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CardShark Content - Kenneth Wright (7/27/2005)

There are as many ways to build a red burn deck as there are players in Magic: the Gathering. Some would focus more on creature (combat) damage, others would use cheap shot spells to do damage to an opponent. I, personally, use strategies preplanned to utilize the fullest extent of red's purely destructive power. Several red cards have stood the test of time and, excuse the pun, fire. So, using reprint cards in 8th edition, artifacts from Mirrodin, certain Judgment and 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 cards, I have made a truly evil red deck.

Warning
Warning
WarningSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Target attacking creature deals no damage in combat this turn.
to those just beginning MTG or those not used to red decks: you have been warned. This deck is deadly and evil for not only your opponent, but to you as well. Emptying your hand using this deck is a last-ditch effort, not recommended.

Mono-Red Sinister Burn Deck
===========================

Lands
=====
20: Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

Creatures
=========
4: 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.

4: Stone Wall
4: Goretusk Firebeast
Goretusk Firebeast
Goretusk FirebeastSet: Judgment
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Keith Garletts

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Goretusk Firebeast comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target player.


Artifacts
=========
2: Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.

2: Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4: Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

4: Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.


Enchantments
============
2: Crown of Flames
Crown of Flames
Crown of FlamesSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
William O'Connor
Text:
R: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.R: Return Crown of Flames to owner's hand.

2: Furnace of Rath
2: Words of War
Words of War
Words of WarSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
1: The next time you would draw a card this turn, Words of War deals 2 damage to target creature or player instead.


Sorceries
=========
4: Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.

4: Book Burning
Book Burning
Book BurningSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Dave Dorman

Text:
Unless a player has Book Burning deal 6 damage to him or her, put the top 6 cards of target player's library into his or her graveyard.


Instants
========
2: Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.



As you can see by the cards being used in this deck, this deck targets the opponent with powerful damage spells. To better illustrate this point, let me break down the deck to determine each card's usefulness.

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.

===============
Fifth Dawn card, one cost, elemental that has haste and trample. This is a good card to play for a cheap shot in the early game. One or two of these in your hand at the beginning gives you a 5 to 6 life point lead. In the late game, using this card with Crown of Flames
Crown of Flames
Crown of FlamesSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
William O'Connor
Text:
R: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.R: Return Crown of Flames to owner's hand.
will increase damage to your opponent.

Stone Wall
==========
Eighth Edition wall creature with 8 toughness for three mana. This is a slow-down creature to block your opponent's attacking force solidly.

Goretusk Firebeast
Goretusk Firebeast
Goretusk FirebeastSet: Judgment
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Keith Garletts

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Goretusk Firebeast comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target player.

==================
A decent Judgment red creature for 6 cost and a 4 life deduction on your opponent. This card is another quick damage card for middle game. Having this on the field with two Stone Walls keeps your opponent at bay for a little time.

Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.

================
Cheap Mirrodin artifact that copies an instant with two cost or less. You can guess what this card will do: copy Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
four times to kill opponent quickly. As a last-ditch effort, you could use a copy of Shrapnal Blast to destroy Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
for a final blow.

Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

==========
No cost Mirrodin artifact creature with flying. In this deck, it serves two functions. One, it is a flying blocker for no cost. Two, it is an artifact that can be destroyed by Shrapnal Blast, decreasing the cost of Shrapnal Blast's effect.

Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

===========
A sacrificing artifact for nothing. Again, fodder for Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
.

Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.

================
Cheap artifact that either deals damage to creature/player or allows you to draw cards. Using this card for damage is pointless in this deck, so use the drawing effect to get your more powerful spells. If you have Words of War
Words of War
Words of WarSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
1: The next time you would draw a card this turn, Words of War deals 2 damage to target creature or player instead.
on the field, use its effect to deal 2 damage to your opponent or their monsters.

Crown of Flames
Crown of Flames
Crown of FlamesSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
William O'Connor
Text:
R: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.R: Return Crown of Flames to owner's hand.

===============
Single cost Enchant Creature card that increases attack and bounces back to the hand. Good for single use with 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.
to boost its attack beyond 3. Can be used with Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
for overhead attacks.

Furnace of Rath
===============
Eighth Edition Enchantment damage doubler. All damage sources do double damage, a blessing and a curse for you. You can now properly pummel your opponent to dust, using only two Shrapnal Blast or three 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.
s.

Words of War
Words of War
Words of WarSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
1: The next time you would draw a card this turn, Words of War deals 2 damage to target creature or player instead.

============
Three cost 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.
card that deals two damage to opponent instead of you drawing a card. This is one reason there are deck accelerating cards in this deck. Using Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.
, Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.
s, and some of your draw steps, you can quickly kill off your opponent.

Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.

========
This is a trick card for you opponent. They can choose one of two options: either they lose 5 life or allow you to draw three cards. Words of War
Words of War
Words of WarSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
1: The next time you would draw a card this turn, Words of War deals 2 damage to target creature or player instead.
will change the drawn cards into six life damage to opponent, and with Furnace of Rath on the field, they will be hard pressed to decide between certain death and resignation.

Book Burning
Book Burning
Book BurningSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Dave Dorman

Text:
Unless a player has Book Burning deal 6 damage to him or her, put the top 6 cards of target player's library into his or her graveyard.

============
Low cost, efficient card from Judgement, this card is another choice card: either opponent loses 6 life or the top 6 cards of their deck. If Furnace of Rath is on the field, you will be taking off 10% of their deck and, if all four were played close together, you can make 40% of their deck useless.

Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.

==============
Two cost artifact destroying, life point burning card from Mirrodin, used with Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
can spell devastation for you opponent. Just for fun, if you're into this kind of torture and torment, ´´forget´´ to use it during your turn just to finish them off during their battle step. More than likely, they will turn red themselves.

Bringing this deck together took a lot of thinking and aforementioned foresight. Anyone playing against this deck would not be able to avoid damage at all. Let us see possible weaknesses against this deck in several colors.

Vs. Red:
This deck can deal well against its similar color, however, playing more spells per turn is a necessity. Furnace of Rath is to be used as a final blow, never beforehand, due to the opposing red's burning ability as well.

Vs. Black:
Not too hard for this deck to handle, but a few powers Black uses can devastate this deck. Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
is unblockable in this instance, forcing you to focus on the creatures for damage instead of the controller, delaying you. Also, regenerating cards are annoying to this deck, due to its need to destroy everything.

Vs. White:
Damage prevention is a major problem in this case, as well as life gain that White is so popular for. Changing out a few cards for Flaring Pain
Flaring Pain
Flaring PainSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Glen Angus

Text:
Damage can't be prevented this turn. Flashback R
can resolve damage prevention, but life point gain can only be countered by redoubled damaging attacks

Vs. Blue:
Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
and Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
should explain this problem properly. Since there are copies of several of these spells, force your opponent into wasting counters on useless spells instead of your powerful ones.

Vs. Green:
Problem here? Land acceleration and aggro. Keep focusing on your opponent and not the Titanic Bulvox
Titanic Bulvox
Titanic BulvoxSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
129
Power:
7
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample
Morph 4GGG
they just summoned. Also, if they try to destroy any of your artifacts, destroy them yourself with Shrapnal Blast.

If you have Blaze
Blaze
BlazeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
168
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Text:
Blaze deals X damage to target creature or player.
or another similar card, you can replace a card with it, because Blaze
Blaze
BlazeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
168
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Text:
Blaze deals X damage to target creature or player.
is powerful to finish with.


Good Luck!


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