Obelisk Spider


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Uncommon

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Obelisk Spider

Creature — Spider


Whenever Obelisk Spider deals combat damage to a creature, put a -1/-1 counter on that creature.

Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Obelisk Spider Discussion

AlfrescoHotshot on Oblivion

3 days ago

There is a difference between a creature getting -1/-1 and getting a -1/-1 counter. Ascendant Evincar and Festering Goblin don't interact with Obelisk Spider.

JeranF on JUND Negative Counter (MtG Casual)(Need Help)

4 days ago


I was thinking about him as well. But I'm not quite sure about it, since with Obelisk Spider it's important how often I give out counters and not how many. I'd rather have a creature that can give out one of them again and again, but still I will keep the card in mind.

Sgt.Pickles on Blowfly Infestation + Nest of ...

5 days ago

Ah, I get it. You can't go infinite, but you can get a game-winning effect as long as there are creatures on the board. Combined with Obelisk Spider, you can probably save yourself and put your opponent on lethal very easily. Noice. Thank you so much for re-explaining that to me!

Switch303 on Simic Infinite Counters Combo deck ...

6 days ago

Obelisk Spider as a good defender and alternate method of winning the game.

r3id on Black Fun

1 week ago

Right off the bat cards that you likely won't be able to cast are Obelisk Spider , Hour of Revelation, and Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh as you genuinely won't have the mana to cost these.

You also need some more 1 & 2 drop creatures (and a full playset) if you want to run this aggro and less bigger creatures ( razaketh, the foulblooded , Sengir Vampire, etc.). Ideally you'd be looking to drop a creature each turn or do something quickly so your opponents don't have time to ramp up to bigger creatures.

You want to get the most for your mana as well. Look at cards like Ruin Rat in comparison to cards like Gifted Aetherborn.

You'd also want more synergy in your deck overall (i.e. more pirates so march of the drowned lands it's full potential) so you have a better chance of pulling off combos.

Otherwise I recommend checking out some other mono-black aggro decks!

noshadowkick on Asps! Very Dangerous! (Hapatra)

1 month ago

@Wiggyman, thanks for the suggestion. I've thought about Vhati but honestly, he seems like a trap card. He has to live a turn before he has an effect and then I have to be able to place a counter. Seems like too many hoops to jump through just to kill a single creature.

I've put some thought and analysis into my list and these are the changes I'm thinking of making:

-Channeler Initiate, + Edge of Autumn: Channeler is a nice way to get a token but it's nowhere close to Devoted Druid and it's slow. Edge of Autumn is more reliable early ramp and a good discard effect for Archfiend of Ifnir.

-Defiant Greatmaw, +Fauna Shaman: Greatmaw was a janky way to protect Hapatra from my global -1/-1 effects but it's a weak card. The Shaman is another tutor and a great discard outlet.

-Midnight Banshee, +Grave Titan: I felt like the Banshee was a bit overpriced for it's effect given the fact that Harbinger of Night exists. The Gravy Train is a great token producer and is threatening enough all on it's own.

-Puppeteer Clique, +Archfiend of Ifnir: Ifnir is the crux of this whole update and I hope he'll be a much more powerful and reliable threat than Clique.

-Skinrender, +Wood Elves: More creature based ramp is needed. Skinrender was also a weak card even when I was 100% all in on -1/-1 counters.

-Terastodon, +Hornet Queen: Want a baller token producer as a Natural Order target and the evasive tokens from Queen will work well with Triumph of the Hordes and some of my other pump effects.

-Serrated Arrows, +Bitterblossom: Out with a weak token producer that is contingent on my general, in with an awesome token producer that is a staple across the format.

-Blowfly Infestation, +Vampiric Tutor: Blowfly does nothing on it's own and Vamp Tutor is just a great card.

-Eldrazi Monument, +Creakwood Liege: Out with a redundant pump effect, in with more token production. I like that the Liege makes Hapatra a 4/4 also.

- Obelisk Spider , +Reclamation Sage: Spider was a cool combo piece with Blowfly Infestation but Rec Sage is needed removal.

-2 basics, +2 cycling lands: more discard effects for Archfiend.

-Grasping Dunes, +Geier Reach Sanitarium: More discard effects for Archfiend.

That's what I'm thinking so far. I'll update my list once the cardboard is actually in the sleeves. I'm hoping that these changes make the deck a little more flexible and interactive.

Monomanamaniac on Poison arrows

1 month ago

I'm considering running Devoted Druid and Quillspike to add additional ways to start a few infinite combos, with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Nest of Scarabs and Obelisk Spider. Just trying to drone up better synergy

backinajiffy on Jund Minus Counter

1 month ago

@IronSon1c Yeah I think since its not your main win con or anything 2 copies of Nest of Scarabs would be all you need but if you find that it doesn't work then dont worry about it. I just like the late-game value you get out of it, maybe its better in sideboard against certain matchups. I usually get 10-15 tokens out of it and I find that worth the three mana so I mainboard it. It would also work super well with your vraska.

Yeah I've found ramunap does out pace this deck pretty hard unless you can get out Obelisk Spider and an ammit to stay alive or somehow put out The Scorpion God with enough life to curve out the late game and make them top deck.

I definitely see the combo's you're talking about, I think its pretty legit.

What about when you get two or even three copies of the scorpion god in your hand and they don't have a vraska's contempt?

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