Curious Obsession


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Uncommon

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Curious Obsession

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card."

At the beginning of your end step, if you didn't attack with a creature this turn, sacrifice Curious Obsession.

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Curious Obsession Discussion

multimedia on What is Happening?

9 hours ago

Hey, yep Standard is expensive right now. That's because of the playable manabases (Shock lands and Check lands) and the top decks are playing a lot of mythic rares including some decks are using 4x of a very expensive mythic rare. These cards are unfortunately what make the decks competitive :(

Out of all the competitive decks these are the least expensive:

  1. Mono-Blue Tempo with Curious Obsession ($100 or less)
  2. Mono-Red Aggro with Experimental Frenzy ($130)
  3. White Weenie with History of Benalia ($230 and going up)
  4. Izzet Drakes with Arclight Phoenix ($240)
  5. Mono-Red Aggro with Rekindling Phoenix ($240)
  6. Dimir Control with Doom Whisperer ($250)
  7. Boros Aggro with History of Benalia ($280 and going up)

There's still quite a few less than $300 decks to choose from that are competitive. At least this means you don't have to play overly expensive Golgari or Jeskai Control to be competitive as long as you prepare your sideboard to beat these decks. I would feel safe/secure taking any one of the above decks to FNM.

This is an expensive Standard, but it's thankfully a long ways from ridiculously expensive BFZ/OGW/ORI Standard with playable manabases of Fetch lands/Battle lands, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip was a $90 card and 4x in many of the competitive decks. I fear that upcoming GRN/RNA Standard will be close to BFZ/OGW/ORI Standard because of expensive manabases (having 20+ different expensive playable dual lands (Shocks and Checks) to choose from) and because of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria who's going to be more viable in many more decks and he's $50 now. GRN/RNA Standard is going to be fun because of all the options for decks to choose from thanks to the lands, but it's also going to be I think excessively expensive.

EpicBox75 on Saint Traft, Bringer of Angels

2 days ago

Is there any reason to play Curiosity over Curious Obsession?

Most of the time you are attacking with something and if you aren't attacking you probably losing anyway so Curious Obsessions draw back is manageable (probably) and +1/+1 can be relevant.

Caran_Lyg on Help with Improving UB Mill ...

2 days ago

I use 4 Opt, 4 Radical Idea for it's Jumpstart ability and instant speed with Psychic Corrosion. If you're going to use Murmuring Mystic you're gonna have flyers, when you have flyers you can use Navigator's Ruin. If you're going to use flyers you can use Siren Stormtamer to protect your creatures and Warkite Marauder equipped with Curious Obsession. Memorial to Folly seems good too if you use it to bring a creature back like Thief of Sanity or the Mystic.

BenTheGuyThe on Wizard Tempest Tempo

1 week ago

I like the deck, but can I ask why no 4 Curious Obsession

GoblinsBeatElves on Crucio

2 weeks ago

I second Curious Obsession. Card advantage is a very good thing, and will get you even more unblockable creatures to use later. Unlike Ordeal of Thassa, it gives a steady stream of advantage, rather than a burst at one time, which could be more helpful. Curiosity is also a thing.

Also, I made a blue unblockable deck a while back, with a slightly larger budget. Maybe you could get inspiration from that? Unblockablue (Mono-Blue Unblockable).

MurdockBerk on Wizard Tempest Tempo

2 weeks ago

Infused this bad boy with three Mist-Cloaked Herald and three Curious Obsession, 3-0'd showdown and got 1st place out of 14! Deck is disgustingly good.

rupertmarquez on Mono-Blue Curious Tempo

2 weeks ago


First of all, thanks for the input!

Now, about the problem of relying on the auras... I get your point, but I don't think that adding main-deck hexproof recipients to the Curious Obsession will help much in that regard specifically(Invisible Stalker seems like a perfect fit for this deck, but the fact that it costs 2 mana makes all the difference for me; the best hand this deck can play is turn 1 creature into turn 2 aura + Spell Pierce / Dive Down). And I do not really think that spot removal will be able to cut it against all of the counter-magic available in this list. I understand that there might be some cases where I might be left naked, without any protection to our creatures, but the chance is so slim with 15 spells (without counting the Spellstutter Sprite, which become more powerful as the game goes along) in the deck dedicated to just that. I figured that evasion is something a bit more valuable for a creature to have built-in, since hexproof won't save me from a big blocker anyway. You might be correct, but at least I encourage you to play-test the deck a bit to see if that proves my point. I've been play-testing the deck quit a bit and don't really seem to have a problem finding at least one aura by turn 3, which should then help find the rest of the auras with a bit more ease.

Again: Thanks a lot for the input, and if any other idea hits you, or if you think my reasoning behind my current configuration is wrong, when regarding what you proposed in the first place, I'm always open for discussion!

Njirk on Airborne Assault

2 weeks ago

@andriygoblin Thank you for the suggestions! Its about time I made some changes to the list.

After some testing it seems that Notion Rain and Thief of Sanity are too slow. I do think that the deck needs some way to generate card advantage after you dump your hand on the board. For now i will change Notion Rain for Curious Obsession. Curious Obsession seems like an overall better card for this deck. It's cheap, provides card advantage and pressures your opponent at the same time.

Dive Down is definitely a good card to consider. However, in the games I played board wipes were a much bigger threat than targeted removal. Kitesail Freebooter, Siren Stormtamer and Thought Erasure do a good job at keeping Lightning Strike and Assassin's Trophy at bay. For now I will put Dive Down in the sideboard and try out mainboard Lookout's Dispersal/Syncopate.

While Doom Whisperer is definitely a powerful card, I think its simply too slow for most matchups to justify putting it in the mainboard.

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