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Being a Sligh specialist, I have been constantly evaluating the worthiness of red creatures. None more so than the Haste creatures. Being fast to attack isn’t everything; it must fit the mana curve and be able to do its one job…kill my opponent. Using Cardshark’s search engine, and adding to the list 4-5 good Haste creatures that somehow did not reveal themselves after the search, I’ve ranked all 65 haste creatures, from the worst to the best. I’ve written about the worst and the 20 best of the creatures, as there is not much to say about those that are in the middle.

THE WORST: Minotaur Tactician
Minotaur Tactician
Minotaur TacticianSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Minotaur Tactician gets +1/+1 as long as you control a white creature. Minotaur Tactician gets +1/+1 as long as you control a blue creature.
: Why is this the worst haste creature ever? Because, for it to be any good, you must splash both red and blue in your deck. And that only gets you a 3/3 Haste. Plus, there are no white minotaurs (although there should be if they base them on Dragonlance minotaurs), and only one blue
Minotaur (Labyrinth Minotaur
Labyrinth Minotaur
Labyrinth MinotaurSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Labyrinth Minotaur blocks any creature, that creature does not untap during its controller's next untap phase.
)... Why bother? I wouldn’t even play this in a tribal deck.

20th…Thundermare
Thundermare
ThundermareSet: Portal
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Thundermare is unaffected by summoning sickness. When Thundermare comes into play from your hand, tap all other creatures. (This includes your creatures.)
: A 5/5 unblockable w/ haste for 6cc is exactly what it should be…a game closer. I had designed the perfect deck for this card, one that would have dominated Type 2. Why didn’t it, you ask? Because I designed it exactly the night before it would rotate out of Type 2 for good. L

19th…Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
: You are paying 1 and one less point of power in order to gain the option of having it stick around and have two additional points of toughness. It’s not bad.

18th…Ronin Houndmaster
Ronin Houndmaster
Ronin HoundmasterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
C
Number:
184
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
: This is a provisional rating, as I have never had the chance to play with this. It looks like Suq’Ata Lance
Lance
LanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains first strike.
r, and that card was pretty good. Thus, I’ll rate it this high for now.

17th…Suq'Ata Lancer
Suq'Ata Lancer
Suq'Ata LancerSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking is assigned to block this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.) Suq'Ata Lancer is unaffected by summoning sickness.
: With Haste and flanking, it was used quite a bit before Tempest came out. It is the forbearer for the Ronin Houndmaster
Ronin Houndmaster
Ronin HoundmasterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
C
Number:
184
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
.

16th…Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
: a staple in fast red Beatdown decks. Unfortunately, it’s only a jab, which keeps it from higher ranking.

15th…Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.
: Cool for so many reasons: nifty abilities, patriotic, etc. However, due to Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
, it never got a chance to prove itself.

14th…Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
: A powerful effect, and being fragile is a blessing in its case. If only WotC let red have normal discards instead of those random ones that do nothing but weaken cards.

13th…Keldon Champion
Keldon Champion
Keldon ChampionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
90
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo; haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.) When Keldon Champion comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target player.
: A Lava Spike
Lava Spike
Lava SpikeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.
attacked to a 3/2 haste. Not a bad little card; underrated due to being in Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
block, where if it wasn’t broken it was ignored.

12th…Centaur Chieftain
Centaur Chieftain
Centaur ChieftainSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste. Threshold - When Centaur Chieftain comes into play, creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain trample until end of turn.
: A 3/3 Haste in a color other than red is good, especially when with Threshold it could give your creatures a slight Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
effect. Unfortunate, there were no practical decks for it to “horse” around in.

11th…Avarax
Avarax
AvaraxSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
Beast
Power:
Beast
Text:
Haste. When Avarax comes into play, you may search your library for a card named. Avarax, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your. library.
: It searches for itself, and has weak Firebreathing
Firebreathing
FirebreathingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
R: +1/+0
. In Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
Block Constructed, Avarax
Avarax
AvaraxSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
Beast
Power:
Beast
Text:
Haste. When Avarax comes into play, you may search your library for a card named. Avarax, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your. library.
was useful in combating Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
. That said, it's weak compared to the rest of the Top Ten.

-------THE--TOP--TEN------------

10th…Oxidda Golem
Oxidda Golem
Oxidda GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste, Affinity for Mountains.
: In mono red, it’s a 3/2 quick beat. The fact that it’s an artifact means it can get around CoPs that could otherwise ruin your day.

