Last night I dreamed of Goblins.

Magic is a regular theme in my dreams, especially since the pandemic has made in-person tournaments nothing but a dream. I'll often travel through a weird mix of airports and hotels to reach convention centers filled with a sea of players amidst rows of tables, where I find myself in all sorts of strange Magical situations.

But I can't remember ever playing Magic in my bedroom.

From the same bed I was asleep in, I battled against a friend playing on my nearby dresser. I rolled in self-satisfied laughter as I derided him for his deck choice, Goblins, and for the Siege-Gang Commander he controlled. I proclaimed it was not a reasonable choice for the game of Legacy we were playing, but in argument he proudly pointed to the Goblin Lackey responsible.

I never saw my hand or my side of the battlefield. Maybe I was holding Brainstorm and Terminus, but from my conscious perspective I was fighting an uphill battle. Literally so, as I was laying in bed lower than the dresser without a clear view of his board. Seeing as I've been playing nothing but Delver of Secrets decks in Legacy lately, I don't like my chances in the seemingly lopsided situation. I think the joke was on me.

In truth, Goblins is a tribe and strategy I've always held in high regard. It was actually the first Legacy deck I ever built, which I found a reasonable amount of success with early in my career, and enjoyed immensely. Years later, deep into a Grand Prix run with Counterbalance-Sensei's Divining Top control, it was Jim Davis and his trademark Goblins deck that knocked me out of Top 8 contention. And Goblin legends lead the first Commander deck I ever built—or rather will lead the deck I still need to build. An enormous stack containing nearly every Goblin sits waiting.

Goblins in Modern

Over the years I've delighted in seeing Goblins receive reprints of iconic cards that have helped bring it into its own in Modern as a competitive deck. Ever since Modern Horizons gave us Goblin Matron and Goblin Ringleader, Modern Goblins has had most of what's available in the Legacy version. The tribe has evolved a long way since I first played with it and now has access to multiple infinite combos, from cards like Grumgully, the Generous with persist creatures and sacrifice outlets, to Conspicuous Snoop with Boggart Harbinger setting up Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

The typical Goblins deck plays two or three colors to support one of these combos, with a manabase full of fetch lands and shock lands, and a set of Cavern of Souls that will set you back almost $250 in a deck approaching $1000. It doesn't appear to be a budget-friendly tribe, but Goblins always find a way.

By shifting away from the typical Legacy-style Aether Vial build and toward a purely aggressive "8-Whack" strategy, you can build a highly competitive, fully powered deck that doesn't make concessions for budget reasons, for under $100—and even nearly as low as $50.

Barely Budget 8-Whack

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Budget 8-Whack by Adam Yurchick

'Budget 8-Whack' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $67.89

Cards

Devastating Summons

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.48

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice X lands.
Create two X/X red Elemental creature tokens.

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Foundry Street Denizen

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Goblin Grenade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.88

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a Goblin.
Goblin Grenade deals 5 damage to any target.

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Goblin Instigator

Color Identity:R

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When Goblin Instigator enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Kari Zev's Expertise

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.26

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Gain control of target creature or Vehicle until end of turn. Untap it. It gains haste until end of turn.
You may cast a spell with converted mana cost 2 or less from your hand without paying its mana cost.

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Legion Loyalist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.31

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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.

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Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Roiling Vortex deals 1 damage to them.
Whenever a player casts a spell, if no mana was spent to cast that spell, Roiling Vortex deals 5 damage to that player.
{R}: Your opponents can't gain life this turn.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.45

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Goblin Bushwhacker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.53

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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.

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Reckless Bushwhacker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.32

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Surge {1}{R} (You may cast this spell for its surge cost if you or a teammate has cast another spell this turn.)
Haste
When Reckless Bushwhacker enters the battlefield, if its surge cost was paid, other creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain haste until end of turn.

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Goblin Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.99

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Haste
Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of their library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into their hand.

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Mogg War Marshal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Echo {1}{R} (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 enters the battlefield or dies, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.21

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Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.

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Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.28

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Burning-Tree Emissary

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.45

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When Burning-Tree Emissary enters the battlefield, add {R}{G}.

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The deck is simply a rush of Goblins that goes wide with Goblin Guide, Legion Loyalist, and Foundry Street Denizen. It pumps this early rush with Goblin Bushwhacker and Reckless Bushwhacker, which with their haste-granting effect turn Devastating Summons into a powerful haymaker. It finishes the job with burn like Goblin Grenade and Stoke the Flames.

Looking at the costlier cards, Goblin Guide is a Modern staple that helps bridge into the Burn archetype. Currently available under $5 when it once cost nearly ten times that, it seems like a fine investment. Legion Loyalist isn't quite as flexible, but it also sees play in similar Gruul Blitz decks that give up the Goblin theme for green bulk.

The rest of the cards can be had for under a dollar each, with the biggest potential expense being Lightning Bolt. This build goes even cheaper by instead playing Stoke the Flames, which hits even harder.

