Beetleback Chief


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters Uncommon
Commander 2014 Uncommon
Duel Decks: Speed vs Cunning Uncommon
Vintage Masters Common
Planechase 2012 Edition Uncommon

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Beetleback Chief

Creature — Goblin Warrior

When Beetleback Chief enters the battlefield, put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens onto the battlefield.

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Beetleback Chief Discussion

CaptSillva on Krenko CEDH

2 weeks ago

A feel like the best version of this deck wants to go wider. It wants to spawn as many goblins as possible as quickly as possible, buff them, then alpha strike your opponents. A few cards I think you should try out Patron of the Akki, Quest for the Goblin Lord, Goblin Lookout, Dragon Fodder, Krenko's Command, Mogg War Marshal, Hordeling Outburst, Beetleback Chief, Empty the Warrens, Hammer of Purphoros, Lightning Greaves, and Door of Destinies.

TheRedGoat on Tymmy's Fabulous F***House (Staxdos)

1 month ago

That I know of? Let's see:

Phyrexian Altar and Gravecrawler plus anything that triggers on a creature cast/death. Blood Artist seems best here.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion you've probably heard of, but what about instead of the artifact you use Murderous Redcap and a sac outlet? It would need to be a mana less one mind you to go infinite, but they still do kill the table right then and there. Goblin Bombardment maybe?

Another combo set that I know of wouldn't really be a B/R one per say but Ashnod's Altar and Nim Deathmantle can go infinite when fed the right creatures (of which Rakdos colors easily provides). I wouldn't really recommend using this one though as it would require a very different creature base then what you've got here. Things like Grave Titan or Beetleback Chief.

hyperlocke on Panharmonicon and what gets triggered ...

1 month ago

Please link all your cards, so we don't have to look them up.


Panharmonicon, Beetleback Chief, Clone

Your confusion comes from mixing triggered abilities and replacement effects.

Triggered abilities start with the words "When/Whenever/At" and then specify a trigger event and an effect. Beetleback Chief has a triggered ability that triggers when he enters and creates two tokens.

Clone's ability doesn't start with "When/Whenever/At". Instead, it creates a replacement effect that changes how it enters the battlefield. The same thing happens with cards like Ghave, Guru of Spores. The counters aren't put on the creature with a triggered ability (the creature would be dead by the time the ability resolved), but as a part of entering the battlefield.

Panharmonicon only copies triggerd abilities triggered by a creature or artifact entering the battlefield. That means there will be two instances of the ability "put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens onto the battlefield" on the stack. So yes, you will get 4 tokens.

Panas on RD's Wonder Gobs

1 month ago

A mad max feel eh? Alright! let me see what I can work with... Also leaning towards the vehicles subtheme with that context.

Let me start with a suggestion that will change the deck greatly, but that will - in my opinion - create a better framework for a "smart goblins handle the appocalypse" kind of feel: meet the Shattergang Brothers! If you choose them as your commander, not only do you have a goblin bomb-squad in the command zone, you get access to green ramp and interactions with enchantments, plus a sac outlet always available to make the removal targeted at your permanents go haywire!

If not, there are other additions I would include. You said you'd be going for a semi competitive environment (store tourneys but mostly fun) so I would include some alternate paths to victory. Examples of these would be Spikeshot Elder + Grafted Exoskeleton, and/or, Murderous Redcap + Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar.

The tribal lords are almost a must. Especially the ones that pump the team and give keywords such as mountainwalk or haste.

I would certainly include Attrition.

Predator Dragon and Goblin Sledder are improvements over their counterparts already in the deck.

Beetleback Chief, Mogg War Marshal

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows and Grenzo, Havoc Raiser are ways to get a lot of value! Especially Grenzo, that goading ability is nothing to scoff at! I've seen it work and it can be awesome!

Mogg Assassin is a nice political card in the hands of a skilled diplomat.

Bloodmark Mentor and Caterwauling Boggart are too good to ignore as well.

