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There are better loot cards out there for sure, but it's a pretty neat creature that's not outright bad. I like it.
Posted By: YellowWalker (9/28/2012 11:53:07 AM)


Rummaging Goblin is so similar to this card, that they need to be compared:


- Comes into play and immediately does the effect
- Has more power
- Isn't ruined by (and can take advantage of) "Return target creature to hand" spells
- You don't need to tap this down to activate the effect
- Isn't an activated effect (where cards like Arrest are useful)


- This has no use after it came into play (where Goblin can activate it's ability once per turn)
- This can only be "activated" at sorcery speed (unless it gets Flash)
- This isn't in a useful tribal

It's hard to say which is better. In all truth, I'd play Rummaging Goblin over this, since the Tribal is important.
Posted By: Ferlord (1/21/2013 7:07:51 PM)


One of the more important things to note about him is that he is, in fact, a rogue. That means he can block and kill deathcult rogue, so if you're going to be up against some good Dimir agents, he can worth sidedecking. Maybe.
Posted By: Lancer873 (4/29/2013 12:10:26 PM)


I agree completely with Eternal_Blue. I think getting rid of the "you may" option and making this cost one mana less would have made it much more playable.
I like him as a Viashino and not a goblin. The other red tribes need some love.
Alternatively, he could have been given first strike and cost 1RedRed and been quite playable.
Posted By: Phelplan (9/8/2013 9:56:40 AM)


If this had cost 1R and they had removed the 'you may' clause, I believe it would have been fairly costed enough to see some actual play as a not-so(but mostly)-strictly better variant of Goblin Piker. As is with many almost-playable Red cards, an additional mana gets tacked on and the card becomes worthless.
Posted By: Eternal_Blue (9/28/2012 9:26:18 PM)


Meh, would have been much cooler without the if-clause:

When Viashino Racketeer enters the battlefield, you may discard a card, then draw a card.

Then casting this as the last card in your hand would have made it a cantrip.
This would have made an interesting red take on Elvish Visionary.

Like that it's just a worse variant of your average draw, then discard effect.

Last edition's Mad Prophet also worked like that...
I wonder if Wizards plans to make this the more common draw/discard variant for red.
Posted By: Mode (9/30/2012 2:51:21 AM)


You may is what gives this card more than a wavering glance from me. Rather stiff art :/
Posted By: lorendorky (9/25/2012 11:42:13 PM)


Pros like me will use this to get rid of any overflow of lands we might have.
Posted By: Lotsofpoopy (9/27/2012 10:10:10 PM)


I'd rather Rumaging Goblin.
Posted By: Purplerooster (10/14/2012 7:04:52 AM)


What many people seem to be missing is what a huge enabler this card be in Ravnica limited with Scavange.
Posted By: SeiberTross (10/29/2012 10:36:18 PM)