What happens when a cult leader and a berserker come together? Some thumbs are definitely gonna get blown off!

We are currently in the midst of preview season for Commander Legends, and one figure in Magic finally has a card all to himself (at least, a card that features more than a digit): Krark, the Thumbless!

This gnarly little Goblin is infamous in Magic. If you didn't know Krark's Thumb Krark's Other Thumb then you definitely knew Krark-Clan Ironworks, which is a powerhouse in any format. Now it's his time to shine, and yes, he does things with coin flips!

To be perfectly honest though, I was surprised that his ability revolves around instants and sorceries. By himself, this felt a bit weak. Thankfully, this weird crispy little guy has the partner ability which opens up a sea of possibilities. However, one question remained: how're we gonna deal significant damage to the board, especially when the spell goes back to our hand?

Enter Vial Smasher the Fierce. To be honest, it did not occur to me at first to pair Vial Smasher the Fierce with Krark, the Thumbless. Flavor-wise they felt off (the only similarity between them being that they were Goblins), and I was hesitant at the thought of Rakdos.

Chat and I toyed around with the idea of pairing Krark, the Thumbless with Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix and doing a wheel theme. This gave us access to blue which has some amazing wheel effects (Echo of Eons, Windfall, etc). This seemed really powerful (someone please brew that), but ultimately we landed on Vial Smasher the Fierce due to the fact that even if the spell doesn't resolve due to Krark, we can still deal some major damage with Smasher's cast trigger! We want to get our licks in when we can, and Vial Smasher fit the bill with this mindset.

Big Spells

The initial plan with this deck was to fill it with spells with giant converted mana costs and X spells that allow us to zap someone for a wallop of damage regardless if the spell resolves or not. And if they resolve, we want these big spells to have enormous value for them to be copy-worthy.

It should be noted that Vial Smasher the Fierce only triggers on the first spell we cast each turn. If she triggered off of every cast, Wizards of the Coast would've had to invent a rarity above Mythic… Galaxy Brain maybe? Anyways, this led chat and I down a rabbit hole of huge spells, which both black and red are notorious for. In this situation we want high-cost spells, but we also want them to do something for us.

Our first high cost spell is Blasphemous Act. While this card is guaranteed lethal to almost all of the creatures on board (unless we're facing an Impervious Greatwurm or a B.F.M. (Big Furry Monster), this card pairs well with Vial Smasher the Fierce, dealing a swift 9 damage to a random opponent.

Another whopper of a red spell is Brass's Bounty. This spell sits at a sweet spot of seven mana to cast, not only creating Treasure tokens to help fuel or other big spells, but dealing that much damage thanks to our Vial Smasher the Fierce. As an added bonus, if the spell resolves, we gain twice as many treasure tokens as we had originally planned.

Also at seven mana is another big-mana spell: Volcanic Vision. Not only is this a board wipe, but it's recursion that we desperately need when playing mostly instants and sorceries. Copying this with Krark, the Thumbless only makes it even more disgusting (and helpful)!

Our black spells are even more gluttonous than their spicy red counterparts. Our first super-high-cost card is Skull Storm.

This card is a bomb in this deck because regardless of how the coin flips, we still gain major value. At its worst it's an Diabolic Edict effect and 9 damage spell to someone's face with Vial Smasher the Fierce. However, at its best, it is 9 damage, a board wipe, and the possibility of halving our opponents' life totals. This spell played after a board wipe is an actual game ender and will definitely be a clippable moment on anyone's Twitch stream (or legendary bragging rights in your local Commander pod).

Our final big mana spell is the new Profane Transfusion from Commander Legends. Not only does this card spark joy (Phyrexia!) but it fits perfectly with this deck's theme of big mana, big damage. With Vial Smasher the Fierce it deals a whopping 9 damage to a random opponent, and the fun really begins when this spell resolves. The beauty of this spell lies in how you can target any two players. You can either choose yourselves to steal someone's high life total, or swap make the table's biggest threat trade life totals with whoever is furthest behind. Either way you can create a rather disgusting-sized token (with the possibility of doing this twice).

