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Purphoros, God of the Forge
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Purphoros, God of the Forge
- Theros

Reviewed October 11, 2013

Constructed: 4.12
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 4.62

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BMoor

Purphoros, God of the Forge

Indestrucible, and not always a creature. That alone makes it hard to deal with. But being hard to kill doesn't make a card good-- doing big things while it's alive does. The God of the Forge is a free source of extra damage whenever you play a creature (that'll add up, don't kid yourself) and it can pump your team. And as a creature, it's a 6/5-- just small enough to be succeptible to Executioner's Swing and not much else. It hits hard and makes your team hit harder... and rewards you for filling out your team. Purphoros makes the ultimate headliner in a red aggro deck, even more so than Chandra ever has. poor Chandra. :-(

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Purphoros, God of the Forge

The thing about Hephaestus - sorry, Purphoros - and his fellow gods is that they're really multiple cards in one. You know by now how much I like cards like that. There are decks that want Pandemonium-style hard-to-prevent damage, and decks that want massive global power boosts and/or a way to turn a single creature into a must-answer threat. With Purphoros around, any given red deck has the option of doing either or both. And he's even harder to remove permanently than the average planeswalker!

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Purphoros, God of the Forge which is a four mana Red 6/5 Legendary that is Indestructible, requires five or more Red mana symbols in the casting costs of permanents you control to be a creature, and has two effects. The burn whenever a creature enters play is excellent in a token theme and can potentially win games without ever attacking. The Firebreathing effect costs one or two mana more than most in that family, but raising all of your creatures instead of one further supports a token theme and many available combat effects. One of the most playable Legendary creatures printed and will see aggressive play across formats and in competitive settings.

In Limited this is an extremely powerful card that is difficult to deal with aside from keeping devotion and the number of creatures alongside it to a minimum. Even without devotion the two effects are strong in the format as repeatable burn and an effective usage of excess mana or combat power up. If even two creatures enter play after casting this it justifies the four mana casting cost, while everything else it offers increases the advantage. The single Red in the cost and for one activation of the Firebreathing effect allows this to be splashed into other colors, with the only loss being the 6/5 creature aspect. An absolute first pick in Booster, even if out of color as it can be included, and is worth it as both a potential Hate draft and value. In Sealed it is well worth forcing Red into the deck, preferably at a high enough percentage to try for devotion, and should not be sideboarded if at all possible. Ample support is available, with token creation present in and out of color, and can help decide the remainder of the deck.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


Skid Rambo

Purphoros, God of the Forge is a Legendary Enchantment Creature. Of the 5 gods released in Theros, Purphoros appears to be the most popular. That might have something to do with doing 2 Damage to each opponent whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control. This ability is amazing in multiplayer format. The ability is not too shabby in Standard or Limited either. In Casual play Purphoros, God of the Forge is just ridiculous! We all should know by now that the Gods are indestructible. How many of you out there know how hard it is to use the Gods as creatures? Getting and maintaining the required devotion is much harder than it looks. Purphorus has another ability that can be quite useful. For (2)R: creatures you control get +1 +0 until end of turn. I know that the price $$ of Purphoros is dropping but that is misleading. This God is one BAMF and it will only get better!

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 5/5


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