In the sideboard, Kari Zev's Expertise adds a punishing K.O. against the Hammer Time combo, where taking an equipped creature can shred half their life total.

Taking it to the Next Level

8-Whack does have some room for marginal improvement in the manabase with the addition of Sunbaked Canyon or Fiery Islet, which add some card draw at the cost of around $10 each.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - 8-Whack by Adam Yurchick

'8-Whack' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $116.36

Cards

Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Mogg War Marshal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Echo {1}{R} (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 enters the battlefield or dies, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.44

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.21

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Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.

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Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.28

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Goblin Grenade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.88

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a Goblin.
Goblin Grenade deals 5 damage to any target.

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Goblin Instigator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.39

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When Goblin Instigator enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Legion Loyalist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.31

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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.

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Burning-Tree Emissary

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.45

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When Burning-Tree Emissary enters the battlefield, add {R}{G}.

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Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Roiling Vortex deals 1 damage to them.
Whenever a player casts a spell, if no mana was spent to cast that spell, Roiling Vortex deals 5 damage to that player.
{R}: Your opponents can't gain life this turn.

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Kari Zev's Expertise

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.26

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Gain control of target creature or Vehicle until end of turn. Untap it. It gains haste until end of turn.
You may cast a spell with converted mana cost 2 or less from your hand without paying its mana cost.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.45

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Reckless Bushwhacker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.32

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Surge {1}{R} (You may cast this spell for its surge cost if you or a teammate has cast another spell this turn.)
Haste
When Reckless Bushwhacker enters the battlefield, if its surge cost was paid, other creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain haste until end of turn.

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Goblin Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.99

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Haste
Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of their library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into their hand.

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Devastating Summons

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.48

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice X lands.
Create two X/X red Elemental creature tokens.

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Goblin Bushwhacker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.53

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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.

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Foundry Street Denizen

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Sunbaked Canyon

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $12.26

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R} or {W}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Sunbaked Canyon: Draw a card.

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Upgrades:

Drawing a card is a big benefit that can easily be the difference between winning and losing, so these lands are worth pursuing. In terms of investment, Sunbaked Canyon helps work toward Boros Burn, so it seems like the clear way to go even if it's about a buck more expensive.

At around $100 you have a deck that's truly competitive. It 5-0s Magic Leagues, cashes Modern Challenges, and is a ton of fun.

You could beef up the sideboard with Blood Moon, but with Field of the Dead gone and Four-Color Omnath and Primeval Titan decks in decline, it doesn't even seem like a good card right now.

I do like the idea of adding Dismember, which can clear Kor Firewalker, along with any other troublesome creature from decks like Hammer Time, Heliod Counters Company, and Eldrazi Tron.

Basic Budget Goblin Tribal Toolbox

8-Whack is an effective Goblin deck at a budget, but it only explores a fraction of what the tribe can do in Modern. Another option is building a slower midrange deck, with Goblin Matron providing access to a huge toolbox of effects.

The stock versions currently play two or three colors and an expensive manabase, but it's possible to build an effective budget version in mono-red at a fraction of the cost. It gives up combos, but Kaldheim has even provided a powerful new angle to explore in Pyre of Heroes, which acts just like Birthing Pod in a tribal deck.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Budget Goblins by Adam Yurchick

'Budget Goblins' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $82.29

Cards

Goblin Chieftain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.86

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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.

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Goblin Ringleader

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
When Goblin Ringleader enters the battlefield, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Goblin cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Volley Veteran

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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When Volley Veteran enters the battlefield, it deals damage to target creature an opponent controls equal to the number of Goblins you control.

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Goblin Trashmaster

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.73

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Other Goblins you control get +1/+1.
Sacrifice a Goblin: Destroy target artifact.

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Mogg War Marshal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Echo {1}{R} (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 enters the battlefield or dies, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Mudbutton Torchrunner

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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When Mudbutton Torchrunner dies, it deals 3 damage to any target.

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Tuktuk the Explorer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.26

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Haste
When Tuktuk the Explorer dies, create Tuktuk the Returned, a legendary 5/5 colorless Goblin Golem artifact creature token.

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Squee, the Immortal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.88

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You may cast Squee, the Immortal from your graveyard or from exile.

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Goblin Chainwhirler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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First strike
When Goblin Chainwhirler enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each opponent and each creature and planeswalker they control.

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Goblin Matron

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.35

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When Goblin Matron enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Goblin card, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Murderous Redcap

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.36

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When Murderous Redcap enters the battlefield, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.
Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Pashalik Mons

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.39

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Whenever Pashalik Mons or another Goblin you control dies, Pashalik Mons deals 1 damage to any target.
{3}{R}, Sacrifice a Goblin: Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.

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Relic of Progenitus

Market Price: $3.29

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.44

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Goblin Cratermaker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.18

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{1}, Sacrifice Goblin Cratermaker: Choose one —
• Goblin Cratermaker deals 2 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target colorless nonland permanent.

