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Thick Skinned Goblin
Planar Chaos

Reviewed April 6, 2007

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.25

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Jeff Zandi

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Thick-Skinned Goblin

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.



Thick-Skinned Goblin

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.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 3


Thursday - Thick-Skinned Goblin

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 creature out.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 3.5

-David N

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 this guy.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4
David Fanany Thick-Skinned Goblin

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.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5 (he puts the theme in the theme deck!)
Limited: 3/5
PsychoAnime 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 price.

Constructed: 1/5
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.
The Missing Linc Thick Skinned Goblin

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: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 3
Thick-skinned goblin

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.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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