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Hearthfire Hobgoblin
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Hearthfire Hobgoblin
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed June 4, 2015

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 2.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hearthfire Hobgoblin
 
If you're also familiar with Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder, you probably find Shadowmoor's hobgoblins a little confusing, to say the least. In the old dialects where the word comes from, the suffix "hob" actually meant "small", so it's actually modern fantasy that distorted the original meaning to create the tall, militaristic goblins we're used to.
 
Some cards are just very solid, and that's all they have to be. Hearthfire Hobgoblin is one: you always know exactly what you're getting with it. Of course, since double strike is arguably the most powerful combat ability and red and white are both known for playing well with equipment, sometimes you get even more than that. Nobody talks about Loxodon Warhammer any more, which is a mystery when you consider that this card exists.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
EDH/Commander: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Hearthfire Hobgoblin which is a three Red or White mana 2/2 goblin soldier with Double Strike.  With two heavily supported types this is a very solid and easily overlooked card for goblin, soldier, or Boros builds.  Newer three mana 2/2 Double Strike creature have additional effects that can benefit a deck in other ways, but the hybrid Red/White mana symbols and goblin type have value for specific builds.  Overall a playable if unremarkable card that is easily enhanced to be a serious threat.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Armuun
Hearthfire Hobgoblin
 
It's a mixed bag. being a hybrid is cool. Double strike is always nice, and it's a reasonable cost. It'll rarely change the game for what it is, but with the right equips or enchants, it can do stuff. Not great, not terrible. Just sort of there. 
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 3
EDH: 3

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