Obelisk Spider

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

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation Uncommon

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Obelisk Spider

Creature — Spider

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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

MrGameAndScotch on card:Obelisk Spider (HOU)|Obelisk Spider's second ...

1 day ago

Hey Shane, you're right. I didn't account the +2/+0 Supernatural Stamina gives you. But regarding the second ability resolving even if Obelisk Spider doesn't come back: The oracle text says otherwise:

If Obelisk Spider deals combat damage to a creature at the same time Obelisk Spider is dealt lethal damage, its first triggered ability will put a -1/-1 counter on the other creature. However, because Obelisk Spider has left the battlefield before that ability resolves, its last ability wont trigger.

MrGameAndScotch on card:Obelisk Spider (HOU)|Obelisk Spider's second ...

1 day ago

If played Supernatural Stamina on my Obelisk Spider and block any creature that wouldn't die during the Combat Damage Step (eg. The Locust God), does the Obelisk Spider come back before it's first triggered ability resolves, making it's second triggered ability resolve, too? Personally, I think yes, because of the following procedure:

Damage is dealt, the stack looks like this:

Top of the stack

Obelisk Spider's 1st ability

Bottom of the stack

Before anything resolves, Obelisk Spider dies, making the stack look like this:

Top of the stack

Effect of Supernatural Stamina

Obelisk Spider's 1st ability

Bottom of the stack

Only then the stack begins to resolve, so Obelisk Spider is back on the battlefield when Obelisk Spider's 1st ability resolves.

Am I right or am I missing something? Thanks in advance!

Ares111123 on Jund Ammit (Swamp Life)

2 days ago

shoot i forgot to send my actual comment.

Obelisk Spider is the only card you are missing that gives a trigger when you place a -1/-1 counter on a creature and it is a great blocker as it practically deals 2 damage (1 combat and 1 from the weakened toughness caused by the -1/-1 counter).

Zondarian on Hour of Hapatra

3 days ago

Ifnir Deadlands is definitely one to try out and it works well with Obelisk Spider. I'll try it and see if I think the mana base is consistent enough with it, that's an area I am still working on a lot.

Personally I prefer Hapatra's Mark to Blossoming Defense because it works better as a combat trick with Ammit Eternal and if needed it can also just save the Ammit when it's on 1/1 or 2/2 as well.

I am testing removing a lot of the opponent removal as well. Not sure how that will go, but I am definitely willing to see what happens when I lean on the decks ability to -1/-1 opponents and present deathtouch snakes to control the tempo.

TheRedeemed on -1/-1 counter zoo (Yes you read that right)

4 days ago

I would but the deck does not have space in the deck. Plus, I like the synergy with Obelisk Spider and Quillspike.

NinjaShank56 on Abzan Horses HOU Standard

4 days ago

Hey abby315 thanks for the feedback! I definitely like Authority of the Consuls here too. I completely forgot about it. I think Blessed Alliance would be ideal if I was to replace the Cartouche of Ambition. Declaration is great, but it may be too slow. The Cartouche of Ambition is there as an alternative way to trigger an Obelisk Spider as well when it enters the battlefield. It does seem a little low impact here though. There aren't enough creatures that are great to put it on in the list. I think the list also needs a couple Westvale Abbey  Flips as a backup win-condition as well. Just my thoughts so far. I think I'm going to put it together on MTGO in the next few weeks and try it out. I'll keep you updated!

inkstorm on -1/-1 Counters

5 days ago

A few things I've noticed while messing with a similar GB counter deck.

  • Decimator Beetle feels like garbage every time he's in my hand. I'm already worried about sweepers and the highest costing card coming in at 3/4 stats isn't exciting.
  • Crocodile of the Crossing could be a replacement to Tenacious Hunter. A hasted 4/3 that generates a -1/-1 counter impacts the board. A 4/4 potential deathtoucher doesn't appear scary when snakes already fill that role.
  • Channeler Initiate rarely feels like a dead card. He protects against getting land screwed, usually eats removal, and triggers both Nest of Scarabs & Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.
  • Westvale Abbey  Flip, even as a singleton, can go a long way. It gives those 1/1 tokens a purpose going late and is great against removal. Channeler + the 3 scarabs he creates gets close by iteslf.
  • Obelisk Spider has been going back and fourth. It has an interesting effect and 4 toughness is always welcome. The spider, unfortunately, doesn't have an immediate impact and the deck is already tight at the 3 cmc spot. Banewhip Punisher falls into the same position.
  • Lethal Sting, as well as most of the instants, feel clunky. I consider mulliganing when two of them are in my opening hand and they are dead on an empty board.

Overall, I'm worried about the deck's consistency and how it stacks against others.

MrGameAndScotch on -1/-1 Midrange-Burn [with Primer]

6 days ago

Hey DarkEclipse18, the reason I didn't include Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is that the ratio between spells and creatures seems just right as it is now, so I'd have to either throw out Obelisk Spider or someone producing counters. While the former is guaranteed to hurt your opponent for every -1/-1 counter coming into existence, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons just gives you a chance to hurt your opponent for one damage. Additionaly, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons just dies to easily to spells like Magma Spray, since your opponent only has to draw one more burn spell than you draw hexproof.

I'm going to write another Panel about the cards I didn't include and why, soon. Thanks for giving me this idea!

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