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Standard Red Deck Wins (Post-Mirrodin Besieged) March 15, 2011

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

Not much has changed about Red Deck Wins since I discussed it last (almost two months ago), but I did well in a couple large events with my newest version:


4 Lightning Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
4 Goblin Guide
4 Plated Geopede
3 Koth the Hammer
2 Burst Lightning
4 Teetering Peaks
3 Smoldering Spires
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Arid Mesa
9 Mountain
3 Elemental Appeal
4 Zektar Shrine Expedition
4 Memnite
4 Goblin Bushwacker


4 Arc Trail
4 Kiln Fiend
2 Burst Lightning
4 Staggershock
1 Elemental Appeal

The main changes that I’ve made is now I play Elemental Appeal main deck instead of Staggershock, and I often sideboard in Staggershock, Kiln Fiend, and other burn spells. Zektar Shrine Expedition and Elemental Appeal are best against slower decks and can be taken out against aggro decks for Staggershock and Arc Trail. Decks that play 3 or 4 Tumble Magnets can ruin Elemental Appeal and Zektar Shrine Expedition and those cards can be sideboarded out for Kiln Fiend and Staggershock.

I’m actually not sure that Memnite and Goblin Bushwhacker are worth playing main deck. Kiln Fiend and Staggershock might be better to have main deck instead.
This deck has trouble with Tumble Magnet, Gideon Jura, Baneslayer Angel, Kor Firewalker, and Obstinate Baloth. I can often beat a deck if I only see one of these cards, but multiples can become a problem.

There’s another version of Red Deck Wins that’s been doing well by Patrick Sullivan. Go here to take a look. This version plays 4 Burst Lightning, 4 Koth, 4 Spikeshot Elder, 4 Ember Hauler, and 4 Staggershock main deck rather than Zektar Shrine Expedition, Elemental Appeal, Goblin Bushwhacker, or Memnite. His deck is slower than mine, but it might be more consistent. My one main critique is that I would prefer Kiln Fiend over Ember Hauler.


1. 神の一手 - March 15, 2011

Patrick’s deck is built to kill Hawks holding Swords in their beaks. So the Ember Hauler is better than the Fiend for that purpose.

2. James - March 15, 2011

For the most part my deck doesn’t care if they get a Sword equipped. I could sideboard in all burn and kill almost every creature, but I would rather race them.

3. Adam - June 23, 2011

You may have seen it, but Sullivan’s latest RDW build. I personally like it… No Koth, less land.

4. Adam - June 23, 2011

And… I am a moron. I meant to include the link: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/deck/730

5. James - June 23, 2011

Adam, thanks for sharing. I’m not sure what I think yet. This deck looks like it’s built around shrine, which might be a good idea. Not a big fan of flame slash though. Now that Jace is gone things will be different, so it’s hard to say.