Golgari Thug

Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari Uncommon
Ravnica: City of Guilds Uncommon

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Golgari Thug

Creature — Human Warrior

When Golgari Thug is put into a graveyard from play, put target creature card in your graveyard on top of your library.

Dredge 4 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly four cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

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Golgari Thug Discussion

Polupus on Advertise your MODERN deck!

6 days ago

I need some more perspectives on this:

Which is best in this monoblack budget aggro deck?

Nighthowler vs Grafted Wargear vs Fallen Ideal


The Value of Human Life ~$50

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Nighthowler: great synergy with Golgari Thug, makes deck more susceptible to graveyard hate, but more resilient to removal, triggers heroic, threat in itself, can ramp quickly with no card loss, but doesn't provide a sac outlet.

Grafted Wargear: buffs earlier and provides free sorcery speed sac outlet, lack of artifact recursion makes it susceptible to removal/accidental dredge and runs into artifact hate like Stony Silence and Pithing Needle, 1 time cost for free buffs the rest of the game.

Fallen Ideal: built in recursion, free instant speed sac outlet, passive evasion, dodges Pithing Needle, triggers heroic, but doesn't give permabuff and only does at expense of other creatures.

Polupus on The Value of Human Life ~$50

1 week ago

@ The_Dragonmaster:

Thanks! I appreciate that. This will be the 3rd deck I actually build IRL so I have to be really mindful of what cards to pick.

Yeah, Golgari Thug is the backbone of this deck. I use him almost exclusively as a sacrificial lamb of sorts to pump up Crypt of Agadeem, generate tokens, and dig for creatures. My favorite interaction is with Disciple of Bolas looping the 2 of them to pick out my best fighters from the grave and gain some life (this gets ridiculous with Grafted Wargear in play and becomes almost like a cheaper Sphinx's Revelation).

You're totally right about the sweepers. Golgari Thug, Bloodsoaked Champion, and Xathrid Necromancer all help recover from boardwipes (and may actually help my board state out if I have multiple necromancers in play beforehand), but unfortunately I don't have any copies of Drown in Sorrow so I will have to try Mutilate in place (which may work better since T3 is usually reserved for playing the necromancer I need anyways). Thanks for the suggestion!

The_Dragonmaster on The Value of Human Life ~$50

1 week ago

I really like it. It was well thought through. I wouldn't have thought that Golgari Thug was a warrior. I like the synergy with Tragic Slip especially. I recently just thought of this. You can bounce back from boardwipes better than most decks. Have you thought of using Drown in Sorrow maybe in the side?

Gakros on Haakon's Crypt

2 weeks ago

what if i used Golgari Thug instead of Ashes of the Fallen so that i still have dredge,still have some recrursion? Honestly a well timed Ashes of the Fallen is insane but without Haakon is Dead.Completely Dead card.

lagotripha on Rally, Allies!

3 weeks ago

Ok, this looks intesting. Drana's Emissary costs a little much, and needs to stay on the battlefield to have an effect, not great for winning or stalling.

You basically have two options with B/W allies at the moment- the traditional Hada Freeblade/Kazandu Blademaster/Champion of the Parish beatdown. Its pretty straightforwards, and has gained some traction running Collected Company, you'll find examples on this site listed under modern allies.

What it isn't, is budget.

I'd reccomend an etb/flicker deck, as the cards are cheaper, as the diverse common-rarity options keep the price low.

Expedition Envoy/Ondu Cleric/Jeskai Barricade/Lantern Scout/Cliffside Lookout/Cliffhaven Vampire/Kabira Evangel/Ondu War Cleric/Serene Steward/Bloodbond Vampire/Kalastria Healer/Zulaport Cutthroat as core creatures aiming to stall the game, then close out with flicker effects for a lot of etb/ltb effects.

March from the Tomb/Eerie Interlude/Rally the Anscestors/Ghostway/Momentary Blink/No Rest for the Wicked/Proclamation of Rebirth/Faith's Reward/Whip of Erebos/Flickerform/Graceful Reprieve/Return to the Ranks/Makeshift Mannequin/Marshal's Anthem/Stonecloaker to puch out in turns 5-7 with etb triggers.

Some dredge like Stinkweed Imp/Dakmor Salvage/Nightmare Void, Darkblast or Golgari Thug could help provide card advantage throught the 'yard, but would leave you grave-hate vulnerable. The main battle is going to be surviving through and battling against combo, which will always be a weak matchup- but a good sideboard could hate it out with 15 dedicated cards, or focus on other matchups and accept combo as lost.

If you're tempted to take it non-budget Fatal Push is versatile in a lot of other decklists and powerful here. For budget though, Bone Splinters will enable graveyard shenanigans.

All told, nice start and good luck tinkering. Hope this big list isn't too intimidating, almost all the effects are similar for your purpsose- just pick and choose the cheaper ones and test the proportions to make sure your hands look nice and have fun testing!

Yuri200X on Jund dredge

1 month ago

Golgari Thug is also nice for dredge

Bastaba on Sidisi Loves Flour

1 month ago

MrBronson

I considered Mesmeric Orb and Golgari Thug but ultimately chose not to use them. But after having played a bit more with the deck, i can definitely see that they can be useful, and i'm going to reconsider them

Linkman59

I agree that the creatures are very useful, but i disagree about Life from the Loam being better than Splendid Reclamation. With reclamation i put the lands on the battlefield, while loam only puts them in my hand. I have used loam before, but in EDH, I prefer reclamation.

But thank you both for your advice, I'm definately considering the Thug and the Orb.

MrBronson on Sidisi Loves Flour

1 month ago

Mesmeric Orb IS SUPER HELPFUL, Golgari Thug, INSTEAD OF STINKWEED. I THINK WOULD BE NICE.

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