Obelisk of Grixis

Obelisk of Grixis


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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Common
Commander 2013 (C13) Common
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Common
Shards of Alara (ALA) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Obelisk of Grixis occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Rules Q&A

Obelisk of Grixis Discussion

EldraziOfRavnica on draw hate

2 days ago

Even if this is a budget deck, Sinister Sabotage, Dissolve, and Dissipate are all cheap alternatives to Cancel. Even Manalith is strictly better than Obelisk of Grixis, and Chromatic Lantern and Coalition Relic come with upside. If those cost too much, Mana Geode is still better. Please make these upgrades. They will make the deck better. Love the description! Why does TappedOut think this is a standard deck?

RNR_Gaming on Marchesa’s Undead Entourage

5 months ago

Darksteel Ingot is an upgrade of Obelisk of Grixis though it's a downgrade in art.

austintayshus on Brain Melt

8 months ago

I would recommend Burning Inquiry and Fevered Visions and Underworld Dreams . Startled Awake  Flip could also be fun but is probably not the best option. Memory Erosion could also be fun!

As a backup win condition you may also consider more graveyard recursion such as Sepulchral Primordial and Wrexial, the Risen Deep .

You may also want to include more ramp, as I'm only seeing Obelisk of Grixis . Maybe add the signets and maybe Mind Stone and a few more mana rocks.

Hope this helps!

TheFamousMrKing on Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God

9 months ago

This is a cool deck! I've been trying to build something similar for about a year now, and it's my favorite one, but I can't seem to get it to really kick off. It's cool to see someone doing something similar. I'm curious why you decided no Sol Ring ?? Or that you're using Cancel ?? Dissolve or Dissipate are clearly better, or even straight up Counterspell .

Spellbook also doesn't really seem to warrant a spot since you don't have a ton of card draw where it's going to be solving problems. And unless it's a flavor thing, Obelisk of Grixis should probably be swapped for Commander's Sphere .

Otherwise, nice job!

Gadianten on Nekusar Wheel - my first deck

11 months ago

Got a good start here and I realize some of the suggestions may not be in because of budget concerns but I will list them anyway just to be more thorough and as such I recommend Magus of the Wheel , Wheel of Fortune and Dragon Mage for more wheel effects. Perhaps Basilisk Collar over Venser's Journal since you can slap the collar on your commander and just laugh. Also, Chromatic Lantern over Obelisk of Grixis for better color fixing.

Stardragon on

11 months ago

bushido_man96 thxs for input. But when it comes to Basalt Monolith it just extra colorless ramp nice but doesn't help color fixing and while you can use it right away you have to 3 mana to untap the thing so im really only getting it full use 50% of the time, as for Grim Monolith you have to pay more than to untap it than what you get for tapping it, and it still colorless only mana. At least Grim Monolith cost the same to untap as you get for tapping it. Where Gilded Lotus cost a little more but also be used right way taps for 3 color instead of colorless and doesn't cost anything to untap. Pyramid of the Pantheon ok i get your point its a much slower guided lotus and i will most likely replace it with a sol ring as sol ring is just to good. As for Crypt Ghast and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , your absoluity right i will be replacing them with better mana cards like Birds of Paradise , or Sylvan Caryatid , if i need more creatures, as for mana rocks while signets are by no means bad, the shard obelisks such as Obelisk of Grixis are sometimes overlooked or the Khans banners like Sultai Banner which are just planned ignored which I personally don't understand when they are the wedges version of the obelisks but sightly better as they untapped the same as the obelisks tap for it three colors like obelisks but have the ability to draw you a card when need like Mind Stone unlike the obelisks so they give you more utility which is also a positive. And as for Dowsing Dagger  Flip you have to deal combat damage to a player to flip it which is easy for big dragons with flying to do oh and it gives your opponent a two 0/2 creatures. yes giving your opponent anything is good good unless your group hug or something but they are easy to kill most of the time. So i agree i need more mana i politely disagree with some of suggestions.

leven110 on Niv-Mizzet Loves his Spells

1 year ago


Yea, i feel you, niv is quite hard to cast, esp. the parrun ed. is bonkers

i suggest not to put in more lands, but more on mana ramps/rocks that produce and/or , because you can only put 1 land per turn, but casting an artifact will give you more benefit in the next turn.

Cheap alt:

and etc...

Expensive alt:

and etc....

or even multi mana lands,

and etc..

or artifact tutors card:

and etc

or you can go full control deck, put in alot of board control spell (board wipes), board wipes is good for your deck because you dont have many creature in play. combine with a passive card draws engine (2-3 card per turn, meaning land drop would be easier to come by).

Then if you think you have all your pieces together start putting in some pressure on the board, if not stall the game XD (negotiating and stuff)

Board wipe artifact:

Hope it helps,

LumpySpaceJams on The Night is Dark and Full of Terror

1 year ago

Thank you for the input!! It is much appreciated.

Commander's Sphere: I 100% agree with replacing Obelisk of Grixis and will make that change immediately.

Mnemonic Betrayal: will definitely be included once I am able to obtain one. I was thrilled when this card spoiled from GRN and all of the fun possibilities it has!

Cloudstone Curio: though I am looking for maybe one more blink effect I don’t think this is it. This card allows me to return it to my hand, but I most definitely don’t want that with some of the bigger threats I am casting, and if I am casting them for the unearth cost, returning them to my hand would cause them to exile. If I had more ETB triggers this would be a great card for my deck.

Again, thank you for the input!

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