Love it or hate it, you can't deny that Burn is one of the most fearsome strategies in Magic. It doesn't get much simpler, or more effective, than going straight for the opponent's life total. It's one of Modern's most classic archetypes, and one of the few strategies that's persisted through the entire format's history. While the metagame constantly shifts around it, Burn decks don't care. Its single-minded focus ignores whatever the opponent is doing, and kills them instead. Burn just wins. Always has, and as long as Magic players have life points, always will.

Burn is a great Modern deck to have in your arsenal. It's also ideal for handing to a friend across the table as a true challenge and fun matchup for any other deck. The fact it can be built on a budget is even better, with most of its staples being mere common and uncommon cards, and a mono-red manabase requiring no expensive dual lands.

Basic Burn on a Budget

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Basic Burn on a Budget by Adam Yurchick

'Basic Burn on a Budget' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $79.58

Cards

Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.36

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile target player's graveyard.

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Rift Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.30

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Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.
Suspend 1—{R} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {R} and exile it with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Searing Blaze

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.33

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Searing Blaze deals 1 damage to target player or planeswalker and 1 damage to target creature that player or that planeswalker's controller controls.
Landfall — If you had a land enter the battlefield under your control this turn, Searing Blaze deals 3 damage to that player or planeswalker and 3 damage to that creature instead.

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Goblin Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.16

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Haste
Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of their library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into their hand.

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Ramunap Ruins

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R}.
{2}{R}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Ramunap Ruins deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Molten Rain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.41

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Destroy target land. If that land was nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.50

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Viashino Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

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When Viashino Pyromancer enters the battlefield, it deals 2 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Skullcrack

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.61

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Players can't gain life this turn. Damage can't be prevented this turn. Skullcrack deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Searing Blood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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Searing Blood deals 2 damage to target creature. When that creature dies this turn, Searing Blood deals 3 damage to the creature's controller.

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Skewer the Critics

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.52

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Skewer the Critics deals 3 damage to any target.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Lava Spike

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.69

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Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.42

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Roiling Vortex deals 1 damage to them.
Whenever a player casts a spell, if no mana was spent to cast that spell, Roiling Vortex deals 5 damage to that player.
{R}: Your opponents can't gain life this turn.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.57

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Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Burn has become a bit more expensive recently, with Monastery Swiftspear rising from $3 to around $5, but it's a worthy investment into the best aggressive red one-drop in Magic, and the foundation of Modern burn on any budget. It's joined by Goblin Guide, another haste creature that can immediately convert into damage—also around $5.

These creatures act like burn spells, but go further by forcing the opponent to remove them. If they deal damage and trade with a card, that's card advantage for Burn. And if not dealt with, they'll quickly win the game by dealing more damage than any single burn spell could. They are critical in Burn's best starts, and it's much harder to win without them. Paying around $20 each for the playsets of haste creatures is a necessary investment into Burn that will pay off for years.

These creatures are supplemented by Viashino Pyromancer. It trades haste for built-in damage as burn on a body. In some ways it's even better, because it can always get some damage around blockers or removal spells—but still demands them.

The rest of Burn is filled with relatively cheap common and uncommons for a few dollars each at most—a package that runs around $35 in total.

The biggest buy here is Lava Spike at around $3, but there are bargains on played copies out there. Lightning Bolt is also a couple bucks, but is necessary in the collection of any Modern player.

Searing Blaze is worth every bit of $1 as one of Burn's most devastating plays. Killing a small creature or finishing off a big blocker while dealing damage is card advantage for Burn, and always leaves the opponent feeling like they got the bad end of the deal.

Searing Blood is similar, and a perfect budget card for this iteration of the deck that can shift to a sideboard card in future builds. Now is an especially good time to be playing it, after control and combo got banned from the metagame, and creature decks like Heliod Company and Izzet Blitz have taken over.

At around $1, Skullcrack is a bargain for its ability to stop lifegain, one of the few ways opponents have for fighting back against Burn.

The manabase can be built entirely with Mountains, but it's easy and pretty cheap to get a playset of Ramunap Ruins. They squeeze even more damage into the deck for late game situations when the hand is empty but mana is plentiful.

Built-Up Budget Burn

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Built-Up Budget Burn by Adam Yurchick

'Built-Up Budget Burn' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $246.03

Cards

Sunbaked Canyon

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $20.24

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/190784_200w.jpg

{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R} or {W}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Sunbaked Canyon: Draw a card.

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Rift Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.30

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Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.
Suspend 1—{R} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {R} and exile it with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Goblin Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.16

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Haste
Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of their library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into their hand.

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Ramunap Ruins

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/135091_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R}.
{2}{R}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Ramunap Ruins deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Eidolon of the Great Revel

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $18.29

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Whenever a player casts a spell with mana value 3 or less, Eidolon of the Great Revel deals 2 damage to that player.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Molten Rain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.41

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Destroy target land. If that land was nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

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Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.36

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile target player's graveyard.

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Skullcrack

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.61

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Players can't gain life this turn. Damage can't be prevented this turn. Skullcrack deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.10

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Searing Blood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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Searing Blood deals 2 damage to target creature. When that creature dies this turn, Searing Blood deals 3 damage to the creature's controller.

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Searing Blaze

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.33

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Searing Blaze deals 1 damage to target player or planeswalker and 1 damage to target creature that player or that planeswalker's controller controls.
Landfall — If you had a land enter the battlefield under your control this turn, Searing Blaze deals 3 damage to that player or planeswalker and 3 damage to that creature instead.

