Dude, red deck wins was one of the top decks a few weeks ago. Of course adding a splash of black for Falkenrath Aristocrat and sideboard fodder will rock a FNM.
The only thing I'll question about your deck is the inclusion of 4 Rakdos Guildgate . It seems to me that they would slow the deck down, and this deck is all about the fast kill. Just my $0.02
November 10, 2012 1:45 p.m.
I agree with Zen_Toombs... you're practically mono-red, no need for Guildgates!
November 10, 2012 2:18 p.m.
Thanks for your input guys allow me to explain the inclusion of the Rakdos Guildgate . It is to have more sources of black mana available without compromising the red mana, since the deck is mostly low CMC red. Also if I need to sideboard more black without having the black mana to support it then it could be a disaster.
What was happening during the FNM was I could play the Rakdos Guildgate during a turn and still cast a one or two CMC card the same turn so there was still tempo.
You guys are right that it could be a source of slowdown however perhaps a necessary evil.
November 10, 2012 4:52 p.m.
November 10, 2012 5:01 p.m.
Also can say this deck is horrid to play against, scary as all get out but amusing, +1
November 10, 2012 5:02 p.m.
November 10, 2012 6:02 p.m.
Ah yes the Fervent Cathar , I was wondering if anyone noticed that card. Its more of an experiment. I managed to cast it 2 times, once there were no other creatures on the board but once there was and it allowed 2 other creatures to swing and still command a strong board presence.
To me its a little variety and something the opponent will not be expecting if they are counting on key blocks.
November 10, 2012 6:26 p.m.
I just ordered the cards to make this deck, which I will be taking to FNM, awesome deck here.
November 11, 2012 10:27 p.m.
In regards to Rakdos Guildgate , there is a slight mathmatical advantage to replacing the gates with Evolving Wilds and adding one or two Swamp s. Evolving Wilds will thin your deck and decrease the odds of drawing land.
November 12, 2012 5:23 p.m.
Alright haha I will go down to 2 guildgates and see how it goes
November 12, 2012 6:41 p.m.
I would rather have Pyreheart Wolf than Fervent Cathar . The cathar is really only relevant the turn you play it then it's just a 3 mana 2/1 whereas the wolf makes each subsequent attack really bad for the opponent.
November 13, 2012 6:03 p.m.
I had been thinking the same thing. Both fill a similar role though - get damage through.
November 13, 2012 7:30 p.m.
I had been thinking the same thing. Both fill a similar role though - get damage through.
November 13, 2012 7:30 p.m.
have you thought just for a bit of fun of adding Thundermaw Hellkite .
November 13, 2012 10:19 p.m.
To address all the comments:
The mana curve on this deck caps out at 4, which I'm happy with but yes I did consider Thundermaw Hellkite :D
As far as Pyreheart Wolf vs Fervent Cathar goes: I like the Fervent Cathar because it has haste, it stops a creature from blocking, it's a 2/1 and lastly it is a human which makes Falkenrath Aristocrat 's happy. I will consider it though, thanks !
The sideboard breakdown:
Knight of Infamy - anti-white
Electrickery - anti-token
Traitorous Blood - use against mid-range creature decks
Slaughter Games - havent used yet may take them out for more traitorous blood
November 14, 2012 7:01 a.m.
1) You have an amazing RDW here. I like the tempo nature of the deck and the general flow of damage per round. You might want to consider card:Nightbird's Clutches in place of the Fervent Cathar . I know you just defended it because of the haste ability but honestly it is more effective for you to stop two creatures from blocking more than one. I can see if you had 2 Hellriders on the field how the Cathar would be better, but eliminating potential blockers and the ability to flashback later on when the field might be more populated makes Cluches better overall.
2) You've mentioned the cap of the deck is CMC of the deck is 4, but for the fun of it you might want to consider a Zealous Conscripts just for sh*ts and giggles. Does the same thing as Traitorous Blood , only now you have an extra 3 damage coming along with it.
November 14, 2012 8:25 a.m.
Hey Shadowfoxxx, thanks for the comment and kind words :) That Fervent Cathar is a source of contention isn't it ! So let us discuss it, the cathar is a permanent in addition to the other reasons I gave. As such has the potential of doing more damage over time. The card:Nightbird's Clutches while an awesome card is dependent on me having creatures for it to do any damage, which I might not have. Also its flashback that you mentioned is frowned upon by the Ash Zealot 's.
card:Nightbird's Clutches is a good sideboarder for this deck perhaps, I'm heavily considering it as such thanks to your input, much appreciated !
As for the Zealous Conscripts its a great card but I am firm on the cap at 4 CMC.
November 14, 2012 1:21 p.m.
I'll point out that you shouldn't care about the possible damage from card:Nightbird's Clutches, as it is nearly good enough to play WITHOUT flashback, and it doesn't matter if you taking 3/6 damage to make sure creatures get through for the win. It's the last point of damage that counts!
November 14, 2012 1:56 p.m.
November 14, 2012 6:20 p.m.
Try Hellhole Flailer & Lightning Mauler, paired and unleashed they give a blindlingly fast clock.
Also how many games would say Fervent Cathar has done anything relevant?
November 15, 2012 4:12 p.m.
I may try different creatures down the road, but for now everything 2cmc and above innately has haste already in this deck but thanks :)
Back to the Fervent Cathar again... hard to say what you would consider relevant but I am going to assume you mean its citp effect. There is only 2 in the deck so I saw it like 3 times during the tournament and once it was just another hastey swinger and the other 2 it allowed me to attack without sustaining any casualties.
