Monday, February 22, 2016

Standard Commander: Zurgo Helmsmasher

Welcome to Commander Month everyone! Every Monday this month, you'll get to see an EDH deck featuring cards legal in Standard. Each deck will utilize one of the three-color "Khans" from Khans of Tarkir as its Commander and all the cards will come from Standard sets, from Khans of Tarkir to Oath of the Gatewatch.

This week, I present to you a deck featuring Zurgo Helmsmasher.

Zurgo Helmsmasher


x1 Zurgo Helmsmasher

Legendary Creatures (9)

x1 Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
x1 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
x1 Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh
x1 Dragonlord Kolaghan
x1 Drana, Liberator of Malakir
x1 Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury
x1 Kytheon, Hero of Akros
x1 Liliana, Heretical Healer
x1 Zurgo Bellstriker

Creatures (29)

x1 Acid-Spewer Dragon
x1 Akoum Hellkite
x1 Ankle Shanker
x1 Arashin Foremost
x1 Aven Sunstriker
x1 Blood-Chin Rager
x1 Bloodsoaked Champion
x1 Boltwing Marauder
x1 Brutal Hordechief
x1 Chief of the Edge
x1 Chief of the Scale
x1 Dragonmaster Outcast
x1 Graveblade Marauder
x1 Hand of Silumgar
x1 Herald of Dromoka
x1 Hidden Dragonslayer
x1 Lightning Shrieker
x1 Mardu Hateblade
x1 Mardu Hordechief
x1 Mardu Roughrider
x1 Mardu Strike Leader
x1 Noxious Dragon
x1 Shieldhide Dragon
x1 Shockmaw Dragon
x1 Stormwing Dragon
x1 Sunscorch Regent
x1 Thunderbreak Regent
x1 Tyrant of Valakut
x1 Wardscale Dragon

Instants (6)

x1 Collateral Damage
x1 Crackling Doom
x1 Kolaghan's Command
x1 Mardu Charm
x1 Secure the Wastes
x1 Take up Arms

Sorceries (1)

x1 Descent of the Dragons

Enchantments (7)

x1 Citadel Siege
x1 Mardu Ascendancy
x1 Outpost Siege
x1 Palace Siege
x1 Retreat to Emeria
x1 Retreat to Hagra
x1 Retreat to Valakut

Artifacts (8)

x1 Alchemist's Vial
x1 Chitinous Cloak
x1 Dragon Throne of Tarkir
x1 Hero's Blade
x1 Kolaghan Monument
x1 Mardu Banner
x1 Meteorite
x1 Prism Ring

Planeswalkers (4)

x1 Ob Nixilis, Reignited
x1 Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
x1 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
x1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Lands (35)

x1 Battlefield Forge
x1 Blighted Fen
x1 Blighted Gorge
x1 Blighted Steppe
x1 Bloodfell Caves
x1 Bloodstained Mire
x1 Caves of Koilos
x1 Cinder Barrens
x1 Crucible of the Spirit Dragon
x1 Evolving Wilds
x1 Haven of the Spirit Dragon
x1 Needle Spires
x1 Nomad Outpost
x1 Rogue's Passage
x1 Scoured Barrens
x1 Shambling Vent
x1 Smoldering Marsh
x1 Wind-Scarred Crag
x5 Plains
x6 Swamp
x6 Mountain

Brutal Hordechief  Mardu Strike Leader  Secure the Wastes

Unlike previous decks this month, I did not look up Standard decks for ideas. I merged two themes from the Khans of Tarkir block and fit them to the colors of this deck. Due to the amount of support in white and black, I took advantage of the warrior theme and made sure to include plenty of warriors.

Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury  Thunderbreak Regent  Descent of the Dragons

In addition to the W/B warriors theme, I was sure to include Dragons. I felt like Mardu was a good place for a dragon deck and it seems to be pretty good. Overall, it's turned out to be a pretty good deck considering it merges two themes that wouldn't normally fit together and comes back with a deck that works decently well.

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