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Purphoros and Krenko (Multiplayer EDH Primer)

Commander / EDH Aggro Burn Competitive Group Slug Primer Tokens



Want to destroy your all of your opponents quickly and simultaneously without attacking? With tokens, here's how.

I decided to do a spawn-the-field (with a small Goblin theme) Commander deck, because no one wanted to play with my Modern Goblin deck. (Also, I really love Goblin Lackey, and he was untouchable before when I stayed in the Standard/Modern formats!) Yes, there are creature cards of all sorts that bring out more than just Goblins, but they are the best within the Red color format that keeps this deck alive and kicking (hard!) not just in 1v1 games, but also within multiplayer games!

After lots of research, testing, and changes, this whole thing is finally a good Purphoros EDH primer to start with. This is a very competitive Purphoros deck, and there's been lots of changes to make this deck last longer, protect itself from disruptions, and covers its weaknesses. It's a pretty fun deck to play. Best thing about this super simple deck is that new EDH players can use it easily and rack up some wins, too!

To begin with, Purphoros is used as the commander instead of Krenko, because of a few reasons:

  1. He can attack several opponents at once with his ability just by sitting there as an indestructible enchantment. Literal God status.
  2. You can tutor for Krenko with multiple cards ("target Goblin card", etc), but you can't tutor for Purphoros with pure red decks.
  3. He is Indestructible, which protects him from most board wipes and Deathtouch and the like.
  4. Speeds up the game. Seriously, a Commander that deals 2 DMG to every opponent for every creature will speed up games like nothing you've seen before.
  5. Planeswalker annihilator. His ability can be redirected to a planeswalker that player controls. Goodbye, pesky super friends Atraxa, Praetors' Voice Decks.

What makes this deck good? Several points:

1. It's Cheap Show

2. Deck Cycling/Drawing/Tutoring Show

3. (Unexpectedly Great) Mana Ramp Show

4. Control Show

5. Destruction Show

How to Play: Show

Speeds up WinCon: Show

Infinite Combos and Other Win Conditions Show

Cards that didn't make the cut (and why): Show

Modest Budget? Substitute! Show

I'm always looking forward to any comments and/or improvements. Please also suggest what to exchange for said improvements. I enjoy any suggestions, and I try to put much thought about them. I tend to update often thanks to good reminders. If you like any of my decks, don't forget to give ol' Lobo here some love.


I finally won a mass snow-covered mountain lot on eBay! $40 for 28 lands is a huge feat. Going to add them in the list as soon as I received them. Lots of changes underway with it:

Out: 26 basic mountains/ In: 26 snow-covered mountains

Out: Fire Diamond/ In: Coldsteel Heart

With a heavy heart, I finally took out the Hanweir Melding cards (Hanweir Garrison & Hanweir Battlements). The card was only useful when attacking, which didn't help with the theme of the deck. Also a melding cost of 5 offset the tempo. Good card, but not with Purphoros.

Out: Hanweir Battlements/ In: Scrying Sheets

Out: Hanweir Garrison/ In: Goblin Tinkerer (more artifact hate, and he's a goblin/creature)

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DrValium says... #1


Fantastic deck. Have you considered Fiery Gambit

March 13, 2017 2:48 a.m.

ay.lobo says... #2

Hey, maddoxmtg. I'm kind of with Hybrow on this. Emrakul's Hatcher is a good card to have in this deck, at least for the ETB effect to add tokens. Hmm, those two goblin-mana ramp cards are great if I do add Pentavus...

Hybrow, I'm probably not going to add Pentavus in the deck. Simply for the fact that i already have a good amount of token creatures. Also, if I add that card, I'd have to replace a card of about equal mana, and that would be replacing my ETB draw power dragon. However, I have added your recommendation to the description in the "modest budget" section, because it's a great card. Hellion Eruption is a great card, but I decided against that a while ago. Mogg Infestation and Descent of the Dragons are the mass creature transformation I stuck with in the end.

Hey, DrValium. Fiery Gambit is a pretty interesting card. Straight up damage if I feel lucky. Hmm, I don't think I would be able to use this card. The only gambling I would consider in this deck is Gamble and that's a scary card too. Honesty, the whole deck is a pretty fun gamble, not really an opportunity to tutor for that card you need and all.

Thank you guys. Good thoughts, Good advices, and a great way for me to start the day.

March 13, 2017 8:02 a.m.

ay.lobo says... #3

I agree, Hybrow. The first time I used Norin the Wary, I played in a pod of 4. He was my only guy out with Purphoros, and essentially, I won the game with just him! Haha, fun guy.

March 13, 2017 8:04 a.m.

Hybrow says... #4

Played my The Fat Red Line last night.. and got out both Panharmonicon and Curse of Bloodletting on one player.. so each drop was doing 4 damage to each person and 8 damage to one special person.. Was great. Curse is nice for that guy who is playing a life gain deck and needs a little extra damage.

March 18, 2017 2:13 p.m.

ay.lobo says... #5

Nice! I myself use the Quest for Pure Flame. I used to use Curse of Bloodletting, but it was too singular, it only targeted one opponent. So I switched to the cheaper guy that lets me choose when to use it to annihilate the whole board together for just .

March 18, 2017 9:08 p.m.

master274 says... #6



March 19, 2017 5:34 p.m.

ay.lobo says... #7

Hi again, master274. I'm not sure what you were asking about in your last comment. Could you clarify?

March 20, 2017 1 p.m.

master274 says... #8

1v1 means do you wanna put your deck vs mine?

March 20, 2017 11:43 p.m.

ay.lobo says... #10

master274. Ah, If you want us to compare decks, that was an unusual way of asking.

Where Krenko decks tend to be speedy and death by goblin tokens in some fashion, Purphoros is consistent and uses all kinds of tokens.

In terms of threats, Krenko and Purphoros are both big threats. Difference is that Krenko is easily killed, Purphoros as an indestructible enchantment, not so easy to kill.

Krenko decks have an anthem theme to them (spawn tribal tokens, make them huge!) which makes them stuck from things like Ghostly Prison or Dueling Grounds. Purphoros decks focuses on Purphoros' ETB ability which makes decks have a weakness against Torpor Orb.

In terms of durability and versatility, I would still stay with a Purphoros deck. A 4 pod game I played last Sunday included many board wipes and destruction. Nevinyrral's Disk was even used twice. I had to kill my Krenko with the rest of the board. It was a long game (turn 13), versus Odric, Wanderer Maelstrom, and Oloro decks, yet Purphoros endured until the end and won. Oh, and it was fun!

Anyways, yeah, those are my thoughts when comparing Krenko to Purphoros. Not necessarily our decks, but a general comparison.

March 21, 2017 8:04 a.m.

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