MTG: Top 30 Goblins

MTG: Top 30 Goblins

Taking a look at the best goblins of all time!

Goblins have always been a quick way to win a game of MTG. However, I think it’s time to take a little more in depth look at goblins. Goblins don’t all need to be in a goblin deck to be great. Some of these cards work in goblin decks and some work on their own. Either way, let’s get started!

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#30 Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit

This card is good in any mono-red deck. You should be able to deal at least four damage to an attacking creature. I reccomend this in a direct damage deck because you can use this card to take out attacking creatures and then after that, play an instant on your opponent’s turn to deal damage to them. Just keep your mountains open!

#29 Zo-Zu Tge Punisher

This is one of those goblins that doesn’t have to be in a goblin deck. This card works great with land destruction. Your opponent will have to play some lands if they want to stay in the game, and this card should make that a more painful experience.

#28 Reckless One

A goblin that is useless outside of a goblin deck, Reckless One is a quick and powerful card. Usually this card is about a 4/4 or 5/5. If you have more goblins in play than five, then you should have won by the time you get this card.

#27 Fodder Launch

This card, though not a goblin creature, is still a goblin. It’s like the cousin of Goblin Grenade (which doesn’t make the list because it is not tribal but is much better). Goblin Grendade is much faster, but Fodder Launch is more deadly. This card gets rid of a creature (usually) and also hits your opponent for five damage.

#26 Goblin Lookout

This card is really cool for those final charges. You can sacrifice a goblin that was blocked or has an ability that triggers when it leaves play so that you’ll get the most out of your sacrifice. If worst comes to worst, you can sacrifice this card to itself! A good card indeed.

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Lews, posted this comment on Apr 21st, 2009

Goblin war strike needs to be in this list ( even tho its not a goblin)

1 mountain to do X dmg for the number of goblin in play
is 1 of the best card for a goblin deck

( ive seen it win games many time )

bonus, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2009

good list.. what are your thoughts on Horde of Boggarts and Rise of the Hobgoblins, Warchief should be out before them usually..

having Goblin Lackey in your first draw is always a good way to start a game too..

I agree with Lews, doesnt belong on the list though.. but with War Strike, Mob Justice and Goblin Grenade you barely need to attack, just squirt goblins out quickly..

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Apr 28th, 2009

Yeah, that is a good point. Those cards are good. I really wanted to put those cards on the list, but i figured i would only include real goblins. It was a tough call!

Thanks for your input. Glad you liked the article

astralvortexxx, posted this comment on Apr 30th, 2009

You forgot the best goblin of all time: Goblin sharpshooter. Its almost a guaranteed win against any weenie deck.

no, posted this comment on May 4th, 2009

So… when are you going to start writing better articles? Or do you want me to lie to you and say you did a swell job?

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 4th, 2009

Hmm, Goblin Sharpshooter might have to make an appearance on this list. I disagree on the claim that it’s the best goblin of all time, but it actually is pretty sweet.

Also, as for “no”’s comment, I feel that I already write articles of a decent quality. I see nothing wrong with this list.

Please feel free to comment on my articles. However, I want to know what you have problems with. I don’t simply want to have a “this sucks” or “you’re dumb” style comments. They don’t say anything other than your inability to vocalize your distaste in something

MaR, posted this comment on May 4th, 2009

Earwig Squad is number one on my list, 2 goblin lackey, 3 Goblin Warchief, 4 Siege-Gang Commander, 5 Festering Goblin…

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 5th, 2009

I disagree with earwig squad. there are better cards that do the same thing and it also doesn’t seem to be an ability that works with traditional gobin decks. perhaps a rogue deck i suppose. however, it is not a bad card at all.

