Zurgo Helmsmasher

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Mythic Rare
Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning (DDN) Mythic Rare

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Zurgo Helmsmasher

Creature — Orc Warrior

Haste

Zurgo Helmsmasher attacks each turn if able.

Zurgo Helmsmasher has indestructible as long as it's your turn.

Whenever a creature dealt damage by Zurgo Helmsmasher this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Zurgo Helmsmasher.

Zurgo Helmsmasher Discussion

TypicalTimmy on How to build better decks

1 week ago

Also, try to find cards that can fulfill as many roles as possible.

For example, if you are running a Dragon deck, Scourge of Valkas functions as both a Dragon and a removal engine.

Another example is Eldrazi Monument . If you are looking for anthems and protection, this card does both.

It is important to also ask yourself what is the honest role of your Commander.

Some Commanders drive the deck. All 99 cards should focus around them being on the board and working toward an end goal. For instance, Zurgo Helmsmasher and Ruhan of the Fomori both want nothing more than to attack each and every turn. This means they are PERFECT Voltron Commanders. A deck should be focused on draw, equipment, protection, and ramp.

Yet, Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale also works as a supremely powerful Voltron Commander as she can bypass equip costs and comes with two powerful combat tricks already tacked onto her. But she's also a solid Tribal Commander because she has a built in draw engine as well. This means a Syr Gwyn deck should strike a balance between equipment and Knight tribal. As a result, equipment that cares about tribal synergy is strong here, such as Dragon Throne of Tarkir and Stoneforge Masterwork .

Then we get to Lathliss, Dragon Queen . She wants as many Dragons hitting the battlefield as often as possible. For a deck running her, you may want to cut back on disruption and go more for pure assault. Ramp and draw take precedence over disruption and protection. For her, Scourge of Valkas , Dragon Tempest , Impact Tremors , Purphoros, God of the Forge , Warstorm Surge , Sarkhan the Masterless , Electropotence and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle all slot in perfectly as disruption.

The #1 main thing you should focus on is understanding WHAT your Commander WANTS to do. Then ask yourself;

  • Does the deck function without them on the battlefield?
  • If no, layer in protection and ramp to keep them out.
  • If yes, layer in synergy and draw to keep your boardstate growing.

dbpunk on Friend in need

1 month ago

Here's a question: what colors do they already play?

Also, I've had the same issue with my mom (since I play with her and she doesn't like complicated multicard interactions, generally the decks I build are simple enough for her to understand but strong enough to compete) and generally the commanders that I've noticed work best for commanders are the big legends from RTR block ( Isperia, Supreme Judge , Lazav, Dimir Mastermind , Rakdos the Defiler , Borborygmos Enraged , Trostani, Selesnya's Voice , Obzedat, Ghost Council , Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , Prime Speaker Zegana , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , Aurelia, The War Leader) or the first legendary from each of the tricolor decks ( Rafiq of the Many , Sharuum the Hegemon , Sedris, the Traitor King , Kresh the Bloodbraided , Mayael the Anima , Zurgo Helmsmasher , Anafenza, the Foremost , Sidisi, Brood Tyrant , Surrak Dragonclaw , Narset, Enlightened Master ).

None of them are horribly expensive, and you can build fun decks using any of them using simple strategies but the nice thing about them is that you can slowly build them up into better and better decks over time if you like playing them.

SP3CTR3_chelts on Best Mono-G CMDR for "Impurity" ...

2 months ago

Hey still happy to help :) bant wise i think the two commanders need different decks pick a commander and make a deck do not just swap in different commanders for the same one. Tuvasa is more lots of enchantments and enchanters (when you cast an enchantment draw a card) then win through pure card advantage and heavily enchanted creatures. rafiq is all about the aggression he wants to win early. When you have decided which I will make recommendations.

IMHO equipment matters decks need 4 things, white, red, aggression and a protective/ed commander. this is why i believe Zurgo Helmsmasher , Narset, Enlightened Master , Tajic, Blade of the Legion are much better suited to this kind of deck. as i belive equipment matters decks are still effectively voltron builds swapping out xantcha to mogis swapps it away from politics and more to hurting everyone (the mogis deck in our playgroup is called General. Pain)

Yesterday on Is combat damage still dealt ...

2 months ago

I was playing MTGO versus a Zurgo Helmsmasher Voltron deck. The Zurgo opponent had a Sword of Feast and Famine equipped to their commander and an Aggravated Assault , and was tapped out and swinging into me. Both I and the third player had no blockers.

'Strategically surrendering' is dumb and I hate it, but usually in my playgroups we have a caveat for an in-game way to kill yourself if you can. I had a Necropotence in play and paid all of my life into it to attempt to give the other remaining player a turn to come up with an answer. I lost the game before Zurgo could connect with me.

