MTG Brewer: The New Fastest Deck in Standard – Red Deck Wins

This isn’t so much a brew but a deck the runs like a well oiled machine (I am still brewing FYI and I am working on a sweet take on the Omnidoor Thragfire deck). My version of Red Deck Wins aka Dirty Red is arguable the fastest deck in Standard right now, it is surprisingly quite resilient and it is somewhat a budget deck too. I have won three straight Friday Night Magic with this and of all the brews I made, it is probably the only deck to win me more than I invested into it.

Red Deck Wins:
4 Rakdos Cackler
3 Reckless Waif
2 Stromkirk Noble
4 Ash Zealot
3 Lightning Mauler
3 Gore- House Chainwalker
4 Pyreheart Wolf
4 Hellrider
4 Searing Spear
4 Brimstone Volley
2 Pillar of Flame
20 Mountains
3 Hellion Crucible

Sideboard:
2 Pillar of Flame
2 Flames of Firebrand
2 Thunderbolt
1 Mizzium Mortars
3 Traitorous Blood
2 Nightbird’s Clutches
2 Thundermaw Hellkite
1 Mountain

Red Deck Wins

All you need to know about this deck is to play a lot of creatures, attack and use burn to clear the way or finish them off. One thing that is different about this list compared to a standard Red Deck Wins is the Reckless Waif. It punishes decks that durdle the first few turns or play a little too many shock lands. There are quite a few of them in my local metagame but going 4 Cacklers 4 Nobles and 1 Stonewright may be right in the Standard metagame as a whole. I do also find Reckless Waifs some times throw people off their game and they make mistakes.

The easiest cards to side out are 2 Pillar of Flames, 4 Brimstone Volleys, 1 Reckless Waif/ Stromkirk Noble, 1 Lightning Mauler and 1 Gore- House Chainwalker. The pillars are for zombies and the flames are great against mana dorks and aggro mirror matches. Thunderbolt is mostly for Restoration Angel and Olivias. 3 Traitorous Bloods, 2 Nightbird’s Clutches and maybe 1 Mizzium Mortars are my anti Thragtusk, Smiters and Centaur Healers packages. Two Thundermaw Hellkites and a mountain lets you go over the top but I don’t want to many Hellkites because going to 25 lands doesn’t seem ideal.

This Red Deck Wins has a good to great matchup against most of the popular decks and (hate to say it) unpolished brews. It can even beat a Thragtusk or two, a Smiter or two, a Restoration Angel or two and a Centaur Healer or two but when your opponent starts to get any combination of three or more of those cards out, things start to get dicey. You just have to race them and hope you can burn the Thragtusk in response to the Angel trigger. One thing though that is on your side, if you are lucky to avoid the Bant matchup in the first round, they more often than not draw so they won’t be on the same side of the bracket as you.

I would say this is a good budget deck to play but the Hellriders and Hellkites have jumped up in price recently but if you have those cards already everything else would cost maybe $20 to assemble.

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