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CardShark Content - Rob Chesley (8/16/2006)

Reading a few articles a while back that were signaling the return of a mono red deck got my juices flowing to possibly play Standard MTG at a competitive level. What pushed this idea over the top is when I saw an amazing possibility with Coldsnap’s amazing red card selection. The return of Snow-Covered Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
cards and the one cost instant Skred
Skred
SkredSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.
marked the turning point in the direction of the deck. The deck relies on burning or flying your way to the win with an emphasis of dealing damage fast. Without further ado, here is the deck list and the reasons for the card choices.

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


Creatures
4 Rakdos Pit-Dragon
2 Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.

4 Karplusan Wolverine
Karplusan Wolverine
Karplusan WolverineSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Karplusan Wolverine becomes blocked, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature or player.

4 Stalking Yeti
Stalking Yeti
Stalking YetiSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Yeti
Rarity:
U
Number:
98
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Stalking Yeti comes into play, if it's in play, it deals damage equal to its power to target creature an opponent controls and that creature deals damage equal to its power to Stalking Yeti. 2oSi: Return Stalking Yeti to its owner's hand. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

4 Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

3 Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master YamabushiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
1R: Kumano, Master Yamabushi deals 1 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage by Kumano this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.


Spells
4 Skred
Skred
SkredSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.

3 Braid of Fire
Braid of Fire
Braid of FireSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Add R to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)


2 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.

4 Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.

4 Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples

2 Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Now onto the card choices:

Snow-covered Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
: The obvious choice, this card is strictly better then running basic Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s as it has the super type snow. These were chosen specifically for Skred
Skred
SkredSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.
.

Rakdos Pit-Dragon: To be used with Braid of Fire
Braid of Fire
Braid of FireSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Add R to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

and as a flying, double strike, pump guy. This is great for the deck as it wants to have as few cards in the hand as possible and can only get better as the game goes on. With this and a Braid of Fire
Braid of Fire
Braid of FireSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Add R to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

in the game you can effectively have “Cumulative upkeep: put a +1/+0 counter on Pit Dragon.

Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.
: I plan on using him like 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.
or 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.)
. He just needs to come into play and deal six damage. The tokens he creates will not matter if you are holding a Kumano or a Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
. His haste is his strongest asset.

Karplusan Wolverine
Karplusan Wolverine
Karplusan WolverineSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Karplusan Wolverine becomes blocked, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
: This guy will fit the bill until Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
gets printed. He’s an early attacker that can effectively take out 2 toughness creatures. This guy will be in every red deck when Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.
rotates out and Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
isn’t here yet.

Stalking Yeti
Stalking Yeti
Stalking YetiSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Yeti
Rarity:
U
Number:
98
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Stalking Yeti comes into play, if it's in play, it deals damage equal to its power to target creature an opponent controls and that creature deals damage equal to its power to Stalking Yeti. 2oSi: Return Stalking Yeti to its owner's hand. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
: Used as reusable creature removal, especially given the fact that we can use the Braid of Fire
Braid of Fire
Braid of FireSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Add R to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

mana as an excuse to bounce him. [Editor’s note: This actually doesn't work, since the Yeti can only bounce at sorcery speed. Thanks to Bedford (of all people) for pointin this out to me! The rest of his Yeti explanation is golden though.] Great at neutralizing opposing threats as he’s a decent sized blocker for the price.

Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
: Used in this deck to use mana created by Braid of Fire
Braid of Fire
Braid of FireSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Add R to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

to make more guys or to make guys defensively (without Braid of course). These guys help control the early game as you start to acquire more mana and more dragons.

Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master YamabushiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
1R: Kumano, Master Yamabushi deals 1 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage by Kumano this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
: He’s here to get rid of excess Braid of Fire
Braid of Fire
Braid of FireSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Add R to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

mana and to provide another win condition outside of the mass burn spells.

Skred
Skred
SkredSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.
: Used to take out blockers and as an early way to deal with creatures until you can get something going with Kumano or a 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.
.

Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
: Creature removal in the early game and great card to plop down as now they will think twice about whatever they were thinking about playing. Strictly better than Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, it will decide games when you just need those last points of damage.

Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
: The name says it all. This is why you play this deck to deal more damage to your opponent as fast as you can dish it. You get more damage inflicted vs. cost so that is definitely a plus. The two damage you take from it is meaningless, considering you want to win as fast as possible.

Braid of Fire
Braid of Fire
Braid of FireSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Add R to your mana pool. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

: Used primarily to pump dragons and use Kumano. Also great in the later games when you can use the mana to activate the guildmage to send creatures across the table, it is the perfect card to fill a fast mana position in the deck. Players will definitely be scratching their heads when you play this card.

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.
/Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples
: Used as the win condition for the deck, especially with Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples
packing protection from counters. These x spells you’ll want to play as soon as you can deal 5 or more damage. Your opponent will see the numbers quickly add up.

Playing the deck is pretty straight forward. Get out as much stuff and fire on all cylinders at all times. This deck will be easily adaptable when Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
comes into the fray. Until then though, this deck will surely surprise a lot of people and can dish out far more than your opponent came prepared for. Thanks, please read my other articles or leave feedback. Ratings are kindly appreciated.


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