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Goblin Dark-Dwellers
- Oath of Gatewatch

Reviewed January 4, 2016

Constructed: 3.33
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Goblin Dark-Dwellers
 
Can I say how happy I am that this flashback-granting ability is in red now? The reason I find it so gratifying is that red is supposed to be a spell color - and this ability makes it about spells, not just burn spells or spells that get various low-mana-cost attackers through (which are less efficient than white's creatures anyway, because red is a spell color). It also takes the Dark-Dwellers from being a legitimate Limited threat to contention for a constructed-level threat - this triggered ability is pure card advantage, almost no matter what is being flashed back. In fact, when you consider that flashback costs are usually an average of about two mana higher than the regular cost and you're also getting an evasive 4/4 creature, it's also pure mana advantage and quality advantage all around.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Goblin Dark-Dwellers which is a five mana Red
4/4 with Menace that allows you to cast a three mana or less instant or sorcery from the graveyard.  With Standard options including Hordeling Outburst for a goblin tribal swarm theme, Exquisite Firecraft for burn or removal, or even Act of Treason to give it Haste this has value in many decks and most situations.  It is both efficient and a decent creature by itself with a lower form of evasion and a very supported type.  Overall this is likely to see play in several decks in Standard, Multiplayer, and Commander formats as a middle to late game threat with built in card advantage.
 
In a Limited format this is a very strong first pick in Booster as a 4/4 with partial evasion and card advantage at just five mana.  The double Red prevents minimal splashing, but support should be easy to draft into or have available in Sealed. 
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0
EDH/Commander: 4.0


Armuun

Goblin Dark Dwellers
 
a 4/4 menace for 5's pretty good. One that throws in a free 3 or less cmc sorcery/instant flashback on ETB is really good. It's not one of those cards that will skyrocket in price (Well, given the hot mess standard is these days, maybe.) but it's a really good pick for control running/splashing red. Older formats give this plenty of targets. Standard, not so much.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH: 3


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