Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath

Planeswalker — Nixilis

+2: Each opponent loses 1 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

-2: Create a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying. You lose 2 life.

-8: You gain an emblem with ", Sacrifice a creature: You gain X life and draw X cards, where X is the sacrificed creature's power."

Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath can be your Commander.

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TypicalTimmy on Sword of a Tribal Deck

6 months ago

I am considering trying to make room for Jeska, Thrice Reborn as well as Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath.

The items Jeska carry would be debatable, for sure, however the actual definition of a sword does match what she is carrying. It may be a ceremonial or magical item, sure, but it does fit the actual definition of a sword.

As for Ob Nixilis, he does actually have a sword, it's just covered by the loyalty text boxes.

Jeska would serve as a very quick finisher. She does not need to last more than a turn. Even if I am only taking out 1 opponent, that is more than enough to warrant her slot in the deck. Considering the nature of Voltron, she will always enter the battlefield with at least 1 loyalty counter - likely many more.

As for Ob Nixilis, just as with the 3 cards that give me lifelink, he does help me get back small amounts of life here and there. Although we all know the more important aspect of him is his -2. I could land a 5/5 flyer and equip it using a lot of my treasure tokens. That would be an incredibly big attacker with evasion. If I am able to get to his emblem, I could also always sacrifice my Commander to get a ton of life and cards immediately, if need be.

TypicalTimmy on League of Supervillans

7 months ago

If you are making an eternal league of BBEGs, I feel like saturating the deck in variations of Bolas will only serve to detract from the overall theme of the deck.

I would suggest you set a hard limit to 1 iteration per baddie, and choose the one that makes the most sense for the deck. It doesn't need to be the "best" or "most powerful", but the one that makes the most sense. For example, Tezzeret has eight Planeswalker cards. As you build your deck, maybe you see card draw is lacking. Therefore, Tezzeret, Artifice Master and his 0 ability would be a prime choice. But, maybe you actually have plenty of draw and very limited ramp. That would mean Tezzeret the Schemer and his +1 are infinitely more useful.

So my suggestion, as someone who has build decks like this before, is this: Decide upfront how many representations you want. 10 is a nice starting choice, but this is also only 10% of the deck. That means the majority of the time, during the majority of your games, you'll only land 1 or 2 each. 12 gets up there, and 15 usually means you'll land 2 or 3 per game. But you don't want to overly saturate your deck and end up with a fist full of nothing, either.

So set a limit, maybe 15 cards. Then start by building the rest of the deck first. Get your removal, interactions, draw and protection out of the way.

Look to see what you have left, and of those 15 or whatever you've decided upon, use the best iteration of each baddie to fill in your gaps. For example, maybe you find that your interaction is slightly limited. Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted gives you removal options. Partnered with Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God, this gives you a substantial amount of threat assessment.

Maybe however you have plenty of removal, but what you really struggle with is flyers. Hard to protect yourself and other Planeswalkers if someone can just fly straight over your defenses. Therefore, Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath is a prime choice with his ability to create 5/5 Demon tokens with flying.

As I said, build the deck first and use your baddies to fill in your gaps. ^_^

At least, as a Timmy, that's how I'd construct it. :D

TypicalTimmy on Sword of a Tribal Deck

1 year ago

I've been wanting to add Planeswalkers, but unfortunately with just 2 creatures at my disposal, these are not easy to protect. That being said, I did find two that are perfect for this deck. Three, actually.

As an honorary mention, Angrath, Captain of Chaos works for the deck. His text mentions the word "creature", he gives my Commanders menace which is hugely helpful, and yes there is a sword in the artwork. If you look at the Eternal in the background to the left, you see it wielding what appears to be the Khopesh. We can see the full sized artwork here. However, there is room for argument that his is not a stylized or angled Khopesh, and instead another weapon - the Mace-Axe, which can be seen depicted here, in two versions: #5 and #8. Because this leaves room for argument, Angrath won't be making the deck.

Someone who can make the cut and dramatically act as a wincon for the deck is Jeska, Thrice Reborn. Her 0 can cause an TKO. Suppose for example I am up against an opponent who is playing Golgari, and my Commander happens to have protection from black and green with either Sword of Feast and Famine as well as some other buffs. To land 21 damage, he or she needs a minimum power of 7. That is very easily done with this deck. So Jeska immediately becomes a wincon. (Also, her initial loyalty is equal to the number of times I've cast my Commander this game, and I happen to have two of them ;3)

Lastly, Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath fulfills the requirement of padding my boardstate with his 5/5 Demons with flying. Likewise, he also regains me approximately 3 life each turn, helping off-set the life I lose whenever I cast my spells. His full artwork can be seen here, showing that he is in fact holding a sword.

Lastly, there is powerful synergy between Nixilis and Jeska, because I can target his 5/5 Demon with flying and beat face for a respectable 15 damage if all else fails.

