Apologies for the lateness of todays post, I’ve just finished my Christmas shopping and boy is it busy out there! Today we’re going to look at one of my shining hopes for the budget end of extended, All-In Red. If Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug were to play a game of magic, this is the deck he would use.
Benedikt Klauser, 5-1
2009 World Championships, Extended
18 lands ($0.00!!)
4 Demigod of Revenge (4x $4 = $16)
4 Deus of Calamity (4x $2 = $8)
3 Magus of the Moon (3x $4 = $12)
4 Simian Spirit Guide (4x $0.30 = $1.20)
15 creatures ($37.20)
4 Blood Moon (4x $2 = $8)
4 Chalice of the Void (4x $9 = $36)
4 Chrome Mox (4x $15 = $60)
4 Desperate Ritual (4x $0.50 = $2)
3 Empty the Warrens (3x $0.25 = $0.75)
4 Rite of Flame (4x $1 = $4)
4 Seething Song (4x $1 = $4)
27 other spells ($114.75)
Maindeck (60 cards): $151.95
3 Dead // Gone (3x $1 = $3)
4 Figure of Destiny (4x $8 = $32)
1 Magus of the Moon ($4)
4 Relic of Progenitus (4x $1 = $4)
1 Shattering Spree ($1.50)
2 Tormod’s Crypt (2x $1.25 = $2.50)
15 sideboard cards ($45)
Total, Main & Side: $196.95
The deck has 3 components – fast mana, obscene threats and overwhelming disruption. By playing Chrome Moxes, exiling Spirit Guides and casting a ton of Rituals, All-In Red spends its cards to generate a big mana turn as early as possible, generally turn 1 or 2. This mana is used to power out threats like Deus of Calamity and disruptive permanents like Blood Moon. With the lack of basics in many decks they just can’t cope with a turn 1 Blood Moon, and few decks are fast enough to race against this one. Unfortunately it is not all roses, and this is where the “All-In” part of the deck has its downside – a single Path to Exile or similar answer for your one big threat can put you on a one way trip to Scooptown.
I am surprised at how expensive this deck turned out, given its dirt cheap manabase, but there are two obvious culprits for this expense. As has been the case in several decks so far, Chrome Mox and Chalice of the Void really push the price up – in this deck they make up over half the cost! Sideboard Figure of Destiny doesn’t help either, but apart from those 3 playsets the deck is very reasonable. Has anyone tested this deck yet? If so, how does it go without the Chrome Moxes, is it just terrible? I’m curious to know if it can be budgetized. This is not a bad choice to start with if you are just getting into extended – Chrome Mox and Chalice pop up all over the format, so if you decide to change decks a little way down the line you’ll be able to reuse your most expensive cards.
Bang for Your Buck: * * *
Two cards push this deck beyond the realm of the truly budget, but it is one of the cheapest competitive decks so far in the series.
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