The mono red deck returned to the local Friday Night Magic last week. Few modifications were made to the deck, but it fared better this time than it had in previous competitions. It even managed to garner its first victory in a match.
The strategy for the deck is simple. Burn decks have been around since the start of the game in 1993, but players favored X damage spells over fast, low-cost cards like lightning bolt and shock. Standard format play makes this more difficult. Many direct damage spells are high cost
However one opponent had built a similar deck. He had even managed to keep the cost of every card in his deck at or below two mana. ThunderBolt and Curse of the Pierced Heart could easily find their way into the deck. It also would not hurt to add a few Rakdos Shred Freaks.
While the deck improvement tips are nice, there was a far more important lesson learned that night. The strategy for pure burn decks require the spells to be use against the other player. Focusing on his creatures may keep the board clear, but it does not reduce his life total. Taking out his creatures gives an opponent time to stabilize. Aggro des of any type need to do their best not to let this'l