Legacy Goblins by fantasy13 on MtGO

Creatures (26)
3 Gempalm Incinerator
3 Goblin Chieftain
4 Goblin Lackey
4 Goblin Matron
4 Goblin Ringleader
1 Goblin Settler
1 Grenzo, Dungeon Warden
1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
3 Mogg War Marshal
1 Stingscourger
1 Tuktuk Scrapper

Non-Creature Spells (11)
3 Pyrokinesis
4 Chalice of the Void
4 Aether Vial

Lands (23)
3 Arid Mesa
2 Badlands
4 Cavern of Souls
3 Mountain
1 Pendelhaven
2 Rishadan Port
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Wasteland

Sideboard (15)
1 Tuktuk Scrapper
1 Chains of Mephistopheles
2 Earwig Squad
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Goblin Sharpshooter
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Magus of the Moon
2 Minister of Pain
1 Pithing Needle
2 Thorn of Amethyst


Goblins used to be one of the strongest fair decks in Legacy due to its ability to grind out small advantages and maintain pressure throughout the game. It fell off the radar over the last few years with the rise of Deathblade and Delver decks, but overarching shifts in the metagame may see Goblins become viable once again. As Goblins is a tribal-based synergy deck, it makes sense to look at the creatures first.

The real engine of this deck comes from the 4-ofs in the creature base. Goblin Lackey allows the deck to start and stay on the front foot. If the opponent doesn’t have a way to remove the Lackey before it hits, the mana and card advantage gained from the triggered ability puts Goblins way ahead. Perhaps this deck’s favorite creature to put in is Goblin Ringleader, which is the central part of the deck’s card advantage engine. Most tribal decks suffer against sweepers, but Goblin Ringleader makes Goblins resilient against these spells. Goblin Matron is the other 4-of in this deck. It allows the deck to play a lot of different Goblins, allowing it to mold its gameplan to specific matchups.

Some of the impactful creatures that Goblin Matron can search for are Goblin Settler to kill any annoying lands such as The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Grenzo, Dungeon Warden as another source of card advantage, Stingscourger to clear the way for attacks, Tuktuk Scrapper to deal with artifacts, or Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, which is in its rarely used value-based role in this deck.

What really makes the deck tick is Aether Vial. The powerful 1 mana artifact allows the deck to use the value created by cards like Goblin Ringleader and Goblin Matron immediately. Flooding the board is what this deck does best, and Aether Vial helps massively. Chalice of the Void is an unusual inclusion in this deck, but one that may be needed in modern-day Legacy. Shutting off 1 mana spells helps massively, even without the ability to cast it on turn 1. Pyrokinesis is rarely seen as a mainboard card in this deck, but the presence of Chalice of the Void makes it a better option than Tarfire, which is usually in this slot.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-2 Goblin Chieftain

-1 Grenzo, Dungeon Warden

+3 Goblin Warchief


No changes.

This is day 146 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 145 here, where we featured an innovative Standard ramp deck that looks to get lands into its graveyard and bring them into play with Splendid Reclamation.

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