Assuming the opponent has creatures in play, consider the following interaction:

Hour of Devastation + Soul-Scar Mage + Nest of Scarabs

This will generate 5 x (number of opponents creatures) insects.

Is there a card or set of cards that efficiently uses these insects to win the game? While it was previously directed to discard the damage done to your own creatures, an interaction that is reliant on a creature you control that would be killed by Hour of Devastation doesn't work; the creature is dead before the insects enter the battlefield.

Conditions and Limitations:
Standard Legal Cards, ranging from Kaladesh to Ixalan.
Supports a win either in the same turn or on the next one.
Understands that creatures in play will get 5 -1/-1 counters.

  • 2
    Are there any requirements on the cards, such as color or format?
    – diego
    Oct 5, 2017 at 2:32
  • You could simply attack for the win as long as your opponent had 5 or more creatures to start with...
    – GendoIkari
    Oct 5, 2017 at 3:11
  • This is still pretty open ended, as diego asked could you specify a format or color that you are looking for? As it is right now it is kind of hard to see what you are looking for in an answer.
    – Malco
    Oct 6, 2017 at 18:17
  • What does Understands that creatures in play will get 5 -1/-1 counters. mean?
    – Rainbolt
    Oct 6, 2017 at 19:27

2 Answers 2


Aside from simply attacking for the win on the following turn, you have many options:

There are probably many more, but these are the ones I came up with in a few minutes.

  • Epic Struggle comes to mind.
    – Brilliand
    Oct 5, 2017 at 20:39

If just attacking won't work, Throne of the God-Pharaoh would damage your opponent for each surviving scarab.

In red, if your attack doesn't finish them off, Makeshift Munitions will allow you to shoot your scarabs at your enemy.

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