For players who don't want to sleeve up Growth Spiral, there are some great alternatives!

This week I'm talking about aggro decks, which have multiplied since the release of Core Set 2021. These are straightforward beatdown strategies, which means no Rakdos Sacrifice, as I consider that as being in a different category. 

Mono-Green Aggro

I'm really happy that Mono-Green Aggro is as good as it is. While many players have been worried about how strong green is in Standard lately, that concern is due to the power of ramp effects like Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and Nissa, Who Shakes the World, not aggro. It is very rare that a mono-green deck is viable, let alone a top archetype.

The deck is extremely resilient, and plays so many threats it becomes very difficult to answer all of them. Even a sweeper effect like Shatter the Sky is often not enough to win against this deck. Corey Baumeister has been playing this list to great success:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Green Aggro by Corey Baumeister

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

Created By: Corey Baumeister

Event: SCG Championship Qualifier 2 - 07/04/2020

Rank: 4

Standard

Market Price: $204.12

Cards

Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.28

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Color Identity:G

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+1: Distribute two +1/+1 counters among up to two target creatures. They gain trample until end of turn.
−3: Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature or planeswalker.
−5: You may choose a creature card you own from outside the game, reveal it, and put it into your hand.

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Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

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Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it.
Whenever another green creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Yorvo. Then if that creature's power is greater than Yorvo's power, put another +1/+1 counter on Yorvo.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Ranger's Guile

Color Identity:G

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Target creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Heroic Intervention

Color Identity:G

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Permanents you control gain hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.

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Oakhame Adversary

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if an opponent controls a green permanent.
Deathtouch
Whenever Oakhame Adversary deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

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Pelt Collector

Color Identity:G

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Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, if that creature's power is greater than Pelt Collector's, put a +1/+1 counter on Pelt Collector.
As long as Pelt Collector has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has trample.

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Mobilized District

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}: Mobilized District becomes a 3/3 Citizen creature with vigilance until end of turn. It's still a land. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature and planeswalker you control.

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Garruk, Unleashed

Color Identity:G

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+1: Up to one target creature gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.
−2: Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token. Then if an opponent controls more creatures than you, put a loyalty counter on Garruk, Unleashed.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, you may search your library for a creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library."

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The Great Henge

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.
{T}: Add {G}{G}. You gain 2 life.
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on it and draw a card.

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Ram Through

Color Identity:G

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Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature you don't control. If the creature you control has trample, excess damage is dealt to that creature's controller instead.

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Stonecoil Serpent

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Shifting Ceratops

Color Identity:G

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This spell can't be countered.
Protection from blue (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, enchanted, or equipped by anything blue.)
{G}: Shifting Ceratops gains your choice of reach, trample, or haste until end of turn.

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Barkhide Troll

Color Identity:G

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Barkhide Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
{1}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Barkhide Troll: Barkhide Troll gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Castle Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

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Castle Garenbrig enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest.
{T}: Add {G}.
{2}{G}{G}, {T}: Add six {G}. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells or activate abilities of creatures.

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance, deathtouch, haste
Questing Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.
Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.

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Gemrazer

Color Identity:G

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Mutate {1}{G}{G} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)
Reach, trample
Whenever this creature mutates, destroy target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls.

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

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The plan? Just play the best creature at every point in the mana curve. This version doesn't play cards like Giant Growth or Titanic Growth, unlike previous versions of the deck. By running more creatures, you are that much more likely to curve out properly. Even though Pelt Collector is the only true one-drop creature, both Stonecoil Serpent and Lovestruck Beast allow you to have a one-mana threat as well, so the deck starts creating its board presence on the first turn in many games. 

On turn two we have the difficult-to-answer Barkhide Troll, as well as the new pickup for this deck from M21, Scavenging Ooze. The Ooze often comes down on a later turn and eats up some creatures to become a larger threat. This is the type of card that can be a game-changer against other creature decks.

Gemrazer

I asked Corey why there are only two copies of Gemrazer in the maindeck, just because of how amazing the card can be. He seemed to want the best possible configuration of the deck against Bant Ramp, which doesn't run artifacts and enchantments. However, you definitely want four copies of Gemrazer in the 75, as there are many matchups where it's your best card. Blowing up an opposing artifact or enchantment is only a part of why this is so strong. It allows you to make a huge hexproof creature alongside Barkhide Troll, or create a massive Stonecoil Serpent, since you keep the counters on the creature after mutating.

