Warren Instigator

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Zendikar Mythic Rare

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Warren Instigator

Creature — Goblin Berserker

Double strike

Whenever Warren Instigator deals damage to an opponent, you may put a Goblin creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Warren Instigator Discussion

bmorri9 on Krenko mob boss

1 week ago

you have 6 ramp cards in here, its a little low, so I'd say look at adding: Solemn Simulacrum, Caged Sun, Myriad Landscape and Chandra, Torch of Defiance .

This deck is also lacking card advantage, it will play out all the cards in its hand too quickly and you will not have enough gas to finish off everyone. for that I would look at Solemn Simulacrum and Chandra, Torch of Defiance again, as well as Outpost Siege, Forgotten Cave, Smoldering Crater, Buried Ruin, Mutavault, Ghitu Encampment, and Grenzo, Havoc Raiser.

Other cards to consider:

Boggart Shenanigans, Hazoret's Monument, Metallic Mimic, Goblin Lackey, Warren Instigator, Ogre Battledriver, Hellrider, Adaptive Automaton, Chaos Warp, Reverberate, Fork, Obelisk of Urd,

sonnet666 on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 week ago

MagicalHacker,

For starters, I have already looked at your's and ay.lobo's Purphoros lists at least 10 times. You don't have to keep posting them. I know you've submitted them, and they're on my mind.

Secondly, Purphoros was the first EDH deck I built when I first got into the format, and I've played and updated the deck ever since then, so I know the ins and outs of the deck very well. And believe me when I say you are still using some sub-par strategies in your list. For instance, I can say with certainty that Glitterfang and Lightning Berserker are too slow to be of any real use.

Third, goldfishing Turn 6 wins is no longer enough to get you higher than T3. Since the advent of Paradox Engine, Aetherflux Reservoir, Walking Ballista, new efficient combos like DramaticScepter, and the Protean Hulk unban, nearly everything in the top tiers have gotten a significant uptick in power level. Nearly everything in T2.5 and above is capable of goldfishing T4 wins. The top tiers have so many overpowered cards right now that they could unban Tinker without shaking up the format too much. Purphoros gets a little bit of leeway, since he screws over AdNaus decks so badly, but if I were to put your list up as the example for Purphoros right now, I would have no choice but to demote Purphoros to T3, since it's unrealistic to expect a deck that wins on turn 6 to compete with the upper tiers in this meta.

If you still think that your deck is between T2 and T1.5, then I challenge you to playtest the Arcum Dagsson and Azami decklists from T1.5 and T2 in the description. Both of those can go off on turns 2 to 4 easily, with occasional T1 wins. A Purphoros list would lose to those decks without a doubt 99 times out of 100.

That being said, I appreciate the contention with the current Purphoros list in the description. As ay.lobo has brought up, restricting the deck to just goblin tribal cuts out a lot of cards that synergize really beautifully with Purphoros. However, there are a lot of things that play well with Purphoros, and unfortunately, not all of them play well with each other. The reason we have a goblin tribal deck up right now is that the tribal synergy speeds up the clock of the deck by about 1 turn because of the extra rituals, tutors, and things like Warren Instigator or Goblin War Strike. It's that little bit of speed that's keeping Purphoros in T2.5 really.

I think what needs to happen going forward is to work out how to add the non-goblin cards that Purphoros shines with to a goblin shell that will continue to speed up the deck. Could be super tricky. I've been planning on taking a crack at it for a while now.

spudman3d, A while back I suggested a six tier system in the interest of separating the moderately (mostly) Janky commanders like Chisei, Heart of Oceans or He Who Hungers from the complete trash like Barktooth Warbeard or Myojin of Infinite Rage. (Also, to keep stuff like Chisei from clogging up T4, which clogged up T3, which actually bothered people.)

We tried it for a little while, but ultimately thegigibeast decided that T5 and T6 were so close that functionally no one cared to separate them. He combined them into the current T5, and I think that's fine the way it is.

Also fyi, there are actually some pretty functional Phage decks. Black has the best tutor power and the best graveyard recursion, so you can easily get one of the six ways to get Phage out of the command zone: Sundial of the Infinite, Command Beacon, Null Brooch, Thrull Wizard, Withering Boon, and Kozilek, the Great Distortion. It's stupid and over-complicated for what is essentially a mediocre Voltron deck, but it does function.

thattallguy on Saskia Goblins (please help!)

1 week ago

I forgot about Purphoros, a little more burn could help. I'll trade out Grave Titan for him, it was only in for the tokens anyway.

