Gratuitous Violence


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown Rare
Onslaught Rare

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Gratuitous Violence


If a creature you control would deal damage to a creature or player, it deals double that damage to that creature or player instead.

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Gratuitous Violence Discussion

Liquidbeaver on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER]

1 week ago

KaraZorEl: With just the little bit I've played this deck in person so far, I was really surprised how many people hate Stax, even though I mention that I'm not using Winter Orb/Static Orb, Smokestack, etc.. which I feel are a lot more punishing. I'm not even running all the MLD that I could at the moment. Oh well.

As for your suggestions - I've had Dictate of the Twin Gods maybeboarded for a while, and Furnace of Rath is on my maybeboard overflow. The only reason I'm not running one of them currently is I don't have enough experience with the deck to know if I can limit the amount the double damage hurts me back. I would love to have another in addition to the Gratuitous Violence I currently run, but I think I need a lot more playtesting before I do that.

I had Warstorm Surge in many, many revisions ago, but took it out because of the cost. Now that I have drastically improved my curve and ramp package, this would be an easy addition back in to maximize the ETB damage. Especially with Coat of Arms and Panharmonicon in the deck.

Liquidbeaver on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

Made some strength and curve changes.

Altar of Dementia out for Phyrexian Altar: Even though Dementia is stupidly strong with Coat of Arms out, when it isn't this card is kind of dead. Sideboarding it for now.

Impact Tremors out for Purphoros, God of the Forge: I took this out before because of the higher cost, but now that my curve and ramp package are much better, it is a straight upgrade for me.

Snow-Covered Mountain out for Boseiju, Who Shelters All: Making sure my Scrap Mastery or Blasphemous Act go off is really important if I am keeping priority and saccing in response. Without it I could cast it, sac in response, and then get counterspelled and have almost no boardstate left over.

Damping Engine out for Tangle Wire: Just a stronger version of the same effect.

Snow-Covered Mountain out for Mox Diamond: This is normally not a strictly better trade off, but with so many fetches and extra land mechanics, I can run off of fewer basics.

Goblin King out for Gratuitous Violence: I've been wanting to fit this card in for a really long time. Even though Goblin King combos very well with Blood Moon, since I don't have any real pump spells for my Goblins besides Coat of Arms, I actually end up doing less damage overall. I could use Goblin King as a finisher, but Gratuitous Violence gives me a bigger boost, regardless of when it comes out. Sideboarding Goblin King for now, in case I do want to add him in just as a finisher later.

Snow-Covered Mountain out for Stranglehold: This puts me down two lands total from where I was, but it gives me a ton more control over the battlefield. I didn't realize it's potency before, until I realized it included cracking fetches as well. This actually makes me consider running From the Ashes instead of Ruination in my future MLD additions.

I will have to playtest a lot more to see if I took out too many basic lands, or added too many non-basics, but with all the ramp and mana rocks I should be okay.

Still looking for ways to get sideboard cards into the deck, but as it stands the deck is more consistent and stronger than ever.

Liquidbeaver on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

Spam away, I love working on this deck, and not many people have more than a single card suggestion at a time, so go right ahead!

Stranglehold is in a list of Stax and Stax-ish cards I have. There isn't a particular reason why I'm not running it other than I wasn't sure of the impact. Admittedly though, I haven't spent much time working it through, though. I am wanting to go heavier with the Stax effects, so it definitely fits the bill, I just have no experience with it.

Good call on Past in Flames. I would get a lot more mileage out of Gratuitous Violence in every circumstance I can think of.

I chose Impact Tremors over Purphoros, God of the Forge a long time ago, before I had lowered the CMC significantly, or had the mana base to back it up. Now that I have the deck working much more smoothly, there's no reason not to switch it out. Good idea.

Trtl on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

(I'm just spamming now, aren't I?) I just realized you aren't running Stranglehold. Is there a particular reason why? Keep in mind that it doesn't affect you and screws up land searches too.

Unless I'm missing something, you can ditch Past in Flames for Gratuitous Violence, you're only running twelve instants and sorceries that aren't Past.

You might also want to replace Impact Tremors with Purphoros, God of the Forge. Yes, he costs a bit more, but he is also more explosive. (and harder to remove)

Liquidbeaver on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

Trtl: I really like Wild Swing a lot, and it's one I was sad to see go. Unfortunately, I have the most problem with Enchantments at the moment, so Chaos Warp has taken its place.

Gratuitous Violence has been in my sideboard longer than any other card (sideboard is my pending includes atm), and it's probably the one I want to get in the most. I really, really want it in there, but I'm not sure what to cut to make space. Regardless of the cost, I love that I can drop it when it's most convenient, not just as a finisher. I could see myself running Dictate because of the tricky things you could do with the flash. Furnace would be a little harder to run for me, unless I could guarantee I had a sac outlet out (getting easier at ~8).

Trtl on Ib Halfheart, Goblin Sac-tician [PRIMER]

2 weeks ago

Last suggestion; Gratuitous Violence, Dictate of the Twin Gods and/or Furnace of Rath. all three make your goblins go from Gunpowder bombs to full on TNT.

pskinn01 on Saskia - TO Build-a-deck

3 weeks ago

Odric, Lunarch Marshal - cause gives haste n vigilance with commander out.
Erebos, God of the Dead - card draw, hate against opponents life gain.
Skyshroud Elf - color filter for red and white.
Stonehoof Chieftain - Conqueror's Flail - a +4/+4 equipment that neutralizes counter spells on your turn
the signers such as Gruul Signet
Gratuitous Violence - is stupid in deck hit one opponent with 10 power, they take 20, and the chosen player takes 40.
Anguished Unmaking and Utter End are good flexible removal instants.

All of the above are used in my theefolk/big toughness themed build of saskia called A woody for Saskia's Big Booty

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