MTG Brewer: Red Deck Wins Post Rotation

Theros spoilers are only a few days away which means the rotation is very close now. I have been playtesting decks with the cards that we know will survive rotation and I think mono- red, G/W midrange and a U/W maybe U/W/x control deck will be the pillars of the new Standard meta. (Of course all that can change with one or two splashy cards from Theros.)

Aggro decks are always a good place to be right after a rotation. It is easier to be proactive than reactive in a brand new format. Mono red decks in particular are easy to build and easy to play. Here was my first draft, a blitz-y version of mono red.

Mono Red Blitz:
4x Foundry Street Denizen
4x Rakdos Cackler
4x Burning-Tree Emissary
4x Young Pyromancer
4x Firefist Striker
4x Chandra’s Phoenix
4x Rubblebelt Maaka

4x Shock
3x Mugging
1x Mizzium Mortars
2x Act of Treason
2x Flames of the Firebrand

20x Mountain

The problem with this deck is that is didn’t feel strong, fast or resilient. Also in playtesting there were way too many bad opening hands. So back to the drawing board.

Red Deck Wins (Most of the Time):
4x Ash Zealot
4x Young Pyromancer
2x Firefist Striker
4x Chandra’s Phoenix
3x Boros Reckoner
4x Ogre Battledriver

4x Shock
4x Mizzium Mortars
4x Flames of the Firebrand
4x Annihilating Fire

21x Mountain
2x Mutavault

Red Deck Wins Curve

Now this deck can pack a punch. It goes up the curve with no one drops. It relies heavily on synergy and should have a good matchup against other aggro decks with so many burn spells. This deck has far fewer unplayable opening hands. I tried 2 of the new Chandras but I was drawing a bit too many three and four drops so I am trying Firefist Striker in her place. The bottom line this deck by far has perform the best of all the decks I have tested and it is a ton of fun to play.

We know Theros will encourage more mono color decks with mechanics like devotion. I am not really a fan of Ogre Battledriver. It is insane when you to get build around it but it isn’t always good like Hellrider. So a good four drop (ideally with haste or a insane comes into play ability) would be welcomed. Also Annihilating Fire isn’t a great burn spell. Pillar of Flame will rotate and Annihilating deals with Voice of Resurgence but I don’t really want so many 3 mana burn spells so any good burn spell in Theros (ideally able to target a player too) will also slot nicely in the deck.

Update: With the new Theros cards I like +4 Magma Jet +4 Lightning Strike +1 Purphoros, God of the Forge and -4 Shocks -4 Annihilating Fire -1 Ogre Battledriver. The red god is really good but it is so bad to draw multiples of but I still suspect it may be a 2 Purphoros 2 Ogre Battledriver split after more testing.


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