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Swarming with Goblins - AJ Anderson (11/23/2006)

Hi there and welcome to another installment of my ramblings on fun Magic deck ideas. I'm pretty sure that I don't really need to go into the whole ´´Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
made me wet my pants with glee´´ stuff that everyone else is saying (even though I just did). In addition to reprinting classic cards like Squire
Squire
SquireSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Squire
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
and Eron the Relentless
Eron the Relentless
Eron the RelentlessSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
Eron the Relentless can attack the turn it comes into play on your side.RRR: Regenerate
, Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
gave us some really cool new cards like Norin the Wary
Norin the Wary
Norin the WarySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When a player plays a spell or a creature attacks, remove Norin the Wary from the game. Return it to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
and Viscerid Deepwalker
Viscerid Deepwalker
Viscerid DeepwalkerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Homarid Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
U: Viscerid Deepwalker gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Suspend 4-U (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay U and remove it from the game with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
. Don't worry, that was badly used sarcasm for which I apologize (except the Norin comment - I swear that I will find a way to break him!). But in all seriousness, one of the new cards in Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
that made me drool was Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)
. For a couple of years now, I've had a paper Magic deck based on Goblin Warrens
Goblin Warrens
Goblin WarrensSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
2R, Sacrifice two Goblins: Put three Goblin tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 1/1 red creatures.
and Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
(generates a lot of mana for X burn spells). Once I saw Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)
, I knew it was time to build a similar deck on Magic Online.

Nearly every card from my original deck was available online except Goblin Warrens
Goblin Warrens
Goblin WarrensSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
2R, Sacrifice two Goblins: Put three Goblin tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 1/1 red creatures.
and Mogg Infestation
Mogg Infestation
Mogg InfestationSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy all creatures target player controls. For each creature put into any graveyard in this way, put two Goblin tokens into play under that player's control. Treat these tokens as 1/1 red creatures.
so rebuilding it online was pretty simple. The online version (pre-Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
release) was based around Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
and dropping a bunch of Goblins in one turn to drop lots of tokens from the Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
, flip up a Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak TrumpeterSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph XXR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it
face up any time for its morph cost.)
When Warbreak Trumpeter is turned face up, put X 1/1 red Goblin creature
tokens into play.
, or use a burn spell. It worked okay, but the reliance on Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
to really pump out the kill was hard to always pull off. My eagerness quickly turned to disappointment and I turned to working on a Tamanoa
Tamanoa
TamanoaSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever a noncreature source you control deals damage, you gain that much life.
deck (the centerpiece of my last article). Finally, Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
was released online and I went to work improving my Goblin Token
Goblin Token
Goblin TokenSet: Anthologies
Color:
Red
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Note, this card is the Unglued Goblin token. There was no difference in the Anthologies version.
deck. As I always do at first, I play with over 70 cards in the deck to see what works and what doesn't. Slowly, it began to show that having Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
in the deck was slowing me down, despite this supposedly being a centerpiece of the deck.

To test my theory, I dropped the Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
and X-spells from the deck, dropping the deck size down to 68 cards. Suddenly I could see a new exciting pattern developing. This disappointment of a deck was winning 3 out of every 4 games. After more playtesting and editing, I dropped 3 In the Web of War
In the Web of War
In the Web of WarSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, it gets +2/+0 and gains haste until end of turn.
(it was great when I had an Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)
coming but that was about it) as well as one Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
(the Mana Echoes
Mana Echoes
Mana EchoesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may add 1 to your mana pool for each creature you control that shares a creature type with it.
combo wasn't there anymore and he isn't even a Goblin). This dropped me to 60 cards and the final version I am proud to present to you now.

Goblin Madness Deck (60 cards)
Land (21):
21 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

Creatures (27):
4 Skirk Prospector
Skirk Prospector
Skirk ProspectorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Add R to your mana pool.

4 Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.

3 Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.

3 Reckless One
Reckless One
Reckless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
222
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Haste. Reckless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Goblins. in play.

3 Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

3 Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm IncineratorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 1R (1R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins in play.

3 Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak TrumpeterSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph XXR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it
face up any time for its morph cost.)
When Warbreak Trumpeter is turned face up, put X 1/1 red Goblin creature
tokens into play.

2 Goblin Lookout
Goblin Lookout
Goblin LookoutSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T, Sacrifice a Goblin: All Goblins get +2/+0 until end of turn.

2 Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician
Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician
Ib Halfheart, Goblin TacticianSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Advisor
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
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.


Artifacts (2):
2 Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining TopSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
268
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
1: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. T: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.


Instants/Sorceries (10):
3 Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone RitualSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Add R to your mana pool for each Goblin in play.

3 Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.

4 Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)



After guiding this deck through several incarnations online, I've been testing this version for a while now and I'm happy to say that it wins at least 80 percent of the time. A typical game for this deck goes as such:
Turn 1 - Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
, Skirk Prospector
Skirk Prospector
Skirk ProspectorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Add R to your mana pool.

Turn 2 - Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
, Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

Turn 3 – Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
, Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
or Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
, Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak TrumpeterSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph XXR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it
face up any time for its morph cost.)
When Warbreak Trumpeter is turned face up, put X 1/1 red Goblin creature
tokens into play.
(face-up), Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)

Turn 4 - Reckless One
Reckless One
Reckless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
222
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Haste. Reckless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Goblins. in play.
or Ib Halheart
Turn 5 (if the game's not over yet) - Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone RitualSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Add R to your mana pool for each Goblin in play.
, pump out lots of Goblins from the Guildmage, attack for the win

Now for some analysis: This deck wins by pumping out a lot of little critters and running over as fast as possible. With a good opening hand, it is quite possible to have well over 6 creatures on turn 3.

