Articles , Blog February 27, 2020 100 Comments MTG – Is it worth it to buy Merfolk vs Goblins? A Magic: The Gathering Duel Deck Review Dereck Turner Post navigation 👅 VEGAN IN VEGAS – MAGIC MIKE LIVE & THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDERAnimals in the Circus Hit, Bullied, Chained, and Deprived 100 thoughts on “MTG – Is it worth it to buy Merfolk vs Goblins? A Magic: The Gathering Duel Deck Review” Jack Pabich says: December 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm I've just bought this. How easy is it to teach Magic to new people with these decks? That's the main reason I bought it, but also know I can use the cards afterwards in other formats as well. Reply agent mlp412 says: December 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm Got this in a giveaway Reply Kiddomike says: December 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm Very consistent with the high quality reviews and contents, Professor! Awesome! Reply Lien Badich says: December 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm This was my first bought deck Reply Jonathan Pallie says: December 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm This is a terrific duel deck for many reasons as spoken by Mr. TCC himself. The goblins deck can be deconsructed/re-constructed into a great, fun and competitive goblins/all in red deck. The merfolk deck can be rebuilt into a competitive merfolk agro deck. Have fun, but know that your investment doesn't stop here for a competitive modern deck. Reply 9od says: December 8, 2017 at 4:18 am my friend had an old Goblin deck. we each bought one of these and i gave him the Goblins and he gave me the Merfolk. with a few extra cards (Opt, Unsummon, Ixalan Blue Merfolk) and we had a great time with them. i hated MTG before playing Merfolk but i love that deck. I recommend if you wanna get a friend into the game and can get 2 copies Reply Brenden Chermok says: December 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm I’m a goblin deck player and that standard goblin deck is near top notch when it comes to agro and speed but it will be slower since you will have to sac some land a for the +1/+1 counters and life point damage but yes this duel deactivated does deserve an A- since this will be the first time I play mono-blue and merfolk tribals Reply Stefano Modena says: December 10, 2017 at 5:57 am This is going to be a valuable addition to my merfolk deck! Reply Wesley Myers says: December 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm You always make thee best reviews. Picking this up today because of this! Thank you! Reply Adam Balaban says: December 15, 2017 at 3:15 am 4:47 What’s the song? I read the description but those aren’t the songs. Help? Reply Rusty Shackleford says: December 15, 2017 at 3:56 am Krenko, impact tremors and decent of the dragons, good times. Reply TheAnimaster says: December 16, 2017 at 4:45 am Saw it at the checkout at Walmart, looked for the review here (I’m subscribed) — boom. Bought. Reply Steven Varner says: December 18, 2017 at 5:02 am Could you recommend decklist for someone, me, that has four of these sealed, to build? Reply potlick18 says: December 18, 2017 at 10:21 am I'm going to buy this. I like goblins Reply Bastien Clarke says: December 19, 2017 at 5:27 am Thanks Prof! Reply Old Verbal Diarrhea says: December 20, 2017 at 11:05 am 8:23 lol when an ad pops up right here Reply The Nevermore Lair says: December 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm Definitely buying this now so I can gut them for modern Merfolk & Goblin parts Reply Alex Chen says: December 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm Im considering getting this for my friend who might start MtG for christmas-and mainly because i need Goblins. Glad to see that the decks are linear tbh so it's easier to teach. Reply Matt Laub says: December 24, 2017 at 4:29 pm So, I’m curious. Would it be advantageous to buy more than one of this set if I were looking to start building Modern Merfolk? I’d keep one Goblin deck (been wanting to build Krenko for EDH). Even with all the bulk, buying 3-4 of this may be good for getting playseta? Reply Andres Magana says: December 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm Im new to mtg from yugioh and pokemon. Thanks for the videos. They eased me transition lol. Im going to pick up one of these with a friend of mine. Reply Paper says: December 30, 2017 at 4:04 am My LGS got a case of these… The top cards that are sealed in the plastic wrap itself were damaged, bend along the entire bottom of the card. Good job WoTC