Classic burn for Core Set 2019 Standard. Featuring The Flame of Keld and Guttersnipe.

A detailed breakdown of this deck's strategy can be found here.

Card Choices

  • Shock: Burn 'em for one mana.

  • Lightning Strike: Burn 'em for two mana.

  • Wizard's Lightning: Burn 'em for three mana (or just one if you control a Wizard).

  • Flame Lash: Burn 'em for four mana.

  • Lava Axe: Five burn damage for five mana is fine. We will usually replace this with Banefire against control decks, but in general it is generally more efficient, damage-wise, than Banefire most of the time.

  • Ghitu Lavarunner: A Goblin Guide-like threat once you've cast two or more burn spells. Relevant creature type for Wizard's Lightning.

  • Viashino Pyromancer: Burns 'em when he comes down, use him to keep attacking. Relevant creature type for Wizard's Lightning.

  • Guttersnipe: Burns 'em every time you cast an instant or sorcery (20 of the nonland cards in the deck).

  • The Flame of Keld: Stage one discards your hand? What hand? You've been burning 'em! Stage two draws you some cards! Stage three lets you burn 'em and punch 'em even harder with your new cards (if you have Guttersnipe in play it turns Shock into an 8-point burn for one mana)! Burn, baby, burn!

  • Sunscorched Desert: Even our lands burn 'em.


  • Lightning Mare: Anti-control threat.

  • Hazoret the Fervent: Extra creature for control or life gain matchup. Pitches useless cards for damage.

  • Chandra, Torch of Defiance: Card "draw" and extra reach/utility for the control and life gain matchups.

  • Abrade: Bring this in to deal with Amulet of Safekeeping, God-Pharaoh's Gift, or other annoying artifacts. It's also just extra removal if you need it.

  • Banefire: Anti-control burn tech. Not as efficient as the rest of the burn spells in the mainboard, but it can end games if they go long. This is also fine to bring in if you find yourself wanting extra removal.


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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.56
Folders Uncategorized, Standard, mono red stuff!
Top rank #16 on 2018-07-16
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-4 Guttersnipe main
+4 Guttersnipe main
-3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance side
+3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance side
-1 Insult / Injury maybe
+1 Insult maybe