Deck Tech: Goblins with Timothy Tyler Thomason
Veteran Texas mage Timothy Tyler Thomas is getting his Goblins on in the Legacy Open.
Sometimes all it takes is a little push.
“I haven’t been playing too much Magic lately, so when my friends said to play Goblins, I didn’t need to be told twice,” said Houston native and high level Magic veteran Timothy Tyler Thomason, who is lovingly referred to as TTHG by friends.
Once upon a time, Goblins was a major player in Legacy, winning more than its share of tournaments (and some might say the same about Ty). But the deck has gone the way of Merfolk and the dodo, falling by the wayside as the more unfair decks have risen in popularity. Show and Tell, Reanimator, Storm, Dredge and the like have been faster and more resilient than Goblins have, forcing players to react to those decks. That all means it might be the right time for Goblins to make a comeback, as the circle of life goes in any healthy metagame.
Even if it’s not, TTHG has an unhealthy love for attacking and Goblins, so being able to put those things together for the Legacy Open got him pretty excited. That doesn’t mean he didn’t put some thought into his decklist, however. Some of the numbers and inclusions take some work to get to, including playing just three Goblin Warchief and singleton copies of Stingscourger and Goblin Chieftain. Ty wasn’t even sure about four copies of Goblin Piledriver, admitting that some people cut one or more due to the way the deck behaves in the format—it’s quite a departure from what it was in Standard years ago.
“You just want to play Goblin Lackey or Aether Vial turn one every game and then wreck their mana with Wasteland and Rishadan Port, so you’re usually too inconsistent to be all-in on Warchief-Piledriver,” he explained.
Ty considers his sideboard to be the strong suit of the deck with a suite of powerful tools to shore up weaknesses.
“Your game plan is a bit narrow, so you need all of your sideboard cards to be very high impact. You don’t have the freedom to play any real value cards like other decks.”
Cabal Therapy ends up doing a lot of work against combo decks, while Leyline of the Void and Tormod’s Crypt are good against graveyard decks. Engineered Plague is a bomb against decks like Elves, and is even good against Maverick by picking off Noble Hierarchs and Mother of Runes when set to Human. Chaos Warp is there as a catchall that happens to be mostly good against Reanimator, and it can be used to pick off any enchantments like Moat or Solitary Confinement.
Is it the right time for Goblins to come back? TTHG is going to find out, so follow his progress as he works his way through the Swiss with a 4-0 head start.