T1 - me: Rakdos Cackler - them card:Avacyn's Pilgrim
T3 - me: Fervent Cathar attack for 6 b/c of no blockers - them: oh shit
By turn three I have 3 creatures and they are at 50% life because of the Fervent Cathar . Just one example.
November 15, 2012 4:34 p.m.
Fervent Cathar is insane. I feel like I'm going to add him to my deck! Thanks for the great deck! +1
November 15, 2012 7:59 p.m.
I'm interested in how this deck would do against azorious detain/control and a strong selesnya lifegaining flicker
November 17, 2012 7:10 p.m.
It largely depends on the hand you are dealt and what the opponent has. I can not predict what would happen. I can however tell you that I am playtesting this deck against LifeGainPain! and it does fairly well most of the time.
If you want to play it yourself against another deck feel free :)
November 17, 2012 7:25 p.m.
I think the Haste in this deck laughs at Detain a little bit.
November 17, 2012 7:49 p.m.
Yeah the haste generally is over-powering to a detain reliant control.
November 17, 2012 8 p.m.
Wow I really like this deck! Played it just casual against 3 freinds (without aristrocrat :c), and it did really well. I'm loking forward to getting more (by more I mean any :D) Aristrocrats, and trying it out. Definite +1, but the only thing I could think of was maybe cutting back on the 2 Pillar of Flame , and putting in 2 Searing Spear . Obviously no need to fix something doing so well, but I just think the searing spears are good,because Thragtusk gives me nightmares :D.
November 17, 2012 10:50 p.m.
November 18, 2012 12:59 a.m.
November 18, 2012 1:06 a.m.
Just was thinking, not sure how much it would actually help, but have you considered Cavern of Souls to give you your black mana for summoning creatures? It would unfortunately only tap for colorless mana for your spells, but it could also get you out of a bind when you need that black tap for Falkenrath Aristocrat , you could call caverns vampire for your Stromkirk Noble at beginning of game, and it would tap for black later for falkenrath..
Just a thought!
November 18, 2012 2:30 a.m.
November 18, 2012 12:54 p.m.
The vamp has 1 less CMC (can be the difference of casting it and not casting it), the option to be indestructible, and the ability to grow from creatures that are likely to die anyways during the all out assault. Also it is not uncommon to have my ground forces halt the attack so they can block, when they do I can sacrifice them then to pump her up. Again the creatures would die anyways. Not to mention the sideboarding of Traitorous Blood in which case she can finish the creature off before it is returned. I think all of this makes the Falkenrath Aristocrat the natural choice for a deck like this.
Oh and the black also allows me to construct a more robust sideboard that can adjust to a greater variety of threats. Being mono red that would be very limited.
November 18, 2012 1:18 p.m.
Wow do I feel dumb, I even replicated this deck, to see how I liked it, and I didn't even see searing spear........ lol
November 18, 2012 1:55 p.m.
Love it. Building something similar very soon. +1
November 18, 2012 3:59 p.m.
You do not want Falkenrath Aristocrat fighting for the spot of 4-drop with Hellrider . It's your deck, and I acknowledge that. But for RDW, Thundermaw Hellkite is the better of the two. Especially when there's 3 instead of 4, 3 5-drops aren't hurting anybody at 22 lands.
November 18, 2012 4:07 p.m.
Another thing to consider....an electrickery will kill an aristocrat....you have a cackler, shredfreak, noble, and aristocrat on the board, they overload it (for 2 lousy mana) and your SOL.
November 19, 2012 10:23 p.m.
Love the deck! What do you do with a mirror match-up?
November 20, 2012 8:52 a.m.
November 20, 2012 10:11 a.m.
With a mirror match-up as in RDW vs RDW? Its the same as every strategy - hit with the maximum possible force with the minimum expenditures. Just do the math and make sure every choice is the right one for Max damage !
November 20, 2012 10:25 p.m.
Maybe a Stensia Bloodhall or two might be useful to push that extra little bit of damage through after you start topdecking and your opponent begins to stabilize.
November 24, 2012 9:42 a.m.
I considered it and it would help if the game stalls, the only apprehension I have towards it is the early game is critical for the deck and if I have one colourless mana land when I need that second red or what not then its going to be bad. Slowing down Ash Zealot and Rakdos Shred-Freak are my main concern. What do you think ?
November 24, 2012 1:04 p.m.
Well, the fact is that that exact situation will be guaranteed to come up in some small percentage of games. I think it's worth playtesting to see if the Bloodhall wins any games.
November 24, 2012 1:37 p.m.
Dude your deck has been of great help while building mine. It's damn efficient, deserves a +1.
i'd be glad if you shared your wisdom : Hit Fast Hit Hard (Help !)
November 24, 2012 4:05 p.m.
Why not add in Olivia Voldaren ? She can help clear the board and is your 4cmc limit?
November 25, 2012 6:36 p.m.
Deck is amazing and online that falkenrath aristocrat is in here my fav card . +1 from me
November 26, 2012 2:55 a.m.
Thanks all !
I did consider Olivia Voldaren as a sideboarder, as the only creatures 2 CMC and up must have haste to make the cut in this deck in particular. I like her in a control based environment where her stealing powers locks the board down. This deck doesn't try to do anything but hit fast and often.
November 26, 2012 3:56 p.m.
The more i playtest and improve my deck, the closer it comes to your build ! lol
It's hard to build a different B/R aggro deck that reaches the efficiency of yours.
November 28, 2012 10:25 a.m.
I make other decks and play test them against this one too and they always die... life gain can sometimes get too much life and win by exhausting the burn. If anyone has a winning match up against this deck I would be interested to see the deck :D
November 28, 2012 12:43 p.m.
I like the way this is laid out, but it's for standard play.
Would you mind critiquing my casual deck Rakdos Deck Wins?
