Ever since the dawn of magic, there have been Red Mages. You know the ones I mean. The ones that enjoy sending wave after wave of fire and lightning screaming towards your dome. Almost every one of us has picked up and played a "burn" deck at some point or another. Don't lie. You did, too. And you liked it!
In the Standard arena, RDW (Red Deck Wins) waxes and wanes with the sets. Sometimes it's mostly bolts to the brain, sometimes it's swarms of fast critters, but most of the time it's somewhere in-between. Some past Standards were weak sausage for RDW decks, others were Great Balls of Fire!
For the past few months Thragtusk and other forms of life gain have been making life difficult for Red Mages. While RDW was present, it didn't have much oomph! With the release of Gatecrash, and the introduction of Skullcrack and Boros Reckoner to the RDW arsenal, we're coming into a nice time for RDW.
Put on your asbestos shorts, there is a delicious smorgasbord of burn spells and fast critters on the table, and the fire is starting...
Yuffie (4-0) Standard Daily #5088585 on 03/01/2013
I tried to find a version that runs Bump in the Night, but apparently Bump isn't a deck this week in Standard. Bump is a very popular RDW variant in Modern, and Bump in the Nightis Standard legal... But alas, I found no 4-0 Bumps in the past week's events. (I only check the 4-0's when looking for decks to present to you. Why give you a loser?) Instead, I'll steal this decklist, presented by Sam Black, from the mothership.
Since this deck was presented without any credentials, it should be viewed as a "proposed deck" rather than a "deck with results." For example, none of the creatures are Human, so the sacrifice ability of Falkenrath Aristocrat is only partially utilized. Still, this is a very nice list to start with for your own build.
Another RDW deck I have seen in Modern is "Jund Bump", which splashes for Deathrite Shaman lifegain, as well as for Deathrite Shaman pain and Bump in the Night. I haven't seen any Standard lists for this, so I don't know if this is a viable concept in Standard.
I don't think I have to spell out anything for any of the decks above. Obvious game plan is obvious. Feur frei! As you can see, RDW is alive, well, and roasting cojones. *doing a horrible Nat King Cole impression* Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...
Some of you might harken back to late Spring last year, when I had the pleasure of running the largest (as far as I'm aware) Player Run Event on MTGO, ever: Ham on Wry. One of the many wonderful things that came out of that project was Hammybot, set up by Heath over at MTGO Traders to sell off Erik Friborg's MTGO collection. All of the proceeds from Hammybot are slated to go to Erik's widow and boy-child.
Hammybot is still around, and prices are the exact same as MTGO Traders. Hammybot still has over 27,000 cards left, and over 5,400 Tickets have been raised! Be sure to check out Hammybot first for all your card needs, and help out a good cause!
Hammybot will remain in operation at least through Ham on Wry II, which is in the planning stages. Only the date, time, and format of HoW II is set as of now: Saturday, May 4, 2013 @ 1800 UTC, Classic, X Rounds Swiss depending on attendance. Look for the official announcement mid-April. You can use Hammybot to purchase cards to use as pledges or bounties for this event as well, for a double dose of good karma!
Friday Night Standard is a free-to-enter Player Run Event that runs twice every Friday on MTGO. It is structured very much like the daily Scheduled Events: 4 rounds of Swiss pairing, with prizes to all 4-0 and 3-1 players. Seating is limited! You can find complete information here. I look forward to seeing you at the next Friday Night Standard!
Friday Night Standard - EU #3
March 1, 2013
3-1: ellmaris, _wolf_, Llanar, geleroff, Super_Secret_Tech
Players, pairings, and results can be found here.
Decks from all Friday Night Standard - EU events can be found here
With creature decks running rampant, it's no wonder that this deck is filled with board wipes and grief cards! It looks like the game plan here is to keep the board relatively clear with Azorius Charm, Detention Sphere, and Supreme Verdict until you can start slamming home some beats of your own.
Friday Night Standard #14
March 1, 2013
3-1: garltik, bdgp009, starheroz, azahrarn
Players, pairings, and results can be found here.
Decks from all Friday Night Standard events can be found here
Woo hoo! While John was being a poo butt and not going to game night tonight, again (he's still nursing himself back to health), he did say I could borrow his decks if I could find a ride. Well, if you know me at all, you know I know how to get things done.
I dug up Sylvester's number, and finagled myself a ride to and from the weekly gathering. Apparently, Sylvester's been around a long time, personally knows some of the early folks involved in making MTG, has played at a few pro events, and there are a few diverse playgroups that play at the Local Game Stores. I'm going to have to pin him down sometime and do a serious interview instead of just shooting the breeze along the way. (I still need to get to the LGS and get myself a DCI number, too!)
Anyway, we pulled up to Shane and Mitch's place, and wandered in, depositing out parkas and mukluks as per usual. I slipped on my slippers, and we wandered downstairs. Riddles and Shane were already getting set up, so we quickly whipped out our decks and joined in. Quantities were produced, and consumption began.
For our first go 'round, we played a regular FFA. I was on Soul Sisters, Riddles & Shane were the Myr Brothers, and Sylvester was on GW Fatties. We all durdled around for a bit, smacking each other now and again, until.... Riddles goes off with a Myr combo generating infinite mana and Myr, incidentally giving me infinite (x2) life. While that's on the stack, Shane thumps in. After Shane's spells get put on the stack, it was Sylvester's turn to put more on the stack! At this point, we called it an epic draw.
We all had a good laugh, and settled down to a second round of FFA. Sylvester & I kept the same decks. Riddles swapped out to Soul Sisters, and Shane swapped to UB Infect. After much durdling where I couldn't draw squat, and Shane managing to get all of us up to 5 poison counters, I finally developed a board presence, and started bashing at Shane to stop the proliferation. While this was happening, Sylvester was plopping out fatties. Needless to say, I switched from Shane to Sylvester, and smacked him good, but not enough for fatal damage. Blarg. The turn passed to Riddles, who then finished off Shane. When it got to Sylvester's turn, he killed me.
From there, it was an ever-spiraling mess between Riddles and Sylvester for a dozen turns or so, with ridiculous things like a 163/163 Serra Avatar on Riddle's side, and Nacatl War-Pride with 19 +1/+1 counters, huge Predator Oozes, etc. on Sylvester's side. Eventually Sylvester built enough of an army to crash through for lethal damage, and it was done.
We took a quick break to stretch our legs and use the washroom, then settled in for a game of Planechase. I put away the Soul Sisters deck, and borrowed a UR Samurai deck from Sylvester. Riddles swapped to 5c Combo, Shane swapped to Eldrazi, and Sylvester to UR Vampires.
Until this point, I had been a Planechase virgin. And wouldn't you know it, my cherry was popped with Sanctum of Serra. So naturally, I was hesitant about developing a board presence, as it could all go away at the roll of a die. (Sanctum states When you planeswalk away from Sanctum of Serra, destroy all non-land permanents.) My notes start getting somewhat illegible at this point.. something about a Child of Alara on Riddles, and Sylvester's Cemetery Puca becoming a copy of It That Betrays, a pair of Phylactery Liches with their counters on a Fellwar Stone, and some indecipherable scrawls.
Needless to say, a good time was had by all, as far as I'm aware!
Blarg. I also just realized I left my slippers there when I put my boots back on. :(
Author's note: Thank you, Kreacher, for the impromptu proofread!