Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath

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Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander 2014 Mythic Rare

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Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath

Planeswalker — Nixilis

+2: Each opponent loses 1 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

-2: Put a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying onto the battlefield. You lose 2 life.

-8: You gain an emblem with ", Sacrifice a creature: You gain X life and draw X cards, where X is the sacrificed creature's power."

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NoSoyYucateco on [EDH] Obzedat Bubble Defense V3

1 week ago

This is a big improvement, but I did some playtests and I almost always start missing land drops after turn 3 or 4, unless I get Land Tax or Weathered Wayfarer. In one particularly frustrating game, I had Solemn Simulacrum in hand, but was unable to get above 3 mana by turn 6, so he never saw play. In another game, I had the same scenario with Gilded Lotus.

These are some cards I think you could cut to speed things up, either by replacing them with lands and rocks, or with more efficient cards.

Debtors' Knell: It costs so much, and does nothing until your next turn (making it wide open for removal.) It's also your most expensive card, yet it isn't central to your winning strategy. In my experience, this card is only good if you can cheat it onto the battlefield. At 7 mana, I'd much rather have Rise of the Dark Realms for two more and just call it a day.

One Thousand Lashes: I'd rather pay half as much for Darksteel Mutation.

Spiritual Asylum: Orzhov is resilient to spot removal anyway. Lightning Greaves for your most important pieces.

Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath: I don't see how any of his abilities are super relevant. In most cases, the net result of casting him is that you get a vanilla 5/5 flyer for 5 mana. That's not great.

Liliana Vess: 5 mana for a tutor that puts something on top of your library. You can do better. With so few creatures, you shouldn't expect any planeswalkers to last more than one go around the table, so they need to be able to do big things the same turn you play them, like Sorin Markov.

Athreos, God of Passage: You don't have many creatures. The ones you do are pretty much all bombs, so your opponents will just pay to keep them in your yard. I can see him maybe draining for 6 life in a game, which is okay, but it's not spectacular.

Spelltithe Enforcer: He's not bad, but he isn't worth 5 mana in my book. Personally, since you're going for pillow fort, I'd much rather have Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker.

Norn's Annex: This card can buy you some time, but it's the weakest pillow fort card you have.

I highly recommend going up to at least 37 lands and 6 rocks. As it stands here, you will rarely be able to play more than one spell per turn with this curve, which is important when you want to set up two-piece combos like Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood.

Also, you have very little draw here. I'm counting Phyrexian Arena, Greed, and Erebos, God of the Dead, and that's it. You have great ways of tutoring out Necropotence. I would recommend adding that. If you can keep your hand full, you won't need to replicate your efforts with so many copies of cards that have similar effects.

Lastly, I would recommend adding Expedition Map to help you set up Urborg/Coffers.

Redcat7264 on Does Vial Smasher the Fierce ...

1 week ago

Does a card like Vial Smasher the Fierce deal commander damage? Another example of this question is, does Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath deal commander damage when he uses his planeswalker abilities?

hyperlocke on Does Vial Smasher, the Fierce ...

1 week ago

Well, if your commander is Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip or you turn your planeswalker commander into a creature in some other way, combat(!) damage they deal is also counted as commander damage.

Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath's first ability doesn't deal damage at all. Damage leads to life loss, but these are two separate things.

Also, please ask rules related questions in the Rules Q&A linked in the header in the future.

Redcat7264 on Does Vial Smasher, the Fierce ...

1 week ago

When Vial Smasher the Fierce deals damage to a player using his ability, does it do commander damage? I'm just using this card as an example, but when a commander's ability deals damage to a player is it still commander damage? Another example is Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath.

Reverie42 on Reverie42

3 weeks ago

I started buying the EDH precons as full sets starting with C14 as a way to get in to the format, then began upgrading some of them this year.

As of now, I've done all of the revamps that I intend to do for the C14-C16 decks. I'll probably write more about that process later. There were three decks that I did not attempt to upgrade, though, so I figured I would explain why.

