Paul Freshour is a player you've never heard of. He could have been a great wizard—after winning a JSS (Junior Super Series Qualifier) he went on to put up some incredible results in the state of Florida, culminating with a Regionals Top 4 that qualified him for, at the time, the Magic National Championships.

But then he did not.

Paul fell into the trap of drugs and alcohol, and eventually Magic took a backseat to various activities. This all took its toll on Paul's body, and well—maybe I am getting ahead of myself.

In 2004 a few friends and I decided to play in a States Championship in Orlando. We had our decks picked out and were all excited. I was on Chrome Mox Affinity and so was John. Josh Martin would be playing a Golgari Tooth and Nail deck I created. Paul did not have a deck, so he did what he always did.

He put together a Big Red Pile.

His decks were always something ridiculous that only he could have done well with. He played Furnace Whelp and Shrapnel Blast. He powered out Arc-Slogger off of Seething Song. It sounds like a Big Red deck from the time, but Paul had to put his own janky twists on things to ensure it was the ugliest deck possible.

As the day went on some of us did well, and some of us did not. Josh sealed up a Top 8, and Paul was playing a win-and-in to determine if he would be joining our friend. Unceremoniously Paul was dispatched by Mono-Red Sligh, and he did what Paul did: shrugged and did not let it phase him. It was a quick return to Magic for him. Eventually he would fall back into old habits.

Years would pass and we all kept in touch with Paul. When he partied his last party, he moved in with his parents and began to pass his time playing Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and watching League of Legends/DOTA. One thing was still very much a Paul thing, and that was talking about Magic and if a Big Red Pile of cards would be a good deck to play. You see, Paul could not drive anymore because of the condition he was in, but that did not stop him from wondering about the card game he loved so much.

We'd brainstorm decks with absurd and convoluted mana curves, and my best friend Randall and I would tell him about the prereleases we played in, or the events we'd travel to so we could make Paul feel like he was a part of the action, and for years that was how things were. We played a lot of online games together. He always called me "Thed," because my online handle was TheDynamo, and Thed sounded better. He was lonely, being stuck at home all the time, so we did our best to make sure he knew he had two loving best friends.

Paul died peacefully in his sleep on a hot night.

When Randall and I found out, the bottom dropped out. Our trio had been reduced to two.

* * *

Something Randall and I have talked about for a while was making a Big Red Pile Commander deck, and today we're going to do that. I want something befitting a man who you have never heard of until now.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Big Red Pile by Mark Nestico

'Big Red Pile' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Mark Nestico

Event:

Rank:

Commander

Market Price: $157.97

Cards

Furnace Whelp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/216637_200w.jpg

Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
{R}: Furnace Whelp gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Mana Geyser

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.26

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Add {R} for each tapped land your opponents control.

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Hedron Archive

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Hedron Archive: Draw two cards.

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Furnace of Rath

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.06

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If a source would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Goblin Chainwhirler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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First strike
When Goblin Chainwhirler enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each opponent and each creature and planeswalker they control.

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Sulfuric Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.09

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Sulfuric Vortex deals 2 damage to that player.
If a player would gain life, that player gains no life instead.

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Slagstorm

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.46

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Choose one —
• Slagstorm deals 3 damage to each creature.
• Slagstorm deals 3 damage to each player.

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Faithless Looting

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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Draw two cards, then discard two cards.
Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Flame Rift

Color Identity:R

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Flame Rift deals 4 damage to each player.

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Chandra's Regulator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.26

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Whenever you activate a loyalty ability of a Chandra planeswalker, you may pay {1}. If you do, copy that ability. You may choose new targets for the copy.
{1}, {T}, Discard a Mountain card or a red card: Draw a card.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Leyline of Combustion

Color Identity:R

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If Leyline of Combustion is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
Whenever you and/or at least one permanent you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, Leyline of Combustion deals 2 damage to that player.

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Wayfarer's Bauble

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Wayfarer's Bauble: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.

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Myriad Landscape

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Myriad Landscape enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Myriad Landscape: Search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a land type, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Outpost Siege

Color Identity:R

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As Outpost Siege enters the battlefield, choose Khans or Dragons.
• Khans — At the beginning of your upkeep, exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card.
• Dragons — Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, Outpost Siege deals 1 damage to any target.

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Thrill of Possibility

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards.

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Fiery Emancipation

Color Identity:R

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If a source you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals triple that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Earthquake

Color Identity:R

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Earthquake deals X damage to each creature without flying and each player.

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Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.66

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If a red source you control would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, it deals that much damage plus 2 instead.

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Mind Stone

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Mind Stone: Draw a card.

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Burning Earth

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a player taps a nonbasic land for mana, Burning Earth deals 1 damage to that player.

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Enchanter's Bane

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of your end step, target enchantment deals damage equal to its mana value to its controller unless that player sacrifices it.

