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I was talking to a friend at WotC who teased that there was one other Goblin that was getting reprinted that hadn't been previewed yet, and I said, I'm not sure exactly, something about how I'd only be interested if it was Skirk Prospector, and sure enough--wow.
Skirk Prospector is an extremely powerful card. It's been best with cards like Goblin Matron and Goblin Ringleader - cards that give you additional Goblins to cast - and Modern doesn't have cards like that, but it does have cards like Mogg War Marshal, Siege-Gang Commander, Krenko, Mob Boss, and, if you want to get really ambitious, Empty the Warrens. Adding Skirk Prospector and Goblin Warchief to Modern means that the Goblin decks that can be built now are completely different from what's been available before. I don't know if that means that they're good enough, but they're definitely different. Here's my first take:
- 4 Goblin Chieftain
- 4 Goblin Piledriver
- 4 Goblin Warchief
- 4 Knucklebone Witch
- 4 Mogg War Marshal
- 3 Siege-Gang Commander
- 4 Skirk Prospector
- 3 Krenko, Mob Boss
There's a lot I'm not sure about here. I like Knucklebone Witch more than Goblin Guide, but I doubt that's a common position. Still, I think it makes your deck more explosive. I think Claim is a really good fit with Mogg War Marshal and Goblin Piledriver, and I think Thoughtseize is extremely important to decks like this, so I like the black splash regardless of whether Knucklebone Witch is the right one-drop. I'm not sure how many haste lords is correct, but they seem busted with Krenko, Mob Boss, so I figured I'd start by pushing that. Missing out on Goblin Rabblemaster feels bad, but it's worse the more Goblins you have in your deck, since it forces all your creatures to attack.