November 28, 2012 1:18 p.m.
- 1 definitely, I love the deck it's fast it's fast just like black red should be and it has a great curve. I've been building something similar but the lack of Aristocrats has slowed my deck down a bit so I have gone for an aggro/midgame deck. I just have one suggestion Have you thought about a creature like Malignus as a sideboard for life gain. I've thought about it for mine, it's pretty slow but with fervent cathar it could possible push some damage through. It's a good deck I've playtested it a few times. If you could give me and advice on my deck it would be helpful. I'm unsure about whether I should keep hellhole flailer and rakdos. I'm considering replacing or sideboarding Hellhole flailer for, fervent cathar or pyreheart wolf and replacing rakdos with falken maruaders. My deck link is below.deck:anarchy-at-its-best
November 29, 2012 2:10 a.m.
I haven't read through all the comments so I don't know if this has been brought up, but in my opinion Dragonskull Summit is better than Rakdos Guildgate mostly because of it's ability to come in un-tapped.
December 4, 2012 3:47 p.m.
ahh yes I changed the guildgates to mountains and it works better than ever, there were already 4 Dragonskull Summit s.
December 4, 2012 3:50 p.m.
I like the changes to the deck. Faster movements and more fun with damage dealing! Looks like overall the deck has been refined down to a tool of war. Have you considered putting in any more direct opponent damage? Bump in the Night comes to mind, as a 3 damage to 1 mana is pretty damn nice. And it could be flasked back ( at a much higher cost) later on if the game actually takes to long.
Just as a quick question, how long do your games lend to last? Are you dealing lethal damage by turn 5/6?
Most of the FNM games I've been playing now have been seeing RDW and G/W decks finishing games by turn 6.
December 5, 2012 3:47 a.m.
Turn 5 is the average, not many go beyond that but hey its magic and anything can happen :D
I have thought about bumps but I think the direct damage serves as both potential player damage and possible creature removal. I may try it though just to see if its a good fit as it is pretty aggro for one mana.
December 5, 2012 9:13 a.m.
I'm a huge fan of bump in the night, the flashback for late game makes it even better. Won me a couple matches allready.
December 6, 2012 3:26 p.m.
2xFling for a final bit of damage at the end or to trigger morbid when you don't have a sac engine on the field
December 9, 2012 7:29 p.m.
Dude check out my deck, looks really similar to this, first time I tested it (before I sped it up 2 turns) I got 6th. I haven't gotten to test it since tell me what you think Burn, Baby, HASTE
December 11, 2012 8:02 p.m.
I am curious. why only two Hellrider . I love this deck's build, but lots of RDW decks I have seen run at least 3 if not 4. I am curious on why you decided to go on the route of only two, which works great.
December 14, 2012 9:08 p.m.
Can I ask why you have the Stromkirk Noble in the deck? Is it simply to fill the 1 drop spot?
Surely there' something better than can take its place (even if it has a higher cmc)? Has it ever had a great impact on your games?
December 23, 2012 1:57 a.m.
It is to fill up the one drop spot, it is one of the best options for a one drop red. It does get better as it hits, and can impact the game the more it goes on. If you have a better option I am all ears !
December 23, 2012 3:44 p.m.
I love your deck; though i agree with everyone that you should remove the Fervent Cathar. It may remove one blocker, but hellhole flailer can deal 4 damage at any time if you have 4 mana. Its a nice way to close out a game if you're hand is empty and you couldn't quite kill him in combat.
Have you considered rouges passage? It a decent way to win if your opponent somehow manages to get board control.
Would you mind taking a look at my deck and giving me your perspectives?http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/sacrifice-21-12-12-1/
December 23, 2012 5:26 p.m.
I like the Fervent Cathar better than any of these other suggestions, Hellhole Flailer doesn't have haste and requires precious mana to activate. When a game only goes to turn 5 or 6, you might just need that mana for a Falkenrath Aristocrat seems better, he just doesn't push the damage through that first turn, making it more likely the only damage he's doing is his sac effect, besides, the aristocrat gives you all the sac you need.
December 24, 2012 11:42 p.m.
On a side note: Merry Christmas to all !
December 25, 2012 10:22 a.m.
Not really a fan of red usually, but I can't help but +1 this deck. It gives me something to aspire to as an amateur deckbuilder and player.
December 25, 2012 11:53 a.m.
@warper If you playtest the deck you'll see that by turn 5 or 6 its usually out of out of cards to play. The activated ability of the Hellhole Flailer gives you something to use your mana on if you draw too many lands or a lot of one drops. Think of it as a Brimstone Volley that can attack for 4 damage or block and then Fling for 3. I agree that an aristocrat is a better play you but can't always count on the right cards at the right time.
December 27, 2012 12:48 a.m.
I was just thinking how he said the game is ussually over by then is all. + the guys a human. But I see your point
December 28, 2012 3:06 p.m.
After doing some extensive research, I learned that the top deck right night (mono-red aggro/mid-range with Thundermaw Hellkite ) can be beaten by simply being faster than it. So I put together this deck you created. I have a decent record overall with it but I'm 8-0 against the top deck. Thundermaw Hellkite is still a little bit of a pain but after side-boarding, nobody seems to expect Traitorous Blood especially when you combo with Falkenrath Aristocrat . Great work here.
Now I just have to figure out how to take care of Thragtusk .....
December 29, 2012 12:51 p.m.
The same tactic with the Traitorous Blood and the Falkenrath Aristocrat takes care of the ever-present Thragtusk in the same manner but you actually keep the beast token. That was my vision for dealing with it anyways. Thanks for your input and the testing results, its good to know !
December 29, 2012 1:45 p.m.
