"Did you know Skred Red won a Grand Prix once?"

It's a typical comment from players if you see Skred Red in action, and it's usually met with surprise. Why so? Because no one anticipates a tier 2 strategy winning at a huge event, let alone a Grand Prix. Stories such as these make Modern genuinely unique, as players usually cheer for the archetypes, more than the players. Once again, it proves that sticking to a strategy you enjoy will reward success through perseverance.

Skred Red has remained a staple in Modern for years despite being on the fringes. It's a mono-red control strategy that pivots around the namesake card:

Skred is a one-mana instant that aims to trade up against much bigger threats. While Skred can only hit creatures, removing a significant threat for a single mana is an excellent tempo play. This deck utilizes threats such as Koth of the Hammer and Hazoret the Fervent ahead of the curve, while relying on spells such as Skred and Lightning Bolt to control the board.

In a similar vein to Eldrazi Tron last week, Skred Red employs a disruptive card that is often expensive due to its uniqueness but which is inherently powerful in Modern. In this instance, Blood Moon provides grief to strategies with greedy mana bases. It's the reason Gruul Midrange (also known as Ponza) is seeing success in Modern, due to the favorable position of the enchantment at present. As a result, Blood Moon boasts a steep price tag. Skred Red can function without the card, but I recommend picking these up as early as possible, as Blood Moon is the backbone of the strategy.

Budget Skred Red

Due to Blood Moon's price tag, this budget iteration of Skred Red features a higher density of creatures to compensate. The shell of Skred Red is incredibly affordable as it includes mostly commons. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Skred Red (Budget) by Emmmzyne

'Skred Red (Budget)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Modern

Market Price: $108.98

Cards

Pia and Kiran Nalaar

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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When Pia and Kiran Nalaar enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature tokens with flying.
{2}{R}, Sacrifice an artifact: Pia and Kiran Nalaar deals 2 damage to any target.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Frostwalk Bastion

Market Price: $0.12

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{S}: Until end of turn, Frostwalk Bastion becomes a 2/3 Construct artifact creature. It's still a land. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
Whenever Frostwalk Bastion deals combat damage to a creature, tap that creature and it doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.

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Dragon's Claw

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

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Stormbreath Dragon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.60

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Flying, haste, protection from white
{5}{R}{R}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
When Stormbreath Dragon becomes monstrous, it deals damage to each opponent equal to the number of cards in that player's hand.

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Boil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.91

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Destroy all Islands.

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Koth of the Hammer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.56

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+1: Untap target Mountain. It becomes a 4/4 red Elemental creature until end of turn. It's still a land.
−2: Add {R} for each Mountain you control.
−5: You get an emblem with "Mountains you control have '{T}: This land deals 1 damage to any target.'"

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Ricochet Trap

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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If an opponent cast a blue spell this turn, you may pay {R} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Change the target of target spell with a single target.

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Eternal Scourge

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You may cast Eternal Scourge from exile.
When Eternal Scourge becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, exile Eternal Scourge.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.97

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Hazoret the Fervent

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.39

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Indestructible, haste
Hazoret the Fervent can't attack or block unless you have one or fewer cards in hand.
{2}{R}, Discard a card: Hazoret deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Skred

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.63

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Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $1.47

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Relic of Progenitus

Market Price: $2.31

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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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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Chandra, Acolyte of Flame

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.89

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0: Put a loyalty counter on each red planeswalker you control.
0: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens. They gain haste. Sacrifice them at the beginning of the next end step.
−2: You may cast target instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Sweltering Suns

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.89

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Sweltering Suns deals 3 damage to each creature.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Scrying Sheets

Market Price: $14.79

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{S}, {T}: Look at the top card of your library. If that card is snow, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Arcum's Astrolabe

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({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
When Arcum's Astrolabe enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.92

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To make this more economical, you can remove the Scrying Sheets for Mouth of Ronom, but I recommend picking up Scrying Sheets if possible. Skred Red struggles with card draw, and Scrying Sheets mitigates this issue by filtering your draws. It's weirdly an expensive card due to its singular printing in an out-of-print set, but it's the secondary reason Skred Red runs snow permanents.

