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Magic The Gathering: 10 of the Best Red Common Cards of All Time

I have been playing Magic: The Gathering since 1994 and have won a few draft tournaments in MTGO and MTG Arena.

Lightning Bolt

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Lightning Bolt is a red instant that costs one red mana.

It deals three damage to a single target creature, player or planeswalker.

Lightning Bolt can be used both offensively and defensively.

You can use it offensively by spamming your opponent with direct damage spells such as Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning and Rift Bolt until you win the game.

You can use it defensively by taking down creatures that attack you.

Lightning Bolt can also be used to sabotage your opponent by taking down creatures that benefit him on e some way. These could be creatures that accelerate his mana production, card drawing or lifegain.

Mogg Fanatic

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Mogg Fanatic is a red creature that costs one red mana.

It has one power and one toughness.

You can sacrifice Mogg Fanatic and it deals one damage to a single target creature, player or planeswalker.

The sacrifice ability is useful as you can squeeze at least a point of damage from Mogg Fanatic in case of a removal spell or a mass destruction spell hitting it.

You can also use Mogg Fanatic to pick off mana dorks such as Llanowar Elves, Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch.

Mogg Fanatic is a goblin and goblins are one of the most popular creature types with plenty of support through Magic's history.

Goblin Grenade

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Goblin Grenade is a red sorcery that costs one red mana.

As an additional cost, you need to sacrifice a goblin.

It deals five damage to a single target creature, player or planeswalker.

With a usual life total of 20 life per person, it only takes 4 Goblin Grenades to win the game.

This card is one of the best support cards for goblin decks.

Empty the Warrens

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Empty the Warrens is a red sorcery that costs three colorless and one red mana.

You create two red goblins with one power and one toughness.

This card has storm.

Storm enables you to replicate this spell for every spell cast before it this turn.

Empty the Warrens can finish the game by creating a massive army of goblins.

Kuldotha Rebirth

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Kuldotha Rebirth is a red sorcery that costs one red mana.

As an additional cost, you need to sacrifice a land.

You create three red goblins with one power and one toughness.

This card gets you a quick advantage of getting three creatures for the cost of a mere one land and one mana.

Goblin Bushwhacker

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Goblin Bushwhacker is a red creature that costs one red mana.

It has one power and one toughness.

Goblin Bushwhacker has a kicker cost of one red mana. If you pay the kicker cost, all creatures you control get plus one power and plus zero toughness and gain haste until end of turn.

This boost to your creatures can help you keep up an aggressive pace or help you finish off your opponent with those extra points of damage.

Foundry Street Denizen

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Foundry Street Denizen is a red creature that costs one red mana.

It has one power and one toughness.

Whenever another red creature comes into the battlefield, Foundry Street Denizen gets plus one power and plus zero toughness.

Foundry Street Denizen can easily get bigger with cards that create more creatures such as Kuldotha Rebirth and Hordeling Outburst.

Faithless Looting

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Faithless Looting is a red sorcery that costs one red mana.

It lets you draw two cards then discard two cards.

This card is useful for decks that rely on graveyard mechanics such as Flashback, Dredge and Delve.

You can cast this card from your graveyard by paying two colorless and one red mana.

Grapeshot

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Grapeshot is a red sorcery that costs one colorless and one red mana.

It deals one damage to a single target creature, player or planeswalker.

This card has storm.

Storm enables you to replicate this spell for every spell cast before it this turn.

Grapeshot can finish the game by dealing enough damage to end your opponent.

Fireblast

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Fireblast is a red instant that costs four colorless and two red mana.

It deals four damage to a single target creature, player or planeswalker.

While it may seem that Fireblast is just a Volcanic Geyser for four damage, its alternate cost of sacrificing two mountains instead of paying its mana cost is a game changer.

A way to quickly finish off your opponent is to cast a Furnace of Rath then sacrifice your mountains to cast two Fireblasts. The 16 damage should be enough to win you the game.

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