Played Sunblast against it and won 3/5. But I played my deck on it and got 2/5 (deck:my-first-angel-deck)
I should most likely play it a few more times, 15 or so, to really get a rough understanding of it though.
Really like the deck, wish I had the dough for it :-P +1!
December 31, 2012 7:55 a.m.
Will be running this deck in a standard constructed tourney tomorrow. I'll let you know how it does :-)
January 8, 2013 4:06 p.m.
Took this exact deck into a casual gaming meetup and absolutely mopped the floor with every deck that it went up against, including GW Humans, BW Tamiyo Control, RDW, and Rakdos Aggro. Didn't even need to sideboard...the games I lost were complete flukes.
Not sure what the secret sauce is here man, but I'm a believer, and I'm liking it :)
January 9, 2013 12:13 a.m.
Only issue, and it's a tiny one, was both Thunderous Wraths almost always ending up in my opening hand, and once being the cause of two mulligans in a row.
Would you ever consider running anything else in their place, or am I not seeing the clockwork here?
January 9, 2013 12:17 a.m.
Actually if I were to replace them I might consider 2 Thundermaw Hellkite 's or perhaps 2 Flames of the Firebrand . Not a bad suggestion to replace them as they are just there for some quick burn. I am glad you had good results in your play group, hope you finish top 8 tomorrow !
January 9, 2013 12:38 a.m.
Maximizing the number of Hellrider s in any red aggro list seems like the best idea to me.
January 9, 2013 1:20 a.m.
You won me a 1st place draw (out of 16) at our local sanctioned standard tourney. Won a booster box of Avacyn Restored :)
Remind me to buy you a beer dude...
January 9, 2013 10:05 p.m.
Single-elimination, I might add. Deck ran like a chainsaw.
January 9, 2013 10:07 p.m.
"Also how many games would say Fervent Cathar has done anything relevant?"
Every round, every time he came into play. Not once did I play him and his ability not progress my early push into pre-midrange win.
January 9, 2013 10:10 p.m.
Yay !! Thats amazing man, congrats on 1st place ! Did you end up replacing the thunderous wraths? I am trying out 1 hellkite, because I only have access to one right now seeing how they are 40 bucks lol !
January 10, 2013 12:09 a.m.
Nope, ran -exactly- what you've got above and mised Thunderous Wrath a couple of times for some major sway, though I did have situations where they were in my opening hand...essentially dead draws, and they never once got played outside of their miracle cost.
I'm in the mindset at this point that if Hellkite ever becomes a win condition, then I kept the wrong hand. Too close to midrange territory for comfort for me, and I'd rather pull a Zealous Conscripts and have a more tactical advantage instead of throwing more of the same against an opponent that likely has answers by then. Same sort of mentality as the Cathars I suppose? I could be wrong here.
The deck drew crowds almost every game it played. Getting the opponent to 4 life by turn 3 was a real attention-grabber when it happened, and listening to everyone who told me how terrible Vexing Devil was beforehand have to backpedal and eat crow.
Everyone there is well aware of this deck now :)
January 10, 2013 12:34 a.m.
That is pretty awesome, I do like it when the vexing devil's add up for massive burst damage. I made slight alterations to the deck's sideboard to reflect changes that were needed to stay competitive with my play group as they started to put in Witchbane Orb 's so I put in some Rakdos Charm 's for some artifact removal with some versatility.
I do like the idea of the zealous conscript, perhaps I will run one main and one thundermaw next fnm in place of the thunderous wraths.
Thanks for all the feedback, this made my day !
January 10, 2013 12:58 a.m.
Ok. I have been watching this deck developer for a while now, many different incarnations have been shown. I have faced some impressive RDWs at my store in Poland but they still crumble when going against Junk tokens. That is besides the point now thought.
I'm wondering how you're preparing for Gatecrash? Here in Warsaw, the players are already discussing what cards need to put in for others. Obvious choices are Skullcrack for Searing Spear unless you mainly use the spear for creature removal. Maybe even putting a Hellraiser Goblin so that everything can have haste? One of my fellow players was debating putting in a Rubblebelt Raiders for some dune counter play. I'm wondering if you're thinking of any other cards that can be switched or put in.
Otherwise I'm still extremely pleased with how this deck has played for me in the past and really look forward to seeing it devlope further.
January 10, 2013 4:01 a.m.
Made my day too :)
I have a feeling the meta (locally) is about to become very aggro-unfriendly :(
January 10, 2013 9:29 a.m.
This bears repeating, because I, too, received a lot of flack over those damned Cathars. It's not that it only lets you evade one creature, it's that it let's you do it WHEN IT MATTERS, and OF YOUR CHOICE. And that right there is why they win games, often by merit of their ability alone. They turn what would've been a stalled game going to midrange suicide or giving the strategic advantage to the opponent, into that turn 4 or 5 kill. And to reinforce this point, the following quoted example happened to me more than once, verbatim, last night...
"T1 - me: Rakdos Cackler - them Avacyn's Pilgrim
T2 - me : Ash Zealot attack for 4 - them tap all for Loxodon Smiter
T3 - me: Fervent Cathar attack for 6 b/c of no blockers - them: oh shit
By turn three I have 3 creatures and they are at 50% life because of the Fervent Cathar. Just one example."
January 10, 2013 1:02 p.m.
@shadowfoxxx I am hoping Boros will offer a new human with haste that can make it in this deck. I wont include anything above 1CMC that does not innately have haste. I would like to use Skullcrack as sideboard against thrag/lifegain. Searing Spear is instant speed removal as well as player hate and I like being able to use it as either.