Goblin Lackey and Warren Instigator are okay but much better in modern, here its only gonna hit every now and then. I'd be better of with something like Elvish Piper, ya its off theme but its not a strictly tribal deck anyway.

Thanks for the feedback =)

Wurmspiralmaschine14 on Saskia Goblins (please help!)

1 week ago

If this is going to be a goblin-themed deck, you should look into getting a copy of Goblin Lackey or Warren Instigator. Purphoros, God of the Forge is an almost must in goblin token decks, as he deals mass damage to all opponents very easily and can boost the team with spare mana, so he should be in the main board. I think Saskia is a good commander, as you probably wouldn't get too much damage off of Vial Smasher the Fierce and would just end up annoying other players into attacking you and there are too many anthem cards for Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa's ability to be super useful.

CaptSillva on Goblinpalooza

1 week ago

A decent base here, though I feel like you're missing a fair number of staples for this deck. Here is a list of cards you could try out Siege-Gang Commander, Goblin Chieftain, Goblin King, Goblin Chirurgeon, Goblin Lackey, Warren Instigator, Door of Destinies, Quest for the Goblin Lord, Goblin Ringleader, Patron of the Akki, Cavern of Souls, and Empty the Warrens.

RazortoothMtg on Merfolk V.S. Goblins Duel Decks ...

1 week ago

Master of the Pearl Trident reprint as well hopefully. Although Krenko should be the face cards, the face cards have always been cards originally printed as mythics except for in Elves vs. Goblins because it was the first duel deck. I'm thinking maybe Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker could be good, because it has the one mythic printing in Modern masters. Warren Instigator doesn't look as exciting and cool as Kiki-Jiki does as a face card, even if probably more powerful in the tribal deck, so I vote no on that. For merfolk, maybe Master of Waves as the face card?

pinecone2k3 on Goblin Brains=Goblin Stains.

2 weeks ago

Mogg War Marshal, if you ignore his Echo cost, gets you two bodies for two mana, just like Krenko's Command, but unlike KC, MWM can be cheated into play via Warren Instigator. Another interaction is that, if you sac MWM to a Goblin Grenade the same turn you play it, you don't have to pay the Echo cost, and he still replaces himself with a 1/1 goblin, so it's almost like you didn't have to sac anything, keeping the number of goblins you have in play just a little higher to get you more punch from Krenko, Mob Boss. And since MWM ultimately results in a third goblin entering the battlefield (which Command doesn't offer), you get an extra trigger for Quest for the Goblin Lord, as well. Just some food for thought.

apowers77 on Like a Boss

3 weeks ago

Hey Darrell this is Austin. I haven't really gone through what should replace what but just a list of what to take out and to add in. The cards that are going on the add list should help speed the deck up and cards that should be taken out are either to slow or just not as good as other cards that are on the add list. Now it's your deck so you do what you want, but these cards should help out a lot. Alright here we go.

Take out:1. Akki Drillmaster2. Aligned Hedron Network3. Banefire4. Faithless Looting5. Flameshadow Conjuring6. Frenzied Goblin7. Goblin Assault8. Goblin Bushwhacker9. Goblin Diplomats10. Goblin Guide11. Goblinslide12. Grenzo, Havoc Raiser13. Hellion Eruption14. Lightning Bolt15. Manabarbs16. Mizzium Mortars17. Mountain18. Mountain19. Need for Speed20. Ogre Battledriver21. Possibility Storm22. Predator Dragon23. Pyretic Ritual24. Quietus Spike25. Raid Bombardment26. Seething Song27. Smuggler's Copter28. Throne of the God-Pharaoh29. Warbreak Trumpeter30. Warstorm Surge31. Zo-Zu the Punisher

Add in:1. Breath of Fury2. Brightstone Ritual3. Caterwauling Boggart4. Cavern of Souls5. Coat of Arms6. Door of Destinies7. Goblin Chieftain8. Goblin Chirurgeon9. Goblin Lackey10. Goblin Matron11. Goblin Recruiter12. Goblin Ringleader13. Goblin War Strike14. Krenko's Command15. Mana Echoes16. Massive Raid17. Moggcatcher18. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx19. Price of Glory20. Purphoros, God of the Forge21. Reforge the Soul22. Sensei's Divining Top23. Shared Animosity24. Shattering Spree25. Staff of Domination26. Stranglehold27. Swiftfoot Boots28. Thousand-Year Elixir29. Vandalblast30. Warren Instigator31. Wheel of Fortune

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