I find that suggesting cards to cut, often meets the problem of favourite cards (myself for example, LOVE Muck Drubb and will actively go out of my way to include it in a deck). If you want, tell me about the things that MUST stay in the deck no matter what and I'll see about making cuts from the rest.

thewyzman on Some just want to watch the world burn

1 month ago

Flagellum, my new best friend, heh :), your comments have already shed some light on my #1 most burning question (pun intended) on building this deck: Strategy thru spells (i.e., Young Pyromancer, Guttersnipe, and a host of burns, Note: PURP not heavily required); or thru token generation and dashers like Lightning Berserker.

I've set aside Ogre Battledriver, Feldon of the Third Path, Zealous Conscripts, Beetleback Chief, and Flameshadow Conjuring to find spots in the deck.

Feel free to weigh in here on any of these with your experience:

Some outliers I'm also considering are Vessel of Volatility/Generator Servant to ramp (I don't have a lot of the "staple" lands and rocks otherwise), Bloodfire Colossus & Balefire Dragon because of how well they feel in the theme of fire and destruction, Red Elemental Blast because there's NEVER a lack of blue players wanting to counterspell my deck, Circle of Flame for light defense, Stuffy Doll for my targeted opponent, and Volcanic Fallout.

I look forward to some further discussion!

Flagellum on Some just want to watch the world burn

1 month ago

I main Purphoros so I can offer a little sage advice.

TBH you can safely cut most of the pain enchantments like Burning Earth, Spellshock et al. This is because Purph himself IS a house of pain which is why the Narset player most likely targeted you. Instead focus on creatures that produce tokens (i.e. Beetleback Chief, Krenko, Mob Boss, Siege-Gang Commander, Pia and Kiran Nalaar ect.) and/or Instants/Sorceries that likewise focus on tokens (i.e. Hordeling Outburst, Krenko's Command, Dragon Fodder, Kuldotha Rebirth ect.). The great thing with Purph is that he doesn't care about what kinds or tokens you make but I think you'd get the most mileage with goblins simply due to their relative ease of production and synergy with others like Skirk Prospector, Goblin Recruiter, Moggcatcher, ect.

You can also go combo if you'd like utilizing Dualcaster Mage and either Heat Shimmer/Twinflame to create infinite Dualcaster Mages and damage via Purph. Norin the Wary is just brutal with Genesis Chamber. Grinning Ignus is an all star here too.

LeaPlath on goblin horde

1 month ago

First up. A horde is a group of people. A hploard is what a dragon sleeps on.

Secondly, the following cards arent modern legal.Beetleback Chief, Goblin Bombardment, Goblin Warchief, Reckless Abandon.

Thirdly for a horde you are kinda creature and creature support light. Is this for casual or actual modern?

fatdroid13 on Sedris Reanimator

2 months ago


The first thing I see when looking at this deck is Sundial of the Infinite this card doesn't work with the end of turn trigger from unearth.

Third is Panharmonicon, this card is absolutely disgusting with it's ability to abuse the crap out of things like Sepulchral Primordial and other effects. Another really funny card to go along with the ETB abuse is Flayer of the Hatebound, nobody will notice until their life total is about 6.


One of my personal favorites is Dragon Mage. Three mana for five damage plus a free Windfall Sign me up!

Another good card to consider is Teferi's Veil, the card is old, and Vanishing is a confusing mechanic, but when you understand how fundementally broken the ability is you start to understand why WotC stopped putting it on cards.


Something I've noticed is the low amount of creatures, you might want to add more creatures to the deck, specifically lower mana cost early blocker style creatures like Fog Bank and Beetleback Chief, they provide good blockers for the token matchup as well as fodder for edict effects.

Taking note on seperate meta 1. There is a glaring lack of control in both of our meta. (control deck in my meta is a Sidar Konda of Jamuraa//Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist hatebear style deck 2. My meta is predominately combo driven middle schoolers who hate interacting with the people at the table. This does not appear to be a problem in your meta. 3. On more of a personal note, I would highly advise investing in a full set of both Shocks and Fetches, as they are only going to go up in price as there are less and less openings of MM3 and Kahns of Tarkir boxes and packs. (I am currently working on completing my set of Alpha lands, it's not easy, but it's worth it)

All in all your deck has a lot of potential and I would love to hear how it comes together.

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