Goblin Assassin

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Legions (LGN) Uncommon

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Goblin Assassin

Creature — Goblin Assassin

Whenever Goblin Assassin or another Goblin enters the battlefield, each player flips a coin. Each player whose coin comes up tails sacrifices a creature.

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Goblin Assassin Discussion

Liquidbeaver on [PRIMER] Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician

1 month ago

The big changes recently...

Siege-Gang Commander out for Beetleback Chief: Just trying to cut down the CMC a bit more, plus I never get to use the second ability of SGC anyway.

Wheel of Fortune out for Memory Jar: I've been going back and forth on this for a long time, and I finally decided to do it after a string of bad luck with Wheel. Wheel is amazing normally, and I don't know if it is just the deck or my meta, but 9 out of 10 times I play it it ends up going worse for me. Worse yet, I found myself holding onto it and not casting it. Memory Jar allows me to get the effect, I don't have to pitch my hand if I have one, and any benefit to opponents is short lived. Being able to recur it is a huge plus also.

Crawlspace out for Meekstone: Much more effective, and the impact on this deck is minimal (Krenko, Chancellor, Purphoros, Urabrask). I will miss the art though!

Kindred Charge out for Chancellor of the Forge**: This change may not stick, or I may just bring Charge back in in addition to the Chancellor, but I tend to have better luck with this effect as a creature than I do with a sorcery. Not losing the new tokens at the end of turn is great too.

Aggravated Assault out: I originally added this because the deck felt one turn away from winning very often at the end of a game someone else won. I figured getting more combats in, or the...14 card infinite with Krenko, Mob Boss and Skirk Prospector was fun if I ever managed to get it off. Ultimately, drawing deeper into my deck more results in a lot more consistent wins.

Basilisk Collar out: I think this was just me trying to be too cute. Fun, but not consistent or impactful enough.

Invasion Plans out: See above. Nemesis Mask does this way, way better. Playing Invasion Plans was always a huge risk, and there are better finishers.

skirk fire marshall out: While great with Basilisk Collar, most of the time it's just a really hard to play around effect, as strong as it is. I would rather have Goblin Assassin back in eventually.

Myriad Landscape out for Buried Ruin: Entering the battlefield tapped is ultimately what killed this for me. Buried Ruin fits the spot better.

Great Furnace in: Added to up the artifact count for the new manarock.

Mox Opal in: Now that I've raised the artifact count a bit, including this is easier than before. Also helps a bit to offload mana generation away from the lands a bit, in cases where I want to sac them all but not be stranded after.

Imperial Recruiter in: Hell yeah! This finally got reprinted, which dropped the price from $150+ to probably around $50. Can grab so, so many good creatures.

Fervor in: I've wanted one more haste enabler for a long time. This might eventually change to Mass Hysteria.

Font of Mythos in: In an effort to drastically increasing my draw, I'm trying symmetrical draw effects for the first time. The hope is to take advantage of it faster than my opponents. We'll see how that goes!

Horn of Greed in: As the deck gets better, getting multiple land drops in a turn becomes more consistent, and I rarely miss a land drop anymore. I would only be worried about this against one green deck in my meta, but even then it is always a race anyway, at least this time it will be more fun.

Scour from Existence in: Rather than just running either this or Spine of Ish Sah, I am going to run both. The deck plays so much better the more interactive it becomes.

That's the biggest number of changes I made since the deck's first revision more than a year ago! I'm confident I will be happy with most of the changes, but as always, this deck will constantly change to be the most powerful and most fun I can make it.

Akkrand on EDH Goblins

1 month ago

I know you're looking for cuts, but I've got an addition:

Goblin Assassin

With Krenko and Thornbite Staff, it will destroy every creature your opponents control.

I'd cut the Charbelcher first up.

wereotter on Krenko! BUDGET Goblins

4 months ago

My own experience, I haven't really loved using Goblin Rabblemaster since he does force your goblin lords to attack, and there's a good chance your opponents can kill them off, deflating your team.

