Earwig Squad

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
Morningtide (MOR) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Earwig Squad

Creature — Goblin Rogue

Prowl (You may cast this for its prowl cost if you dealt combat damage to a player this turn with a Goblin or Rogue.)

When Earwig Squad enters the battlefield, if its prowl cost was paid, search target opponent's library for three cards and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

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Earwig Squad Discussion

sylvannos on Gobos!!!!

6 days ago

@shrapnel_: Grenzo, Dungeon Warden is fantastic when your hand is empty but have multiple Aether Vials, Rishadan Ports, etc. You end up with a lot of extra mana, but not anything to do with it. Even planting him on turn 2, he still flips every goblin in the deck except Krenko, Mob Boss and Earwig Squad. He's more of a mana spell that puts the bottom goblin of your deck into play.

I used to have the Lightning Crafter combo in here, but took it out because it gets clunky if you don't have anything in play or a critter you want to stay.

I diddn't know Grenzo, Havoc Raiser was a card. I'll have to look into getting one!

Gempalm Incinerator is in because it's uncounterable removal. It's really important versus Delver of Secrets, especially on turn 2 when they'll block your Goblin Lackey.

Disasterpiecer on D's - Modern Rogues

1 month ago

Leon9358 I switched Royal Assassin to Earwig Squad and Doom Blade to Go for the Throat what do you think ?

sylvannos on Blue Black Unblockable

1 month ago

Each of your creatures is unblockable, but then you don't have much to do with that once they get through.

I'd suggest more prowl cards and various swords (Sword of Fire and Ice being the ideal choice). Equipment goes really well with Invisible Stalker.

Earwig Squad is one of my favorites because you can absolutely nueter combo decks (goodbye, almost every copy of your Scapeshift!).

Your deck needs more 4-ofs and better non-creature spells. Dispel is good, so 2 copies is probably enough. I'd play 4 copies of Duress, cut Despise out of the deck entirely, or replace them all with more counterspells or creature removal. Victim of Night

Funkydiscogod on Every Day I'm Shufflin'

1 month ago

Hmm...ok, so here's an idea: Quest for Pure Flame. Somehow I got this idea that it'd be fun to sacrifice a quest, and use Mana Seism to Bitter Ordeal their entire life total in one shot. I just don't think it'll work like that in practice.

Proclamation of Rebirth for Boggart Forager along with your Psychic Surgery would make it the world's worst Lantern of Insight control. You can even Memory's Journey for 0 cards, just to make them shuffle twice, if you don't like their top card.

Use Muddle the Mixture to find and protect your probes.

And, since Theda Adel is a rogue, consider Earwig Squad. And Spreading Seas to turn on her Islandwalk.

Anyway...I'm just brainstorming.

slaftergames on Faerie Rogue Tribal

5 months ago

If you're looking at Thieves' Fortune I'd just run Serum Visions instead. It's not strictly better, but it is superior in the vast majority of possible scenarios. Knowledge Exploitation and Earwig Squad are strong sideboard options for sure; I run both in the SB of my rogue deck.

Death from the Shadows (Rogue Tribal)

PayOneLife on Sure Hit

5 months ago

There are some really weird suggestions here, this thread has me scratching my head.

Firstly, I think your mana curve is a bit of an issue. You have 22 2cmc cards which is really too many. It means that currently you only have two cards in the deck to cast on turn one (Serum Visions) in an aggro deck which wants to race the opponent. That is a problem. Have a look at something like 8 whack - nearly the entire deck is 1cmc cards. It also means that you will usually be only casting a 2 cmc spell on turn three, when if you had a mix of 1cmc and 2cmc cards you'd be able to cast two spells. At the moment you go:

Turn 1: Land, pass.
Turn 2: Land, 2cmc rogue, pass.
Turn 3: Land, 2cmc rogue or 3 cmc card (you've got a 56% chance of hitting one of your 3cmc cards by turn 3 when you're on the play, so half the time you'll only play a 2cmc card).

