Goblin Instigator


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Common

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Goblin Instigator

Creature — Goblin Rogue

When Goblin Instigator enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

Goblin Instigator Discussion

vomitpile on Mardu Hero (RNA Standard)

1 week ago

L0TTO both cards could pretty easily fit here, I have Light Up the Stage for draw which wasn’t in the initial list and I cut some of the 4 drops to try and play more aggressively, theater would work better for a more grindy version (which the afterlife cards help with), although spectacle could be harder to enable if you slow down too much. Legion's Landing  Flip is super strong in decks like this but I’m not sure what to cut at the moment, maybe the Goblin Instigator s. I’m glad you’re having fun with it!

CaptainBanana42 on Reggie Rush

3 weeks ago

Hi, I think cards like Dragon Fodder or Goblin Instigator are really good in this deck. These type of cards put creatures into play early which will help you ramp with Radha.

Skippyeights on Treasonous Ogre

3 weeks ago

As far as what to remove from the existing build, I am wondering if it may be time to pull some of the goblins, probably the Goblin Instigator . Two mana gets you two creatures. If you swapped in Reassembling Skeleton , you could get one creature for two mana that, unless you opponent has some way to exile, stays around forever. I have played games on Arena where I've sacked the same skeleton three times in the same turn to get my harpy big enough to take out an angel or other big flier.

The Goblin Motivator s could be replaced with the Smelt-Ward Ignus to give you more creature control.

Lose the Severed Strands in favor of Bedevil , an obvious swap I think.

Finally, I hate to say it but it might be time to lose Angrath. When I have played him, I usually have had to use the -3 ability as soon as he was cast. Otherwise, he is gone before my next turn comes or is dinked so consistently that I can never build enough loyalty counterd to blow off the the final -8 ability. People really don't like the +1 so they tend to throw things at him until he is eliminated (which, I guess, could be a good thing). You could replace him maybe with Judith and/or the Haunt.

antoninton on Mardu Death Toll

4 weeks ago

multimedia Thanks for the suggestions!

Fireblade Artist is indeed a fine card. I wasn't really thinking about being aggressive with this deck, but it might be good against control match ups. It can swap with a couple of Priests or Enforcers if I need to be more aggressive, so I might consider it as a sideboard piece right now.

I also thought about using Goblin Instigator , but I think Orzhov Enforcer is the better card when trying to out value the opponent. I really value the deathtouch and the death trigger, which really becomes annoying against creature decks. I also don't think I need to invest in the Goblin theme as much, since it doesn't really put me in a better position if I do. But you're right about it enabling Priest more easily that I might try to reconsider.

multimedia on Mardu Death Toll

1 month ago

Hey, looks good.

Consider Fireblade Artist ? If you want synergy with Gutterbones then Artist is in my opinion one of the better interactions. Repeatable Upkeep free sac to do 2 damage to opponent or best of all a Planeswalker is good when you have a recurable creature or Goblin tokens. Artist can even sac himself at Upkeep to do damage. Consider cutting Orzhov Enforcer and adding Fireblade?

Consider Goblin Instigator ? There's a Goblin theme here and Instigator is two Goblins for two mana. It can help to more easily activate Priest.

Recon419A on Boros Tokens Mk. 3

1 month ago

SoulsSlayerKnight I got some more games in last night and found that I killed myself twice with Adanto Vanguard , so per your suggestion I've dropped it from the deck. For now, I've replaced it with Goblin Instigator to complement the 1/1s go wide strategy; I may put Cavalcade of Calamity in that slot when it becomes standard-legal. I did notice that I wasn't mana screwed with only 22 lands, which is probably a result of how low my curve is. I'm debating whether I want Heroic Reinforcements in combination with Cavalcade of Calamity (since it would have to be cast before combat and would prevent Cavalcade from triggering that turn), although for the time being it's certainly a good card to have in the deck and I actually slotted four copies of it instead of Banefire since it feels like a more reliable win condition (although that may not be true outside of best-of-one formats when someone has the option to sideboard in something like Settle the Wreckage ). I have yet to extensively test the new deck-list but I feel like the changes are in the right direction.

SoulsSlayerKnight on Boros Tokens Mk. 3

1 month ago

Hey there, not a bad deck idea. I'll share with you some knowledge of what I know on Boros. +1 by the way :). Also be prepared for a ridiculously long comment because I type alot haha. Just my thoughts.

Boros definitely has to be aggressive, which you have done well with for the most part. Although I can add that along with aggression for Boros you will need things to boost them up, it seems a bit like you would lose creatures rather quickly without extra removal or perhaps something similar to the mentor system. Mainly against other red decks and such. banefire is a nice card for sure, although some Lightning Strike makes for a better 2 drop removal spell as banefire would cost 4 mana in the same sense (Banefire is good for later game however). If your going to go tokens, you may even consider 1 or 2 Divine Visitation for lots of 4/4 angels. Or even Dawn of Hope . However its a little costly mana wise but something decently good for a deck like this if thats the prime focus. Maybe consider Hunted Witness or Heroic Reinforcements ? Reinforcements is an amazing card I find for boros honestly since it not only gives two soldiers with haste but everything gets +1/+1 til end of turn, great for all the creatures you'll have. My other suggestion for now would be, Leonin Warleader or Resplendent Angel . If your on a budget I'll compose a list after playtesting this.

Adanto Vanguard is a good card, but I'm not entirely sure it should be in this deck unless its for that extra 2 damage as it attacks, pay 4 life indestructable bonus. Its best for pure lifegain decks with either vampires or lifelink since to save him thats a lot of life to pay for keeping it alive. Ajani's pridemate is good, very, and noticing the lifelink token theme, it becomes powerful except doesn't create tokens, good for power though, that you can leave in unless your aiming for a different theme. Goblin Instigator is a weak card obviously, but not a bad way to get 2 creatures to start with. Builds up the tokens a little bit to.

Pride of conquerors is good to, up to you how much of those you'd like to keep.

I'll playtest this and some other cards along with it in MTG Arena and see what other advice I am able to help with. Otherwise glad you enjoy your deck so far. Maybe I will to. Looks like something to build off of.

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Goblin Instigator occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Red: 0.25%


All decks: 0.01%


All decks: 0.13%

Red: 1.63%