Goblin Assassin


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

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Legions 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

Winterblast on making a Group-Slug Chaos deck

2 months ago

Jhoira is very hard to play imo, but I like my Jhoira deck very much. You can't really put all these funny big chaos spells in that deck though, because you will be killed before one of them resolves or these spells are simply countered (because you let people know in advance what they Need to prepare for). I think I have less than 15 high mana cost cards in the whole deck and the rest is filled with hardcore control with a lot of "free" counterspells, copying and stealing effects...it's strong but not chaos.

I would still go for Norin because such a deck looks innocent and quickly gets hard to disrupt (except that you can't deal with enchantments well in red). Goblin Assassin makes a lot of "fun", especially if you run at least some token producing goblins or Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

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

2 months ago

Alkadron: Thanks for all the commenting!

Good catch on the Goblin Assassin, I changed the wording in the primer to show that it affects everyone equally.

My problem with Goblin Pyromancer is more often than not I can get a stronger and permanent effect out of Shared Animosity, for a cheaper casting cost, and I don't have to worry about losing all my Goblins if someone takes out my sac outlet(s) with targeted removal, and I can't remove the Pyromancer before the end of turn. I can see running it for the humor and chaos though.

Again, nice catch on Insult/Injury, I didn't think about doubling the Repercussion damage as well. That's going to be a great combo! I can't wait to try it.

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

2 months ago

Really well done! I like this a lot. I also run a Ib Halfheart deck, which is super fun. Mine's more... suicide-y? No crucible, I just sac every last one of my lands, drop a haste enabler and a Goblin Pyromancer, and hope no-one Fogs. Yours looks a lot more thought-through.

I have to disagree with your description on two points:

Anyways, good work!

wereotter on Krenko is here and trying to play

2 months ago

Few cards for Krenko I've found to be pretty handy:

Goblin Assassin: sure he may kill half the tokens that Krenko creates every time you tap, but it also means you're likely to keep your opponent's board clear.

Goblin Chirurgeon: always good to be able to sac a goblin token in order to save carded goblins you have out.

I've had a lot of luck with effects that care about my goblins coming and going since they'll die so often. Rage Thrower, Flameblade Angel, and Vicious Shadows are all good for this.

Umbral Mantle and Aggravated Assault will both go infinite with the Skirk Prospector you already have in the deck, as well as combo off with the cards that care about your creatures dying.

You already have a cards that take advantage of your numbers advantage, but I would suggest Kyren Negotiations to really take advantage of that, especially with Throne of the God-Pharaoh set to come out later this month.

MunchingAberration on Cry, Havoc!, and let slip the Gobs of war

4 months ago

Hey, been tinkering with Grenzo myself recently, but I already had a goblin tribal deck so I tried more general tokens/synergistic stuff, because I also wanted to exile +6 cards :) Here's a link: Mono-Red Grenzo Beats. So far my favorite effects are things that make more dudes on attack; i.e. Hanweir Garrison, Kari Zev, Skyship Raider, and Captain's Claws.

If you wanted to focus on goblins, Goblin Assassin and Goblin Sharpshooter have never let me down for some creature removal.

Utility lands might help, particularly Rogue's Passage/Kher Keep if you're consistently dumping your hand (mana sinks rock).

Finally, if you just want more hate for combo decks, I'd suggest Widespread Panic, Planar Chaos, Grip of Chaos and maybe Price of Glory, depending on how many annoying instants are in your meta. Word of Seizing is also a nightmare for combo, because split second can stop a combo in its tracks.

shaistyone on

4 months ago

I have a Krenko build myself, so all love to the Goblin tribe.
Goblin Assassin - amazing once you have some tokens that you're okay saccing
Taurean Mauler - that might be the biggest goblin ever
Shared Animosity - red tribal staple
Slate of Ancestry - powerful draw effect, plus Wort minimizes the discard pain

Ajuntoson on Krenko makes babies

4 months ago

This is very fun, although I usually see purphoros as the commander in this type of build. Either way, there are quite a few cheap cards that would greatly improve its consistency. Impact Tremors and Warstorm Surge provide value for the mass amount of tokens you'll be dropping. Goblin Assassin is a little iffy, but can be completely devastating with a couple taps of Krenko, and gets even more reliable when pared with Boggart Shenanigans or Outpost Siege (yes, tokens dieing trigger the ability). Ogre Battledriver may not be a gob, but he can make quick work of your opponent. Quest for the Goblin Lord can have a similar outcome. Finally, Stoneforge Masterwork can turn a token into a giant beatstick. That's all I can provide for budget cards, but I hope they help. Great deck.

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