My Red Deck Wins, not stolen, so don't say so. Help is appreciated, I definitely keep suggestions in mind, and usually use suggestions.


*Recently Updated* — Jan. 23, 2014

Stopped playing magic for a a few months and could really use help, so if you see any flaws in the deck, please comment. I haven't really played a lot of theros either, I went to the draft and then stopped playing for a bit. Feel free to use this build at FNM or something, and tell me how it works out, because I don't even have this list currently.

Formortiis says... #1

I think you made a mistake. I don't see any Boros Reckoner s in this list.

July 7, 2013 7:33 p.m.

Goldprint says... #2

You need to have Shock maindecked for sure and Skullcrack either mained or sided, important with Archangel of Thune 's appearance.

July 22, 2013 3:26 a.m.

rubot22 says... #3

Sided Skullcrack , Archangel would be a threat.

July 22, 2013 3:39 a.m.

ENEyman says... #4

What about Burning-Tree Emissary and Firefist Striker ? Also, I think you could cut at least one Mountain and I would recommend taking out all of your Wild Guess .

July 22, 2013 3:26 p.m.

k0sior says... #5

Wild Guess is not a good card becasue it's 2 cards for 2 cards +2 mana, and i think it's a bit too slow

July 22, 2013 4:19 p.m.

rubot22 says... #6

@ENEyman, both cards don't seem too bad in this deck. Boarding them now.

@Both, yea, it does suck.

July 22, 2013 5:08 p.m.

kulilin4000 says... #7

Fervor is on its way out as well(from your maybeboard), you probably just overlooked it. I definitely love the Ogre Battledriver and am looking forward to seeing how he does. I personally prefer Weapon Surge over Dynacharge because it's one less mana to overload, and it's first strike.

July 24, 2013 10:25 p.m.

ENEyman says... #8

@Fervor , remember that Legion Loyalist already gives all your guys first strike. The +2/+0 from Dynacharge combined with the first strike from Legion Loyalist provides a powerful offensive trick.

July 24, 2013 10:31 p.m.

I think it needs +1000 Pillarfield Ox

July 29, 2013 6:44 p.m.

rubot22 says... #10

My mistake

July 29, 2013 8:39 p.m.

badbranga says... #11

Don't even bother thinking about Cryptborn Horror , it can be a terrible topdeck at a board stall or when you have little board presence. You have to jump thru hoops just to get something decent -- often just something like a 2/2 or 3/3 with trample. And it would need to compete with Boros Reckoner and Chandra's Phoenix for the three drop slot, which it does poorly.

At the moment, and depending on the meta when innistrad rotates, Burning Earth can do a lot of work. Meanwhile I wouldn't put Smelt in the sideboard unless you knew people were running artifacts, particularly artifacts that you really feel you need to deal with.

Mutavault s are great if you can afford them, but try and keep your red source count at around or above 20 if you want to be able to cast your Boros Reckoner s without major issue.

Goblin Diplomats look fun, I'd like to try them out, but I feel like they'd probably be best when paired up with a full playset of Boros Reckoner s, potentially decimating the opponent's board.

August 3, 2013 3:54 a.m.

rubot22 says... #12

Thanks for the feedback! I'll try some of those changes and see how it works out.

August 3, 2013 1:58 p.m.

Royberto says... #13

Chandra, Pyromaster is a better 4 drop in my opinion more than Ogre Battledriver , he is pretty useful but I'd rather Pyromaster because she pings and makes them not block+"draw" ability. I don't like Mugging or Flames of the Firebrand , but that's just me personally, and I think you should be playing with Annihilating Fire because its like a Searing Spear with the Pillar of Flame effect, its a steep mana cost but its still good.

August 5, 2013 9:03 p.m.

Royberto says... #14

Those are just based off of what I'd be playing in my mono red deck Mono Red Wins

August 5, 2013 9:04 p.m.