@Fu3lman people will start to adapt their decks to your if it becomes too dominant. Just adjust your sideboard as needed. This deck is fast and if its unchecked it will run over just about anyone.
January 10, 2013 1:05 p.m.
T4 - me: Hellrider, swing 13, they block Hellrider with Loxodon Smiter, they still die, and it was made possible by the Cathar, without his evade, this would have very likely stalemated until midrange, and I would have gotten my shit ruined.
January 10, 2013 1:08 p.m.
@Ixthinon: I'm just enjoying the ride until Gatecrash :-p
January 10, 2013 1:10 p.m.
Just noticed Thatcher Revolt has great synergy with the Aristocrats.
January 11, 2013 11:24 a.m.
Great to see your success with this deck, Fu3lman - it's one thing to "claim" a first place win in a deck title, quite another to have an impartial other verify it!
Congrats on that win, what goodness did you get in the Avacyn box? :)
January 11, 2013 5:30 p.m.
Hey I got 7th place tonight with a very similar build and ended up leaving with $15 store credit, so thanks a lot man! Anyway I found that in 2 games I had 10 land on the filed, and basically nothing to do with it, do you think that is just bad luck, or are you having similar issues? Basically do you think maybe dropping down to 20-21 would be disastrous?
January 12, 2013 12:50 a.m.
Cool man thats top 8, you're welcome ! 22 lands should be good, seems like an unlucky draw perpetrated by chaos... land floods happen from time to time, part of the game :)
January 12, 2013 6:28 a.m.
Took 4th last night with a Rakdos deck I modified to be more like this. Speed definitely kills...
January 12, 2013 12:02 p.m.
@Long_Con: Griselbrand and Zealous Conscripts :-(
Was really disappointed in the cards, but was still happy to win :)
January 12, 2013 8:28 p.m.
Griselbrand was the only money card I got out of the entire booster box.
January 12, 2013 8:28 p.m.
As Minsc would say.. go for the eyes Boo! Go for the eyes !
January 14, 2013 3:40 p.m.
Hey just wondering what were going to do about that gatecrash card they spoiled, blind obedience? That card really shuts down the deck.
January 14, 2013 3:42 p.m.
Red and black can't deal with enchantments effectively, I suppose if I needed to put some Duress 's in the sideboard I could do that, however... I am kinda planning on going Orzhov when gatecrash is released.. maybe red splashed in there too... not sure yet. I will most likely be the one using that card when the time comes heh heh
January 14, 2013 3:48 p.m.
fervant calther should be boros reckoner and shred freak a lightning mauler to do haste tricks with reckoner and vexing devil. you can usualy swing mauler by bonding and it helps stromkirk to.
February 3, 2013 11:35 p.m.
fervant calther should be boros reckoner and shred freak a lightning mauler to do haste tricks with reckoner and vexing devil. you can usualy swing mauler by bonding and it helps stromkirk to.
February 3, 2013 11:35 p.m.
Awesome deck man! I've been toying with Falkenrath Aristocrat , and this is the best use of it I have ever seen:-) +1
February 10, 2013 9:31 p.m.
Hey there,I'm running nearly the same deck, except for me not having access to the Falkenrath Aristocrat , the Ash Zealot , Hellrider and Thundermaw Hellkite .Instead I'm using Hellhole Flailer , Thrill-Kill Assassin , Archwing Dragon and Gore-House Chainwalker . It's still pretty fast and an attack from the Archwing in T4 is somehow pretty devestating as they are usually not expecting it to come across. It doesn't even matter that the Dragon comes back to hand at end of turn, cause mostly you burn the enemy with the Hellhole Flailer soon afterwards.
Nevertheless nice Deck, +1 mate ;)
February 11, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Great deck +1, looks really good. Kinda wish id found it begore i traded away my aristocrats :p looking to make a rakdos deck myself and may use a few things from here and see what happens :)If you got time, check out my deck Tariel, Haunter of Graves any feedback would be great :)
Hope the tourney success keeps on rolling in!
February 12, 2013 9:44 a.m.
I made a gatecrash version called RDW Dash, have a look.
February 12, 2013 3:40 p.m.
February 17, 2013 8:41 p.m.
Cool man thanks for the info, is useful to know ! Perhaps I can make room for some in the side board.
February 18, 2013 11:42 a.m.
February 25, 2013 1:30 p.m.
I have been play testing this deck against mine for a lil while now and i have to hand it to you, your a tough opponent...my deck Lil bit of control can hardly keep up, i hardly won 50% of the games against it, if that...it was about 7 to 9. gonna give you a +1 you should have a look at my deck and help me out a little:D
March 11, 2013 3:11 a.m.
I have not really play tested this deck yet, but something I have learned as a Magic player is that, I know it is a deck that is meant to kill turn 5-6 or so, but what if you are in a tough spot, would you really want to draw a Rakdos Cackler or a Rakdos Shred-Freak . Why not substitute it with something like Markov Blademaster . Also, this is an idea for the sideboard, when your facing and artifact or enchantment deck, you could use Liquimetal Coating and Vandalblast for an any permanent destroyer. This is only my opinion and I believe that this deck is already extremely powerful and with some tweaks it could become impossible to stop.
March 28, 2013 7:41 p.m.
"I know it is a deck that is meant to kill turn 5-6 or so, but what if you are in a tough spot, would you really want to draw a Rakdos Cackler or a Rakdos Shred-Freak ."
Because doing so would take away from what the deck is 'meant' to do. There's nothing like having Blademasters in your opening hand and having two turns of dead plays because you dropped two of your crucial early board control cards.
"Also, this is an idea for the sideboard, when your facing and artifact or enchantment deck, you could use Liquimetal Coating and Vandalblast for an any permanent destroyer."
