Obelisk Spider


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Obelisk Spider Discussion

Meeknomore on Hapatra the Snake Counter

1 month ago

I have a similar EDH that I love running. I'll admit I overlooked Blowfly Infestation , but there is another way to go infinite using Obelisk Spider . Its a 2 card combo using Devoted Druid and Quillspike . If you can, also check out Yawgmoth, Thran Physician ...such a good card overall but over the top in a deck like this.

Check out my deck The "Hapatra"ning if you'd like to see the direction i took it.

PhthisisClock on Which is stronger? Causing life ...

3 months ago

Maybe has been discussed before, if so, apologies...

If you had to assess which is a stronger attribute of a card... would it be causing life loss to one or more opponents, or gaining life for yourself?

Example in point: Obelisk Spider versus Poison-Tip Archer . Similar abilities, yet different. If only one spot (in any quantity) could be afforded to one or the other... which seems like better value? (I already have my mind made up, just wondering what others think).

4doublexx on Disrupt Parity w/ Budget suggestions

8 months ago

Heyo! I really like the idea of this deck. It seems like a super fun way to play!

I question the addition of The Scorpion God as its 8 mana to just get 1 -1/-1 counter on something and I guess I can see it if you get him down and have your pillow fort up it is a mana sink. However, you already have a Xantcha, Sleeper Agent as a mana sink, along with if you have all your pillow fort down you are going to have little mana to actually cast unless you let them fall off. Since you're average cmc is 3.84 right now, you aren't going to be running off in the races. It'll be a slower game and I think taking out Obelisk Spider would allow you to pop in Rakdos and Assualt suit. The -1/-1 isn't bad, but it is much much better when there is more support for them. Plus the rakdos assualt suit is essentially another wincon whereas Scorp God and Spider are just some value and do not make you win.

Hope this helps!

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

8 months ago

Sat down with the deck again and made a few speed and consistency changes:


2x Spellskite - Moved to sideboard because, as amazing as they are about protecting Doran, other creatures, and myself, it doesn't help the Game 1 speed drawing into your 2nd or 3rd one.

2x Assassin's Trophy - Moved to SB or out altogether as well. 2 plus Bolts and Pulse is a good amount of Game 1 removal.

1x Obelisk Spider - Still a card I like, but I think it fits the sideboard better if at all.

1x Forest - Changing the number of manadorks makes 22 lands less necessary, but I made add this Forest back in and take out a different land due to the prevalence of Field of Ruin , Path to Exile , and Assassin's Trophy .


2x Noble Hierarch - This helps increase the number of nut draws we have, as well as squeezing in a few more damage early game if it sticks. From past experience I know that I never want more than 6 total manadorks, but we'll see if I end up liking 5 more.

2x Courser of Kruphix - I ran this guy a long, long time ago, and since building the Bloodbraid Elf version and really solidifying the landbase I never gave him another chance. I don't agree with the decks that run 4, but at 2 I have always been happy to draw him, and I tend to get back 3-4 life during an average game. On top of that, it smooths out land drops, and allows me to see what I may Cascade into, which is great.

1x Graveblade Marauder - This is kind of a flex slot with Obelisk Spider , but this is a creature I've always wanted to include but never really tried before. He can get very, very scary, especially if a few creatures have already died from removal or Eldritch Evolution . I've only been using it for about a week and there have already been several times during playtesting where it is swinging for 4, plus an additional 4+. The fact that he can still deal a lot of damage even without Doran or Assault Formation out is a definite plus.

2x Rhythm of the Wild - This is a new card I am pretty excited about. I played with a few Lightning Greaves for a short time and the haste was brutal to play against, and making the creature Hexproof, especially a bird or Doran, was fantastic. I feel like Rhythm fill that same slot, but is a much better Cascade target, helps against control decks, and doesn't change the sequence of damage for most of my non-manadork-enabled combats, as they still attack on the same turn they would normally have attacked. I also like that it helps to get manadorks out of bolt range if needed, and allows new creatures to attack without Doran or Formation. Really excited to try this card out.

Other than that, still working on the sideboard some more. Trying to get a boardwipe in there that I like, but Slaughter the Strong doesn't hit much of anything that I see frequently besides Eldrazi and Wurmcoil Engine , and Anger of the Gods hits all my utility creatures unless they are buffed. It sure would be nice to cascade into when I really need the wipe, however. Also considering Cry of the Carnarium from Allegiance.

Flooremoji on Arborial Allies

9 months ago

Obelisk Spider might be a better commander, hurts Ascended Lawmage too.

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Obelisk Spider occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Golgari: 0.17%