Obstinate Familiar


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Odyssey (ODY) Rare

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Obstinate Familiar

Creature — Lizard

If you would draw a card, you may skip that draw instead.

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Obstinate Familiar Discussion

SteveWIII on Scorpion God is AMAZING!!! ...right?

2 months ago

Your guys' suggestions are amazing! Maybe as another thing, instead of shuffling stuff back in there's a way to slow my draw? I know there's Obstinate Familiar, Maralen of the Mornsong, and Omen Machine, and those cards are great, but is there anything else? Because if not, I might just not play Scorp God in my deck.

cdkime on Nekusar Reformed? help

3 months ago

Confusion in the Ranks is your friend. You can use this to gift your copies to other players. The challenge is then getting a sufficient number of the desired gift into play. I only did a brief search, but I did not find very many ways to make mass numbers of tokens.

Blade of Selves + Sundial of the Infinite + Obstinate Familiar is one Grixis option, allowing you to create a number of copies and give them to opponents as they enter.

Unfortunately, this would not work for Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar due to the legend rule. I am fairly certain Grixis does not have access to Opalesence , which would be needed for the mass donation of Parallel Thoughts via this method.

cdkime on Nekusar Reformed? help

3 months ago

Since Fractured Identity is not in Nekusar's colour identity, I presume you are using a different commander? Since I did not know which colours you would be running, I did not limit my search by colour.

Abundance is prevents damage by having players receive cards without ever drawing them.

Island Sanctuary does not give players card advantage, but it gives them the option of forgoing their draws for a slight boon.

Obstinate Familiar - provides the option of skipping draws.

Parallel Thoughts - Allows players to chose their best cards and "draw" them without actually drawing.

Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar - allows opponents to engineer strong draws, without ever actually drawing a card.

chadsansing on Attack of The Swarm

6 months ago

I love Obstinate Familiar and Past in Flames here. Sweet tech!

Would you ever consider a Blue Sun's Zenith or Invoke the Firemind as mana sinks that can eliminate a single player if you haven't found, say, the Skullclamp for your Ashnod's Altar or Laboratory Maniac for your Kindred Discovery?

I'm working on a The Locust God deck over at Revenge of the Nibblers, as well.

Happy playing!

SteelSentry on Looking For a Card To ...

7 months ago

You could just run LabMan. Alternatively, Abundance, Parallel Thoughts, and Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar are all just good cards that also prevent you from decking if you use their ability. Alternatively, you could play Obstinate Familiar for the fun of it.

RicketyEng on The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

8 months ago

I like the flavour you've included in the description!

I looked through all the comments currently visible to see if anyone had suggested this yet: Obstinate Familiar. I use it in my Arjun deck as a safeguard against decking myself. It might not be what you're looking for given it's limitations as a creature, but it works for me.

I2eptilian on Livin La Vida Locust - The Locust God EDH

10 months ago

I know it's been over a week, but I'm glad the suggestions were helpful! Why not a potentially excessive amount of them?!

Somehow, all of the cycle lands completely slipped my mind before. In a deck designed to draw as many cards as possible, you'd likely want all of the lands that can turn themselves into cards.

Blasted Landscape, Forgotten Cave, Lonely Sandbar, Remote Isle, Smoldering Crater, and the new ones coming out along with The Locust God in the new set, Desert of the Fervent and Desert of the Mindful. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea and Geier Reach Sanitarium Could also be decent.

What's also great is the opportunity to use Favorable Winds and Gravitational Shift.

Oh, and WHEELS! Don't even get me started on wheel effects! Dragon Mage, Forgotten Creation, Magus of the Wheel, Fateful Showdown, Incendiary Command, Collective Defiance, Reforge the Soul, Runehorn Hellkite, Wheel of Fate, Memory Jar, Magus of the Jar... I can't think of any more.

Alhammarret's Archive doubles your draws, and Obstinate Familiar can be a potential backup plan if something happens to your laboratory maniac, just so you can't deck yourself.

Some other things to consider are Arcanis the Omnipotent, Blue Sun's Zenith, Chasm Skulker, Jori En, Ruin Diver, Mercurial Chemister, Invoke the Firemind, Temporal Cascade, and Sphinx's Tutelage.

A nice way to take advantage of your swarm's sheer size is to use Breath of Fury, which can provide infinite combat phases when paired with Bident of Thassa, Coastal Piracy, or Windreader Sphinx, but it's really just good on its own..

If you can't tell, I've been thinking about building this deck since Locust God was spoiled.

BlackjackHD on Arjun, "Luck" of the Draws

10 months ago

Woah there. You absolutely do not gain priority in the middle of a draw spell resolving. If you Blue Sun yourself for 100, you will lose the game. You cannot activate Quicksilver Amulet before the last draw. You can activate it in response to Blue Sun itself, but not again until after all the cards are drawn. The reason there is the distinction as "100 individual draws" is because of replacement effects like dredge.

That said, having played Arjun for quite some time, I've found that "free" spells and cheap cantrips are the most important cards in the deck. You have a lot of big creatures and burn spells that will be fairly irrelevant most of the time. My personal favorite ways to stop myself from lethally decking out (since, again, quicksilver amulet doesn't work the way you think it does) are Obstinate Familiar and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, who can be pitched to Mind Over Matter at instant speed.

You have infinite mana combos, which my list doesn't, so some of your card choices make more sense in that regard, but you may as well play Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius as your commander so you could actually win as soon as you resolve an infinite mana combo 100% of the time.

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