The other goblins i agree are very powerful. i don’t think they’re my top goblins, though they are all great. thanks for the feedback! i appreciate it

MaR, posted this comment on May 14th, 2009

True, I guess not all time but
4x earwig squad + 4x thoughtseize = angry opponent
Neuters their deck of combos and wrath of gods lol
Then again Im playing standard rogues right now, but my vintage goblin deck:
4x goblin lackey
4x goblin warchief
4x goblin ringleader
4x siege-gang
4x goblin piledriver….my favourites out of the deck

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 14th, 2009

yes, in standard those earwig squad would be the prime choice for disabling combos. however, this list is more for vintage/casual play. i totally agree with you though.

Pete, posted this comment on May 18th, 2009

I’m with MaR on this one, lackey, warchief, ringlieader, wiege-gang and piledriver are the ultimate goblin dreamteam – throw goblin king in there and you’re a winner for sure. wicked list, a lot of help for deck building, so thanks :)

Kris, posted this comment on May 19th, 2009

Hello, can you tell me a card which like Alpha Status but in red?
Or Shifting Sliver in Goblin?
Thanks a lot

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 19th, 2009

Well, as far as I know there isn’t anything for goblins quite as good as shifting sliver, but Caterwauling Boggart is a good way to start. It certainly makes things tougher. Just get a lot of creatures with fear or the red version of fear which is yet unnamed (Skirk Shaman is one card with it)

As for a red Alpha Status, I find that Bravado can be effective. It’s only +1/+1, but you can always stack two on something if you really need it. Also, it’s only for creatures you control. However, it’s pretty much the best there is to work with right now. Hope that helps out a little

Thanks for reading!

Kris, posted this comment on May 20th, 2009

You helped me a lot, thank you:)

Nalius, posted this comment on May 28th, 2009

Read the whole thing, very impressive.

Really helped me, since i play a black/red goblin deck (similar to Wolfgang Eder’s “Goblin Bidding” deck) Nice to see some black goblin/spell representation!

I can’t help but notice that goblin sharpshooter is not included in this list. May I perhaps have your reasoning for this?

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 28th, 2009

Sorry, but I really overlooked Goblin Sharpshooter! When I get the time to, I will include it in the list. It really is an amazing card and has some sweet combos.

Thanks for pointing it out. Sometimes they just slip by you when you’re writing these things in the early morning after a draft!

Nalius, posted this comment on May 29th, 2009

Well, from a goblin playstyle point of view, how isnt goblin sharpshooter number one?

Goblins are almost based on sacrificing (and now regeneration with black additions) With goblin sharpshooter, you basically get a free 1 damage every time one of your creatures, or your opponents for that matter, gets destroyed.

I easily burn down opponents when I’m either desperate with tapped goblins or they have a large defense up.

Sac goblins for buffs on other goblins, and every time one sacs, theres your free 1 damage. Take it or leave it. =)

Actually, this card burns down opponents almost no matter what the situation is.

I guess I could be wrong, and this could just be a deck point of view, but from the looks of this list including “benefits other goblins” abilities all over it, I would assume this card would benefit most being with other goblins, but even other creatures in most red or black decks (Since most all red and black decks involve causing massive damage to players and their creatures)

I am not trying to spark some silly internet war here. I’m just saying that, from my point of view, goblin sharpshooter is a logical choice for this list and should be first on this list without a doubt in my mind…

BIGOle'DEEE, posted this comment on Jun 7th, 2009

you pointed out some interesting goblins, and many deserve to be on a best of all time list but come on now man a best of all time list and these aren’t even on here:

Mogg Fanatic

yoyo, posted this comment on Jun 18th, 2009

what about Goblin Lackey..he is da best

Observer, posted this comment on Sep 20th, 2009

You should try to be a little bit objective while writing lists like this. Just because you “hate green goblins” is no reason to leave them out of this list, especially when 3 of them belong in the top ten.

Also, no sharpshooter, no sparksmith, and piledriver #15?

This obviously isn’t a ‘best of’ list and you should stop advertising it as such.

