Goblin Instigator


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer 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

lagotripha on Cheers, love! The Cavalcade’s here!

4 days ago

Fire Urchin / Thunderkin Awakener and Firebrand Archer or Thermo-Alchemist make nice additions alongside spitfire. Nivix Cyclops saw play in Temur Battle Rage combo lists.

Soul-Scar Mage & Immolation Shaman might have sideboard spots. Satyr Firedancer has always looked far better than it is-don't bother.

Foundry Street Denizen , Goblin Piledriver , Goblin Instigator , Hordeling Outburst and similar goblin spam does a lot.

Burning Prophet is interesting card filtering, as is Magma Jet . Kari Zev, Skyship Raider is efficient, and Tilonalli's Summoner is cute af.

Dreadhorde Arcanist / Young Pyromancer ; strong and meta, but end up defining any deck they are in. Break Through the Line is an interesting enabler, but cards that aren't dealing damage are a little weak here.

Apollo_Paladin on Goblin Tokens

1 week ago

I forgot to mention Mogg War Marshal as well. He's basically a double-effect Goblin Instigator which I see you already run. Echo makes him super-easy to kill off, but he also makes a good target for a sacrifice outlet on the same turn he enters play.

Massacar on Boggarts on a Budget

1 week ago

I would consider dropping Temple of the False God since it's a dead land if it's out too early and most of your deck really just wants red mana anyway. In the open slot consider adding Bloodmark Mentor . I know he's ~$1.30, but he gives all your goblins first strike and is 2cmc.

Another budget add would be Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin . Perhaps dropping Goblin Instigator or Reckless One to make room.

I love goblins myself, so hopefully this turns out for you.

Apollo_Paladin on Aggro Red

1 week ago

I love a good Goblin deck, and the Pauper format reminds me of play back when I started so many, many years ago. +1

Goblin Matron is/was a staple in my old Goblin builds, and she's Pauper-legal according to:


Also Goblin Instigator could be useful for a cheap token that you can use for one of your 2 or 3 'Sacrifice a Goblin' outlets I see. He's like a half-power Mogg War Marshal that I see you're already running.

Not sure how much mana is an issue for you, but along the same lines as the token-creation thing, Skirk Prospector is an awfully good way to generate mana with Goblins. I see a lot of quick-mana plays, a little card draw and some constant mana generation and you could really speed through your library and unleash a swarm in a hurry.

Either way, nice build!

NikontheBlack on Gobo Party!

1 month ago

RNR_Gaming See, that's what I'm talking about. Possible switch out for him might be Goblin Instigator .

NikontheBlack on Gobo Party!

1 month ago

RNR_Gaming See, that's what I'm talking about. Possible switch out for him might be Goblin Instigator .

CaptSillva on EDH - Goblins

2 months ago

For a Krenko deck you want to go as wide as possible as quickly as possible so cards like these are very important Goblin Instigator , Dragon Fodder , Krenko's Command , Hordeling Outburst , Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin , Beetleback Chief , Empty the Warrens , and Door of Destinies .

Also if you're not on a budge Cavern of Souls .

As for what I'd cut, Lightning Crafter is good but is too slow for this decks game plan. Mogg Raider and Goblin Sledder are too much of an investment. With how wide this deck goes you will far out match your opponent's ability to block all of your things and even if we're assuming their all just 1/1s the difference between 25 damage and 30 damage isn't much. Sensation Gorger is interesting, but a bit too narrow, and very unlikely to actually workout. Akki Drillmaster feels like overkill with how many Haste enablers you have in the deck. Red Elemental Blast also too narrow, but if you have a lot of blue decks in your meta then I guess it is fine.

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Goblin Instigator occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.15%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Red: 0.31%