As a different goblin I include, and is insanely powerful is Goblin Assassin considering how it can easily keep your opponents' boards clear of creatures every turn, it's definitely worth an include.

troyisepic on I shat this Krenko deck out in 20 minutes

4 months ago

Sword is broken with krenko, especially like I said with the altar. Krenko with sword +any goblin and the altar creates an infinite combo for infinite 1/1 goblins. You could theoretically win turn 3 with it. Also cards I'd suggest tossing.Sparkmage Apprentice Doesn't help Krenko and the one damage it does when it comes in is inconsequential.Ornithopter It's a free flying blocker at best, but it doesn't offer you any real benefits other than a potential few extra life points that shouldn't matter since you should be faster than anyone else anyway.Forgotten Cave Cycling is awesome, don't get me wrong but you've got much better options than this, Look into a Wheel or something instead.Sure Strike The spell isn't bad, for most decks I'd usually say go for it, but goblins are a swarm tribe. You're looking for lots of tiny bits of damage, one guy doing an extra 3 doesn't do much for you.Collateral Damage There is no reason to run this over Lightning BoltTrial of Zeal You aren't running any Cartouches, this is basically an expensive lightning bolt.There's a few others I think are sub-optimal, but those are the big changes I'd consider making personally. As for ideas on what would be better in their place...Purphoros, God of the Forge costs some $$$, but you'll be dumping goblins all over the place so he can win the game for you on his own, definitely worth the investmentFervor Haste is gonna be important for your goblins, you have some creatures that do it, having something a little harder to get rid of that gives haste is definitely welcome.In the Web of War More haste and now all your goblins are 3/1 when they drop. Definitely a game changerRummaging Goblin Draw is important, and while discard is a pain, goblins have the best discard option ever, Squee, Goblin Nabob he can be a permanent way for you to grow your hand without ever having to actually lose anything important.Goblin Recruiter Red doesn't have a lot of tutors, this guy is great for that AND he's got the ability to pull as many as you want, gotta play him smart though.Goblin Assassin He might hurt you too, but with krenko pumping out buttloads of tokens, it's essentially a boardwipe for everyone except you.

TheFlame on The Goblin Engine

6 months ago

Added Mob Justice, Illusionist's Bracers, Eldrazi Monument, Mana Echoes, Goblin War Strike, Thornbite Staff, Impact Tremors, Hordeling Outburst, Disrupt Decorum, and Coat of Arms. Removed Archetype of Aggression, Chaos Warp, Goblin Assassin, Hellrider, Lightning Volley, Mogg Alarm, Reforge the Soul, Surge of Zeal, Spikeshot Elder, and Thunderous Might. I have my reasons for each card replacement. The old ones either didn't fit the deck, were replaced with a better version, or pissed everyone off too early.

The replacement cards are what really matter. Mob Justice and Goblin War Strike deal horrendous amounts of damage on the cheap. Stick Thornbite Staff on Krenko, untap him when something dies. It also lets me go infinite if something dies. Illusionist's Bracers lets me copy Krenko's skill for four times the goblins. Disrupt Decorum makes everyone else kill each other. Best to use it when they're all mad at me already. Hordeling outburst is basically just a better version of Mogg Alarm. Eldrazi Monument protects me from boardwipes and fliers. Coat of Arms gives me ridiculous power without powering up the other players too much. Mana Echoes gives me tremendous ramping power. Play Impact Tremors when I have 40+ goblins, it resolves, tap Krenko, EVERYONE DIES.

I think this may be the final version of this deck. I can't really think of any improvements.

RainbowDevil on Luck effects

7 months ago

Hello folks,

I'm thinking about adding a bunch of "flip coin" luck type cards to my goblin/artifact commander deck. What do people think about those sort of cards, and any good combos you've found? I already have Goblin Assassin as part of my deck, and I kinda like the chaotic nature of those flip coins cards - very goblin-like.

RD

Liquidbeaver on [PRIMER] Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician

7 months ago

Testing Throne of the God-Pharaoh and Rolling Earthquake in place of Ashnod's Altar and Goblin Assassin.

