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Frenzied Goblin
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Frenzied Goblin
- M15

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

Constructed: 2.58
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 2.25

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Deck Garage

Frenzied Goblin

A 1/1 is pretty easy to kill... if you can block it. Of course, if your opponent has multiple creatures, you can lock one out of blocking only to find that your Frenzied Goblin is charging into the other one. My advice? Don't think of this card as a creature. It's not, really. You're not going to get more than one use out of this, so throw it down in anticipation of an upcoming strike with a bigger creature. You may, in the early game, get to sneak in some hits with it, especially if you've got burn to keep the other side of the board clear or if your opponent just doesn't have a lot of creatures. The fact that it's a Goblin, and can therefore benefit from all the Goblin tribal effects in the game (including haste!) helps too. But this is a cheap one-time trick that makes a 1/1 decent, not something you can bank on.

Constructed- 1.5
Limited- 2.25
Casual- 1.5
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Frenzied Goblin

I used to play with this guy in Standard FNMs back in the era of the original Ravnica block. The early parts of that Standard season were very open and diverse, but later on it became rather unfriendly to small-creature decks. This guy, though, offered surprisingly much throughout different parts of the season, as there were many strategies that tried to defeat red decks by casting a bigger creature as early as possible. In modern Standard, that's true again, and as such Frenzied Goblin is worth considering again. I'm not sure he's quite up to first-choice level for decks that have a lot of actual removal spells, and similarly in larger formats he hasn't proved to have quite as much impact. Nonetheless, the very fact that he exists forces anyone who doesn't fear red decks because they have high-toughness walls to reconsider.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Frenzied Goblin which is a one mana Red 1/1 that allows you to pay a Red whenever it attacks to prevent a target creature from being able to block that turn. This is a solid addition to a goblin or aggro Red build as it is a one mana 1/1 with a supported type that adds some combat manipulation which can seriously disrupt attempts to defend against any heavier hitters. Overall this is a creature that will see some play across formats and for the low mana cost to play and activate the effect can be an effective tool in many situations.

In Limited this is a 1/1 for one which is always worth having in your deck and the effect adds a threat in the later game by allowing your creatures to get past a minimal defense. If using Red this is a reasonable early pick in Booster and automatic inclusion for Sealed.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Deck Garage

Frenzied Goblin

This little guy is a lot more trouble than he looks at first glance. If you've never played with him or against him, at first you might not think twice about a little 1/1 that can make one thing not block for one red. The truth is, however, in aggressive red decks, that extra little bit of reach is exactly what they need. It puts the opposition between a rock and a hard place. Do they deal with the bigger threat and let this guy go unblocked, continuing to screw up blockers, or do they use their blocker to kill the goblin, letting a bigger guy go through, putting their life total dangerously low against a fast red deck? He's not flashy, but he knows his job, and he does it well.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2

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