[Top 25] MTG Arena Most Powerful Red Cards

MTG Arena Most Powerful Red Cards
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Red is the color of aggression and speed. Using red mana means wrecking with intense heat that cannot be stopped.

Burning opponents and their creatures alive, while giving creatures haste is where the value of this color lies. Early game, simple and powerful plays are what all pyromancer's love about red.

The arena favors bold moves done quickly and red can do just that. With these ideals fueling the literal fire, here are the top 25 MTGA most powerful red cards. 

25.Star Of Extinction

We asked if we could instead of if we should

What is great about Star of Extinction?

  • Allows you to board wipe creatures and planeswalkers
  • Has the chance to ruin your opponent’s mana production
  • This card is so powerful in response to casting it your opponent may concede

24.Sarkhan’s Unsealing

Unsealed like a fresh pack filled with powerful red cards 

What is great about Sarkhan’s Unsealing?

  • Provides value for playing creatures that cost more 
  • Can be used to remove creatures
  • It allows you to target your opponent and can be used as a kill shot

23.Sunbird’s Invocation

Fire chicken's symphony 

What is great about Sunbird’s Invocation?

  • Allows you to cast spells for free
  • Playing expensive spells is perfectly fine, the more it costs the more value you can generate
  • For just six mana this card can be played shockingly early

22.Fiery Emancipation


Could roast a marshmellow in there

What is great about Fiery Emancipation?

  • Triples all your damage 
  • It only covers sources you control so it cannot be used against you
  • The earlier the card is played the more value it generates

21.Double Vision

This card was made by somebody who loves Forgiener 

What is great about Double Vision?

  • Allows you to literally kill two birds with one stone if your opponent is playing fliers 
  • Damage is doubled on all your instants and sorceries 
  • Allows you to choose new targets for the copies

20.Leyline of Combustion

If you can't take the heat you should avoid the combustion 

What is great about Leyline of Combustion ?

  • Can be played before the game even starts 
  • Deals damage to the player directly 
  • Shuts down abilities of certain cards all together and can kill an opponent if they continue to target your board or you

19.Cavalcade of Calamity

What is great about Cavalcade of Calamity?

  • Extremely cheap to cast 
  • Essential when playing small creatures or making tokens with low power
  • Can hit players and planeswalkers just from declaring attacks 

18.Sarkhan the Masterless

Just a planeswalker who loves dragons 

What is great about Sarkhan?

  • Has a static ability which you do not have to pay for
  • The more planeswalkers you control the more dragons you may create 
  • Can make dragon tokens for blockers or push that final few points of damage through 

17.Goblin Warchief

A goblins favorite word is more

What is great about Goblin Warchief?

  • Reduces the cost of other goblins
  • Gives other goblins you control haste allowing them to swing as they spawn
  • It only costs three mana 

16.Squee,the Immortal

The greatest joke of all the goblins

What is great about Squee?

  • Squee never truly dies and can be cast from anywhere
  • Letting him die can produce value using the right effects
  • Great for combos 

15.Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin

Woke up this morning, made some goblin tokens 

What is great about Krenko?

  • Krenko only costs three mana
  • Gets really big really quick especially when given haste
  • Produces goblin tokens rapidly  

14.Forbidden Friendship

Sick em 

What is great about Forbidden Friendship?

  • Spawns in two creatures for two mana, a solid trade
  • The dinosaur has haste so it can start dealing damage as soon as you want it to
  • If the spell is copied you get to make a lot of tokens for a small price

13.Spellgorger Weird

This card is weird 

What is great about Spellgorger Weird?

  • The creature grows rapidly if you play a lot of noncreature spells
  • Can be used to deal damage and protect you from your opponent’s creatures 
  • Starting off with 2 power and toughness makes it develop into a game winning creature even faster

12.Rampaging Ferocidon

Roars to stop lifegain 

What is great about Rampaging Ferocidon?

  • This card was banned because of how powerful it was
  • Stops your opponents from gaining life 
  • If your opponent makes creatures it can burn them quickly with its third effect

11.Etali, Primal Storm

The rain is nothing to fear when you become the storm!

What is great about Etali?

  • Allows you to get rid of big threats from your opponents deck
  • Allows you to play big threats for free 
  • With the right amount of ramp in a game Etali can come out before your opponent sees it coming

10.Finale of Promise 


The moment you've all been waiting for

What is great about Finale of Promise?

  • You get to cast a spell from your grave for free
  • This card will deal massive damage if played at the right time
  • The X in the mana cost allows this to be played whenever you like, it can end games or stop early threats, the choice is yours

9.Ilharg,the Raze-Boar

Oink! oink!

What is great about Ilharg?

  • Ilharg costs only 5 mana to cast
  • The card has trample to make sure the lethal damage goes through
  • His effect is absolutely amazing and cannot be stopped by most cards 

8.Krenko,Mob Boss

The mob rules!

What is great about Krenko?

  • Extremely cheap for the wrath he can bring to the board
  • Allows you to double your goblins every single turn he is in play 
  • If he gets killed you are left with an army 

7.Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

Never underestimate a dwarf

What is great about Torbran?

  • Allows all your red spells to deal extra damage
  • Works on both players and their permanents
  • Cheap to cast and his toughness makes him last long enough to win most games 

6.Tin Street Dodger

What is great about Tin Street Dodger?

  • Starts dealing damage turn one
  • His effect can make him unblockable
  • If made larger or given equipment his damage can be the lethal strike to end a game

5.Fervent Champion

Javier rides again

What is great about the champion?

  • Can be played turn one
  • First strike allows him to hit first allowing him to deal damage before other creatures
  • Can be loaded up with equipment for free because of his ability 

4.Scorch Spitter

Spitters are scorched quitters 

What is great about Scorch Spitter?

  • A great play turn one
  • It does not have to hit your opponent to deal damage
  • It can deal damage to both players and planeswalkers should the need arise

3.Robber of the Rich

Robin hood strikes again

What is great about Robber of the Rich?

  • Can attack upon summon because of haste
  • Reach allows him to stop fliers 
  • His ability triggers when he attacks and can get rid of some nasty spells from your opponents deck

2.Anax, Hardened in the Forge

This is theros and not sparta 

What is great about Anax?

  • Profits off of having a large board state because of devotion
  • Whenever creatures die you get to make tokens 
  • Can become insanely powerful late-game or be the reason you get the advantage early-game


Swing low sweet artifact 

What is great about Embercleave?

  • Flash allows this card to be played at instant speed, which it is begging for 
  • Gives any creature you want more power and can be equipped for nothing when it is played
  • The spell reduces its own cost which is awesome for red decks that wreck hard with a lot of creatures

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