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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|Commander 2016 (C16)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Goblin Spymaster occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.01%
Goblin Spymaster Discussion
1 day ago
Endless Atlas - draw
Wheel of Fortune - draw
Goblin Spymaster - ? Utility ?
2 weeks ago
Hey, you don't have 100 cards, don't need to make cuts just yet ;)
Your deck is missing Marisi as Commander. In the deck editor add the CMDR tag after Marisi text.
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil *CMDR*
Doing this will make Marisi the official Commander and show the card image.
Goblin Spymaster is another repeatable way to give your opponents creatures. Bedlam makes it so your opponents kill each other with unblockable creatures since they're not going to be attacking you. Mass Hysteria gives all creatures haste. Grenzo, Havoc Raiser and Agitator Ant can be repeatable goad.
The shadow ability is good with Marisi since opponents are not going to have creatures with shadow thus shadow creatures will consistently do combat damage to a player and trigger Marisi.
More flying creatures will also consistently do combat damage to a player to trigger Marisi.
Land upgrades to consider:
- Jungle Shrine
- Temple Garden
- Stomping Ground
- Battlefield Forge
- Karplusan Forest
- Canopy Vista
- Cinder Glade
- Rootbound Crag
- Clifftop Retreat
- Sunpetal Grove
- Rugged Prairie
- Naya Panorama
- Ash Barrens
- Rogue's Passage
- Kessig Wolf Run
Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
Hey, nice budget version.
Gift of Doom for it's morph cost is good deathtouch/protection for Kelsien. Open the Armory is a budget tutor to get Gift or a deathtouch equipment. Double strike is very good in combination with deathtouch. This combo of attacking abilities with Kelsien makes him basically unblockable in combat and take advantage of his high power to do a lot of Commander damage.
Mask of Memory is good repeatable draw especially with double strike triggering it's combat damage ability twice. With as much pinging as you have here then consider adding cards that give your opponents creatures? Once Kelsien has deathtouch then it will be difficult for your opponents to keep creatures or even want to play creatures, but you want your opponents to have creatures so you can keep getting experience counters and growing Kelsien.
- Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor
- Goblin Spymaster
- Alliance of Arms
- Benevolent Offering
- Generous Gift
- Clackbridge Troll
General's Enforcer has good interaction with Kelsien giving him indestructible and then his ability can exile creatures you kill with Kelsien. There's other creatures in Mardu colors who can benefit from experience counters who are worth adding.
Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
These are the hard questions we ask. I like the ant better than Orzhov Advokist at least for this because ant is rewarding action instead of rewarding inaction (which feels to be against the spirit of the deck, it can push people to not get behind the 8-ball & has some bizarre bit of telegraphing to it: You might get warning on who they plan to attack with what depending on what they select for ant... It is also going to mean that things that grow stronger with counters are going to opt-in on that every time.... Its all kindof cutsie, but I do think it is reasonable to have cutesie at cost. Goblin Spymaster usually is my first replacement pick for replacement although I do love him.. Mercy Killing is another tough removal, my original reason for removal was that it was creature-based removal & creatures are rarely my major issue (typically I want to utilize opponents bangers), but it is a really solid conversion tool for early indestructible Eldrazi drops at instant-speed or late game bruisers (where this deck CAN suffer) I think of targeted some goading as pseudo-removal with less wasted damage... But yeah sometimes you just need TRUE removal.
2 months ago
Yeah I kind of dismissed Agitator Ant because I figured that like Orzhov Advokist it could be bad that you're actively making people consider whether to attack you or not. However, I'll concede that it's an important distinction that they given the option of putting the counters on one of their creatures and attack you with the rest and/or put them on a creature that you've already goaded. Dunno what it'd replace though; Goblin Spymaster? (Token gifting and non-goaded forced attacking isn't quite as important here as it is with Gahiji after all.)
