Goblin Chieftain


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare

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Goblin Chieftain

Creature — Goblin

Haste (This creature can attack and Tap as soon as it comes under your control.)

Other Goblin creatures you control get +1/+1 and have haste.

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Goblin Chieftain Discussion


6 days ago

Hi, I really like the deck and I've made a lot of mono red decks recently so hopefully I can add some good suggestions:

Daretti, Scrap Savant - I think even for pure looting he is a great addition and meshes well with squee. Red has the corner on the market for artifact recursion so it might be a good idea to consider Goblin Welder too. Artifacts like Memory Jar or Eldrazi Monument(flying is pretty relevant with goblins) are excellent in mono red and win games.

Past in Flames/Recoup - Personally I include them in every mono red build, they are pure gas when you need it either from the hand or graveyard. Almost 1/4 of your deck is sorcery/instant spells so they could be relevant.

Wheel of Fortune/Reforge the Soul/Runehorn Hellkite/Magus of the Wheel - Unfortunately Wheel of Fortune doubled in price recently but the other options are great when you find yourself needing gas to close out a game.

Goblin Chieftain/Goblin Warchief - Haste is extremely important for goblin tribal. Krenko and company draw a lot of hate so it is best when you can tap them immediately or attack.

Anyways hope these help!

Stephencliffe on I'm All Out of Bubble Gum

3 weeks ago

If you want to be a fast red deck, I think you should just go all in on goblins. That can be hard if you're trying to go budget, Goblin Guide costs an arm and a leg. Still, it opens you up to cards like Goblin Chieftain, Goblin Piledriver, Foundry Street Denizen, and Goblin Rabblemaster, to name a few. Legion Loyalist is also solid.

You shouldn't worry about cards like Tormenting Voice. Card filtering shouldn't be a priority with this deck, just deal as much damage as you can, as quickly as you can. That's regardless of whether or not you go goblin tribal. Blood Moon is also perfect for this deck, it's good against most matchups, but it is also expensive.

As for instant and sorcery spells, limit the amount you have. You might be super attached to certain ones, but really, the Lightning Bolt's and Goblin Grenade's are all you need. I suppose Dragon Fodder and Hordeling Outburst are fine, but there are certainly better cards to run. It all comes down to money really.

Also, Sulfuric Vortex isn't modern legal. Hope this helps, good luck.

RamenNoodles on Ramen's Goblin Horde

1 month ago

Jankimagic I've considered impact tremors, but the card is a three drop, and I'd much rather spend three mana on a Goblin Chieftain, or a two drop plus a burn spell. By turn three, the deck should be focusing on finishing the opponent off, and a 1-3 damage on turn 4 or later doesn't make the cut.

I do really appreciate the assistance!

goblinguiderevealpls on Whack! You're Dead.

1 month ago

Chieftain is slow in modern, 3 cmc is high for aggro decks,i used to run 3-4 in my goblins years ago, but since then Reckless Bushwhacker/gob bushwhacker does it better, even though its only for the turn its much faster

Not to mention, chieftain only hastes goblins and most of the goblins in here have natural haste, and bushwhacker hastes ALL creatures which is better in this list since its more hybrid aggro than goblin tribal

If he went full goblin 2 or 3 Goblin Chieftain wouldn't be a bad idea, but the state of modern is MUCH faster than it used to be, so cheiftain might be a little slow in the current Meta

Even then, ive heard that Goblin Rabblemaster outperforms chieftain these days, as it spawns goblins with haste and swings very big if not dealt with, and goblins dont care about attacking each turn most of the time because they are disposable damage, plus chieftain and Goblin King in my experience only lord OTHER goblins, meaning in the likely event your opponent kills most of your goblins, the lord effect becomes a dead effect when opponents play around it

CaptSillva on Whack! You're Dead.

1 month ago

Perhaps this deck could use some cards to give mass haste to your creatures. Since your finisher is the storm buff card, you want to play a lot of cards in the same turn as that card, but if they don't have haste you will be losing out on a lot of value.

Mass Hysteria and Goblin Chieftain are likely the best options in that area.

mazrimtaim on H: Binder W:Modern Goblins

2 months ago

I'd be fine with the 4 Goblin Chieftain 2 Legion Loyalist and 3 Goblin Piledriver for my Griselbrand Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Meren of Clan Nel Toth those put us at about 80 cents off based off tcg median. If you have some Goblin Grenade as well and can find anything else in my binder that would be great. If not can you initiate?

rockleemyhero on H: Binder W:Modern Goblins

2 months ago

Hey man, i got a playset of Goblin Chieftain, 2 Legion Loyalist, and 3 Goblin Piledriver. I might also have a couple Goblin Grenade. I'm interested in Griselbrand, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, and Meren of Clan Nel Toth.

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