Grinning Ignus


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters Uncommon
Future Sight Common

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Grinning Ignus

Creature — Elemental

(Red), Return Grinning Ignus to its owner's hand: Add (2)(Red) to your mana pool. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

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Grinning Ignus Discussion

freakingShane on Purphoros, Forger of Goblins [[Primer]]

1 month ago

That's why I liked Grinning Ignus, but I was trying to get an infinite combo where I was able to generate that and do that infinitely, RoarMaster.

RoarMaster on Purphoros, Forger of Goblins [[Primer]]

1 month ago

Grinning Ignus is a mini-combo in and of itself, you just need your Commander out.

Pay R: Deal 2 Dmg to Each Opponent.

Its great for dumping mana into to finish opponents off.

freakingShane on Purphoros, Forger of Goblins [[Primer]]

1 month ago


I don't personally know any crappy goblin in the deck. I have trimmed the fat from this deck over the past year, and when I play it all of my creatures do something important, if not vital, for me winning.

Even if a bulk of creatures are 1/1's, I have lots of anthems and cards like Door of Destinies/Coat of Arms and such. Evasion is very easy to get in this deck as well, because a large number of goblins grant all my goblins some form of evasion or I play Goblin War Drums.

Board wipes are actually another strong suit in this deck. Since my avg. CMC is 2.75, the deck is very resilient and I am able to reestablish massive board states in no time, and the other players are still behind which allows me to take advantage of them. Thanks for dropping by and lending your concerns!


I tested Grinning Ignus for a possible infinite combo, but ended up passing because it was too much work for a combo. As for Norin the Wary, I do love his ability, but I personally like to get some damage out of my creatures, and he wouldn't allow that nor get the buffs from my counter-granting cards unfortunately...

I appreciate these though, and they are definitely good for a Purph deck, but for how I pilot mine I don't think I would like them much. Thanks for stopping by with suggestions! :)

TheNighthawk on Purphoros, Forger of Goblins [[Primer]]

1 month ago

Have you considered Norin the Wary and/or Grinning Ignus for repeatable ETB triggers? During my testing of a similar Purphoros deck, I found great success through them.

Panas on Dragonstorm EDH

1 month ago

oh, that's a tough one... depends a little on how you want to win, but a dedicated combo deck would be looking for haste enablers, every 1-drop mana dork like Llanowar Elves, Birds of Paradise and Fyndhorn Elves, every mana rock that taps for at least as much mana as its cost i.e. Sol Ring plus the ones you have already excluded and Basalt Monoliths, Burning-Tree Emissary and it's variants (i think there's one in aether revolt, Priest of Urabrask...), also Wild Cantor, Abundant Growth et co, and every red ritual you can get (almost...): Battle Hymn, Desperate Ritual, Mana Geyser, Pyretic Ritual... + ALL THE BIG DRAW SPELLS IN GREEN AND ALL THE WHEELS IN RED!

That's one way, but it's very inconsistent.

The other thing you can do is to have it as a subtheme and create shenanigans with cards like Panharmonicon, Mana Echoes, Grinning Ignus and just flicker/replay dudes or stuff to up your storm count and mana. Then play Dragonstorm. This needs some decent tutoring and good set-up, but is WAAAAAY better than what I was talking above :p

always include Mana Geyser it's an awesome card in multiplayer :p 12 mana on turn 5 is sort of like the norm output of that one :p

dreamistt on

1 month ago


  • Quest for Pure Flame (building it up is really easy and busting it makes Purphoros even scarier for a turn)
  • Firecat Blitz (cast it the first time to take someone out an flashback it to end the rest of the table)
  • Elemental Appeal (9 mana for 14 damage after someone has cleared the board isn't too shabby)

Great Synergy

  • Grinning Ignus<- please add this ( + to get it started, for each time you want to do it again and you have a neat mana dump for Purphoros)
  • Emrakul's Hatcher (nets you 4 creatures and mana refund)
  • Skittering Invasion (same idea, with Purphoros out it's a neat 10 damage spell that offers mana refund)
  • Orochi Hatchery (dump some mana in it and you are good to go)
  • Trading Post for the goats mostly
  • Spawning Pit recycling tokens is good for the environment.
  • Portcullis locks the battlefield with 2 creatures total (note that it still allows ETBs to happen before exiling the cards, so it basically works as a shell until someone destroys it... and you get the ETBs once more)

Clear a board

  • Magmaquake (boardwipe at instant speed... requires a lot of mana, but it shouldn't be too hard)
  • Sudden Demise (allows you to get rid of those pesky hexproof shenanigans)
  • Boompile (unreliable? Yes. But scary nevertheless. Might stop/slow down people from building up a mighty boardstate)



  • Hoarding Dragon (4/4 flying for isn't bad. And if/when it dies you get the treasure)

Card Draw

  • Staff of Nin (an old favorite of mine and allows you to ping some damage)
  • Avaricious Dragon (just don't cast it when you have a full hand and you should be fine with a 4cmc 4/4 flyer and some extra draw)
  • Loreseeker's Stone (drawing 3 for ~ is quite good)

What I don't like/What to cut

numn2nutts on Yidris Avalanche EDH

2 months ago

I love the Grinning Ignus

hunkers on g/u Landfall

3 months ago

Brighthearth Banneret, Crackleburr, Eyes of the Wisent, Grinning Ignus, Flamekin Harbinger, Ingot Chewer, Liege of the Tangle, Incandescent Soulstoke, Living Hive, Mulldrifter, Omnath, Locus of Mana, Smokebraider, Wilderness Elemental , Stigma Lasher, Spawnwrithe, I looked up all the modern Elementals and these are the ones I found relevant.Noticed that some of the Larger Elementals could have a potential Through the Breach effect.

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