Zurgo Helmsmasher


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Speed vs Cunning (DDN) Mythic Rare

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Zurgo Helmsmasher

Creature — Orc Warrior


Zurgo Helmsmasher attacks each turn if able.

Zurgo Helmsmasher has indestructible as long as it's your turn.

Whenever a creature dealt damage by Zurgo Helmsmasher this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Zurgo Helmsmasher.

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Zurgo Helmsmasher Discussion

SteelSentry on What are the weirdest combos ...

3 days ago

Any voltron deck it is sweet: it gets haste, and your commander gets more swings in. Zurgo Helmsmasher is great because he's indestructible and has to swing, but I have it in Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith because it's just bonkers. Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder is another good target if you want an army of thrulls.

Zakky234 on A most daring raid, The legendary Primer

2 weeks ago

hi Boza! cool deck you have there :D

helm of the host seems like a cool equipment to try out, a bit costly on the mana maybe. Traxos, on the other hand, i really dislike, since he is just a big beater and doesnt bring any good effects. always watching is something i had in, then switched out for Brave the Sands because it was cheaper cmc wise. then i switched that out for Reconnaissance because its busted as all hell, you can activate it after damage, so al your creatures have vigilance and it protects you from combat tricks or stupid attacks.

when looking at your deck, the first thing i notice is your low amount of lands. do you ever run into mana problems? (maybve its because you still use partial paris mulligans, which we dont). should you run more duals with basic land types like Canopy Vista or Sheltered Thicket you could consider Farseek over rampant growth. also if you run those, Skyshroud Claim will be waaaay better than explosive vegetation.

now if you look at my creatures, you'll notice i dont run any dumb beaters without some sort of valuable ability. in your deck Zurgo Helmsmasher, Adriana, Captain of the Guard, Gahiji, Honored One and Dragonlord Atarka come awfully close to that. personaly i would prefer something like Anafenza, the Foremost or Queen Marchesa over them since they bring valuable abilities to the table as well as respectable stats. your creatures being a bit smaller doesnt really matter once you drop saskia and a damage doubler, since they will do tons of damage anyway.

also Urabrask the Hidden is just a straight up upgrade to dragonlord kolaghan. same could be said for Sheoldred, Whispering One and mogis, since i find him really underwhelming. Horn of Greed tends to help my opponents more since this isnt a landfall deck. also if you can afford it, Chromatic Lantern is bonkers.

as for dominaria cards, Urza's Ruinous Blast is a 100% must have. one-sided boardwipes are ridiculous. Marwyn, the Nurturer also seems strong in your deck, since you have quite a few ways of pumping him.

thanks for the comment :D hope i could be of help!

DrukenReaps on Best Colors for Voltron EDH?

1 month ago

I'm going to have to second the Zurgo Helmsmasher. A friend of mine runs him fairly budget and untuned and it is still a monster to deal with... Zurgo absolutely loves board wipes, Worldslayer + helmsmasher is just... I have no words honestly. I think my friend runs 10 wipes, I could be wrong. 3ish of them get around indestructible, just in case but otherwise Zurgo lives through them. And Zurgo + Sunforger gets to the magical 11 damage so you go from 3 swings to 2 swings. That is huge for a voltron deck.

All that said I'm also going to plug my own voltron deck Glissa's Tech. It isn't all that fast at winning a game but everything just keeps showing up no matter how many times the board gets wiped. Sometimes I wipe the board right after a Vandalblast and most my equipment comes rolling back out. Equip costs are pretty easy to deal with since I have all the manas.

But to go back to your question of best voltron colors I'm going to have to say the ones you enjoy the most. Voltron is a rather bad way to win in EDH, you have a lot of work to do when you sit down against 3 others and they are not going to make it easy on you. They will always find a way to kill your commander or kill all the stuff on him. So whatever you choose make sure it is something you like the feel and look of. Zurgo and Glissa are very different but they are both great in their own ways, you really can make just about any commander with a few decent keywords into a nightmare for your enemies.

Suns_Champion on Best Colors for Voltron EDH?

1 month ago

Zurgo Helmsmasher is pretty fun. Very fast with the 3-turn clock built in. You get RW for the best equipment colors and you get draw from Black. I recommend a Sunforger package too because that's really strong in Mardu.

Philoctetes on Neheb, Summoner of Comets

1 month ago


Love the reports!

You continue to rave about Loreseeker's Stone - I think I have to test it out at this point! It is no doubt quite powerful.

Humble Defector is undoubtedly a powerhouse, I am actually considering running him in a couple of my Mardu decks at this point, I completely agree the politics of it all are an impressively powerful bonus on the draw.

I also played a game with Neheb this weekend. Ended up winning a 4 player pod, Dakkon Blackblade control, Kruphix, God of Horizons ramp/control, a friend borrowing my The Spirit of Self-Sacrifice Zurgo Helmsmasher piloted Aikido/control list, and myself on Neheb.

Kruphix got out to an early lead with a Seedborn Muse + Capsize lock on the table. I had a ramp heavy hand, doing nothing until turn 4 but landing Thran Dynamo followed by Hedron Archive + Caged Sun. I was identified as the biggest competition for the Kruphix player, who basically just forced me to re-deploy my ramp every turn with his Capsize lock.

At some point I had a miniature explosive turn dropping Neheb + Price of Progress instead of re-deploying ramp, playing Reforge the Soul and praying. I hit support pieces - Lightning Greaves and a few other things. Greaves + Neheb were summarily bounced in that order, setting us back to square 1.

Dakkon player interacted enough to force the Kruphix player to over-extend his own interaction, allowing the Zurgo player to wipe the board with a Blasphemous Act, Kruphix dropped the Capsize shields to save his Seedborn Muse bouncing to hand. I was next and was able to follow up with Neheb plus Lightning Greaves and Acidic Soil, generate big mana, Aggravated Assault and technically go infinite (my meta typically doesn't allow, but we needed the game to end so we called it!)

It was an oppressive game that we all felt was clearly over due to the Kruphix player's dominant early position, but Neheb can truly win from a lot of very behind situations!

colton815 on Looking For a Budget Voltron

3 months ago

griffstick & Profet93: re-read Wrath of God. regeneration won't save Thrun, the Last Troll

Steelspike: using board wipes doesn't help Zurgo Helmsmasher unless your opponent is dumb enough to block him with all their creatures. Zurgo Helmsmasher has to deal damage to a creature before it dies, before he gets a counter. nobody is going to use more than 1 creature to block something that is indestructible and doesnt have trample. also, i'd have to say Assault Suit is far from "best voltron equipment of all time". far, far from it. its only advantage is that you give your opponents something to attack each other with, without any drawback. but once the creature gets back to you, its a mere +2/+2. theres a LOT of equipment cards that do much more than that.

Steelspike on Looking For a Budget Voltron

3 months ago

Honestly, I believe Zurgo Helmsmasher is the cheapest (moneywise) voltron commander there is.

He wants you to use ALL the nukes, including Worldslayer, Jokulhaups Akroma's Vengeance and so on. Most of them, outside of Damnation, are pretty dirt cheap.

Even Assault Suit, the best voltron equipment of ALL TIME is perfect with Zurgo because he stays indestructible and can't attack you!

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