Modern Goblins by szuler on MtGO

Creatures (33)
4 Foundry Street Denizen
1 Frenzied Goblin
4 Goblin Bushwhacker
2 Goblin Chieftain
4 Goblin Guide
3 Goblin Piledriver
4 Legion Loyalist
3 Mogg Fanatic
4 Mogg War Marshal
4 Reckless Bushwhacker

Non-Creature Spells (8)
4 Goblin Grenade
4 Lightning Bolt

Lands (19)
19 Mountain

Sideboard (15)
1 Goblin Piledriver
3 Dragon’s Claw
4 Forked Bolt
4 Smash to Smithereens
3 Tormod’s Crypt


Tribal decks have had varied success in Modern. Merfolk comes and goes in popularity and success, while Elves is more of a new-comer to the Modern spotlight. However, Goblins has rarely seen play in Modern, but it could be the aggressive, tribal-focused answer to this metagame.

They key to this deck is the 1 mana creatures, as they start the beatdown early and allow the higher end cards to be effective. Foundry Street Denizen and Goblin Guide are the ideal turn 1 plays, but Legion Loyalist, Mogg Fanatic, and Frenzied Goblin get the job done if they’re needed to, but are generally better later on. Legion Loyalist and Frenzied Goblin do a good job of making blocks awkward, which is one of the big strengths of this deck, as there is plenty of burn in the deck to encourage you to push through damage.

At 2 mana we have Goblin Piledriver and Mogg War Marshal. Piledriver’s reprint that made it Modern legal got many people excited, but it’s barely seen play. In this deck, however, it’s an all star. It hits harder than any one individual goblin and rewards you for playing out your hand. The protection from blue clause is less relevant in this format than some in the past, but it’s still relevant from time to time.

The top end of this deck comes in a few different forms. Goblin Chieftain is a powerful beater that helps juice up the goblins you’ve already played, while letting you turn new ones sideways immediately. Goblin Bushwhacker and Reckless Bushwhacker, however, are one time pump effects for your team, but their incredible burst damage potential makes them very valuable, even if you’re not pushing through enough damage to kill the opponent.

Goblin Grenade and Lightning Bolt are the burn spells that this deck has access to. Generally, these decks can struggle to break through the opponent’s tough creature defense, or simply not put enough damage on the opponent fast enough and it dies to the opponent’s combo. These burn spells help with both, as they can double as creature removal spells, or can go over the top to finish the opponent off. Either way, their flexibility is very welcome in this deck.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Mogg Fanatic

-11 Mountain

+4 Bloodstained Mire

+4 Wooded Foothills

+3 Scalding Tarn

+1 Frenzied Goblin


-1 Goblin Piledriver

+1 Tormod’s Crypt

This is day 169 of’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 168 here, where we featured a Standard aggro deck that’s looking to keep a consistent mana base and beat down.

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