Goblin Chainwhirler


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Rare

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Goblin Chainwhirler

Creature — Goblin Warrior

First strike

When Goblin Chainwhirler enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each opponent and each creature and planeswalker they control.

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Goblin Chainwhirler Discussion

Funkydiscogod on converting an old deck into ...

1 week ago

I would say Aether Vial would be better than Heartless Summoning at helping power out the minotaurs. Once it gets three counters, put a free Ragemonger on to the battlefield, then use your mana to cast the rest of your hand. Aether Vial also makes the drawback of Ruinous Minotaur irrelevant.

If you're willing to give up on the idea of Minotaur Tribal, but you could put your Boros Reckoner and Fanatic of Mogis in a devotion to red deck: something with Leyline of Lightning , Quest for Pure Flame , Goblin Chainwhirler , and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx , maybe?

Eledain on MTGA Nox' Cascade 15-0 Burn Deck (15-3 Allegiance)

3 weeks ago

Updated the list for the Cascade event which is running through this weekend.

I saw many White Wheenie decks, therefor the three Goblin Chainwhirler are really good until this is changing.

Light Up the Stage is imo not worth the inclusion. Tested it and it felt bad.

This build is especially great against other RDW. Sovereign's Bite really shreds them.

Went always 5-1 in my first three leagues right now. Lost one game because I never drew a black mana source, one because because I gambled and lost to a greedy one lander keep while never drawing another land and one because I misplayed hard against a similar Izzet Guttersnipe Burn deck, but even this game was really close.

Always remember to think in advance and double cascade in your and your opponents turn as often as possible.

Have fun y'all. :-)

maddkatt on rats my dude

1 month ago

You know what would suck? 4x Goblin Chainwhirler , yeah that would suck!

sylvannos on Newbie needs help getting into ...

1 month ago

Is this the Fish deck you're using?

Merfolk return

Standard* Farel


The reason you're losing is you're not playing the two strongest cards for the deck (which are also the reason you play the deck in the first place)!

Those cards are Deeproot Waters and Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca . You should have 4 of each. I'd recommend the following decklist:

4x Breeding Pool (or Simic Guildgate if you're on a budget)
5x Forest
4x Hinterland Harbor
6x Island
4x Unclaimed Territory

2x Benthic Biomancer
4x Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca
4x Kumena's Speaker
4x Merfolk Branchwalker
4x Merfolk Mistbinder
1x Merfolk Trickster
4x Mist-Cloaked Herald
4x Silvergill Adept
1x Tempest Caller
3x Watertrap Weaver
1x Zegana, Utopian Speaker

Other Spells:
1x Spell Pierce
4x Deeproot Waters

2x Carnage Tyrant
4x Dive Down
1x Merfolk Trickster
1x Sentinel Totem
1x Shapers' Sanctuary
2x Sorcerous Spyglass
2x Spell Pierce
2x Thrashing Brontodon

You should have no problems steamrolling non-red aggro decks, control, and have okay match-ups against midrange. You won't beat RDW/Burn, so if you get paired up against them don't sweat it if you lose. R/W variants are easier to beat. Just keep Goblin Chainwhirler in mind and don't get 10-for-1'd by overextending with 1/1s.

Spell Pierce and Dive Down laugh in the face of boardwipes (like Deafening Clarion or Settle the Wreckage ) because you can often just go full HAM and keep 1 mana open, which will force your opponent to tap out for the wipe. They get BTFO'd and you kill them anyway.

Watertrap Weaver and Tempest Caller can often end the game just by creating so much tempo, especially against decks that rely on smaller amounts of large creatures.

You should still get a Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca even if you decide to play EDH because he's a powerhouse of a general.

TrEndKillHerEsy on Mayhem

1 month ago

Personally i feel that Skewer the Critics is a much better option then Shock . It will combo well with your Spawn of Mayhem and as for the Pestilent Spirit I see the reason its in but maybe try considering a creature that allows draw or maybe removal from the game when entering the battlefield. Ravenous Chupacabra , Midnight Reaper come to mind. Very solid cards. Legion Warboss feels a little out of place here but idk. I ended up removing my goblins entirely from my Rakdos as I felt they were just ok. If you want to keep the Goblin aspect I found Goblin Chainwhirler is great for small creature board wipe or Siege-Gang Commander has that more aggro aspect to him that fits well here. Maybe consider removing just one Judith, the Scourge Diva since she is a legendary and maybe adding in another Risk Factor to allow the aggro draw sooner. All in all I like it though. Good work.

MurderForBrunch on Whirler

1 month ago


I like the deck quite a lot! Not the typical list, and so overall I like it more than the usual red list! :D I would give a word of advise for the basic lands. You don't have many green spells, and so, the basic forest can be a "dead land" when you try to cast your Goblin Chainwhirler . In my case, I haven't been able to cast Niv-Mizzet, Parun with four lands and a Sarkhan, just because I have a basic swamp. Or haven't been able to keep up a blue mana for Dive Down and so, my Niv-Mizzet got killed right away. So I took out the basic swamp :/

I mean, test for it, if it works for you, neat! If it doesn't, don't feel bad about cutting the basic forest for another XG dual. Anyhow, cool deck! Have fun brewing!

Squirrelbacon on Barely Jund Control?

1 month ago

Goblin Chainwhirler should be in this list... It really punishes the aggro lists running about and mono red.

Goblin Chainwhirler + Status / Statue is a 4 mana lopsided board wipe that leaves behind a 3/3 brick wall.

Might be a little rough on the mana base, but you can alter that too to fit more duals in, even if they are tap lands.

TheSimikBOat on Rakdos Aggro

1 month ago

Hey WarriorMagic, as suggestions I think that you may cut the Goblin Chainwhirler s, because how do you have many swamps and black cards, normally you can't cast it on turn 3. You can fill those gaps with Skewer the Critics .

Other option you have is cut 6 Swamps, add some Rakdos Guildgate and reduce the cards that you have with cost.



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Goblin Chainwhirler occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.25%

Red: 5.37%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Red: 0.12%