Hamletback Goliath

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Rare
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Magic 2013 (M13) Rare
Lorwyn (LRW) Rare
Promo Set (000) None

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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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Hamletback Goliath Discussion

NV_1980 on Locust God: The God of Draw

1 week ago

Hi,

Nice Locust deck; very accessible because it can obtained with a small budget! The following additions will keep the deck on budget (mostly), but will probably make it a lot more powerful:

  • Laboratory Maniac; just in case you run out of stuff to draw.
  • Whirlpool Rider; slightly less powerful version of Whirlpool Warrior, but still great.
  • Mindwrack Liege; not the cheapest option, but will make your Locusts very strong.
  • High Tide; great for summoning the Locust God early.
  • Keep Watch; very funny once you have a few Locusts to attack with; can also be used during opponents' turns.
  • Rites of Initiation; like Coat of Arms, can act as a finisher if you have enough Locusts.
  • Goblin Bombardment; in case you have enough Locusts and some particular creature is bothering you. Can also prove very effective damage if an opponent has somehow prevented you from using your Locusts as attackers.
  • Breath of Fury; this can be an insanely funny finisher if you have enough Locusts.
  • Burn at the Stake; lots of fun if you have the Locusts.
  • Enter the Infinite; requires a lot of mana, but if it's not countered this will basically end the game in your favor by creating a gazillion Locusts.
  • Library of Leng; just in case you feel like discarding into your graveyard sucks, also acts as a second Thought Vessel.
  • Throne of the God-Pharaoh; this is pretty powerful if you have just attacked with a bunch of Locusts.

As for cuts to make room for the above, I would suggest cutting Aetherworks Marvel, Decoction Module and Fabrication Module; in order for any of these to be of real value, you need all of them on the field (or at the very least two out of three). I would also cut Hamletback Goliath; you don't need such a big stomper (without trample I might add) order to win.

Hope any of this makes sense. Have fun playing! And should you have time to give feedback on one of my decks, I would appreciate it!

darmpark on Bring Back The Red Dead

2 months ago

I don't know where'd it'd fit in, but after looking at this, Hamletback Goliath was the first thing that came to mind.

schmidtguy on M13 Rainbow Stairwell

3 months ago

Hamletback Goliath is a 7 drop and would therefore not be legal in this format

Suns_Champion on EDH Brion Stoutarm R/W, Fury and Wrath

4 months ago

Hi! Saw your post on the forums, glad to see more Brion players out there.

In response to the forum post: in my personal experience Stalking Vengeance never did much for me. but with the choice between Insurrection or Aurelia, the Warleader, I'd cut the Warleader.

Now after having a look at your deck, I've got a few suggestions!

First off, you have a lot of high costed(6-8 mana) spells, but almost no ramp to speak of.

Boros Signet, Coldsteel Heart, Commander's Sphere, Fellwar Stone, Fire Diamond, Hedron Archive, Marble Diamond, and Mind Stone are all good options. Focus on the 2 mana ramps because that a) allows for a turn 3 Brion and b) doesn't slow you down as much in the late game.

Ramp is important, and so is card draw. Unfortunately, Boros sucks at both. Still, artifacts like Well of Lost Dreams and Skullclamp are great, so through in some more like Infiltration Lens and Mask of Memory. Solemn Simulacrum is great too, though price is an issue(Kor Cartographer is the budget version). The color red also provides you with wheel effects, you have a couple but Reforge the Soul would help you I think.

Now the boring stuff is out of the way. How about some big creatures?! Hamletback Goliath, Thunderblust, and Serra Avatar are some good sackable fatties, and give great value for your dollar! Sun Titan is some good recursion.

Now for some win conditions to bounce off ya: Phyrexian Processor! Here's what you need: 9 mana, at least 1 more life than your opponent, and Brion on the field. Play the processor, pay most of your life, make a X/X creature, sack it to Brion, kill your opponent and gain all the life back! Works great with damage/lifegain doublers.

Phyrexian Devourer! Here's how he works. Exile cards off your library until he hits seven and his ability triggers, then sack him with Brion in response to the trigger, then keep exileing cards in respone to that to get it's power up to more than your opponents, then all that resolves and kills someone. This can all happen turn 7 which is nice.

Other random cards I've had fun with:Rite of the Raging Storm, Fatal Frenzy, and Neheb, the Eternal!

Cut suggestions. Whenever I'm cutting stuff I look at the top of my curve first and move down. How much are these 6, 7, 8 mana spells doing for you? I'd take a long look at the two Akromas and some of the other angels, Stalking Vengeance, and Ryusei, the Falling Star. Further down the curve I see Taj-Nar Swordsmith(not using him to full potential), Magus of the Disk(just use the disk) and Vesuva(replace with Clifftop Retreat).

Hopefully some of this helps! Check out my Brion deck for a reference!


Bad Luck Brion

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AllhydeNoJekyll on Rakdos the Rioter

5 months ago

Hey, I know your commander gives you feasible ramp, but I'm not sure that justifies running 34 lands. Maybe cut Cauldron Dance, Loxodon Warhammer, Hamletback Goliath

XBlaze on My Brother's Hydra Deck

6 months ago

I would say blue and red, because you could take out any bothersome creatures with Counterspell or Cancel or since there are a lot of creatures, maybe Nullify and for when you get attacked AEtherize and AEtherspouts. Sleep is good too. Now the red would be damage spells like Lightning Bolt or Shock or Mugging. You could put in some heavy hitter damage too like Comet Storm. Red is also good because it has some big creatures, like Hamletback Goliath. For blue creatures, I would put a few Talrand, Sky Summoner so you get a bunch of drakes, and you can kill him from the air. Hope you can beat him!

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