Illustrated by Sam Burley

Mono Red

Red is the colour of love, strong feelings, anger, chaos and aggressiveness. Red excels in attacking with creatures and hitting your opponents in the face with damage.

Mono Red themes

Lightning bolt: Illustrated by Christopher Moeller


Burn is reds primary mechanics. Red can deal massive amounts of damage to single target or deal multiple amounts of single damage to multiple targets. Burn decks aim to win with massive outbursts of big, uncounterable and unpreventable damage to opponents (and sometimes the burn player itself).

Goblin Bombardment: Illustrated by Dave Kendall

Goblin tribal

Goblins are reds main creature type and gets new support from almost every set. Goblin tribals focus to create many 1/1 goblin tokens and make them bigger with Goblin lords, buffing them up and giving them haste. Often the decks run multiple different sac outlets to either burn players or receive extra value from the tokens.

Daretti, Scrap Savant: Illustrated by Dan Scott

Red Artifacts

Red has great synergies with artifacts, and mono red artifact decks always run lots of artifacts as permanent ramp, and often as ways to get card draw. Red artifact decks are a combination of tutoring, sacrifice effects, artifact ETBs and reanimation to get the upper hand.

Drakuseth, Maw of Flames: Illustrated by Grzegorz Rutkowski

Dragon tribal

Dragons, alongside Goblins, are reds primary creature types. Dragons are reds strongest creatures and most of the expansions have some kind of red dragon in them. As dragons are expensive to cast, dragon tribal decks run multiple cost reduction effects and have ways to cheat the expensive dragons on the battlefield.

Mono Red decklists

rionya, fire dancer is a mono red commander focusing on instants and sorceries and creature copies!

Mono red Commander: Rionya, Fire Dancer burn deck tech

When Strixhaven commander decks arrived in 2021 my attention was immediately taken by Rionya and Osgir. And then I built both. This is my build of EDH mono red burn deck with storm-like using creatures.
Rionya Fire Dancer: Illustrated by Heonhwa Choe

Building with budget: Rionya, Fire Dancer under 25€

Rionya is very versatile commander, able to bring lead any mono red tribal deck and shines with strong ETB creatures. This is a budget build, with the total budget of 25€.

Mono Red Commanders

Rionya, Fire dancer: Illustrated by Heonhwa Choe

Rionya, Fire Dancer

Rionya is a unique commander combining spell slinging with storm and creature copies. Rionya decks are filled with cheap instant and sorcery cantrips and tends to win the game with multiple copies of a single creature they control.

Rionyas ability gets stronger and stronger as the copied creatures mana value goes higher. Due to this, Rionya is a proper commander for expensive tribals, with not-enough tribal synergies in mono red.

Krenko, Mob Boss: Illustrated by Karl Kopinski

Krenko, Mob Boss

Krenko is reds the most popular, and possibly the strongest commander. Krenko creates massive amount of goblins, doubling the amount of Goblins you control with every single tap. Krenko decks are extremely aggressive, and can flood the battlefield in a heart beat.

Feldon of the Third Pact: Illustrated by Chase Stone

Feldon of the Third Path

Feldon is great reanimator commander in mono red, and often included in the 99 as an engine piece or haste enabler in other decks with red. Feldon allows for multiple copies of a single creature, as the ability leaves the original card in the graveyard, which is rare in reanimating effects.

Etali, Primal Storm: Illustrated by Raymond Swanland

Etali, Primal Storm

Etali is a very strong and funny commander and used as a wincon in decks with multiple haste enablers or synergies with attack triggers. Etali decks are chaos decks, and aim to abuse Etali's triggers with multiple combat steps.