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Mono-Red Aggro by Ronin Fox

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$ 30.09
3.70 tix
14 Rare, 16 Uncommon, 32 Common

Format: Pioneer
User Submitted Deck
Deck Date: Oct 30, 2019

Creatures (26)
4 Bomat Courier $ 2.00
4 Fanatical Firebrand $ 1.00
4 Ghitu Lavarunner $ 1.00
2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider $ 0.90
4 Viashino Pyromancer $ 1.00
4 Anax, Hardened in the Forge $ 1.12
4 Goblin Chainwhirler $ 5.96
Spells (14)
4 Shock $ 0.84
4 Lightning Strike $ 0.80
3 Light Up the Stage $ 1.23
3 Skewer the Critics $ 3.75
Lands (20)
13 Mountain $ 0.00
4 Ramunap Ruins $ 3.60
3 Sunscorched Desert $ 0.90
Sideboard (15)
2 Banefire $ 1.72
3 Lava Coil $ 0.66
3 Smash to Smithereens $ 1.08
2 Flame Sweep $ 0.50
2 Phoenix of Ash $ 0.86
3 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator $ 1.17
75 Cards Total
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Creatures (26)
4 Bomat Courier 1.16 tix
4 Fanatical Firebrand 0.08 tix
4 Ghitu Lavarunner 0.08 tix
2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider 0.14 tix
4 Viashino Pyromancer 0.12 tix
4 Anax, Hardened in the Forge 0.12 tix
4 Goblin Chainwhirler 0.08 tix
Spells (14)
4 Shock 0.08 tix
4 Lightning Strike 0.04 tix
3 Light Up the Stage 0.81 tix
3 Skewer the Critics 0.09 tix
Lands (20)
13 Mountain 0.00 tix
4 Ramunap Ruins 0.44 tix
3 Sunscorched Desert 0.12 tix
Sideboard (15)
2 Banefire 0.02 tix
3 Lava Coil 0.09 tix
3 Smash to Smithereens 0.06 tix
2 Flame Sweep 0.04 tix
2 Phoenix of Ash 0.04 tix
3 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator 0.09 tix
75 Cards Total
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Creatures (26)
4 Bomat Courier 4 Rare
4 Fanatical Firebrand 4 Comm.
4 Ghitu Lavarunner 4 Comm.
2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider 2 Rare
4 Viashino Pyromancer 4 Comm.
4 Anax, Hardened in the Forge 4 Unc.
4 Goblin Chainwhirler 4 Rare
Spells (14)
4 Shock 4 Comm.
4 Lightning Strike 4 Comm.
3 Light Up the Stage 3 Unc.
3 Skewer the Critics 3 Comm.
Lands (20)
13 Mountain
4 Ramunap Ruins 4 Unc.
3 Sunscorched Desert 3 Comm.
Sideboard (15)
2 Banefire 2 Rare
3 Lava Coil 3 Comm.
3 Smash to Smithereens 3 Comm.
2 Flame Sweep 2 Unc.
2 Phoenix of Ash 2 Rare
3 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator 3 Unc.
75 Cards Total
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Deck Primer / Description

Note: This list is meant as a guide, not a fixed set of cards that you have to follow to the letter. Have a look at the other suggested cards, and feel free to swap these in, as well as add any of your own cards that suit your play style.

This deck is loosely based on Ramunap Red, a tournament-winning deck archetype from the days of Pro Tour Ixalan. It later became known as Mono-Red Aggro when Ramunap Ruins was banned in Standard. The original versions contained some cards that may be outside the preferred budget of a casual player or newcomer:

Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Hazoret the Fervent
Soul-Scar Mage

If you don't have Light Up the Stage, an alternative card advantage engine is The Flame of Keld. Another option is Risk Factor.

Some other sideboard considerations are Legion Warboss as an answer to control decks, Dire Fleet Daredevil to use other red decks' spells against them, Rampaging Ferocidon as an answer to lifegain decks, Harsh Mentor against decks that capitalise on activated abilities, and/or Rekindling Phoenix as a recurring threat to deal with creature-heavy decks. If you have Abrade, you can use it in place of Smash to Smithereens for artifact removal.

You may also want to incorporate some cards from the below list. Bear in mind that this may blow out the deck's price to above $50 USD:

Ash Zealot
Bonecrusher Giant
Castle Embereth
Chandra, Fire Artisan
Chandra's Pyrohelix
Chandra's Spitfire
Electrostatic Field
Ember Hauler
Experimental Frenzy
Fervent Champion
Fiery Cannonade
Fight with Fire
Flame Sweep
Goblin Cratermaker
Incendiary Flow
Legion Loyalist
Phoenix of Ash
Rimrock Knight
Scorch Spitter
Sweltering Suns
Tectonic Giant
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Wizard's Lightning

Whether or not to invest extra money in the pricier cards is up to you. You'll find that the initial, budget-friendly list is already quite powerful and consistent in a casual playgroup.

Other budget-friendly cards that appeared in the original Ramunap Red/Mono-Red Aggro variants were Pia Nalaar, Kari Zev, Skyship Raider and Ahn-Crop Crasher. Skewer the Critics wasn't part of the original lineup, because it wasn't in Standard when the deck was developed. For this Pioneer version, I've incorporated Fanatical Firebrand as a substitute for the more expensive Monastery Swiftspear and/or Soul-Scar Mage, while Skewer the Critics is a handy additional burn spell, especially when used for its Spectacle cost.

Also bear in mind that Bomat Courier is a fantastic card advantage engine, not just a 1/1 Haste attacker! If your opponent doesn't remove Bomat Courier immediately, it'll accumulate a pile of cards that you can use when your hand is empty or if you want to dump a hand of unhelpful cards.

Ramunap Wastes is a great late-game finisher. When you get to the point where you have mana to spare, you can spend some of it to activate Ramunap Wastes' ability, for a sudden in-the-face burn. Also keep in mind that a dead Earthshaker Khenra can be brought back from the graveyard as an imposing 4/4, thanks to its Eternalize ability.

When making your selections, make sure you don't totally fill the deck with cards that cost 3 mana or more. Although it's tempting to have a deck that's stacked with big, imposing threats, you leave yourself in a vulnerable position if you don't manage to present a threat in your early turns. This deck works best when you fill up the battlefield with creatures in a short space of time. The most efficient way to do this is to have the majority of your deck composed of 1- and 2-mana creatures.

As a final note: Yes, tapping Ramunap Ruins for red mana requires you to pay 1 life. (You don't have to pay life to get colourless mana from it, though.) Yes, the payment is worth it. Think of your life total as currency that you can and should spend to advance your game plan. If you need to pay 1 life to get red mana for a game-winning move-- for example, casting Goblin Chainwhirler, sacrificing a Desert to Ramunap Ruins' ability, or Eternalizing an Earthshaker Khenra, that's a life point well spent.

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