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Standard Artisan – Festival of the Gods: Fires of Purphoros Event Guide and Decklists

Over the next five weeks, we will be celebrating the Festival of the Gods, each with their unique format and Showcase Card Style rewards to match! This week’s event is the return of Standard Artisan, where we can build decks only with commons and uncommons. Luckily, you only need three wins for all the rewards and we have a few decks to share with you today, that you can use to grab the required wins and play further for fun. Click here to skip straight to the decklists!

Event Details


Honor the God of the Forge in this week’s Festival of the Gods event by fashioning an Artisan-style Standard deck consisting only of common and uncommon cards. Make Purphoros proud by raining fire and fury upon the unbelievers!

The following cards are banned:

– Persistent Petitioners
– Cauldron Familiar
– Cavalcade of Calamity
– Gates Ablaze

Purphoros’s areas of influence include the forge, the restless earth, fire artisans, obsession, and the cycle of creation and destruction. With his mighty hammer, he can melt the earth with a strike and create life from the sparks themselves.

  • Duration: February 22 2020 at 8:00 AM PST – February 25 at 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Standard Artisan
  • Entry Fee: 2500 Gold or 500 Gems
  • Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past three wins.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Event Rewards

To clarify, you do not have to re-enter the event and you only have to pay the entry fee once. There is no limit on the number of losses (or victories). Play as much as you want for the duration of the event.

  • 1 Win: Klothys, God of Destiny Showcase card style
  • 2 Wins: Anax, Hardened in the Forge Showcase card style
  • 3 Wins: Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded Showcase card style

Our Best Standard Artisan Decklists

Firstly, we recommend you check out our recently updated budget deck line up if you have not already. These decks utilize only commons and uncommons (except for one deck) – which is perfect for this event! Do keep in mind that you cannot use all of the decks there. For example, the Rakdos Sacrifice deck (Cauldron Familiar is banned), the Mono Red Cavalcade deck (Cavalcade of Calamity is banned), the Simic Flash deck (can replace Nightpack Ambusher with something else) or the Dimir Control deck (has some rares that already come with starter decks). Everything else should be good to go!

We also have a special section for our Artisan decks (both Historic and Standard), which obviously overlaps with the budget decks above, except they are primarily for best-of-one play and do not necessarily aim to be competitive, but more fun. We’ve given them a fresh new update for Theros Beyond Death as well, so be sure to check them out below!

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Wrapping Up

Thanks for reading as always, and next week same time, we’ll be back with Festival of the Gods: Nylea’s Call of the Wild – Giant Monsters. This is another returning format where each player gets an Emblem that allows you to draw a card whenever you cast a creature spell with converted mana cost of four or greater!

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