X Marks the Spot Where We Throw Vials

While the title of this section may not be particularly clever, it is very aptly named. The beauty of X spells is that the caster gets to choose its converted mana cost. This means we can customize the damage we deal with Vial Smasher the Fierce while doubling our benefits. The X spells in this deck were chosen for their viciousness—which seems fitting, given we have a cult leader and a berserker leading the way. (Seriously, we cannot skip over the fact that Krark, the Thumbless is a cult leader. How hilarious is that?!)

Jaya's Immolating Inferno and Comet Storm are two X spells that allow us to burn multiple targets for a huge chunk of damage. If we win the coin flip with Krark, the Thumbless then we get to essentially double our damage with that spell—and technically triple it by dealing it again with Vial Smasher the Fierce...

Another mass-pain X spell is Exsanguinate. One of my favorite black cards ever, Exsanguinate allows us to gain an insane amount of life while draining our opponents for X. The double shenanigans with this are beyond insane to me, and it's probably one of my favorite little pieces in the deck.

Let's talk about free spells. Everyone likes free spells, right? One of my favorite ways to get free spells is by casting Electrodominance.

Not only is this a wonderful burn spell, but it allows us to cast a spell with converted mana cost equal to X. When copied with Krark, the Thumbless, we get two cards for the price of one. If we are able to sink enough mana into this spell, we can even cast some of the biggest spells in this deck, making Electrodominance shine in this brew.

The final X spell I want to highlight is Finale of Promise. This spell allows us to recast an instant and a sorcery from our graveyard with the possibility of copying it twice if X is 10 or greater. Imagine how insane this spell would be if we were able to cast it for 10 and then copy it with Krark! That means four times the spells please don't check my math on that I'm a writer not a mathematician!

Smash Those Vials

The name of the game is damage, and Krark, the Thumbless and Vial Smasher the Fierce are really, really good at this game. We run a host of damage spells! From Red Sun's Zenith to Fire Covenant, this deck does not shy away from some hardcore damage. However, there will be times when we can't dump 13 mana into our major X spells. That's totally okay! Here at ManaCurves, LLC (application pending) we like to plan for every contingency.

One of my favorite things about mono-red is damage doublers, and this deck is flush with them! We got the standard damage doublers like Dictate of the Twin Gods and the ever amazing tripler known as Fiery Emancipation. However, I want to highlight two creatures in this deck that definitely do the most: Obosh, the Preypiercer and Kaervek the Merciless.

While almost half the deck contains odd spells, it should be noted that we can make the majority of our X spells odd, thus greatly increasing the ratio for this weird pain centipede to wreak havoc.

Next we have Kaervek the Merciless, who does not care about what we cast but what our opponents cast instead. Kaervek is a tool for us to control our opponents a bit. Taking damage every time you cast a spell definitely adds up, and can be incredibly painful when paired with Dictate of the Twin Gods. When all of this is brought together together, it makes a painful cocktail of damage. (Isn't it great that Obosh, the Preypiercer, Kaervek, and Dictate have odd converted mana costs?)

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Crispy Thumbs by Chase Carroll

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

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Commander

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Cards

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 your library.

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Mirrorpool

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Mirrorpool enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{C}, {T}, Sacrifice Mirrorpool: Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.
{4}{C}, {T}, Sacrifice Mirrorpool: Create a token that's a copy of target creature you control.

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Vampiric Tutor

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Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

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Jaya's Immolating Inferno

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(You may cast a legendary sorcery only if you control a legendary creature or planeswalker.)
Jaya's Immolating Inferno deals X damage to each of up to three targets.

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Obosh, the Preypiercer

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Companion — Your starting deck contains only cards with odd converted mana costs and land cards. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
If a source you control with an odd converted mana cost would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Dragonskull Summit

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Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Repeated Reverberation

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When you next cast an instant spell, cast a sorcery spell, or activate a loyalty ability this turn, copy that spell or ability twice. You may choose new targets for the copies.

