This card has been a popular, if not exciting,
must-play in booster draft decks using at least
fair amount of red. Very playable, with the
occasionally relevant protection from red, but
never really great.
Thick-Skinned Goblin has not yet made a splash
in constructed, but his relatively efficient
cost to power ratio makes him an adequate
addition to red decks if they expect to face
other red decks.
This is good in three kinds of decks; Echo
decks, Pyrohemia decks (where its pro:red can
save it), and Goblin decks (who could use a pro:
red guy if they use Skirk Fire Marshall), but
otherwise he's a 2/1 for 2. A lot of the time, a
2/1 for 2 is all you need to hold the fort while
your bigger guys come down. And you can get a
few Echo cards and maybe a Pyrohemia in Limited
if you're lucky.
Given the first three cards of the week, you
probably saw this one coming. Anyway, this is
useful if you have a lot of echo creatures, as
then you don't have to pay the echo. He's also
immune to burn spells as long as you have a red
free to use on his ability. He's an interesting
creature for sure, but echo creatures aren't
played that much in constructed, so he doesn't
really have much of a place right now.
In casual, this is great for a deck using lots
of echo creatures. It saves A LOT of mana.
In limited, a good, solid pick. You'll likely
end up with a couple of echo creatures. He even
plinks for 2 if your opponent doesn't have a
Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 3.5
Thick Skinned Goblin
The all star of this echo red week. Decks can be
built around him but even by himself he is a
decent creature or can be used in goblin decks.
2 for a 2/1 is not great but for one it can get
protection from red. Urza's block had some
decent green creatures that could be used with
Ah, the creature that makes playing echo
creatures worthwhile! Except it has to be in
play the turn *after* they come into play.
Usually you want to be attacking with your 2/1
creatures for 2 mana, and ideally not caring too
much whether they are destroyed as long as they
deal damage to your opponent, or you have
something better on the way. But if
Thick-Skinned Goblin is destroyed, your
something better will probably have a
prohibitive cost that ties up your mana. Also,
if you're not playing echo creatures (which are
usually not very good in constructed),
Thick-Skinned Goblin doesn't really do anything.
You have plenty of better options for
constructed. However, echo creatures are better
(relatively speaking) in limited play, and
Thick-Skinned Goblin can help you out by freeing
up some of your mana.
Casual: 4/5 (he puts the theme in the theme
Thick-Skinned Goblin!! YEAH!!
Constructed... ew, just no. Basing a deck around
4 quite fragile creatures is
no a good idea, espeically when the deck will
fail horribly when this isn't
In Casual, this thing is gold. Protection from
red means no burn damage is
taking it down and nulling Echo costs is the
funnest thing ever. It probably
won't win but does that ever matter?
In Limited, if you happen to get a lot of decent
Echo stuff, this could be
worth it as it's a 2/1 for 2 mana and you get
the protection from red. It also
interacts well with Volcanic Hellion as it does
negate the hefty Echo cost,
giving you one awesome beatstick for a low
Casual: 4/5, hey, it's bad but it's fun!
Limited: 3/5, it's not that bad as it's immune
to red removal.
I love a goblin with a cool ability. This will
belong in many a casual constructed deck with
the idea of using echo creatures. Having this
goblin, a 2/1 pro red for 2 in just about any
deck is decent enough. However, when paired with
avalanche rider and our Monday review Basalt
Gargoyle in a sligh deck...now we are talking.
Definitely a flavorful card. Also paired up with
the volcano hellion, and you have a deal.
Constructed: I don't think an echo heavy deck
could be very competitive, since without
thick-skinned, your tempo goes to the wayside.
Casual: Ehh, funky combo decks are ok here. This
might have a place.
Limited: 2/1 for 2 that makes barely playables
somewhat more playable? sure.
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