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Lava Spike

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.69

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Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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

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Skewer the Critics

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.52

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Skewer the Critics deals 3 damage to any target.

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Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.42

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Roiling Vortex deals 1 damage to them.
Whenever a player casts a spell, if no mana was spent to cast that spell, Roiling Vortex deals 5 damage to that player.
{R}: Your opponents can't gain life this turn.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.57

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/145323_200w.jpg

Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.50

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Upgrade List

Burn can be brought to the next level by Eidolon of the Great Revel. At around $30 for the playset, it's the biggest investment, but also one of the biggest payoffs. It always deals damage if the opponent fires off a removal spell, so it goes one further than the haste creatures by guaranteeing the damage. And the consequences for not removing it can put the opponent into an unwinnable situation where their own spells kill them, so it can single-handedly win games. Modern decks are filled with low-mana cost cards, and Eidolon of the Great Revel hoses all of them.

Burn's manabase also offers room for upgrading with Sunbaked Canyon and Fiery Islet. These lands build card advantage into the deck, and that's incredibly valuable for a deck that converts cards directly to damage. Each topdeck means a lot for Burn, where one spell can make the difference, so it's a fantastic upgrade. Fiery Islet is a great one-of, and more will work if on-hand, but Sunbaked Canyon is the superior four-of. It bluffs white spells, and helps work towards the white splash in the fully-powered unlimited budget build.

Unlimited Budget Boros Burn

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Unlimited Budget Boros Burn by Adam Yurchick

'Unlimited Budget Boros Burn' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $522.55

Cards

Roiling Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.42

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Roiling Vortex deals 1 damage to them.
Whenever a player casts a spell, if no mana was spent to cast that spell, Roiling Vortex deals 5 damage to that player.
{R}: Your opponents can't gain life this turn.

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Boros Charm

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.61

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Choose one —
• Boros Charm deals 4 damage to target player or planeswalker.
• Permanents you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
• Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

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Sunbaked Canyon

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $20.24

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R} or {W}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Sunbaked Canyon: Draw a card.

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Rift Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.30

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Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.
Suspend 1—{R} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {R} and exile it with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)

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Searing Blood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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Searing Blood deals 2 damage to target creature. When that creature dies this turn, Searing Blood deals 3 damage to the creature's controller.

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Bloodstained Mire

Market Price: $34.24

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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.

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Lava Spike

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.69

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Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $17.53

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

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Skullcrack

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.61

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/67373_200w.jpg

Players can't gain life this turn. Damage can't be prevented this turn. Skullcrack deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.50

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Arid Mesa

Market Price: $18.67

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

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Lightning Helix

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $0.85

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Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.26

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Inspiring Vantage

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $8.75

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Inspiring Vantage enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Wooded Foothills

Market Price: $35.47

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

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Goblin Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.16

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/218846_200w.jpg

Haste
Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of their library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into their hand.

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Eidolon of the Great Revel

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $18.29

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Whenever a player casts a spell with mana value 3 or less, Eidolon of the Great Revel deals 2 damage to that player.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.94

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/190806_200w.jpg

{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Skewer the Critics

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.52

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Skewer the Critics deals 3 damage to any target.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/196580_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {R}.)

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.57

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/145323_200w.jpg

Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/100330_200w.jpg

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

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Deflecting Palm

Color Identity:R,W

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The next time a source of your choice would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage. If damage is prevented this way, Deflecting Palm deals that much damage to that source's controller.

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Searing Blaze

Color Identity:R

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Searing Blaze deals 1 damage to target player or planeswalker and 1 damage to target creature that player or that planeswalker's controller controls.
Landfall — If you had a land enter the battlefield under your control this turn, Searing Blaze deals 3 damage to that player or planeswalker and 3 damage to that creature instead.

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Kor Firewalker

Color Identity:W

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Protection from red
Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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Upgrade List

Sideboard

Building Modern Burn on an unlimited budget means adding white for Boros Charm, Lightning Helix, and some sideboard cards. This requires dual and fetch lands, which quickly balloon the deck's price away from the cheap deck mono-red made possible.

Inspiring Vantage is a bargain at under $20 for a playset, and a pair of Sacred Foundry doesn't feel too bad as a $14 shockland. But fetchlands, of course, is where most of the expense lies. The deck ideally plays about six, but on the upside any red ones on hand will do. Putting them together from scratch will run a couple hundred dollars, with Wooded Foothills and Bloodstained Mire being the cheapest around $40 each, and Arid Mesa not too much more at around $45.

Adding Boros Charm for a couple dollars each isn't much after investing in the lands. It's so valuable it's worth splashing for, because it's the most powerful and efficient burn spell in Modern. The added flexibility of its additional modes make it truly irreplaceable.

Much of the splash utility lies in the sideboard, but does add a bit more cost. Of course there are few cards that scream staple more than Path to Exile—now only a few dollars each. Rest in Peace, the best graveyard hoser in Modern, is also a bargain at under $5.

The final Boros deck is a bit more powerful and flexible than the mono-red version. Boros Charm makes it more potent, and the sideboard answers some problems, namely with Path to Exile dealing with the big creatures that Burn spells struggle with stopping. It's not necessary to splash to win with Burn, but every bit counts in a format as competitive as Modern.