Obelisk Spider


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy 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

Plahbie on Token Mastery

4 days ago

Maybe Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons (+ Obelisk Spider in sideboard?) or Doomfall?

v3n3m on Need help with 2hg -1/-1 ...

6 days ago

Hello I'm pretty new to the site and was hoping someone can help me with a -1/-1 counter deck I'm working on for 2hg.

Right now it looks like this but I'm very open to making changes (that's why i'm posting)


x2 Dragonskull Summitx3 Forestx1 Grasping Dunesx1 Ifnir Deadlandsx3 Misty Rainforestx5 Swampx4 Temple of Maladyx2 Temple of Malicex2 Woodland Cemetery


x4 Black Sun's Zenithx3 Contagion Claspx4 Nest of Scarabsx2 Scarscale Ritual


x3 Birds of Paradisex4 Channeler Initiatex4 Fume Spitterx3 Hapatra, Vizier of Poisonsx4 Necroskitterx4 Obelisk Spiderx2 The Scorpion God

The main thing I'm trying to do is keep the board under control, drain life with spiders, and create 1/1 tokens and finish by going wide if need be. Keep in mind I will have a partner as well so I don't have to do everything alone. Played it a few times and it is very hit or miss. Either it comes out the exact way it's supposed to be and wins games or it's all over the place and does nothing. Looking to make it a little more consistent and have something to do every turn if possible, not just wait for wombo combos. Sorry about the formatting, I tried to fix it but couldn't figure it out..

~Much appreciated

Pabs4444 on Another Haptra deck

1 month ago

First of all, thank you for upvoting and commenting! I always love seeing long comments, lol. I avoid Rampant Growth only because I have a Sakura-Tribe Elder that is just strictly better. Tempt with Discovery is just good in my meta. It's pretty casual, and often we go for the Reliquary Tower. It has the benefit of getting out nonbasic lands and them coming into play untapped. If I get more than 2 lands, it has done more than intended. Harvest Season works more for ramp and deck thinning mid-late game. It also works amazingly well with Cryptolith Rite. I don't tend to run into many mana issues, but I'll look for a place for Cultivate in the deck. First priority to me is finding a place for Rishkar's Expertise. Uncage the Menagerie usually wants to grab Prowling Serpopard, Obelisk Spider , and Necroskitter (usually played in that order). I don't see too many artifact heavy decks, but Manglehorn is a card I will still get for other decks. Thank you for the suggestion!With the exception of Wickerbough Elder , I am trying to not have creatures that revolve around -1/-1 counters placed on themselves. With that being said, I have still wanted to test a deck with that as a main focus, so I will include more cards like Banewhip Punisher , Soulstinger , Channeler Initiate , etc.

Boza on Synergy

1 month ago

I like the BG -1/-1 counters theme!But to make it better, 4 of the previously channeler suggestion is necessary. As is 4 Hapatra, the best thing since slied bread for this deck. The other big payoffs are 4 of Nest of Scarabs and 4 Obelisk Spider. Next, you will need enablers - 4 of the crocodile, ammit eternal, beetle and 4 Exemplar of Strength. The other 8 flex slots can be some removal in the form of Banewhip Punisher, Lethal Sting or some recursion for cards like Gravedigger or some discard like Lay Bare the Heart.

MoGoose831 on Negative counters deck

1 month ago

Hey I love Hapatra and this looks awesome! +1!

It looks like you aren't leaning towards tokens but a great sideboard card or something to try in place of Animation Module, which seems like a weak link, would be Nest of Scarabs. With it and Hapatra out you would get 2 1/1s for every -1/-1 counter.

Obelisk Spider is also SUPER underrated! The key to it is its second ability "Whenever you put one or more -1/-1 counters on a creature, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life" This gets out of hand really fast and can help pinging down your opponent for 3-4 life a turn!

I love my -1/-1 counter deck and have debated splashing red for The Scorpion King but like to keep my budget builds ULTRA BUDGET!

Disciple_of_Doran on Negative Creep Modern

1 month ago

I second the addition of Necroskitter. Can put counters on things itself with wither, and stealing almost all your opponent's dying creatures is a must-answer effect.

Obelisk Spider seems like another no-brainer. It puts counters on things, and has a stronger effect in this deck than Blood Artist, plus a bigger body with reach, all for one extra mana.

Midnight Banshee could be a good finisher if you find games going long enough to play her. Sort of a nonbo with your Ambush Viper but otherwise doesn't hurt you at all, and combos with both the previously mentioned cards and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.

PartyJ on Doran's Friends with Benefits

1 month ago

Hi Suns_Champion,

it took a while to get this deck back on the table. So I ignored it abit until now. As we tend to play more casual fun EDH here, I knew that it was time again to dust of my Doran build.

Spot removal is mostly ignored in this build since in casual we play in big pods of 6+ ppl. Spot removal is underwhelming during such games.

Whirlwind was not functional enough and has been replaced. Thanks for pointing this one out :)

Obelisk Spider I have to agree with you. it has been replaced too.

Painful Truths is very undervalued if you ask me. For 3 different colors of mana you get to draw three cards and lose 'only' 3 life. Pretty solid deal for a 3-color deck if you ask me.

Kambal, Consul of Allocation went to the eternal fields too. Other options prove far better.

Besides cutting cards, I added some interesting new cards to toy with in upcoming games. Let me know what you think of the current balance and card choices I made. Do you run or ran a Doran deck yourself?

rapicho on -1/-1 Counter Jund

2 months ago

I'd switch Obelisk Spider to main board instead of Crocodile of the Crossing, while haste is nice to come in with along with a -1/-1 to cause triggers, the spider will accomplish more on its own overall, and lets you deal with fliers, and all for a lower cmc.

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