It has been recently spoiled that modern format will have Skirk Prospector, a goblin that lets you sacrifice goblins for mana. Mix it with already legal Fecundity and you can storm your gobbos into huge Empty the Warrens into huge overkill. I don’t get why it is called Dirty Kitty. I would call it Goblin Snowball because this is how it plays: as a snowball that we try to turn into avalanche. We keep it rolling with rituals to get mana, Fecundity is our slope (to get cards) and goblins is our ammo (or snow).
So the essentials for modern are here and people on Reddit have been discussing the possibility of Modern Dirty Kitty. I tried it against my trusty punching bag – green stompy and was not satisfied with the results. It seems that rituals available in modern are too weak. Here is what we have:
This is what we want:
The difference is huge, believe me. Also we could use Goblin Matron to fetch us the goblin we need. She is not in modern.
I really wanted a goblin deck for modern. Goblins deserve to be there with elves and merfolk. Also I wanted to play with some of these fun cards. Now I’m skeptical of Modern Dirty Kitty but I’ve noticed that almost everything in such deck is available at common, including those better rituals and Goblin Matron. My hopes for Pauper Dirty Kitty were dashed when I realized that Fecundity is an uncommon and there is no common substitute (at least I think so after some searching).
Now, Peasant is a format where only commons + up to 5 uncommons are allowed. This is how I’m brewing my kitty. My 5 uncommons are Fecundity (obviously) and one special, old, kind of broken, gobbo fellow: Goblin Recruiter.
There is special a place for the sixth edition in my heart. This is when I got hooked on MtG. Anyways, I’m testing this goblin and he can do some amazing things like stack me 4 Prospectors to outnumber enemy bolts or stack me some war marshals when I have prospector and fecundity or stack me some bushwhackers for the kill. Matron can fetch him if needed. Goblins are a fun tribe and we have some of the most fun ones:
Unfortunately we miss some uncommons and rares we would have in modern. We miss Goblin Piledriver that could turn our combo deck into combo-aggro deck and lords such as Goblin Chieftain and Goblin Warchief. Well, Goblin Bushwhacker does good enough lord impression but I’d love to smash someone’s face with a Piledriver.
The deck costs about 40$ in paper or 75$ with a playset of manamorphoses. The manamorphoses are not essential but boy, do I love this card and always try to cram it into decks. Here it works in many wonderful ways:
1) It increases storm count by one.
2) It cantrips bringing me closer to the best cards in the deck.
3) It gives me extra access to green mana for my first or subsequent Fecundities.
I’ve been told by naysayers that deck thinners such as manamorphose mess with your mulligans but I suspect that they just don’t like to cantrip. I for one love to cantrip and just 4 deck thinners won’t hurt given all the other things manamorphose does. It just sucks that the playset is worth half of the deck but I won’t be building this deck as I suspect that a storm deck with lots of tokens will be a chore to play without computer counting everything. It does win a lot in Forge so far, I can give you that.
Wizards, please make Fecundity common or better yet print something similar but red and common. Goblins deserve it.