Mono-Red Combo Deck. Need I say more?
This is a deck that was initially copied from AJ Kerrigan on SCG.
This is my iteration.
On about turn 4-6, you "go off". (I generally wait until I know I'll die the next turn).
If you're in a pinch, you can most times dig to one of those things to save your life.
You generate tokens with Kuldotha Rebirth , (Saccing Ichor Wellspring is best) and Krenko's Command , and generate insane amounts of mana with Battle Hymn and Infernal Plunge . (I love using Increasing Vengeance from the GY for only 2 mana on a Battle Hymn , often giving myself 15-27 mana.
Then with all those creatures on board, you Burn at the Stake for lethal.
If you can't find it, and have enough mana Devil's Play will also get the job done.
The sideboard can be swapped in for a fully changed play experience, as most people will sideboard a card or two that will completely shut down the combo capacity of the deck. And they'll not expect the aggro change.
-1 Devil's Play
haha, I actually really like seeing the all in aspect of mtg seen in standard.At first I was seeing the infernal plunges thinking "those are a waste of time in standard" but you've really got me going on this one.
It seems like the only thing it needs is some shenanigans control. maybe some gut shots for turn one delvers or Pillar of Flame for turn 1/2/3/forever gravecrawlers and geralfs. then game two if they aren't playing mega aggro you can toss them to try and just race them to the punch.
oh and watch out for Bonfire of the Damned
Thanks for the comment...and in most red decks, I really like Pillar of Flame , but here I can't really use it. All the card slots are dedicated to dig and combo. Against zombies, I just let them beat face until I'm a turn from dying, and attempt to go off at that time. It's how this deck works =) I usually fire off by turn 5-6.
And Bonfire of the Damned does hurt me..but card:Curse of Death's Hold is a 1-card win pre-board. Against Bonfire, I can play around it, by not putting critters out until it's time to go off.
Any board wipes hurt it pretty bad, but I can play around them by not putting critters out until it's time to go off. Any deck that's running board wipes generally doesn't have a lot of early game pressure, so I can afford to go off a few turns late.
I have to say, I am a huge fan of these types of decks. After playtesting my own version, Gobbysplosion, for hours on end I can give you quite a few tips.
In my experience, Wild Guess is not nearly as good as I thought it'd be, while Faithless Looting is an MVP for digging/ filtering and Gitaxian Probe as a four-of really bumps up the consistency. (Flashing it back with Past in Flames is sexy)
I almost never found myself wishing I had a card:Devil's Play, because when I had ramped up the mana, a Burn at the Stake would have worked just as well.
Hope you found this useful!
I don't find that I need to go off turn 3, so I'm not terribly worried about the ramping...if Sphere made it more consistent, I'd test it out...what's your take on this?
Also...I might include Gitaxian Probe ...it's awesome, as you say, and doesn't make me wait until T2 to use it. I think it'll replace Wild Guess + Noxious Revival. And I totally understand what you're saying about the card:Devil's Play...but it has won me some games, especially with a flashed back Increasing Vengeance targetting a Battle Hymn . Part of the reason I'm running it is simply because I've got a spanish copy of the Buy a Box Promo =D
I do agree with the Kuldotha Rebirth comment, I pulled one out for a second Increasing Vengeance , which did help..I feel as though the deck needs 2. Perhaps I'll pull out the Noxious Revival for the final Rebith again.
Thank you for taking the time to comment!
|Date added||1 year|
|Last updated||1 year|
|Legal formats||Extended, Legacy, Vintage, Commander / EDH, Modern|
|Illegal cards||Kuldotha Rebirth , Noxious Revival , Mycosynth Wellspring , Ichor Wellspring , Memnite|
|Folders||other decks, Nice|
|Top rank||#7 on 2012-09-03|