Goblin Assassin

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander 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

TheGeneralAdvisor on Obligatory Zndrsplt & Okaun Coins Deck

2 months ago

Goblin Assassin and other coin flip cards that don’t say “lose the flip” but specifically say heads or tails don’t trigger your general’s abilities.

Also, Fling, Soul's Fire, and Thud are excellent. Gotta have it.

FancyTuesday on Krenko, Mob Boss

4 months ago

Goblin Bushwhacker - for goblins gain haste and +1/+0 until end of turn. You have a lot of haste and aggro cards already, this one seems like the weakest. Only ever as good as your board state

Goblin Wardriver - Only ever as good as your board, and only a middling improvement to it

Goblin Wizard - Goblins don't cost enough to justify a 4 drop to cheat them out. The other ability is cute but I have to figure this deck is more concerned with sweepers than it is spot removal

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker - The deck doesn't have many high value individual targets to copy, not likely to get much value out of this 5 drop

Reverberate - Dependent on cards in hand, and mono-red doesn't often have the mana to pull this off with any worthwhile targets

Kindred Charge - In Krenko what goblins are isn't as important as that they are. Or, in other terms, you don't have many creatures that are significantly better as copies of what they are than just a 1/1 goblin, and the odds of having many of them out at once vs just having a bunch of 1/1s is pretty low. Ultimately this 6 drop doesn't do much more than give you another commander activation.

And I strongly recommend Goblin Assassin. There's a Krenko deck I play with quite a bit and it's far and away the most effective card in the deck.

LuciferHex on Live by the Coin

4 months ago

Two-Headed Giant and Goblin Assassin don't work in the deck because they care about heads or tails not winning so they won't trigger your commanders abilities.

Liquidbeaver on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER v2]

7 months 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

8 months 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

10 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

10 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.

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