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The Best Creature in Type 1: Goblin Welder
By Tony Lyskawa
Looking at the standard scene right now, and seeing skullclamp get banned is a real bummer. The card has gotten way out of control. Who would have thought that a measly +1/-1 equipment could stir up so much commotion? I know of one card that both a friend and myself play that would have become banned in Type 2 had it been reprinted from Urza’s Legacy, Goblin Welder.

Sure Wizards made Trash for Treasure, but that is a one-time swap. Not quite as abusive as repeatedly cycling a Tangle Wire in and out of play, or taking your opponents turns over and over with a Mindslaver in play. My current Type 1 tournament deck is one card away from being a Type 2 deck, only because Goblin Welder was not reprinted.

It started out in CPA’s forums, as a deck that was only thought of as a casual deck. After playtesting it in apprentice I decided it had potential. After making it more like a Type 1 deck by adding more restricted cards it grew more and more evil with each addition. The deck started as a manipulation of discarding Bosh, Iron Golem and then changed as Darksteel came out Sundering Titan was added with its Armageddon like effect. This deck did not play more than 8 basic lands so he was perfect. Then after a revisit to Mirrodin there was Pentavus and Mindslaver and even Platinum Angel. Duplicant, a way to repeatedly remove my opponents threats from the game. The following is the current decklist:

4 Goblin Welder
4 Careful Study
4 Thirst for Knowledge
4 Pyrite Spellbomb
R Sol Ring
R Time Spiral
R Windfall
R Voltaic Key
R Fact or Fiction
R Frantic Search
R Tinker
2 Gilded Lotus
1 Duplicant
1 Platinum Angel
1 Sundering Titan
1 Pentavus
3 Bosh, Iron Golem
1 Mindslaver
2 Tangle Wire
4 Mana Leak
2 Gamble
2 Lightning Greaves
2 Shrapnel Blast
1 Bottle Gnomes

R Tolarian Academy
4 Seat of the Synod
4 Great Furnace
4 Shivan Reef
1 Island
3 Mountain


1 Argivian Restoration
1 Sculpting Steel
2 Tangle Wire
4 Trash for Treasure
2 Fire/Ice
3 Washout
2 Shrapnel Blast

The deck is most often very fast. With a first turn Great Furnace-Goblin Welder it can beat Animate-Dragon-Laquatus, by welding a Platinum angel second turn.

It can go into an infinite lock with 2 Goblin Welders with a Pentavus in play and a Mindslaver and Gilded Lotus in play or in the graveyard. I played this at a tournament and the only thing to stop it was The CPA’s 13Nova with his similar build. Ideally for this deck I would like to change the Mana Leaks into Force of Wills, as that is how I lost at the Tournament.

This decks weaknesses are Burn/Ponza, Land Destruction, and sometimes fast weenie decks. Platinum Angel helps against weenie decks, and Land destruction is not a threat if I can weld an artifact land out before they destroy it.

So does anyone see Goblin Welder appearing in his or her local Comic Shop? Because He is the best creature I Type1 right now. Care to disagree? Play this deck on Apprentice as we will see.

Thank you for your time


Tony Lyskawa

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