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Modern Goblins - Charles Scott-Spain (3/31/2013)

Goblins have been able to make an impact in every format in Magic. They are arguably the most dominant tribe in Magic's history. With Modern being a format that is being supported at all levels of play, it's only a matter of time before Modern gets invaded by the little red men. And when you look around hard enough, that future is evident and imminent.

Take a look at a list that almost took down a PTQ in Italy:


Goblins by FRONTINI HERMES
PTQ DRAGON'S MAZE - VERONA (4th)

3 Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin BushwhackerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker {R} (You may pay an additional {R} as you cast this spell.) When Goblin Bushwhacker enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain haste until end of turn.

4 Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin ChieftainSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)Other Goblin creatures you control get +1/+1 and have haste.

1 Krenko, Mob Boss
Krenko, Mob Boss
Krenko, Mob BossSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Put X 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is the number of Goblins you control.

3 Warren Instigator
Warren Instigator
Warren InstigatorSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
M
Number:
154
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Double strike Whenever Warren Instigator deals damage to an opponent, you may put a Goblin creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.

4 Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.

4 Goblin King
Goblin King
Goblin KingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Goblins in play gain mountainwalk and +1/+1 while this card remains in play.

4 Goblin Guide
Goblin Guide
Goblin GuideSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Scout
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of his or her library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into his or her hand.

3 Legion Loyalist
Legion Loyalist
Legion LoyalistSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.

2 Siege Gang Commander
Siege Gang Commander
Siege Gang CommanderSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Siege-Gang Commander comes into play, put three 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play.
1R , Sacrifice a Goblin : Siege-Gang Commander deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


2 Tarfire
Tarfire
TarfireSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Tribal Instant
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Omar Rayyan
Text:
Tarfire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 0

4 Æther Vial
Æther Vial
Æther VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.

4 Goblin Grenade
Goblin Grenade
Goblin GrenadeSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin to have Goblin Grenade deal 5 damage to one target.

4 Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.


2 Mutavault
Mutavault
MutavaultSet: Morningtide
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Fred Fields
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

14 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

2 Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.


Sideboard
2 Relic of Progenitus
Relic of Progenitus
Relic of ProgenitusSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
218
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
T Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Remove Relic of Progenitus from the game: Remove all graveyards from the game. Draw a card.

2 Torpor Orb
Torpor Orb
Torpor OrbSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
162
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

3 Magus of the Moon
Magus of the Moon
Magus of the MoonSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

3 Shattering Spree
Shattering Spree
Shattering SpreeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Text:
Replicate R (When you play this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.) Destroy target artifact.

3 Combust
Combust
CombustSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Combust can't be countered by spells or abilities. Combust deals 5 damage to target white or blue creature. The damage can't be prevented.

2 Spellskite
Spellskite
SpellskiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
{(u/p)}: Change a target of target spell or ability to Spellskite. ({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)



While I'm sure most of these cards are familiar to any Goblin enthusiast, set your eyes on this:

Legion Loyalist
Legion Loyalist
Legion LoyalistSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.

R (Rare)
Creature — Goblin Soldier
Haste

Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist
Legion Loyalist
Legion LoyalistSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.
and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.
1/1


While going through forums, I've noticed a couple things. A lot of earlier deck builds used Ash Zealot
Ash Zealot
Ash ZealotSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
86
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, haste Whenever a player casts a spell from a graveyard, Ash Zealot deals 3 damage to that player.
. Nowadays, she is being replaced by this guy. This sound like a simple replacement due to Loyalist lowering the mana curve, adding more synergy, and still performing the same basic function of beating Lingering Souls
Lingering Souls
Lingering SoulsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Bud Cook
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield. Flashback {1}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
. Also, if you look on message boards, you'll see B/W Tokens was an issue with this deck, so Ash Zealot
Ash Zealot
Ash ZealotSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
86
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, haste Whenever a player casts a spell from a graveyard, Ash Zealot deals 3 damage to that player.
was the answer for that and other flashbackers. I'd like to think the lowered mana curve and increase in velocity justify not needing her final ability. However, it should also be noted that Past in Flames
Past in Flames
Past in FlamesSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
155
Artist:
Anthony Jones
Text:
Each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. Flashback {4}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
and Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster MageSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
are still cards, so she might still be a good metagame call.

Overall, I gotta admit this list is pretty cool. Æther Vial
Æther Vial
Æther VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
does provide a certain explosiveness that can't be duplicated, but brings a lot of risk with it. Granted, when you look at the low land count and mana curve, the deck is all about risk since it relies so heavily on Warren Instigator
Warren Instigator
Warren InstigatorSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
M
Number:
154
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Double strike Whenever Warren Instigator deals damage to an opponent, you may put a Goblin creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.
and Vial. While I do question its consistency, it did go all the way to the top tables. Sometimes, you just can't question results.

Within the same week, a MODO player named Smaland 4-0'd a daily event with the same deck.
However, he took a different approach:


Smaland (4-0)
Modern Daily #5088660 on 03/02/2013

4 Akki Avalanchers
Akki Avalanchers
Akki AvalanchersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
151
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Akki Avalanchers gets +2/+0 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.

4 Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street DenizenSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Raoul Vitale
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

4 Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin BushwhackerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker {R} (You may pay an additional {R} as you cast this spell.) When Goblin Bushwhacker enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain haste until end of turn.

