Random Magic Cards of the Day: Goblin Piker and Aven Cloudchaser

Goblin PikerI think it’s a Magic rule that every Magic set has to have at least one Goblin card. This seems particularly true of core sets, where the common slot is full of vanilla creatures with no rules text. Thus, Wizards gave us Goblin Piker in Portal Second Edition and reprinted him in several core sets starting with 9th Edition. Goblin Piker is a 2/1 for 2 cmc. That’s about it. Even for a Portal set this is a very plain creature.

There are exactly 500 creatures in Magic with a cmc of 2 and a power of 2. They range from the somewhat ridiculous like Zodiac Rooster (how did green get a plainswalking bird?) to excellent utility creatures like Riftsweeper, from old school aggro creatures like River Boa to powerful tribal creatures like Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary. Goblin Piker could be the most vanilla of all 500 creatures.

Aven CloudchaserGoblin Piker was joined in 9th Edition by Aven Cloudchaser, a card which originally joined us in Odyssey. I didn’t play much in Odyssey block but I would imagine the Cloudchaser saw some limited play at that time, but a 2/2 for 4, even a flyer, is too expensive to see constructed play unless it has a better ability. Sure destroying an enchantment is a good bonus for a 2/2 flyer, and I’m sure it would be at least sideboard material in M14 drafts, it still has never made much of an impact.

Interesting that this is another tribal card, like Goblin Piker, and that Aven Cloudchaser could actually enable two popular tribes in Birds and Soldiers. Somehow though I’ve never seen it in a deck listing for either tribal theme.


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