Goblin Lackey

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Mythic Rare
From the Vault: Exiled (V09) Mythic Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Uncommon

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Goblin Lackey

Creature — Goblin

Whenever Goblin Lackey deals damage to a player, you may put a Goblin permanent card from your hand into play.

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Goblin Lackey Discussion

TheMadRocketeer on What do you call that? A Goblipede?

2 weeks ago

Just goldfishing around with this deck tonight, and it achieved a turn 3 kill. I didn't realize it could. Had a really sweet starting hand, consisting of:
3x Mountain
1x Goblin Lackey
1x Goblin Piledriver
1x Lightning Bolt
1x Reckless Bushwhacker

Turn 1:
Played: Mountain, Goblin Lackey
Drew: Foundry Street Denizen

Turn 2:
Played: Mountain, Goblin Piledriver
Swung with Goblin Lackey.
This dealt 1 damage and brought out Foundry Street Denizen.
Drew: Foundry Street Denizen

Turn 3:
Played: Mountain, Foundry Street Denizen, Reckless Bushwhacker
Swung with everything.
This dealt 21 damage for lethal + 2.

Playing the Lightning Bolt on turn 3 instead of the Foundry Street Denizen would have dealt 18 damage, just missing lethal.

So, between the starting hand and the draws, This . . . Was . . . Sweet!

TheMadRocketeer on one-drop goblins

1 month ago

If you're sticking with mono-red and one drops, there's still a number of cool things you can do, and I like the consistency and freedom from mana issues that can be had that way. A few suggestions within that framework:

Goblin Grenade - This one really is a must-have. Sells for about $1.
Mogg Fanatic - Surprisingly good 1-drop. Can clear away a pesky small creature, sneak in an extra point of damage when you need it, and even do damage twice when it makes sense to do so.
Quest for the Goblin Lord - A nice 1-drop booster for the goblin army.
Outnumber - Good for clearing larger creatures so the nasty goblin parade can march on in.

My Goblins 1.0 deck has a few nice 1-drop options that I've found quite useful.
Bonesplitter - Cheap power boost.
Goblin Gaveleer - A goblin that just looooves to carry that Bonesplitter.
Mugging - Great for getting damage past a deck that's beginning to outclass the goblins. Kills small problems and lets you evade larger ones.
Skullclamp - Great for adding draw to a deck like this one.

Goblin Lackey - Nice for sneaking in lords, but this deck is all-out rank and file goblins, so I don't recommend it for this build.

Two more that are superb but pricey.
Goblin Guide - Super super goblin, but at about $20 I can't convince myself to pay that for a game piece.
Legion Loyalist - Also very nice. Good relevant abilities. At about $8 apiece, I might buy 1 or 2 someday, but not today.

HashMasta on KrenkOCD

1 month ago

just a heads up because I found this out the hard way when i bought my playset of it. Goblin Lackey is not modern legal. other than that seems like a good deck.

Liquidbeaver on [PRIMER] Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician

2 months ago

Jimmy_Chinchila: Thanks Jimmy!

I will go through the suggestions one by one, but most of the answers are because of CMC.

Mutavault - I run very, very few non-basic lands because part of the deck is trying to punish the decks that run a lot of them. Even when I ran 20 nonbasic lands I ran into a lot of problems with not having enough mountains to sacrifice to Ib, which also makes it hard to cast a Price of Progress without killing myself, you get a lot of bad interactions with Blood Moon and Blood Sun, and I just can't capitalize on an extra 2/2, it just makes it a land that is easier to hit with spot removal.

Metallic Mimic - While it wouldn't be a bad card at all, I try really hard to keep my Goblins under 2/2 as much as possible, so that I can take advantage of Raid Bombardment and Shared Animosity at the same time. Also, the bigger the individual Goblins get, the closer they are to doing reduced damage when blocked if they are above a 4/4, or not being blocked at all which makes it harder for me to use a lot of the blocking tricks that I have. You also look like less of a threat (temporarily) when you only have a table full of 1/1's.

Stoneforge Masterwork - I had this in the deck at one point, but it has the same problem that Reckless One and Battle Squadron have, that they might be a 40/40, but if they are blocked when Ib is out they only do 4 damage. It is a pretty good form of protection to put on Ib himself, but I would rather give him hexproof or shroud instead. I can do a fair bit of toughness buffing with Goblin Sledder when needed.

Obelisk of Urd - Same as Mutavault, I don't really want to buff the individual Goblins up. The Convoke is a great selling point though, so this could be a meta choice for someone building the deck.

Door of Destinies - This card is great if two things happens: You get it down early, and you actually cast a lot of your creatures. I've never gotten this card down early in my other tribal decks, and it has no impact if you draw it late game. I would look more towards Coat of Arms and waiting as long as possible to play it, so that it has a profound effect the instant it gets played, instead of just speeding up the whole game if other tribal decks are at the table. Second, I don't cast more than two or three Goblins per game on average, so that would be a lot of work for a little buff. That's why I only have kind of a bare bones of either Goblin token generators, or utility Goblins, so no matter what I draw into I can build something out of it. It's why I don't have any Goblins that I actually attack with, outside of Goblin Lackey and Warren Instigator, the rest are mostly meant to sit there and provide a buff or a combat tweak. I have a few friends that play tribal decks with Door and have a lot of success with it, it's just never performed that well for me.

Caged Sun - I don't need the mana doubler for anything (I always have extra, it's cards in hand that I need), so I would be paying the 6 CMC only for the +1/+1. Definitely a tribal staple, but I have a hard time with anything over 4 mana when I am trying to keep the Average CMC of the deck as low as possible to help make rebuilding after a wipe a lot faster.

Swiftfoot Boots - I've actually been thinking about this for a little more targetted haste, and protection for Ib/Krenko/King/Warchief/Feldon etc...Adding this to the sideboard until I can find a spot for it.

Elixir of Immortality - While mono-red definitely suffers from lack of recursion, I haven't been able to get Elixir to work how I wanted. I generally spend all game trying to get all of my lands out of my library, so that I am only drawing into spells or creatures, but if I sacrifice a bunch of lands and then sac the Elixir, I'll be drawing a bunch of lands late game, which would be like starting the game over for me, but no one else at the table. I do want to see if I can play around it on purpose though (like how I use Surveyor's Scope to great effect now), and not just use it as an Emergency Button, in which case I would put it in place of Feldon of the Third Path because that is the job he is trying to do, but has a hard time with.

Thanks a lot for your suggestions!

RaberSaber on Goblins Everywhere

2 months ago

lukas96 well, I guess I'll proxy him in for next fnm and report in the results, also I do like those one drop ideas... if only Goblin Lackey got a reprint for modern.

RaberSaber on Goblins Everywhere

2 months ago

lukas96 well, I guess I'll proxy him in for next fnm and report in the results, also I do like those one drop ideas... if only Goblin Lackey got a reprint for modern.

colton815 on Goblin Bomb

3 months ago

Empty the Warrens is not useful here considering you run extremely few ways of getting your storm count up. 20 lands is too few for a deck trying to cast stuff that costs 4 or more mana. Goblin Lackey and Warren Instigator are far too unreliable considering you have no way to protect them, no way to make sure they deal damage, and no way to search/draw the big goblins they could put into play.

MadEngie on Gooblin fueled flamethrower

3 months ago

Awesome, but I don't know if you're allowed to run the Hearthfire Hobgoblin in a mono colored deck since its boros mana. Also Goblin Lackey is a must have.

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