Modern Monday Discussion – Will Modern Horizons bring Goblins


Arran Sahota| 25th March 2019

In Modern we have a deck called 8 Whack which is a goblin deck that ocassionaly does see some top8s and can also be a good to introduce you into Modern. Though what would happen if they did reprint cards which are in the Legacy Goblins deck into Modern.
Below I will put an example of the Modern Goblin deck now and how it looks.

4 Burning-Tree Emissary
4 Fanatical Firebrand
4 Goblin Bushwhacker
4 Goblin Grenade
4 Goblin Guide
4 Legion Loyalist
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Mogg Fanatic
4 Mogg War Marshal
4 Reckless Bushwhacker
2 Simian Spirit Guide
14 Mountain
4 Ramunap Ruins

2 Abrade
2 Blood Moon
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Searing Blood
3 Skullcrack
2 Smash to Smithereens
2 Tormod’s Crypt

This deck Is super simple and can be a really fast deck in Modern and also can catch a lot of people off guard. But what would happen if cards like Gempalm Incinerator, Goblin Lackey, Goblin Matron , Goblin Ringleader and Goblin Sharpshooter were put into the format.

Would these five cards make the Modern Goblins deck too powerful then? Or would they help it become a tier 1.5 / 2 deck. I feel adding these type of cards in modern will help the Goblin decks but it won’t break it as combo decks in Modern are really strong, but it at least could give it a fighting chance.

Goblin Matron is the cards that lets the goblin deck go find its answer in the matches and it feels like the Silvergil Adept for Goblins but you can choose which one you get.
Goblin Ringleader lets you refill your hand in the late game which helps you to keep going in the match and just to be destroyed by control.
Goblin Lackey just lets you put the biggest amount of damage on the board but can easily be hit by any removal spell.
Gempalm Incinerator gives the deck a removal spell to get past bigger creatures, like the big ugly fish or a fat Gofy and also draws a card.
Goblin Sharpshooter is a pinger which lets you kill off Lingering soul tokens or Empty the Warrens this might seem too powerful but it is a 3 mana card with no haste.
Putting these cards will mean taking cards out the current Modern version and will make the deck slower as the mana curve is higher but let the deck play out longer games.

This is what I am hoping Modern Horizons may bring us, by having cards which slot into decks but don’t just break the format!

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