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Standard Aggro Budget Competitive Mono-Red



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Who needs friends when you have mono red aggro!

So this was an alteration on a previous deck I had made that was mono red aggro budget. While this one is a bit more expensive, the results are just as pleasing (and hilarious).

Before questioning it, I have won at FNM with this deck taking 2nd place the first time and 1st the following week. ent up against a Top 8 mono red aggro the first time and lost 2-1. The first game I won because I swung in with 16 damage on third turn. Didn't have a side deck at the time so couldn't adjust like I wanted to. But here's a more competent version.

So here's the rub.

Turn 1: Drop 1 of 8 possible creatures. Preferably Monastery Swiftspear but satyr hoplite is just as rewarding if need be.

Turn 2: Play another creature (if you must) or drop a Hammerhand , Dragon Mantle, or titan's strength. If you went first the odd's are they don't have a creature so swing away. If they do have a 1/1 or 2/2 and are running some form of aggro, swap in some cheap burn to keep them off the field. Targeting Satyr Hoplite is key. On second turn with a good draw Satyr Hoplite should be a 3/3 or 4/4. Well beyond petty burn like Wild Slash or Magma Jet.

Turn 3: Lets say you have a Swiftspear and Satyr hoplite sitting at 3/3. This turn you hit hard and vicious. You should be playing a 3rd land (if not, dragon mantle can help you along). Throw down Titan's strength on Satyr after swinging pushing him to a 7/5 and if there are still no creatures or petty ones, throw down rouse the mob or Temur Battle rage and swing in for double 8's or 10/6 trample with Monastery hitting for 3 along side. If they survive you are sitting with a 5/5 Satyr who can block almost any mid range that drop third and fourth turn. Next turn will be a swing fest with another possible Rouse or frenzied goblin who can make them not block or even a hammer hand.

Either way you've killed them most likely by third turn.

I actually pissed off a mana ramp guy doing this with my budget. This is much better than that.

Coordinated Assault is a good first strike for high defense, low attack cards or one's sent to chump block and kill your's.

Side decking multiple burns an a Eidolon allows for contingency against fellow burn decks. Who most likely won't be expecting a 5/5 satyr by third turns end.

Altac blood seeker is a good card to have along with the burn to allow for some good damage.

This deck utilizes what I consider highly underrated creatures and spells that are often over looked for one's that are mildly better if just even.



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@Mandalorian dis deck is already bruken nunu need nu help

May 8, 2015 9:49 a.m.

blong217 says... #3

Yet I continue to do incredibly well with it against highly competitive decks and competent players. Maybe you over estimate how quick removal is.

May 8, 2015 12:28 p.m.

blong217 says... #5

Yet it does... I understand that you may feel that way but statistically it does do really well as I've actually placed and won in the most recent tournament with it.

May 8, 2015 1:01 p.m.

blong217 says... #7

I had considered Tormenting Voice. I'll probably end siding it for matches against Burn and Removal. But I wont run into much till turn 3 which should have my deck winning anyway. I had also considered Humble Defector.

May 8, 2015 2:36 p.m.

I really like the concept of this deck as aggro is generally my deck of choice, but I would highly recommend adding either some sort of card draw/deck thinning or more creatures. I tried play testing this against some of my standard decks and it more often than not was very fragile to removal spells or it just drew into dead cards and lands.

Card draw through Tormenting Voice is nice because it lets you filter out unwanted lands since you really only need 3 to make this deck work properly. Or if you want to splash white, Defiant Strike and Gods Willing can pump or protect your guys while helping with card fixing.

Creature wise, Akroan Crusader would be a great addition as it allows you to go wider and still utilize all of your targeting spells. Lightning Berserker is another good option that is cheap and pumpable. If you splash white Favored Hoplite is another great one drop for this deck that protects himself. +1

May 8, 2015 3:08 p.m.

I see that a number of my suggestions have actually already been given, my apologies for being redundant...

May 8, 2015 3:09 p.m.

EssTea says... #10

A guy playing mono-red was sitting beside me, arms crossed with 30 minutes to go on the round timer. The other player was spectating games looking rather salty. I told the mono-red guy : ''you don't like playing magic do you? You come here to play 1 hour while everyone else for 3.'' He said : ''I just like turning shit sideways.''

A true red response!

