Ob Nixilis, Tyrant
Posted on March 26, 2020, 2:04 a.m. by TypicalTimmy
The story of how Obby-Boy got his spark is a very dark and tragic one... for his victims. Basically, he got his Spark only after all other living beings on his home Plane were killed - by himself.
I wanted to emulate this titanic event with an Ob Nixilis flipwalker, for the fun of it.
Note that "Warlord" is not a current subtype. If you are wondering who I'd classify as "Warlords", it'd be evil beings with nation-wide agendas who seek to drive war at all costs. Beings such as Zurgo Helmsmasher (Though he is a Khan, but regardless not all Khans are warlords), Godo, Bandit Warlord, Grand Warlord Radha and Edgar Markov.
Ob Nixilis, Tyrant
Legendary Creature - Human Warlord
Whenever Ob Nixilis, Tyrant attacks you may sacrifice a non-token creature you control. If you do, create two 2/1 black Warrior creature tokens tapped and attacking.
, : Destroy all other creatures. They can't be regenerated. Transform Ob Nixilis, Tyrant.
"I'll kill those who remember you first, so that you die completely alone."
Ob Nixilis, Genocidal Demon
Legendary Planeswalker - Nixilis
+2 Each opponent sacrifices a creature. Each opponent who can not sacrifice a creature loses 2 life. You gain life equal to the amount lost in this way.
-5 Each player discards their hand. You may draw up to a number of cards equal to the number of creature cards discarded in this way. You lose 2 life per card you draw.
-11 You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature. If they can not, they reveal a creature card from their hand and discard it. If they can not, they lose 2 life."
I costed Ob Nixilis, Tyrant at 5 with 3x devotion to emulate his sheer tyrannical force and unforgiving will. I felt Fear + Deathtouch is a nice way to inspire just how lethal and terrorizing of a foe he truly is.
As for the wrath, I costed it similarly to Plague Wind, In Garruk's Wake and Deathbringer Regent albeit adjusted for a heavier devotion cost. Since there is precedent set already at 7 - 9 cmc, that felt more than appropriate. Shifted from the generic cost into to help smooth the transform ability.
4/5 body feels solid on a 5 cmc with 3x devotion. Honestly, with Deathtouch I think he could be a 3/5 and be just as brutal - however I wanted him to be as much of a threat as a creature as he would be as a Planeswalker. If you are playing a game of EDH and he is your Commander, ideally you'd transform him asap for cruel control. However if he's in the +99 you may want to keep him as a creature until needed. At hitting 4 damage per strike, that's going to add up quick, especially if you go light voltron and slap on some double strike.
As for his Genocidal Demon side, I designed him to immediately take use of either the +2 or the -5.
If you immediately +2, you get a sure-fire tactical advantage. Since you just wrathed, nobody would have any creatures meaning you are ensured -2 life on everyone and +6 on yourself (Again, if in EDH). This is a total of an 8-point spread with regards to how each life total shifted in comparison to your own. This is absolutely massive and, if nobody can answer him, each opponent is now under serious pressure. With Genocidal Demon on the battlefield, each opponent will need at minimum 2 creatures per turn, otherwise they get shut down. This ability absolutely can stop certain archetypes in their tracks.
If however you go for the -5, you can just demolish the game. Not only did you wrath, but now you strip everyone's hands away and stack your own as you see fit? Sure, you might lose a bunch of life, but again that's sort of the beauty of it; With one more rotation of the table, the +2 is going to start keeping pressure off the board while recovering your life slowly.
This means you can either +2 and immediately push toward the ultimate, or -5 and play the long-game. The +2 works with the -5, and the -5 makes the +2 far more oppressive.
Once you get to the -11, it's basically Dictate of Erebos on an Emblem, only worse. The whole card is designed to punish opponents for not having creatures in play, while making it exceedingly difficult to keep them in play as well.
Definition of OP, I know. But imagine if he were stacked in a Commander Precon with 4 equally powerful flipwalkers? One for each color, and each one as strong as him.
Perhaps I'll make a cycle of it. I could do Serra for white, Teferi for blue, Ob Nixilis for black, Jaya for red and Freyalise for green. While it is true that Teferi, Ob Nixilis and Freyalise already have cards from precon sets, it is equally true that they do not have flipwalker cards. So, the design space is there and still fresh for it.
This is definitely a very awesome design, and I do agree that he does feel rather powerful, but Ob Nixlis is a very powerful character, so this suits him.
WotC has retired fear in favor of menace, but do not let that prevent you from using that mechanic, on this card.
Given how powerful the first ability of his planeswalker form is, I would make it only a +1 ability, and, consequently, make his third loyalty ability only a -10, but I have no major suggestions other than that.
March 26, 2020 12:07 p.m.
Also, about your other ideas, both Teferi and Jaya have been portrayed in the story both before and after their planeswalker sparks ignited, but neither Serra nor Freyalise have ever been shown before their sparks ignited, so there is no material to use, meaning that you would need to use your own imagination to conceive of cards that seem to properly portray them as they have been shown in the story.