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Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle

Color Identity:R

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Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle enters the battlefield tapped.
Whenever a Mountain enters the battlefield under your control, if you control at least five other Mountains, you may have Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle deal 3 damage to any target.
{T}: Add {R}.

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Embermaw Hellion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Trample (This creature can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)
If another red source you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals that much damage plus 1 to that permanent or player instead.

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Syr Carah, the Bold

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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Whenever Syr Carah, the Bold or an instant or sorcery spell you control deals damage to a player, exile the top card of your library. You may play that card this turn.
{T}: Syr Carah deals 1 damage to any target.

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Citadel of Pain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.85

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At the beginning of each player's end step, Citadel of Pain deals X damage to that player, where X is the number of untapped lands they control.

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Forgotten Cave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Forgotten Cave enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
Cycling {R} ({R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Ancient Runes

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.32

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Ancient Runes deals damage to that player equal to the number of artifacts they control.

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Seething Song

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.91

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Add {R}{R}{R}{R}{R}.

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Price of Progress

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.84

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Price of Progress deals damage to each player equal to twice the number of nonbasic lands that player controls.

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Lightning Greaves

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Equipped creature has haste and shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {0}

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Tectonic Giant

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Whenever Tectonic Giant attacks or becomes the target of a spell an opponent controls, choose one —
• Tectonic Giant deals 3 damage to each opponent.
• Exile the top two cards of your library. Choose one of them. Until the end of your next turn, you may play that card.

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Neheb, the Eternal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $18.36

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Afflict 3 (Whenever this creature becomes blocked, defending player loses 3 life.)
At the beginning of your postcombat main phase, add {R} for each 1 life your opponents have lost this turn.

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Pyrohemia

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $8.37

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At the beginning of the end step, if no creatures are on the battlefield, sacrifice Pyrohemia.
{R}: Pyrohemia deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

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Desert of the Fervent

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Desert of the Fervent enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {R}.
Cycling {1}{R} ({1}{R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Vandalblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.59

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Destroy target artifact you don't control.
Overload {4}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Jaya, Venerated Firemage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.23

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If another red source you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals that much damage plus 1 to that permanent or player instead.
−2: Jaya, Venerated Firemage deals 2 damage to any target.

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Viashino Heretic

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.17

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{1}{R}, {T}: Destroy target artifact. Viashino Heretic deals damage to that artifact's controller equal to the artifact's mana value.

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Magus of the Wheel

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.57

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{1}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice Magus of the Wheel: Each player discards their hand, then draws seven cards.

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Acidic Soil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.89

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Acidic Soil deals damage to each player equal to the number of lands they control.

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Electrostatic Field

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.55

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Defender
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Electrostatic Field deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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Dictate of the Twin Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.67

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Flash
If a source would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Firebrand Archer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, Firebrand Archer deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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Harsh Mentor

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.29

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Whenever an opponent activates an ability of an artifact, creature, or land on the battlefield, if it isn't a mana ability, Harsh Mentor deals 2 damage to that player.

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Immolation Shaman

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.21

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Whenever an opponent activates an ability of an artifact, creature, or land that isn't a mana ability, Immolation Shaman deals 1 damage to that player.
{3}{R}{R}: Immolation Shaman gets +3/+3 and gains menace until end of turn.

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Tibalt, Rakish Instigator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Your opponents can't gain life.
−2: Create a 1/1 red Devil creature token with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target."

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Manabarbs

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.66

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Whenever a player taps a land for mana, Manabarbs deals 1 damage to that player.

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Chandra's Incinerator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.43

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the total amount of noncombat damage dealt to your opponents this turn.
Trample
Whenever a source you control deals noncombat damage to an opponent, Chandra's Incinerator deals that much damage to target creature or planeswalker that player controls.

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Fiery Confluence

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.76

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Choose three. You may choose the same mode more than once.
• Fiery Confluence deals 1 damage to each creature.
• Fiery Confluence deals 2 damage to each opponent.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Zo-Zu the Punisher

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.09

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Whenever a land enters the battlefield, Zo-Zu the Punisher deals 2 damage to that land's controller.

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Ruby Medallion

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Red spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Volcanic Fallout

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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This spell can't be countered.
Volcanic Fallout deals 2 damage to each creature and each player.

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Flamebreak

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.17

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Flamebreak deals 3 damage to each creature without flying and each player. Creatures dealt damage this way can't be regenerated this turn.

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Swiftfoot Boots

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Equipped creature has hexproof and haste.
Equip {1}

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Spellshock

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a player casts a spell, Spellshock deals 2 damage to that player.

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Magma Jet

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Magma Jet deals 2 damage to any target. Scry 2.

