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"Helmsmasher? I barely know her!"

Commander / EDH Aggro Budget Casual RBW (Mardu) Voltron



"Helmsmasher? I barley know her!" is now the #1 Zurgo Helmsmasher Commander deck on TappedOut! Thank you!


Zurgo is hungry. Zurgo is thirsty. Zurgo is ready.

Aggro, Voltron deck, based on getting Zurgo Helmsmasher out as quickly as possible, buffing and protecting him, and swinging for huge amounts of damage. Best case scenario is a turn 3 win (Which I will explain below). Keep in mind some of the cards in here are fitted to my playgroup, so if they seem bad or useless, you might not know why I have them in. Feel free to leave a comment about anything though!

I won't be going over every card in the deck, but I'll highlight some of the more important ones.

Note: This deck is super-budget. You won't see any $10, $20+ cards here( Glorybringer and Sorin, Solemn Visitor were lucky pulls from packs). Nevertheless, this deck still works really well. Possible turn 2 Zurgo, possible turn 3 win. I've played $100, $200+ decks and still won. You don't need to spend all your money on a deck for it to be good! :) #gobugdetdecks

There are 8 creatures in my mainboard. They all serve a purpose.

Arashin Foremost = Gives Zurgo double-strike.

Combat Celebrant = Extra Combat, extra damage from Zurgo.

Divinity of Pride = Life gain, big flyer, big blocker. Keeps my life total up.

Generator Servant = Ramp for Zurgo to get out sooner.

Glorybringer = Extra damage and removal.

Indulgent Tormentor = Card draw or removal/life drain.

Resolute Archangel = Saving me from dying when I need more time to let Zurgo feast.

World Queller = Removal. I don't have many enchantments or planeswalkers in this deck, so it'd be most useful for those.

Temur Battle Rage, Uncaged Fury, Insult / Injury, and Onward / Victory are some of the most useful. Double-strike makes a win that much faster.

Spot Removal:
Celestial Purge, Radiant Purge, Hour of Glory, Utter End to name a few. Removal for all kinds of permanents, not just creatures, is important.

Board Wipes:
Very important in Zurgo (and all) EDH decks. There's no downside to destroying all creatures on your turn since Zurgo is Indestructible. Planar Cleansing and Winds of Rath are the main two that wouldn't hurt me. Merciless Eviction and Hallowed Burial get around opponent's indestructible creatures.

Debt to the Deathless and Torment of Hailfire are in here for late game damage if it's too risky to get Zurgo out again, if he costs too much to cast, or what have you. They can both be win-cons in both 1v1 and multiplayer games. Debt to the Deathless is probably better in multiplayer because you'll gain a ton of life.

Gratuitous Violence, Blood Mist and True Conviction for lasting double-strike/double damage.

Indestructibility and Spectra Ward to protect Zurgo.

Kismet and Protective Sphere help keep the opponent(s) from catching up on the speed and damage Zurgo entails.

RAMP RAMP RAMP. I've added even more mana rocks to make sure Zurgo gets out as soon as possible and, if killed, can keep coming out. Zurgo is a huge target in multiplayer, with his 7 power and all around intimidating presence.

Equipment is very important in most Zurgo Helmsmasher EDH decks. Whispersilk Cloak, Kusari-Gama, Tenza, Godo's Maul, Inquisitor's Flail, Worldslayer, Swiftfoot Boots, and Assault Suit as well as others are all key pieces. Assault Suit is incredible in multiplayer games, because if you have it equipped to Zurgo, you let your opponents take control of him and smash each other's faces with him while you sit back and watch. #Raaa


Loxodon Warhammer + Kusari-Gama or Inquisitor's Flail or any double strike. 10/2 with double strike and lifelink? Heck yeah!

Debt to the Deathless or Torment of Hailfire + all the ramp in the deck. You can make X pretty darn high with all the ramp there is in this deck.

Zurgo Helmsmasher + Worldslayer. Pretty self explanatory, blow everything but Zurgo but Worldslayer up. Lolz!

To make this deck even more budget:

Take out: Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Glorybringer, True Conviction, Boros Charm and Torment of Hailfire. Taking out these cards will bring the price down about $20.

Possible replacements: Behold the Beyond, Burn from Within, Berserkers' Onslaught, Mardu Charm, Killing Wave. Whatever you feel will do the best for you!

1v1 Turn 3 win best scenario:

Turn 1: Plains, > Sol Ring, > Rakdos Signet OR Mountain > Sol Ring > Orzhov Signet OR Swamp > Sol Ring > Boros Signet (as long as you have one of each mardu color)

Turn 2: Land (preferably colored), Play Zurgo Helmsmasher, attack for 7 commander damage.

Turn 3: Attack with Zurgo, give him doublestrike with Temur Battle Rage or Uncaged Fury.

