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Top 10 Cards of 2009:
#8: Goblin Bushwacker


Reviewed January 6, 2009

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.13
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 3.13

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Goblin Bushwhacker

Alpha strike ahoy! Usually pumping the whole team for an assault requires at least three mana. More if it comes courtesy of a creature, like Flame-Kin Zealot or the like. But with this little guy, a 2/1 with haste plus an extra +1/+0 to your existing team is only RR away! And it's a Goblin, member of a tribe that loves this tactic already anyway!

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Goblin Bushwhacker

You really have to watch out for the one-mana 1/1 goblins: I can only remember a few down the years who weren't a lot stronger than they looked. This card is already famous for teaming up with Kor Skyfisher and acting as almost a red-white Overrun. And that's before you even consider the tribal interactions: Heedless One and Goblin Matron are just the beginning. This card will go a long, long way.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Goblin Bushwacker

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is number eight as we countdown the top ten cards of 2009, and what an interesting year it has been, the birth of new archetypes as well as the reinforcement of traditional deck archetypes. Goblin Bushwacker is a powerful agro card that has helped spawned its own successful deck, Boros Bushwacker, a white/ red deck that utilizes plated geopede’s landfall ability and Steppe Lynx with fetchlands and some of the best burn and creatures the format of standard has to offer. As an aggressive creature you can drop one mana for a 1/1 or utilize the kicker cost to give all creatures you control haste and +1/+0 until end of turn effectively putting your opponent on a fast clock, the synergy of the deck as well as the powerful tools such as lightning bolt and path to exile make it a powerful deck in standard with Goblin Bushwacker as a invaluable piece.

 In extended Zoo style decks are the more creature oriented the plethora of fetchlands in those decks could see Bushwacker and its companions find a home, but as of now it is unlikely as there are a large variety of threats available in extended for anyone to think of running this card outside of a possible goblin themed deck. In casual and multiplayer this card is great as it allows you to drop a bunch of cheap threats and top it off with Bushwacker and swing big on a single player or spread the damage around. Goblins are a popular tribe and this card is a worthy addition to the tribe. In limited a good mid game pick if your heavy in creatures red is a good color for Zendikar. Overall a powerful card that helps fuel its own archetype and why it earns its spot on the list by assisting agro decks.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today is number eight on the countdown with Goblin Bushwhacker which is a 1/1 goblin for one or a 1/1 goblin with both Burst of Speed and Scare Tactics for two mana making it quite an efficient play.  To get maximum use out of this card some other engine to get more creatures into play the same turn is heavily recommended.
For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this one card serves three purposes for just two mana and should not be overlooked in any Red swarm designs.  An easy combination with Warren Instigator or Siege-Gang Commander, but fits in well with just about any goblin or warrior build.
With Limited a 1/1 for one is generally a good choice, but tack on two added abilities for just one more mana as an option in the same card and you have a very high pick.  As a common it is quite possible to have several of these in the same deck and they support themselves and other creatures quite well.  In Sealed if you are running enough Red mana to reliably activate the Kicker this is an automatic inclusion in any build while in Booster it should be drafted quite early for a common and in high numbers. 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

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