Grenzo, Dungeon Warden Primer

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden

 

Why play Grenzo? 

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden is a (X) (B) (R) Goblin Rogue with two abilities.

His first ability is an enter the battlefield ability that states:

“Grenzo, Dungeon Warden enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it. “

His second ability is an activated ability for (2) which states:

Put the bottom card of your library into your graveyard. If it’s a creature card with power less than or equal to Grenzo’s power, put it onto the battlefield.

Grenzo’s abilities and tribal identity offer a few different ways to build around him.

1. The first is obviously a goblin tribal (since those red bastards tend to stick together).

2. Voltron, this general with enough mana can become huge when cast and can just decimate the field under the right conditions.

3.  Re-animator style with creatures coming into play from the graveyard and possibly casting your whole deck once achieving infinite mana.

You will like Grenzo if: 

• You are looking for some level of randomness in your gameplay.

• You enjoy graveyard strategies.

• You enjoy possible tribal decks.

You will not like Grenzo if: 

• Your meta includes a good deal of graveyard hate.

• Your meta has a good deal of lockout.

• You don’t like the idea of combo’n out.

Why play combo Grenzo? 

I believe that EDH games should end at some point and having combos in the deck ensure that fact.

When it comes to Grenzo, what you are looking for in combos are Infinite Mana Combos.

The reason for the infinite mana combos are to abuse both Grenzo’s first and second abilities.

Possible Infinite Mana Combo:

Voltaic Construct + Toymaker + Dreamstone Hedron = Infinite colorless mana.

Voltaic Construct + Toymaker + Thran Dynamo = Infinite colorless mana.

Voltaic Construct + Toymaker + Gilded Lotus = Infinite colored mana.

Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth = Infinite colorless mana.

Magus of the Coffers + Umbral Mantle = Infinite black mana.

Necrotic Ooze + Umbral Mantle + Magus of the coffers (in the grave) = Infinite black mana.

Large Mana Generators: 

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Cabal Coffers

Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothCabal Coffers + Deserted Temple

Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothCabal Coffers + Lake of the Dead

Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothCabal Coffers + Deserted TempleLake of the Dead

Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothMagus of the Coffers

Crypt Ghast

 

Building the Deck: 

When it comes to Grenzo, you want to have a good deal of creatures in your deck.

Creatures that are game changers and can turn the outcome of the game in your favor.

Creatures like:

Sheoldred, Whispering One   Wurmcoil Engine   Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

Rune-Scarred Demon   Blightsteel Colossus   Bogardan Hellkite

You also need some utility creatures, creatures that add value.

A great addition to this deck would be:

Flayer of the Hatebound

Flayer makes everything coming into play more valuable, it can damage a single opponent or an opponent’s creature.

Another great add on to a Grenzo deck is:

Purphoros, God of the Forge

Purphoros not only hurts each opponent every time a creature comes into play but it can also utilize the infinite mana combinations to make Grenzo’s army HUGE.

Its not all about creatures: 

Grenzo isn’t all about creatures, its about utilizing the infinite mana combos.

Cards like Exsanguinate can be a potential win condition when powered up by infinite mana, Banefire can also do the trick.

Exsanguinate   Banefire

Other cards to consider when building around Grenzo could include:

Reito Lantern

Reito Lantern can take creatures that are killed on the battlefield and put them on the bottom of your library (just where Grenzo wants them).

 Ashnod Altar

Ashnod’s Alter has an interesting interaction with Grenzo…

So lets say you have Grenzo in play with Ashnod’s Alter.

You just payed two and got a creature that you really didn’t want off the bottom of your library.

You can then sac that creature and then use the two mana to put towards Grenzo’s second ability and put another card from the bottom of your library into play (assuming it’s a creature).

Knowing Whats On Bottom: 

Setting up cards to be on the bottom can be the ultimate setup with Grenzo.

Cards that Scry allow you to take the cards you want and place them on the bottom of library, cards like:

Temple of Malice   Viscera Seer   Fated Return

I especially like Fated Return for graveyard recursion as it makes an indestructible creature and I can scry 2.

In conclusion: 

Grenzo makes an awesome EDH General and can provide some great fun when paired up with the right cards.

I would love to see you all deck lists and your suggestions for future primers.

Please leave your comments below.

Author: Chris Stephen

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