Liquimetal coating isn't standard legal. Not that the combo isn't a good one, it's just not what decks like this do if they want to consistently win by turns 4-6, even as a sideboard option, for a few reasons...the most important of which being the combo setup.
The only tough spot decks like these run into are bad early-game tempo, and stalling at midrange/control via midrange welcome mats Sphinx's Revelation, Thragtusk and Supreme Verdict. The solutions are usually siding in cards that sidestep them or mitigate their influence...often almost exclusively to those cards.
Most RDW will have a handful of Skullcracks in their SB, while some don't. It's not a perfect answer, but when it's played at the right time against the above cards, it's no less than an 8 life-value trick that can often outright win the game by what it prevents, and not what it does. It is -not- a replacement for searing spear.
Boros-flavored RDW will usually sideboard Thalia's, O-Rings, and Boros Charms.
Rakdos-flavored RDW will usually board-in Slaughter Games, Rakdos's Return, and Appetite for Brains.
March 29, 2013 12:23 p.m.
March 29, 2013 1:58 p.m.
You should try Olivia Voldaren as a sideboarder, it wouldn't hurt you.Other than that this deck is awesome! I always seemed to win on turn 5. +1 from me!
p.s. could you help me out with mine? Ahhhh Zombies
April 1, 2013 11:13 a.m.
Why no Madcap Skills ? It's like the best creature-based aggro spell out there.
April 7, 2013 2:06 a.m.
Won me $18 in store credit first fnm playing it, thank ya +1
April 13, 2013 9:10 a.m.
Hey, long time player, new to tourneys though, question! Not suggestion. Do you think maybe replacing pillar of flames with the traiterous blood main board? The object is to win by turn 5, so many other guilds have these x/4 early and it would be a great way to get them out of the way, and could always sac to aristocrat. Pillars just haven't been cutting it for me in my mono red. Basically I'm asking if you feel that's an acceptable change and if not why? Or is there any cards your willing to sideboard for them? Beautiful deck btw
April 24, 2013 12:08 p.m.
Hey dude I love the deck. +1 definitely. Can you give me suggestions for my rakdos deck? Rakdos!!!!
There is a lot of control in my area. I hate control...
May 23, 2013 11:24 p.m.
You should consider using Legion Loyalist . Haste and Battalion for first strike, trample, and can't be blocked by tokens. No more chump blocks.
May 23, 2013 11:27 p.m.
Hey man, just wanted to let you know I think this deck is sick and definetly my kind of play style. Just wondering how you would play against an infect deck and a deck that populates the board with lots of creatures and tokens, as this is how my friends play. Also wondering if this deck is up to date or have you changed anything recently. Thanks in advance!
May 30, 2013 4:09 p.m.
Aye it is now with the Legion Loyalist :) Not sure about the infect situation or any situation outside of standard play, it is designed to be a standard vs standard deck. However you can click the playtest button and try it for yourself :)
May 30, 2013 4:19 p.m.
Sounds good, and I see you took out your shred-freak for spike jesters, and vexing devils for legion loyalists. Any particular reasons? I know you have 4 less humans for your Aristocrat now.
May 30, 2013 4:37 p.m.
I did do that aye, I think there needs to be less humans to be more aggressive with the haste-y creatures that are available now.
May 30, 2013 4:56 p.m.
Thanks, definitely gives me some stuff to think about. I'll try out vexing devil and see how I like it vs Legion Loyalist for myself.
May 30, 2013 6 p.m.
Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch belongs in this deck. She has haste , 4/4 for 4 ...she's got first strike and anything that enters with a counter now has haste like late cacklers now gorehouse chainwalkers and thrill kill and other unleash creatures are amazing.
May 30, 2013 6:18 p.m.
Since you did i'd go 4x cackler 2x loyalist. Just saying..
May 30, 2013 6:26 p.m.
I do encounter a lot of token decks also, which would be close to insta-win if they can't block my stuff... vs. the chance of a 1-of in my deck giving a late game cackler haste... do you still favor the cackler over the loyalist?
May 30, 2013 7:06 p.m.
This deck isn't very good and I'm below .500 with it in tournament play. It loses to blue hard and can't do much but straightforward attack damage. Anything that prevents damage or redirects it will be a loss. It loses most to Voice of Resurgence and white. It has no big guns and honestly, I can only do about 10 to 15 damage before they really get into it and I'm dead. The Smiter deck also kills me quickly.
May 31, 2013 11:11 p.m.
Was 1-5 in today's tournament with this deck. They all had blue decks. I really spent a lot on this deck and it is not good.
June 1, 2013 4:44 p.m.
I have about 90% of this deck and I'm doing fine against most decks including blue. I lose here and there, but I actually got 2nd place at my comic book store's standard tournament. I spent a decent amount on this deck as well but only after a lot of research and considering its weaknesses. You Can't really blame the guy who designed the deck because it doesn't work out for you, while not giving back some suggestions on how to improve it.
June 1, 2013 5 p.m.
Yeah man, other people got 1st place as well in their tournaments if you read the past posts. I have no idea why you are losing so badly... but perhaps if you kill the Voice of Resurgence with a Pillar of Flame which exiles it so there is no token from it...?
June 1, 2013 6:03 p.m.
I have personally seen it win a few tournaments. Of course, that was in ReturnTo Ravnica Standard time, maybe into Gatecrash, but definitely RTR.
Maybe Gatecrash and Dragon's Maze have altered the playing field enough so that other colours have more resources with which to deal with this kind of deck, and it's no longer as reliable as it once was. No deck stays on top forever... in fact, if this deck was doing too well, R&D would likely place some answers in the following sets intentionally.
