Golgari Thug


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

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Set Rarity
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 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

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Flame On (Grixis Control)

4 days ago

GDS was tough when I was on Delver, and Cryptic Command is pretty clunky so I imagine it's a bit worse here. They're too friggin efficient.

When playing vs Dredge, what do you use Surgical Extraction on? I've tested post-board a little bit and I'm struggling a lot. I Surgical their Stinkweed Imps and then they go off with Life from the Loam. I snap-surgical Loam, and then they still get there with Golgari Thug and Darkblast. It just doesn't feel like it does enough.

On the plus side this deck is #6 on the site right now. I'm tempted to feature it since I have a feature token that I probably won't use elsewhere.

ksuKaliber on Competitive Dredge Modern

1 month ago

MB Changes:

-2 Dakmor Salvage or -1 Dakmor Salvage and -1 Blackcleave Cliffs
-2 Ghost Quarter
-2 Insolent Neonate
-2 Thoughtseize
-1 Assassin's Trophy
-1 Lightning Axe or -1 Golgari Thug
+4 Shriekhorn
+1 Narcomoeba
+1 Life from the Loam
+4 Creeping Chill

SB Changes:

-1 Ghost Quarter/Lightning Axe/Tormod's Crypt
+1 Nature's Claim
-2 Something
+2 Thoughtseize
-1 Something, maybe Ancient Grudge or Lightning Axe
+1 Assassin's Trophy (If so desired, not necessary due to number of removal and LD cards already present)

Game 1 is a sprint for Dredge, don't put ankle weights on and dilute your deck with SB cards in game 1. You're a linear aggro deck that acts like a combo deck, you don't want to react, you want to end the game before the opponent can win or react. The cards you actually lose to in MB right now are generally cards that are difficult to hedge against with Thoughtseize. Things like Terminus are never in the hand, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon only needs to resolve after being hit with Ancient Stirrings, and other boardwipes you can play through due to recursion. You should be going wide enough that most creatures/cards don't bother you with board presence. After G1, sure, side in your Thoughtseizes and removal such as Assassin's Trophy, because then you're not hedging a select amount of cards, you're answering the SB hate cards that are sure to come.
And 23 lands is about 3-4 too many, every list I've seen in the past week since the resurgence of Dredge due to the printing of Creeping Chill has run 19, and the Ghost Quarters seem out of place MB anyway (Also, the past week is relevant. Dredge has seen as many/more results in the past week than the past month. Even before that, the max I saw was 21 lands). Your deck needs to be gas and running that many lands isn't good for what is essentially an aggro deck. Life from the Loam is what fills your hand with lands to pitch to Conflagrate, running too many is going to cost you speed and consistency of hitting your Dredgers.

DMFF on BUG Scavenger

2 months ago

Really cool and dirty deck idea. I really love how spicy things can get out of nowhere. That said, I do feel like this has a lot of random singletons and could be more refined. Have you thought about running Brainspoil as a tutor for Varolz? It's odd, but even 1 or 2 can be a big help. Golgari Thug might be a good inclusion if your Varolz have all died and they come with dredge as well!

Whatever you end up doing with it, well done on a super fun and surprising deck.

Boza on Eldrazi Demons?

2 months ago

I would say that Demon of Death's Gate is a perfectly good magic card that has not found a home. I made this a while ago when GGT was still legal, but it works the same with Golgari Thug:

Modern BfB

The key to abusing demon is Bridge from Below. Use demon as a non-banned Dread Return.

Swilliam on Rob Graves, Not The Bank

3 months ago

Thanks LikeSpider943, I hadn't taken much notice of the new core set cards but Stitcher's Supplier seems like it would be a good fit just for the enters the battlefield trigger, if I can get it into the yard efficiently as a possible chump blocker later on in the game it is even more powerful. Should be worth testing it in place of Golgari Thug or Gnarled Scarhide even though they each serve their purpose of recursion or enabling delirium right now.

punkrawkmonkey on Death is Temporary

3 months ago

Burnished Hart seems really good in this deck. Possibly even better than Explosive Vegetation since it is re-castable with your commander and is both an artifact and a creature.

Memnarch is another artifact creature and obviously insanely good in Commander.

Hermit Druid, Golgari Grave-Troll, Dakmor Salvage, Golgari Thug are some good options for self-mill.

Living Death and Yawgmoth's Will are excellent in these sorts of decks as well.

Mystic Remora is in my opinion a better Rhystic Study and is absolutely disgusting in this deck since you can get around it's cumulative upkeep.

If you feel like being degenerate, Glen Elendra Archmage is dumb in this deck too..

CommanderAdventures on Using Muldrotha in Stax (WIP Primer)

3 months ago

I would add more dredge cards to fill up your graveyard more quickly.

Dredge cards ordered by EDHREC rank: https://scryfall.com/search?q=o%3A%22dredge%22+commander%3ABG&order=edhrec

My favorites are Dakmor Salvage, Golgari Grave-Troll and Golgari Thug

Otherwise it will take eternities to enable your commander's potential when you just focus on sacrifice/discard.

I run a similar deck that tends to be highly competitive:

[Upgraded][C15] Plunder the Graves - Golgari Mulch

Commander / EDH CommanderAdventures


Maybe you can find some ETB/LTB triggers you like.

FancyTuesday on What happens if you sacrifice ...

4 months ago

The card that was on top before that. In this case Golgari Thug is sacrificed as part of the resolution of Vaevictis's ability, so Vaevictis's ability must completely resolve before new objects can be added to the stack. After the Vaevictis trigger has resolved all triggers waiting to go on the stack are added to it in APNAP order, and when it comes to Golgari Thug it resolves and puts a card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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