What about Frostburn Weird ? Solid red devotion and has the ability to be a real threat. I feel like for a 2 drop it's more worth it than Firefist Striker . I'd say cut a Purphoros, God of the Forge and the Firefist Striker and put in 3 Frostburn Weird and 2 Hammer of Purphoros . Rakdos Cackler is a pretty good one drop so I wouldn't drop them.
That's just my opinion though and I'm pretty new to Magic so I may be way off base. But so as you see fit and make sure you test.
Cut Chandra, Purphoros, and your scry lands.Go to 22 lands, 20 mountain and 2 Nykthos. Frostburn Weird in the sideboard, not main.
You want to get 4 Madcap Skills in there, 3 Legion Loyalists, and 2 Mizzium Mortars.
The reasoning is that the Chandra Scry trick is too expensive and too lategame and too combo-oriented to actually be good in this deck. You want them dead or near dead faster than Chandra scrying up a Purphoros/Hammer/Whatever will do.
Purphoros is something that realistically, if you end up getting him to be a creature, they're already dead because they aren't killing your stuff. By the time you can drop him you should already be out of cards so his little burn for dropping creatures won't matter so much. You're looking for the big finish with a Fanatic.
Frostburn Weird takes mana to make him good for swinging. Mainly you side him in against your mirror match because he's a fatter body than they can get past.
Loyalist's battalion is as good or better than the firefist striker, he makes it REALLY hard to block you when you have first strike on everything, trample, AND can't be blocked by pesky Elspeth/Call of the Conclave/Advent of the Wurm tokens. Also, he's already swinging by turn 1, and helps to trigger the Firefist Striker's battalion as well.
Think of Madcap Skills like a better burn spell that can only be used on their health. It is at least doing 3 damage to them, as well as the damage of the creature you enchanted that wouldn't have been able to swing otherwise. Sure they'll try their hardest to get rid of your enchanted creature, but if it's already gotten damage through, it's done it's job. And if you put it on the Phoenix, it's nearly guaranteed to get damage through and when they kill the phoenix, you can still get it back with a lightning strike.
Lastly, Mizzium Mortars is your only answer for when things go terribly wrong. If they drop a blood baron or a stormbreath dragon or a Kalonian Hydra etc etc, it's your one and only answer to stop them from stabilizing.
@The_Bard: I was using Chandra's +1 Ability and the 0 was only when I had field advantage, Extra land or the Scry trick
Don't remove Nykthos. That card is unreal in any devotion deck. It's almost always worth it
despite what most people this Tajic, Blade of the Legion does surprisingly well well in my mono red deck. hear me out yeah it takes away one devotion but when you swing you have a 7/7 indestructible guy for 4 mana
@brandontucker123: Tajic, Blade of the Legion is a great card but I will have to shift the mana base around just to run him since he needs one white mana to cast him. Thanks for the Idea though and by the way what is your land base for your mono red deck?
Need help in trying to find out what to take out for Madcap Skills at least 3 of them.
I would say don't actually use Madcap skills unless the people you play against don't run a lot of removal. If you slap on a Madcap skills on anything but Purphoros, it'll just be asking for a 2-for-1 on yourself. If you really wanted to put it in, I guess you could try it instead of the Firefist Striker
s since the required double block means it has pseudo evasion (since adding 3 power to almost anything in the deck means that it should be able to kill the tougher blocker, if not both).
Also, how's the scry lands been working out for you? I would opt to drop them in favor of just basic mountains or a mountain and an additional Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx since they don't come in tapped.
Lastly, if you're not running Purphoros main board, what are you boarding him in against? If they're killing you faster, you don't want something that comes in and isn't a creature, and if they're controlling you, you'll never get the devotion you need anyway. So I would either run the 2 of them main board and bump the 2 Mizzium Mortars you have main board to the sideboard, or just drop them in favor of more Pithing Needle s or Burning Earth s
@ tntturtle5 : I haven't change the side deck list yet, but originally Purphoros, God of the Forge was for control or slow tempo decks since Purphoros, God of the Forge can still deal 2 damage to them when a creature enters the battle field. Madcap Skills might go in side deck for when I go against an aggro or fast tempo deck. The scry lands help me set up my draws so I don't get Mana flooded or Starved. Mizzium Mortars are Main Board are for cards that cause this deck some problems like Blood Baron of Vizkopa and Kalonian Hydra . Pithing Needle will usually be for control decks and there planeswalkers while Burning Earth is for multi-color decks. I been thinking of adding some Mutavault to the main deck. Thanks for the Suggestion.
Deck been updated to a Midrange build with 2 Mutavault main deck
I would actually consider having a single Hammer or maybe both Hammers main board to mitigate your mana, and also give your creatures haste since most of them do not naturally have it. It's got the same cost as Phoenix, so that might be what I would take out, but Ash Zealot is another option since it has probably the least impact when it hits the board, whereas Phoenix provides evasion damage, as well as a great blocker for Chandra or pretty much anything you need held back that doesn't have trample.
Hammer of Purphoros is mostly for control match ups where you want to kill them as fast as possible before they stabilize and/or board wipe the field beyond recognition.