Hello! Welcome to my set review of Wilds of Eldraine, where I will pick cards of each colour and discuss my five favourite cards from them. Yes, there will be and artifact and lands review as well as a multicoloured review.

Given that the set also comes out with a set of preconstructed Commander decks, I’ll also be covering my favourite new cards from there in another article. The set booster and Jumpstart exclusive cards from this set will be in their respective colour reviews.

Without further ado, here are my favourite Red cards!

  1. Imodane, the Pyrohammer

This is one of the coolest burn commanders since… well, actually since last Eldraine when we got Torbran, Thane of Red Fell. Imodane is very cool and different and gives home too all of those instants and sorceries that do a lot of damage to just creatures and turns them into a burn on your opponents’ life totals.

Remember, the instant or sorcery needs to only target a single creature. If you copy that spell and it’s got a single target too, that also still works! Play stuff like Explosive Singularity and Into the Maw of Hell. Pack the deck with Stuffy Doll and Brash Taunter. Really go off!

Don’t forget to pack your Forbidden Orchards and Akroan Horse!

  1. Virtue of Courage

I am a Prosper, Tome-Bound player on the verge of also becoming an Ob Nixilis, Captive Kingpin player. Suffice it to say, if you know me, you’re aware that I love 1. Rakdos 2. Graveyard strategies, and 3. Prosper exile matters decks.

When your deck is Reckless Fireweaver, Impact Tremors, and Ingenious Artillerist and you get three cards per trigger, it’s really hard to not look at this card like the all-star that it is. Five mana isn’t a huge cost when you’ve got so much to go with. Be careful pairing this with Valakut Exploration, though, you’ll just lose three cards if you let anything hit the bin.

With each of the Virtues, being able to tuck it into exile with the Adventure mode means that it likely won’t get wheeled away. But in this case, in a Prosper or Faldorn deck, that’s added upside! You get an exile cast and boom! Gravy!

  1. Ogre Chitterlord

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked this card. It’s red Grave Titan lite. Hmm.

But then you realize that Grave Titan is pretty great and this is so red even its tokens are all about attacking.

Being able to stack a few triggers means you’ll have some pretty big Rats going in for a bite. Pop this in your Jaxis, the Troublemaker decks and your Rionya, Fire Dancer decks and watch your opponents scramble about what to do.

I really, really love that we’re seeing more Titan designs. A reminder of Magic’s old top end and yet they remain iconic and strong. Primeval Titan is a house in older formats. Sun Titan gets reprinted with such regularity it was the old Zetalpa, Primal Dawn. Titans are fun designs! And that’s why I love the Chitterlord.

  1. Flick a Coin

This is the closest thing we’re getting to How to Keep an Izzet Mage Busy when it comes to card names. It’s just a game to them. Flick a Coin is a red card, but make no mistake, it’s an Izzet card because it’s only going in decks with blue in it too. I dare you to tell me I’m wrong.

Flick a Coin should be the top end of your Thousand-Year Storm so you can refill your hand, get mana, and whittle down your opponents’ life totals or defences. It’s just fine when you cast it on its own. But when you’ve got cost reductions and ways to “storm” this card, it’s scary… for your opponents.

  1. Charming Scoundrel

Charming Prince, Callous Bloodmage, Aether Channeler, and now Charming Scoundrel.

I love Charms on creatures. We saw Lord Skitter’s Butcher in blacks cards in this set and I liked that. I also really like Charming Scoundrel. ETB for a rummage is great especially when you’re in a Madness deck. ETB create a Treasure is also great. ETB get an Aura token that pings all opponents when it goes to the graveyard has many applications – triggers constellation, Altar of the Brood, Kodama of the East Tree, etc.

When you’ve got a way to flicker or copy this (like in your Jaxis, the Troublemaker or Rionya, Fire Dancer decks) or get this in and out of your graveyard, you’ll be getting a lot out of your two mana creature.

Honorable Mentions

That does it for red, check back in soon for green!

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