June 1, 2013 7:46 p.m.
Okay the first deck I was beat with had Loxodon Smiter so I would probably not use Brimstone Volley and use Mizzium Mortars instead. The other had Assemble the Legion and I never got a card to deal with counters, so I'm not sure what to do about that. Another had AEtherling I couldn't kill so I guess I could run Dreadbore in the deck from now on but that wouldnt help I dont think. Then there were counter decks.
June 1, 2013 11:15 p.m.
It is, of course, very important to tune your deck and sideboard to your own meta. Illness in the Ranks would easily counter Assemble the Legion , as could Appetite for Brains (also good against AEtherling ).
June 2, 2013 9:46 a.m.
Sounds good to me, also against counter you need to play multiple low casting cost things in a turn to burn out their counter as well as have a board presence. In order to counter they have a low board presence early game because they are saving their mana for the counter spells.
So favor playing in multiples over playing the highest casting cost thing every round. That is the strategy to play aggro vs counter.
June 2, 2013 3:41 p.m.
No Tragic Slip s?Might fit well for mana-dork removal without having to spend a burn spell
June 3, 2013 1:32 a.m.
Lost again today to blue. Never won a match against Snapcaster Mage and grixis decks.
June 3, 2013 5:27 p.m.
Love the deck gave u a +1 went won 3 out of 4 on fir day with it but i was just wondering why did u take out Vexing Devil and Rakdos Shred-Freak cause i would think u would want more humans to sac for Falkenrath Aristocrat just incase someone played a board wipe?
June 3, 2013 9:03 p.m.
Oh nvm i see u can still sac non humans to give him indestructible
June 3, 2013 9:09 p.m.
+1I'm curious though, how come you don't main deck Traitorous Blood especially with the falkenrath combo? Also, you can use it to just capture a big guy and attack for game or something.
June 7, 2013 4:13 p.m.
The reason to sideline the Traitorous Blood is that a lot of people play control in my meta, so it is only useful sometimes. Devil's Play which is good, but too slow for my vision of this deck. It may fit in your red deck if you like the card :)
June 7, 2013 5 p.m.
I don't see how this deck wins. Put a few counter spells in and its over. Can't beat Voice of Resurgence . Selling this deck soon.
June 7, 2013 11:36 p.m.
Next time, playtest on TappedOut against common decks in your meta before shelling out the cash. And Voice of Resurgence is definitely an awesome new answer to a lot of things!
June 8, 2013 10:29 a.m.
I'm not sure why you would constantly be losing to Voice of Resurgence there's so many options for dealing with it immediately. I'm also going to be asking you questions as this goes along Ixthinon as this is the type of deck I enjoy playing and I havn't played magic for like 2 year so don't lose patience with me lol. So I'm wondering why its necessary to have Illness in the Ranks when you have Electrickery you could bump Electrickery up to 4 and get rid of illness to add another card. I just think the overload cost is trivial and its more versatile. Keep up the good work.
June 8, 2013 1:41 p.m.
Also what do you think about comboing dynacharge using its overload effect? That way if you still have a lot of 1/1's on the field you can pump them all up for a large attack. Especially if used with Fervent Cathar or if Legion Loyalist is on the field.
June 8, 2013 2:01 p.m.
I think I just realized why you would have illness in the ranks because its a permanent and not one time use... sorry I'm slow lol.
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June 9, 2013 12:15 a.m.
Hey I was wondering if you could take a look at my deck and give me some advice, or some friendly criticism, thanks :)
June 9, 2013 8:50 p.m.
I've been looking at your deck for a week now and I have to say i'm impressed by the speed and ferocity this deck attacks its enemies. I've been play testing my deck Overrun the enemy lines to judge how fast my deck is and your just out runs it every time. Even when I come close Brimstone Volley is a killer. If you could take a look at my deck and see what I can do to make it more lethal I would appreciate it.
June 20, 2013 1:33 a.m.
Wow great deck. I playtested it and I can see how you got 1st place at FNM. +1 from me.
June 24, 2013 7:21 p.m.
I have been play testint my own little version of red deck wins against my own azorious detain deck, and they go back and forth depending on what is drawn. Red deck win deck wins about 15% more though. Against it for azorious, I would side 3 dispel and 6 creature cancel cards. Detain is slow on it with the haste though, but Oblivion Ring and Fiend Hunter are VERY helpful against it.
Which comes to my question...
What should one use for Oblivion Ring ?
June 25, 2013 11:06 a.m.
Not sure what to answer for that one... I think that this deck is fast enough to out-pace the removal. For every oblivion ring you drop there will be 2 creatures swinging in. If you really wanted a card to hurt this deck its Blind Obedience . There is no removal spells in the R/B range to deal with enchantments but there is Duress . An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure !
June 25, 2013 4:06 p.m.
Hi I love your deck and I got all the cards for it except for the main card needed which is Falkenrath Aristocrat I got one but I'm too poor to afford the other two is there any card you would recommend I can use as a alternative? Like would two more Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch work? I'm planning to play at FNM and try to win the promo Rakdos Cackler ! Which would look great in the deck :D
June 28, 2013 4:14 a.m.
I think a lot of the time, Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch can fill the role of Falkenrath Aristocrat in this deck, but not all the time. Exava doesn't survive boardwipes, and she doesn't help you enable Morbid for those fatal Brimstone Volley s.
June 28, 2013 7:57 a.m.
First off I want to say I love your deck. Im not a wealthy player by any means so ive been getting some of these cards through the weeks. I was just wondering what cards I could replace Thundermaw Hellkite and Falkenrath Aristocrat ill hate to say good bye to them in standard. +1 from me!
July 22, 2013 8:11 p.m.
