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Claws of Valakut
Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 for each Mountain you control and has first strike.
Claws of Valakut Discussion
5 months ago
I found your deck when i was working on my own Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit build.. (Found the reddit post actually). You went eldrazi heavy, which isnt my build but i still found some stuff that would work for me. I can't believe I didn't consider Dragonmaster Outcast and Claws of Valakut . Im gonna need a bit of a rebuild after looking through this list.
I dont know if you are still working on this build, considering it has been 2 years since it was last updated, but Crawlspace is a must, along with Goblin Sharpshooter (especially if you have Gorgon Flail or Basilisk Collar in play
7 months ago
I would highly recommend a bit more card-draw and a few untappers. Krenko does amazing with a few untappers.
Magewright's Stone is good. Thousand-Year Elixir is great too. Umbral Mantle is decent. Puppet Strings is good on a budget. Illusionist's Bracers are a good choice too. You don't need to go nuts but having three or so untappers in the 99 will serve you well. If you can tutor up Skirk Prospector, Krenko can go infinite with Thornbite Staff, though it just recently spiked in price.
Good red card draw is rare but every EDH deck needs a little. Reforge the Soul, Faithless Looting, Cathartic Reunion, Outpost Siege, Mind's Eye, Skullclamp, and Wild Guess are good. Staff of Nin is good on a budget too.
You have almost no ramp at all. Goblins are pretty low to the ground but every deck needs a little ramp. Krenko usually has a bulls-eye on his back so you'll want to be able to recast him. Sol Ring, Worn Powerstone, Fire Diamond, Mind Stone, Darksteel Ingot, Coldsteel Heart, Hedron Archive, Ur-Golem's Eye, and Gilded Lotus might be good places to start.
I would highly recommend dropping all the combat tricks. In a multiplayer setting with increased life totals they just don't have the "oomf" that they do in regular 60-card formats.
I would also drop Hedron Blade, Stormrider Rig, Claws of Valakut, Goblin War Paint, and Messenger's Speed. No good in EDH. War Horn is decent for Krenko but there are better cards out there so if things get tight you can drop it easily enough.
10 months ago
Claws of Valakut can be good, but the dash isn't synergistic.
1 year ago
Way too many 3 cmc utility cards. Goblin Assault? On close inspection, you spend your whole turn 3 doing nothing (or at leas, playing nothing that affects the table immediately), and the reward for that is... one more token on turn 4. It's not really great value. Seismic Strike? In a 20-land deck, what is the probability of this 3 mana card being better than a Lightning Bolt? Claws of Valakut is an aura, already making it a questionable card choice (since it goes on a non-hexproof creature, and makes a 2-for-1 likely to happen), and on top of that, you pay 3 mana for a card that depends on lands in play - and your deck will not have that many of those, since it's a fast deck, aiming to end the game fast, with low landcount.
1 year ago
And then Claws of Valakut to wreck hacoc:)
2 years ago
I love Zada. My take on her is more goblin burn synergy than beating face, Zada's Hedron Mirror, you may see something you'll want to add here.
Now, I think you have some good ideas being rendered subpar due to poor card choices. Example, why would you play enchantment auras like Claws of Valakut which can only boost 1 creature when Downhill Charge targeting Zada will boost everyone?
It's all about instant and sorceries targeting a single creature with Zada, take advantage of it!
Go here and see what I mean: https://edhrec.com/commanders/zada-hedron-grinder. It'll give you lots of ideas of how to improve this and most cards are dirt cheap because they more-or-less only work well with Zada.
In general: I never play with less than 36 lands so add 7 more lands, I always have 8-10 ramp cards (spells and/or rocks), add instants that will let you draw lots (there's ~10), find +/+ spells you like, you wouldn't be amiss to add token generating spells, Break Through the Line you target your guys then +/+ them and will still be unblockable, and less cards that cripple you like Barrel Down Sokenzan...
2 years ago
There is a lot of play off of "goblin" mutual exclusivity, with Boggart Shenanigans for instance I get 1/1 creatures with an extreme form of trample. Trample alone is fine, it plays off Claws of Valakut as well as Lightning Bolt for control with a potential to probe defenses. The tempo is playing up to three creatures by turn two and relying on them dying is more stable than relying on reinforcements from topdecking, it skips 4cmc and is light on 2cmc because my hand can stabilize with two or swarm out, and four can be used to mana dump, pickup equipment, rally with claws, or brace with Shenanigans. Claws also help stabilize outlier scenarios of high land and low cost. I am trying to incorporate a sideboard not so much change the main board. Preferably splash black for hatebears. And something for death trigger dampers like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 years ago
so i'll try and go card by card.
Goblin Gaveleer is bad if you only have 1 equipment. so you should either put more equipment in or take him out. since goblins are good because they are cheap and replaceable, you probably don't want to spend more a lot of mana on trying to pump them up with lots of equipment.
Mudbutton Torchrunner: a 1/1 for 3 that casts Lightning Bolt when it dies. Lightning Bolt is a 1 drop. so if you subtract that from this card, you are essentially paying 2 mana for a vanilla 1/1. which is very bad value. you'll want to switch this out sooner rather than later.
Siege-Gang Commander: this is actually a really good card. but it's a 5 drop. however if you removed it, your entire curve drops. goblins specialize in being cheap and fast. the cheaper your cards, the less land you need to play. the less lands you play, the more goblins you can play.
Voracious Dragon: this seems like a great card, but its actually a trap. it's like the commander. it's a decent high drop but you don't really want a high drop. this card wants you to flood the board with goblins, but if youre doing that cards like Trumpet Blast will do better because it will end up doing the same effect (two extra damage per goblin), for less mana.
Claws of Valakut: pumps up just their attack but provides no way of actually getting the damage through. a simple 1/1 will block whatever this is attached to. also Doom Blade targeting your creature is a 2 for 1.
Bonesplitter: is a better version of claws because its still there after the equiped creature dies but it's still not that great.
Mountain: good card.
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