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Goblin Lackey 
Urza's Saga Uncommon

Reviewed August 10, 2004

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.22
Limited: 1.72

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Goblin Lackey is one of the more sought after Goblins.  For is ability, he's an amazing 1 cost creature.  Start putting higher costed Goblins into play as soon a this guy hits.  And it doesn't have to be combat damage (a fact that Wizards has been much more careful to specify on recent cards).  So slap a pinger, like Fire Whip, enchantment on Lackey, and you can throw another Gobby into play each turn. Very Strong.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 2
   Current Price:
Goblin Lackey - Urza's Saga - $9.99
   Combos Well With:
Fire Whip - Weatherlight - $0.19

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Tuesday - Goblin Lackey
A great card for any goblin deck. Unfortunately, with all of the great goblins out there, Wizards had to ban this card in Extended. So, that leaves you with type 1 or type 1.5 to play this card. Still, in either of those formats, if you're playing sligh, there's a chance you're playing this card. Really great at what it does, and a definate recommend for any goblin deck.
Except for limited. Unfortunately there, most of the time, you don't have enough good goblins to play this card. Not to mention the fact this guy is a 1/1, and probably won't get through after the second turn anyway.
Construced: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 2

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Goblin Lackey
This card has been the MVP of Standard AND Extended Goblin decks in its day.  Turn one Lackey, turn two DOMINANCE by laying a Goblin for free. The Lackey never had much game in limited play, but hey, you can’t have everything.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer

Goblin Lackey


If ever a creature had a target painted on his forehead, it would be this guy. He was the powerhouse of so many decks, basically creating even more tempo for a deck already full of aggression. There are a lot of articles on “Who’s the Beatdown” out there, which talk about when you need to be aggressive, and when you need to play control. Well, with this guy in you deck, my suggestion is you go beatdown when you start shuffling up for game one.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        1


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

Goblin Lackey - Tuesday

This is one of the best tournament play goblins of all time. He would get a point or two in and then he would call some buddies. He's super scary now with guys like Seige-Gang Commander floating around. Casual players seem to look over this guy when building Goblin decks, but it's probably because they haven't sat across from Mr. Lackey and watched him do his thing.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5
Goblin Lackey --

There is a really good reason this card is banned in Extended. For those of you who weren't around for the Reign of Goblin Lackey, consider this: Siege-Gang Commander on Turn 2, alongside his three tokens, Goblin Lackey, and Goblin Piledriver. What does it take to get this combination into play? Swinging with Goblin Lackey and paying three mana total.

In limited, Goblin Lackey weakens considerably, so unless you have managed to get several insane goblins in your limited card pool, leave the Lackey sitting on the sidelines.

Casual players should have this card in their Goblin decks, no questions asked. It makes bad hands into good hands, and good hands into game-winning hands.

Constructed Rating: 4.0
Casual Rating: 4.0
Limited Rating: 1.0

 Van Zandt

Goblin Lackey
I don't like banning 1/1 creatures, it seems a bad idea, but he's busted with seige gang commander, and people apparently can't deal with 1/1's. I guess. A staple sligh card, in any case.

constructed 3
casual 4
limited 1.5 

Secret Squirrel on the

Goblin Lackey
Goblin Lackey was one of the better Goblins released in Urzas Saga.  This is kind of mana acceleration, as you get to put another goblin into play.  This card was heavily abused in Extended Im sure.  Anything thats red that can also search is very valuable, and what better to pull out of your deck than goblins?  Fun, fun, fun. 
No clue of how well this did in limited. I guess the fetching ability is pretty useful in limited, but I don't know how many gobbos there are in US.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

Goblin Lackey -
Constructed - Banned
Casual - If your friends dont mind turn 2 Siege-Gang Commanders, or Goblin Ringleaders, or Mistform Ultimus's (okay... i threw that last one in for fun), than this is a killer. But its hard to abuse this card without taking it out of the casual realm.
Limited - Im not too familiar with this guys set... But I really can't imagine you drafting any goblins to make this worthwhile. Someone with knowledge of the set's interior may prove me wrong though.
Casual - 1.5 (Just too hard to use in casual without making it seem evil)
Limited - 1.5

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