Mono-Red Storm vieko on MtGO

Creatures (3)
3 Guttersnipe

Non-Creature Spells (42)
4 Act on Impulse
4 Burning Wish
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Gamble
4 Gitaxian Probe
1 Grapeshot
3 Past in Flames
4 Rite of Flame
4 Manamorphose
4 Seething Song
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal
4 Ruby Medallion

Lands (15)
2 City of Traitors
13 Mountain

Sideboard (15)
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Grapeshot
1 Past in Flames
1 By Force
2 Defense Grid
1 Goblin War Strike
2 Kozilek’s Return
2 Scab-Clan Berserker
1 Sudden Demise
1 Tendrils of Agony
2 Tormod’s Crypt

Summary

Storm decks in Legacy have always been very similar to each other. ANT is the dominant force in this archetype, but a second variation, TES, has had some success in the past. ANT and TES are both quite similar in that they are both base U/B with a splash of red, which TES relies on much more. The deck we’re featuring today forgoes blue entirely and only uses black as a small utility splash, and instead is almost entirely mono red.

Like all Storm decks, this deck runs on being able to cast many spells for little or no mana. Gitaxian Probe, Lion’s Eye Diamond, and Lotus Petal are the free spells in this deck. Gitaxian Probe draws a card and gets valuable information, while Lion’s Eye Diamond and Lotus Petal add 3 and 1 mana respectively, although LED requires you to discard your hand. Rite of Flame, Manamorphose, and Seething Song all require you to put mana into them, but are net neutral or positive on mana, allowing you to cast more spells later in the turn. Lastly, Ruby Medallion is a 2 mana artifact that is net positive on mana on longer Storm turns.

Act on Impulse and Past in Flames allow you to cast enough spells to get the Storm count high enough to kill the opponent. Act on Impulse is a 3 mana draw 4, while Past in Flames effectively doubles the amount of spells you’ve cast, making it more and more valuable as your combo turn goes on.

Burning Wish also operates as a powerful tutor effect in this deck. In the sideboard, it can find win conditions in Empty the Warrens, Grapeshot, Goblin War Strike, and Tendrils of Agony, which demands that you have a Lion’s Eye Diamond in play when you cast Wish, or have multiple copies of Lotus Petal in play. It can also find a Past in Flames or hate spells.

Lastly, the deck needs ways to win by casting many spells in one turn. For this deck, Empty the Warrens and Grapeshot are the expected options, as they require 10 and 20 Storm respectively to kill the opponent, but Guttersnipe is the unexpected option, offering a powerful, yet fragile creature that demands only a few spells are cast before it kills the opponent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Gamble

+1 Guttersnipe

Sideboard

No changes.

This is day 237 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 236 here, where we featured a Modern decklist that aims to bring Delver of Secrets into the format.

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