Obelisk Spider


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

Nugget_Decks on Make them wither

1 day ago

Thank you for your comment MeagherMan101! I think i'll swap Banewhip Punisher for Skinrender. I don't like the idea of Blowfly Infestation in this deck, because it can make infity combo w/ Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons + Obelisk Spider, but still going to take Everlasting Torment out of the deck,and maybe put it on the side board? dunno yet... Loved the idea of Viridian Longbow!! It combos really good w/ the deck.

Rez09 on Spreading death

2 weeks ago

Have you considered dropping the blue for some of the green Amonkhet cards? Since a lot of what you are looking at involves -1/-1 counters Obelisk Spider, Nest of Scarabs, and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons are all quite strong and potential wincons in a deck like this, and Channeler Initiate provides ramp whilst also acting as a respectable beater later on if you need it to be.

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

4 weeks ago

kamarupa: Thanks for the comment!

I am gonna have to look into Time of Need. Initially I was going to say I can't run it because not all the creatures I look for are legendary, and I need to be able to put the creature into play with it. When I think about it more, the vast majority of creatures I try to grab are Legendary, and running 3x Eldritch Evolution MB and 1x SB has actually been too many, so I think I will playtest at least 1x ToN in place of the SB one. The idea there is if I bring in one of the SB creatures, I also bring in the tutor, rather than run 2x of that particular creature in the sideboard.

Funnily enough, I actually playtested a 1x Shalai, Voice of Plenty in the MB today in place of the Pegasus Courser, and a Thalia, Heretic Cathar in place of the Obelisk Spider and was really happy with them both. I think Shalai is definitely going to have a place in the deck, possibly in addition to the Leylines. Thalia I think is just going to be in the MB.

I tried running Slaughter the Strong a long time ago when the deck was just Abzan, but when I switched to 4+ color I stopped running it. I think it is worth revisiting again, especially since it gets in under Gaddock Teeg.

Throne of the God-Pharaoh is a strict upgrade to Raid Bombardment in here, and I wish I would have caught your comment before I went to FNM because it is a much better fit. I hardly ever lose creatures on my turn anyway, so in that sense they are equal, but the fact that Throne can proc off of tapped Birds of Paradise, and there are a few control decks in my meta that are constantly tapping Doran down, Throne definitely ends up being a better fit. On top of all of that there's no color requirement, and it's 1 mana less and smooths out the deck even more. Great suggestion.

Thanks again for commenting, that gives me a lot to think about!

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

1 month ago

@jamiekingslayer I really like wither actually. I think Everlasting Torment would work really well with Nest of Scarabs. By this every token's hit on another creature creates another token. I like it! Of course, the downside is that I can't gain life from my Obelisk Spider, so I would have to try it.

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

1 month ago

Rather than 2x Mardu Ascendancy I am going to swap one out for 1x Raid Bombardment and test it that way instead. I tried this a long time ago with decent performance, but I had just added red to the deck and it wasn't running smoothly at all, and I didn't have the consistency in my creatures that I do now. I also ran it in place of Ascendancy, and as a 3-of, and I think all of those were bad ideas.

The thought is that, even with lots of chump blockers on the opponent's side, I'm still getting a good amount of damage through. It is non-combat damage so a lot of Fogs don't effect it at all, and Leyline of Sanctity doesn't matter because the effect isn't targetting. It's also much, much easier to hardcast than Ascendancy is. Hopefully the playtesting goes well!

I'm still relatively new to Modern, I've only been playing for about 5 months, so I have a lot to learn about maximizing my Game 1 setup, instead of having my G1 mainboard be a mix of answers to a bunch of different decks. Obelisk Spider for instance I run in the MB, but it could probably be in the SB instead for the Humans and Spirit matchups. That being said, is there a better MB creature for that spot? Maybe Lightning Greaves even? It may even get people to mistakenly sideboard in artifact hate on G2, where I can SB it out and only have Spellskite left for it to hit.

Let me know what you think!

Funkydiscogod on m i l l

1 month ago

It looks like you're going for infinite mana combos, with Nest of Scarabs to create a bunch of 1/1s to win the game.

You seem to lack reliable ways to assemble the combo pieces: Devoted Druid and Morselhoarder in the Graveyard, Necrotic Ooze and Obelisk Spider on the battlefield.

I remember seeing a deck like that before. It used Grisly Salvage, Jarad's Orders, and Fauna Shaman to get the pieces where they needed to be. Also, Walking Ballista to kill the opponent.

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

1 month ago

Honestly I think it might be Kolaghan's Command. The recursion I never used, the discard was only okay, the artifact destruction I used some of the time, and the 2 damage to creature or player was the only thing of any significance that I ever got out of it, and it is weak.

With the spoiling of Assassin's Trophy I think it will be pretty easy to cut both of the Kolaghan's, 1x of the Maelstrom Pulse, some sideboard cards, and get 4x of the trophy in there. Then I will have more flexibility with Tetsuko and my MB flex slots (Courser of Kruphix/Obelisk Spider) to bring in another Mardu as well.

Burhan on Spider Safari

1 month ago


Thanks for the suggestions! I origanally intended to put Ishkanah, Grafwidow in this deck. However, I felt that her delirium ability wouldn't trigger often. Spider decks with Ishkanah are usually graveyard decks with spiders such as Nyx Weaver. I am not that fond of self mill strategies, hence I left her out. I definitely want to add Juvenile Gloomwidow as it synergizes with Obelisk Spider and is a great 2 drop, but I don't know what to switch out for. Crumbling Ashes is a great card but again, I don't know what to switch out for.

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