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Creature — Goblin Rogue
At the beginning of each opponent's end step, that player creates a 1/1 red Goblin creature token with "Creatures you control attack each combat if able."
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Goblin Spymaster Discussion
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
I would fix your mana base first. Average EDH decks have 45 mana sources, and Tiana definitely needs it, so consider more lands or rocks like Gilded Lotus/Boros Cluestone/Commander's Sphere/Fire Diamond/Marble Diamond etc etc. Fiery Mantle/Dragon Breath could replace Mark of Fury/Goblin War Paint? Guise of Fire/Bonds of Faith/Prophetic Ravings could replace Bloodshed Fever/Hammerhand/Cartouche of Zeal? Graceblade Artisan is a great duplicate of Champion of the Flame, it could replace Favored Hoplite/Call To Serve. If you want more combat map control you could run Goblin Spymaster/Overwhelming Splendor. Immolation/Inferno Fist are good duplicates of Ordeal of Purphoros.
Other than these replacements, I think you made a fine deck. I would include more finishers like Shiv's Embrace/Splinter Twin/Elemental Mastery/Burning Anger/Battle Mastery, or include a combo with Battered Golem/Paradox Engine/Endbringer/Traxos, Scourge of Kroog. I think some weaker finishers in this deck right now are Giant Spectacle/Lightning Reflexes/Madcap Skills/Lightning Talons. And I think Gift of Immortality is alright, but it doesn't protect your auras in extension if a creature-only board wipe happens, so another indestructible spells would be better.
I like the neat combo of Pariah and Tiana, and your enchantment based draw engines + Auratog/Faith Healer is another neat combo. Curse of Opulence is a great include, it's a one drop that adds influences damage away from you and toward your 120 combined life goal. Umbra Mystic/Anax and Cymede/Heavenly Blademaster are also great includes!
1 month ago
So I've been playing my variant of your deck for about a year now, and I am beginning to wonder if Elspeth is really worth it. 4 mana to create a 1/1 token or buff a creature for 1 turn seems like a lot to me, and since our creatures will usually be tapped from attacking, I don't even have creatures to defend her unless I don't attack. How has your experience with her been? I am considering cutting her.
On a side note, have you ever considered running Goblin Spymaster? I just rediscovered this card and it seems like a good way to force combo/control decks to attack with their fragile creatures. I may end up playtesting this in the coming mon
2 months ago
Plahbie I never thought about using gideons intervention or nevermore like that and oh my god that is so deliciously evil haha. Great way to shut down a combo deck that relies on it's commander especially in non w/g colors (ie mizzix or jhoira).
As for curse of nightly hunt, there are probably just better ways to invoke the same effect. Fumiko the Lowblood gives you the effect, asymmetrically globally and gives you a potentially strong blocker if people decide to start sending things your way. Goblin Spymaster is another that is asymmetrically global as well, for the same CMC as curse of nightly hunt. The only benefit of the curse is that it's not removed by a board wipe and there's not that much incentive to remove it since it doesn't really prove to be a major threat in most cases. If you really want to get oppressive War's Toll is a fantastic one too (probably the best of the bunch, but it will draw IMMEDIATE hate from the table which is generally not what an aikido strategy is looking to do).
3 months ago
4 months ago
Maybe consider Dictate of the Twin Gods/Furnace of Rath? They're both cheap ways to double the damage from Varchild, and unlike the previously suggested Gratuitous Violence, they affect opponents creatures as well. While that is usually a downside, since most of your opponents creatures can only attack eachother you wont be taking much damage from them. However, you have to be careful with them, and if your playgroup has decks like Xenagos, God of Revels or Saskia the Unyielding they might be more likely to kill you than help you
Avatar of Slaughter, Curse of the Nightly Hunt, Goblin Spymaster, Grand Melee, Rowan Kenrith, and Warmonger Hellkite all force opponents to attack with their Survivors. Even though they can't block or attack you with them, they might sometimes want to keep them back and gang up on you instead. Goblin Spymaster is my favorite here, since it also gives opponents additional tokens to have to attack with. Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs helps make it so opponents dont attack you with their other creatures.
4 months ago
If it was my choice, I would go with Thantis, the warweaver. As green gives so much more options.
You have some good ideas already but a few more I think would be: Hunted Dragon, Avatar of Slaughter, No Mercy, Akroma's Memorial maybe, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Ophiomancer, Grenzo, Havoc Raiser, then I think you could really draw some inspiration from Queen Marchesa decks by playing some monarch cards like Skyline Despot, then stuff like Grave Titan/Hanweir Garrison/Goblin Spymaster.
When I’m off work later I will see what else I can think of. But like I already said, look at some political decks such as I suggested like Queen Marchesa, then I’m sure there’s more that I’m just not thinking of right now.
6 months ago
I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about Najeela, the Blade-Blossom yet W3R3PLATYPUS. There was a card suggested a while ago that was a red enchantment that didn't allow creatures to block unless their controller paid a mana tax. That would be good. I can't remember the name right now, but it is definitely in the comment archive. Also, any Goad cards are good. If you are going that way, you could try Goblin Spymaster and Fumiko the Lowblood. Just get people attacking. Given that Najeela, the Blade-Blossom is a WUBRG commander, there have to be a metric ton of good cards. You could actually play Queen Marchesa, Gahiji, Honored One, and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. Anything that gives advantage to attack anyone but you.