I am a Goblin Planeswalker

I started with the trading card game of Magic: the Gathering waaaay back when Urza’s block was up-and-running and about the time when Mercadian Masques hit the shelves. I didn’t really have a clue, so I just played with what I had, and that was not much (one Treachery was about the best I had at that time – that’s where my nickname comes from, btw). Fast forward for a few years, and I was one of the better, if not the best regular Pokemon player in my area. However, I got tired of pocket monsters and the power of an unique rush-Blastoise deck we made together with an employer in our gaming shop, so I switched back to MTG.

By the time, the same employer in that shop was selling his cards, and I had my eyes set on Hammer of Bogardan and Masticore, but somehow he already sold the Masticore, so I ended up having a bit of spare money (and cards to trade), so he suggested me to get his Goblin Lackey and Goblin Marshal playsets, which I ended up doing; a decision I don’t regret at all. In fact, that’s when the fun started.

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I don’t really remember my actual deck list from back then, but it was an Extended (or was it T2?) legal deck including Goblin King‘s, Mogg Fanatic‘s, Mogg Flunkies‘s and a single Mogg Maniac, with Shocks filling the Lightning Bolt slots and playset of Reckless Abandon instead of Goblin Grenades. I had a quite good win ratio in casual games at that time. However, soon after Invasion block was printed, I hanged my cards and stopped seriously following the game of Magic. I ended up missing the most Goblin block of all times (Onslaught cycle), as well as the Lorwyn/Shadowmoor cycle that introduced a bunch of black Gobbos.

In the meantime, I occasionally bought an old-and-out-of-the-print boosters like Fallen Empire, the Dark, Homelands and so forth, even getting a Blood Moon in the process. When I randomly stumbled upon a card shop in the USA or Japan, I bought a few singles here and there, as I was neck-deep into collecting Goblins. But I didn’t play the game anymore.

But then it hit me: why not play some Magic: the Gathering? It took a while (fast forward for a few years), but after getting my playset of Goblin Guide‘s for a bargain, I slowly but surely started to focus on assembling a Modern Goblin tribal deck. The idea was not to win and be unbeatable, but to have fun and try to beat as many different decks as possible. I chose Modern because it’s an eternal, slowly changing format that allows a one-time investment in staple cards like already mentioned Guide.

It was 1st of August 2014 when I finally attended a FNM in my local shop. I had no idea of the current metagame, let alone the local one, but it was fun and interesting to finally participate on a Magic tournament, even if it was only a FNM. Since officially becoming a Planeswalker on that day, I started to put some more thoughts into my deck and Magic in general. I still have to get my hands on a few important cards like Shared Animosity, but there is no rush. In the meantime, I’m brewing some homemade Goblins for my local gaming shop, waiting for that 5 minutes of fame when the small greenskin race conquers the night, even if just once.

Planeswalker Modern Monday, (Črna Luknja, Ljubljana, 15th of September 2014) - 9th place out of 14

Creatures (27)
Foundry Street Denizen
Frenzied Goblin
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Guide
Legion Loyalist
Mogg War Marshal
Goblin Chieftain

Instant (6)
Dynacharge
Lightning Bolt

Sorcery (7)
Dragon Fodder
Goblin Grenade
Krenko’s Command
Lands (20)
17 Mountain
Mutavault
Teetering Peaks

Sideboard (15)
Frenzied Goblin
Goblin Rabblemaster
Magma Spray
Pillar of Flame
Shattering Blow
Shattering Spree
Stingscourger
Stoke the Flames

Friday Night Magic, (Črna Luknja, Ljubljana, 19th of September 2014) - dead last place

Creatures (25)
Foundry Street Denizen
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Guide
Legion Loyalist
Mogg War Marshal
Stingscourger
Goblin Chieftain

Instant (6)
Dynacharge
Lightning Bolt

Sorcery (9)
Dragon Fodder
Goblin Grenade
Krenko’s Command
Lands (20)
19 Mountain
Mutavault

Sideboard (15)
Frenzied Goblin
Goblin Rabblemaster
Magma Spray
Shattering Blow
Shattering Spree
Smash to Smithereens
Stoke the Flames

Despite having moderate success, few troubles with mulligan decisions and my always present misplays, I’m enjoying MTG and will look to attend more events while brewing some unique goblin decks. Cards like Bazaar Trader and Goblin Diplomats usually have no place in regular or competitive tournaments, but there is an element of surprise in play that might win game(s) out of nowhere. I’ll keep reporting about my GDW – Goblin Deck Wins, so feel free to follow the journey of the Goblin Planeswalker.

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