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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 for your opponents after how badly 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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If you love or hate this deck, let me know! I always appreciate a +1!

This deck will ensure that you do not have too many friends...

Top 3 Purphoros deck on Tapped Out!

Praise be to Purphoros!


Unfortunately, Ixalan did not bring any "must includes" for this deck. If only Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun was a red land!

I am doing some small reworking on the deck with the deck list and primer, so stay tuned for those changes as well as any future updates! (Including foil, full art Goblin tokens, if Unstable is nice to us!)

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AioriaxWingz says... #1

Hi Bro,

First i want to say Thank You for posting this deck and i have been using this deck for a quite long time and this deck is perform so well!! I'm appreciated and hopefully you can continue update the deck in future. xD

Honestly, i didn't own any tappedout account and also never upvote for any deck before, but for this time i'm decide to create a tappedout account just for upvote your deck and hopefully this deck will go back to Top 2 Purphoros EDH deck in Tappedout.

October 23, 2017 2:06 a.m.

freakingShane says... #2

Thank you so much for taking her time to upvote and comment, AioriaxWingz! It really means a lot to me.

I will definitely continue to keep the deck update with only the best cards, and hopefully as a result the deck will be back at the top 2! ;)

Thanks again for stoping by, friend!

October 23, 2017 5:14 p.m.

I'm someone who simply doesn't like playing red, but this deck is so fun!

October 30, 2017 4:03 p.m.

AioriaxWingz says... #4

Hi freakingShane,

I agree with your opinion for Massive Raid, what do you think if i replace it with some others card like:

  1. Zo-Zu the Punisher
  2. Norin the Wary (i know he is not a goblin but the blink ability just work so well with purphoros xD)
  3. Reforge the Soul (help to draw more cards when empty hand/bad hand?)
  4. Goblin Rally (high mana cost but 4 goblin to triggering purphoros groupslug ability and the goblin also can use for blocking or sac for different purpose...)

do you think cards above is a good choices?

And i replace the Smash to Smithereens with Shattering Spree, an instant spell for single target with extra 3 dmg / a sorcery spell can aim for multiple target, which one you prefer?

Thank you & have a Nice Day~

November 2, 2017 5:57 a.m.

freakingShane says... #5

Sorry for the late response, AioriaxWingz!

  1. I think Norin the Wary or Reforge the Soul would both be decent replacements for Massive Raid.

  2. Zo-Zu is not bad, but for 3 CMC his ability is not the best, in my opinion. Goblin Rally used to be in this deck, but it was high in CMC and now that Panharmonicon exists, ETB goblin generators are even better than sorcery generators!

  3. Shattering Spree is not a bad card choice at all. I still prefer Smash because of its instant speed, but really either card can be in that slot and be good!

Thanks, as always, for dropping by and giving some good feedback! :)

November 5, 2017 10:07 a.m.

hookedonkronix says... #6

I just crafted something very similar to this over the weekend, but with subtle differences taking things in a different direction. Feel free to check it out here: Purphoros, God of the Nuke. My deck focuses more on spawning mass tokens as a means to proc Purphoros, than utilizing the goblins themselves. With less control aspects and more speed. You've got a great build here, I'm looking forward to putting mine together and seeing how it functions.

November 13, 2017 10:32 a.m.

hookedonkronix says... #7

After taking an closer look, this deck definitely has me looking some more at cards I initially leaned away from with my deck. Particularly Moggcatcher, there is almost no reason not to play him as a means to cheat out combo goblins. Aside from the fact that he isn't a goblin... Tribal ocd at its worst. Cavern of Souls is definitely a necessity as well with the lack of control that I included in my build. If I had to guess you run into a lot more control in your play groups than I do. I'd love to hear some insight or tweaks you might make on my deck, and what your experiences have been like.

November 13, 2017 11:24 a.m.

freakingShane says... #8

Thanks for dropping by, hookedonkronix!

Yeah, my build is geared towards a pretty controlling meta. I wouldn't really recommend all the anti-control cards like I have unless that is a problem you deal with in your playgroup. (Although both Mogg Catcher and Cavern of Souls are really good!)

I stopped by your deck and suggested just a bit, but if you want any more advice or suggestions feel free to ask. I'm always happy to help!

November 14, 2017 11:32 a.m.

dragon_nin3 says... #9

i would recommend trying to add some of the lands that can cycle, or even Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle for midgame. another answer to colored things might be All Is Dust. you do enough damage that Spinerock Knoll might be good midgame as well. for post combat shenanigans, maybe try adding Neheb, the Eternal? maybe an X spell like Comet Storm?

November 14, 2017 6:14 p.m.

AioriaxWingz says... #10

Imp... Imperial Recruiter!!?? This card cost almost half the whole deck price.. @[email protected] secondary choices..? @[email protected]

Another question, how do you think if put in Sol Ring & Ruby Medallion instead of Desperate Ritual & Pyretic Ritual?

p/s: Winds of Change nice card!!!

November 15, 2017 7:35 a.m.

freakingShane says... #11


I actually used to run Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and Spinerock Knoll a long while ago. I took them out, because in this specific build games don't typically go passed turn 8 or 9, so I needed all of my lands to come in untapped.

As for Neheb, the Eternal, All Is Dust, and Comet Storm, they are all very good cards, but this is an Aggro-Combo deck, and it typically seals out the win on turn 5-8. I really don't worry about true mid- or late game because it really doesn't go that long.

Thank you for all of the suggestions, though! All good cards, but just not ideal for this specific build. :)


Yeah...I added Imperial Recruiter...he is super expensive, but definitely a strong card! If you are looking for a replacement card, I would suggest Tormenting Voice, honestly. Any card that gives you more card draw to help get the combo or needed cards!

As for Sol Ring and Ruby Medallion, I would recommend Sol Ring between the two. Sol Ring is a great replacement for either Desperate Ritual or Pyretic Ritual. I would not recommend Ruby Medallion though, because it is a little too slow for this build.

Thanks for stopping by, man!

November 15, 2017 12:20 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.66
Tokens 1/1 Goblin, 3/3 Golem
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