So in trying to make a Zada deck, I accidentally made a Krenko deck. And it's awesome. Why didn't I do this before?

Want to kill someone? Hit them with goblins. Can't attack? Throw goblins at their face. They're hexproof? Just burn everyone. Boardwipe? Make it so goblins dying burns them.

I love how the answer to everything is "goblins".

The deck is pretty linear and doesn't really have a "nice" mode. It's effectively built to do one thing and do it well. I've tuned it for quite a while now. Mono-red has some notable limitations and I'd love to get some more interaction in here, but haven't found a good way to do so.

Suggestions are welcome. Please keep in mind that the bar is going to be pretty high for this deck. While I like "cute", it doesn't have a home here.


I added in a Great Furnace to turn on Inventors' Fair more easily. No other changes for now.

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VietMoneys says... #1

As I said on Reddit, this deck is absolutely awesome.

Is there any reason you don't run Zealous Conscripts? The 2-card combo with Kiki-Jiki is too juciy for me to resist.

January 12, 2017 2:57 a.m.

ComradeJim270 says... #2

I considered it, but decided against it. It's too mana-intensive and it's clunky outside of the combo. Yes it untaps Krenko once or lets me steal someone's commander and sac it, but I simply don't have enough room for another 5-drop. It also isn't a goblin, which means it's very hard to tutor for.

My preferred Kiki combo is with Lightning Crafter and a sac outlet. I can also go infinite with an untap engine, Ashnod's Altar/Mana Echoes and either Siege-Gang Commander or Beetleback Chief (or several other variations of that combo).

One of the things about this deck that is both fun and challenging is that there are many, many different combos. Most of them do the same thing but my solution to mono-red's poor card draw and tutor ability was to run a lot of redundant pieces, and some of them require different lines of play than others.

January 13, 2017 11:32 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #3

Thanks for the response. Well-reasoned, and good food for thought for mine.

January 16, 2017 9:50 a.m.

ameuser says... #4

Consider Donochan's list. With a few minor tweaks, this same list will be run alongside Edric in a 2hg commander tournament in a couple weeks. The list is insanely streamlined, efficient, and fairly resilient (6 counterspells against blue). From my research online, this is kind of the gold standard of krenko as far as I can tell.

January 28, 2017 8:57 p.m.

ComradeJim270 says... #5

Thanks ameuser, I'll check that out. While I'd go with Teferi stax for a tournament environment I'm interested to see other tuned Krenko lists.

January 29, 2017 2:36 a.m.

ameuser says... #6

Sure thing! We wanted to "Be! Aggressive! B--E--aggressive!" for this tournament.

We could have decided on the pretty standard heavy control + fast combo team, but we felt like blowing out some folks with little 1/1s :) plus the draw capabilities are amazing with krenko drawing off goblins dealing combat damage. Brings the combo victory out way more consistently.

January 29, 2017 5:51 a.m.

ComradeJim270 says... #7

It sounds amazing in that context, yes!

January 30, 2017 4:54 a.m.

ameuser says... #8

Indeed, although double edric would be full of lolz as well hehe.

January 31, 2017 11:59 a.m.

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