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Purphoros, Forger of Goblins [[Primer]]

Commander / EDH Aggro Competitive Goblins Mono-Red Primer Tokens




Fire, sparks, wars. Purphoros is fond and familiar with these, and he does not hesitate to send out his massive battalions. This is a very fast and very aggro deck, focusing on killing your opponent(s) through hordes of goblins and Purphoros's rage.

You'll be playing the blues to your opponents after how Purphoros treats them...

The Primer


I am always looking for suggestions, feedback, comments, anything. Keep in mind that this is competitive, so suggest only the best if you think I missed anything.

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Shout out to other priests of Purphoros, AlmightyTentacle and ay.lobo.

Praise be to Purphoros!


Well, the one thing that I wanted C17 to bring didn't happen... Gimme a goblin tribal precon, WotC! Haha. 'Cause goblins obviously need tribal support, right?

Seriously though, C17 did provide a really interesting card that will be tested: Kindred Charge .

Overall a fairly large update is happening here! I added more draw, better control, and more fire. The primer will be updated soon with a more in depth look, so stay tuned!

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delturkoeit says... #1

This deck feels completely different than any other goblin tribal i have seen or played. I'm not very fond of this deck because of how the deck doesn't follow its label and how you are missing staple Goblins from this deck that would do even more damage such as Goblin Rabblemaster and Goblin Wizard.

August 28, 2017 1:44 p.m.

freakingShane says... #2

Thank you for voicing your concerns, delturkoeit, but I do disagree.

As I have 85% of my creature count consisting of goblins, this along with tribal support like Mana Echoes, Door of Destinies, Shared Animosity and so on, is the definition of tribal.

Goblin Wizard actually used to be in the deck, but was taken out because of his high CMC and lack of immediate power (unless he had haste). Goblin Rabblemaster was not a competitive enough selection for this deck because it left my defenses wide open, although the latter two abilities would be fantastic.

Sorry you feel that way, but I do suggest you reconsider your views on this not being a tribal deck solely because it does not include two cards, thanks!

August 28, 2017 5:28 p.m.

Adamaro says... #3

Making this deck, excellent list. Thanks for taking the time to make a primer!

October 4, 2017 1:08 p.m.

freakingShane says... #4

Thanks so much for your comment, Adamaro! I'm happy my primer could be of some use, friend. :)

October 6, 2017 4:41 p.m.

musclebuddy says... #5

Pretty sweet!I love goblin tribals they are great and fun

October 12, 2017 2:37 p.m.

musclebuddy says... #6

Pretty sweet!I love goblin tribals they are great and fun

October 12, 2017 2:37 p.m.

Adamaro says... #7

Quest for Pure Flame and Gamble are working out great from your recent changes. I've been on and off testing kindred charge , but I'm not really liking it. At best it performs as well as Siege-Gang Commander.

My list is currently a 100% match to yours and is running amazing, I've been so tempted to add in Pyroblast due to the amount of blue players I face though.

October 13, 2017 5:24 p.m.

freakingShane says... #8


Thank you, friend! Goblins are definitely fun with all their synergy and diversity, you gotta love them!


I need to edit my update to Ixalan, but you are right. Kindred Charge is too highly costed for a payoff that did not parallel it, unfortunately.

As for adding Pyroblast for your playgroup, I would 100% endorse that! I would say a seamless switch would be Goblin Grenade. As a matter of fact, I may do that as well. Counter magic in red is always good, plus it destroys blue permanents instead of only dealing 5 damage. That's what I have to say about it!

October 14, 2017 10:16 a.m.

Adamaro says... #9

I like your thinking! Would you also run Red Elemental Blast?

October 14, 2017 11:14 a.m.

musclebuddy says... #10

I love putting skullclamp on 1/1 tokens!

Pay 1: draw 2 cards!

October 14, 2017 3:26 p.m.

freakingShane says... #11

Sorry for my late response, guys! Life is busy, lately.


I honestly don't know about Red Elemental Blast. I totally forgot about Pyroblast and how good of an inclusion it would be, especially in cEDH, but at the same time I don't know if we need the redundancy of another one. Redundancy is good, but it depends on what is being repeated.

If it goes in, I think I will take out Reverberate or Massive Raid, probably leaning more towards the latter. Massive Raid never really gets utilized anyway, so Red Elemental Blast is definitely also going to be considered. Thanks again for some good brain picking! :)


Skullclamp is nasty! I almost had a combo going on with it paired with Mana Echoes and Goblin Warrens! I was sacking, floating mana, and drawing cards left and right! I almost milled myself in the process, haha.

October 19, 2017 6:42 p.m.

musclebuddy says... #12


October 22, 2017 3:29 p.m.

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Date added 1 year
Last updated 1 week
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Key combos

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.73
Tokens 1/1 Goblin, 3/3 Golem
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Top rank #10 on 2016-05-27
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Revision 36 (1 month ago)

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