-The Skirk Prospector
Skirk Prospector
Skirk ProspectorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Add R to your mana pool.
is an excellent source of mana-acceleration. Thanks to this fella, I have been able to play as many as 3 Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)
by turn 4 by sacrificing the first spell's tokens to fuel the mana for the others and so on.

-The Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.
is also a lot of fun because you can often play him and then sacrifice him to gain more mana and yet another Goblin. I rarely ever pay his echo cost because in dying, he just gives me another token to replace himself.

-The Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
gives all of my tokens haste and even helps make my Goblins cheaper (for example, a Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.
would cost only one mana which gives me three more mana with the Prospector).

-The Reckless One
Reckless One
Reckless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
222
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Haste. Reckless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Goblins. in play.
is the main ´´big-nasty´´ of the deck, usually forcing my opponent to block him and let my little tokens run free.

-The Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
is a 2-mana 2/2, who transforms any mana overflow into more Goblins. The drawback from losing the tokens at the end of turn can be overruled if you sacrifice them during your second main phase with the Prospector and turn their deaths into new spells.

-The Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm IncineratorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 1R (1R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins in play.
serves a dual purpose in the deck. First, you can cheaply cycle it to zap an opposing creature and draw a card. Or you can play him to add to your Goblin creature count (especially helpful if you have a Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
in play)

-The Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak Trumpeter
Warbreak TrumpeterSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph XXR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it
face up any time for its morph cost.)
When Warbreak Trumpeter is turned face up, put X 1/1 red Goblin creature
tokens into play.
is mostly a throw-back from the original design of the deck, but if you need to use him in the long run, you could morph him to pump out lots of little guys. Most of the time though, I find myself playing him face-up to add to my storm count. If you're not a fan of morph, you could always replace him with Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike
s or Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
s.

-The Goblin Lookout
Goblin Lookout
Goblin LookoutSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T, Sacrifice a Goblin: All Goblins get +2/+0 until end of turn.
is mainly there as a finisher. I tried having more copies, but they tended to take up space. And yet I can't deny their usefulness so I still have two in the deck.

-What is there to say about good ol' Ib Halfheart? He turns your tiny tokens into ticking time-bombs that make your opponent suddenly worry about their blockers. He also gives you more tokens if you really need them to finish the game. Just be careful sacrificing your Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s in case your opponent decides to cycle a Slice and Dice
Slice and Dice
Slice and DiceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
232
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Slice and Dice deals 4 damage to each creature. Cycling 2R (2R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Slice and Dice you may have it deal 1 damage to each creature.
. Ouch.

-I have 2 Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining TopSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
268
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
1: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. T: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.
s in every deck I play. EVERY deck. You can boohoo all you want about ´´Oh, the games drag on and on when someone plays a Top´´ but I play fast with mine and their card advantage always trumps the slow factor. [Editor’s note: There is no card advantage. There’s a card QUALITY advantage because it allows you sift through unneeded stuff.] Not to mention that they're hard to destroy, that's another great aspect of the card. And in this deck, if you want to toss out a big storm count, playing a Top for one mana certainly helps in that area.

-The Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone RitualSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Add R to your mana pool for each Goblin in play.
s and Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
s are there for massive acceleration. It's rare that I simply have them sitting in my hand with nothing to use on. If anything, they can fuel your tokens from the Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
. In most cases though, they will enable you to kick off a large storm count for Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)
.

-Ah, and last but most certainly not least, we have Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)
. I simply cannot express how much I love this card. I rarely ever find myself playing this with less than 2 spells before it. And as I mentioned before, having a Skirk Prospector
Skirk Prospector
Skirk ProspectorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Add R to your mana pool.
in play with multiple copies of this spell in your hand is beautiful.

Before I wrap up here, I want to warn you against the drawbacks to this deck. As you might have noticed, this is all-weenie madness. Any deck running constant damage or minus effects, like Caltrops
Caltrops
CaltropsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Whenever a creature attacks, Caltrops deals 1 damage to it.
or Night of Souls Betrayal
Betrayal
BetrayalSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Play only on a creature an opponent controls.If enchanted creature becomes tapped, draw a card.
, is going to destroy this deck and leave you huddled in the corner sobbing (I know this all too well…). I suggest sideboarding some cards like Goblin War Strike
Goblin War Strike
Goblin War StrikeSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Weaver
Text:
Goblin War Strike deals to your opponent damage equal to the number of Goblin cards you have in play. (This includes both tapped and untapped Goblin cards.)
to overcome situations where you can't attack. For other games with NoSB, Noxious Ghoul
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious GhoulSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Noxious Ghoul or another Zombie comes into play, all non-Zombie
creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.
s, and similar effects, I'm sorry to say you're pretty screwed. Luckily, in the online Extended environment, those effects aren't very plentiful so this doesn't occur too often.

And so here we are, at the end of the article. Feel free to discuss the deck on the Cardshark discussion boards. That's it for now. Here's a little preview of my next deck idea/article… Pandemonium
Pandemonium
PandemoniumSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Whenever any creature comes into play, that creature's controller may choose to have it deal damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
+ Vampires! Yummy! [Editor’s note: I’ve had this article in my inbox for 5 days now as of the day it was posted, which puts it well before the Magic website’s House of Cards article that runs a Vampdemonium deck. So AJ had the idea first, but I didn’t get it posted in time to be the first one up. My bad!] Until we meet again, may your top decks always help you win (except against me)!


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