  • Nahiri, the Lithomancer: I would want to build this as an equipment deck. Unfortunately, the good equipment is extremely expensive, and the deck is not really that awesome even when fully built out. I'd love to build it out one day, but not when the equipment package alone would cost multiple times what I'm willing to spend on one deck.
  • Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath: Ultimately, this deck feels too much like a worse version of Meren to be worth building out. I'd like to build some flavor of mono-B some day to play with some of the cool toys that don't work so well in multi-colored decks, but given that it would be a nearly complete overhaul of the deck, I will probably wait until after the C17 decks come out to try it.
  • Ezuri, Claw of Progress: Ezuri is basically just a strictly worse Atraxa at this point. The other option is to go snake tribal, but that's just not realistically a very good deck. You end up running all of the "build your own tribe" cards, and at the end of the day, there are just way better tribes to use at that point. If I were to build something in Simic colors, I'd likely go Bant and build out a bounce/flicker themed deck in the vain of my U/G Bounce casual 60-card list.

There were also a couple interesting decisions in a few of the decks that I did choose to build out:

  • Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas I originally skipped since it felt like a fairly linear voltron-ish deck. It eventually turned out that having a fairly linear voltron-ish deck is really helpful for briging new players in to the format who feel intimidated by the crazy combos, timing manipulation and rules intricacy of other decks. It's also a great deck in multiplayer for keeping some of the degenerate decks honest since it tends to get ignored right up until it just wipes someout out. While this isn't one of the strongest decks, there are a handful of legitimately skill-testing match-ups (like Daxos) that made me glad I built it.
  • Saskia the Unyielding was another initial skip since my original take on it was that it basically jund aggro, which was more than I wanted to spend for a fairly linear deck. I came back to it when I was looking to build a token deck. With new toys like Hanweir Garrison , Odric, Lunarch Marshal and Samut, Voice of Dissent, there was enough cool stuff going on at a reasonable price that I took the plunge. A lot of people in my play group like tokens, and this has been a popular choice for people to play, so it's been worth it.
  • I threw pretty much all of Mizzix of the Izmagnus out to build out a U/R chaos deck. This leaves my stable without any dedicated spellslinger style decks, which I want to build out. I don't know if what I want for that is Mizzix, Narset, or maybe something new. This is another deck I'll likely wait until after the C17 decks come out to take a stab at. I feel like every playgroup should have a chaos deck to break out once or twice a year, and in general I think even when it's frustrating, it tends to lead to more memorable games than storming off would.
  • Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis was one that I wanted to build but didn't intend do. I always thought group hug decks were neat, but we have so much 1v1 in our playgroup that I figured I'd rarely actually get a chance to play it. Ultimately, I settled on a game plan that was less politics and more about resource flooding and board wipes with a combo finish and made up a sideboard to remove the combos in multiplayer. This is another deck that can lead to memorable games as the insane levels of ramp and draw mean everyone is constantly setting up crazy broken board states and then getting wiped until someone breaks through.

Reverie42 on Control The Dead - Dark Shaman Best Shaman

3 weeks ago

I started buying the EDH precons as full sets starting with C14 as a way to get in to the format, then began upgrading some of them this year.

As of now, I've done all of the revamps that I intend to do for the C14-C16 decks. I'll probably write more about that process later. There were three decks that I did not attempt to upgrade, though, so I figured I would explain why.

  • Nahiri, the Lithomancer: I would want to build this as an equipment deck. Unfortunately, the good equipment is extremely expensive, and the deck is not really that awesome even when fully built out. I'd love to build it out one day, but not when the equipment package alone would cost multiple times what I'm willing to spend on one deck.
  • Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath: Ultimately, this deck feels too much like a worse version of Meren to be worth building out. I'd like to build some flavor of mono-B some day to play with some of the cool toys that don't work so well in multi-colored decks, but given that it would be a nearly complete overhaul of the deck, I will probably wait until after the C17 decks come out to try it.
  • Ezuri, Claw of Progress: Ezuri is basically just a strictly worse Atraxa at this point. The other option is to go snake tribal, but that's just not realistically a very good deck. You end up running all of the "build your own tribe" cards, and at the end of the day, there are just way better tribes to use at that point. If I were to build something in Simic colors, I'd likely go Bant and build out a bounce/flicker themed deck in the vain of my U/G Bounce casual 60-card list.

