Zurgo Helmsmasher


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

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Speed vs Cunning 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

Slaughtar on Mardu Warriors

1 day ago

Zurgo Helmsmasher.

Also, I would go with 4x Foul-Tongue Shriek and 2x Harsh Sustenance, or no Harsh Sustenance, since you are using them in the same way and you're probably attacking each turn, regardless. Both are strong finishers but Foul-Tongue Shriek is way easier to cast and gains you the same amount of life as Harsh Sustenance would and causes the same amount of life-loss. Also, Harsh Sustenance deals damage, which can be prevented much easier than Foul-Tongue Shriek can with it's straighforward life-loss; AND Harsh Sustenance says target PLAYER or creature while Foul-Tongue Shriek can only target opponents. So against control, an opponent could make you kill yourself with Harsh Sustenance but couldn't with Foul-Tongue Shriek. Also, you need at least two more lands. Maybe take out the other two Harsh Sustenances.

GuardGamer on Cowards Can't Block Warriors

1 week ago

I agree on the Zurgo Helmsmasher idea, but I like the idea of a mono red tribal deck. Well done! Though Zurgo Bellstriker is awful imo. I would find a better warrior to switch him it with

PurePazaak on Cowards Can't Block Warriors

1 week ago

Love the Unusual Tribe :D

That said, if Zurgo Helmsmasher were to be your general, that would open up a whole slew of tutors, removal, and even more warriors (including some Warrior Lords)!

whales on Orc Tribal (Mardu)

1 week ago

nice deck +1 for sure I originally was going to build an EDH deck like this but decided to build an angel-demon deck instead I'm still using Zurgo Helmsmasher because I really like him.

DemonDragonJ on How Popular is Tariel?

2 weeks ago

I have not seen very many black/white/red EDH decks with Tariel, Reckoner of Souls as the general; Kaalia of the Vast is by far the most popular general of that color combination, with Zurgo Helmsmasher and Alesha, Who Smiles at Death being nearly as popular.

I myself have a deck with Tariel as the general, since angels are my favorite creatures in this game, so I wish to ask: how popular is Tariel as an EDH general? Why have there not been a great number of decks that feature her?

ArchangelAlchemist on Help Required for New Commander

4 weeks ago

I'm going to suggest Zurgo Helmsmasher here. He likes offense but he doesn't need to be on the field for the deck to work and he's in great colors for removal. There is great combat support from Ankle Shanker plus the Raid and Battalion effects. If you want more control I'm sure Scythe Specter, Barbed Shocker, and friends could help to truly disrupt your opponents.

Also, if you're still interested in Ruric Thar, the Unbowed... Basilisk Collar

xrex479 on Zurgo's toolbox of death

1 month ago

I should try to run less rocks take out all the diamonds. With my Mana base Gratuitous Violence has never been hard to cast (with the triple red).

Phage the Untouchable has always been in the deck to stop Telemin Performance or other cards that hurt me for having no creatures in the deck.

Nephalia Academy was in the deck because of my meta but I've recently replaced it IRL but not here. Even though Open the Armory is in the deck I rarely cast it. I probably should run more equipment because they are good late game.

My deck mostly focuses on early game wins. I try to get Zurgo Helmsmasher out turn 3-4 and killing an opponent before turn 5-6.

jakeelephant006 on Saskia, Ultimate Baton-Passer

1 month ago

An effort to make Saskia (not just yours, all Saskia builds) a decent commander:

Objectives: centralize the deck around a theme of infect and ways to put as many poison counters on as many players as one can in one attack.

How to accomplish objectives: pull cards that detract from the theme and add cards that support the theme.

Cards to pull: Things that just like attacking. Cards like Zurgo Helmsmasher, Savageborn Hydra and maybe even Tymna the Weaver. Things that are only good cards in their color(s) like Primeval Bounty, unfortunately you should also probably remove some ramp and some removal or cards that are borderline supporting the theme.

Cards to add: Things that have evasion or give evasion like Whispersilk Cloak, things that have infect or give infect like Phyrexian Hydra, Putrefax, or Phyresis, and things that double damage like Furnace of Wrath or Dictate of the Twin Gods or Bitter Feud.

Saskia has been performing disturbingly mediocre of late and after further investigation many of the cards have dubious interaction with each other and with their commander. This is the trouble with Saskia. I don't know if these suggestions will work or not, but they're my best effort at trying to make this a deck to look too when considering how to build Saskia.

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