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Thermo-Alchemist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Defender
{T}: Thermo-Alchemist deals 1 damage to each opponent.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, untap Thermo-Alchemist.

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Molten Disaster

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.37

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Kicker {R} (You may pay an additional {R} as you cast this spell.)
If this spell was kicked, it has split second. (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Molten Disaster deals X damage to each creature without flying and each player.

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Tormenting Voice

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
Draw two cards.

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Cathartic Reunion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard two cards.
Draw three cards.

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Spear Spewer

Color Identity:R

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Defender
{T}: Spear Spewer deals 1 damage to each player.

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
Blasphemous Act deals 13 damage to each creature.

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Fanatic of Mogis

Color Identity:R

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When Fanatic of Mogis enters the battlefield, it deals damage to each opponent equal to your devotion to red. (Each {R} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to red.)

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Arc-Slogger

Color Identity:R

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{R}, Exile the top ten cards of your library: Arc-Slogger deals 2 damage to any target.

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Sin Prodder

Color Identity:R

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Menace
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library. Any opponent may have you put that card into your graveyard. If a player does, Sin Prodder deals damage to that player equal to that card's mana value. Otherwise, put that card into your hand.

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Guttersnipe

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Guttersnipe deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Chaos Warp

Color Identity:R

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The owner of target permanent shuffles it into their library, then reveals the top card of their library. If it's a permanent card, they put it onto the battlefield.

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Rampaging Ferocidon

Color Identity:R

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Menace
Players can't gain life.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, Rampaging Ferocidon deals 1 damage to that creature's controller.

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Yea. We're punching people directly in the face.

The Creatures

Big Red Pile requires the pilot to throw caution to the wind. Your life total is irrelevant if you're killing the table around you. And hell yea we're playing Arc-Slogger, which is my favorite creature in the history of Magic. Screw our library. That is like eight Shock we could be casting.

All of the creatures are meant to spread the love among the pod. Spear Spewer, Thermo-Alchemist and Electrostatic Field are best friends, each of them pinging everyone all at once. With Torbran, Thane of Red Fell in play, guess what? That is a million Lightning Bolt. How about that? If you want more things like this, add a Lightning-Rig Crew.

Other creatures exist to punish greedy little people that would try to defy the Big Red Pile. Do we want them gaining life? Rampaging Ferocidon does not. Activating abilities? Immolation Shaman and Harsh Mentor are not about that life. They want artifacts? Viashino Heretic would argue that they, in fact, do not want artifacts. Zo-Zu the Punisher is my most beloved Goblin. He does not like when players play lands.

The Spells

This is the best part about Big Red Pile. The spells are all designed to cause maximum suffering to your pod. Look at what we do to greedy manabases: Manabarbs, Price of Progress, Burning Earth, Citadel of Pain and Molten Disaster. I did not put Blood Moon in this list because that is not my happiest card to play against, but at this point we are doing more than dipping our toes in the water. It should probably be in there to maximize the suffering. Ancient Runes provides us with a massive threat against artifact players. Seriously. That card is lights out against some decks.

Big Red Pile succeeds when the enchantments and effects that double damage come into play. Furnace of Rath is an old favorite and the go-to when you want to double up on the damage. Joining the fun is Chandra's Incinerator—a super powerful threat that comes down for cheap and then lets you keep pumping out damage while handling creatures and planeswalkers simultaneously. Everything was going fine until my opponent attacked me and then flashed a Dictate of the Twin Gods into play.

Fiery Emancipation, however, is what makes this deck go off. Sure, Torbran, Thane of Red Fell adds 2 damage to every red effect that would deal damage, and that's all well and good. But for only a slightly higher mana investment your sources deal triple damage to a permanent or player. Earthquake for 6? Eighteen sounds like a much bigger number. Let us go with that one. Can you imagine this card in play with a Sulfuric Vortex? You cannot gain life and take 6 every turn. Games will devolve quickly into a "can we kill the Big Red Pile player" and it will become abundantly clear that no—they cannot stop you. Spellshock will punish them further, as will cards like Enchanter's Bane that give you an off-color means to deal with annoying enchantments.

I also included some of Paul's favorite cards in the deck. Magma Jet scries and sets up your draws. Flamebreak was a personal favorite of his that acts as a sweeper and a burn spell. With Torbran, Thane of Red Fell in play it is three mana deal 5 to all creatures without flying and each player. That would make Paul smile. Furnace Whelp is a pretty real clock when you're able to keep pumping it. It doesn't matter that there are better cards. This is how he would have wanted it.

One of the hardest things to do is to say goodbye to a good friend. When you're in a pod, or screwing around with friends playing Commander, cherish that time. It probably sounds corny, but you don't know how important these times are until they're gone.

I hope Paul likes Big Red Pile.

Thed misses you, buddy, and so does Meredith.