I initially had a tough time figuring out what to do with Vraska the Unseen. Most of the general flavor we get here is highlighted better in other versions, and she's another one of those fairly generic value engines.

But I found inspiration in her picture. The light and the color coming off the top right of the card kind of reminds me of the Mirage swamps and forests, which then got me thinking about that African setting which got sampled again in Amonkhet. It had a big -1/-1 counter theme in black/green, which was also a theme for the color pair in Shadowmoor/Eventide. And I haven't done that theme yet! Boom. Score one for aesthetics. And the -1/-1 counters kind of evoke a poison idea, which is another black/green thing, and a possible way Vraska the Unseen does her assassinating. Score one for mechanics and score another for flavor! I think we got the whole gang here cooking.

Let's see what we got:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Vraska the Unseen by Andy Hurst

'Vraska the Unseen' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $22.72

Cards

Aerie Ouphes

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.24

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Sacrifice Aerie Ouphes: It deals damage equal to its power to target creature with flying.
Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Obelisk Spider

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.40

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Reach
Whenever Obelisk Spider deals combat damage to a creature, put a -1/-1 counter on that creature.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Desert of the Glorified

Color Identity:B

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Desert of the Glorified enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
Cycling {1}{B} ({1}{B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Desert of the Indomitable

Color Identity:G

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Desert of the Indomitable enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
Cycling {1}{G} ({1}{G}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Vraska the Unseen

Color Identity:B,G

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+1: Until your next turn, whenever a creature deals combat damage to Vraska the Unseen, destroy that creature.
−3: Destroy target nonland permanent.
−7: Create three 1/1 black Assassin creature tokens with "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game."

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Flourishing Defenses

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.02

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Whenever a -1/-1 counter is put on a creature, you may create a 1/1 green Elf Warrior creature token.

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Nest of Scarabs

Color Identity:B

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

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Grim Poppet

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Grim Poppet enters the battlefield with three -1/-1 counters on it.
Remove a -1/-1 counter from Grim Poppet: Put a -1/-1 counter on another target creature.

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Exemplar of Strength

Color Identity:G

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When Exemplar of Strength enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
Whenever Exemplar of Strength attacks, remove a -1/-1 counter from it. If you do, you gain 1 life.

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Decimator Beetle

Color Identity:B,G

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When Decimator Beetle enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature you control.
Whenever Decimator Beetle attacks, remove a -1/-1 counter from target creature you control and put a -1/-1 counter on up to one target creature defending player controls.

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Golgari Rot Farm

Color Identity:B,G

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Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield tapped.
When Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {B}{G}.

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Ifnir Deadlands

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B}.
{2}{B}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Put two -1/-1 counters on target creature an opponent controls. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Hapatra's Mark

Color Identity:G

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Target creature you control gains hexproof until end of turn. Remove all -1/-1 counters from it. (A creature with hexproof can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Hashep Oasis

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {G}.
{1}{G}{G}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Ornery Kudu

Color Identity:G

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When Ornery Kudu enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature you control.

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Putrefy

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy target artifact or creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Golgari Guildgate

Color Identity:B,G

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Golgari Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Grasping Dunes

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Grasping Dunes: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Splendid Agony

Color Identity:B

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Distribute two -1/-1 counters among one or two target creatures.

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Tenacious Hunter

Color Identity:G

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As long as a creature has a -1/-1 counter on it, Tenacious Hunter has vigilance and deathtouch.

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Wickerbough Elder

Color Identity:G

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Wickerbough Elder enters the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter on it.
{G}, Remove a -1/-1 counter from Wickerbough Elder: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Soulstinger

Color Identity:B

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When Soulstinger enters the battlefield, put two -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
When Soulstinger dies, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature for each -1/-1 counter on Soulstinger.

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Return to the Earth

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or creature with flying.

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Blowfly Infestation

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature dies, if it had a -1/-1 counter on it, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Lethal Sting

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, put a -1/-1 counter on a creature you control.
Destroy target creature.

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Defiant Greatmaw

Color Identity:G

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When Defiant Greatmaw enters the battlefield, put two -1/-1 counters on target creature you control.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on Defiant Greatmaw, remove a -1/-1 counter from another target creature you control.

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Cartouche of Ambition

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature you control
When Cartouche of Ambition enters the battlefield, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has lifelink.

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Incremental Blight

Color Identity:B

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Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature, two -1/-1 counters on another target creature, and three -1/-1 counters on a third target creature.

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Foul Orchard

Color Identity:B,G

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Foul Orchard enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Shed Weakness

Color Identity:G

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Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. You may remove a -1/-1 counter from it.

