I love spoiler season(s) – it’s like Christmas every 3 months! We stay up until midnight to see what new cards Santa of the Coast will be filling our stockings with on Release Day, then drool on ourselves, oohing and ahhing (and sometimes groaning and freaking out) over the new pretties and busted hotnesses that are revealed. Then we rush over to sites like MTGSalvation.com to find even more spoilers!
Speaking of spoilers and MTGSalvation, today I checked the site and found a member of the Izzet guild that is easily one of the greatest creatures ever printed:
Was that the sound of your jaw dropping to the floor? I know, you’re so impressed with this gem that you don’t even know what to say. Well I’ll speak for you then!
Goblin Test Pilot (or GobTP) has everything – it’s a creature and it does stuff! What more could you ask for!? Let’s break down what GobTP is bringing to the table for all you Izzet players out there.
First, the creature part: GobTP flies! And he’s got a butt (sorta)! Screw you Lingering Souls spirit tokens! This guy will block one of those annoying spirits all day…nobody plays Intangible Virtue, so you’ll be nearly safe and sound (from one spirit, at least) with GobTP on your defense team. Who cares that he has no power, you’re an Izzet player! You’re playing the stall game until you drop Niv-Mizzet and just win, so don’t fear and throw down these guys in defense position. He’s also really great at blocking your opponent’s Augur of Bolas, so this card will single-handedly shore up the control matchups in your favor.
Next up, the stuff part:
Just wow. Totally insane. A Shock on a stick! And forget about that random part – you’ve got enough good luck saved up from those Delver of Secrets missed flips and Augur of Bolas fail-to-finds to ALWAYS hit the target you want. And as a bonus, I know you’ve been dying for months to use that Randomizer app on your iPhone (and you thought you wasted $2.99).
Now, you might be feeling a bit skeptical about the chance GobTP might hit himself with that ability. But don’t you worry your little Izzet face one single bit. Remember, YOU are always a possible target for GobTP when he rolls the dice. That increases your odds by one HUGE potential outcome. Think about this way: a 1-in-4 chance (25%) to die is TONS better than a 1-in-3 chance (33.33%)! And this thought is irrelevant anyway, since like I said before, you’ll always hit what you want with this ability. The random part is just to scare the noobs away from drafting him early.
I’ll assume that after taking a closer look at Goblin Test Pilot, you can’t wait to shock your way to victory with this defensive stallion. It’s obvious that because of how awesome he is, Goblin Test Pilot will be one of the most expensive uncommons in the set upon release, so you better pre-order your playset now!