Thanks man, I do not know what could currently replace them... maybe something will be evident in the next set? I hope so !
July 22, 2013 10:19 p.m.
Thanks I am getting a couple more cards today and I will post my deck list. if you see something I need to work on or even the smallest card to make a difference I would greatly appreciate it :)
July 23, 2013 3:40 a.m.
July 25, 2013 11:27 a.m.
I tried the flailer and found that it was too much mana. I did not try it with exava though and that might change things if he has haste.
July 25, 2013 11:30 a.m.
am i right, exava is on battlefield and then you cast flailer..will flailer become haste?
July 25, 2013 11:51 a.m.
Yeah because if you use the unleash then it will have a counter on it. Exava gives haste to creatures with counters on them.
July 25, 2013 noon
maybe i need to input Bloodfray Giant which has a trample for 4/3 + unleassh for heavy swing
July 25, 2013 12:08 p.m.
and lastly i have a question what if fervent attack first before it sac for falkenrath to gain +1/+1 then attack.. is there a damage first attack by fervent? or no damage due to sac?
July 25, 2013 12:28 p.m.
They deal damage at the same time in combat. So either the both deal damage because they are both alive or just the aristocrat deals damage with the counter because you sac the cathar before damage is dealt.
July 25, 2013 12:39 p.m.
Nice deck +1 Im using it for play testing and examples hopes that okay so far done 1 game I won but it was close and I had better draws let you know how it goes. Heres my deck if you want to see its post roto. Blood Thief
July 26, 2013 5:29 p.m.
Ill try to get at least 1 more done today its just writing down every turn and links and the coding is time consuming and exhausting lol
July 26, 2013 5:32 p.m.
Hey Ixthinon I'm still playing a slightly modified version of this deck and loving it! Whats your thought on m14 anything your going to change? Until The old sets get cycled out there isn't much I personally would change other than maybe Burning Earth as a side deck and Chandra's Pheonix for replacing Fervent Cathar or something. Let me know what you think! thanks.
August 1, 2013 6:50 p.m.
Also, maybe Mindsparker side deck for playing against blue/white. Though I'm somewhat confused by the wording of that card. The way its worded makes it sound like it does 2 damage for any blue/white instant or (any color) sorcery that is cast.
August 1, 2013 6:55 p.m.
As the deck is going soon out of rotation: How would you modify it to make it a good modern?
August 4, 2013 7:53 a.m.
August 18, 2013 1:01 p.m.
Flying, indestructible option and haste. Not to mention it is not legendary, so you can have more on the board.
August 18, 2013 3:35 p.m.
Hi! I really like your deck, in fact mine's very similar to yours except I didn't include Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch and Thundermaw Hellkite . My only question would be how do you plan to make this deck standard once Innistrad block rotates? Cause I'm kind of facing the same problem (certainly a +1)
September 19, 2013 10:03 a.m.
Hey man thanks for the comment. I think in the wake of the recent spoiled cards that it makes the most sense to add green to remain aggressive. There is an awful lot of great creatures and new planeswalkers that green offers that will fit right in here.
September 19, 2013 12:20 p.m.
Friend, I am ready with this deck, it is a machine. What do you think could put if forfun? +1
September 19, 2013 1:48 p.m.
Back when this was standard, I used your model to make my first FNM deck. I didn't have all the cards, so I ran stuff as close as I could to your model. I found it because I had all the Falkenwrath Aristrocrats and wanted a deck based on them.
Anyway, It was my first FNM standard competition, just me, this little skinny chick against 26 guys and I got first place. :) So thanks! for the awesome Model. I really love that deck, (and yours too) I'll probably put my modded version up so you can see it.
I used it after that and got 2nd, 3rd twice, 5th, and 7th (not in that order) then it rotated out. You're awesome, thanks again :) <3
October 17, 2013 8:31 p.m.
Thanks for all the love ! I am happy you had as much fun with it as I did :)
October 17, 2013 9:08 p.m.
I love a good Magic story! Keep your eye on Ixthinon, he's got da skillz!
October 17, 2013 11:05 p.m.
October 17, 2013 11:18 p.m.
Yea I have to say this deck won me quite a lot of packs. I created my own red/white heroic deck for standard now then found one almost identical to it here Superheroes. Its a very fun and good deck so check it out! Also thanks alot for developing this deck.
October 18, 2013 11:17 a.m.
I am currently running this deck for casual play. This deck is awesome! Fast and brutal. I have ran it against several different decks, and always dominate by round 5-6. I made one change though. I removed 3 Rakdos Cackler and added 3 Vexing Devil . I wanted to ask what was your thinking for not doing the same? Seems like a 4/2 one drop, or a 2/2 one drop, would be an obvious choice. Wanted to get your thought process on your choice. Deck is def +1 Sorry if this has been already been addressed.
January 11, 2014 6:22 p.m.
It did originally run 3 Vexing Devil 's until they rotated out of standard. I am glad you like the deck !
January 11, 2014 7:09 p.m.
Great Deck! +1 From Me
It would be awesome if you would check out my elf deck Mono Green Elf Deck and see if you could give me any suggestions. I would love input from smart mtg players.
January 19, 2014 5:43 p.m.
Wow, this looks really nice, do you think i could have chance at FNM with my Mono-R Burn ? Suggestions would be cool :)
April 18, 2015 1:42 p.m.
Why does Tapped out tell me that almost all the cards in this deck aren't modern legal? Did something change or is that a glitch?
September 21, 2015 7:48 a.m.
Cool deck! +1
Mind checking out my Rakdos deck? Here: Indestructible Rakdos Horde (T4 WIN) ($89)
March 9, 2016 7:16 a.m.
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