Into the fire :D
This deck is one I created for my little brother. It was recently updated to roughly what you see here (it has been updated more since), and won 2nd place at FNM.
Please tell me what you think, I especially need help with a side-board.
You're going to want 3-4 copies of Pillar of Flame /Annihilating Fire (RTR) in the sideboard to deal with Delver of Secrets Flip and zombies. Zealous Conscripts is always good. I'd also put in some Smelt s for any artifacts. I'm not sure about the meta in your area but I see a lot of token decks and Blasphemous Act works well to stop those as well.
As for main deck, I like the way it's set up, but my personal preferences lean more toward Faithless Looting as opposed to Wild Guess because you get to discard after drawing as opposed to before. I might also move Ash Zealot to the board and throw Kruin Outlaw Flip in main deck.
Thanks for your input, poprocksncoke, I'll add those cards to the sideboard now, all great suggestions. I must differ with the Faithless Looting , as I like that with Wild Guess you actually gain a card over all - but as you said its just a matter of personal preference. I'm going to keep Ash Zealot in the deck over Kruin Outlaw Flip , as I dont like the extra mana he costs, and I like how the zealot has haste - very handy. Her grave-casting burn effect is only really an extra added bonus in my opinion.Thanks again for your help, I have taken all your suggestions on board.
i tested it agains my elf deck (http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/gb-elf-deck/), and this deck is to slow. Maybe some burn spells will be helpful.
@asinion: Thanks for taking the time to comment, but your comment was not all that helpful. For one your G/B Elf deck is most certainly not standard - in the slightest! - so of course this deck is slow in comparison - you are basically playing legacy against a standard deck, which isn't an accurate gauge of how effective a deck is. Still, thanks for the input regardless.
Have you considered Curse of Bloodletting ? I don't know if you want to wait till turn five to play it, but it works absolute wonders In my Olivia Voldaaren deck. Just a thought.
If you are going to run Blasphemous Act , then you should be running Stuffy Doll . Trust me, that combo is retarded... It turns a board wipe into 13 direct also. just a thought. I gave a mono red to my friend and had that combo in it and he did very well.
@everyone: Thanks for all your comments and +1s so far!
@gnarlicide: O_o Awesome combo there. Could potentially be too expensive mana-wise for this deck, but I will certainly do some playtesting and see how things go. Thanks!
Markov Blademaster feels very "win more" in this situation, but I feel it doesn't necessarily help you as much as other cards might. If you're able to craft a board state where she can swing in for player damage on T3( with ring) or T4, then you've likely got that game on lockdown already. Where as other cards might be more helpful overall. Just something to consider.
Brimstone Volley , for example, has amazing synergy with Vexing Devil . Most players will happily take the 4 damage unless they have some crazy blocker on the board. That triggers a sacrifice, which in turn trigger morbid. Vexing Devil + Brimstone Volley is 9 damage that can often seal a game unexpectedly.
For a mono-red deck, this deck is pretty slow. You seem to be stuck between some form of Red control and RDW aggro. I playtested it against some decent aggro decks and your sorcery speed removal was useless. I suggest siding away the Flames of the Firebrand and putting in Brimstone Volley . Also, only 8 of your 25 creatures have haste, so most will bite the dust to removal after they are played, and will waste your mana for nothing. I suggest cards like Rakdos Shred-Freak , over Markov Blademaster . Or, you could play Lightning Mauler , which t2 into t3 Markov Blademaster is pretty good.
@Slycne: Thanks for the recommendation of Brimstone Volley, makes sense when I have Vexing Devils. On the other hand I have found the Blademaster to be a great wall-breaker against some of the low removal/ large creature decks like Selesnya decks that are very strong right now, although in some cases you are right, it is a little over-kill at times, It is usually not even a problem if it gets killed right off the bat, as I usually have plenty of other creatures beating face xD
@DaCeltics: Yeah it is slightly slower than some red-decks, but tbh I don't think it got to the finals of last FNM by luck, so something must be working.The problem with the cards you recommended is that they have no ability to become larger, which means that I either win super-early or do not win at all as suddenly I'm faced with their stronger mid/late game play. The Blademasters and the like allow me to have a stronger mid game, and I have found it to be working well so far. Thanks for taking the time to comment though, and I will be playtesting to see if the changes you suggest would make things better, thanks. (PS: Ring of Valkas gives haste, and is more reliable IMO than the Lightning Mauler, and it synergises with the Blademaster in every way.
The cards I recommended were for an aggressive RDW. If your local meta has more midrange controlish decks, then by all means, help your deck establish a midrange game. The my problem with Ring of Valkas is that even if you play it turn 2, unless you play a 2 drop on turn 3 and equip it, it doesn't help immediately, which is what you want in an aggresive RDW. In the case of a more controlling red deck, consider replacing Archwing Dragon with Thundermaw Hellkite . I know the Archwing dodges sorcery speed removal, but the taps their flyers, so you can come in for more damage if they are chumping with Lingering Souls
Thanks, I really would love to add the Hellkite but sadly this deck is for my younger brother, who has limited funds I'm afraid.
I've only been playing for about a year, and I've found that budget isn't really a problem as I can find almost any card I need for trade at my LGS
Yeah we sold all our cards a year ago and have only began playing the last month, so we almost literally have only the cards in our decks, so trading is nearly impossible.