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

Daedalus19876 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

14 hours ago

Wow! Quite a few comments to respond to!

smashadams83: Hmmm. Of those, I really do need to acquire a Phyrexian Tower and find a slot for Eternal Witness. Not too much of a fan of Necrotic Ooze when it only works for one combo, but I'll consider it :) you're correct on the creature count, but there's a limiting factor where I have to have enough -1 counter granting effects...

seshiro_of_the_orochi: I'd expect this comment with a name like that! Honestly, I used to run him, but as a six-drop I'm not sure he does enough to justify his inclusion. If this deck ever shifts to be more combat-focussed again, he'll probably go back in.

Pabs4444: Sometime I need to build a deck specifically to abuse Throne of the God-Pharaoh. It's such a cool card, but never QUITE seems to fit.

KongMing: Thanks for the comment! Hapatra is un-American scum, confirmed. I used to run Shisato, Whispering Hunter in the past, but unless an opponent is tapped out he doesn't do as much as I'd want. The others seem too mana-intensive for their effects, I'm afraid.

GrimReaper0602: While Harbinger of Night and Midnight Banshee have some issues, they're also some of my only ways to place -1 counters on all creatures on the battlefield. Until more effects are printed that can do so, I can't easily remove them.

Flint2: I completely agree that Midnight Banshee+Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons+Obelisk Spider is a nasty piece of work, haha. I've enjoyed it a lot whenever I've pulled it off. I'll pass on the token-doublers, though.

Thanks you all for your comments!

Flint2 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

4 days ago

I came across an interesting interaction with my Hapatra deck that you may want to include in your other combo section. It's basically Blood Artist + Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons + Midnight Banshee . The setup can quickly swing the game your way or outright kill players if they sleep on it.

The main problem with the basic 3 piece setup is that you need some number of snake tokens on the board to get it working. Also, if you have a small number of snakes to start with then you aren't doing much with the combo.

The combo can be enhanced with Doubling Season or Parallel Lives to double the damage you'll be dealing each turn or you can use Nest of Scarabs to produce an ever increasing number of tokens.

Blood Artist can be subbed for Zulaport Cutthroat or Obelisk Spider in multiplayer settings.

Pelusosa on Spider Tribal

1 week ago

Thinking of potentially reducing the number of Obelisk Spiders and Juvenile Gloomwidows in lieu of more Nyx Weavers, Grisly Salvages, Gather the Packs, and Victimize to capitalize on graveyard shenanigans. Considering swapping Prey Upon and Naturalize for some number of Nature's Ways and Putrefys, although I really like having access to naturalize in casual. Don't know if I should add another one or two Arachnus Webs, if two is enough, or if I should remove them and the Arachnus Spinners entirely. Definitely looking to swap Vivid Grove and a Rootbound Crag for some Savage Lands.

I'm pretty torn about adding Assault Formation, Obelisk of Urd, and Spider Spawning.

TheMadRocketeer on A Silky Death

1 month ago

{Ronald Weasley Voice On} "Can we panic now?" {Off}

LOL. Love it. +1
Some of these spiders are just mean. Silklash Spider is really sweet repeatable flyer protection, and Obelisk Spider is superb on several levels (effectively one extra damage, the one extra sticks, life gain, synergy with wither/infect). I'd love to watch a token swarm deck swing in for its massively wide attack, meet Arachnogenesis coming in, and die to its own win condition on the next turn. The one-way Fog effect alone is already great. :-)

PhthisisClock on Negative Creep Modern

2 months ago

@SomeFish... thanks so much for the discussion... I used to run Obelisk Spider because when it was spoiled, immediately I thought "this is gonna be great!"... but it was truly underwhelming in my meta, ymmv... Throne of the God-Pharaoh is really strictly better than O Spider, only because of late-game scenarios... I can see Necroskitter being a sideboard card, because as much as I love it, it is totally worthless against token decks.

He_Who_Hungers on Hapatra & The Attack of the Snakes!

2 months ago

Don't have any specific suggestions, other than that you don't actually need to make them bigger. You already have a couple of ways of going infinite with this deck (Hapatra + Blowfly Infestation +Flourishing Defenses or Nest of Scarabs for example). Coupled with Obelisk Spider that wins you the game right there. Trying to go for an additional +1/+1 counter things might be stretching things a bit too much. You could replace the +1/+1 counter things with other stuff that synergises more with the huge amounts of creatures you produce.

Daedalus19876 on Hapatra, Vizier of Counters

2 months ago

As a fellow Hapatra player, a minor quibble: you need 2 tokens to start the Blowfly Infestation combo with Obelisk Spider, unless there are other X/1 things you can kill.

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