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CardShark Content - Vincent Lovaglio (12/11/2003)

In this article I will be discussing two different types of red decks that are semi-rogue. However, they are both solid decks that can challenge the current metagame.


Mono Red Control


During 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 there was a Tier 2 deck called Bad Form. It was a Mono-Red Control deck sporting Lightning Rift
Lightning Rift
Lightning RiftSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may pay 1. If you do, Lightning Rift deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
and Starstorm
Starstorm
StarstormSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Starstorm deals X damage to each creature. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
as removal, cycling, and Form of the Dragon
Form of the Dragon
Form of the DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Form of the Dragon deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
At the end of each turn, your life total becomes 5.
Creatures without flying can't attack you.
and 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
as win conditions.


Although Bad Form did not fare so well 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 Construct, it got me thinking, especially when 8th Edition was released. You see, 8th Edition gave us Rukh Egg
Rukh Egg
Rukh EggSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Egg
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Rukh Egg goes to the graveyard, a Rukha 4/4 red flying creaturecomes into play on your side at the end of that turn. Use a counter to represent Rukh. Rukh is treated exactly like a normal creature except that if it leaves play it is removed from the game entirely.
and Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
. These two cards combine to form one of the favorite combos of mine.


When Mirrodin came to Standard I quickly dismissed the Rukh Egg
Rukh Egg
Rukh EggSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Egg
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Rukh Egg goes to the graveyard, a Rukha 4/4 red flying creaturecomes into play on your side at the end of that turn. Use a counter to represent Rukh. Rukh is treated exactly like a normal creature except that if it leaves play it is removed from the game entirely.
+ Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
combo. However, after many boring weeks playing and testing U/W Control I've decided to try something different. Here is my Mono Red Control creation.


4 Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.

4 Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

4 Lay Waste
Lay Waste
Lay WasteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Destroy target land.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4 Lightning Rift
Lightning Rift
Lightning RiftSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may pay 1. If you do, Lightning Rift deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 Starstorm
Starstorm
StarstormSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Starstorm deals X damage to each creature. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

4 Slice and Dice
Slice and Dice
Slice and DiceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
232
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Slice and Dice deals 4 damage to each creature. Cycling 2R (2R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Slice and Dice you may have it deal 1 damage to each creature.

4 Spark Spray
Spark Spray
Spark SpraySet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Spark Spray deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
Cycling R

3 Rukh Egg
Rukh Egg
Rukh EggSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Egg
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Rukh Egg goes to the graveyard, a Rukha 4/4 red flying creaturecomes into play on your side at the end of that turn. Use a counter to represent Rukh. Rukh is treated exactly like a normal creature except that if it leaves play it is removed from the game entirely.

3 Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.

3 Chartooth Cougar
Chartooth Cougar
Chartooth CougarSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
R: Chartooth Cougar gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Mountaincycling 2

4 Forgotten Cave
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten CaveSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
317
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Forgotten Cave comes into play tapped. T: Add R to your mana pool. Cycling R (R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

3 Temple of the False God
Temple of the False God
Temple of the False GodSet: Scourge
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T : Add 2 to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control five or more lands.

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



The first facet of the deck is its land destruction. It has 8 three mana land destruction spells, four Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
and four Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
. The four Lay Waste
Lay Waste
Lay WasteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Destroy target land.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
due double duty as additional land kill and as a cycler. The Slice and Dice
Slice and Dice
Slice and DiceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
232
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Slice and Dice deals 4 damage to each creature. Cycling 2R (2R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Slice and Dice you may have it deal 1 damage to each creature.
and Starstorm
Starstorm
StarstormSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Starstorm deals X damage to each creature. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
are both effective board clearers against Goblins. The large amount of cycling allows the Rukh Egg
Rukh Egg
Rukh EggSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Egg
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Rukh Egg goes to the graveyard, a Rukha 4/4 red flying creaturecomes into play on your side at the end of that turn. Use a counter to represent Rukh. Rukh is treated exactly like a normal creature except that if it leaves play it is removed from the game entirely.
+ Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
combo to work properly. The cycling cards also allow you to use the powerful Lightning Rift
Lightning Rift
Lightning RiftSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may pay 1. If you do, Lightning Rift deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
as instant speed removal or as cheap burn. Another notable mention is the 3 Temple of the False God
Temple of the False God
Temple of the False GodSet: Scourge
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T : Add 2 to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control five or more lands.
in the mana base for quicker Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
s.


The sideboard for this deck is pretty solid.
4 Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
-A great answer to Affinity because it is basically turn 2 land destruction.
3 Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.
-For the U/W Control matchup.
3 Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.
-For the W/x Control matchup.
3 Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm IncineratorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 1R (1R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins in play.
and 2 Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
-An answer to Goblins.


Goblinless Sligh


Goblins is a top deck in Standard, but could a red aggresive deck that didn't use the little green men still be a contender? I think so.


The following deck features extremely aggressive creatures and a large amount of burn. I feel that it can even rival the speed of Goblins.


Here is a list of the deck and an explanation of the cards.


4 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.
-the Slith is such a powerful creature. It will cause serious headaches for your opponent, especially if it comes out on turn 1 because of a Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
.
4 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.)
-an extremely aggresive creature that rivals the power of 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.
.
4 War Elemental
War Elemental
War ElementalSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When War Elemental comes into play, sacrifice it unless an opponent was dealt damage this turn. Whenever damage is dealt to an opponent, put that many +1/+1 counters on War Elemental.
-before you bash me for the use of this card, let me explain. Even without a creature, the amount of burn in this deck makes the War Elemental
War Elemental
War ElementalSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When War Elemental comes into play, sacrifice it unless an opponent was dealt damage this turn. Whenever damage is dealt to an opponent, put that many +1/+1 counters on War Elemental.
a monster. It will often be a 6/6 to 8/8 by turn four because of the amount of direct damage in the deck.
4 Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
-Mana acceleration that makes the insane speed of the deck even faster.
4 Sharpnel Blast-The five damage the Blast gives is terrific, especially when sacrificing a Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
or Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.
.
4 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.
-Cheap and effective removal that can also be used as direct burn.
4 Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
-Another good burn spell.
4 Sulfuric Vortex
Sulfuric Vortex
Sulfuric VortexSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Sulfuric Vortex deals two damage to that player.
Whever a player would gain life, that player gains no life instead.
-a great clock that makes your War Elemental
War Elemental
War ElementalSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When War Elemental comes into play, sacrifice it unless an opponent was dealt damage this turn. Whenever damage is dealt to an opponent, put that many +1/+1 counters on War Elemental.
even bigger.
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.
-ah, more burn!
4 Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm IncineratorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 1R (1R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins in play.
-card drawing for a deck that needs it and excellent removal against Goblins.
2 Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring BridgeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each creature with power greater than the number of cards in your hand cannot attack.
-a great card against Goblin Bidding and Affinity.
4 Forgotten Cave
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten CaveSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
317
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Forgotten Cave comes into play tapped. T: Add R to your mana pool. Cycling R (R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
-more card drawing.
4 Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.
-mana source that doubles as Sharpnel Blast fodder.
10 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.



This Sligh deck also boasts a versatile sideboard. Here s a list of it:
3 Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.

3 Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.

4 Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.

2 Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring BridgeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each creature with power greater than the number of cards in your hand cannot attack.

3 Stablizer

That concludes my article on two rogue red decks. Until the next time.


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