There were also a couple interesting decisions in a few of the decks that I did choose to build out:

  • Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas I originally skipped since it felt like a fairly linear voltron-ish deck. It eventually turned out that having a fairly linear voltron-ish deck is really helpful for briging new players in to the format who feel intimidated by the crazy combos, timing manipulation and rules intricacy of other decks. It's also a great deck in multiplayer for keeping some of the degenerate decks honest since it tends to get ignored right up until it just wipes someout out. While this isn't one of the strongest decks, there are a handful of legitimately skill-testing match-ups (like Daxos) that made me glad I built it.
  • Saskia the Unyielding was another initial skip since my original take on it was that it basically jund aggro, which was more than I wanted to spend for a fairly linear deck. I came back to it when I was looking to build a token deck. With new toys like Hanweir Garrison, Odric, Lunarch Marshal and Samut, Voice of Dissent, there was enough cool stuff going on at a reasonable price that I took the plunge. A lot of people in my play group like tokens, and this has been a popular choice for people to play, so it's been worth it.
  • I threw pretty much all of Mizzix of the Izmagnus out to build out a U/R chaos deck. This leaves my stable without any dedicated spellslinger style decks, which I want to build out. I don't know if what I want for that is Mizzix, Narset, or maybe something new. This is another deck I'll likely wait until after the C17 decks come out to take a stab at. I feel like every playgroup should have a chaos deck to break out once or twice a year, and in general I think even when it's frustrating, it tends to lead to more memorable games than storming off would.
  • Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis was one that I wanted to build but didn't intend do. I always thought group hug decks were neat, but we have so much 1v1 in our playgroup that I figured I'd rarely actually get a chance to play it. Ultimately, I settled on a game plan that was less politics and more about resource flooding and board wipes with a combo finish and made up a sideboard to remove the combos in multiplayer. This is another deck that can lead to memorable games as the insane levels of ramp and draw mean everyone is constantly setting up crazy broken board states and then getting wiped until someone breaks through.

ksuKaliber on Vampire Deck (Modern)

4 weeks ago

Gonna go out on a limb and say Liliana of the Veil is just going to be an expensive Doom Blade most of the time due to her not getting her ult off. And without even having Red Madness Vampires or a few grave-based cards (Excluding Driver of the Dead) to take advantage of her +1 Discard effect, it could be hard to even get her to 6 Loyalty without her being targeted. I'd also look at some 1 drops like Guul Draz Vampire, Pulse Tracker, and/or Shadow Alley Denizen so you can have some immediate pressure (Excluding Thoughtseize).

If you really want to include a Planeswalker though, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip/Liliana, Defiant Necromancer  Flip or Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath might be good includes. On flip, Liliana gives you a zombie token and her -X ability can return a desired creature back to the field first turn (Plus she can be flipped by any way your creature dies, so sac away). Ob Nixilis -3 can summon a 5/5 flying demon when he comes out, at only the cost of 2 life. These give different effects though, whereas Liliana of the Veil fits a very specific niche of sacriifcing getting around specific abilities and isn't always important. not to mention if they have multiple creatures they can just sac the least important one.

Glade2729 on Lets make a deal!

1 month ago

With razaketh, the foulblooded spoiled I decided to make him the commander because he is both flavorful for sacrificing to get yourself ahead and way better than Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath. I've been wondering if I should put things in the deck so that once I get them I can just win. My playgroup has a tendency to try and win by turn 6 or so and while the deck is fun it's hard to compete with them.

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