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Goblin Guide
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 Goblin Guide
- Aether Revolt

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

Constructed: 4.38
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 2.50
Commander [EDH]: 2.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Goblin Guide
 
I seem to recall there was once an article on Wizards of the Coast's website where Randy Buehler derided the idea of a 2/2 for one red mana, even with a drawback. I suspect it got lost in the update, because why stop to consider how times have changed? If you think about the sort of deck this guy is designed to be strong against, it's not even always that much of a drawback. Suppose the Goblin Guide player goes first and the control deck gets an extra card twice in the first five turns, say. The control deck still has a higher than average mana cost, and can still play only one land per turn. Maybe they'll play those lands more reliably, but by the time they have enough to do any endgame things, they'll be dead. This is the exact reason why control decks need a range of costs among their answers, and why things like Disfigure and Sunlance should be rated a lot more highly by those players.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
EDH/Commander: 2/5
James H.

Goblin Guide (3/28)

 

Goblin Guide is probably one of red's most famous creatures. It's a 2/2 for 1 mana, and it even has haste! In the all-in red decks and red agro, Goblin Guide is peerless in its ability to put the damage up quickly and efficiently.

 

Its ability is a bit of a drawback, since it can benefit your opponent, but it's not as lopsided as it sounds. If you don't reveal a land, you get a lot of information concerning potential lines of your opponent's next (and future) terms. Information is powerful, and Goblin Guide's reveal only hurts about a third of the time against most decks. If you're playing red, run this.

 

Constructed: 4.75

Casual: 4

Limited: 4.5

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 3


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