2 RDW (Red Deck Wins) Decks That Got Top 8 in MTG States

November 12, 2008 | Posted by Dee

Demigod of RevengeHere are two Red Deck Wins decks that did well in last Saturday’s Magic The Gathering States tournaments.

Many people are calling these decks, DDW or Demigod Deck Wins, because it wasn’t until Demigod of Revenge became a staple that Mono Red decks really started winning in the recent but previous Standard format. And Figure of Destiny just made Red even stronger.

RDW (Top 4 in Wyoming States)
Creatures (23)
Spells (14)
Lands (23)
Sideboard (15)

In the main deck, this decklist has the usual suspects other than the 4 Fulminator Mage and 2 Fiery Bombardment. Also, Lash Out does not seem to be standard. Many people are replacing them with Magma Spray (kills Kitchen Finks once and for all for one mana) or Puncture Blast.

Fulminator Mage is usually a sideboard card for RDW but it seems okay in the main if you’re expecting a lot of Five Color Control. Also, it kills some important lands in this format: Windbrisk Heights, Mutavault, Faerie Conclave, Treetop Village, and even Ghitu Encampment. I don’t know if it’s better than Boggart Ram-Gang but it’s definitely worth testing.

Fiery Bombardment is an interesting card. It’s cheap enough to avoid cheap countermagic. And it fits the two drop spot as a recurring source of damage. This is important with Stigma Lasher being the only good two drop red creature in Standard. (Boy, do I miss Blood Knight.)

Once this enchantment reaches play, your creatures can double as uncounterable burn spells once they reach play. It combos really well with multiple Demigod of Revenge. Too bad it deals the damage rather the creature, or else it would be a great combo with Stigma Lasher.

The sideboard definitely has a lot of cards against Kithkin. Pyroclasm and Chaotic Backlash are pretty good against the White dudes.

RDW (Top 8 in Minnesota States)
Creatures (24)
Spells (12)
Lands (24)
Sideboard (15)

This decklist has a full set of man lands, which give it some late game staying power. However, the trade off is occasionally missing your fifth turn Demigod of Revenge. I think 2-3 man lands is optimal.

In the sideboard, Murderous Redcap seems to be good in the mirror match. Manabarbs is awesome against control decks. And Unwilling Recruit is good against control decks like Reveillark that tap out on their turn.

Sources: magic.TCGplayer.com (First decklist and second decklist)

3 Responses to “2 RDW (Red Deck Wins) Decks That Got Top 8 in MTG States”

  1. Dyre42 on November 16th, 2008 9:00 am

    DDW looks pretty effective. I had built a deck similar to it a few mos ago that has done well in casual play but lacks the demigods. I’ll definitely have to add the demigods to my “to trade for” list and take it out for spin in a tournament.

  2. Dee on November 17th, 2008 11:48 am

    Yeah, definitely get some Demigods. That is the best card in the deck. Good luck with your trading.

  3. Jay on December 29th, 2008 1:43 am

    I’ve been running ddw for a while, except I splash black for Blightning and to put infest in the sideboard. CURSE YOU KITHKIN!!!