MTG – Is it worth it to buy Merfolk vs Goblins? A Magic: The Gathering Duel Deck Review

MTG – Is it worth it to buy Merfolk vs Goblins? A Magic: The Gathering Duel Deck Review

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “MTG – Is it worth it to buy Merfolk vs Goblins? A Magic: The Gathering Duel Deck Review

  1. Jack Pabich says:

    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.

  2. agent mlp412 says:

    Got this in a giveaway

  3. Kiddomike says:

    Very consistent with the high quality reviews and contents, Professor! Awesome!

  4. Lien Badich says:

    This was my first bought deck

  5. Jonathan Pallie says:

    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.

  6. 9od says:

    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

  7. Brenden Chermok says:

    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

  8. Stefano Modena says:

    This is going to be a valuable addition to my merfolk deck!

  9. Wesley Myers says:

    You always make thee best reviews. Picking this up today because of this! Thank you!

  10. Adam Balaban says:

    4:47 What’s the song? I read the description but those aren’t the songs. Help?

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Krenko, impact tremors and decent of the dragons, good times.

  12. TheAnimaster says:

    Saw it at the checkout at Walmart, looked for the review here (I’m subscribed) — boom. Bought.

  13. Steven Varner says:

    Could you recommend decklist for someone, me, that has four of these sealed, to build?

  14. potlick18 says:

    I'm going to buy this. I like goblins

  15. Bastien Clarke says:

    Thanks Prof!

  16. Old Verbal Diarrhea says:

    8:23 lol when an ad pops up right here

  17. The Nevermore Lair says:

    Definitely buying this now so I can gut them for modern Merfolk & Goblin parts

  18. Alex Chen says:

    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.

  19. Matt Laub says:

    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?

  20. Andres Magana says:

    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.

  21. Paper says:

    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

  22. neves783001 says:

    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.

  23. Roy Sparks says:

    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.

  24. RetroFuZion says:

    I bought this 5 minutes ago

  25. Aika Kronosa says:

    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.

  26. Omar Little says:

    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?

  27. Brutal Noodle says:

    missed you professor 🙂 glad to see you are still at it!

  28. rj gamer says:

    I like blue deck

  29. oriana Baisdem says:

    Me encanta la traducción de éste vídeo.

  30. Bobcat dad says:

    I'm just getting back into Magic. This looks like a great jumping on point.

  31. Roman Farley says:

    Jace looks chunky ammi rigghhhhhttt?

  32. Peter Kryger Sørensen says:

    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 😉

  33. AT RT says:

    dude youre a cross between David Boreanaz and Christopher Lambert hah kick ass

  34. Pumpin George says:

    Bought the Goblin Mob deck 14 years ago, From the Scourge series, This New Goblin Deck, Completes ME

  35. Apple Kingdom says:

    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 ;P
    Just 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!

  36. Robin Wouters says:

    Can you use the cards/decks in Standard?

  37. Gud Hunter says:

    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 🙂

  38. MTG: Fatal Push says:

    i should had invested in these things o.o

  39. PeterBuddy says:

    I def want my deck to always over power the other. Then I always win.

  40. eyeballfreak says:

    I love playing the goblin deck

  41. Philthy Shortz says:

    yeaaa boiiiiiii!!!!!!

  42. D4rkSh4d3 _ says:

    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

  43. BluNinja says:

    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! 🙂

  44. jake reichert says:

    I really enjoyed elspeth vs kiora. Both planeswalkers are still very playable and elspeth has held her value pretty well (~$8ish).

  45. chaos mask gamer says:

    This video did help I am thinking of buying the duel decks

  46. Middle Earth says:

    Me,goblins for the win!

  47. Joseph Ruiz says:

    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

  48. Miguel says:

    it's balanced? what duel deck is the most balanced?

  49. Robert Shuff says:

    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

  50. Eirini Perdikaki says:

    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!

