Nimble Obstructionist


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

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Rare

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Nimble Obstructionist

Creature — Bird Wizard

Cycling 2U (2U, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Nimble Obstructionist, counter target activated or triggered ability you don't control.

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Nimble Obstructionist Discussion

CharlesChinigan on Where'd your deck go? Mono-Blue Mill (Under $50)

1 day ago

jtf256, I'll try to sideboard Nimble Obstructionist . The mainboard is starting to look really cluttered and I don't think I can improve this much farther without actually playing the deck at FNM. Thanks for saying that though. Being able to stop something from flipping can save a game.

Where are the simple days of Gray Merchant of Asphodel? (I didn't play then but still.)

jtf256 on Where'd your deck go? Mono-Blue Mill (Under $50)

1 day ago

CharlesChinigan , no worries man, if its a budgeting issue mabye you can try Nimble Obstructionist instead? if you cycle it you can counter target activated or triggered ability you don't control.

xyr0s on Mono Blue Control

1 week ago

Devastation Tide is a pretty good card, and you could also use something like Opt to enable it.

Nimble Obstructionist has its uses (2 rather different uses, really), and a couple of those could be better than a lot of other cards. A slightly similar card, but perhaps more for the sideboard: Squelch. But it really depends on what you play against mostly - a lot of tron decks or fetchlands, and it should be mainboard. And now we're at it with the counterspells: Remand is sometimes the same as an extra turn. It's even more fun if you add an Isochron Scepter (bounce and draw every turn). A single scepter should do - more than that ends in card disadvantage and artifact removal.

You play a lot of creatures that draws cards when unblocked, so Distortion Strike is perhaps something for you?

You could also consider Curse of the Swine if you meet a lot of big creatures.

Wall of Frost isn't really worth it. It doesn't help you win, and while it doesn't die to Lightning Bolt all other kinds of removal works just fine against it, so it doesn't really hold attackers back as well as you'd like.

Benzil on Highlander U/W Control

2 weeks ago

Another suggestion might be to take out Stifle and put in Nimble Obstructionist. It's 2 mana more to cycle and get the Stifle effect, but in a match where you have no need for it, it's just a 3/1 flier with Flash which is still fairly okay.

Also consider Fractured Identity, it's arguably better than something like Control Magic because it hits more targets and they never get back what you stole from them as you've exiled it. I've never felt bad playing it.

xyr0s on Wicked Wizards

4 weeks ago

Unclaimed Territory and Ancient Ziggurat could make it possible to splash for another color, like... red. Lightning Bolt and Grim Lavamancer would be pretty good additions.

As a support card, Return to the Ranks could be useful.

Vedalken AEthermage is the kind of utility, you probably can't just pass by... and Nimble Obstructionist isn't bad either.

Kjartan on Izzet Aggro Red/Blue

4 weeks ago

You don't need 28 lands in an aggressive deck. That being said as long as you play this many 4 drops, you probably can't drop down the the 20 or less most aggro decks run. 22-23 Perhaps?

There are some cards in your deck that there are just better versions of out there.

Shock and Shivan Fire - could both be Lightning Bolts and if bolt is too expensive, then Burst Lightnings.

Valley Dashers could be Stormchaser Mages. Not a direct upgrade, but surely better.

Probably at least 1 Negate should be a Mana Leak to gain some reach.

Flamewake Phoenix's ability to return is almost irrelevant here. Could just be a Chandra's Phoenix. It's cheaper too, so you could get some extra cards out of a trade.

Storm Sculptor doesn't do much for you. You have no highly rellevant ETB abilities, so you could just drop it for a cheaper evasive card, like Skywinder Drake or if you're feeling frisky, stay at four cmc and run Impaler Shrike. This is of course budget examples, for just a little more money you can have the much better Nimble Obstructionist.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Mono U Delver

1 month ago

Dang this deck is smooth. I playtested it once vs my Grixis Delver. I don't think I played either side of the matchup correctly, but this deck beat my turn 1 Delver. I agree that this will be maddening to learn to pilot. But it seems powerful enough.

My current concern is that Nimble Obstructionist isn't good enough. Although it's expensive, a 4th Snap seems like it would be much better. The Tappedout pricing of decks is always an over-estimate. Just by tcgplayer mass entry you can get the deck for $410. If you are okay with worse condition cards or get cards from facebook instead, I bet you could get the deck with 4 snaps for under $400. Maybe even less. I've had amazing luck with facebook trading/buying. You can almost always get 15% less than tcg low per condition when buying cards on facebook.

But for this meta, it's hard to say how the deck would line up. It looks like Thing in the Ice  Flip is your best or only out to a lot of decks. For example, I think you win if you flip Thing against Hollow One, but lose otherwise.

But sadly, I agree that Esper doesn't have what it takes in this meta. BUT I wouldn't be surprised to see a Stoneforge Mystic unban at some point, which could make Esper stoneblade a deck. I'll probably play Esper or Jeskai delver post-unbanning if it happens. Only problem for me is that Sword of Fire and Ice is so expensive, and it'd be an auto-include I think.

Crow_Storm on Dominaria Favorable Winds

1 month ago

Nimble Obstructionist is maindeck material.

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