Questing Beast The Great Henge Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

When the top end of your deck is three or four mana, you know it's an aggro deck. We have some really beefy threats in Questing Beast, Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig and Vivien, Arkbow Ranger. However, one thing that stands out in this list are the two copies of The Great Henge. Corey is ready to play a longer, grindy game against other creature decks if he needs to, all thanks to this card.

After sideboard we even have three copies of Oakhame Adversary, making it even more clear that we're looking to gain an edge in the mirror match. This deck doesn't play that much creature removal, but as is typical in green, you have fight effects in Ram Through and Vivien, Arkbow Ranger to get opposing creatures off the board. Garruk, Unleashed and Shifting Ceratops round out the sideboard against the slower matchups.

Mono-Black Aggro

It seems with every new set, black aggro decks change significantly.

Demonic Embrace

Demonic Embrace is definitely a scary card for a lot of decks, and allows you to win games very quickly, while also providing some resiliency.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Black Aggro by Mulldrifter

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

Created By: Mulldrifter

Event: MTGO Standard Challenge - 07/05/2020

Rank: 3

Standard

Market Price: $78.73

Cards

Spawn of Mayhem

Color Identity:B

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Spectacle {1}{B}{B} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Flying, trample
At the beginning of your upkeep, Spawn of Mayhem deals 1 damage to each player. Then if you have 10 or less life, put a +1/+1 counter on Spawn of Mayhem.

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Gutterbones

Color Identity:B

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Gutterbones enters the battlefield tapped.
{1}{B}: Return Gutterbones from your graveyard to your hand. Activate this ability only during your turn and only if an opponent lost life this turn.

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Grasp of Darkness

Color Identity:B

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Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.

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Knight of the Ebon Legion

Color Identity:B

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{2}{B}: Knight of the Ebon Legion gets +3/+3 and gains deathtouch until end of turn.
At the beginning of your end step, if a player lost 4 or more life this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Knight of the Ebon Legion. (Damage causes loss of life.)

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Demonic Embrace

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1, has flying, and is a Demon in addition to its other types.
You may cast Demonic Embrace from your graveyard by paying 3 life and discarding a card in addition to paying its other costs.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Rankle, Master of Pranks

Color Identity:B

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Flying, haste
Whenever Rankle, Master of Pranks deals combat damage to a player, choose any number —
• Each player discards a card.
• Each player loses 1 life and draws a card.
• Each player sacrifices a creature.

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Kitesail Freebooter

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Kitesail Freebooter enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. Exile that card until Kitesail Freebooter leaves the battlefield.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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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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Soul-Guide Lantern

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Duress

Color Identity:B

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Rotting Regisaur

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, discard a card.

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Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, if that player has one or fewer cards in hand, Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage deals 2 damage to them.
−1: Target player discards a card.

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Disfigure

Color Identity:B

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Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

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Noxious Grasp

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker that's green or white. You gain 1 life.

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Blacklance Paragon

Color Identity:B

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Flash
When Blacklance Paragon enters the battlefield, target Knight gains deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn.

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Serrated Scorpion

Color Identity:B

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When Serrated Scorpion dies, it deals 2 damage to each opponent and you gain 2 life.

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There is a bit of Knight synergy here, but this is primarily just a collection of the best creatures black has to offer. We aren't trying to play sacrifice-based cards like Cauldron Familiar or Priest of Forgotten Gods—this is old-school beatdown. Another new addition to this deck is Kitesail Freebooter. There actually aren't that many two-drops black has to choose from, so gaining one that is also hand disruption is really convenient for the deck.

Eliminate Grasp of Darkness

As far as removal, we also have new additions in Eliminate and Grasp of Darkness. I was wondering which of these two removal spells would end up seeing more play, but it turns out in Mono-Black that you just want to play both. Grasp of Darkness can scale up to deal with something like Questing Beast, while Eliminate is able to also answer planeswalkers. 

As is the case with each aggro deck I'm talking about, curving out is the most important thing. We have seen how tough it is for a deck like Temur Reclamation to answer large undercosted creatures, like Rotting Regisaur. It doesn't get better than playing a Spawn of Mayhem or Rotting Regisaur after already playing a couple threats on the first two turns of the game. While this deck wants to end the game as quickly as possible, you can still draw some extra cards later on with Castle Locthwain if the opponent answers the first wave of threats. 

