Golgari Thug


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Secret Lair (SLD) Rare
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Uncommon
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Uncommon

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Golgari Thug

Creature — Human Warrior

When Golgari Thug is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put target creature card from 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

sickrobot on Varolz Hulk

3 days ago

Late responses again, sorry:

Drake_N Scheming Symmetry is fantastic in any form of 2v2 EDH, it would definitely be a swap that I'd go for. Hand attack also tends to get a lot better, so I'd look at including maybe an Inquisition of Kozilek as well. Death's Shadow and Phyrexian Dreadnought also become a lot more playable in 2v2, as making the game 2v1 will win most of the time as well, so consider adding those. Nox is playable, but more often than not I wasn't finding it more useful than the next best slot, most of the time just needing to use it to flash back a top of deck tutor (yuck) or to get back a fetchland to make a land drop (extra yuck). If you find yourself needing more graveyard recursion though, I'd encourage testing it back out.

Seeker88 Ashiok/Stranglehold/Aven Mindcensor effectively just kill this deck outright, and there's not much you can really do about it tbh. You can definitely have draws that mitigate those, with either Ad Naus or Necropotence, but overall they're just hate pieces that you mostly lose to, no matter what you're doing. The deck already has Golgari Thug to mitigate having one of your win pieces in the graveyard to help with that issue, but if you're losing multiple pieces, there's not really a good solution. I'd look at potentially including Noxious revival and Regrowth if that is really an issue, as there really aren't any other cards that you can get inside of a hulk pile to solve that. As for alt wincons, there are times that I've wanted them, but they're fairly few and far between, and even when you would want a second option, the quality of wincons past Hulk in GB drops off drastically, the next best would probably be SquirrelCraft, which is honestly just terrible. Especially with access to both Thug and Riftsweeper, you're almost never going to be in a position where you can't win with the hulk pile. I'm glad that you're taking an interest in the deck! It does have issues, especially lacking in the grind game and missing blue, so if you're looking for a deck that will consistently do well at the top of the format, I can't really recommend it, but it's a blast to play if that's not as much of a concern.

multimedia on Konrad

2 weeks ago

Hey, nice budget version of mono black.

Budget cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • 2x Swamp
  • Vicious Rumors
  • Eye Collector
  • Pit Keeper
  • Hedonist's Trove
  • Soul of Innistrad
  • Urgoros, the Empty One
  • Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage

Noire_Samhain on Varolz Power/Combo

1 month ago

While I can't recommend what to replace, Golgari Thug , Stinkweed Imp , Shambling Shell , and Golgari Grave-Troll might be interesting for getting stuff into the graveyard with Dredge to then Scavenge or even revive.

multimedia on What is dead may never die

1 month ago

Hey, nice version, but I think you can get more out of Syr Konrad.

Consider adding more sac outlets: Viscera Seer , Carrion Feeder , Skullclamp with Golgari Thug ? Thug can be an engine with Syr Konrad. When he dies he triggers, when he returns a creature to the top of your library he triggers and when you dredge creatures this also triggers as well as puts Thug back into your hand to cast again and repeat. Skullclamp can be sac and draw with Thug since he has 1 toughness.

Good luck with your deck.

RNR_Gaming on Anje Stax

3 months ago

Better tutors and better ways to fill your graveyard is probably where you want to be. Mechanics like dredge make this much easier. Stinkweed Imp and Golgari Thug fill the yard up with ease. Additionally, you may want to try out Doom Whisperer .

clayperce on Serious Hogaak (Retired)

3 months ago

I had tested Silent Gravestone in one of the very earliest versions of the deck, and frankly found it to be kinda meh. IMO, Surgical Extraction just isn't really worth a dedicated sideboard slot, plus the trigger from Golgari Thug is often quite useful (e.g., getting a Satyr Wayfinder back when we need gas or a Land drop, and getting a Hogaak back when our opp has a Grafdigger's Cage ). The cantrip of Ground Seal is nice though, so I'll keep it in mind if Surgical becomes more of a threat.


Demarge on Serious Hogaak (Retired)

3 months ago

If you fear Surgical Extraction or expect snapcaster to make any sort of appearance Ground Seal is rather good, it also only shuts down Golgari Thug 's death trigger on your end.

jaydubs on Sacrifice the Weak

3 months ago

I was running Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder for a while in the deck. I found that I don't often cast creatures it's more of bringing them from the grave so I wasn't getting a lot of value out of him since he isn't just creature ETB. I probably will put in the Priest of the Forgotten Gods Over Golgari Thug . I want to run Dictate of Erebos but I am unsure what to take out in place. Since all these cards have great synergy with It That Betrays and he seems to be my favorite way of playing the deck.

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Golgari Thug occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.07%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Golgari: 0.14%