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Goblin Ruinblaster

Reviewed October 20, 2009

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 2.75

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Goblin Ruinblaster

I expect this card to be pretty well played for as long as Bloodbraid Elf is Standard legal. After all, it's a three-drop Goblin with haste, and playing it off Cascade is still playing it, so you can pay the kicker to blow up an opponent's land and swing for 2. It's sort of like a new take on Avalanche Riders, except instead of the all-drawack echo, it now has the optional-upside kicker. And it's a Goblin! How is that not an improvement?

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Goblin Ruinblaster

Kicker always gives you more options, and that's why we love it. I also loved Avalanche Riders since the very first time I saw it, and this crazy little goblin is just about as good. Versatility is the name of the game (that and instant pressure). Add Kor Skyfisher for extra craziness.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Goblin Ruinblaster

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Goblin Ruinblaster a small hasty creature that can disrupt opponent’s mana bases. In the current standard with vivid lands and reflecting pool having rotated the importance of multi color generating lands have increased, being able to cheaply destroy those lands important. Attaching this land destruction to a 2/1 creature with haste is even better. Already seeing play in Jund deck variants Goblin Ruinmaster provides much needed playable land destruction coupled with fast damage that decks playing red will most definitely want to utilize. In extended and eternal nonbasic land destruction is also important, this card may see sideboard or mainboard play in some decks utilizing red in extended but it has no chance in eternal. In casual and multiplayer the mindset of most casual players gravitates towards basic lands therefore if there is an opponent running nonbasic lands this card can help punish them. This creature’s ability to swing with haste although prevents it from being a dead draw. In limited the high availability of lands at different rarities in Zendikar may allow red players to snatch up copies of this card to damage mana bases and damage player’s life totals. Protip never use this card on fetch lands thanks.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Goblin Ruinblaster a fairly poor card by itself as a three mana 2/1 even with Haste. The Kicker is one additional mana to destroy a non-basic land, which brings the value of the card as a whole to about the right place as many land destruction effects of late are around four mana.

For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a fairly mediocre card that does give a two for one effect which isn't horrible. This could be included in dedicated Goblin or land destruction decks, but better choices exist for both. However, if you just happen to find yourself running a Goblin based land destruction deck make sure to pack four of these.

With Limited the two for one effect and Haste make this a more attractive option as your choices are far more limited. The kicker effect may not come into play, but even without it a 2/1 with Haste can be playable. I still consider this a relatively low pick in Booster and potentially sideboard fodder in Sealed. It just isn't solid enough to be a major threat even if kicked.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

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