Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath

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This gem just showed up on my Facebook feed, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these for my Erebos deck, who’s crying out desperately for some lifegain!

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Long-time players of the game might recognize this character as Ob Nixilis the demon, seen in Zendikar and in M15 as Ob Nixilis, the Fallen and Ob Nixilis, the Unshackled respectively:











Not much is known about Ob Nixilis as a character, but we do know that he was a Planeswalker who was turned into a Demon through the use of the Chain Veil (the same one Liliana uses in the story), and that he travelled to Zendikar to restore his previous human-state. There, he is defeated and bound to the plane by a character named Nahiri, and in the process, he loses his wings. The first printing of Ob Nixilis shows him in his last known state, as a wing-less demon tapped on Zendikar, seeking revenge. His second printing shows him in the state he arrived at Zendikar, as a demon with wings (and indeed, Flying), and the printing of him in Commander 2014 shows him in an even earlier state, as a human Planeswalker! The story of Ob Nixilis is revealed backwards, which is just fine by me, since the Planeswalkers of the Commander 2014 set is supposed to reveal Planeswalker cards of historic characters.

As far as the card goes, I will surely play it in Erebos, but with Erebos as commander and not Ob Nixilis. The abilities seem pretty decent to me, the emblem is awesome and the +2 will probably be getting the controller three or four life in most games. He seems solid enough and the art is very bad-ass. Creating a 5/5 demon is pretty underwhelming in the sweeper-tastic EDH format, but at least it can protect Ob Nixilis himself against one creature.

What do you think of Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath? Too weak? Too strong? Leave a comment!

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  October 27, 2014

    I like him! He’s abilities looks like a lot of fun, and his art work is absolutely smashing! I was hoping for someone a bit more iconic, but then it struck me – black doesn’t really have any (mono coloured) famous planeswalkers from the old days. So the guy is fine.

    Here are by the way my predictions for the other colours:

    White – Serra
    Red – Jaya Ballard (or possibly Jeska)
    Green – Freyalice


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