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Conspicuous Snoop

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.54

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Play with the top card of your library revealed.
You may cast Goblin spells from the top of your library.
As long as the top card of your library is a Goblin card, Conspicuous Snoop has all activated abilities of that card.

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Munitions Expert

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.15

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Flash
When Munitions Expert enters the battlefield, you may have it deal damage to target creature or planeswalker equal to the number of Goblins you control.

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Siege-Gang Commander

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.86

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When Siege-Gang Commander enters the battlefield, create three 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
{1}{R}, Sacrifice a Goblin: Siege-Gang Commander deals 2 damage to any target.

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Skirk Prospector

Color Identity:R

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Sacrifice a Goblin: Add {R}.

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Goblin Instigator

Color Identity:R

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When Goblin Instigator enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Masked Vandal

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.17

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
When Masked Vandal enters the battlefield, you may exile a creature card from your graveyard. If you do, exile target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls.

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Boil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.60

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Destroy all Islands.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.45

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.62

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Haste
{T}: Create a token that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control, except it has haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Pyre of Heroes

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card that shares a creature type with the sacrificed creature and has converted mana cost equal to 1 plus that creature's converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Conspicuous Snoop and Mogg War Marshal fuel a chain of value plays from three to five mana. There are options for removal or pushing out a 5/5 with Tuktuk the Explorer along the way to Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker or the fearsome Siege-Gang Commander.

Upgraded Goblin Tribal Toolbox

Goblin Matron and Goblin Ringleader play really well with Aether Vial as a mana engine. At nearly $40 each it's hardly budget-friendly, but if you have access to copies or want to invest in the staple, they're a good fit in the deck.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Goblins by Adam Yurchick

'Mono-Red Goblins' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $268.33

Cards

Mogg War Marshal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Echo {1}{R} (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 enters the battlefield or dies, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Pyre of Heroes

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card that shares a creature type with the sacrificed creature and has converted mana cost equal to 1 plus that creature's converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Siege-Gang Commander

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.86

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When Siege-Gang Commander enters the battlefield, create three 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
{1}{R}, Sacrifice a Goblin: Siege-Gang Commander deals 2 damage to any target.

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Murderous Redcap

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.36

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When Murderous Redcap enters the battlefield, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.
Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Tuktuk the Explorer

Color Identity:R

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Haste
When Tuktuk the Explorer dies, create Tuktuk the Returned, a legendary 5/5 colorless Goblin Golem artifact creature token.

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Masked Vandal

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.17

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
When Masked Vandal enters the battlefield, you may exile a creature card from your graveyard. If you do, exile target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls.

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Squee, the Immortal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.88

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You may cast Squee, the Immortal from your graveyard or from exile.

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Aether Vial

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At the beginning 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 onto the battlefield.

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Goblin Matron

Color Identity:R

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When Goblin Matron enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Goblin card, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Goblin Chainwhirler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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First strike
When Goblin Chainwhirler enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each opponent and each creature and planeswalker they control.

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Pashalik Mons

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Pashalik Mons or another Goblin you control dies, Pashalik Mons deals 1 damage to any target.
{3}{R}, Sacrifice a Goblin: Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.

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Goblin Cratermaker

Color Identity:R

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{1}, Sacrifice Goblin Cratermaker: Choose one —
• Goblin Cratermaker deals 2 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target colorless nonland permanent.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Munitions Expert

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.15

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Flash
When Munitions Expert enters the battlefield, you may have it deal damage to target creature or planeswalker equal to the number of Goblins you control.

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Goblin Trashmaster

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.73

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Other Goblins you control get +1/+1.
Sacrifice a Goblin: Destroy target artifact.

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Goblin Chieftain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.86

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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.

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Conspicuous Snoop

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.54

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Play with the top card of your library revealed.
You may cast Goblin spells from the top of your library.
As long as the top card of your library is a Goblin card, Conspicuous Snoop has all activated abilities of that card.

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Boil

Color Identity:R

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Destroy all Islands.

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Goblin Instigator

Color Identity:R

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When Goblin Instigator enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token.

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Relic of Progenitus

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $17.62

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Haste
{T}: Create a token that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control, except it has haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Mudbutton Torchrunner

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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When Mudbutton Torchrunner dies, it deals 3 damage to any target.

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Volley Veteran

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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When Volley Veteran enters the battlefield, it deals damage to target creature an opponent controls equal to the number of Goblins you control.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.44

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Goblin Ringleader

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
When Goblin Ringleader enters the battlefield, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Goblin cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Upgrades:

Further Upgrades

From there, there are two major ways to upgrade:

One route is to add black dual lands, like Auntie's Hovel or cheaper alternatives like Foreboding Ruins, along with Boggart Harbinger and Sling-Gang Lieutenant, which add a combo-kill angle.

The other is Cavern of Souls, which at around $60 each just makes Goblins better against countermagic in the Mono-Red version, and fixes mana in the Rakdos version. At that point you'd have access to the full extent of what Goblins can do in Modern.