Yesterday, the four-day Mythic Invitational tournament kicked off. This event is hosted on Magic: The Gathering's digital interface MTG Arena, using the Historic format as the basis for this prestigious tournament.

Artwork for Muxus, Goblin Grandee, a card that's made a prolific showing at the Mythic Invitational. Illustrated by Dmitry Burmak.

As part of the metagame breakdown on September 9th, Wizards of the Coast revealed that the most prevalent deck archetype registered in the tournament was Mono-Red Goblins, which made up exactly 20% of the competition.

However, that 20% showing for Goblins is a little disingenuous; Rakdos Goblins showed up as well, with 22 decks from that archetype lending 13.8% of the metagame to the overall archetype.

Day One's Metagame Breakdown, courtesy of Magic.gg

If this sudden showing of Goblins is surprising, you might also be surprised to know that many of the pros in the Mythic Invitational were prepared for this. Various Sultai Midrange decks were prevalent during Day One of the event, with 27 decks in all making up 16.9% of the metagame. According to Twitter feeds from some of the competitors, it seemed that Sultai players were working to actively counter the Goblin decks they figured they'd face. But even then, it was rough waters ahead for some of these players.

Piloting a deck specially-designed to counter Goblins, Seth Manfield faced six Goblin matchups out of seven. His toughest match was against Emma Handy, because Emma "drew a lot of Muxus", Seth reported in another tweet.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Goblins by Emma Handy

'Mono-Red Goblins' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emma Handy

Event: Mythic Invitational - 09/10/2020

Rank:

Historic

Market Price: $185.29

Cards

Torch Courier

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

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Haste
Sacrifice Torch Courier: Another target creature gains haste until end of turn.

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Goblin Ringleader

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
When Goblin Ringleader enters the battlefield, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Goblin cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.34

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Wily Goblin

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.42

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When Wily Goblin enters the battlefield, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Conspicuous Snoop

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.54

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Play with the top card of your library revealed.
You may cast Goblin spells from the top of your library.
As long as the top card of your library is a Goblin card, Conspicuous Snoop has all activated abilities of that card.

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Muxus, Goblin Grandee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $16.56

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When Muxus, Goblin Grandee enters the battlefield, reveal the top six cards of your library. Put all Goblin creature cards with converted mana cost 5 or less from among them onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
Whenever Muxus attacks, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each other Goblin you control.

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Goblin Trashmaster

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.66

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Other Goblins you control get +1/+1.
Sacrifice a Goblin: Destroy target artifact.

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Krenko, Mob Boss

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.13

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{T}: Create X 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens, where X is the number of Goblins you control.

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Gempalm Incinerator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.93

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Cycling {1}{R} ({1}{R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins on the battlefield.

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Magma Spray

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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Magma Spray deals 2 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Redcap Melee deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a nonred permanent is dealt damage this way, you sacrifice a land.

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Goblin Chainwhirler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.03

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First strike
When Goblin Chainwhirler enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each opponent and each creature and planeswalker they control.

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Goblin Matron

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.35

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When Goblin Matron enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Goblin card, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Goblin Chieftain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.86

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Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
Other Goblin creatures you control get +1/+1 and have haste.

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Skirk Prospector

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.26

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Sacrifice a Goblin: Add {R}.

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Phyrexian Tower

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $16.41

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Goblin Warchief

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.54

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Goblin spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Goblins you control have haste.

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Legion Warboss

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.49

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Mentor (Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature with lesser power.)
At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token. That token gains haste until end of turn and attacks this combat if able.

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Goblin Cratermaker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.18

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{1}, Sacrifice Goblin Cratermaker: Choose one —
• Goblin Cratermaker deals 2 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target colorless nonland permanent.

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Despite the sheer number of Goblins in the meta (and in his matches), Seth managed to achieve a 5-2 standing for the first day of this event with the following decklist:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Sultai Midrange by Seth Manfield

'Sultai Midrange' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event:

Rank:

Historic

Market Price: $560.02

Cards

Witch's Vengeance

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.21

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Creatures of the creature type of your choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.16

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Cry of the Carnarium

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Exile all creature cards in all graveyards that were put there from the battlefield this turn. If a creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Languish

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.90

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All creatures get -4/-4 until end of turn.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.61

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with converted mana cost of the chosen value. (Zero is even.)

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Grafdigger's Cage

Market Price: $1.89

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.05

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Essence Scatter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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Counter target creature spell.

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Fabled Passage

Market Price: $9.53

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.26

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Maelstrom Pulse

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.93

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Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $16.95

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.09

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Fetid Pools

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $4.13

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Fetid Pools enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $15.03

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({T}: Add {B}, {G}, or {U}.)
Zagoth Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.36

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.72

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Growth Spiral

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.41

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Draw a card. You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Hydroid Krasis

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $15.73

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When you cast this spell, you gain half X life and draw half X cards. Round down each time.
Flying, trample
Hydroid Krasis enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $18.83

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When Uro enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Uro enters the battlefield or attacks, you gain 3 life and draw a card, then you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
Escape—{G}{G}{U}{U}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Hinterland Harbor

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $6.99

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Hinterland Harbor enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or an Island.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.45

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.67

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.32

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Whenever you tap a Forest for mana, add an additional {G}.
+1: Put three +1/+1 counters on up to one target noncreature land you control. Untap it. It becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with vigilance and haste that's still a land.
−8: You get an emblem with "Lands you control have indestructible." Search your library for any number of Forest cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $16.79

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Vigilance, reach, trample
Whenever Elder Gargaroth attacks or blocks, choose one —
• Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
• You gain 3 life.
• Draw a card.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $6.07

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $23.61

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Ultimately, from 32 decks on Day One, Mono-Red Goblins now have a showing of 18 decks on Day Two of the Mythic Invitational. Sultai Midrange took a similar hit as a prevalent archetype—so similar, in fact, that it is also down to 18 decks left on Day Two. At the moment, it's neck-and-neck between these two archetypes!

Day Two's Metagame Breakdown, courtesy of Magic.gg

This is, incidentally, the first major Historic-format tournament to grace Magic's, well, history. We are excited to see what unfolds as Day Two continues!