Mono-Black has impressed me so far, and I really like this version more than any of the sacrifice-based ones. If you want to play a sacrifice deck then Rakdos is definitely the way to go. With so many of the cards in this list being new, it is very likely that this still isn't the perfect configuration for the deck. Demonic Embrace is definitely worth playing, and this is the type of deck that can really abuse it. 

Mono-Red Aggro

I couldn't write an article like this without including my favorite aggro deck, Mono-Red Aggro.

The deck hasn't gained any new help from M21. This was really disappointing for me, as I would have loved a new tool or two to add to Mono-Red Aggro. The only card I have had in and out of lists is Soul Sear, as a potential sideboard option, though it's not in the version I'm currently playing. I'd also love to use Conspicuous Snoop, but in order to get value from that you need to play a ton of Goblins, which is going to hurt your creature base significantly. 

The good news is that even though Mono-Red hasn't changed that much, it still is a very good deck, and isn't being targeted quite as much as it used to be. This is my current list: 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Aggro by Seth Manfield

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

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event:

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Standard

Market Price: $77.56

Cards

Lava Coil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.35

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Lava Coil deals 4 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Embereth Shieldbreaker // Battle Display

Color Identity:R

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Scorch Spitter

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Scorch Spitter attacks, it deals 1 damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.36

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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.)
Exile the top two cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.

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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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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Shock

Color Identity:R

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Shock deals 2 damage to any target.

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Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

Color Identity:R

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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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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Anax, Hardened in the Forge

Color Identity:R

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Anax's power is equal to your devotion to red. (Each {R} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to red.)
Whenever Anax or another nontoken creature you control dies, create a 1/1 red Satyr creature token with "This creature can't block." If the creature had power 4 or greater, create two of those tokens instead.

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Runaway Steam-Kin

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast a red spell, if Runaway Steam-Kin has fewer than three +1/+1 counters on it, put a +1/+1 counter on Runaway Steam-Kin.
Remove three +1/+1 counters from Runaway Steam-Kin: Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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Scorching Dragonfire

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Scorching Dragonfire deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that creature or planeswalker would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Rimrock Knight // Boulder Rush

Color Identity:R

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Tibalt, Rakish Instigator

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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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Experimental Frenzy

Color Identity:R

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library.
You can't play lands or cast spells from your hand.
{3}{R}: Destroy Experimental Frenzy.

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Robber of the Rich

Color Identity:R

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Reach, haste
Whenever Robber of the Rich attacks, if defending player has more cards in hand than you, exile the top card of their library. During any turn you attacked with a Rogue, you may cast that card and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast that spell.

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

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Redcap Melee deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a nonred permanent is dealt damage this way, you sacrifice a land.

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This list is very similar to what I have been playing ever since the World Championship at the beginning of the year. The main change to the maindeck is the two copies of Shock. Even though the card is underpowered, being able to answer the opponent's first creature for a low cost can be really nice. Shock is the type of card that gets sideboarded out a ton, because strictly as burn that can go to the opponent's face, it isn't very impressive. 

Embercleave

The reason Mono-Red is still good is its ability to make a massive board presence and back it up with Embercleave. The deck is not good at grinding out longer games. It almost never beats Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath once it gets in play; you need to win before that happens. Luckily, this deck packs a massive punch and has the best aggression in the format if left unanswered. I know players are worried about the presence of Scavenging Ooze, but a lot of the time it will get easily answered by Bonecrusher Giant or Shock before it can munch on some creatures. 

Most versions play Tin Street Dodger right now, but I'm happy with not playing it. There are also some versions that have cut Light Up the Stage, and I can't recommend that either. Light up the Stage is the only way this deck has to get additional resources in the middle of the game. 

The sideboard is geared toward beating other creature decks. Against slower decks, you really don't need to change very much, outside of taking out cards like Shock in exchange for the planeswalkers. Against aggro you often need to do more sideboard surgery. This means taking out creatures like Scorch Spitter, Rimrock Knight and Robber of the Rich. Shaving on Embercleave is also often the right move. 

Sideboard adjustments need to be made based on whether you are on the play or draw. A card like Robber of the Rich, for example, is naturally much better on the play. On the draw, you want more reactive cards like the removal spells. We have a number of spot removal spells alongside the single Experimental Frenzy if we want it, to be able to transform into a bit more of a controlling deck, rather than being all-in on aggression.