Ob Nixilis reignited (so to speak)

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Ob Nixilis is quickly becoming my favourite commander right now. The decks in my stable right now has all been there for about a month or longer, and they are:

Edric, Spymaster of Trest (regular cutthroat Edric)obnixilisoftheblackoath.full
Anafenza, the Foremost (fun with counters!)
Yasova Dragonclaw (steal stuff and sac said stuff)
Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath (big black mana, demons)

EDH night on Wednesday failed because too many people cancelled, but we did manage to get together on Thursday night, to play a few games. I broke out Edric first, because I had updated it with lots of cool new spells like Notorious Throng and Flying Men.

The opposition consisted of, in order from my left:

Daretti, Scrap Savant (Artifact goodstuff)
Glissa, the Traitor (Artifact value, FIGHT!)
Merieke Ri Berit (steal stuff and sac stuff)

Daretti and Merieke were played by Grim Lavamancer and Psykopatmullvad from this blog, respectively.

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The hatred is real

I got stomped. I had the ability to kill either Glissa or Daretti on a Notorious Throng extra turn, with Biomass Mutation, but I couldn’t get both, and I couldn’t kill Merieke because of Propaganda. I did have a counterspell for the inevitable board wipe, so I passed the turn, and the table had two board wipes and I only had mana for one counterspell. I could have elected not to play the last mana-dork for one mana to hold up two counterspells, but I failed to do so and lost because of that.

Daretti eventually won the game through tons of value with Spine of Ish Sah and big artifact monsters. Glissa died the turn after me, and Merieke scooped when Daretti had Akroma’s Memorial and several large artifact creatures in play.

For the second game, I opted to play Ob Nixilis, since I’ve been making a few changes to that deck since last time, and added some quite important cards – more ramp and Phyrexian Reclamation are probably the most important inclusions, but some of the more fun ones include more demons and demon related cards. Most notably, a couple of newer cards from Origins in Kothophed and Priest of the Blood Rites.

The deck: Chanting the Black Oath on Tapped Out.net

bitterblossom.hqAt one point in the ensuing game, I had a board state of, among other things, Bitterblossom, Priest of the Blood Rite and Seizan, Perverter of Truth. This was after playing a turn one Lightning Greaves through Sol Ring, into turn three Ob Nixilis making hasty 5/5 fliers. It doesn’t matter that some people claim Ob Nixilis to be bad, that’s a powerful start.

Losing five life a turn is also a heavy toll, even in EDH, meaning the +2 ability was nothing to scoff at.

Ob Nixilis did take the game, eventually. On the final turn, I +2’d Ob Nixilis to kill Merieke who was at 1, since she had a Glen Elendra Archmage. I then Beseeched the Queen‘d for Exsanguinate and pumped about 18 mana into it. It’s a lame way to win, but it is very mono-black, very cartoonishly evil, and it doesn’t leave players sitting around not playing.

pestilencedemon.fullMVP for the day was Pestilence Demon who is the deck’s real curve topper. Necropolis Fiend does cost more technically, but I have never cast it and paid nine. Necropolis Fiend is also quite bad, while Pestilence Demon is a house. I drew him twice that evening, and he was awesome both times. Easily one of the best demons in the deck in many different stages of the game.

We concluded, by the way, that Ob Nixilis’ backstory is allegorical. He doesn’t actually summon demons, he is merely a creative spirit full of anxiey, in a way he’s Magic’s own Ingmar Bergman. However, film making hasn’t been invented in a world he has visited, meaning he’s the auteur without a medium. The demons manifest as part of his sublimation of the frustration he feels when he lacks an outlet for his creative emotions.

Another world conquered for Ob Nixilis. He can’t help it though, and I think it’s quite tragic.

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  October 12, 2015

    Poor Ob. All he wants to do is to create black and white motion pictures, but lacking such an option he has no choice but to lay countless worlds to waste instead. Truly a tragic character.

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