Skirk, posted this comment on Sep 21st, 2009

This person left a good deck ideas. And a lot of newbies cant get ahold of lackys. And what experienced player needs to know what the best goblins are? If you want to talk about pointless good goblin cards what about mons goblin raiders. When magic first started, the creatures were mostly 3/3 for 4 mana, a goblin 1/1 for 1 was revolutionary. cudos to the person for making the list, i think raid mother is too high of a mana cost to be a traditional goblin deck. my vote to best goblin would have to be skirk prospector. oh and to someones earlier comment, when x is involved in a spell, and the spell is copied, on the copy the x = 1 because that is its termed converted mana cost.

Chief, posted this comment on Oct 24th, 2009

My goblin strategy is to use one drops, and brightstone ritual, then skirk prospector, sack them for more mana and blaze. Toss in boggart shenanigans and it’s overkill. The only problems I’ve run into have been anti creature decks and a certain zombie deck that had a noxious ghoul. I don’t even use the creatures as attackers, just as a mana source and simultaneous direct damage source

chrismondo, posted this comment on Nov 20th, 2009

any goblin deck ideas out there?
i have one in mind for casual already.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Nov 20th, 2009

my good friend mike1229 wrote an article about goblin deck building. hopefully it can help you out

monoman, posted this comment on Nov 24th, 2009

Goblins love to be killed. It is a proven fact.They are nutorious for being bombs (say Goblin Cannon, Voracious Dragon, ext), and should be used as such. Most good goblin decks rarely use goblins to attack. They make a bunch of tokens and cheap goblins, and then they sacrifice them for various effects. My biggest complaint is that you spelled “the” wrong in Zo-Zu The Punisher. Pretty good list, just add sharpshooter.

zsdxv, posted this comment on Dec 14th, 2009

This list sucks major ass, Festering Goblin number 2? c’mon! Goblin razerunners is major suck too, have fun sacing all your land and then having it get removed before EOT. sheesh so many better goblins

dcinumberunder60k, posted this comment on Apr 20th, 2010

An attacking Warren Investigator… Siege gang commander in play. Aether Tradewinds to clear the way for Warren with an ability to pop that siege gang right back out onto the table. There are so many more possibilities. I see this list was dated last year so Warren wasn’t out yet but I’m sure If we updated it now the Warren would be in the top 5. But thats my opinion. :)

BOX, posted this comment on May 3rd, 2010

goblin sharpshooter should be up here!!!

lolface, posted this comment on May 12th, 2010

Where is goblin snowman seriously ?!?!?!?!

ricardo, posted this comment on Aug 18th, 2010

Slavering bulls … you’re welcome

RoblinTheGoblin, posted this comment on Sep 21st, 2010

This list isn’t very good. You hate green goblins yet one of the best running goblins in Standard was the important Boggart Ram-Gang in Tier 1 Blightning and early Jund decks. Also your friend’s combo with Kikki-Jikki is slow, easy to stop and not that powerful. How about Kikki-Jikki with Skill Borrower for infinite Skill Borrowers?

You also compare red goblins with black which is a no contest. Red goblins will always be more powerful, and the top decks in Pro that one top places that called themselves Black/Red goblin decks were just Red goblin decks with Warren Weirding.

The 3 Best Goblins: You are missing Goblin Sharpshooter, and Goblin Piledriver is the strongest, most expensive and desired goblin. Goblin Lackey is the best 1 drop. These three are necessities that can easily win you any game. Combined with necessary goblins like Goblin King, Warchief, and Chieftain you have a solid deck.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Sep 22nd, 2010

agreed. I’ve been meaning to re-do this list for a while, but haven’t had the time or motivation. most of my earlier lists i’m unhappy with. i didn’t understand the game as well as i do today when i first started writing, so many have questionable top cards. anyway, i’ll get around to this thing one day. until then I just want to let people know that I agree this list isn’t great. but it’ll do for now

Newmagicplayer, posted this comment on Oct 4th, 2010

No goblin chieftain????