You know how I feel about the Impetus =) You could take out Mercy Killing and replace it with any of the naya-Impetuses for fun, I'm just reluctant to cut down on what little removal I have. I'm glad WotC is paying attention to goad, makes me think this deck has a bright future ahead of itself
3 months ago
Board wipes that seem "on theme" and white "ramp" to consider. Kaya's Wrath Fumigate Retaliate Austere Command Decree of Pain Martial Coup Merciless Eviction Descent of Dragons Angel of the Dire Hour Magister of Worth Sunblast Angel Boreas Charger Oreskos Explorer Surveyor's Scope Solemn Simulacrum Sword of the Animist Verge Rangers Smothering Tithe Sword of Feast and Famine Dowsing Dagger Flip
Queen Marchesa doesn't have a clear single way to build so you have lots of options. However, I feel like said you want to play her like the Kween she is and create a royal court full of politicin' and group interaction to make all the boys whine. I don't think you want to discourgage people from taking the monarch from you, more encourage them to swing others IE: NO Ghostly Prisons, YES Teysa effects. Punish the ones who swing you only after the fact and reward the ones who swing others. There is a lot listed!
You will also want to get retake the throne each turn and lets face it, the Assasin's won't always get through Dauthi Embrace Dauthi Trapper Nether Shadow Nether Traitor Soltari Visionary Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul Break Through the Line Ferropede Gingerbrute Key to the City Whispersilk Cloak Trailblazer's Boots Zhang He, Wei General Yellow Scarves Cavalry Wei Night Raiders Wei Scout Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed Lu Bu, Master-at-Arms Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior Shadow Alley Denizen
Finally here are some other fun interactions befitting the royal court. Crown of Doom Kor Haven Cathars' Crusade Electropotence + Pandemonium (Nasty with deathtouch) Field of the Dead Mentor of the Meek In the Web of War Mace of the Valiant Ogre Battledriver Orc Sureshot Mathas, Fiend Seeker Master of Cruelties Anya, Merciless Angel Tree of Perdition Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Ashling, the Extinguisher Azra Oddsmaker Aurification Bloodforged Battle-Axe Contested War Zone Thaumatic Compass Flip Dread Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip Iroas, God of Victory Aurelia, the Warleader Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Five-Alarm Fire Hellrider Hixus, Prison Warden Larceny Necropolis Regent No Mercy Phage the Untouchable Quietus Spike Skeleton Key Throat Slitter Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor Vraska, Scheming Gorgon Scourge of the Throne Akroan Horse Captive Audience Goblin Spymaster Forbidden Orchard Clackbridge Troll Hunted Dragon Hunted Lammasu Hunted Horror
Theme directions to explore? Lifegain to stay above the swings? Angelic Chorus Answered Prayers Anointer Priest Authority of the Consuls Ayara, First of Locthwain Daxos, Blessed by the Sun Healer of the Pride Impassioned Orator Pious Evangel Flip Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Archangel of Thune Suture Priest Ajani's Welcome Dawn of Hope Deathgreeter Exquisite Blood Epicure of Blood Falkenrath Noble Karlov of the Ghost Council Noble Purpose Righteous Cause Sanguine Bond Searing Meditation Seraph Sanctuary Serene Steward Shattered Angel Spirit Loop Sun Droplet Vizkopa Guildmage Well of Lost Dreams Alhammarret's Archive Licia, Sanguine Tribune Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim Eternity Vessel Chalice of Life Flip Resolute Archangel Storm Herd Felidar Sovereign Divinity of Pride Serra Ascendant
Aristocrats of the Court (slow life drain strategy)? Bastion of Remembrance Corpse Knight Impact Tremors Purphoros, God of the Forge Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Outpost Siege Bontu's Monument Brutal Hordechief Campaign of Vengeance Cliffhaven Vampire Cruel Celebrant Kambal, Consul of Allocation Polluted Bonds Retreat to Hagra Vindictive Vampire revenge Sorin, Grim Nemesis Judith, the Scourge Diva Stalking Vengeance Syr Konrad, the Grim
4 months ago
Hey hey dawg!
There are just so many ways you could go about this! I have no idea if I'm doing the right thing here but here are a few ideas
Return of the Wildspeaker --> out -- I just dont think this card is very good in general. You dont have a ton of big creatures and +3/+3 isn't that exciting. Would rather play Harmonize which is unconditional.
