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Purphoros, God of Tokens (Multiplayer EDH Primer)

Commander / EDH Aggro Burn Competitive Mono-Red Primer Tokens



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 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.


After many more games and getting more comfortable with Purphoros, I find that there were cards that were slowing the deck down. Changes made:


Browbeat/Mind Stone

Goblin Tinkerer/Vandalblast

Goblin Rally/Pia and Kiran Nalaar

Goblin Marshal/Outpost Siege

Descent of the Dragons/Statutory

Goblin Matron/Fault Line

I've sadly come to realize that it's not as goblin themed as before, with only 5 goblin cards remaining. (Going to have to figure out a new title without Krenko, yikes.) But this deck is better overcoming it's weaknesses and has more control than thought possible.

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ay.lobo says... #1

Hybrow, hey. That's a good idea. I'm thinking of possibly replacing Reforge the Soul for it.

June 16, 2017 3:13 p.m.

Archomental says... #2

Hey ay.lobo! I came to Tappedout tonight looking for Neheb concepts and found this instead! Brilliant deck construction, but I was having a thought - why not include Braid of Fire in this? Seems an obvious and simple way to get boatloads of free mana each turn.

June 25, 2017 1:58 a.m.

Archomental says... #3

Oh, sorry, to clarify I'd perhaps remove Generator Servant or Coldsteel Heart for the Braid of Fire

June 25, 2017 2:01 a.m.

ay.lobo says... #4

Hey Archomental! I considered Braid of Fire a while ago, because it seemed like a good way to get so many spells out with it late game. The problem with this card is that the mana disappears by the end of upkeep. This card would be amazing for instant spells and abilities that can be done at instant speed, but otherwise it won't help out cards like Snake Basket. Which would be super awesome if it did!

June 25, 2017 12:45 p.m.

Archomental says... #5

Makes sense! With only 7 instants as well, not too much use. Fair enough.

June 25, 2017 1:14 p.m.

ay.lobo says... #6

It would definitely be awesome in a neheb-burn deck, though. Thinking about free Lightning Bolt or Pulse of the Forge or even Comet Storm in that deck would be cool.

June 25, 2017 2:19 p.m.

You desperately need Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

July 2, 2017 9:55 p.m.

ay.lobo says... #9

Hey, Its_Johnny_Bravo. I used to have Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker when I first started with this deck a while ago. The issue I ended up with is that I hardly have more than 7-8 creatures that I can use with him (non-legendary creature), and Kiki-Jiki would be sitting in my hand. Without running infinite combos, it makes it difficult to run Kiki-Jiki.

July 3, 2017 10:41 p.m.

ragecat says... #10

No Mana Vault or Grim Monolith? I feel like all the fast mana is required to get P out as fast as possible

July 15, 2017 11:48 p.m.

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Date added 1 year
Last updated 5 days
Exclude colors WUBG
Splash colors R

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.66
Tokens 1/1 Snake, 1/1 Elemental, 1/1 Goblin, 3/3 Ogre, 1/1 Thopter, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn, 6/6 Dragon, 0/1 Kobold, */* Generic, 1/1 Eldrazi Scion, 1/1 Elemental Cat, Chandra
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Top rank #4 on 2017-03-22
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Revision 91 (3 weeks ago)

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