Goblin Burn

Posted in Feature on May 1, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

Wizards of the Coast R&D members were out in full force at stores around the United States to celebrate the Avacyn Restored Prerelease, and few people were more excited to have the chance to play with Avacyn Restored than the set's lead developer, Dave Humpherys! Dave took some time out of his busy schedule to stop by Seattle store Card Kingdom and play some games. One of the Standard decks he took with him? Goblin Burn!

This red deck features some elements you might expect out of a burn-heavy deck. Grim Lavamancer, Shrine of Burning Rage, and Spikeshot Elder are all proven staples. Perhaps even Goblin Arsonist and Goblin Fireslinger to complement a full set of Goblin Grenade isn't too out of place. But some new cards from Avacyn Restored put a unique, fun twist on the deck!

One mana for 5 damage is a burn deck's dream, and Thunderous Wrath offers exactly that if you miracle it. Six mana can be quite unwieldy if one starts in your opening hand—but Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded and Reforge the Soul help out with that, giving you a chance of replacing an unwieldy miracle with some burn to finish off the opponent!

It looks like burn might have been given some fresh legs with Avacyn Restored! Check out David's deck below, and stay tuned all week for more R&D decklists featuring Avacyn Restored!

Dave Humphreys's Goblin Burn

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