Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician


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
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins (EVG) Rare
Time Spiral (TSP) Rare

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Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician

Legendary Creature — Goblin Advisor

Whenever another Goblin you control becomes blocked, sacrifice it. If you do, it deals 4 damage to each creature blocking it.

Sacrifice two Mountains: Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play.

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Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician Discussion

Postmortal_Pop on What legend should become a ...

3 months ago

SteelSentry Jhoira was actually already a planeswalker when she was in the story, her card was just made before the planeswalker type.

As for me, want a true goblin as a walker like Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician we've seen smart goblins and talented goblins, but I want a goblin walker that truly represents the masses.

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

3 months ago

Pallino: Since they both effect activated abilities, here is all the stuff that can take advantage of one or both (Note: You don't have to pay the original cost of the ability - like saccing the creature - each time you copy it):

Burnished Hart - Both, up to a total of 6 basic lands.

Feldon of the Third Path - Both, up to a total of 3 copies of graveyard creatures.

Goblin Chirurgeon - Both, regenerating up to 3 creatures for each sac'd Goblin.

Goblin Sledder - Both, up to +3/+3 for each sac'd Goblin.

Goblin Welder - Both, up to 3 switched artifacts.

Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician - Both, up to 6 goblin tokens for each pair of Mountains sac'd. This gets out of control with Purphoros/Impact Tremors out.

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker - Both, up to 3 copies of 3 different creatures you control.

Krenko, Mob Boss - Both, up to 3 sets of Goblin tokens. This is especially strong because it recounts the number of Goblins for each cast. 5 goblins on the field already turns gets 5 additional tokens from the first ability, then the copy that ability for an 10 additional tokens, and copy it a third time for 20 additional tokens for a total of 40 Goblins!

Moggcatcher - Both, up to 3 tutored Goblins into the battlefield.

Siege-Gang Commander - Both, up to 6 damage distributed 2 at a time to a creature or player.

Skirk Fire Marshal - Both, up to 30 damage to each creature and player.

Skirk Prospector - Both, up to 3 red mana from one sac'd Goblin (still costs 2 colorless though).

Aggravated Assault - Just Rings, up to one additional combat for an extra 2 colorless (as opposed to casting again for 3RR)

Goblin Bombardment - Just Rings, 2 damage per each sac'd Goblin.

Scroll Rack - Just Rings, draw 2 times the number of cards set aside.

Surveyor's Scope - Just Rings, fetch 2 lands times the number of players with more than two lands than you. In a 6 player game I've used Ib to sac down below the threshold for every opponent, and then used Scope with a copy from Rings to bring 10 lands into play!

Arid Mesa - Just Rings, fetch two lands.

Bloodstained Mire - Just Rings, fetch two lands.

Myriad Landscape - Just Rings, fetch four lands.

Scalding Tarn - Just Rings, fetch two lands.

Strip Mine - Just Rings, destroy two lands.

Wooded Foothills - Just Rings, fetch two lands.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to take advantage of them that aren't all that obvious. Honestly though, I would probably include them just for their benefit to Krenko and Ib alone.

Goblin Welder I tend to get more use out of. He is nice to draw naturally, but I will also tutor for him if I am having a particularly hard time with certain artifacts on the field. I don't run it anymore, but it combos really well with Liquimetal Coating.

Feldon of the Third Path is definitely more situational, but between him and say an Elixir of Immortality, where I will also get back all the lands I purposely sac'd (lategame this lowers the chance I would topdeck a spell I want over my 10th land that I don't.), I would rather have Feldon all day long. Bringing back a hasty Krenko, Purphoros, Grenzo, or Skirk Fire Marshal for even a turn can be enough to win the game. It is definitely more of a fringe benefit card, but I still like having that little bit of "recursion" in there over nothing at all.

MoonTurtle7 on Need a New Project Here!

