Goose has overperformed, and I can’t quite explain why. I initially thought the one-shot mana creation would be too much of a downside, but the upside synergies for a one mana play make the card quite good overall.
Interesting to see how positive the reaction is here. As with all things cube, the painful part is to find a cut... is it worth cutting one of the one mana dorks in order to have a more diverse group of one mana accelerants? Or is it the case that, despite the positivity, I should still be looking elsewhere for a cut if I am trying to include it.
I like Gilded Goose a lot. It doesn't provide the consistent mana regeneration like other 1-drop dorks, but I've been impressed by it. The lifegain (and occasional incidental artifact interaction) is nice, and it's a 1-drop that has something to do when you're not in need of the ramp any more.
Also, being a flier provides some additional relevance in green, either for a crucial blocking turn or occasionally wearing equipment.
Thanks for the responses everyone - I am going to try it out instead of one of my 2cc ramp creatures in green (probably instead of Tangled Florahedron) rather than in the place of another 1cc ramp creature, based on the responses here that mostly seem in agreement that goose is good but not better than any of the traditional 1 drop dorks I already run. Once we've had a chance to see what it feels like to play with it, I'll report back what my thoughts are on whether that was a good trade to make in order to get him into my cube or not!
Gilded Goose gets better the more a cube can take advantage of its other synergies, such as:
- It can create artifacts for cards like urza, cranial plating, tolarian academy
- It creates repeatable lifegain triggers
- It creates repeatable sacrifice triggers (great with mayhem devil)
- It creates any color of mana, supports 3-5 color decks better
That is one thing I always advocated about Gilded Goose. Many people seem to rank it rather low, while I personally rate it at about the same rate as Birds of Paradise. There are so many synergies with the card that combined make it an amazingly valuable cube card that I anticipate to play for many years!
As a Mana dork, it might not be needed, but I like the card for everything else it brings to the table. When the time comes and another Hierarch is printed, I'm not sure whether I'll cut Gilded Goose or something like Llanowar Elves. I'm already at the number of 1CMC Mana Dorks I like, so I don't need to include another one and sacrifice such a versatile creature like the Goose for it.
Periodically I compare my 450 unpowered against five other 450 unpowered cubes that are regularly updated and with a similar design philosophy. Just happened to perform this review two days ago and was surprised to find running Gilded Goose was an outlier - four of the other five cubes no longer ran it. I personally think it still merits a slot, but it was food for thought.