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Fellwar Stone

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{T}: Add one mana of any color that a land an opponent controls could produce.

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Erebos, God of the Dead

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to black is less than five, Erebos isn't a creature. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)
Your opponents can't gain life.
{1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.

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Beacon of Unrest

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Put target artifact or creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. Shuffle Beacon of Unrest into its owner's library.

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Forgotten Cave

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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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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Chaos Warp

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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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Bojuka Bog

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Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield tapped.
When Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield, exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Talisman of Indulgence

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}. Talisman of Indulgence deals 1 damage to you.

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Deflecting Swat

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If you control a commander, you may cast this spell without paying its mana cost.
You may choose new targets for target spell or ability.

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Puppet's Verdict

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Flip a coin. If you win the flip, destroy all creatures with power 2 or less. If you lose the flip, destroy all creatures with power 3 or greater.

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Fiery Emancipation

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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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Cabal Stronghold

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}: Add {B} for each basic Swamp you control.

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Krark's Thumb

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If you would flip a coin, instead flip two coins and ignore one.

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Fire Covenant

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, pay X life.
Fire Covenant deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures.

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Necropotence

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Skip your draw step.
Whenever you discard a card, exile that card from your graveyard.
Pay 1 life: Exile the top card of your library face down. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your next end step.

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Wildfire Devils

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When Wildfire Devils enters the battlefield and at the beginning of your upkeep, choose a player at random. That player exiles an instant or sorcery card from their graveyard. Copy that card. You may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.

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Smoldering Marsh

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
Smoldering Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Skyclave Relic

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Kicker {3}
Indestructible
When Skyclave Relic enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create two tapped tokens that are copies of Skyclave Relic.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Krark, the Thumbless

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, return that spell to its owner's hand. If you win the flip, copy that spell, and you may choose new targets for the copy.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Chandra Ablaze

Color Identity:R

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+1: Discard a card. If a red card is discarded this way, Chandra Ablaze deals 4 damage to any target.
−2: Each player discards their hand, then draws three cards.
−7: Cast any number of red instant and/or sorcery cards from your graveyard without paying their mana costs.

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Barren Moor

Color Identity:B

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Barren Moor enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
Cycling {B} ({B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Torment of Hailfire

Color Identity:B

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Repeat the following process X times. Each opponent loses 3 life unless that player sacrifices a nonland permanent or discards a card.

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Blackcleave Cliffs

Color Identity:B,R

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Blackcleave Cliffs enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Magmatic Force

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At the beginning of each upkeep, Magmatic Force deals 3 damage to any target.

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Expedition Map

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{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Expedition Map: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Boseiju, Who Shelters All

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Boseiju, Who Shelters All enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}, Pay 2 life: Add {C}. If that mana is spent on an instant or sorcery spell, that spell can't be countered.

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Rakdos Signet

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{1}, {T}: Add {B}{R}.

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Inferno Titan

Color Identity:R

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{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three targets.

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Stolen Strategy

Color Identity:R

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At the beginning of your upkeep, exile the top card of each opponent's library. Until end of turn, you may cast spells from among those exiled cards, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast those spells.

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Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Phyrexian Arena

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Sulfurous Springs

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}. Sulfurous Springs deals 1 damage to you.

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Cabal Coffers

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Castle Locthwain

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Lavaclaw Reaches

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Lavaclaw Reaches enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.
{1}{B}{R}: Until end of turn, Lavaclaw Reaches becomes a 2/2 black and red Elemental creature with "{X}: This creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn." It's still a land.

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Spinerock Knoll

Color Identity:R

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Hideaway (This land enters the battlefield tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, exile one face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {R}.
{R}, {T}: You may play the exiled card without paying its mana cost if an opponent was dealt 7 or more damage this turn.

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Primal Amulet // Primal Wellspring

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a charge counter on Primal Amulet. Then if there are four or more charge counters on it, you may remove those counters and transform it.

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Volcanic Vision

Color Identity:R

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Return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand. Volcanic Vision deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to each creature your opponents control. Exile Volcanic Vision.