If they have no blockers and no fogs and no ways to slow Zurgo down, that's a turn 3 win. #Raaa

That about wraps it up

I didn't want to make this too long, and thanks so much if you read it all!

I would love to hear thoughts, feedback, and suggestions. What do you think of this budget Zurgo deck? Would you play it? How would you build it differently?

(This deck was also named "We Live Free Under the Wind" and "Avengers: Age of Voltron")



"Helmsmasher? I barely know her!" hit 50 upvotes! I'm proud of how far this deck has gotten! A ~$70 deck hits 50 upvotes in about 6 months? Not too bad! And I was un-upgraded until yesterday, so I'd say that's a good accomplishment. Thank you everyone who has upvoted!


JaysomeDecks says... #1

With Worldslayer, you may consider Stonehewer Giant. Attaches any equipment from your library, at instant speed, without targeting. $5 is high for your deck, but it is affordable.

March 17, 2017 6:35 p.m.

Bezter says... #2


Thanks for the suggestion! If I was going heavier in to Equipments, and was gonna spend more money on this deck, I would definitely pick that card up!

March 19, 2017 4:02 p.m.

The5lacker says... #3

Given this is a Voltron deck, I'd recommend Blood Mist or Duelist's Heritage over Berserkers' Onslaught. You only need to buff the one creature the majority of the time, and these'll help lower your curve a bunch. Being able to give Zurgo double strike the turn you play him is pretty good.

I'm also curious as to what Glory of Warfare and the like are doing in this deck. They don't really make much sense if you aren't going wide, which given you're a Voltron deck, you probably won't be doing most games. I'd recommend whittling down your token support in favor of some more reliable lifelink for Zurgo (Who needs defense with that lifegain train?) and perhaps a Marchesa's Decree and the like. Maybe even some of those "Whenever another player attacks this player" curses like Curse of Shallow Graves.

July 15, 2017 7:46 p.m.

The5lacker says... #4

I'd also recommend Burning Anger, as it synergizes well with Zurgo's Sengir ability, plus it allows you to keep him tapped if you don't feel like attacking that turn... for whatever reason.

July 15, 2017 7:48 p.m.

Bezter says... #5

The5lacker Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely side board it!

July 15, 2017 8:50 p.m.

xrex479 says... #6

Repercussion might be a fun enchantment to use. Get damage through even if they block. What do you think of my creatureless version Zurgo's toolbox of death

August 18, 2017 1:41 p.m.

cleandeceit says... #7

upvote for title

August 31, 2017 8:23 p.m.

Bezter says... #8

cleandeceit Much appreciated!

August 31, 2017 8:49 p.m.

YourBoi-tman says... #9

Upvote for name.

September 25, 2017 5:48 p.m.

ErcMan013 says... #10

Upvote for the Name and Budget. Have you considered Sigarda's Aid?

September 26, 2017 4:18 p.m.

Bezter says... #11

ErcMan013 Thank you so much! I actually just picked one up the other day, gonna put it in soon! Thanks again!

September 26, 2017 4:24 p.m.

gdm1989 says... #12

Beautiful budget deck you got my friend if you do add a expensive card in there add Aggravated Assault.

I think Conqueror's Flail would work in this deck too

October 7, 2017 11:54 p.m.

Bezter says... #13

gdm1989 Thank you!! Yeah, there are a couple big budget cards I could put in, Aggravated Assault is definitely one of them. Thanks for the suggestion!

October 8, 2017 1:28 a.m.

Podkomorka says... #14

Given that it's a boltron deck, this deck has no cEDH viability, which is what the competitive tag is used for.

October 11, 2017 4:23 p.m.

Bezter says... #15

Podkomorka, I honestly don't even remember putting that tag on this deck haha. I'll remove it.

October 11, 2017 4:49 p.m.

Podkomorka says... #16

lol I said Boltron

October 11, 2017 4:50 p.m.

gdm1989 says... #17

congrats on your zurgo deck being rank #1

October 15, 2017 12:26 p.m.

ACDAMAN says... #18

I was looking at this, "Oh cool, #1 Zurgo deck," "Nice, has the folders and everything," "Let's check the pri- 73 DOLLARS HOW!"

Tried playtesting it on untap.in and it went AMAZINGLY! I might even build this deck in paper soon!

October 15, 2017 11:18 p.m.

ACDAMAN says... #19

Love your profile name change too, congrats on upgrading!

October 15, 2017 11:20 p.m.

Bezter says... #20

ACDAMAN Thank you so much man!! I'm glad your playtest went well! :D
I'm proud of how far my budget Zurgo deck has gotten! I love playing budget and saving money, and still being able to compete with other decks. And thanks, Bezter is my username for some other sites and there's a story behind it. Upgrading was fun!

October 16, 2017 8:55 a.m.

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