4 Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin ChieftainSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)Other Goblin creatures you control get +1/+1 and have haste.

4 Goblin Cohort
Goblin Cohort
Goblin CohortSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin Cohort can't attack unless you've played a creature spell this turn.

4 Legion Loyalist
Legion Loyalist
Legion LoyalistSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.

4 Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.

2 Spikeshot Elder
Spikeshot Elder
Spikeshot ElderSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{R}{R}: Spikeshot Elder deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.


3 Goblin Grenade
Goblin Grenade
Goblin GrenadeSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin to have Goblin Grenade deal 5 damage to one target.

4 Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

3 Shared Animosity
Shared Animosity
Shared AnimositySet: Morningtide
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking creature that shares a creature type with it.


20 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


Sideboard
2 Combust
Combust
CombustSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Combust can't be countered by spells or abilities. Combust deals 5 damage to target white or blue creature. The damage can't be prevented.

4 Dismember
Dismember
DismemberSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
11
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

4 Goblin Assault
Goblin Assault
Goblin AssaultSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token with haste into play. Goblin creatures attack each turn if able.

1 Goblin Grenade
Goblin Grenade
Goblin GrenadeSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin to have Goblin Grenade deal 5 damage to one target.

4 Smash to Smithereens
Smash to Smithereens
Smash to SmithereensSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.



Now that's what I'm talkin' bout!

If you look at past daily events over the past couple months, you'll see lists very similar to this one. However, there are a couple cards that stand out. One of them is this little gem from Gatecrash:


Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street DenizenSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Raoul Vitale
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

R (Common)
Creature — Goblin Warrior
Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street DenizenSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Raoul Vitale
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
1/1


I definitely feel more confident having this card as a potential turn one play instead of most one-drop gobbos. Swinging for at least 3 damage on turn 2 from one creature is way too tempting.

Speaking of 3 damage from one creature, remember Akki Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
r? Yeah, me neither. While it does justify the 20 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s, I think Goblin Guide
Goblin Guide
Goblin GuideSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Scout
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of his or her library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into his or her hand.
may be generally better.

Another card I noticed is Shared Animosity
Shared Animosity
Shared AnimositySet: Morningtide
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking creature that shares a creature type with it.
. Hands full of Loyalists and War Marshals? No problem! My only concern is that turn 3 is very pivotal and not playing a creature for that turn concerns me.

Now, my turn:


4 Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street Denizen
Foundry Street DenizenSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Raoul Vitale
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

4 Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin BushwhackerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker {R} (You may pay an additional {R} as you cast this spell.) When Goblin Bushwhacker enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain haste until end of turn.

4 Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin ChieftainSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)Other Goblin creatures you control get +1/+1 and have haste.

4 Goblin Cohort
Goblin Cohort
Goblin CohortSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin Cohort can't attack unless you've played a creature spell this turn.

4 Goblin Guide
Goblin Guide
Goblin GuideSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Scout
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of his or her library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into his or her hand.

4 Goblin Wardriver
Goblin Wardriver
Goblin WardriverSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Battle cry (Whenever this creature attacks, each other attacking creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.)

4 Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.

4 Legion Loyalist
Legion Loyalist
Legion LoyalistSet: Gatecrash
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.

4 Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit GuideSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Spirit
Rarity:
c
Number:
122
Artist:
Dave DeVries
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove Simian Spirit Guide in your hand from the game: Add R to your mana pool.


4 Goblin Grenade
Goblin Grenade
Goblin GrenadeSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin to have Goblin Grenade deal 5 damage to one target.

2 Shared Animosity
Shared Animosity
Shared AnimositySet: Morningtide
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking creature that shares a creature type with it.


18 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


Sideboard
3 Combust
Combust
CombustSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Combust can't be countered by spells or abilities. Combust deals 5 damage to target white or blue creature. The damage can't be prevented.

4 Goblin Assault
Goblin Assault
Goblin AssaultSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token with haste into play. Goblin creatures attack each turn if able.

4 Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
or Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

4 Smash to Smithereens
Smash to Smithereens
Smash to SmithereensSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.



When it comes to the key spells, this list is pretty standard. The main gobbos were kept, but I guess I have to explain a few replacements and exclusions.

You'll notice that my deck is closer to the second list. What interested me in this version of the deck was the fact that I don't invest too heavily into each creature. With such a little investment, I don't get outpaced by most removal in the format. I also enjoy the speed that this deck can operate at. Going with the usual standards of Modern, I play under the assumption that if I can't kill within the first four turns, I lose. Therefore, I don't see a point in running cards that may be good in the mid or late game.

I don't consider Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit GuideSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Spirit
Rarity:
c
Number:
122
Artist:
Dave DeVries
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove Simian Spirit Guide in your hand from the game: Add R to your mana pool.
as a replacement as much as I consider it a change in the deck's direction. I probably should have more traditional cards like Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
, but I wanted to experiment. By sacrificing the utility, I'm maximizing the focus of the deck and seeing how far can I push the synergy. Because of this, I've excluded a few cards that would normally be in a deck like this.

All in all, I think Goblins have a future in Modern, especially when you look at the creatures Wizards of the Coast has been printing. With your biggest threat only being sorcery-speed removal like Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
, you have the potential to catch a lot of people off guard and remind them how the combat phase works. The new additions from Gatecrash definitely speed the deck up while covering a couple holes. Goblins have solidified themselves as a very solid second tier deck that could creep up and rush down.

@cscottspain


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