Obzedat, Ghost Council

Obzedat, Ghost Council

Legendary Creature — Spirit Advisor

When Obzedat, Ghost Council enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

At the beginning of your end step, you may exile Obzedat, Ghost Council. If you do, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of your next upkeep. It gains haste.

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Rare
Gatecrash (GTC) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
Pioneer Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Leviathan Legal

Obzedat, Ghost Council occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Obzedat, Ghost Council Discussion

GenericCola on Orzhov Aristocrats - EDH Theme Deck

3 months ago

ShadowAblaze, thanks for the comment. I am very aware of all of those cards; they have all been left out deliberately, for different reasons (except Teysa, who is actually my commander-- you seem to have overlooked her). I'll address them individually:

Blood Baron of Vizkopa - At 5 mana, with no real synergy with the rest of the deck, and no immediate impact on the board state, he is not viable in this build.

Immortal Servitude - This is a fantastic card, and I will actually probably put a copy in. I just need to work on finding a copy. Unfortunately, it's usually going to be a strictly worse Rally the Ancestors, but casting it for X=2 should usually yield good results.

Obzedat, Ghost Council - This is another creature which offers no synergy with the rest of the deck's aristocrat goals. I will probably make a separate deck for the Ghost Council in the future.

Obzedat's Aid - I love this card, and I have tried to make it work so many times, but it is unfortunately too slow, most of the time. This card lives in my maybeboard.

Karlov of the Ghost Council - This is a very strong card, but again, it lacks any meaningful synergy with the deck. The best I get from Karlov is a bunch of triggers from my Lifelink tokens, but usually Karlov ends up being a "win-more" card. He, too, lives in my maybe-board.

Teysa Karlov - This is literally the commander of the deck. I'm not sure why you think she's not in here, lmfao.

Kaya's Guile - I have playtested this card, and I have found that more often than not it under-performs. It may find its way back into the deck as my meta shifts, but more often than not it's not worth playing, for me.

Debt to the Deathless - This has been one of my favorite cards since its release. It simply is not well suited to this deck, however. More often than not, it simply gets countered, and even if it didn't, it does nothing to support the aristocrats strategy of this deck. The current build usually does not accelerate to the amount of mana required to make this card viable.

High Priest of Penance - This is another one of my all-time favorite Magic cards, and nearly made the cut, but since I do not have any way of dealing damage to him on my own, he more often than not ends up sitting in play and doing nothing until the board gets wiped. He's another one of those cards that lives in my maybe-board, and may one day be added to the roster-- but for now, he doesn't have the synergy required to make it work.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

No, because it left. Same with gaining control like with Agent of Treachery.

That's why Obzedat, Ghost Council includes Haste, making him the only Advisor with haste, as well as the only Orzhov card with haste.

ShadowAblaze on Orzhov Aristocrats - EDH Theme Deck

3 months ago

Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Immortal Servitude, Obzedat, Ghost Council, Obzedat's Aid, and Karlov of the Ghost Council are all orzhov cards I think you should at least know about.

Teysa Karlov - not sure why she isn't on here...

Kaya's Guile - excellent edict and graveyard hose

Debt to the Deathless - potential win con

High Priest of Penance - can be solid removal

MindAblaze on Rank the Guild Leaders

5 months ago

It’s funny because when Obzedat, Ghost Council was standard I believe it saw the most play of any of the guild leaders because it fit into a midrange shell next to Restoration Angel and Thragtusk as a one or two of.

Otherwise I would say I like Trostani, Selesnya's Voice the best for my style. She’s not playable in modern though for anything useful, since that’s what forum this is in.

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius is pretty comboable, but not as much as the original. I’ve seen a glass cannon Borborygmos Enraged combo deck too that seemed right up my alley, but again, glass cannon.

Aurelia, the Warleader’s extra combat step is super useful...But she’s a bit expensive for modern.

Isperia, Supreme Judge - meh.

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord is a nice combo piece, but easily disrupted.

Lazav, Dimir Mastermind doesn’t really have a place in the format, and the three toughness he starts off with makes him prime Lightning Bolt fodder.

Prime Speaker Zegana is super useful in casual commander, but totally over costed for modern. She’s just not a big enough threat to cost that much.

Rakdos is powerful, like PhyrexianWombat said, but if you are talking about Modern, it’s too much work I think to get him online.

Is that all of them???

enpc on Orzhov Blink

6 months ago

Triad of Fates to me seems more of a token commander who provides decent (albeit a bit slow) card advantage as you can effectively Skullclamp your tokens with your commander.

As pointed out, any of the Ghost Councils will do decently as commadners, though it will be rather slow. The big issue with stuff like Obzedat, Ghost Council is that to take full advantge of hte ability you want to be able to bounce it multiple times per turn (or preferably an infinite amount) and white just does not have the level of support required for that. The closest card you have is Eldrazi Displacer but you still need to generate infinite colourless mana first. And typically most white/black decks that want to abuse ETB are going to do it via graveyard looping effects, not exile.

At the end of the day, adding blue will give you the best bang for buck if you're wanting to build a blink deck. But it's also important to ask yourself "what is the purpose of blinking for the deck?" Are you actually planning to use it to cycle cards like Gray Merchant of Asphodel to win, or are you still wanting to turn sideways and just abuse blinking for ETB value? this will dictate not only your commander but help you pick what cards you end up running in the 99.

DrukenReaps on Orzhov Blink

6 months ago

Triad of fates is slow but you can make it work if you want to. There are a number of good untap effects and cards like Illusionist's Bracers.

Another option is to run a commander that you want to blink instead of a commander that blinks other creatures. Ghost Council of Orzhova and Obzedat, Ghost Council are both solid choices. I like the first one more as it becomes an aristocrat/blink and can be done once for each player at the table instead of only once per your turn.

If you are not opposed to adding a color Aminatou, the Fateshifter is crazy strong. Unlike triad you don't need enablers for her and it stays on your original idea of blinking things in the deck and opens more blinky options.

moremanawins on Esper Control Obzedat

7 months ago

Sweet list, only critique is you should have Whip of Erebos in here that way you can mill or discard Obzedat, Ghost Council then bring it back with whip and the Obzedat trigger will save it from the whip trigger. Whip also gives Obzedat lifelink. In that same vain Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip would help both to enable getting obzedat into the bin, and as a backup target for whip since if you get the flip trigger it exiles into a walker and ignores the end of turn whip trigger.

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