Ob Nixilis, Unshackled


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Rare

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Ob Nixilis, Unshackled

Legendary Creature — Demon

Flying, Trample

Whenever an opponent searches his or her library, that player sacrifices a creature and loses 10 life.

Whenever another creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Ob Nixilis, Unshackled.

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Ob Nixilis, Unshackled Discussion

S1ayerMonkey on Why Is Esper Mill A Thing?

2 days ago

Maybe include an Ob Nixilis, Unshackled to finish the game off?

ShikiTen on Mindlock Ninjutsu

6 days ago

@ThePman Hey, thanks for the positive feedback!

Ob Nixilis, Unshackled would be brutal, but he's not really necessary to the game plan. Like you said, he does counteract that "no searching" lock I'm going for. His damage capability is certainly there, and yes he would be a good finisher, but allowing my opponent a search at all could make my game plan all for naught. A simple Path to Exile or Swords to Plowshares could ruin it. So yes, while I do agree Ob Nixlis has his benefits, I doubt he'll make an appearance on my list due to being slightly counterproductive to my plan as well as his heftier mana cost (Silent-Blade Oni was cut from my list due to mana cost and I would have loved to have been able to justify his stay as well).

Out of curiosity, you say you've been looking to build a deck around those cards, do you have a decklist? I'd be interested in checking it out.

ThePman on Mindlock Ninjutsu

1 week ago

Deck looks awesome, love the theme. I was wondering if you considered Ob Nixilis, Unshackled for the ridiculous combo with Maralen of the Mornsong. It does run a bit counter to the “no searching” theme but it might be a nice way to close out the game after chipping away with smaller amounts of unblockable damage. I’ve been looking to build a deck around these two cards and was curious how you think they’d fit into a build like this.

Struyk on Maralen's Tale of Woe

2 weeks ago

Love it! Was looking for a nice Liliana's Contract deck and I just found it! Needs more Hexproof cards though, you CAN NOT play her without being able to counter the next spell... Enemy will just take one of their control spells and kill her.

Urza's Incubator is really good but too expensive for my taste :(

Searching for Ob Nixilis, Unshackled then playing him for 13 damage is pretty broken haha

Dark Tutelage you can't play this unless you want to kill yourself

Corrupt is really really bad for it's cost

I would remove Rune-Scarred Demon, Exquisite Blood, Living Death and Urza's Incubator for my budget

And then remove Unhallowed Pact / Unmake the Graves / Twilight's Call / Omen Machine / Hythonia the Cruel / Grip of Desolation // Druidic Satchel / Price of Knowledge because they either don't fit in the deck or are just weak / too slow

devastated-heart on Meren's Shadowborn Apostles

3 weeks ago

And Gooddaysir036, amazing deck. My only thought is that maybe you add Crucible of Worlds to take advantage of the synergy between Field of Ruin and Ob Nixilis, Unshackled.

All things considered though, the deck is phenomenal and definitely gets a +1 from me!

SynergyBuild on Athreos, and His Apostles

3 weeks ago

My main concern of the deck is the "competitive" tag. That tag would imply this deck is a fully optimized, competitive list, able to see play against the best decks of the format, and still have a decent winrate.

This list, from what I see, is not able to accomplish this.

I honestly do not know what this deck is trying to do, as there was not a primer for it, nor an explanation, but I will look and see, If I am wrong in my analysis, please correct me, and I will apologize promptly if I am mistaken entirely.

It looks like a Shadowborn Apostle deck, that is using the apostles to cheat out few choice demons, of which there are 7 total, out of them Demon of Death's Gate and Ravenous Demon  Flip are simply large beatsticks, and so are basically useless for a cEDH deck, Indulgent Tormentor is the same unless you team with an opponent, and Rune-Scarred Demon is a Demonic Tutor on a stick. Ob Nixilis, Unshackled is a big hate-on search, but the 10 life and sacrifice a creature should barely hurt a player unless they are paradox combo with Captain Sisay or Arcum Dagsson, and so they use a Swords to Plowshares on it or Pongify and then combo off. Harvester of Souls is decent card draw, and Razaketh, the Foulblooded is actual tutoring.

What can you tutor for or draw to win? Not much I am afraid you only have 6 removal spells, and they aren't very good for these colors, no Dismember or anything else really.

Without Mana Crypt, Mox Diamond, Mana Vault, Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone, Lotus Petal, or Chrome Mox type effects, you can't legitimately expect to pull a win with this deck at a competitve table, and your card draw is just horrendous.

At least I would suggest you do the courtesy of running your good tutors, Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Imperial Seal and Grim Tutor (some decks don't need Grim Tutor), along with Necropotence for draw and Ad Nauseam + Angel's Grace for the draw your deck.

May I ask about you landbase?

Commonly, for a competitive deck, the usually 2-color landbase looks like:

Ancient Tomb and Gemstone Caverns (the extra ramp lands)

Scrubland and Godless Shrine (the fetchable duals in your colors)

Windswept Heath, Bloodstained Mire, Polluted Delta, Flooded Strand, Verdant Catacombs, Arid Mesa, and Marsh Flats (the 7 fetchlands in your colors.)

City of Brass, Mana Confluence, Caves of Koilos, Fetid Heath, Concealed Courtyard, Command Tower, Forbidden Orchard, Exotic Orchard, Reflecting Pool, Gemstone Caverns, and Tarnished Citadel (the 11 unfetchable duals in your colors)

Cavern of Souls and Phyrexian Tower (the useful utility lands of your deck)

1xPlains and 6xSwamp

This 31 card landbase is fully tuned and optimized for a competitive deck, why does yours not run the rest of the good fetches, and all of the good duals?

To be entirely honest, I don't think this is a bad deck, and don't want to offend you or your deck-building skills, but I would hope you drop the "competitive" tag or change the deck a lot, it is mis-leading as it is.

If you want any deck-building advice on how to make this deck competitive, I suggest heading on over to Why Every Commander is Competitive and learning from that resource I set up for new players to cEDH.

shadow63 on Infernal Reckoning Demon

4 weeks ago

I don't think it's ulamog looks like just a spawn and ob doesn't really look like that. Ob Nixilis, Unshackled and Ob Nixilis Reignited have long horns going up the side of the head where the demon in the art doesn't

apohl13 on Maralen Manson

1 month ago

Yeah, if you were going to include Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, you would probably want to replace something like one of your Inquisition of Kozileks with another land...

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