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Uncommon Sense – Goblin Matron

Welcome back, one and all. Today’s spotlight is on an efficient creature tutor that can easily and cheaply pull up a combo piece, haste granter, land destruction, team-wide buff or force multiplier…and it’s in red!



Not known for its tutors, and especially not for efficient tutors, red is the easiest colour with which to burn through a hand quickly and resort to topdecking. While it seems that red is getting more and more draw engines (albeit severely handicapped ones usually based in discard-and-draw or topdeck exiling) in recent years, tutoring is an area in which the colour is still lacking. Goblin Matron is here to solve your woes!

On first glance, I admit, the impact doesn’t seem that powerful. Sure you can search up a card, but with a severe limitation – goblins only. If you’re not running tribal, it seems a little underpowered, but luckily goblins have been running around making the world of Magic a slightly smellier place for long enough that they’ve learned a whole bundle of useful skills. You may not think it to look at them, but the green-skinned little buggers are actually extremely versatile utility cards in their own right;

Attacking into a token swarm? Legion Loyalist has your back.

Playing Izzet-style spellslinger? Let Goblin Electromancer lighten your load or Guttersnipe add a little extra juice to your burn.

Alpha-striking with your Mardu monsters? Ankle Shanker leads the way!

Not sure if your opponent is about to Morph a Willbender or if that Manfiested card is an ambush waiting to happen? Call on Nosy Goblin to uncover the mystery.

Need an army in a hurry? Siege-Gang Commander brings his boys out to play.

Want to bounce that Blightsteel Colossus before it stomps your pretty little face into paste? Stingscourger sends it packing.

Krenko, Mob Boss loves his matron, allowing him to find his pump effects from Goblin King and his ilk. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker absolutely adores being able to copy the Matron to find any goblin he wants, every turn. Even in a non-tribal deck, turning a pack of weak creatures into a toolbox to fit practically any need is a powerful advantage, and all the better in red. Given the vast amount of abilities appearing on goblin cards over the years, the matron (along with her slightly less potent friend Goblin Recruiter) can solve almost any problem for a low, low three mana.

Give her a little love, people, and her surprisingly versatile tribe will help you out of many a jam. Remember – a goblin is for as long as you need it before feeding it to Attrition, not just for Christmas.



1 comment

  1. Great read Tom! It’s funny that you post an article on Goblin Matron. I just rebuilt my MTGO version of Purphoros last week and included the Matron so I could tutor for Krenko or Siege-Commander.

    In Purphoros, casting Matron into Siege-Gang Commander could very well end a game.

    I’m trying to find a spot for her in my paper version of Purphoros too… but it is a tight list.

    Sidenote… Stingscourger… I have to try and cram this dude in a deck somewhere too. Will definitely go into Alesha Tiny Leaders – for sure.

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