Optimal Skred Red

One benefit of having a strategy that is affordable from the get-go is that the upgrades are small yet achievable. Even fully optimized, Skred Red is cheap and can offer competitive success given it's on the fringes of Modern. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Skred Red (Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Skred Red (Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emmmzyne

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $188.55

Cards

Pia and Kiran Nalaar

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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When Pia and Kiran Nalaar enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature tokens with flying.
{2}{R}, Sacrifice an artifact: Pia and Kiran Nalaar deals 2 damage to any target.

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Skred

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.63

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Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.

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Arcum's Astrolabe

Market Price: $0.38

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({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
When Arcum's Astrolabe enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.24

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+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Add {R}{R}.
−3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to any target."

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Hazoret the Fervent

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.39

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Indestructible, haste
Hazoret the Fervent can't attack or block unless you have one or fewer cards in hand.
{2}{R}, Discard a card: Hazoret deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Seasoned Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $24.66

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When Seasoned Pyromancer enters the battlefield, discard two cards, then draw two cards. For each nonland card discarded this way, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.
{3}{R}{R}, Exile Seasoned Pyromancer from your graveyard: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Grafdigger's Cage

Market Price: $1.71

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Relic of Progenitus

Market Price: $2.31

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Chandra, Acolyte of Flame

Color Identity:R

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0: Put a loyalty counter on each red planeswalker you control.
0: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens. They gain haste. Sacrifice them at the beginning of the next end step.
−2: You may cast target instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Koth of the Hammer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.56

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+1: Untap target Mountain. It becomes a 4/4 red Elemental creature until end of turn. It's still a land.
−2: Add {R} for each Mountain you control.
−5: You get an emblem with "Mountains you control have '{T}: This land deals 1 damage to any target.'"

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Sweltering Suns

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.89

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Sweltering Suns deals 3 damage to each creature.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Scrying Sheets

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{S}, {T}: Look at the top card of your library. If that card is snow, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

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Frostwalk Bastion

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{S}: Until end of turn, Frostwalk Bastion becomes a 2/3 Construct artifact creature. It's still a land. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
Whenever Frostwalk Bastion deals combat damage to a creature, tap that creature and it doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.

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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Mind Stone

Market Price: $0.69

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

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Dragon's Claw

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

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Boil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.91

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Destroy all Islands.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $6.04

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Chandra, Awakened Inferno

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.03

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This spell can't be countered.
+2: Each opponent gets an emblem with "At the beginning of your upkeep, this emblem deals 1 damage to you."
−3: Chandra, Awakened Inferno deals 3 damage to each non-Elemental creature.
−X: Chandra, Awakened Inferno deals X damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a permanent dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Ricochet Trap

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.31

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If an opponent cast a blue spell this turn, you may pay {R} rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Change the target of target spell with a single target.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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The upgrades are relatively straightforward. I would recommend picking up Blood Moons next, replacing Eternal Scourge. Next, I would look at picking up Chandra, Torch of Defiance replacing two Relic of Progenitus. Similar to Koth of the Hammer, Chandra is an independent win condition with a game-ending ultimate. If you are willing to wait, Chandra, Torch of Defiance is in Chandra's Spellbook which is available at the end of the month. This will decrease the price further if you are indifferent to alternative frames.

Rounding out the upgrades, you can remove Stormbreath Dragon for Seasoned Pyromancer. This may seem odd given Stormbreath's staple status within the strategy, but Modern Horizons has caused plenty of Modern "staples" to be reevaluated. 

As mentioned earlier, Skred Red struggles with card draw, which can create a problematic late game. Seasoned Pyromancer offsets many of the issues Skred Red has by drawing cards while creating threats, and its graveyard ability makes for a fantastic attrition battle. It's important to note that the discard isn't a requirement for drawing two cards, meaning having only one card or being hellbent means you will end up drawing two cards. While in Skred Red you aim to keep your nonland cards, there will be rare instances where developing the board will take priority over refilling your hand.

Extending this, Arcum's Astrolabe is the ideal cantrip for the strategy, even though there's no need for Astrolabe's mana fixing ability. Previously, Relic of Progenitus saw extensive play as the cantrip of choice, while offering graveyard hate that Skred Red does not often utilize. It's a meta-call on which you run, but you can easily run both if you see a rise in graveyard archetypes.

