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In the High City of Paliano, there is a goblin who rules the underground. The council above sends the prisoners to his domain to be locked away forever. They will never be seen or heard from again. The only contact they will have is with the dungeon warden himself. He holds the keys to every lock in Paliano.

When he isn’t locking way wrongdoers, he schemes up ways to overthrow the council. His goal is to gain control of the High City, with the help of his many goblin assassins, and plunge it into chaos. He also wishes to slay his arch rival, Muzzio, Visionary Architect. If he can take down Muzzio, he can take over the entire city. With enough time, he will surely succeed.

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden is a bit of an odd commander. His cellar door-esque ability isn’t a normal design for a creature. You can make him as big as you want, though, which is a huge plus.

It can be hard for any deck to really take advantage of this ability, especially in these colors. While we may not be able to abuse his ability, it can certainty pay off for us in the later stages of the game. He provides a solid mana-sink that lets us grab creatures from out of nowhere.

Let’s take a look at what Grenzo can come up with for us this week.

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He schemes below the city, waiting for his chance to take over Paliano.

Grenzo's Cutthroats (EDH)

Commander (1)
Grenzo, Dungeon Warden
Lands (35)
Auntie’s Hovel
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Cavern of Souls
Command Tower
Dragonskull Summit
Graven Cairns
16 Mountain
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep
Shizo, Death’s Storehouse
Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Creatures (20)
Adaptive Automaton
Battle Squadron
Beetleback Chief
Bloodmark Mentor
Boggart Harbinger
Boggart Mob
Frogtosser Banneret
Gempalm Incinerator
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Guide
Goblin King
Goblin Lackey
Goblin Marshal
Goblin Matron
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Recruiter
Goblin Ringleader
Goblin Ruinblaster
Goblin Sharpshooter
Creatures (cont.) (22)
Goblin Warchief
Goblin Wardriver
Goblin Wizard
Horde of Boggarts
Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician
Jeering Instigator
Knucklebone Witch
Krenko, Mob Boss
Legion Loyalist
Lightning Crafter
Mad Auntie
Mogg War Marshal
Moggcatcher
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Reckless One
Siege-Gang Commander
Skirk Drill Sergeant
Skirk Prospector
Tuktuk Scrapper
Tuktuk the Explorer
Warren Instigator
Wort, Boggart Auntie
Instants (5)
Doom Blade
Hero’s Downfall
Lightning Bolt
Tarfire
Terminate

Sorceries (7)
Demonic Tutor
Dreadbore
Fodder Launch
Gamble
Mizzium Mortars
Patriarch’s Bidding
Warren Weirding
Enchantments (5)
Goblin Warrens
Phyrexian Arena
Quest for the Goblin Lord
Shared Animosity
Sulfuric Vortex

Artifacts (4)
Lightning Greaves
Obelisk of Urd
Reito Lantern
Sol Ring

Planeswalkers (1)
Chandra, Pyromaster

This deck is meant to kill your opponent as fast as possible. Its low curve allows you to get ahead of your opponent and apply as much pressure as possible right from the start.

Many of these creatues either buff your team, apply tons of pressure, or search for more goblins. Grenzo acts as a huge finisher and can also find some creatures from the bottom of the deck with his ability. With Reito Lantern out, he just turns into Zombify on a stick. The amount of synergy and sheer aggression that this deck can put out will crush most opponents before they made any meaningful play. Pumping out threats consistently and turning creatures sideways is the name of the game, and Grenzo is happy to provide everything you might need to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

This deck does have an issue when it comes to the late game.

Since your creatures are much smaller then most, they will become outclassed the longer the game goes. You can remedy this by simply just going wide. You can produce as many goblin tokens as you can count with Beetleback Chief, Goblin Marshal, Krenko, Mob Boss, Mogg War Marshal, and Siege-Gang Commander. Krenko can get out of hand quickly if left unchecked. He is usually the main way of winning in this deck besides just beating your opponent to death with all of your 1/1s and 2/2s.

When building this deck, I grouped up what type of goblins I wanted into different classes. There are four classes of goblins in this deck.

  1. There are the lords which give your team some type of buff, whether it be giving them +1/+1 or first strike. Cards like Goblin King, Bloodmark Mentor, and Goblin Warchief fall here.
  2. Then there are the tutors, which search up any goblin that you need at the time. Goblin Recruiter, Goblin Ringleader, and Moggcatcher will get the job done for us.
  3. Then there are the beaters, which are only there to beat your opponent senseless. Creatures like Mogg War Marshal, Battle Squadron, Goblin Guide, Goblin Lackey and Beetleback Chief are here to put the hurt on your opponent.
  4. The last class is called support. These cards don’t search up goblins, but merely keep them going by bringing them back or protecting them. Goblin Wizard, Mad Auntie, and Wort, Boggart Auntie tend to fall in this category.

If a goblin did not fall into one of these four classes, then it didn’t make it into the deck. Cards that can fit into these categories will provide the most synergy and will work together to crush your opponent better than most.

While testing this deck, there were a few cards that were in here that ended up not making the cut. The big ones that I ended up cutting are Goblin Rabblemaster and Coat of Arms. Goblin Rabblemaster may seem like an auto-include for a deck like this, but it does not play nice in an all-goblins strategy. While you almost always will be attacking, there are times when you have to hold your creatures back. Suiciding my lords into my opponents creatures almost always ended up in a loss. The card just doesn’t play well with other goblins.

Coat of Arms ended up being cut because I found that Obelisk of Urd ended up being simply better in most cases. I was able to get it out earlier than Coat of Arms and it still provided basically the same effect, so I ended up choosing the Obelisk over it.

This deck is for anybody that likes a tribal theme, or just wants a hyper aggressive EDH deck. This deck is great at punishing any player that stumbles, which is an all-too-common thing in this format. Any opponent whose deck takes some time to set up shop will have a difficult time dealing with the pressure this deck can provide in an instant. If you like turning creatures sideways and racing your opponent, this is the deck for you.

Thank you for checking out this week’s Commander Corner. If you have any suggestions for a commander you want to be featured in a future article, let me know in the comments below. Next week, we go bigger. Much bigger. See you next time, my friends.

-Steven Gulsby

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