I've always been curious about Throne, and have never seen someone play it in person. I need just a little more player damage in the deck, and hitting all opponents is definitely nice, and the damage being dealt at the end of my turn really lowers the number of answers people can have to it. I am replacing Ashnod's mostly because I found myself not casting it a lot, where I will cast Phyrexian Altar every single time I get it. I guess the deck is just becoming more consistent, and I'm not needing to ramp into anything big anymore.

I just recently learned that Rolling Earthquake was actually reprinted in From The Vault: Annihilation and isn't only a $65 card from Master Editions III or P3K. It is going to replace Goblin Assassin for the time being. Assassin might be my favorite goblin in the whole deck, but the amount of hate he draws is just too much. He is insanely powerful, but people will target me for the rest of the game for making them roll and then sac one of their good creatures, where if I did the same thing as a sorcery or did player damage instead the response would be a lot more muted. If I can find a different underperforming card I might put Goblin Assassin back, but maybe only for FNM and not my regularly playgroup.

As always, if you have any suggestion, no matter how weird, speak up! This whole deck was built on stuff that wasn't supposed to work.

GoodLuckGuy on CP#5 Krenko is Kranky

9 months ago

Round 2

I think you missed a few grade-A goblins, for instance, I was initially surprised you weren't running Warren Instigator, which is an auto-add in most Goblin Tribal shells.

Spikeshot Elder and Goblin Assassin can be very effective at removing a large number of creatures over time. Goblin Assassin works particularly well with Krenko, because he guarantees you won't have to sac any good creatures, and maximizes the amount of creatures your opponents have to sac.

Goblin Spymaster not only clears the way for your board to get through every player's field, but it also forces pesky effect creatures to attack into your untapped goblin horde.

Taurean Mauler is not technically a goblin, but is a real value beater that counts as a goblin while in play. Similarly, Moggcatcher is not really a goblin either, however, it should be fairly obvious why it might as well be one.

I think your current build is a little light on answers, your options are somewhat limited in Red, but there is an abundance of good burn and artifact removal.

Outnumber is easily the best spot removal for a Goblin deck, it might as well say "Destroy target creature" for one mana at instant speed.

Mizzium Mortars can be used as an over-costed Flame Slash, but what makes it really good is that you can Overload it to sweep away all of your opponents' small creatures. In most scenarios, this will cull any amount of large opposition you get from other token decks or go-wide strategies.

Red's ability to remove artifacts in EDH is highly overlooked, artifacts can often make or break a player's strategy, and removing them en masse can be devastating. Shattering Spree and Vandalblast are far and above the red spells for removing artifacts.

No goblin deck is complete without Coat of Arms in my opinion. The advantage it gives you is so insane that it totally eclipses any small amount of benefit it gives to your opponents.

Metallic Mimic has been seeing play in almost every tribal and single-type token strategy since its printing, mainly due to the fact that it's the fastest modular tribal anthem in the game.

Eldrazi Monument is great in token decks; makes it hard to board wipe your field, makes it hard to block you field. It sort of does everything.

Ruination can be a strong finisher against the many multicolored decks in the format, it's very hard to recover when more than half your lands are gone. This seriously will just take some players out of the game when resolved.

Aggravated Assault can do a lot of stuff in this deck. You can use it to push through absurd damage, you can combo off with it, or you can just use it to untap your field if you need to. The amount of utility this card offers is hard to ignore.

Thornbite Staff is for infinite combos, sort of a preference thing as to whether or not you want to have that sort of thing in the deck. Basically, you equip this to Krenko, and if you are able to sacrifice your creatures, you can make infinite goblins. It also turns whatever creature is equipped to it into Goblin Sharpshooter.

I have some other ideas on cards you could run, but I think 32 suggestions is enough to think about. That being said, these suggestions are just to give you a good base of cards to look at, not necessarily a de facto list of cards you must run. Obviously, you probably won't be able to fit every card here in your deck list.

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