Reply neves783001 says: December 31, 2017 at 4:12 am Hey, great review, Professor! I just got this Duel Deck as my first ever (and also my last) Magic product, and I must say, I like the gameplay. It's so back and forth, they play the same yet different at the same time. P.S. I am still learning how to play Blue, and learning how to guard effectively. Reply Roy Sparks says: January 6, 2018 at 4:41 am After playing about 5 times with these decks I found Goblins overpowered merfolk every time. In the red deck there are a lot of cards that cost little Mana and create goblin tokens. This wouldn't be an issue except the merfolk deck comes with ONE board wipe. Also merfolk seems to be lacking a lot of single Mana creatures so if you don't have an abundance of lands at the start of the game you'll probably be sol. Reply RetroFuZion says: January 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm I bought this 5 minutes ago Reply Aika Kronosa says: January 8, 2018 at 7:09 pm I had a friend teach me MTG when I was a teenager and he gifted me a huge card collection to get me started. Unfortunately my father who was overly religious at the time found them spooky and thought I was messing with Tarot cards. I tried to explain to him that they were game cards but he wouldn't believe me and he forced me to put them in the trash while he watched. I was heart broken. That was over 20 years ago and I still miss playing the game but i never replaced those cards. I want to play again but i don't know where to start. I saw these duel decks at a local store so I decided to look them up. Thank you for this review. I am going to go buy them and learn how to play again. Reply Omar Little says: January 9, 2018 at 11:55 pm If you can get two times the MSPR by selling the cards individually, wouldn't that be a perfect investment? Just buy in bulk and sell the card at a slightly lower price. Or do the prices drop rapidly after the release of the duel decks? Reply Brutal Noodle says: January 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm missed you professor 🙂 glad to see you are still at it! Reply rj gamer says: January 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm I like blue deck Reply oriana Baisdem says: January 15, 2018 at 10:21 pm Me encanta la traducción de éste vídeo. Reply Bobcat dad says: January 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm I'm just getting back into Magic. This looks like a great jumping on point. Reply Roman Farley says: January 20, 2018 at 7:35 pm Jace looks chunky ammi rigghhhhhttt? Reply Peter Kryger Sørensen says: January 20, 2018 at 11:26 pm You look great when shaved btw! Overall I think Magic's duel decks are boring as there are too little consistency in them – and would much rather buy battle decks from Card Kingdom (are you planning on making a vid on those?) where there are multiple copies of the same card. — unfortunately I live in Denmark and have a hard time shipping them. Best buy the singles then 😉 Reply AT RT says: January 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm dude youre a cross between David Boreanaz and Christopher Lambert hah kick ass Reply Pumpin George says: January 24, 2018 at 11:19 pm Bought the Goblin Mob deck 14 years ago, From the Scourge series, This New Goblin Deck, Completes ME Reply Apple Kingdom says: January 26, 2018 at 4:32 pm A little tip for the ones that speculate about these videos a lot, in the list of the buyable unopened duel decks it says Zenikar vs. Eldrazi instead of Zendikar vs. Eldrazi ;PJust to notice, I still love your videos Professor and I learned and used them wisely to spend my dollars on MTG!! Keep up the good work! Reply Robin Wouters says: January 27, 2018 at 8:00 am Can you use the cards/decks in Standard? Reply Gud Hunter says: January 31, 2018 at 3:22 am Brought it as my come back to MTG deck around two years ago(maybe Abit more) Worked me well tbh and when ixalan came out (attended a local tournament where top three players get a ixalan box set (forgot what the actual name it's like $40 bucks off the shelf) I came in 3rd and got a bunch of new merfolk cards from ixalan which I rebuilt my merfolk and now is my go to trusty tournament deck 🙂 Reply MTG: Fatal Push says: February 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm i should had invested in these things o.o Reply PeterBuddy says: February 9, 2018 at 4:44 pm I def want my deck to always over power the other. Then I always win. Reply eyeballfreak says: February 10, 2018 at 4:46 am I love playing the goblin deck Reply Philthy Shortz says: February 17, 2018 at 10:08 pm yeaaa boiiiiiii!!!!!! Reply