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Oct 10 2015

Ugin’s Insight 1 – Slobad Goblin Tinkerer EDH Deck

Hello readers welcome to Ugin’s Insight Volume 1, our very first EDH Deck Interview. If YOU would like to have your deck featured on Ugin’s Insight, it’s easy! Simply go to our MagicEDH.com EDH Deck Interview Page and fill out the form.

Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer EDH Deck by darth_meatloaf

About darth_meatloaf: Today’s article features an interview with EDH Reddit user /u/Darth_Meatloaf as he introduces his Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer Commander Deck. Darth has been playing EDH for about 3 years now and lives in Milwaukee, WI. He currently has 10 EDH decks and working on his 11th, which he promises may be a bit of a “joke” deck including 36 charms, 12 non-blue counters and some support. His favorite color and color combinations in Magic include Colorless/Artifacts, Simic, and Esper (everything you’ll ever need to support your artifacts unless you’re playing mono-red). Other than EDH, darth_meatloaf does play some modern. He has a Myr Mill deck that skyrocketed from a $36 budget build to about $200 thanks to trading off a Zendikar Expedition full art Hallowed Fountain.

About the Deck: Darth has been playing this deck for about two years and admits that his mono-red artifact build can be a bit difficult to play. The deck has a learning curve and takes some practice to learn how to pilot the list correctly. This commander brew is somewhat built around Slobad. It works better having access to Slobad, but can still be relevant in a game without him. When darth brings the Goblin Tinkerer out for a game, his local playgroup knows to switch to a more powerful deck.

Here is a few more insightful facts about the deck:

  • This deck is designed for Multiplayer Commander
  • Follows the Normal EDH Rules Committee Banlist
  • Built to be Semi-Competitive
  • Darth’s Slobad Deck is a Combo deck

Before we start the interview, let’s take a look at the Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer EDH Decklist!

Slobad Deck Interview with darth_meatloaf

Slobad Goblin Tinkerer EDH Deck

MTGCasualPlay.com: Why did you choose this commander?

darth_meatloaf: When I first started playing Commander (about 3 years ago) I decided I wanted to do an artifact deck. Initially, because I had so much fun playing during the Alara block, I built a Sharuum the Hegemon deck. It wasn’t very good, and I didn’t have the budget or the desire to put effort into improving it, so I started looking for an alternative artifact commander.

While looking around, I found a blog post by reddit user /u/spiketaildrake about Slobad. It looked pretty fun, and getting the cards I didn’t already own cost me only $35. I was hooked immediately.

MTGCasualPlay.com: Give us a Brief History of this deck and how it came about.

darth_meatloaf: When I first built the deck, it was copied directly from /u/spiketaildrake’s blog post:

Tomer’s Slobad Goblin Tinkerer Budget Article on PureMTGO.com

Between the initial build and now, the deck has seen 53 revisions. Less than half of the nonland cards in the deck were in the original version.

MTGCasualPlay.com: What are your Win Conditions?

darth_meatloaf: Many, many combos. I’ve started to catalogue the combos in the deck, and it may be a futile venture. If I count all combos, whether they are infinitely repeatable or not, there are easily well over a thousand possible combos in the deck. There are so many ways to combine the cards that the deck made me change the way I think about my cards when playing the deck.

With most combo decks, the player is trying to assemble a particular combo, or maybe one of a small handful of particular combos. With this deck, instead of searching for a particular group of cards, I reassess my board state with every card I draw.

Basically, rather than thinking to myself “what card(s) do I need to build combo X?” I instead think “what crazy shit can I put together with this card I just drew?”

This change in mindset has had an effect on how I play Magic in general, and I now find it much easier to identify card interactions and how to most effectively break them.

MTGCasualPlay.com: What are some of the deck’s strengths?

darth_meatloaf: It is very fast, and it is fairly resilient. The speed is natural, whereas the resilience requires that I get one or two cards that facilitate it.

MTGCasualPlay.com: What are some of the Weaknesses of the Deck?

darth_meatloaf: The resilience of the deck can be broken with the removal (exile) of a few key cards. If you take away my ability to recur artifacts from my graveyard before I get a combo online, then I become utterly reliant on my topdeck.

MTGCasualPlay.com: What are some of the more Powerful cards or interactions of the deck?

darth_meatloaf: Interactions in the deck are too numerous to count. Powerful cards, however, are easy to point out. Here is a short list of cards that are extremely easy to build combos with:

MTGCasualPlay.com: Are there any Unique or Underrated cards that you play in this deck?

darth_meatloaf: There is nothing really unique about the deck. Many people have played artifact decks before me, and many will follow. I think the most unique thing about it is the way I pilot it.

MTGCasualPlay.com: Do you have a Wish List of Cards that you would like to add?

darth_meatloaf: There are only two cards left on my wishlist:

It’s going to hurt…

MTGCasualPlay.com: Are there cards missing because they didn’t work or were too Powerful? What happened?

darth_meatloaf: Nothing from this deck has been replaced because it didn’t work, I just got better cards. This is the only deck I have where increasing the power level has been my primary concern.

MTGCasualPlay.com: Why would I want to play this deck?

darth_meatloaf: If you want to play a fast and resilient combo deck and you don’t want to play something that a bunch of other people are playing, Slobad is the guy for you.

MTGCasualPlay.com: Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your EDH Deck. Is there anything else you would like to include before we wrap things up?

darth_meatloaf: I did a primer for the deck a little over a year ago that I posted to Reddit:

Slobad Goblin Tinkerer Primer on Reddit

About 4 months after the primer, the red precon was released so I did an update to the primer:

UPDATED (Post Commander 2014 Slobad Goblin Tinkerer Primer on Reddit

If I make some headway with the cataloguing the combos in the deck, I will do another post about it on reddit. In the meantime, if anyone has any questions at all about my deck and how I run it, or any questions about their own decks that they’d like me to look at, I’d be more than happy to talk with you about it.

Contact Information

If you wish to contact darth_meatloaf you can contact him on:
Reddit: /u/darth_meatloaf
Twitter: @darth_meatloaf

Please visit his decklist on Tappedout.net and give him a +1 Vote!
Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer EDH Decklist by darth_meatloaf

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