Hamletback Goliath

Hamletback Goliath

Creature — Giant Warrior

Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may put X +1/+1 counters on Hamletback Goliath, where X is that creature's power.

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Rare
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Magic 2013 (M13) Rare
Lorwyn (LRW) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Legality

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

Hamletback Goliath occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Hamletback Goliath Discussion

Popeyedrobin53 on Blind Eternities Summoning

1 month ago

Thank you for all of the suggestions! I've updated the deck and sideboard with a lot of your suggestions. However, I will point out why I didn't include a few. For starters, Dismember is a no go in my book, as losing 4 life, however it may seem small, can be bad later on. As for Spark Harvest , my reasoning behind it is because I can sacrifice a single Eldrazi Scion/ Eldrazi Spawn for its cost, which shouldn't be that big of a deal. Furthermore, Eldrazi Skyspawner isn't too great for the purpose mentioned, as I put in Mist Intruder as a means of potentially exiling really good cards the opponent has before they even draw them. It's luck-based, I know, but it worked for me in the past. Finally, while I see your point with Hamletback Goliath , one of your suggestions I need to explain. Beanstalk Giant , for example, relies on lands. However, if my main means of ramp is scions, it's not gonna get very big. The rest seem fine. Thank you for your help though! You helped a lot!

Kazierts on Blind Eternities Summoning

1 month ago

Yeah... I know that feeling of selling cards I shouldn't have.

Since you are crazy enough to wanna hear my suggestions, then here I come. I have to say one thing before though. A sideboard is somewhere you can put cards to switch between matches to fix your deck's weak point. So, even if have one Garruk, absolutely mainboard him. That would make the deck more consistent. Having him in the sideboard doesn't help.

Mutiny is another card that just isn't good. It's too unreliable as it needs your opponent to have at the very least two creatures and one of them needs to be strong enough to kill the other, in which case you'll kill the weaker but will still need to deal with a strong creature. Kozilek's Return isn't budget friendly. However, it's a good boardwipe that doubles if you cast a big Eldrazi, clearing the way for an attack. If you strictly want a single target removal you could use Lightning Bolt , Wild Slash , Abrade or, if want to have as few colors as possible, Reality Shift .

Same goes for Spark Harvest . Too unreliabe and sacrificing the resources you'll need to accomplish your goal doesn't seem good. You can use Dismember instead as really few creatures can survive -5/-5 and you wouldn't need a black source anymore.

Mist Intruder is just generic, and ingest isn't a really good mechanic. Run Eldrazi Skyspawner instead. It's one mana more expensive but also ramps you for one mana.

Hamletback Goliath is cute altough being nothing else. It's not bad per say, but offers nothing more than just a big body. No protection, no evasion, not even trample. Even if it becomes a 40/40 it can be blocked by a 1/1. Just as a comparison, Hamletback Goliath can be destroyed, bounced or exiled, but Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger can't be destroyed and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn has protection from an absurd amount of things while simultaneously having evasion. You're investing a lot of mana in those Eldrazi and they "pay you back" by impacting the board as soon as they come in and are rather resilient. Rather than the Goliath, you could use Emrakul's Hatcher , Beanstalk Giant , Oblivion Sower or even Drowner of Hope . Here's a more organized way to explain:

  1. Emrakul's Hatcher - Not nearly as big and has no potential to grow, but helps you "ramp". Also is a red card, so makes you have to properly adjust your manabase accordingly.

  2. Beanstalk Giant - Not as big, but can grow really big if go all in the ramp plan as it also helps you ramp by being a ramp spell.

  3. Oblivion Sower - Can be searched with From Beyond and disrupts the opponent while also stealing their lands and ramping you.

  4. Drowner of Hope - Sort of a Control(?) option. It can sacrifice you scion tokens to tap your oppoent's most troublesome creature and it's also searchable by From Beyond .

I've been writing a lot. Feel free to agree or disagree with what I said. Just because I think something would be better it doesn't it will be better or that you should like it, after all, the deck is yours.

Also, if you could change the format to Casual it would help a lot. When writing these comment, TappedOut can directly show you cards I want to suggest. However, since the deck is labeled as Unknown format, anything I try to recommend ends up being recognized as illegal.

Hausar on Hungry Hungry Hellion

2 months ago

Glad you are enjoying it! That's why I keep adding them to TappedOut.

When I built the deck to begin with it had Hamletback Goliath in it for this reason and it was underwhelming. It's easier to make a huge Thromok then sit and wait on Hamletback to grow. With limited 'fling' effects in the deck when you use it it needs to hurt or kill. With Thromok, you have this option as he can be as big as you need him to be. I imagine it would work wonders in a Brion Stoutarm deck.

TypicalTimmy on Hungry Hungry Hellion

2 months ago

Just played your deck again and I forgot how much fun it is. I already upvoted from last time, but I think I have a great addition for it.