D4rkSh4d3 _ says: February 23, 2018 at 11:44 pm I bought this and got two copies of warren instigator, one in the goblin deck and another in the merfolk deck. I don’t even know Reply BluNinja says: February 26, 2018 at 4:15 pm Hey, I used to play MTG and have decided to go back to it and try out Friday Night Magic using my half decent deck. Problem is its not in standard and I'm trying to find a suitable product to build a new deck from scratch. What would you suggest for a returning intermediate/experienced player because most of the products in this new Ixalan set look very beginner focused and I feel like my deck is much better than anything I could realistically get out of a product like this! Please feel free to give me advice and thanks in advance! 🙂 Reply jake reichert says: March 1, 2018 at 4:31 am I really enjoyed elspeth vs kiora. Both planeswalkers are still very playable and elspeth has held her value pretty well (~$8ish). Reply chaos mask gamer says: March 2, 2018 at 1:48 pm This video did help I am thinking of buying the duel decks Reply Middle Earth says: March 6, 2018 at 12:31 am Me,goblins for the win! Reply Joseph Ruiz says: March 10, 2018 at 4:03 am I want to get my girlfriend into mtg she said she’d be willing to play if I put effort into getting her into it so I was thinking an easy to understand, balanced, duel deck would be a good way to start her in. I’ve never bought duel decks before so which one would you recommend? I’m thinking merfolk vs. goblins because she’s normally really against stuff she finds “nerdy” at first, but sometimes I successfully get her into things that I like and she likes mermaids so Reply Miguel says: March 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm it's balanced? what duel deck is the most balanced? Reply Robert Shuff says: March 11, 2018 at 11:11 pm I like to play budget modern tribal decks, and this was the most pleasing duel deck ever for me, rather than saving them as duel decks like I usually do I was thrilled to get two and some singles to make some quality modern tribal decks Reply Eirini Perdikaki says: March 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm Thank you! A local hobby shop has a discount on duel decks and I've been trying to decide whether to buy it or not! I'm a newbie and a casual player and I've been trying to find something with which I can introduce my bf to Magic as well as getting to know the game better myself! Reply The Legend 27 Mobile Legends says: March 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm Why I I keep getting legal steroid ads? Reply Eric Payne says: March 16, 2018 at 4:38 am I bought this to make into commander decks, very helpful Reply Spencer Taylor says: March 21, 2018 at 4:41 am I honestly enjoyed heroes versus monsters, however I will agree that the heroes deck is way more powerful than the monster deck Reply Dorsey Scroggins says: March 24, 2018 at 12:06 pm I bought this for my goblin commander. I use krenko with in half-hearted Reply William Schaefer says: April 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm I think it funny that you bash buying cards at Walmart and say to support where I can get a game in. Walmart is pretty much the only place where I have an oportunity to play (in their break room with friends of mine). I buy some cards (packs and precons) there but most online due to availability of singles. Reply Chokoloco says: April 7, 2018 at 12:25 am Wait how is Speed vs Cunning one of the worst Duel Decks? I've heard great things about the Speed deck.Some of its cards including Zurgo Helmsmasher are good EDH cards Reply Chokoloco says: April 7, 2018 at 12:26 am Wait how is Speed vs Cunning one of the worst Duel Decks? Reply Ben Hoogendyk says: April 9, 2018 at 6:32 am I’ve been wanting to finish my impact tremors/purphoros/goblins deck and I was able to find the duel deck for 17$ on tcgplayer so a seriously good buy 👍 Reply Omar Gonzalez says: April 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm I want to now if you can play with the decks in fridays night magic ? Reply QSBK Thunder says: May 16, 2018 at 3:35 pm This was the first magic the gathering product that i had ever purchased, and even now six months after i still enjoy playing the merfolk against my friends. Reply David Phillips says: May 17, 2018 at 4:44 am I like merfolk so much now I want to make it my choice archetype Reply ♛ Huffdaddy™ says: May 19, 2018 at 9:05 am This is the first ever mtg thing I have ever bought and it was great. I played with both decks and learned a lot about blue and red. They seemed pretty good against