much better suited in a Hapatra deck that intends on sacrificing their tokens. I chose to construct this deck so it has little to no sacrificing in it

One thing I've learned when revising is that Doubling Season is actually a big No-No for this deck which is why I painfully removed it. Its first ability is just a more expensive Parallel Lives and the second half of the card hurts us more than helps us. First it only double counters on our permanents which we don't want to do except for the rare case when we play a planeswalker. Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons doesn't care whether we place 10 -1/-1 counters on a creature or 1 -1/-1 counters on a creature, either way we only get 1 snake. Doubling the negative counters on our permanents makes many our the creatures such as Grim Poppet instantly kill itself and puts Hapatra at more risk of dying.

Notable Additions:

Liliana, Dreadhorde General really was added because of a case of "Ohh Shiny" meaning I opened it in a pack and decided to make room for her. There might be better draw outlets for this deck but I haven't play tested this this card enough to tell. Then again it could just be so god damn good it works regardless.

Moldervine Reclamation Basically functions identically to Liliana but for 1 less mana this gains us life and is at much less risk of dying. Haven't played enough to know if this deck has too much draw but Liliana, Dreadhorde General will likely be the first draw card to get the axe.

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician Holy crap was this card made for Hapatra. It does just about everything we could need, If Hapatra is on the field it basically reads "Pay 1 life: Put a -1/-1 counter on a creature, draw a card." The proliferate is a nice touch though that ability might not see as much use.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed So I didnt realize until after purchasing this card that Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is a human... Either way this card is great and with the exception of Hapatra can keep returning creatures back to the battlefield and we can easily remove those pesky +1/+1 counters to have them come back again. While this won't return all of our lovely tokens most all of our creatures are engines for tokens so its always value to keep them around.

Lastly there is a section of cards I put under the custom categories titled Protection. In my time playing this deck I've found Hapatra is very very squishy. And because this deck is about as useful as a a screen door on a submarine without her, it is of the upmost importance we keep her around. So I added alot of cards that protect her, remove counters from her, and buff her with some +1/+1s.


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Date added 2 years
Last updated 9 months

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

5 - 0 Mythic Rares

38 - 0 Rares

26 - 0 Uncommons

12 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.56
Tokens 1/1 Snake, 1/1 Elf Warrior, 1/1 Insect, 1/1 Saproling, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Human Cleric, 1/1 Worm, 4/4 Beast
Folders Commander Decks, golgari
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