Nimble Obstructionist


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Nimble Obstructionist Discussion

SeekerofSecrets on UW Tempo (Budget-ish)

3 months ago

So I think that your a little threat heavy and should pick a game plan. Tempo decks want to land a single threat turn 1/2 and protect it until you win with it. Midrange wants to create enough space between you and your opponent and then land a large threat or 2 to win the game.

If you want to play tempo (which I absolutely love but isn't well positioned atm) delver, Pteramander and Thing in the Ice  Flip, Nimble Obstructionist and Spell Queller are your best threat options. But for this at a minimum of 27 instants and sorcery while 10-12 of these being cantrips.

I think UW midrange might be your better option, theres actually a few people at lgs currently playing it and they do pretty well. I think that you might be just a tad threat heavy so I think I'd just drop 3 delver some number of Torrential Gearhulk . I also think that you need Mission Briefing and maybe 1 copy of Logic Knot . You could also try Ojutai's Command .

I know that's allot, just dont give up like I did, I played U tempo for the better part of a year before giving up and picking up storm X) goodluck!

JinShootingStar on In response, I’ll tap 7

3 months ago

I've tested Tolaria West A LOT. Islands are better because we run Back to Basics and High Tide , in the end was just a slow and mana intensive for me, very bad outside infinite mana situations.

My list uses Nimble Obstructionist to or counter a game-winning ability while replacing itself, to kill remove the Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow and Tymna the Weaver from my meta AND provides a body to Illusionist's Stratagem infinite loops. It's the same reason why I run Venser, Shaper Savant , because with Ghostly Flicker I can just bounce everything from my opponent's battlefield.

Gadianten on Bird Tribal Attempt with +1/+1 counters

4 months ago

I love tribal decks and I have only seen a couple of bird decks but not any that build around counters and with the built in evasion that seems a pretty viable way to run them; I think a few of the picks are sub optimal so I compiled a some bird choices that might be interesting depending on how your meta is built. I also think you could stand to some more card draw to help fuel the tribal beat down, all in all I think this looks fun and I will enjoy seeing it evolve as you tweak it over time. +1

Cheap useful birds: Baleful Strix , Judge's Familiar , River Hoopoe , Sage Owl , Spire Owl , Stormscape Familiar , Thrummingbird

Interesting and useful birds: Aven Sunstriker , Wingmate Roc , Kathari Remnant , Lieutenant Kirtar , Nimble Obstructionist

Birds matter: Kangee, Aerie Keeper , Keeper of the Nine Gales , Crookclaw Elder

Tribal stuff: Door of Destinies

Non creature draw: Guardian Project , Greater Good

Fun stuff: Battle Screech , Beck / Call

clayperce on Flash Ponza

4 months ago

That's the best kind of brainstorming, for sure!

I'm not sure about Boomerang either ... it's very good with Shocklands, but I'm not sure the tempo hit on a normal land is big enough to justify it. Thanks tons for the other bounce options, but if I find it's too weak, I'll likely move to actual counters (e.g., a 2-2 split of Negate and Mana Leak ).

I never realized we could Redirect an opponent's Cryptic Command ; that's spectacular! I'll keep it in mind for sure!

Wolfir Avenger is cool, though it would likely drive me down the unfortunate path of a SUPER-jank deck, feat. Howlpack Resurgence , Spirit of the Hunt and Pack Guardian :-D

I'd looked at Cloudthresher , but I don't think the effect is worth the mana cost, especially since I expect to periodically have Nimble Obstructionist and maybe Vendilion Clique (currently in the maybeboard) in the air.

I like Voidmage Husher but I think Mystic Snake (currently in the maybeboard) is probably better as a 4-mana Value Bear.

Oh yeah, Psionic Blast and Hornet Sting ... i'll definitely keep them in mind if I find I need some burn!

Thanks so much for all the inputs!


I'm not sure about adding Black (not that it's a bad idea, just that I don't currently have any of the manabase to support it, so it'd be a big outlay for essentially just an experiment). But Shadow of Doubt could be great for sure. Dream Eater is extremely interesting ... I'll give it a hard look.

Thanks much!


As I type this, I've got Vendilion Clique in the maybeboard. But I think you're right that the time has probably come to move it to the main :-)

Thanks much!

Cafelattis on Mono U Tempo!!!! The Mono blue deck I like

4 months ago

The decklist looks cool, some suggestions. If you are going to run Delver of Secrets  Flip you are gonna need a lot more spells and scrying so that it can be flipped more consistantly (Also run 4 of Delver, and 4 Pteramander. Cut out Mistcloaked Herald). That also works well with Pteramander so you can adapt it a bit easier. The one thing that you REALLY should run is Remand , it is a great tempo play, and you also draw another card. Spell Pierce is great. Serum Visions for the scrying. A great budget option for blue is Nimble Obstructionist , since it is a flying threat with flash AND can counter any activated or triggerd ability you do not control. Depending on your budget you really cannot go wrong with Snapcaster Mage , since you can reuse any spell. Vendilion Clique is great for tempo, another threat in the air and lets you take an important card from your opponents hand it is great against combo decks. I would take out Favorable Winds since it is a bit slow and Pteramander , Tempest Djinn and Delver of Secrets  Flip are great finishers, seems a bit redundant. Not so sure about the Unstable Mutation but i do se the appeal of it. These are just some suggestions and it kinda depends on what direction you want to take it in, your budget and if you want it to be competative. Hope this helps in any way.

clayperce on Thoughts on UG Control?

4 months ago

Yeah, maybe ... though the deck generates enough mana that it's probably better to use a three-drop that will also hit triggered abilities (e.g., Nimble Obstructionist , Disallow , Voidslime ). I'll definitely keep Squelch in mind though once I start testing!

Thanks much!

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Nimble Obstructionist occurrence in decks from the last year


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