DemonDragonJ on What is Wrong with Effects …

1 year ago

Mark Rosewater has stated that the extort mechanic is problematic because it becomes more powerful in games with more players, and, while no employee of WotC has explicitly stated that this is the reason for which mass life drain spells no longer scale up with the number of players drained, I suspect that that is, indeed, the reason.

However, I fail to see why that is a problem, because, if a player has more opponents, it will only make sense for certain effects to increase in scale proportionally with the number of players. Compare Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath's first ability to that of Lampad of Death's Vigil; the former is superior to than the latter in every way, since the player can theoretically gain more life from it, whereas the latter is fixed in how much life it can grant. In a game with four, or even more, players, gaining 1 life is inconsequential, but gaining life equal to the total life lost will help a player remain competitive. The fact that WotC printed cards with the undaunted mechanic shows that they still do care about effects scaling with the number of players in the game, so I wonder why they are being selective about it.

What does everyone else say about this? What is wrong with effects that become more powerful in games with more players?

TypicalTimmy on Favorite Lore (Just because!)

2 years ago

Niko9, Nixilis obtained The Chain Veil through a pact with one or more Demons, wanting everlasting war and power. It was gifted to him and, much like how the super soldier serum amplifies not just the physical characteristics, but the mental and emotional as well, so too does TCV. It drove him absolutely mad, and his new passion for death caused an endless rampage across his world where he lead armies of demons as their General. This was Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath. After this, he had fulfilled his end of the bargain, and as the sole survivor of his world he found no purpose. TCV had corrupted him fully, and the stress of having nothing left to murder ignited his spark.

When on Zendikar, the magics of that world corrupted his form and destroyed his spark, turning him into Ob Nixilis, Unshackled. He vowed to murder every last thing on Zendikar until his spark reignited, which to date appears to have been the only Planeswalker to successfully ignite, lose and reignite their own spark.

Karn doesn't count in this context because he was gifted I think a total of three? Urza's, Venser and the Goblin Planeswalker for a day - Slobad.

Althuran on Wilhelt: Reanimator

2 years ago

Thanks for a bit of feedback Dangerwillrobinson79! When I started out this deck I considered putting in Waste Not and Urza's Incubator but decided not to. Also I noticed Consuming Aberration in your deck which was another card I was considering putting in because of how big I might make it and it combos with Undead Alchemist. Another thing I considered as an alternate win condition was Liliana's Contract since there were some other demons I was considering putting in to generate even more value like Indulgent Tormentor, Reaper from the Abyss, or Kothophed, Soul Hoarder to name a few that I think might work well in this deck. Also Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath is more of a maybe card since I don't know if I want to keep it in or not.

RicketyEng on None

2 years ago

Some clarification of Obby's timeline:

1) Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath conquered his home plane then sparked.

2) On his travels/conquests of other planes at some point he was attracted by The Chain Veil 's power. However he was cursed by it when he touched it and started becoming a demon.

3) He travelled to Zendikar in hopes of using its powerful and wild mana to stop or reverse his demonic transformation.

4) Upon his arrival on the plane its protector, Nahiri, the Lithomancer , implanted a hedron in his forehead which robbed him of his spark and caused his wings to wither and eventually die. Ob Nixilis, the Fallen

5) After a few thousand years Jace, the Mind Sculptor was trying to figure out how to help Garruk, the Veil-Cursed . He extracted the hedron from Ob Nixilis's forehead and managed to implant it in Garruk's arm. In both Ob Nixilis and Garruk the hedron had the effect of subduing the veil's curse. It brought some clarity to the mind of Garruk, Apex Predator .

6) I remember reading a story where Ob Nixilis, Unshackled was buried alive and he very gradually dug his way down and toward a power source he could sense. This is how he found the Khalni Heart which he first tried to use to reignite his spark before Nissa, Voice of Zendikar stopped him.

7) Utterly sick and tired of Zendikar at this point, and buried alive once more after his duel with Nissa, Nixilis vowed vengeance on the entire plane. He hijacked the Aligned Hedron Network when the Zendikari momentarily managed to trap Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger . Ob Nixilis Reignited managed to siphon off enough power from Ulamog to reignite his spark. He then broke Ulamog out of the hedron prison and summoned Kozilek to the surface. He took the time to easily defeat Nissa, Gideon, and Jace before leaving, but Chandra showed up in time to rescue them. At that point it wasn't worth the effort to stick around for any more petty vengeance so he left.

8) Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted took part in the War of the Spark. He joined Karn, Samut, and Dack Fayden on their mission to close Tezzeret's Planar Bridge from the Amonkhet side (they travelled through the portal itself because of The Immortal Sun ). Tezzeret didn't put up much of a fight. Nixilis burned large swaths of the remaining Eternal army before planeswalking away.

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