May 8, 2015 3:23 p.m.

mattrva77 says... #11

Absolutely, positively, needs 1-2x Stoke the Flames.

Other than that... you're set. :)

May 8, 2015 3:52 p.m.

mattrva77 says... #12

D'oh, I had somehow missed them in the side. Even so, I would definitely think you'd be better off with 1 in the main at least. It can be such a nasty "unseen" finisher!

May 8, 2015 4 p.m.

blong217 says... #13

I have 3 Stoke the Flames in side deck.

May 8, 2015 4:31 p.m.

Brian1 says... #15

Well through all the coments..I think the deck is great other then just a few more creatures.. I was thinking of generator servant for 2 reasons 1..low cost 2..tap him and get 2 mana but you can split that mana into 2 creatures giving them both haste..

And people enough of the hard hitting negative comments that this deck wont hold up to anything..you cant build a MTG and expect it to hold up to every concivable trick magic has to offer..this deck wins by hitting hard early in the game .. hell by turn 3 the your apponent is almost dead and finish him with burn..at that point who the hell cares about removal....hes dead...Good job still blong217 I see all the potential this deck can dish out.. you have my vote/support all the way BRO!!!

May 9, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Brian1 says... #16

I finished my version thanks to all your help man..I got a nasty 2 drop that would work wonders for this deck of yours..It will let you play all your sorcery and instant spells a second time for free....Dual Casting. I think it be a very nice card for your deck

May 9, 2015 6:29 a.m.

blong217 says... #17

What's the drop?

May 9, 2015 8:11 a.m.

I run a deck really similar to this and I think Foundry Street Denizen and Akroan Crusader would work wonders in this deck. And since creature spell heroic triggers are a thing in this deck already, it seems like a good idea. Akroan crusader can give you red creatures when you target him, activating FSDs ability and basically pumping him for free and giving you board presence

May 9, 2015 9:56 a.m.

EssTea says... #19


My guess is that the drop he is talking about is maybe Satyr Firedancer

May 9, 2015 10:07 a.m.

I honestly think satyr Firedancer would get a little outclassed since you would have to play him on turn 2 to get any real value but then you would basically be slowing down your combos by a turn. But in a more mono burn deck, it seems like a thing!

May 9, 2015 10:12 a.m.

Brian1 says... #21

blong217..the drop for dual casting is 2...1 clorless and 1 red, enchant creature has tap..tap your creature and copy a sorcery or instan spell...and since me and you are running a lot of them..its a nasty combo system.lol!!

May 9, 2015 2:02 p.m.

blong217 says... #22

Yeah I saw that. Very interesting. I was wanting to do a modern version of this.

May 9, 2015 2:28 p.m.

wakawakawaka says... #23

i looked at the list and was like "meh looks fragile and inconsistent".

i playtested the list and was blown away. great stuff!

May 9, 2015 2:57 p.m.

blong217 says... #24

Glad you like it. It's funny I hear so many say things like "Weak to removal" or "Too few creatures" and so on. The thing is when most are throwing removal on turn 3 maybe 4 depending on draw, your ending the game. This thing hits hard and nasty. You can afford to mulligan even two times and not worry because if the low casting cost.

May 9, 2015 3:12 p.m.

Have you ever thought about subbing the three nyx born rollickers for three Akroan hoplites?

May 9, 2015 3:28 p.m.

blong217 says... #26

I actually had considered akroan hoplite. I really like him. But with Such early token hate in the game it really hurts it in getting a wide field array.

May 9, 2015 4:17 p.m.

RaSkipper says... #27

Dude! I am loving this deck! Been playtesting it and holy crap it works wonders! Was looking for something to take to a PTQ in my state next week, I think I found a good template to start with.

+1 from me. Would +5 if it was possible.

May 9, 2015 7:01 p.m.

Wow, this deck is DISGUSTING-ly good definitely +1

May 9, 2015 7:31 p.m.

blong217 says... #29

Awesome to hear that. Let me know how it goes. Glad your finding it so good.

May 9, 2015 7:39 p.m.

RaSkipper says... #30

For sure. Was trying to find ways to tweak it but honestly, not finding much. Only problem that occurs for me is drawing land too much (sometimes) so I may swap out a mountain for another Nyxborn Rollicker since he's so good against removal. Turn 2 Bile Blight on my creature? Still have Rollicker to pump next turn while they're tapped out.

