To the untrained eye, Modern Red Prowess might look like just another Burn deck. While it’s true that it shares many of the strengths of traditional Burn, it’s also capable of being both more consistent and more explosive.
Modern Red Prowess is a synergy-driven aggro deck. Compared to Burn, it leans more heavily on its creatures to output damage. When backed up by tons of cheap cantrips and burn spells, Monastery Swiftspear and Soul-Scar Mage can really pack a punch. While Red Prowess has been strong for a long time, it was also a huge winner from the banning of Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath.
To put it simply, this is one of my favorite Modern archetypes. Between speed, power and consistency, it really has everything. Your speed makes you strong against non-interactive decks, Lava Dart and other cheap burn spells make you strong against creature decks; and your staying power makes you strong against grindy decks.
Staying power in a Red Aggro deck, you ask? Yes! By touching into cards like Light Up the Stage, Seasoned Pyromancer, Bedlam Reveler and options for a companion, it’s very realistic to grind out midrange and control decks. This will be a major focus of today’s Deep Dive.
There’s also a lot of variety in how you build Red Prowess. Specifically, I’ve singled out five distinct versions that see a lot of tournament play. They are: Classic Mono-Red with no companion, Mono-Red with Obosh, the Preypiercer, R/U with no companion, R/W with Lurrus of the Dream-Den and R/B with Lurrus as well.
The first half of this Deep Dive will be general knowledge about the archetype that you’ll be able to apply regardless of which version you choose. In the second half, I’ll share my personal experiences and opinions on these different options and let you know which I believe to be the best.