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Everlasting Torment

Color Identity:B,R

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Players can't gain life.
Damage can't be prevented.
All damage is dealt as though its source had wither. (A source with wither deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)

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Bedevil

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target artifact, creature, or planeswalker.

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Electrodominance

Color Identity:R

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Electrodominance deals X damage to any target. You may cast a spell with converted mana cost X or less from your hand without paying its mana cost.

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Vandalblast

Color Identity:R

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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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Vial Smasher the Fierce

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever you cast your first spell each turn, choose an opponent at random. Vial Smasher the Fierce deals damage equal to that spell's converted mana cost to that player or a planeswalker that player controls.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Dictate of the Twin Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.65

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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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Bloodstained Mire

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Pyromancer's Goggles

Color Identity:R

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{T}: Add {R}. When that mana is spent to cast a red instant or sorcery spell, copy that spell and you may choose new targets for the copy.

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Red Sun's Zenith

Color Identity:R

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Red Sun's Zenith deals X damage to any target. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead. Shuffle Red Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

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Pestilent Spirit

Color Identity:B

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Menace, deathtouch
Instant and sorcery spells you control have deathtouch. (Any amount of damage they deal to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

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Luxury Suite

Color Identity:B,R

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Luxury Suite enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

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Temple of Malice enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malice enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Sunbird's Invocation

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast a spell from your hand, reveal the top X cards of your library, where X is that spell's converted mana cost. You may cast a spell with converted mana cost X or less from among cards revealed this way without paying its mana cost. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Syphon Mind

Color Identity:B

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Each other player discards a card. You draw a card for each card discarded this way.

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Graven Cairns

Color Identity:B,R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{B/R}, {T}: Add {B}{B}, {B}{R}, or {R}{R}.

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Bonus Round

Color Identity:R

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Until end of turn, whenever a player casts an instant or sorcery spell, that player copies it and may choose new targets for the copy.

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Profane Transfusion

Color Identity:B

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Two target players exchange life totals. You create an X/X colorless Horror artifact creature token, where X is the difference between those players' life totals.

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Angrath's Marauders

Color Identity:R

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

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Mana Geyser

Color Identity:R

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

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Sol Ring

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

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Kaervek the Merciless

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever an opponent casts a spell, Kaervek the Merciless deals damage to any target equal to that spell's converted mana cost.

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Twinning Staff

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If you would copy a spell one or more times, instead copy it that many times plus an additional time. You may choose new targets for the additional copy.
{7}, {T}: Copy target instant or sorcery spell you control. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Double Vision

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast your first instant or sorcery spell each turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Damnation

Color Identity:B

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Reiterate

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $13.18

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Buyback {3} (You may pay an additional {3} as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Exsanguinate

Color Identity:B

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Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Canyon Slough

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
Canyon Slough enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Wheel of Fortune

Color Identity:R

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Each player discards their hand, then draws seven cards.

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Fiery Gambit

Color Identity:R

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Flip a coin until you lose a flip or choose to stop flipping. If you lose a flip, Fiery Gambit has no effect. If you win one or more flips, Fiery Gambit deals 3 damage to target creature. If you win two or more flips, Fiery Gambit deals 6 damage to each opponent. If you win three or more flips, draw nine cards and untap all lands you control.

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Mirari

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Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay {3}. If you do, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's converted mana cost.

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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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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Finale of Promise

Color Identity:R

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You may cast up to one target instant card and/or up to one target sorcery card from your graveyard each with converted mana cost X or less without paying their mana costs. If a spell cast this way would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead. If X is 10 or more, copy each of those spells twice. You may choose new targets for the copies.

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Etali, Primal Storm

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Etali, Primal Storm attacks, exile the top card of each player's library, then you may cast any number of spells from among those cards without paying their mana costs.

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Skull Storm

Color Identity:B

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When you cast this spell, copy it for each time you've cast your commander from the command zone this game.
Each opponent sacrifices a creature. Each opponent who can't loses half their life, rounded up.

