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Goblin Piledriver
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Goblin Piledriver
- Origins

Reviewed July 13, 2015

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 4.33
Limited: 3.17
Multiplayer: 3.17
Commander [EDH]: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Goblin Piledriver
 
I hadn't seen this guy in a new set in so long, I was beginning to wonder if Wizards of the Coast had forgotten him! Goblin tribal will always be a deck, in casual or FNM settings if nothing else, and the Piledriver will always have something to do. In fact, I can't help but wonder if he won't be even stronger the second time around. His random-seeming protection from blue (originally designed to let him charge past Cephalids and Wizards in the Onslaught era) may be even stronger now in this era of giant Temur monsters, Silumgar, and Master of Waves. And Onslaught's tribal decks are the stuff of legend, but we didn't have access to Dragon Fodder and Krenko back then . . .
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Goblin Piledriver which is a two mana Red 1/2 with Protection from Blue and it gets +2/+0 for each other goblin that attacks with it.  This is a reprint from Onslaught and is an excellent goblin to include in any tribal deck.  The Protection is a bonus that may not always be a factor, but the +2/+0 with even a few tokens makes this an extreme threat.  Cards like Subterranean Scout or Fling can round out the options for a finishing move while Dragon Fodder or Hordeling Outburst power up the effect.
 
In Limited this is a great value draft in Booster that probably won't have the necessary support to do much in the format aside from being an annoyance against Blue.  In Sealed it is a two mana 1/2 and a Protection that is not much to promote Red, but should be played if already in the color or at least kept in mind as a sidedeck option.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Armuun

Goblin Piledriver

In any format, if you're running goblins you run this (if it's legal). By itself, it's terrible. with Dragon fodder or its ilk, it's 5/2. with a total of 4 piledrivers (which will be rarely) they're each 9/2's. That's terrifying. Thank god we don't have Krenko in standard. 
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH: 3


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