You're on turn 3 and you have two creatures. If you increase your 1cmc rogues it will look like this:

Turn 1: Land, 1cmc rogue, pass.
Turn 2: Land, 2cmc rogue, pass.
Turn 3: Land, 2cmc rogue, 1cmc rogue, (or 3cmc card), pass.

You end up with 4 creatures in play on turn 3 instead of 2! This is extremely important if you want to get around your opponent's removal (and they all run a lot of it). It will also allow you to cast spells for their prowl cost a lot sooner.

Serum Visions is also not a good choice for an aggro deck as card selection is far less important to your plan than having threats. I think the first thing you should do is drop Serum Visions and possibly Morsel Theft or Inkfathom infiltrators for four Slither Blades. I would also consider playing Faerie Miscreant, as it gives you an evasive body with a minor upside. It can block fliers which can sometimes be necessary to staying alive. If you choose to play Miscreant you'd need to play the full four. If you were just going to play 2 and keep the Morsel Thefts then you'd be better off with Triton Shorestalker as previously suggested (Gudul Lurker is terrible though, not close to worthy of consideration).

I'd also cut Fireshrieker. I get that it gives you double triggers for combat damage, but it's just too slow! You can't equip it until turn 4, and if someone kills the creature you equip it to then you've just wasted all of your turn 3 mana and half of your turn four mana for no benefit. Cards like Sword of Fire and Ice and Sword of Light and Shadow are far more powerful and don't get played in modern because they don't do anything straight away. I like the idea of a single copy of Earwig Squad. It will usually cost you three mana (especially if you take my advice on bringing in the 1cmc creatures) and it's enter the battlefield effect is very strong against some decks in modern. Ad Nauseam combo only runs two cards as win cons, and storm combo usually only runs three. These decks use different cards to win so that they can't get beaten by stuff like Cranial Extraction, but Earwig Squad doesn't make you choose cards with the same name. If you resolve Earwig Squad against these decks you literally win. It's also a 5/3 on turn 3 which is pretty darn aggro AND it's a rogue!

Another card I think could be good is Smuggler's Copter. It helps cards like Frogtosser Banneret and Royal Assassin get in real damage and the looting efect is pretty handy. Also its name fits perfectly with rogues :P

I'm not sure about most of the cards in your sideboard, how did you decide on these? As for suggestions, I would substitute Terror for Doom Blade, which is strictly better and 25c to buy. I also like Faerie Macabre, which is a great uncounterable response to reanimator decks, Snapcaster Mage, Tarmogoyf and Delirium amongst others. It's also a rogue with evasion for the times you don't end up needing to hate on the graveyard. You might also consider Tormod's Crypt because dredge and reanimator strategies are going to be the decks most likely to outrace you. A few Dispel would help nicely against burn decks, Collected Company, Ad Nauseam, Chord of Calling, Cryptic Command and to counter your opponent's counterspells! Having two Negate and two Dispel will help a lot against burn. I would drop Diabolic Tutor, Inquisitor's Flail and Hands of Binding for some combination of the cards I've suggested.

Hope this has been helpful :)

Boza on Rogue Tribal, possible without a ...

7 months ago
  1. Focus on sidestepping. Rogues with any form of quality evasion are the best.
  2. You need some reach. Cheap reach is easily available in the form of Morsel Theft, which is the best card in Rogue tribal.
  3. To fix x/1 problem, simply add Bad Moon. There is a surprisingly low number of black creatures in modern.
  4. Earwig Squad is the best rogue creature. A single bannaret on the field and it is already a 5/3 for 2 mana. Additionally, it gives you a free win vs combo decks.
  5. You want hand disription and a lot of it to avoid mass removal. I recommend a full playset of 3-4 Tseize and 3-4 inquisition.

Mono Brogues

BottropBoB on RB Goblin Flavour

8 months ago

Very good BR goblin drops is the Earwig Squad

Earwig Squad turn 3 after attacking cast them for his prowl coasts, you see the full deck of your enemy and exile 3 cars (he can loose his wincondition)

mayby card in BR are Wort, Boggart Auntie and as a buff and protekt all you other goblins Mad Auntie.

Knucklebone Witch and Boggart Mob can be used in token decks in como with Boggart Shenanigans

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