nemesis5887 says... #15

I would replace Ogre Battledriver with Hellrider . He gives so much more value. Also I would run Searing Spear and Pillar of Flame or Brimstone Volley . I think you are hurting yourself to be running mono red without Burning Earth . You need 4 Burning-Tree Emissary and Lightning Mauler , which makes a great t2 drop. Personally I prefer Stromkirk Noble over Legion Loyalist over the other 1 drop just personal preference due to the growing but Legion Loyalist isn't bad. I would also consider Mindsparker in sideboard since American Control is so popular right now. As far as cutting goes I would cut Goblin Diplomats , Dynacharge , Shock , Flames of the Firebrand , and Mugging . I like Awaken the Ancient , however I don't not value it over Hellrider and you only need 1 4 drop in the deck else it will slow you down. I also don't think I would run 2 different playsets of a 3 drop. Since you only have 21 land and 19 of it is mountains it would seem you are going for aggro. So you want a fast deck. I would personally cut Boros Reckoner even though he is such a good card I like Chandra's Phoenix because of the haste and evasion and recovery. To be honest Boros Reckoner sorta feels more of a defensive/slow card for this style deck. Maybe if you was doing a Naya and got him out on t2 then he wouldn't feel as slow. When he can attack you usually want to be swinging lethal and most decks don't run a t3 flyer that can block Chandra's Phoenix . Anyway that is my 0.02 cents from the way I run my red deck, hope it helps ya.

August 13, 2013 11:06 a.m.

rubot22 says... #16

I'll make some changes, however this deck was meant to be used following the rotation of innistrad, so cards like Hellrider don't qualify, but good suggestions anyway, thanks!

August 15, 2013 1:16 p.m.

LeoCop90 says... #17

Cards I don't like: Ogre battledriver, Dynacharge, Goblin Diplomats, Mugging, Firefist striker, Burning Earth.

For sure you should add 2-3 chandra pyromaster, and maybe some mizzium mortars can go in the main along with some skullcracks.
Burning earth should be in sideboard. To replace other cards we need to wait the releas of theros.

August 15, 2013 1:35 p.m.

ENEyman says... #18

I disagree with putting Burning Earth in the sideboard. Three-color decks are really popular right now and the Earths are huge against them. Also, I wouldn't put Skullcrack main. It's uses are too limited.

August 17, 2013 1:07 a.m.

Oatmeal says... #19

Goblin Diplomats are doing nothing for this deck and potentially wiping both your boards. If you were running a playset of Boros Reckoner or running Wall of Frost it would be awesome otherwise I would remove them.

I would also remove Flames of the Firebrand 3 for 3 is a waste when you have Lightning Strike or Mizzium Mortars .

Burning Earth is a sideboard card all the way, you shouldn't run it until game two when you know they are running nonbasic land and you need to speed up your damage.

same thing goes for Skullcrack no use in wasting a spot unless you know they are counting on lifelink or Sphinx's Revelation I know that "damage cant be prevented and does 3 damage" are appealing but there are too many cards that deserve a main board spot over this.

so I would suggest:

-2 Goblin Diplomats

+1 Firefist Striker preventing a blocker is huge...especially when you have two on the board!

+1 Burning-Tree Emissary

move the 2 x Skullcrack to sideboard

+2 Magma Jet

-3 Flames of the Firebrand

+3 Lightning Strike

move the 2x Burning Earth to sideboard

+2 Mizzium Mortars


-4 Mizzium Mortars

+2 Pithing Needle for planeswalkers and other activated abilities

-3 Seismic Stomp

+2 Peak Eruption for mirror match

+2 Skullcrack

+1 Hammer of Purphoros

and check out my red deck Purphoros' A$$ fanatics

October 23, 2013 5:20 p.m.

throw in a couple Purphoros, God of the Forge , and youll do a boatload of damage.

December 17, 2013 7:43 a.m.

Ha1ryFeet1s says... #21

I would consider sideboarding 3 - 4 mizzium mortars vs G/w aggro or decks that run blood baron or archangel of thune, i dig your deck alot +1 from me

Heres the list ive been successfull with

March 7, 2014 3:51 p.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.00
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+1 Lightning Strike maybe
+1 Mizzium Mortars maybe
+1 Magma Jet maybe
+1 Purphoros, God of the Forge maybe
+4 Lightning Strike main
-2 Burning Earth main
-2 Goblin Diplomats main
-3 Flames of the Firebrand main
+1 Chandra's Phoenix main
+2 Skullcrack main
+2 Magma Jet main
-2 Skullcrack main
+2 Purphoros, God of the Forge main
+4 Skullcrack side
-1 Mizzium Mortars maybe
-1 Smelt maybe
-1 Lightning Strike maybe
-1 Awaken the Ancient maybe
-1 Scorchwalker maybe
-1 Hammer of Purphoros maybe
-1 Purphoros, God of the Forge maybe
-1 Weapon Surge maybe
-2 Skullcrack main
-1 Magma Jet maybe
-2 Burning Earth side
-2 Mizzium Mortars side
-3 Seismic Stomp side
+1 Firefist Striker main
-1 Mountain main
+1 Act of Treason side
+2 Madcap Skills side
+2 Burning Earth side
-2 Mizzium Mortars side

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