Unstable Obelisk

Unstable Obelisk


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, , Sacrifice Unstable Obelisk: Destroy target permanent.

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Set Rarity
Jumpstart (JMP) Uncommon
Commander 2018 (C18) Uncommon
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Uncommon
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Casual Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Arena Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Unstable Obelisk occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Black: 0.23%

Red: 0.2%

Rakdos: 0.2%

Unstable Obelisk Discussion

Coward_Token on Dance with the Devil in the Pale Moonlight

1 month ago

Winds of Change & Howling Golem for some more cheapish ways of getting 3 tokens without attacking with devils. You probably already know this, but it's worth noting that the group hug cards that can be activated (or in the case of Howling Golem, triggered) on other peoples turns can net an extra two tokens if you've already used an effect to make them draw on your turn. Living the dream and creating 9 tokens per turn cycle sounds pretty nice. Molten Psyche is obviously great if you really get into forcefeeding

Mind's Eye might be pretty good too

maybe Unstable Obelisk for some more type-agnostic removal

I don't think the puzzle box is worth it here since it won't trigger Zurzoth

Flavorwise it hurts, but at CMC 6 Flayer of the Hatebound is pretty bad without or at least e.g. phoenixes, might just wanna go for a Metallic Mimic

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on The Unholy Armada

2 months ago

Hi there,

You have most of the cards that fit here, but here are some additional cards for your consideration:


Fractured Powerstone - Another solid 2 cmc mana rock

Inspiring Statuary (and Metalworker if you have access to one) - use all of your artifacts to cast your big eldrazi

Hedron Crawler - another decent early rock/blocker

Thaumatic Compass  Flip - finds Wastes and provides protection later

Unstable Obelisk - ramp that can be cashed in as removal later


Scour from Existence - 7 mana is a lot, but it's extremely versitle

Soul-Guide Lantern - grave hate the spares your graveyard


Mirrorpool and Sanctum of Eternity might be useful as well

Conqueror's Galleon  Flip can provide a lot of utility once flipped

Happy deck building!

Coward_Token on I'm SAHRy for the THRULLty of This Deck...

2 months ago

Maybe cut those CMC 7+ creatures? Butcher of Malakir in particular could be cut for Dictate.

Aside from Steel Hellkite you could also add Unstable Obelisk for enchantments & lands

KeilFX on "fair" win conditions in casual ...

3 months ago

Haha, sorry about that ZendikariWol :P

Indeed, 99% of Roon decks would be totally boned by a Contamination resolving (who the heck runs Unstable Obelisk? And I don't think Roon runs enough mana rocks to compensate for their lands not producing colours).

Having said that, if the Contamination player is using it to buy a turn or two to combo off an win without fear of a counterspell / boardwipe, then I'd be less salty. Basically if I saw Contamination on the stack, I'd ask that player "yo are you gonna win the game in 2-3 turns?", and if they say yes, I'd get excited for the next game, and not be upset that I've been duped.

Control and resource denial is a fundamental part of M:tG, and if an entire subset of 100% legal cards is considered "too mean" from the get-go with no consideration for circumstances, then it'd be kinda lame. Please yuse your spicey cards wisely, and please reframe from bringing a game to a standstill (unless it's for Divine Intervention, then please do so!)

greyninja on Etali EDH: Stormin' Down to Value Town

4 months ago

Heyo! Was checking out your deck the other day and never closed the tab; so I figure I should comment and +1 !

I'd suggest Endless Atlas; it's great in any mono colored deck. Also Ruby Medallion

Red often has trouble getting rid of noncreature/nonartifact permanents. Ugin, the Ineffable, Meteor Golem, and Unstable Obelisk are a few I like to include in decks like this

Strionic Resonator is cool; can't believe I didn't think of that. I know I have 1-2 copies laying around. How do you like Sandstone Oracle? Does it usually draw you a few cards at least?

Lots of similarities to my etali deck. I hope you'll take a minute to check it out and +1 as well! LINK

aeota on Inalla ETB wizard combo-control

4 months ago

I suspect it is only 76% because that rating system only counts hard staples to the format. As such, it won't count any of my optimal wizards that do the same exact things if not better than those staples. For example, for 2U you get two Hideaway Watcher for Tomorrow.. which amounts to: Look at top 4, put one in hand and three on bottom of library in any order. Then look at top 4, put one exiled under Watcher until he leaves battlefield, then put other three on bottom in any order." You can then sac/bounce/swing/block with the "original" watcher. The exile trigger at End Step will give you the copy's card so it's essentially a slow draw. If you can sac him with altar/exploit or clamp him, you'll get that card right away. So in Inalla, Watcher is better than basically all other 2-mana draw/scry spells in the game.

Critiques/comments welcome! I would love to improve the deck.


  • Replaced Nevinyrral's Disk with Oblivion Stone for Trophy Mage tutor.
  • Replaced Buried Alive with Entomb for Spellseeker tutor.
  • Replaced Talisman of Indulgence with Unstable Obelisk for Trophy Mage tutor. Trophy mage lacked a tutor target to deal with single permanents rather than the board (Oblivion Stone.)
  • Considering Pithing Needle for Trinket Mage toolkit but unsure if worth it, and what I would replace... I could also run Expedition Map + Maze of Ith I suppose, which might let me add in Rogue's Passage etc for helping Wanderwine Prophets get through.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

4 months ago


I do touch upon Sneak Attack in the notable exclusions part. My reasoning on it is that the vast majority of the creatures in the deck are <4 CMC, so there's not a huge savings cheating them out, though it's certainly not bad either. the big problem is that it requires you to have creatures in hand, which you'll probably run out of quickly. I felt Shifting Shadows was better in some respects since it guaranteed I would get a creature on board every turn it triggered. Sneak attack is also ~$30 or so and so it's not the most accessible card. So far Scroll of Fate has been working well in a similar position though. the ability to put out lands, artifacts, enchantments, planeswalkers, & creatures is really a huge upside, and even at once a turn cycle, it's really making an impact when I use it, often just by giving me some land ramp.

All Is Dust is fine, but I would put it in as a substitute for a board wipe, rather than spot removal. Unstable Obelisk is a slightly below average, but still "ok" mana-rock, so even if I never need to activate the removal clause it's still "fine" overall, and generally there's only ever one or two problem cards like Rest in Peace or etc. in any given game.

I think you're right, if I was in a meta with more pillow fort I would definitely want all is dust though, or Aura Thief, etc. definitely adjust things to your meta. for me it hasn't been an issue so far though.

if you're a fan of MLD, go for it! Definitely able to break parity on those effects with marchesa, so if you and your group are about it then it's certainly viable.

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