Hello and welcome to another addition of Droppin' Baums! This week I am looking at a card that has scared me since Dominaria dropped and a card that I have only mentioned not wanting to play against.
Well, If you can't beat them, join them! Goblin Chainwhirler is its name and killing X-ones is its game! This week I do a lot more then mention it – I played it. Needless to say it did not disappoint. I'm looking at the extremely powerful Black-Red Aggro list made by my good friends and teammates Martin Muller and Petr Sochurek. Both are players that I have the utmost respect for and this deck-list was just another reason to trust my friends!
One big difference from other Black-Red Aggro lists I have seen is the lack of Karn, Scion of Urza. While I do think the card is very powerful, I think that Rekindling Phoenix is better positioned right now. If we were in a world where Vraska's Contempts were everywhere, I would switch those cards around. The reason I say that is picture us casting a Karn, Scion of Urza and using an ability. Now picture us casting Rekindling Phoenix. If our opponent Vraska's Contempts both of those plays, the planeswalker gains value in some way before it dies. Since I am not seeing a lot of Contempts, the beautiful wonder in the sky is my choice. A few things I took away from the games. I am extremely lucky and I LOVE Goblin Chainwhirler.
This matchup is very bad in game one. We have so many cards we need to take out it gets pretty rough. After sideboard, the game is in our favor. That's the problem with White-Blue Control right now – it has such a great game one against a lot of different decks and is lacking after everyone gets to bring in 10 cards! The Karn, Scion of Urza version is a bit better against them, but not by much. As always save your Duress until you plan on getting Settle the Wreckage.
I think this matchup is very close since you play a lot of the same cards. The biggest problem is they play the unkillable Hazoret the Fervent; but they also have creatures that have one toughness, so our Chainwhirlers are much better than theirs.
This matchup is very good. You have a lot of efficient removal spells to stop them from snowballing threats. Glorybringer is a nightmare for them. Goblin Chainwhirler causes them to have night sweats. Chandra, Torch of Defiance is their personal Freddy Krueger. Combine all of that and you have a bad dream that our opponent desperately wants to wake up from.
This matchup is very good as well. Goblin Chainwhirler shuts down their early annoying threats. Abrade makes sure that once we are ahead we can make sure we don't lose the game to a God's Pharoh's Gift for a very cheap two mana.
(on the draw keep in some Magma Spray if they keep their threats small)
This matchup can get a little bit tough if they snowball creatures that must be killed by Unlicensed Disintegration. If you can stay ahead of them, or just simply draw Goblin Chainwhirler at an opportune time you should be fine.
This deck has some real power and it should not be taken lightly. Every card is powerful and together it creates a machine of efficiency. Enjoy Goblin Chainwhirling people as much as I did. Spoiler alert, I enjoyed it a lot.
Thanks for tuning in I will see you next week!
- Corey Baumeister