a couple of my friends decks which they worked hard on building however I will say that there is TREMENDOUS room for improving these decks. I have already upgraded both greatly and am happy with my purchase. Reply Muhbagg7667 says: May 20, 2018 at 11:29 pm I bought two of these. But I'm just getting back into it. It's a gentle guide into merging for me Reply Gabe Sanders says: May 27, 2018 at 11:02 am Hey! I just wanted to thank Tolarian Community College for teaching me how to be good at spotting magic the gathering deals and such. Reply Kevin Cutter says: June 4, 2018 at 1:09 am Great video!! Reply Heather Ivey says: June 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm I got the wrong color of dice for the merfolks(I got a white dice) Reply Middawn Rabbit says: June 19, 2018 at 4:47 am Are these able for legacy Reply Kevin Arehart says: June 26, 2018 at 10:47 pm I'm working on a goblin deck, can I still use these card (even in today standers)? Reply St1cKnGoJuGgAlO says: June 27, 2018 at 8:16 pm I recently purchased 2 of the goblin vs merfolf duel decks and made 1 goblin and 1 merfolk from them with some old cards i had laying around. Reply ThisIsMonarchy :P says: July 3, 2018 at 10:46 am Cool I have a sorin vs tibalt Reply Captain Mayhem says: July 5, 2018 at 8:35 pm I wish the box was resealable Reply Psycological Zuko says: July 9, 2018 at 5:01 am This was my first time buying any magic cards and this is what I got Reply Harry Sandiford says: July 22, 2018 at 10:38 pm The goblins were good but the merfolk couldn't keep up Reply Aiden Blevins says: August 1, 2018 at 3:19 am Krinko would have been better Reply JFirelord says: August 3, 2018 at 3:39 am duel decks were how I started Reply Marty Arrow-Cumbe says: August 3, 2018 at 4:57 am Noice Reply Dude Minister says: August 7, 2018 at 5:41 am What would be the best duel deck to play for first timecasual player? Reply Matěj Vítek says: August 30, 2018 at 6:43 pm Zombies vs Saprolings Reply Wolf Dog Moon says: September 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm Thanks, Professor. I picked this up today 😎 Reply Genma Saotome says: September 7, 2018 at 4:09 am Challenge Accepted! We all should try to get a game in at Walmart and/or Target. Reply Mark Fernandez says: October 21, 2018 at 4:18 am I like duel deck finally I found the best duel deck thanks professor for your recommendation Reply Angel Vega says: November 4, 2018 at 1:09 am Made me chuckle when you flicked the boxes off camera Reply Genma Saotome says: November 12, 2018 at 3:44 pm I'd rather wanna see… Plants vs Zombies.. 😛 Reply imBadMove says: January 17, 2019 at 6:32 am Goblins seem quite a bit better than merfolk in this duel deck Reply The Relevant Nerd says: February 7, 2019 at 10:58 am Never cared about value. I just use the creatures for a themed deck I'm making for home play vs buying seperate. More convenient than anything. Reply James Viola says: February 22, 2019 at 7:54 pm Divine v Demonic is around $150+ Reply MayIBeFrank says: March 8, 2019 at 12:38 am Me and my buddy split the cost of this and i got the goblins out of the deal. After 60$ later i now have one of my favorite decks ive ever owned. Reply Supreme Verdict says: March 19, 2019 at 9:27 pm Goblin Slayer vs Goblin?? Reply Kevin Carter says: March 22, 2019 at 3:53 pm I've bought 4 Reply Merch by Powl says: April 18, 2019 at 9:09 pm great product imo… Reply Bob Clooy says: April 19, 2019 at 11:43 am wish i wouldve got this rather then mind vs might :/ Reply Yoni Savransky says: May 5, 2019 at 5:27 pm this is really late, but you have atypo. it says zenikar, not zendikar Reply BrokenShadow says: June 29, 2019 at 7:59 am Msrp is 19.99… until it was changed to 21.99…. and now 24.99 Reply Gabe E says: August 24, 2019 at 2:59 am thanks prof. Reply Señor Everything says: October 24, 2019 at 11:41 pm Short answer: yes. Reply Raul Gallegos says: November 26, 2019 at 8:35 pm MERFOLK VS GOVLINS Reply Cory says: December 22, 2019 at 2:23 pm I have fallen down the rabbit hole that is your channel. The quality of the videos is stellar. Reply DiegoDLD says: December 30, 2019 at 11:05 am I had the chance to buy one of these last year, but I didn't. Now I'm searching for some of these cards for a commander merfolk deck… But it's fine. Reply Christopher Gonzalez says: January 1, 2020 at 2:33 am I'm my experience playing the goblins always dominated, it was over very fast so I couldn't get the full fin playing it Reply dreadfull kaiju says: February 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm your so cool Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.