Goblin Dark-Dwellers


Format Legality
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Oath of the Gatewatch Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Goblin Dark-Dwellers

Creature — Goblin


When Goblin Dark-Dwellers enters the battlefield, you may cast target instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Goblin Dark-Dwellers Discussion

xyr0s on how many goblins?

3 days ago

at 19 lands, don't play cards that cost 4 or more mana. You run too much of a risk of them simply cluttering your hand, while you wait for lands. Keep goblins cheap. Cards to remove:

  • Raid Bombardment. when will you play this? turn 3, and attack with the 2 goblins you at best have in play by then? It's a card that doesn't do anything on its own, but eats up all the mana of the early turns, where I assume you want to win (midrange goblins doesn't sound really right).

  • Guttersnipe again a 3 cmc card that doesn't do anything on its own.

  • Mardu Scout Yes, it combos well with Quest for the Goblin Lord, but then, so does playing dragonfodder. But dash is not a very great ability in a deck, that plays early game aggro, due to mana limitations.

  • Ankle Shanker, Elspeth, Sun's Champion, and Descent of the Dragons. These are not belonging in a 19 land deck. Loosely calculated, you'll have to dig 18 cards into your library to come by 6 lands, and since you don't draw extra cards, or ramp lands, that means average turn 11 to play a 6 cmc spell (and turn 8 or 9 for a 5 cmc spell). Goblin Dark-Dwellers I don't really know about, perhaps a 4/4 creature followed by a dragon fodder is an ok turn 8 play (but I doubt it).

  • Trumpet Blast doesn't do enough on its own to be a 4-of. A 1-of is more like the correct number i think - enough that occasionally you play it, and it ends the game, but you won't have to sit and wait for more creatures with two of these in hand.

  • lands that enter the battlefield tapped. They are not worth the trouble, mostly. Get the check-lands, and the shadowlands, and otherwise stick with basics. Currently just about half your lands are tapped, essentially meaning that you are timewalked behind your opponent.

Cards to consider

Foundry Street Denizen. It's a goblin, and it grows by more goblins. It's also a 1-drop, which your deck has very little of.

Goblin Guide. Suggested since you didn't apply the "budget" tag. Best turn 1 goblin in modern.

Goblin Bushwhacker. By kicking it, you get haste and boost your whole team. that's not bad at all, for a deck with 11 token-generating sorceries. I would also sugges Reckless Bushwhacker but your cards are too many intensive to allow you to play a surge-card early on.

And finally Goblin Chieftain. It does cost 3, so... a bit expensive. But haste is relevant for all you tokens, and so is a solid lord-bonus.

and Lightning Bolt. You play red in modern, you bring 4 lightning bolts.

ecdiesel on R/b land killer

1 week ago

Unfortunately the Goblin Dark-Dwellers and Boom/Bust combo doesn't work anymore due to a recent rules change. :(

clayperce on Classic Liquimetal land destroy

2 weeks ago

I'm not sure about Temur, but here are some thoughts, building on Dennis14's comments: Maybe some Eternal Witness or Goblin Dark-Dwellers for recursion?

Also, maybe some Heroic Intervention for sideboard, against Artifact hate? And maybe something to get rid of Stony Silence.

Draw well!

DashtheDestroyer on Bolas Control (HOU Updated)

2 weeks ago

lords2001 thank you for the ideas! I was contemplating whether I should put Commit / Memory into Galestrike slot. I just don't like the idea of memory because I've drafted that card and it has made me give the opponent the advantage more than I'd like haha.

But I'll definitely add some Void Shatter into the side board for Zombies and such but I couldn't find a strong enough burn card (that doesn't involve energy) to replace Flame Lash.

If you have an idea to swap it that would be most helpful!

Lastly, Goblin Dark-Dwellers is awesome! I have 3 promos sitting downstairs in my Izzet fast enough? deck. But I wanted to go the non-creature approach so that I have more answers to everything else. But never the less, a great idea!


lords2001 on Bolas Control (HOU Updated)

2 weeks ago

I like it.

The only suggestions :

I would run a couple of copies of Void Shatter as exile is so beneficial against so many decks these days, especially if more zombies hit the board with HOD.

I can see why you run Flame Lash but I'm not sold on it - it seems like it would often be a lacklustre turn 4 play unless they walk into you blowing up Gideon or similar.

Pull from Tomorrow is a great card, but is a straight up nonbo ith Torrential Gearhulk, where as Anticipate or Glimmer of Genius are not. Up to you.

Finally, I love Dark Intimations but I think that slot would be better filled by Goblin Dark-Dwellers - it can flash back most cards, has menace and gives you a wincon in case you get Dispossess.

Finally, I would sideboard in some more mass removal and even Commit / Memory for all of the decks that can play multiple threats a turn.

I love the copy of Cut / Ribbons - I lost to that last night at FNM out of nowhere. It is straight value.

clayperce on rG Ponza

2 weeks ago

This is really cool. I've never seen a build with Goblin Dark-Dwellers before, and I'm totally intrigued.

Have you played a more "traditional" Ponza list and shifted to this, or did you start with this? And either way, how's it been doing (in testing or irl)?

Draw well!

ecdiesel on Moonless Ponza - Detailed Analysis

2 weeks ago

odinjundfan: My issue with Fulminator Mage is that Goblin Dark-Dwellers can't recast it. If Sinkhole ever sees a reprint in Modern, I would definitely scrap this build and go Jund or RB with Sinkhole and Fulminator.

ElfQueso: I've never seen Mizzium Mortars in this build before, but that is interesting. Are you able to overload it a lot?

MTGsoccer13 on HOU - Grixis Control

2 weeks ago

I know the cost(mana) is kinda high, but maybe 1 liliana, death's majesty over 1 Liliana, the Last Hope? Seems like another good payoff and you can not only get chump blockers, but her +1 can fuel Goblin Dark-Dwellers and Torrential Gearhulk. Also She can reanimate a Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger if you counter it against marvel, not to mention her -7 is another boardwipe. Maybe as a 1-of in the Sideboard? Seems at least worth testing, also, HAIL DADDY BOLAS.

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