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Power Conduit

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{T}, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one —
• Put a charge counter on target artifact.
• Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

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Jungle Hollow

Color Identity:B,G

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Jungle Hollow enters the battlefield tapped.
When Jungle Hollow enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Crocodile of the Crossing

Color Identity:G

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Haste
When Crocodile of the Crossing enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature you control.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Banewhip Punisher

Color Identity:B

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When Banewhip Punisher enters the battlefield, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
{B}, Sacrifice Banewhip Punisher: Destroy target creature that has a -1/-1 counter on it.

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Baleful Ammit

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
When Baleful Ammit enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature you control.

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Skinrender

Color Identity:B

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When Skinrender enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature.

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Shambling Swarm

Color Identity:B

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When Shambling Swarm dies, distribute three -1/-1 counters among one, two, or three target creatures. For each -1/-1 counter you put on a creature this way, remove a -1/-1 counter from that creature at the beginning of the next end step.

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Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

Color Identity:B,G

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Whenever Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deals combat damage to a player, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, create a 1/1 green Snake creature token with deathtouch.

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Midnight Banshee

Color Identity:B

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Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a -1/-1 counter on each nonblack creature.

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Contagion Clasp

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When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
{4}, {T}: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Torment of Venom

Color Identity:B

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Put three -1/-1 counters on target creature. Its controller loses 3 life unless they sacrifice another nonland permanent or discards a card.

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The Game Plan

Let those -1/-1 counters fly! Doesn't matter who gets 'em. Obviously we'd rather our opponent's creatures get them than ours, but we've got plenty of stuff to do with them if they wind up on our own guys—especially since many of ours can get rid of them. Exemplar of Strength, Defiant Greatmaw, and Decimator Beetle will eventually be rid of their own counters as the game goes on. Wickerbough Elder sheds theirs to blow stuff up. Stingscourger can load up on the counters to take something down on the other side of the board. Same with Banewhip Punisher.

We've also got a batch of enchantments that really help us out here. Nest of Scarabs and Flourishing Defenses will flood our board with small creatures that can either overwhelm the opponent or provide convenient bodies to dump other counters. Blowfly Infestation keeps the counters going as they kill our opponent's creatures. And keep in mind Blowfly Infestation triggers on our stuff, too, in a pinch. Power Conduit is an absurd artifact that makes all kinds of arithmetic impossible for our opponents. Imagine following up a turn two Exemplar of Strength with Power Conduit, attack and it becomes a 2/2. Then use the Power Conduit to remove another counter and put a +1/+1 counter on it, canceling it out and bringing it to maximum strength on the first attack step!

The removal here is nice. We've got former all-star, and still good card, Putrefy as the most efficient thing we can bring to the table. We've also got a Return to the Earth and the pair of Wickerbough Elder for enemy artifacts and enchantments. Then we've got Splendid Agony, Lethal Sting, and a pair of Torment of Venom. Oh yeah, and former Draft nightmare Incremental Blight. And then there's the (possibly) hundreds of -1/-1 counters we'll be throwing around.

The Rares

I hope this girl's got a strong supply chain for those poisons, because she'll be cooking in this deck. I have a feeling we'll be dishing out a lot of Snakes—all with deathtouch. As if our opponent didn't already have to worry about all their guys shrinking, now they can't survive combat either. I'm not sure we'll be connecting with her much, but just having a Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons online from the jump is plenty good enough, thank you.

Nostalgia bomb! This thing used to be awesome, because you could trade it off for a Roar of the Wurm token. Until they discarded Wonder… ok, I'm getting the wrong kind of flashbacks. The Shambling Swarm tokens go away at the end of the turn, so let's make them count when they're around. This rare pairs best with our enchantment package, where we can turn those counters into other counters or token creatures that will stick around after the Shambling Swarm effect fades.

Most of our green creatures can get rid of the -1/-1 counters that come their way. Our black creatures won't get any more. And our opponent's creatures will be neutralized in no time. If we can keep the Midnight Banshee alive for a turn or two, it'll likely swing the game to our favor.

Ooh boy. This is basically unbeatable in our deck. It synergizes with everything, it mows down the opposing side of the board without mercy, and it presents a reasonably sized body once the counters are gone. We want to see this every game. And if we can replenish the counters, we'll have a tough time losing.

Unsung Hero

The Obelisk Spider sums up everything we're trying to do here. It doesn't seem like a dangerous threat at first, but then starts building steam once we execute on our theme. And as it gets into combat, it promotes that theme. It's versatile and tough to kill, and it can even hold a bunch of counters for us if we need it—thanks to that high toughness.