Have you considered Hamletback Goliath ? ;D

I think this would be the PERFECT deck for him. He grows stupidly big and you have the Fling and Thud spells and effects, not to mention ways to give him Trample.

rwobsession on Do you even fling, bro? - first EDH deck

2 months ago

Hope you're enjoying the deck! Here's a few suggestions if you want from when I had mine together, tempted to rebuild it:

Mimic Vat is tons of fun in this deck. Outside of your own big creatures, sometimes your opponent self-mills something spicy and you can't resist it...

Aetherflux Reservoir is a staple, but it's pretty hilarious when you can fling Serra Avatar , gain your life back, then one shot someone (or two) with it. (Best case scenario, but Brion Stoutarm gains you life throughout the game.

Sigil of the New Dawn lets you get back those creatures you flung.

Hallowed Burial wipes the board Terminus -style. Gets around indestructible and stuff.

Taurean Mauler is a cheaper Hamletback Goliath that grows with every spell your opponents cast, I'd run both personally.

Moltensteel Dragon is a cute addition. Pay a bunch of life you gained to pump up its power to finish someone off.

Rite of the Raging Storm gets you elementals to throw every turn. Plus, your opponents get them and can only attack each other with them! Mwahahahahaha

Looks like Generous Gift would be a great addition to your Sunforger package.

Vandalblast is a staple suggestion is all.

Cheers!

MindAblaze on

4 months ago

No need for Vanilla Fat. Hamletback Goliath + Mayael's Aria is another win condition I’ve seen, but again; Consistency is key.

BMHKain on

4 months ago

@MindAblaze: As I was about to rebuild Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder from scratch, I will agree on the following:

  1. I do agree that some fat is underpowered in their own way. As I'm currently pondering this predicament, I'm starting low to see what abilities are truly underpowered in addition; thus deserving the Zweihander's Cleave .

  2. Just replaced them Rings w/ Whatever a Resonator is... .

  3. As for Stompy Aggro: Would I put Vanilla Fat in? I do like some consistency; (Glares Demonically at Hamletback Goliath .) but seriously, I may as well cut some while I'm on a case. For now though, I've stuff to do...

BMHKain on Krenko requests help for his ...

5 months ago

BUMPING BY A PLAYA!

I'll try to find some combos that work w/ Artifice, though I dunno if Coldsteel Heart is any better than Fire Diamond , but What About Prism Ring ? A Medallion can't possibly beat this... Any thoughts? I just wonder what can help w/ such combos. For now, (& I regret to DO this yet again...) I'd like some suggestions for cuts for this deck; AND some adds in Goblin Tribal that have Flying; this deck has no option against Flying/Horsemanship Creatures, & I'd actually like some of this, please.

That said, I'm going to have to predict these will be cut:

Patron of the Akki : Not even a Gob, is powerful, but can't even fly. a WASTE .

Goblin Sharpshooter : Death to something is required for something that only does 1 Damage; even doubling damage is MINISCULE in this case. That, & it DOESN'T target Walkers, which can be a separate target from the Player now; damn new rulings... & this is also concrete proof we need more firearms in MTG; & Plainswalk Back; just look at the Plains Art of our age & dare to say: "It should never return.". Even Sogen translates to Grassland, & Knights, Soldiers, Aven, Angels, even Spirits have the upper hand in such an area here over any Conventional Non- Creature. Even if it's a Plains at it's most basic.

Reckless One : I suppose this is a Meta-Call? For me, this Avatar is just a dumber(er) Fatty than even an Hamletback Goliath . But what the crap should I know? This deck seems to want to Put into Play LOTS of Gobs...

Zo-Zu the Punisher : This deck heavily relies on Gobs, & Mana; but if the latter in the form of Lands punishes you just for playing them (Especially when you have Crucible of Worlds .), Something is truly off for this kind of Gob that's better off Hatebearing you.

Potential Changes?:

Fire Diamond >>> Coldsteel Heart : Both are Cast, Both are Rocks that ETB tapped, but Coldsteel Heart at least gives you a choice of what mana it can use; & is a Snow Permanent to add to the damage. Replace your Damn Diamonds w/ this Relic; Frozen in Time.

Ruby Medallion >>> Prism Ring : Why screw w/ a Medallion that does too little for , when you got the ULTIMATE MOOD RING; & a Genuine one at that, at , & while it won't give you any discount, prepare to gain so much life, it's criminal. Now, uh... What's the whole set of Colors for moods? I, mean, there's like 66, 67 of them, God Forbid? That's one hell of a Rainbow of a Prism. Sadly I couldn't find any better anyway... Your thoughts on this would be good...

&... That's all I got... Any ideas for cuts (Or adds; I still can't find any anti-flyers...) would be great. I wonder if there is a cheap artifact that allows your spells to be less; & no, The Immortal Sun doesn't count...

Thanks for the help thus far... :)

Oh, & about the Plains in Question so we can get Plainswalk back:

Plains (This is a HUGE area in Ravnica. No Grass Anywhere.)

Plains (What kind of Non- Creature has the upper hand in something BESIDES mere SoGen?!)

Plains (Oketra says Hello, untrue lives.)

I hope this helps. I'll talk later. Good luck for cuts and/or adds. :)

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