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Budget Decks: Standard (Type 2) Red Burn July 17, 2009

Posted by James in : all, strategy, constructed, standard , trackback

I have already suggested in my Magic the Gathering FAQ that a red burn deck is the best deck to make with a limited budget. Here is an uptated list of the best cards I suggest for a budget red deck:

One issue with this list is that it will only be legal in a Legacy tournament, which is just one step away from allowing Moxes and Black Lotus. Legacy decks tend to be the best decks you can make with a limited budget, and they are some of the most powerful decks possible. A deck using the cards mentioned above would be very powerful despite using no rares.

There’s nothing wrong with playing a Legacy deck if you are a casual Magic player, but competitive Magic players tend to want to play decks that are legal in Standard tournaments. The only cards allowed in Standard tournaments are fairly new ones. Standard tournaments tend to allow the last two blocks plus a core set, but the rules are becoming more complected.

If you want to make a standard budget red deck, the following three cards from the above list are still legal:

However, there are many other budget cards you could use. Here is my version of the standard budget deck:

4 Lightning Bolt
4 Flame Javelin
4 Tattermunge Maniac
4 Boggart Ram-Gang
4 Ashenmoor Gouger
4 Lash Out
4 Magma Spray
4 Hellspark Elemental
4 Volcanic Fallout
24 Mountain

This is a pretty powerful deck and shouldn’t cost you too much money. There are no rares needed. Although this is a budget deck, there are some expensive rares you could try to get as well, such as Demigod of Revenge, Figure of Destiny, and Ball Lightning.

Lash Out, Magma Spray, and Tattermunge Maniac could be taken out for the rares, but that could end up slowing the deck down. If you want to keep the deck fast, you might want to take out Ashenmoor Gouger, Volcanic Fallout, and Magma Spray instead.
I have done well with a similar deck in a tournament, and I am selling some similar decks in my store.

My next article will be posted on Tuesday July 21, 2009.


1. Recoculous.com: Magic the Gathering Articles » Magic the Gathering FAQ - July 17, 2009

[…] To find out how to build a red budged deck for standard tournaments, go here. My next article will be posted on Friday July 3, 2009. […]

2. Recoculous.com: Magic the Gathering Articles » Budget Decks Part 2: Legacy (Type 1.5) Red Burn - August 10, 2009

[…] Legacy (Type 1.5) is a tournament type allows all cards from normal Magic set except the most over-powred cards, such as the power 9. The best way to make the most powerful deck possible is to make a Legacy deck because it allows cards from every normal Magic set ever made. The best way to make the least expensive deck is to make a Legacy deck because older cards tend to be worth less. People only want the newest cards because the most popular tournaments only allows us to use cards from the newest sets.If you want to make a budget red deck for standard (type 2) tournaments, go here. […]