Card Spotlight: Squee, Goblin Nabob

Squee, Goblin Nabob is one of those characters in Magic with a unique flavor and a number of cards that bear his name. Oh, and did I mention he is a highly underrated creature with a unique synergy with a lot of cards? Well let me show you what I mean. Let’s say you have a Wild Mongrel (look it up!) out on turn two. Due to it’s great combo and “madness” potential it is usually a target. Because of this, your opponent decides to Lightning Bolt it right away. You have two options: Let it die or you can discard two cards to make it survive. Thanks to its ability it will now be a 4/4 until the end of the turn. Well what cards should you discard? Well an obvious choice would be a madness card but early on you probably won’t have enough mana, so as a temporary discard, Squee Goblin Nabob will work perfectly. It doesn’t even stay in the graveyard! Each upkeep it returns from your graveyard to your hand! You can even attack with your Wild Mongrel every turn and give it that free boost with Squee. Another situation where Squee is particularly useful is late game with a powerful discard engine out, such as Chandra Ablaze. To use her +1, Chandra needs something red to discard or it does nothing. Unfortunately, by the time you have 6 lands out, you will have played most of the cards in your hand and top-decking will be your only option. Now, I’m no math genius but I think that the odds of drawing consistent red cards off the top of your deck to fuel Chandra is very unreliable, especially in a duel colored madness deck. If only there was a red card that could be repeatedly discarded every turn to use Chandra Ablaze’s ability! Oh wait, there is! Squee, Goblin Nabob! And finally, here’s one more use that you’ve probably realized by now: Squee is a great chump blocker! If you’re ever in a jam, Squee can be used to block any large creature turn after turn. So if you ever decided to run a madness deck that’s not blue/green, run a red/green version with Squee, Goblin Nabob. It is very powerful and very cheap at www.mtgfanatic.com

Hope this helped!

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