  51. The Legend 27 Mobile Legends says:

    Why I I keep getting legal steroid ads?

  52. Eric Payne says:

    I bought this to make into commander decks, very helpful

  53. Spencer Taylor says:

    I honestly enjoyed heroes versus monsters, however I will agree that the heroes deck is way more powerful than the monster deck

  54. Dorsey Scroggins says:

    I bought this for my goblin commander. I use krenko with in half-hearted

  55. William Schaefer says:

    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.

  56. Chokoloco says:

    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

  57. Chokoloco says:

    Wait how is Speed vs Cunning one of the worst Duel Decks?

  58. Ben Hoogendyk says:

    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 👍

  59. Omar Gonzalez says:

    I want to now if you can play with the decks in fridays night magic ?

  60. QSBK Thunder says:

    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.

  61. David Phillips says:

    I like merfolk so much now I want to make it my choice archetype

  62. ♛ Huffdaddy™ says:

    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.

  63. Muhbagg7667 says:

    I bought two of these. But I'm just getting back into it. It's a gentle guide into merging for me

  64. Gabe Sanders says:

    Hey! I just wanted to thank Tolarian Community College for teaching me how to be good at spotting magic the gathering deals and such.

  65. Kevin Cutter says:

    Great video!!

  66. Heather Ivey says:

    I got the wrong color of dice for the merfolks
    (I got a white dice)

  67. Middawn Rabbit says:

    Are these able for legacy

  68. Kevin Arehart says:

    I'm working on a goblin deck, can I still use these card (even in today standers)?

  69. St1cKnGoJuGgAlO says:

    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.

  70. ThisIsMonarchy :P says:

    Cool I have a sorin vs tibalt

  71. Captain Mayhem says:

    I wish the box was resealable

  72. Psycological Zuko says:

    This was my first time buying any magic cards and this is what I got

  73. Harry Sandiford says:

    The goblins were good but the merfolk couldn't keep up

  74. Aiden Blevins says:

    Krinko would have been better

  75. JFirelord says:

    duel decks were how I started

  76. Marty Arrow-Cumbe says:


  77. Dude Minister says:

    What would be the best duel deck to play for first timecasual player?

  78. Matěj Vítek says:

    Zombies vs Saprolings

  79. Wolf Dog Moon says:

    Thanks, Professor. I picked this up today 😎

  80. Genma Saotome says:

    Challenge Accepted!
    We all should try to get a game in at Walmart and/or Target.

  81. Mark Fernandez says:

    I like duel deck finally I found the best duel deck thanks professor for your recommendation

  82. Angel Vega says:

    Made me chuckle when you flicked the boxes off camera

  83. Genma Saotome says:

    I'd rather wanna see… Plants vs Zombies.. 😛

  84. imBadMove says:

    Goblins seem quite a bit better than merfolk in this duel deck

  85. The Relevant Nerd says:

    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.

  86. James Viola says:

    Divine v Demonic is around $150+

  87. MayIBeFrank says:

    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.

  88. Supreme Verdict says:

    Goblin Slayer vs Goblin??

  89. Kevin Carter says:

    I've bought 4

  90. Merch by Powl says:

    great product imo…

  91. Bob Clooy says:

    wish i wouldve got this rather then mind vs might :/

  92. Yoni Savransky says:

    this is really late, but you have atypo. it says zenikar, not zendikar

  93. BrokenShadow says:

    Msrp is 19.99… until it was changed to 21.99…. and now 24.99

  94. Gabe E says:

    thanks prof.

  95. Señor Everything says:

    Short answer: yes.

  96. Raul Gallegos says:


  97. Cory says:

    I have fallen down the rabbit hole that is your channel. The quality of the videos is stellar.

  98. DiegoDLD says:

    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.

  99. Christopher Gonzalez says:

    I'm my experience playing the goblins always dominated, it was over very fast so I couldn't get the full fin playing it

  100. dreadfull kaiju says:

    your so cool

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