Beyond the decktech, there isn’t too much else to say. The deck is fast and it means business and if you leave it unchecked, you lose the game easily. I forgot to discuss this in the video, but there were some other sideboard cards that I considered, such as Pyrite Spellbomb to beat creatures with protection from red, but I don’t think they are very popular and the other cards aren’t really worth discussing. Another card I considered was Smash to Smithereens for the Affinity match and even matches such as Cloudpost or White Weenie, but I felt that Gorilla Shaman was just better to help combat Affinity since Flame Slash is good against White Weenie already and Smash doesn’t do a ton vs Cloudpost.
Round 1 vs. nightshadex101 with Mono Black Aggro
His deck actually did scare me a lot because he could race me very easily and the Contaminated Bond was actually a big problem because it made me not able to attack so easily and it was easy for him to pull ahead. Luckily in these 2 games I had really good draws and was able to swing through anything he did. Not much else to say on this match besides saying that Goblins is slightly better at racing against this archetype and the burn goes a long way!
Round 2 vs. Marico cost with UR Kiln Fiend
In game 1 when he played Phantasmal Bear, I really did think it was Faeries aggro and man was I wrong. Using the removal spell on a non Kiln Fiend type creature is what ended up losing me the game I believe, but that’s probably a reason he was playing the Bear in the first place. I think this match is still in their favor because I know from both playing and playing against the UR Kiln Fiend deck, they have a lot to protect their win condition creatures and like I said, it doesn’t take all that much for them to kill you. I think I got lucky in game 2 and 3 when he just couldn’t peace his combo together, but that is what happens with combo sometimes. Granted in game 3 I played pretty bad at the end of the game, with playing into Spell Pierce for bad reasons and not trying to kill his guy while saying I could die to it, but I still got there thankfully. There isn’t much to bring in for this match besides kill spells and there isn’t much to do for this match besides trying to beat them down quick and killing their Kiln Fiends and Wee Dragonauts as quickly as possible.
Round 3 vs. Aladar with White Weenie
I honestly hate this match for a lot of reasons but I will just name a short few. Their creatures are bigger and better than yours and can kill you just as fast and they also have creatures like Squadron Hawk and Icatian Javelineers to keep their army going. Not to mention it’s really hard to kill a Razor Golem and Suture Priest is just a nightmare as not only does it keep them alive but it kills you as well for playing creatures. Game 1 was really annoying to play as I was not having a good draw at all but for games 2 and 3, I have no problem admitting I got lucky, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. I have not found any real good strategy to beat this deck and I haven’t found any good sideboard cards to bring in besides Flame Slash, Death Spark and Electrickery. I think the way to go is just set up a huge Bushwhacker attack while killing all of their guys with burn, but keep in mind that public enemy number 1 is Suture Priest. With that win, I make it into top 8!
Top 8 match vs.Burnboybingham with Pauper Jund
I didn’t really understand what this deck was until I got Blightninged game 1 and got destroyed, but I also think that I didn’t draw very well either. Games 2 and 3 I think I got a little lucky, but I also think my deck did what it was supposed to do and come out of the gates like a bat out of hell. There isn’t much more I can say about this match because I’ve never faced a deck like this before, but it seems really difficult. Jund has a ton of cheap removal and Blightning is just a back breaking spell for you because not only is it 3 damage, but the bigger part of it is that it makes you discard cards and any amount of cards this deck has to discard can just lose you the game. Keep in mind that this deck does not have a lot of cards that give card advantage and so you’re living off the top, while at the same time you’re trying not to get to the late and if you do, it’s bad for you. As for cards to sideboard, Flame Slash is probably all you need and all you have, but seeing how many creatures with 1 toughness was in his deck, I think Deathspark should have stayed in.
Top 4 vs. Marico cost with UR Kiln Fiend
I already faced this deck in round 2, so I don’t have much more to say. I think I drew the way I needed to win in game 2, but in game 1 I just had too much removal for him to get through. I sideboarded the same way and luckily got there.After the tournament and looking over his deck list, I noticed he wasn’t playing Apostle’s Blessing to protect his creatures and that helps a ton for Goblins, now I know why I got there game 1 with so much removal.
Finals against vs. Scarlet09 with Affinity
This match is nothing short of a race but it’s a race that I think Affinity is in favor of. They have a total of 8 creatures with 4 power and they have a big number of cantrips. They also have cards like Auriok Sunchaser which can’t be blocked by any of your creatures and it also doesn’t help that they have Atog and Fling to combo kill you and not even worry about attacking. The advantage you have is that you can just flood the board quicker and can win in 1 big turn with Goblin Bushwhacker. You can easily be too fast for Affinity to keep up, but Affinity can easily stop you in your tracks. After board having Flame Slash helps a ton here, all you want to do is plow through and attack and try to end the game as quickly as possible. Its fine to keep in maybe 1 Fireblast for the extra points of damage or for the extra burn spell as well, but it can also sometimes be the draw that loses you the game.
Final Thoughts and Updated Deck list
So I ended up getting there with Old Faithful Goblins. I think I played well, made some mistakes but also got lucky during this tournament and like I said, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. The thing I love most about Goblins is how many nut draws it can have and how little time it gives the opponent to save themselves before they lose the game and Goblin Bushwhacker is what pushes this deck over the edge in my opinion and is probably the best creature in the deck as well. After this tournament I made some changes and without further wait, let’s check them out.
Although Death Spark is really good in a lot of matches, I want to take a much more aggressive approach with goblins. I decided to go back to have 4 Chain Lightning to max out on good burn and I added the 3rd Foundry Street Denizen because he is actually just amazing. He is basically another 1 mana 2/2 that is able to attack for 1 without playing a creature beforehand at the worst. I am sure that in time I will add the 4th. Goblin Matron didn’t get to shine as much as I was hoping, but I don’t want to take any out just yet and I want to see just how good he really is. Although I had a lot of land problems throughout the tournament, I am going to stay at 17 lands and just chalk it all up to a little bad luck. If I was to add another land, it would be a 1 of Teetering Peaks.
In the sideboard I took out the Sylvok Lifestaff’s because after this tournament and a little more testing, I still can’t find any matches where this card really shines, so it made room for the other 2 Deathsparks. Deathspark is one of those cards where it’s so good in some matches in the format that you really want 2 or 3 in the sideboard. It really does help in the mirror, Faeries matches and others as well, so I decided to keep them. The rest of the sideboard I will leave alone for now as is at all seems fine for now. If Affinity becomes more popular, a third Gorilla Shaman may be added.
I’d like to thank Longtimegone for running this awesome tournament and I can’t wait to play in more of them in the future. I’d like to give a shout out to everyone who was a part of it and to Dabill for running gatherling.com and making great tournaments like this possible. Thank you everyone.