Removal? More like reNOval! I'll show myself out now...

May 9, 2015 8:37 p.m.

blong217 says... #31

I think that's the only bad thing about this deck. Which sounds weird considering it should be a good thing. I do agree 1 less land may be a good thing. I may make that decision myself. If you win, please let me know. It would be crazy to see this build on a number one list at a state tournament. I actually almost ignored Rolicker because i thought he'd be bad but then I started thinking about that bestow ability and early Bile Blight and laughed the whole way to 20 damage.

May 9, 2015 8:43 p.m.

blong217 says... #32

I also subbed in akroan crusader because he was better than Eidilon in terms of wanting for a side. With removal edecks he could prove useful in getting a wide board. I also had one instance with this deck where I played against R/B aggro. I sided in Akroan and used the instants on opponents turns to create tokens and chumped block with the tokens killing their creatures. Worked hilariously well.

May 9, 2015 8:48 p.m.

RaSkipper says... #33

Cool, might have to swap out Stoke the Flames for the crusader. Eidolon is just too good to get rid of in my opinion. It hits a lot harder than stoke in the long run.

Minor nitpicks at a solid deck though. I'm not necessarily a fan of burn over other playstyles, but I love smoking expensive decks with a tiny budget. This certainly looks like it will leave the board smoking.

May 9, 2015 9:02 p.m.

Brian1 says... #34

yae like wise I think this dec is discusting.. Im keeping stoke the flames in my deck..only 3 to burn 65% of my opponents health..then 3 copies of roast..so even by turn 3-4 my opponent has a creature...um okay burn it todeath..most creaters that come out by turn 4 still have weak defence..so nucke it.. but then if you have dual casting out you can copie that spell and burn another..and finally for my deck all your creatures are big and lots of tokens are out..so play Seismic Stomp and wamo!!...your opponent is dead..

May 9, 2015 10:05 p.m.

blong217 says... #35

I do agree with one commented who says eidolon ultimately hurts you. I replaced him with akroan so I can throw in akroan I creature draws are falling short or you hit some black or red removal.

May 10, 2015 11:35 a.m.

Prima says... #36

Whoever plays mono-red aggro is either a noob, a coward, or as EssTea said; "likes turning shit sideways".

Mono-red bugs me because it is all contingent of that first creature to hit the board. Ultimate Price, Bile Blight, Duress, Despise, Ulcerate, heck, even Thoughtseize make this deck useless quick. Either you play Rollicker on turn 2 and have the bestowed creature die without you dealing even 3 damage to the opponent, or you deal about 5 and have that removed, then Rollicker be dead in your hand. Temur and Abzan Agrro don't outrace this deck, but they out-attrition it. Mono-black has recursion and disruption. It is weak to most everything that can't play 2 creatures by turn 3 or that doesn't have removal turn 3. U/W heroic is better and in some cases, faster, than mono-red, as it is response-based protection voltron, as opposed to a Crap On You aggro deck. Sorry for this wall of aggro hatred. I'm a control player, but have beat many aggro decks due to me actually playing one when I first started off on the game.

May 10, 2015 11:51 a.m.

blong217 says... #37

Oh please tell me your not being serious when you admit to playing control. I think any dck is a viable deck. Also the only one drops that can really hurt this in black is despise or thought seize. Assuming your facing a black deck and they are running those. Thoughtseize maybe, despise not for certain. And that's assuming they go first.

May 10, 2015 12:21 p.m.

TannerP1997 says... #38

Sup dude. I run a one mana mono red similar to this. My suggestion would be get rid of Rouse the Mob and replace it with Dynacharge. Though you will not be getting the trample with dynacharge, overload works a lot better than strive in this deck. Trample is nice, but when it comes down to it, you can get a lot more out of all your creatures getting +2 for 3 mana.

May 10, 2015 2:30 p.m.

blong217 says... #39

Uhhhhh dynacharge is not in Standard. This I'd a standard deck...

May 10, 2015 2:32 p.m.

