A quick brew I branched off from the mono red deck given in arena, so it is still early in development. Wanted to synergize creatures with 1 power for Cavalcade of Calamity, and noncombat damage for Chandra's Spitfire when they are on the field or spectacle for Light Up the Stage.

One thing on the top of my mind is for something to replace the Burning Prophet. The extra damage and scry for casting noncreature spells is okay for the deck when it goes off. I mainly kept it for now since it can trigger Cavalcade of Calamity, has 3 toughness to block if needed, and the scry with extra damage will still come into play sometimes.

I pulled out high CMC cards for cheaper ones so I could lower the average cmc and reduce the lands in the deck. I put in Pyroclastic Elemental as a mid-late game option since it has decent power, but I can also use the ability to trigger noncombat damage if needed. Tibalt's Rager was a decent 2 cmc for the deck since it normally can trigger Cavalcade of Calamity, and if not I can just pump his attack with the ability. Other than that, I moved around some noncreature spells to focus on direct damage. It has allowed me to help clear the field, burn a player directly to trigger noncombat damage, or just outright kill them.

Maybe board (Will update this in the near future since this has been changing)

Anax, Hardened in the Forge for the 1/1 satyrs it creates when my creatures die since those would stack with Cavalcade of Calamity even though he would not, but being mono red ensures a decent amount of devotion to buff his attack.

Torbran, Thane of Red Fell Just a general good card for mono red with weenies. In an ideal setup would have a power 1 creature like Scorch Spitter attack for 6 (1+2 from ability, then 1+2 for combat damage), on top of Cavalcade of Calamity for another 3 for 9 total damage. I'm low on rare wildcards in arena, but already have 3 paper copies I could use in person.


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Was able to unlock some higher quality cards with arena wildcards to replace some creatures, and dialed down the manabase a bit to compensate for lower average cmc as well.


3x Pyroclastic Elemental While I love the art and flavor text, for the CMC it's a hard sale. Replaced for cheaper creatures that were better for the deck theme.

1x Mountain

Replaced With...

1x Burning Prophet for 3 total. Being power 1 means it will trigger Cavalcade of Calamity, and I can cast my burn spells after declaring attackers to buff and keep that extra damage. The scy has come into great help late game too as it lets me move away excess land from top draw, or when using Light Up the Stage. As a bonus these two cards combo together, since I'll scry 1 and then exile 2 cards after to play. Still tempted to get rid of these if I find a better creature at 1 or less power, but seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel for standard.

3x Torbran, Thane of Red Fell Just too good in a mono red deck not to include. If he is on the field, any of my power 1 creatures become a lot scarier (3 damage). Also if Cavalcade of Calamity is on the field, I can win games outright in the same turn depending on how many power 1 creatures I have on the field and if any are Scorch Spitter


66% Casual

34% Competitive

Date added 1 week
Last updated 3 days

This deck is Standard legal.

Rarity (main - side)

3 - 0 Rares

23 - 0 Uncommons

14 - 0 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.27
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