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Purphoros, God of Tokens (Multiplayer EDH Primer)

Commander / EDH Burn Competitive Control Group Slug Multiplayer Primer



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Want to destroy 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 Krenko, Mob Boss, and he was awesome in Modern format!) But I ended up changing that idea to involve awesome non-Goblins. 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 an Indestructible enchantment first, which protects him from most board wipes and anything targeting creatures.
  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.


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Good evening, everyone. Thanks to some advice from some of you and the people I play EDH with, I realized that I focused to much on sorceries to do my bidding! I have good creatures that can do the job AND add to Purphoros's 2 damage. (Also some of these creatures have great synergy with Panharmonicon and Feldon of the Third Path!)

Devastating Summons-> Wily Goblin

Vandalblast-> Ingot Chewer

Fault Line-> Spitebellows

Yes, some of the creatures may seem expensive, but remember that you will be using their evoke cost of (R) or 1(R)(R). And Wily Goblin will probably be killed off quickly after coming out to make sure I don't have Purphoros's devotion to 5.

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95% Competitive

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Date added 1 year
Last updated 7 hours
Exclude colors WUBG
Splash colors R

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.82
Tokens 1/1 Snake, 1/1 Elemental, 1/1 Goblin, 3/3 Ogre, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 1/1 Thopter, Treasure, 6/6 Dragon, 0/1 Kobold, */* Generic, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 1/1 Elemental Cat, Chandra
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