Brian1 says... #40

I have a deck similar to this..look Prima Im not trying to start anything..but i will go on the defensive for me and blong217. the objective in magic is to kill your opponent by any means necessary and to reduce there hit points down to 0..who cares how it is done..you said "Mono-red bugs me because it is all contingent of that first creature to hit the board"..and then you admitted to playing control..okay table gets flipped control bugs me because its controlling me.lol..So now is battalion not allowed either.??..so your playing control because your afraid of what the creatures can do to you and dispise i will say yes can hurt the deck..but i say "you cant hurt with that, which hasen't been drawn yet"

May 10, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Took a deck very close to this to a pptq recently. 3-3 on the back of some rough matchups and flooding. Mardu scout and heelcutter goblin aren't bad here either.

May 10, 2015 6:34 p.m.

Ninjadude51 says... #42

If I have the rabble masters what should I take out?

May 10, 2015 8:50 p.m.

Instead of using Rouse the Mob, I find the Trumpet blast is also very good. It targets all creatures for less mana. I run a red deck and it works for me, even works as a good game finisher if they say no blockers.

May 10, 2015 8:54 p.m.

blong217 says... #44

If you add in Rabblemaster you drastically need to change the deck. While Rabblemasters is great it's also slow and slows down the deck slightly. Everything in the deck is built upon crazy good burst damage which Rabblemasters doesn't do perfectly like Satyr Hoplite and Monastery Swiftspear.

May 10, 2015 9 p.m.

Ninjadude51 says... #45


May 10, 2015 9:02 p.m.

Zacoly says... #46

I'm using Arcbond x1 in my mainboard and possibly one in the side, It's a decent way to blast an opponent that puts a road block up.

May 11, 2015 12:40 a.m.

amerika00 says... #47

Very good. It cost less than most decks, but it is very efficient. Because most things cost 1 land to cast, it speeds up the whole process. Something that could work in this deck is Zurgo Bellstriker, but sadly it doesn't have prowess or heroic. Arena Athlete could be something else is something to look into, since it disables other creatures from blocking. I really like this deck though, especially because of its amazing cost. There is not really much I could recommend that would ruin the whole deck. Also, if you can, please look at my deck fire burns things... like you , a burn deck, and something similar, but also different, as well as my other, better deck, I 'm dead on the 5th turn...again..

May 11, 2015 1:42 a.m.

Saerchy says... #48

blong217 I love this deck! Very well done! What budget friendly cards would you add if you'd make this deck modern, and what cards what you replace them with?

May 11, 2015 7:50 a.m.

blong217 says... #49

As for what to replace to make it modern? I'm looking at that right now. Madcap Skills looks promising and so does the bloodrush ability. Possibly Rakdos Cackler.

May 11, 2015 9:24 a.m.

felmir says... #50

tell me what you think http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/1-fast-monored/#c2073490

May 11, 2015 5:11 p.m.

Brian1 says... #51

blond217...good choice on madcap skills..also I would strongly recomend my dual casting card if you ever decide for modern..its just brutal...I got my punch you in face deck to deal 9 damage on round 2..I couldent believe it..turn 2..had Satyr Hoplite on the board and then cast 2 Titan's Strength on him..thats just wrong.LMAO!!

May 11, 2015 11:11 p.m.

blong217 says... #52

Most I hit in a single turn with this deck was 18 damage on turn 3. Had a 3/3 Saytr thanks to Hammer hand and a Swiftspear. Third turn I dropped a land and dropped two titans strength and a rouse the mob.

May 11, 2015 11:42 p.m.

Brian1 says... #53

O god eeewwww!!..lol...man id love to have our decks go head to head..I think it will always be a 50/50 match.. we both just have so many good stuff to kill with.lol

May 11, 2015 11:45 p.m.

blong217 says... #54

Yep! Lol. I had a friend who played almost the exact same deck as this. We had one game where we played the exact same cards at the exact same times. I won literally because I went first.

May 11, 2015 11:50 p.m.

Brian1 says... #55


May 12, 2015 8:01 a.m.

Progatus says... #56

Sir this is impressive. Seriously, no 3 or higher drops is impressive.

May 12, 2015 5:09 p.m.

blong217 says... #57

Makes for hilarious damage and plays when you have 3 lands by turn 3.

May 12, 2015 6:09 p.m.

