Rhystic Study: Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

by Prophet of Kruphix on 28 November 2017, Tuesday

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Rhystic Study: Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons


Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons


Greetings, chosen one... Welcome to the 49th column of "Rhystic Study"!

Today, the theme is all about -1/-1 counters. Basically, you get rewarded with a 1/1 Snake with deathtouch whenever you put a -1/-1 counter on any creature. These Snake tokens will go a long way in discouraging opponents from attacking you, and you can even use these tokens as a win condition.

But first, let's find out how to best make use of this fantastic Commander!





Building Blocks #1: Your Own -1/-1 Counters


Since you get free Snakes for putting -1/-1 counters on ANY creature, it makes sense to play with cards that come with -1/-1 counters! Entering the battlefield with -1/-1 counters will trigger Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, as well as any ability that puts -1/-1 counters on yourself, such as Decimator Beetle. What other options do we have?


Carnifex Demon Wickerbough Elder Dusk Urchins Channeler Initiate Deity of Scars Devoted Druid




Building Blocks #2: Putting -1/-1 Counters on Others


Of course, you don't only want to be putting -1/-1 counters on your own stuff. You want to be putting them on your opponent's creatures too! Thankfully, there are tons of cards that allow you to do that!

In particular, Proliferate is particularly nasty! Imagine having a bunch of -1/-1 counters that double! That's a huge, huge bunch of Snakes!


Necroskitter Contagion Clasp Contagion Engine Black Sun's Zenith Midnight Banshee Grim Affliction Soul Snuffers Skinrender Incremental Blight




Building Blocks #3: Combolicious Synergy

Aside from engines such as Contagion Engine, there are also plenty of cards which work very well with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.


Blowfly Infestation Nest of Scarabs Flourishing Defenses Skullclamp Beastmaster Ascension Seshiro the Anointed Parallel Lives Doubling Season


Blowfly Infestation is great because your -1/-1 counters never really leave the battlefield. It just moves around to another body. Then, Nest of Scarabs doubles the fun of Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons. Then with Skullclamp, things truly start to get bonkers!


Then, you can cast Beastmaster Ascension or Seshiro the Anointed for the finishing blow! Interesting how these cardswork together in unlikely situations!




The Final Product!


Adding in some standard Commander mana rocks and tutors, we arrive at the following decklist:


Rhystic Study: Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons (Commander - Others)

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Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is relatively straight-forward to build. You can even do a search on all cards with -1/-1 counters on them, peer through the list, and make your own modifications. 

Just, remember to bring a bunch of counters to your game. You'll need them.



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