Goblin Instigator

Goblin Instigator

Creature — Goblin Rogue

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

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Core Set 2019 (M19) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Historic Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Goblin Instigator occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.15%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Red: 0.31%

Goblin Instigator Discussion

Clashboy15 on Pioneer Pirate Frenzy!

1 week ago

Have you thought of Captain Lannery Storm? It seems like a really good aggresive creature for the deck. Also, i dont think rig crew is worth running in the deck, since this seems like a really aggressive deck and 3 mana for those stats are really not worth it. Maybe something like Goblin Instigator to make tokens and trigger impact tremors. Its much more aggressive and cheaper. Reckless Bushwhacker might be a really good finisher for the deck because of how wide it goes.

Magnanimous on Need Help With First Pioneer ...

4 months ago

Suggestions on how to build:

You need to think much more clearly about what your payoff will be. In Modern, the established Orzhov Tokens deck has plenty of generators, but wouldn't be nearly as powerful without cards like Intangible Virtue , Windbrisk Heights , and Legion's Landing  Flip. Another payoff is that token generators are "creature" spells without being creature spells and synergize well with Bedlam Reveler and Young Pyromancer . The 8-whack style of pure aggression using the extra bodies to your advantage also works

I also agree with Boza that three colors is difficult on a budget. Another good option is going for 75% one color and splashing for the really good cards outside that color. I think you should cut black and may be able to focus on red depending on how it ends up.

Specific suggestions for this deck:

From what I saw, you really like aggressive red creatures that also create tokens. I think a good place to start would just be capping the curve at three mana and filling the deck with cheap aggressive cards. So cut anything above three mana and Impact Tremors and Dragonmaster Outcast . My favorites from your deck: Legion Warboss , Hanweir Garrison , Goblin Rabblemaster , I like many of your two-mana choices, but I think testing will decide whether you need immediate board presence with Goblin Instigator effects or the possibility of a larger board presence later with Skyknight Vanguard effects.

My suggestions: Reckless Bushwhacker (aggressive and cheap payoff card), Launch the Fleet (flexible generator), Venerated Loxodon (payoff card/bomb that you should be casting for one mana), Brimaz, King of Oreskos (just fine in this deck), Zealous Persecution (I know I told you to cut black, but this honestly seems good enough to splash for), and Legion's Landing  Flip (good early, great late).

Boza on Need Help With First Pioneer ...

5 months ago

Mardu Tokens

Pioneer* HistoryGuy


Just to help visibility.

You have way too many one-offs and very un-focused mana curve. You have to choose:

Playing both strategies means both are worse off.

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

6 months 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

6 months 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

6 months 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

6 months 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!

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