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Brass's Bounty

Color Identity:R

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For each land you control, create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Comet Storm

Color Identity:R

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Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.)
Choose any target, then choose another target for each time this spell was kicked. Comet Storm deals X damage to each of them.

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Storm's Wrath

Color Identity:R

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Storm's Wrath deals 4 damage to each creature and each planeswalker.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Rinse & Repeat

So we've taken care of damage if we don't have Vial Smasher the Fierce out, but what if Krark, the Thumbless has died to Shock one too many times? Thankfully, we have no need to worry. This deck is loaded to the gills with ways to copy our instants and sorceries without Krark waving his thumbless hand nubs at our opponents.

What I'm trying to say is… we got a lot of ways to copy things.

Starting with artifacts, we have a handful of cards that get the job done. Primal Amulet helps us reduce the cost of our instants and sorceries by one, and when it flips can help us copy a spell when we tap it for mana This is not unlike Pyromancer's Goggles! While Mirari may not tap for mana, we are still able to copy any of our instants or sorceries for 3 mana.

Our final artful artifact is Twinning Staff. This card is startlingly good in this brew. Since this deck is chock full of spell copiers and Krark, the Thumbless, we go from copying a spell once to copying it twice! Wanna copy it one more time? Just pay seven mana! Thats three copies of one spell or maybe more I don't know I said I was bat at math earlier!

One of my favorite ways to copy spells in this deck is through the enchantment Double Vision. This art gives me the feels (makes me wanna commission an artist to draw Krark, the Thumbless and Vial Smasher the Fierce in that pose), and the ability inspires pure chaos! Worried about only taking out one creature with Bedevil? Not a problem! Wanna Chaos Warp our opponent's only two white lands? LET'S DO IT! While this enchantment only triggers for the first one we cast each turn, it still makes an incredible difference in how the game is played!

I put a copy of your spell in a spell so you can enjoy a spell while you play your spell! Is it a bit confusing? Maybe. Will our opponents have to wait while we calculate how many copies of everything we have? Definitely!

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While this card shines in my Chandra Tribal deck, it shines just as bright here. Not only can we copy an instant/sorcery twice, but with Krark, the Thumbless we can copy it two more times if our coin flip lands in our favor.

Then we have our final, flavorful piece within this deck that sparks joy (and lots of vial smashing): Bonus Round. The beauty of this spell lies in the fact that it blankets our entire turn, making every instant and sorcery spell we cast gain a copy!

This deck is like an over-prepared assistant at a marketing firm: it has a lot of copies!

The MVP

While I know we've already discussed X spells, I want to highlight one of the deck's most powerful interactions.

Torment of Hailfire is a card that creates chills and groans of anguish at the table. It's almost always a game ender. Now, let me paint a picture for you. We have Vial Smasher the Fierce and Krark, the Thumbless out and cast Torment of Hailfire where X is 13. We flip a coin, holding our breath until it lands softly on the playmat. Heads. We won the coin flip. Suddenly, we deal 15 damage to the opponent with the highest life total, and Torment is repeated 26 times rather than 13. Our opponents stare at us in awe. How?

Pretty picture, right? Torment of Hailfire is beyond disgusting within this deck, hurting our opponent's life totals, hands, and board states. This spell hits everywhere it hurts, making it this brew's MVP.

Final Thoughts

This deck is a pile of pain and spells and damage and I love it. Going into this brew, I expected to only build around Krark, the Thumbless. I am not used to spellslinger decks, and had always wanted to brew one. Thanks to the Commander Legends preview season, I was given the perfect opportunity.

One thought I have after the fact is my hesitation regarding the number of creatures in this list. Nine just doesn't feel like enough. We had originally included Young Pyromancer and Guttersnipe, but ultimately removed them due to their supposed low impact. However, looking back I definitely think Guttersnipe has a home in this list. This brew is a far cry from what I normally build, and I definitely have the wonderful folks from my Twitch chat to thank for it.

So, remember the question I asked at the beginning of this article? What happens when a cult leader and a berserker come together?

This...this is what happens...