Mono Red Tips (Value, Ramp) (EDH)

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Posted on July 27, 2020, 3:36 p.m. by Samus_Saran

Hi, I wanting to start building a Mono Red Commander Deck and the Problem is generating alot of Value to compare to others.

So I think Etali, Primal Storm as a Commander does alot of Value. Also I know Sunbird's Invocation thats generate also good Value. Is there more Value Cards for Mono Red something like Draw without Discard?

Further are there good Ramp Cards for Red?

Massacar says... #2

Basically all red draw requires a discard. Expedite is one exception. Red tends to handle draw through exiling the top of your library and giving you the ability to play those cards for a turn or two like what Etali does.

As for (mana) ramping: Desperate Ritual, Pyretic Ritual, Rite of Flame, Seething Song, Simian Spirit Guide, Runaway Steam-Kin, Battle Hymn

July 27, 2020 4:14 p.m.

shadow63 says... #3

Stolen Strategy is a must run. I'd also recommend Outpost Siege as for ramp you got rocks

July 27, 2020 4:15 p.m.

Pikobyte says... #4

Dockside Extortionist is nice for ramp

July 27, 2020 4:54 p.m.

DeinoStinkus says... #5

Red's version of card advantage is Light Up the Stage-type cards.

As far as other value cards... Chaos Warp, Experimental Frenzy, Risk Factor, and Browbeat.

July 27, 2020 5:20 p.m.

Caerwyn says... #6

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July 27, 2020 5:54 p.m.

MagicMarc says... #7

You have to look into artifacts for ramping or card advantage without discard or sacrifice.

Some good staples that are available are:

For ramp: Ruby Medallion, Temple of the False God, Burnished Hart, Iron Myr, Sol Ring, Worn Powerstone, Gilded Lotus, Nyx Lotus, and Fire Diamond.

For ramp and card advantage: Mind Stone or Solemn Simulacrum.

For card advantage: Skullclamp, Tamiyo's Journal, and Mind's Eye. If you don't mind sharing then anything like Howling Mine is good.

Two cards I think are flavorful for red and provide card advantage but i don't see too often are: Staff of Nin, and Coercive Portal. The staff lets you ping stuff for 1 which is a nice little support card but it also draws a card every turn. The portal is not for the faint of heart but can really alter a board state depending on votes. Especially if you build with knowing this in advance.

July 27, 2020 6:31 p.m.

King_marchesa says... #8

A very good red commander is Zada, Hedron Grinder if you use Expedite you can draw so many cards. I personally think it is a much better had more unique commander than Etali, Primal Storm. Check out this article for an great budget build!

July 27, 2020 7:41 p.m.

Caerwyn says... #9

Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion and Neheb, the Eternal are two additional mono-Red legendary creatures with build-in value engines.

Ignite the Future is a solid piece of impulse draw (term for exile and casting for a brief period of time) that comes back later in the game for incredible value.

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is a strong ramp piece if you have a lot of colored permanents with mana symbols.

July 27, 2020 9:45 p.m.

plakjekaas says... #10

Sword of the Animist in every deck that runs creatures.

Gauntlet of Power, Caged Sun are very powerful too

Warp World is pretty funny to flip mid combat with Etali's trigger 0:)

July 27, 2020 11:39 p.m.

RiotRunner789 says... #11

I would run Blood Moon. It doesn't get you ahead but helps to put mono-red on an even playing field. It's just the red version of Hall of Gemstone.

July 27, 2020 11:49 p.m.

Azdranax says... #12

As King_marchesa noted, I would definitely encourage you to look into Zada, Hedron Grinder as a mono-red commander, as this deck can easily be built on a budget and is very fast and very consistent, plus it's fairly linear and both easy and a blast to play. Who doesn't get excited about overwhelming multiple opponents with hordes of goblins?

Feel free to check out the Zada build below - it includes a handful of spendy cards but the most expensive can easily be replaced with budget options. If you want to eliminate infinite combos, you can also remove Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.


July 29, 2020 2:40 a.m.

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