3 months ago

I've been kinda hard pressed to find a commander that I would enjoy. See I made an Azami Lady of scrolls deck, that I've utterly fallen in love with. It's at a solid point right now. it's not too competitive my friends hate me, and not too casual I can't win against more competitive decks. So I'm leaving it as is.

Joy of Joys!!! Issue now being that I can't find a commander with the same level of manipulation and thought. I want more than one deck like it. Were knowing how to pilot it and understanding how my commander and the mechanics work helped me. A deck were making decisions and judgement calls made all the difference. it's a challenging deck, but not overwhelmingly complicated. It's the little things that make it for me. like tapping my wizards before my turn on my opponents end step so I get the untap step refresh on them. (I know it's not rocket science, but it makes me feel good)

I did look at Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician but I'm not sure about him, and figured I'd come to you guys. Figuring maybe someone here might be able to tell me about a commander I may not be aware of that has these kind of subtle mechanics that are fun like Ib or Azami.

Here's the Azami and Ib lists so you get an idea of what I kinda mean.

Azami Maiden of Financial Scrolls

As Close to Tactics as Goblins Get

Also yes I know they're budget, I might Bump Ib. But Azami I'd have to test it a little first. My friends get angry enough because I practically only play Azami right now, I don't need more fuel for that fire.

Atroxreaper on Interplanar Grudge Match?

4 months ago

Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician vs Norin the Wary funny match seeing how neither wants to duke it out.

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

4 months ago

Well, the playtesting of Surveyor's Scope went much better than I could have expected. I've drawn it just three times now, but it has made an impact on every game, much more than Solemn Simulacrum.

One game I had missed two land drops and was able to add 4 more (untapped!) in to ramp me up in a hurry.

The other two games I was either tied with my opponents, or slightly ahead, so saccing a pair or two of Mountains to Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician and then cracking the Scope meant I got goblin tokens into play as well as getting back to my exact number of lands, or two ahead.

All in all, I am pleasantly surprised about just how well a typically bad card can do in this deck. I'm constantly on the look out for odd card suggestions so take advantage of not oft-used mechanics, so if you have any ideas let me know so I can tell Ib and he can claim the idea as his own!

Thegru3some2some on freakingShane

6 months ago

The vial smasher is what I want to do because I love goblins. Soon I want to do an EDH around Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician. If i did vial smasher then who would my blue commander be? Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist or Thrasios, Triton Hero?

Chopwood on Goblin Gang

7 months ago

I would skip Frogtosser Banneret, all your spells are so cheap that it's not really relevant to make them even cheaper on turn 4. I'm not sure what to think about Krenko's Enforcer, it's not that strong by itself so I would recommend to add two additional Goblin Chieftains or Goblin King, who would make all your goblins stronger and unblockable if you're playing against a red deck. Go up to 4x bolt, at the expense of Doom blade. I think you have too much removal, you don't really need 7 kill spells, replace most of them with burn, so that you can both kill early blockers and burn your opponent.

Some other cards that are worth to look at:

Goblin Guide - expensive but it's pure win.

Goblin Wardriver - A bit slow, but he can really boost your attackers.

Searing Blood - Good early burn, can kill a blocker and damage your opponent at the same time.

Skullcrack - Sideboard

Quest for the Goblin Lord - Not the best 1-drop, but if you have maybe one or two of them it can boost you small goblins quite a bit.

If you want you can check out my goblin deck and compare. The only card I'm not sure about is Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician, but he's actually performed all right.

TwoIdiots on Baby's First Multiplayer Cube (cards to include?)

8 months ago

CHANGELOG 11/05/17


Regarding flyers, here are some good draws into bant. Not sure what the rest of the payoff is for green (maybe you grab cards like Glare of Subdual, Sylvan Library, Survival of the Fittest, Edric, Spymaster of Trest or big green beaters), but I figured we should enable that color combo a bit more while staying on-theme:


Regarding blink: I would be fine with that, but I think it would be better to see if there's room once we start trimming down the cube.

Green is looking pretty underpowered right now (no real big threats, not much utility. we should fix that)



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