Austere Command --> maybeboard -- This could be wrong, but I was looking for cards to cut and felt like an expensive wrath wasn't exactly where your deck wanted to be.
Keeper of Fables --> maybeboard -- I mean I get it that you can potentially draw up to 3 cards a turn, but its just so meh.
Greater Auramancy --> Maybeboard -- I was considering this cuz I think there's potential for a strong enchantments theme. Opted for Sterling Grove instead because it also tutors but this is here just as a consideration.
Archon of Absolution --> maybeboard -- Its on theme but I don't think its taxing enough right? maybe I'm crazy and this is exactly what you want cuz you can trigger goad with your commander?? but its 4 mana as well idk I just took it out cuz its floor is very low.
Kinjalli's Sunwing --> out -- Not sure why this card was in here to begin with, I mean you aren't granting mass haste or anything and the whole idea is you're goading people so few people are gonna have blockers, plus plenty of your is evasive. I think Thalia, Heretic Cathar feels this role very well already.
Urabrask the Hidden --> maybeboard -- This card is sweet but its 5 mana.
Elspeth, Sun's Champion --> maybeboard -- Elspeth feels a little out of place.
Beast Whisperer --> maybeboard -- Not into this as a reliable form of card draw.
Soltari Champion --> out -- I get the idea, you're trying to trigger goad, but isn't this card just bad? a 3 mana unblockable with battlecry doesn't seem particularly playable.
Gruul War Chant --> out -- This card is just way too low impact for 4 mana.
Sunblast Angel --> Maybeboard -- I get the idea cuz everyone is attacking and tapped but meh.
Dryad Sophisticate --> out -- I don't think unblockable 2/1 are good enough even if they do trigger marisi. I like the idea of playing evasive hatebears or something. Maybe I'm just way off base with this deck haha
The Great Henge --> maybeboard -- this card is sweet and super pwoerful but you got a bunch of dorky 2/2s and stuff this thing is gonna routinely cost you like 7 mana and at that point wouldn't you just play Zendikar Resurgent? (I didn't put zendikar resurgent in though but if you want an effect like henge, I think I'd go with resurgent)
Druids' Repository --> main -- Idk! this seems cool and fun!! All your creatures become mana dorks cuz they'll be attacking anyway! Seems p good! Also if you make a bunch of 1/1 tokens with Tempt with Vengeance and Sylvan Offering you make a bunch of mana when they attack!
Skullclamp --> main -- I think because stuff like Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor plus having a bunch of stuff that might end up dying this'll draw you a lot of cards. Plus if you play Tempt with Vengeance and Sylvan Offering its bonkers!!
Insurrection --> main -- Its a sweet win condition!!
Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor --> main -- in my view this exactly what you want to be doing!
ok wow this comment is getting long so I'm just gonna list the rest of the cards that I think should go in/out:
War's Toll -- in
Sterling Grove -- in
Sphere of Safety - in
Sylvan Offering - in
Enlightened Tutor - in
Harmonize - in
Goblin Spymaster - in
Tahngarth, First Mate - in (this one just seems fun :D totally get it if you decide not to)
Tempt with Vengeance - in
Teferi's Protection - in
Rishkar's Expertise - out
Grand Melee - maybe, for now I decided to just play war's toll but maybe neither are good enough
Whew!! Can't wait to play against this in any shape or form! Hope at least some of these suggestions help!
7 months ago
Nice. A few suggestions, given your new theme:
Hazoret's Favor is built for this deck.
Mogg Cannon is less powerful, but a backup sac outlet and cheap.
Mark of Mutiny is a good threaten for Greven.
Traitorous Instinct is basically Malevolent Whispers v0.9.
Treacherous Urge gets any creatures your opponents think they can keep in-hand until Greven leaves the field.
Auger Spree doubles as removal and card draw. Bedeck / Bedazzle does the same and also hits problematic lands. Nameless Inversion is probably the worst of the three, but it can be grabbed by creature tutors, so there's that.
Goatnap . That is all.