Goblin Assassin


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage 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
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

GoodLuckGuy on CP#5 Krenko is Kranky

1 month 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.

Winterblast on making a Group-Slug Chaos deck

4 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]

4 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]

4 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

4 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

6 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

6 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

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