Tuesday Night Takeover

Maw of the Obzedat Tokens Sacrifice Pauper EDH

“You will witness true horror.”

Art:Maw of the Obzedat by Randy Gallegos

Maw of the Obzedat is a fun and underrated commander in Pauper EDH. Being a 5-cost creature does make us a little bit slower than many decks in the format, but we can counter that with a decent early-game presence. We have a sweet Orzhov tokens deck with a bunch of payoffs and once we have a strong board assembled a clear sac outlet to damage up and get the win. This deck is an absolute blast and does not have nearly enough play with only 3 other decks on Moxfield. Without further adieu let’s get it!

The Deck:

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Maw of the Obzedat Tokens Sacrifice!

Commander (1)
Maw of the Obzedat

Creatures (30)
Doomed Traveler
Hunted Witness
Anointer Priest
Butcher Ghoul
Cathar Commando
Gold Myr
Imperious Oligarch
Leaden Myr
Martyr of Dusk
Attended Knight
Cadaver Imp
Desperate Sentry
Ministrant of Obligation
Nadier’s Nightblade
Sandsteppe Outcast
Driver of the Dead
Exquisite Huntmaster
Falkenrath Noble
Gallant Cavalry
Irregular Cohort
Mirkwood Bats
Palace Sentinels
Thraben Sentry
Antler Skulkin
Dread Drone
Eyeblight Cullers
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Tabaxi Toucaneers
Eagles of the North
Pegasus Guardian

Instants (13)
Cast Down
Death Denied
Doom Blade
Feign Death
Go for the Throat
Raise the Alarm
Snuff Out
Supernatural Stamina
Undying Malice
You’re Confronted by Robbers
Your Temple Is Under Attack

Sorceries (10)
Battle Screech
Bone Shards
Call to the Feast
Captain’s Call
Gather the Townsfolk
Night’s Whisper
Read the Bones
Settle Beyond Reality
Sign in Blood
Triplicate Spirits

Artifacts (4)
Arcane Signet
Orzhov Signet
Wedding Invitation
Bonder’s Ornament

Enchantments (7)
Sadistic Glee
Eternal Thirst
Journey to Nowhere
Nurturing Presence
Oblivion Ring
Omen of the Sun
Lands (35)
Barren Moor
Bojuka Bog
Command Tower
Desert of the Glorified
Desert of the True
11 Plains
Polluted Mire
Scoured Barrens
Secluded Steppe
13 Swamp
The Dross Pits
The Fair Basilica
Tocasia’s Dig Site

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Why Maw of the Obzedat?

Maw of the Obzedat is a card that we cast as soon as we can. Being able to have the option and flexibility to get extra damage in is a really strong ability we want to use. While we typically don’t go for a big sacrifice until we are going for a killing blow, there are many combat situations we can get strong use out of. Maw of the Obzedat is a creature we rarely attack with and mostly use it as a sit-back sac outlet for our deck.

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck. As well as highlighting some of my favorite cards in the deck.


We have a ton of really cool creatures so I am going to focus on some of my favorites in the deck. Since Maw of the Obzedat costs a whopping 5 mana we have Gold Myr and Leaden Myr which can be a great way to establish the board and speed out the Maw. Antler Skulkin is a really strong card we can use to keep sacrificing creatures to the Maw. Anointer Priest is a really strong card especially if we are facing a table or meta that has a lot of aggressive decks in it. If we do recur a card or re-ETB it one of the best targets is Cadaver Imp which can help us recur even more creatures. We also have some really cool token payoffs for both creating and sacrificing them. Mirkwood Bats and Nadier's Nightblade are a strong way to translate or sacrificing and creating tokens into some direct damage to our opponents. Myriad is also very strong in the deck since we can sacrifice those tokens and deal extra damage to one opponent, while we are not super heavy on Myriad creatures we do have Tabaxi Toucaneers.


We are in Orzhov so we have a pretty large amount of removal, while a lot of it is specific and narrow in what it can target we do have a wide array of removal. Some of the best are Cast Down which can easily target many commanders in the format which is a bargain for only 2 mana. Doom Blade is another really strong 2 mana removal spell but can be weak if your meta is full of mono-black decks. Since we sacrifice a ton of creatures cards like Feign Death, Supernatural Stamina and Undying Malice are really strong ways to re-sac or in most cases re-etb key creatures. We do have a couple instant speed token producers like Raise the Alarm and You're Confronted by Robbers which can be a great way to generate blockers or buff up our board from Maw of the Obzedat.


Our sorcery package is where most of our token generation lives with strong cards like Battle Screech and Triplicate Spirits these not only generate attackers and blockers but also creatures to feed into Maw of the Obzedat. Most of our card draw is here with cards like Read the Bones, Night's Whisper and Sign in Blood all of these draw spells are quite strong and provide a nice way to refill our hand. Since we produce so many tokens we can take full advantage of cards like Bone Shards for a quick and easy removal spell. Settle Beyond Reality is one of my favorite cards in the format and it does a ton for 5 mana. Being able to get a re-etb on one of our creatures and take out an opponents creature is a huge effect for only 5 mana.


We don’t run a ton of artifacts and our artifact package is definitely in a support role in this deck. We have mana rocks like Orzhov Signet, Arcane Signet and Bonder's Ornament which are all very strong rocks that can help us speed up Maw of the Obzedat. Wedding Invitation is the most interesting artifact of the bunch and allows us to not only draw a card but a make creature unblockable which can be really strong way to get some guaranteed extra damage in.


Our enchantment package has some spot removal like Journey to Nowhere and Oblivion Ring which can be really strong against pesky commanders and other key creatures / permanents. We also have some enchantments that produce tokens like Omen of the Sun and Nurturing Presence which are both really strong token producers and great cards to sacrifice to Maw of the Obzedat. Oubliette is a Pauper EDH classic removal spell and for good reason this is a strong piece of removal for only three mana!

Land Base:

Our land base is pretty much what you would expect at this point from a TNT Pauper EDH deck filled to the brim with a bunch of ways to draw some cards! We of course have the cycling lands like Polluted Mire, the draw lands like The Dross Pits and Tocasia's Dig Site which are all really strong pieces of card draw! If we are going against a deck who is heavy on the graveyard we have Bojuka Bog to handle that. Other than that we are rocking a ton of basics and classic lands like Command Tower to round out our land base.

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Easy to win combat whether attacking or blocking
  • Decent amount of ways to recur creatures we sacrifice
  • Decent amount of interaction and card draw

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Slow to get our commander out, 5 mana can be a lot for Pauper EDH
  • Weak to creature hate
  • Weak to Fog effects as we tend to go “all-in” during our combat step

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Main Win Conditions:

There are no infinite combos or loops in the deck, our primary win condition is through combat. We typically buff up our board with as many creatures and tokens as possible swing in and then sacrifice a bunch of them to Maw of the Obzedat for big damage. We also have some cards that provide additional buffs like Eagles of the North, which can be a great way to deal even more damage!


Maw of the Obzedat is a really sweet card with only 3 other decks on Moxfield which I feel is a criminally underrated amount of decks for this sweet commander. Maw of the Obzedat may come with a high cost, but is still a powerful commander who is also a ton of fun to play. Being able to buff up our creatures basically at will is a really strong effect. Thanks for reading to the end, and thanks for all of your support!