Core Set 2021 and Dragon Skred

One of the biggest attractions to playing Skred Red is the freedom of deck building. The lists above focus around traditional Skred Red, which utilizes planeswalkers and extensive removal to control the game. Dragon Skred is an option that centers around Dragons and offers a higher density of creatures, using Stormbreath Dragon, Thunderbreak Regent and Thundermaw Hellkite as win conditions. With Core Set 2021 imminent, there may be a few new Dragons with potential in the strategy.

Terror of the Peaks is the first consideration. I think it's close to being playable, but it's missing one keyword—haste. Traditionally, you want threats in Skred Red to do something when they enter play. Pia and Kiran Nalaar creates Thopters, Glorybringer can attack and remove a threat, and Seasoned Pyromancer rummages cards away. Terror of the Peaks doesn't contribute to the board when it enters, and eliminating threats is a non-issue as Skred Red has extensive access to removal. I can see Terror of the Peaks being the top-end of a Gruul Midrange strategy that can play it ahead of the curve and utilize cheap creatures to complement Terror's second ability. Perhaps a one-off could feature as a flex option in Dragon Skred, but I think there are better options currently. 

While Skred Red is not known as an artifact strategy, there's an underlying artifact theme that can grant synergy with cards such as Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge. Before the banning of Mycosynth Lattice, Artifact Skred was an alternative build that employed Karn, the Great Creator and various artifact prison pieces as win conditions. Since the banning of Mycosynth Lattice, Artifact Skred has had little success, however, Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge may reinvigorate the premise. It's worth noting that Gadrak creates a token when any nontoken creature dies on the end step, which complements the removal suite of Skred Red. Despite the artifact criteria on Gadrak, I suspect this is easy to achieve, even if you can't attack with the Dragon at first.

If I were looking to build Dragon Skred with Core Set 2021 in mind, I would begin with something like this.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dragon Skred Red by Emmmzyne

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

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Rank:

Freeform

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Cards

Thunderbreak Regent

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.44

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Flying
Whenever a Dragon you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, Thunderbreak Regent deals 3 damage to that player.

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Thundermaw Hellkite

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
When Thundermaw Hellkite enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature with flying your opponents control. Tap those creatures.

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Skred

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.63

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Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.

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Grafdigger's Cage

Market Price: $1.71

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Sarkhan, Fireblood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.77

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+1: You may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.
+1: Add two mana in any combination of colors. Spend this mana only to cast Dragon spells.
−7: Create four 5/5 red Dragon creature tokens with flying.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Dragon's Claw

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

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Stormbreath Dragon

Color Identity:R

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Flying, haste, protection from white
{5}{R}{R}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
When Stormbreath Dragon becomes monstrous, it deals damage to each opponent equal to the number of cards in that player's hand.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Scrying Sheets

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{S}, {T}: Look at the top card of your library. If that card is snow, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

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Arcum's Astrolabe

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({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
When Arcum's Astrolabe enters the battlefield, draw a card.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Relic of Progenitus

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Frostwalk Bastion

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{S}: Until end of turn, Frostwalk Bastion becomes a 2/3 Construct artifact creature. It's still a land. ({S} can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
Whenever Frostwalk Bastion deals combat damage to a creature, tap that creature and it doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.

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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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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Sorcerous Spyglass

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As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge can't attack unless you control four or more artifacts.
At the beginning of your end step, create a Treasure token for each nontoken creature that died this turn. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Molten Rain

Color Identity:R

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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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It may seem odd to not include Koth of the Hammer, but Sarkhan Fireblood provides synergy with the Dragon spells. The potential play of casting Sarkhan Fireblood on turn two, then casting a Stormbreath Dragon on turn three feels almost game-winning. As mentioned before, Skred Red offers plenty of deckbuilding options, and you can mix it up as you wish. There may be an option to run Sarkhan, the Masterless alongside other planeswalkers if you want to combine traditional Skred Red with Dragons. 

Tips and Tricks

If you want to dip your toes into control but want to be economical, then Skred Red may be for you. While it's not the flashiest archetype out there, it gets the job done. One benefit to playing control archetypes is that it helps you understand threat evaluation and resource management. Especially in Skred Red, your threat evaluation is essential as you can't rely on countermagic to decide for you. Once you have that understanding, you can use it to find success with anything, even decks that community considers lower-tier.

Remember that time Skred Red won a Grand Prix?