Kizmet, posted this comment on Oct 28th, 2010

I love this list! It covers goblins being good in general and not just in Tribal. Sure Piledriver is cool, put without goblins to back him up he’s a flunk. Sharpshooter does need to be on this tho. Add a little Collar and you have a wipe out.
I dont see why people post to complain about this list. Im sure if instead they linked their obviously much better lists (sigh) we could all read and agree……….

Brynn, posted this comment on Nov 12th, 2010

Really? Lackey didn’t make the list and Wort made #1? I don’t buy it.

simon, posted this comment on Nov 14th, 2010

i can not believe that in the “30 best goblin cards” you did not put the all mighty “GOBLIN LACKEY” that is the best goblin in history

cozzetti, posted this comment on Nov 24th, 2010

the deadliest combo available in a goblin deck( and when I say “deadlieast” I MEAN IT) is goblin charbelcher with goblin recruiter. it’s just too good to be true.

Nekron, posted this comment on Dec 11th, 2010

I never thought about cozetti’s combo, but OH MY GOD, YES. Another card that has gone unmentioned is Door of Destinies. While it comes in a little slow at 4, giving every goblin that much of a boost is a huge advantage. Even more so with some Frogtosser Banneret or Warchief action increasing the boost. I really hope you update this for the newest goblins soon.

dantownehall, posted this comment on Jan 5th, 2011

Great list with some great goblins! I also think lackey should have made this list, but hey, we’ve all got our own favorites! Here are a few of mine:

razzliox, posted this comment on Jan 20th, 2011

The list is OK…but u forgot Goblin Lacky, Warren Instigator (though maybe it wasn’t yet in print), and Goblin Recruiter.

el_chanis, posted this comment on Feb 12th, 2011

worst list i have ever seen

this CANT be good without goblin lackey or Ringleader.

isn’t warren weirding and sharpshooter either.


p.d.: murderous redcap is way better than festering goblin

Anonymous Coward, posted this comment on May 3rd, 2011

You’ve managed to create a list of the top goblins that doesn’t include Mogg Fanatic, Goblin Lackey, Goblin Warchief, (strictly better than the King) or Goblin Mutant.

Either you’re an idiot or you’ve never played a Goblin deck in your life.

Goblin cononneer, posted this comment on Jun 15th, 2011

Where is Goblin Lackey?

Syl, posted this comment on Jul 23rd, 2011

I suppose Chieftain isn’t in the list because this article if from 2009.

John, posted this comment on Nov 19th, 2011

Wort, The Raidmother have a good ability? Yes, for sure. But Magic don’t is something about only “good abilities”, you have to analize the situations for the cards. Wort have a SIX MANA COST! For sure you can run one in your casual deck, but in a real competition, the only reasonable deck to play with Goblins, it’s a Tribal Goblin deck for itself! And to you put a 6 mana card running a Goblin deck is kinda of much hard. Not even in a Mono Red Burn deck this card is useful, since the burns costs no more than 5 manas (the betters).

I would put Goblin Lackey and Goblin Piledriver as tops, since these two are both powerhorses for a Legacy Goblin deck.

Marshall Banana, posted this comment on Feb 22nd, 2012

This is a terrible list. Where’s Goblin Lackey, Ringleader, or Sharpshooter? You are terrible at this game.

Kranky Krenko, posted this comment on Jun 22nd, 2012

Give Drakdrium13 a break, guys. He doesn’t play tournaments. He plays casual with his grandmother that knows nothing about MtG.

If Drakdrium played with his top 10 goblins on his list in a Vintage or Legacy tournament, he’d turn up dead last.

KVB, posted this comment on Oct 13th, 2012

I\’ve played goblins for years and have to agree with the critics, much missing… Ofc . lackey, fanatic, Sharpshooter, recruiter, ringleader and also other goblins as Chirurgeon and Settler. All which are undeniably among the best of goblins.
You should reconsider the list

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