RaSkipper says... #58

I would recommend swapping out the Nyxborn Rollickers for Akroan Crusaders. I've been playtesting this deck for a bit, been tweaking it, and nyxborn always feels like a dead one-drop. Just a 1/1 with backstory. And as an enchantment, he's expensive for this deck. 2-cost, creature gets +1/+1? Too mana pricy. Get rid of it, and you still have 25 instants and sorceries to target Satyr Hoplite with, and to pump up Monastery Swiftspear in the process.

The biggest problem I've had with the deck is if your one creature gets removed, you might be getting dead draws for a while. Akroan Crusader fixes that, allowing you some chump blockers and choice when it comes to pumping.

Just my two cents! I'm taking my version to a PPTQ on Saturday, I'll let you know how it goes.

May 14, 2015 2:21 a.m.

blong217 says... #59

I have Akroan in the side board now. I like rolicker for removal but may keep Rolicker in sideboard now with Akroan as main. Please do let me know how it goes.

May 14, 2015 9:50 a.m.

Brian1 says... #60

yae let me know how it goes to RaSkipper...im taking my punch you in face deck to a modern tournament this coming 29th..and I should in theory win..I mean im running to fast and I kill my opponent by turn 5-7..o and blong217 I recomend a nasty card that has been making my deck shread my opponents creatures..he fits wonderful with all the burn cards me and you have satyr firedancer. im just running 2 and I keep drawing him..its a beat stick

May 14, 2015 10:53 a.m.

Brian1 says... #61

May 14, 2015 10:54 a.m.

Brian1 says... #62

sorry i was trying out a theory..now i know why my cards werent being selected i forgot brakets...Homer simpsone "Dooe"

May 14, 2015 10:55 a.m.

shepherdofire says... #63

I'm sorry but could you clear your comments? But what do you think about Twin Bolt?

May 14, 2015 4:34 p.m.

Brian1 says... #64

personally I think Twin Bolt is horible..your basically paying 1 mana per 1 damage...a better card that trupes this care easily for th esame mana cost Roast granted you cant target a flying..but is still a very nasty card for under $1

May 14, 2015 10:59 p.m.

amerika00 says... #65

Twin bolt is good, though, because if you have two 1/1 s and so does your opponent, what is Roast going to do? Overkill one? Where as Twin Bolt will get both out of the way.

May 14, 2015 11:02 p.m.

blong217 says... #66

Or you could just do Scouring Sands, get all 1/1's and a nice scry 1. You know, the card in my side deck for this very reason.

May 14, 2015 11:21 p.m.

shepherdofire says... #67

Man. I never seen that card before. There were so many packs of theros block I opened and I swear I got almost the same exact cards Each pack. Okay.

May 15, 2015 9:23 a.m.

blong217 says... #68

Yeah I get that. I've had a few instances where I saw a card and wondered where the heck it came from only to realize it came from a recent set I had bought hundreds of packs for but never saw.

May 15, 2015 10:02 a.m.

amerika00 says... #69

I think theros is one of the best ones.

May 15, 2015 10:20 a.m.

amerika00 says... #70

And Scouring Sands does sound very good.

May 15, 2015 10:21 a.m.

This is awesome. I will be play testing this against my blue aggro deck Blue Blitz sometime tonight. I fear for the outcome of the match though, I don't think mine's this fast. Check it out if you get a chance, I'd appreciate input from someone who clearly loves aggro.

May 15, 2015 1:35 p.m.

Jaeryd17 says... #72

I just based a deck off of this one and it worked epically. And I can't believe it's so inexpensive! I love it. If I could upvote it multiple times, I would.

May 20, 2015 8:03 p.m.

blong217 says... #73

Glad to hear it. Took third at FNM with it today. First was a more consistent mono red aggro. Never played who took second so i don't know who would have won between us. Won over a Abzan Aggro my last game but it was a close one.

May 20, 2015 10:04 p.m.

Saroth says... #74

an idea for dead land drops on turn 3/4 would be Magmatic Insight maybe?

July 25, 2015 1:09 p.m.

craynor10 says... #75

I'm playing U/B control laughing at this build. There's a reason red heroic isn't a thing in Gp's and U/W heroic is. You're trying to get tall with creatures instead of wide which is impossible with no protection spells. Akroan Crusader is a must in this deck. By the way Bile blight/Ultimate price are some of the most popular removal spells, both are 2 cmc. Seems like you're not playing in too competitive of tournaments

July 25, 2015 6:44 p.m.

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