The Decks Files, part 4: Mono Red

Note on Decklists: Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

 

Commander: Heartless HidetsuguHeartless Hidetsugu, Magic, Betrayers of Kamigawa
Name: Heartless
Style: Grief / artifacts
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: My first red deck. Previously had a stronger artifact theme, but other decks poached cards. The main idea is to make everyone die quickly, and prevent myself from dying.

 

Commander: Marton StromgaldMárton Stromgald
Name: 
Style: Aggro
Tribe?: small-ish things
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: Marton Stromgald was my #1 most wanted card from Ice Age, and I opened one in my first starter deck from that set.  This deck is mostly about attacking with a lot of things, with a sub-theme of stuff that gets big after attacking so that Meekstone can protect me.

 

Commander: Ashling the PilgrimAshling the Pilgrim.1
Name: Ashling and the terrible 2s
Style: 2-CMC
Tribe?: some elemental
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: This was my first “limited CMC” deck. The idea came from Ashlings Prerogative. The deck has two versions, one that plays 8-10 land-destruction cards, and the more common one that has a minor artifact theme.  I enjoy this deck, and I’ve also come close to foiling it out, though I WILL play cards in it that can’t be foiled, and there are a few that I haven’t felt like shelling out for the foils.

 

Commander: Squee Goblin NabobSquee Goblin Nabob
Name: Unstoppable Squee
Style: Voltron
Tribe?: Legendary Goblins
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: SQUEE! the general you probably only have to cast from the command zone once.  There are other Legendary Goblins in the deck, but the only other goblins beyond that are token ones. Lots of cheap-to-equip equipment that are efficient, so even if Squee dies every turn, he can be re-cast and re-suited up. Lots of fun.

 

Commander: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerKiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Magic, From the Vault: Legends
Name: Kiki-Jiki Freaky-Deaky
Style: Creatures
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This Kiki-jiki deck is almost entirely creatures, aside from Kiki’s boots, gloves, stick, and armor (Swiftfoot Boots, Illusionist’s Bracers, Thornbite Staff, Darksteel Plate). I will happily take out the one infinite combo creature and replace it with something ridiculous if asked. Lots of red value creatures.  Plays in a similar space to Feldon, but in a different way.

 

Commander: Skyfire KirinSkyfire Kirin, Magic, Saviors of Kamigawa
Name: Fire in the Sky
Style: Ultra Mono, Tribal
Tribe?: Spirits, Kamigawa
Want to play?: 1
“Good?”: 1
Like?: 2
Deck Notes: Sort of thrown together because red spirits and arcane sounded fun AND I needed a red Ultra-Mono deck AND the Kirins are silly legendaries.  Skyfire is kinda useless since it doesn’t give haste. If there were things worth using in other decks, I’d take this one apart.

 

Commander: Slobad, Goblin TinkererSlobad, Goblin Tinkerer, Magic, Darksteel
Name: Slobad’s Tinker Toys
Style: Creatureless
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  This is almost a mono-brown deck, but I liked a lot of red spells, and Slobad is a pretty cool guy.  Daretti would make it TRULY creature-less, and Kurkesh is also allowed to sub in for the general slot, but having Slobad as a free sac-outlet (and also someone to suit up with Bludgeon Brawl) makes me happiest.

 

Commander: Bosh, Iron GolemBosh, Iron Golem, Magic, Planechase
Name:  “Michael Bay Super Action”
Style: Netdeck
Tribe?: Giant Robots
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: The only deck I’ve ever copied whole-hog off of the internet (okay, so it’s 96% copied). It came from a Commander Cast article, and I thoroughly enjoy it. Yes it’s another Red-Brown deck, but it’s just so much fun to play

 

Commander:Balthor the StoutBalthor the Stout, Magic, Torment
Name: Barbary Dwarfs
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Barbarians and Dwarfs
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 2
Deck Notes: Balthor the Stout is far weaker alive then as a zombie, however I wanted to play Dwarf Tribal. Unfortunately he’s a Barbarian Lord, so I got to mix things up. There’s a minor mountains-matter sub-theme here.

 

Commander: Feldon of the Third Path Feldon of the Third Path, Magic, Commander 2014
Name: Able Without Cane
Style: Tiny Leaders+,  Mill
Tribe?: 
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This was originally a Tiny Leaders deck until I realized that Commander is just plain more fun. I kept the original 5, but then added in good things that cost more than 3 that were fun to recur or mill.  I enjoy it more this way.

 

Commander: Latulla, Keldon OverseerLatulla, Keldon Overseer, Magic, Prophecy
Name: By the time she got a Phoenix
Style: Aggro
Tribe?:  Phoenix
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: I’ve tried to stick Phoenix tribal in several other decks. Latulla’s a good fit because some of the Phoenixes come back to your hand to be re-discarded.  Other X-spells, recurrable red creatures, madness cards, “punisher” cards and mana ramp round out the deck.

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