________ Goblin – Unfinity
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2022
Commander [EDH]: 3.38
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
This is another good example of a card where I’m not sure why it’s tournament legal. I always thought that cards couldn’t care about things like spelling. The entire name of a card has been fair game for a long time (cf. Cranial Extraction and its descendants), but never its components. It seemed quite clear that Stet and similar cards were Un-cards. If that’s changed, are they going to start inventing things like Persecute Vowel in future mainline sets? And would anybody name anything other than E (not just for Emrakul, but the most common letter in English)?
This guy’s game text seems like more of a fun/casual/Un-set limited type of thing, but it’s worth thinking about whether you can get four or more mana out of him on a regular basis. Storm decks in Legacy tend to look for the instant and sorcery rituals, but five mana for three is the same rate as Seething Song, and if there’s a name sticker that has all five vowels plus Y, you would actually beat that rate. I haven’t seen all of them and so honestly don’t know the full range of names you can get from them, so I wouldn’t guarantee his success in such settings. But I can’t rule it out, either!
Commander [EDH]: 4
In most cases, this nameless Goblin is going to be a free 2/2, since it likely pays for itself. But to explain that, let’s talk about the name stickers, and stickers in general, which are a rather “colorful” addition to Unfinity.
If you’re playing with sticker sheets, you have 10 in a little side “deck”, and you pick three randomly at the start of a game to serve as your pool of available stickers. So you can use any of the names on each sticker sheet to affix to this Goblin, and as long as you’re not too unlucky, you should come away with the three mana you spent to cast this 2/2, with potentially more than what you paid for; I’m not intimately familiar with all of the name stickers, but there are definitely some with four or more vowels on them, so you can come out ahead.
Fundamentally, though, this is a free Goblin, a vanilla 2/2 that ticks up your storm count and offers tribal synergies. It’s not the showiest card, but despite the wonky flavor, this can well make for some fun in decks able to stick it to your opponent.
Commander [EDH]: 2.75
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