But one card that hasn’t shown significant growth is perhaps one of the best cards in the Shadowmoor/Eventide block -1/-1 counter strategy. That card is a creature known as Necroskitter. This 3-mana 1 / 4 creature may look unassuming at first. Even while he deals damage to creatures as -1/-1 counters, this doesn’t seem too exciting. The key to Necroskitter’s power is his second ability:
Whenever a creature an opponent controls with a -1/-1 counter on it is put into a graveyard, you may return that card to play under your control.
This is a particularly powerful effect. Wither was a pretty powerful mechanic back in the day. Nowadays, creatures with the Infect mechanic also offer the ability to deal combat damage in the form of -1/-1 counters. So it’s actually a bit of a surprise that Necroskitter doesn’t see much play now… or does he?
Before being reprinted in Modern Masters 2015, Necroskitter was a $5 card, mainly due to casual interest and Commander play. After the reprint, the price dove, hitting an all-time low of under $2 in March of 2017. The Modern Masters reprint version was less than a dollar for a long time, before seeing an uptick towards $1 after the release of Amonkhet. It took time and had to get a lot of love from buylists before eventually rising back to around $4 in 2018. This is most likely not a coincidence.
There are creatures in Amonkhet such as Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, who throw a lot of -1/-1 counters around. Plus whenever you put a -1/-1 counter on any creature, you get a -1/-1 Snake token. Along with several other creatures that throw around a lot of -1/-1 counters, it looks like you have the basis of a pretty solid Modern deck. Necroskitter would seem to be a natural fit for being included in that sort of deck.
What do you think of Necroskitter? Is it being overlooked because of its unexciting stats? There seems to be a powerful Modern strategy that could be brewed here.