And then Zurgo connected with me anyway, and even though I was removed from the game my Commander damage total went up, and the Zurgo opponent's Sword triggered to untap their lands and they went on to win that turn.

Is this an intended part of the rules? If so, does this also occur for effects like Lifelink? Does this still happen if the player in my position spite-scoops?

Chhris on Creamy Cheese

5 months ago

I like this deck as one paper it just appears to be a strong collection of Mardu goodstuff type cards. In which case it needs more Zurgo Helmsmasher as he is the OG Mardu. I would even consider him as your commander.

I also strongly reccomend cutting your list down to 100 cards. It will speed up your strategy and eliminate redundancy. I also reccomend increasing your land package up to maybe 35-36 lands as 25% of your deck is CMC 5》 and your colour combination as little access to ramp outside of Smothering Tithe which I deeply reccomend you add.

If you're looking for stuff to cut, the signets and charms are relatively slow mana accelerants : determine which of them you NEED to cover gaps in your land base, and remove the rest.

maddog7572 on All Men Must Die (G.O.T. themed)

5 months ago

I'm sorry but come on, Zurgo Helmsmasher as Khal drogo? Like leader of the horde type shit

RavnicaCommanders on Scarabs U/B Zombies

5 months ago

So first off I just want to say sorry if you have a budget and I recommend some cards outside of price range, but here are some suggestions from me:

Cards to take out

  1. Murder I get that you say that there aren't many planeswalkers in your meta, but sometimes just having the option to hit them on a card that is the same mana cost and does everything else Murder does is just a better option like Hero's Downfall or like you said you fight voltron decks like Zurgo Helmsmasher a card like Vraska's Contempt is a better removal card as it exiles or only one more colorless mana.
  2. Isareth the Awakener while she is a reanimator, she also exiles the cards when they leave the battlefield which can hurt if you reanimate something you don't want to lose.
  3. Lotleth Giant - sounds like a good card when you first look at it but it requires set up and costs 7 mana. Not ideal.
  4. Necrotic Wound - same with the Lotleth Giant , it takes too much set up and there are better spot removal or board wipes
  5. Open the Graves now here me out on this one, this card is really good in a deck that wants to sacrifice their own creatures, but this looks to be more token focused which means that majority of your creatures that die don't have Open the Graves to trigger.
  6. Bontu's Monument it is a good card but it looks like you are going to try and cast more non-creature spells than creature spells
  7. What to put in?

    So what do we put in? We have a few options based on what you like:
  8. Board wipes like Life's Finale or if you wanna get expensive Damnation
  9. Paradox Haze this card is a fun one of mine as it allows The Scarab God to have his beginning of upkeep trigger twice dealing hefty damage.
  10. Phyrexian Altar this card can win as it gives you deck infinite combos with Gravecrawler if you want the deck to go into that direction
  11. Tutors Tutors Tutors! cards like Sidisi, Undead Vizier or Diabolic Tutor are always musts in black decks as it can help you find answers or wincons when the situation calls for it.
  12. These are just a few ideas I have! If you want any more ideas please let me know!

ZendikariWol on The Legend of Saskia

6 months ago

Name suggestions:

Like Sisay, but More Colors

Back in My Day They Were Just Creatures!

Those Who Forget History are Doomed to Lose to it.

RIP Kamigawa (Legend Tribal)

Saskia: the Stuff of Legends

Big Sassy's Legendary Horde (note: Big Sassy as a nickname for Saskia can be used in any of these names)

Legendary Night at Saskia's Bar

History Has its Eyes on You (it's a musical reference, if you don't get it)

That's all I got for names- this one was tough! Now, suggestions:

Adun Oakenshield is okay recursion, Anafenza, the Foremost is a good body, Captain Lannery Storm is good ramp, Dosan the Falling Leaf is good against control, Grand Warlord Radha is great ramp, Hua Tuo, Honored Physician is good recursion, Isamaru, Hound of Konda is a gud boi (and a one-drop), Kambal, Consul of Allocation is good taxation without representation, Karador, Ghost Chieftain is SICK and also very flavorfully appropriate for this deck, Kothophed, Soul Hoarder is great draw, Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip is a good body, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist is good protection, Ravos, Soultender is good recursion, Rhonas the Indomitable is good but you'll have to see if you like God-Eternal Rhonas better (I like OG Rhonas better unless your repeating God-Eternal's ETB), Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper is good block deterrence, one of the Tajics ( Tajic, Blade of the Legion or Tajic, Legion's Edge ), both are good bodies, Tana, the Bloodsower is good body + chump blockers, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is good recursion, Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor is good fun, and Zurgo Helmsmasher is a surprisingly fun political piece.

Also, I'd really recommend you include planeswalkers, and also you're running two Selvalas and two Odrics.

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