Warren Instigator


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

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins (DDT) Mythic Rare
Zendikar (ZEN) 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.

Warren Instigator Discussion

Duckling on Infinite Goblins! (1072 Damage turn 4)

2 days ago

Hey grimsen, thanks for your interest. It's a common question for sure.

So essentially how it works, Warren Instigator 's effect is to play a goblin from hand whenever he deals combat damage to a player. Warren Instigator also has double strike, therefore when in combat for the scenario above, first strike damage applies which allows me to "cheat out" otherwise meaning play without paying any cost, a goblin from hand. This allows me to play Krenko, Mob Boss from my hand off of his first strike damage trigger. Then after that, as per the stack, there is a normal combat damage trigger which I would then respond to by tapping my Krenko, Mob Boss as he does not have any summoner sickness due to Goblin Chieftain . That is the first spew of goblins. Then normal combat damage goes through which causes the Instigator to trigger again, thus allowing for me to play another goblin from my hand, which in this case is another Krenko, Mob Boss . Since Krenko is a legendary creature, the legend rule applies which means I have to sacrifice my tapped Krenko to that clause. But now I have a fully ready to go second Krenko out which is able to be tapped again to produce more goblins.

Hopefully that made sense, I tried to include just about everything about that scenario here, does that clarify the matter?

As a side note, keep your eyes peeled for the new Modern Horizons set coming in the semi-near future, which might increase the power goblins could have in the future! (fingers crossed for Goblin Lackey !!)

JP-Romero on Meatball

1 month ago

I agree with hungry000, and also suggest

+4x Foundry Street Denizen

-1x Warren Instigator

-3x Hordeling Outburst

For a goblin deck, you are missing 1 drops and have too many 3 CMC cards.

Kogarashi on Effects of experimental frenzy on ...

1 month ago

To play a card is to play it as a land or cast it as a spell, whichever is appropriate.

Warren Instigator is not playing the Goblin creature card from your hand (casting it as a creature spell), just putting it straight onto the battlefield. Experimental Frenzy doesn't nullify this.

shuey on Effects of experimental frenzy on ...

1 month ago

Experimental Frenzy prevents you from playing cards from your hand (assuming you don’t pay for it to be destroyed). If I had a Warren Instigator that hits my opponent for damage would his ability be nullified by the experimental frenzy?

Warren instigator’s ability says put a goblin creature card from your hand on to the battlefield, is that the same as playing a card? I can’t find any reference to put as opposed to play in the rules though I may be looking in the wrong spot.

DigitalEmerald on Krenko Cloner

2 months ago

Alot of these cards are interesting goblins that definitely help mid-late game; However, your early game might need a stronger start.

R Goblin Swarm (49$)

This is my version of a similar deck, but without the cloning. I used Goblin Lackey as a turn 1 and Warren Instigator as a turn 2, with interesting Goblin drop abilities. Mogg War Marshal is interesting in its own right, and is essentially a Krenko's Command with extra profitable steps. Let me know your thoughts, and try that deck out if ya like!

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

3 months ago

Chancellor of the Forge out for Goblin Goliath. Chancellor has higher burst potential, but only if you already have a good boardstate. The 1/1 at the beginning of the game is negligible, and you always have to hardcast it. Goliath can be freecast off of a Goblin Lackey, Warren Instigator, or Moggcatcher. It is also a huge, un-boltable body, with a nicely costed, repeatable damage doubler tied to it. Just all around a great card for EDH.

Anvil of Bogardan out for Legion Warboss. While I liked the draw of the Anvil, always pitching a card was rough without recursion, but moreso than that skipping the discard phase means everyone has no max hand size. This ended up being a huge liability. Warboss isn't great, but it's a steady token generator that is pretty cheap. The choice was pretty much between him or Goblin Assassin, and I'm not ready to put Assassin back in yet, as the coin flipping draws 10x more hate than the removal actually does.

CaptSillva on

4 months ago

Seems solid, here is a few other cards you might consider for this Ash Zealot, Goblin Glory Chaser, Goblin Cohort, Zurgo Bellstriker, Warren Instigator, and Scab-Clan Berserker.

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Warren Instigator occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Red: 0.26%