9th…Yavimaya Ants
Yavimaya Ants
Yavimaya AntsSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Swarm
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
5
Toughness:
1
Text:
TrampleCumulative Upkeep: GGYavimaya Ants can attack the turn it comes into play on your side.
: How good was it? Well, in a time when it was choked that Magic consisted of 4 and ½ colors, with green being the half, it still saw a fair amount of play, especially in BugBind
Bind
BindSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be countered.)Draw a card.
decks. Never heard of that deck? Well, read this excerpt from MTG-STRATEGY-L :
“BugBind
Bind
BindSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be countered.)Draw a card.
- R/G/(w) BugBind
Bind
BindSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be countered.)Draw a card.
's staple cards are just that: Bugs (Wooly Spiders, Giant Trapdoor Spiders, Deadly Insect
Deadly Insect
Deadly InsectSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cannot be the target of spells or effects.
s, Yavimaya Ants
Yavimaya Ants
Yavimaya AntsSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Swarm
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
5
Toughness:
1
Text:
TrampleCumulative Upkeep: GGYavimaya Ants can attack the turn it comes into play on your side.
), and Stormbind
Stormbind
StormbindSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas & Phillip Mosness
Text:
2: Discard a card at random from your hand to have Stormbind deal 2 damage to target creature or player.
. The deck spits out creatures at a fast rate, clearing the way with Stormbind
Stormbind
StormbindSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas & Phillip Mosness
Text:
2: Discard a card at random from your hand to have Stormbind deal 2 damage to target creature or player.
, Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
, and Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
, and ending games with Lava Burst
Lava Burst
Lava BurstSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Lava Burst deals X damage to target creature or player. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to protect that creature.
if necessary. Some variants splash white for Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
and Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
. Others, to live up to the ´´BaubleBind
Bind
BindSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be countered.)Draw a card.
´´ myth, add Urza's Bauble
Urza's Bauble
Urza's BaubleSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Urza's Bauble: Choose a card at random from target player's hand and look at that card. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn.
s and Lodestone Bauble
Lodestone Bauble
Lodestone BaubleSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1, T: Sacrifice Lodestone Bauble to put up to four target basic lands from any player's graveyard on top of his or her library in any order. That player draws a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
s. Other cards to look for in these decks are Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
, Primitive Justice
Primitive Justice
Primitive JusticeSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Destroy target artifact.Destroy a target artifact for each 1R you pay in addition to the casting cost.Destroy a target artifact and gain 1 life for each 1G you pay in addition to the casting cost.
and Jokulhaups
Jokulhaups
JokulhaupsSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kerr
Text:
Bury all artifacts, creatures, and lands.
.”

8th…Lava Hounds
Lava Hounds
Lava HoundsSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hounds
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Lava Hounds is unaffected by summoning sickness.When Lava Hounds comes into play, it deals 4 damage to you.
: Once again, it gave early Sligh decks something along the lines of beef. It returned in 8th Edition, but due to Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
it was ignored. It’s begging to return.

7th…Clickslither
Clickslither
ClickslitherSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Sacrifice a Goblin: Clickslither gets +2/+2 and gains trample until end of turn.
: 3/3 Haste for 4cc is acceptable, and the 1RRR cost doesn’t matter in mono-red decks unless you have LOTS of non-basic lands.. Add to it the ability to pump itself by sacrificing goblins to it, and giving it trampling to boot, and it’s a card we can only pray returns in 9th Edition.

6th…Rorix Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Rorix BladewingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste
: I love seeing Dragons make it into tourney-caliber decks. This one did. 6/5, haste, and flying for 6cc, it often said GAME OVER to the opponents of red mages. Just too sweet.

5th…Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of WrathSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, first strike, trample, haste, protection from black, protection from red
Attacking doesn’t cause Akroma, Angel of Wrath to tap.
: A kitchen sink of abilities, plus being an angel, plus seeing some actual tourney use despite its 8cc cost, and it’s hard not to respect this card.

4th…Blistering Firecat
Blistering Firecat
Blistering FirecatSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
7
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample, haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Blistering Firecat.. Morph RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
: For many it’s the cat’s meow. It can hide out as a morph, and then give a deadly strike for 7 damage. However, often it being the only morph creature in your deck, it gets obvious what it is.

3rd …Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino SandstalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Viashino Sandstalker is unaffected by summoning sickness.At the end of any turn, return Viashino Sandstalker to owner's hand.
: Quick, painful, and deadly, it has been a Sligh staple since Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
, giving it the longest tour of duty of any Sligh card. Hats off to this card that will be returning in 9th Edition.

2nd…Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
: Quick and painful, if your opponent doesn’t get adequate blockers, its game over for him. Many say he’s the best haste creature ever.

AND THE NUMBER ONE HASTE CREATURE OF ALL TIME…

1st…Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
: It’s been the standard bearer for haste creatures. Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
, Firecat, Irregular, Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.
, Spark Elemental
Spark Elemental
Spark ElementalSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample. At the end of turn, sacrifice Spark Elemental.
, etc., have all tried to take its place. It’s cheap to cast, and it provides 6 damage, which is usually more than enough to kill the opponent. With WotC considering allowing Trample back in the base set, perhaps once again we will see the champ back in Type 2. We can only hope.

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