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Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
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Ob Nixilis, the Fallen  
Zendikar

Reviewed November 13, 2009

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
 
If Warp World remains a prominent deck archetype in casual and competitive play, it will be in no small part because of this card (as well as Rampaging Baloths from Tuesday). The best part is that you don't need a combo of that type to play with him; since every deck plays lands, and many decks need at least one creature, he has positive interactions with nearly everything in Magic. I wonder if we'll ever find out how and why he fell?
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Miguel

Friday 11-13-09 

Ob Nixilis, the Fallen 

Constructed: The cheap common landfall dudes are alot better. There is one certain angel that could get in the way. 

Casual & Multiplayer: We help a new player make a EDH deck using him as the general. Kind of scary. 

Limited: He mythic. And Legendary. So if you get lucky to get him, use him. And win. Landfall is so good in this set. He just makes it that much better. He actually take their life and get bigger.  

Overall a great card for being a mythic rare at 5 mana. 

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Multiplayer: 4
Limited: 4

Later

Miguel

Paul

Magic The  Gathering COTD: Ob Nixilis, The Fallen
 
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is powerful creature heavily dependent on its landfall effect but may make a home in dedicated black decks or more likely green/ black rock style builds.  For five mana you get a legendary 3/3 creature, follow up this creature with a fetch land and watch an opponent lose six life and Ob Nixilis grow to 9/9 creature. With no evasive abilities Ob Nixilis will be chump blocked but is a serious threat opponents have to deal with or be killed. The great thing is he never even has to attack do to his work just drop some lands and he can be a brutal finisher without ever having to swing. In standard he may see play in some monoblack decks or black/green ramp or rock style decks to great effect as he is a relatively cheap creature with a powerful landfall ability. In extended Ob Nixilis may see further play in rock decks as his ability’s success doesn’t hinge on an opponent not locking him down or attacking. In eternal no chance. In casual and multiplayer having one player lose 3 life then swinging at another can end games quickly, he should be a fairly popular choice in casual decks. In limited if you see him early grab him, if your dedicated black or running any type of mana acceleration you should definitely look into this powerhouse creature.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ob Nixilis, the Fallen a legend priced at five mana starting at 3/3, but easily increased to 6/6 with a single land played after he is played.  Adding three +1/+1 counters is an impressive landfall ability and combined with your opponent losing three life makes for a solid advantage.  The lack of any kind of combat ability like Intimidate, Flying, or Trample limits the offensive potential dramatically, but every land is like a Lightning Bolt to your opponent's life points.
 
For Constructed, Casual, and Limited five mana is within the realms of playability for some decks and the options for increasing the number of lands in play has improved drastically with Zendikar.  A Green/Black deck could make this into a finisher, but the wealth of removal and legendary status holds this demon back.
 
With Limited this is truly a bomb card at only five mana and definitely a first pick in Sealed.  Few cards in the set can stop Ob after you play two lands and any stalemated game turns into a race that is very difficult for your opponent to win.  In Sealed the double Black is a bit of a concern, but at five mana Swamps should be available before he can be played.  Keep an eye on Green cards for possible acceleration and try to save it for a turn you can play a land after he is in play for maximum effect.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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