Awesome 1-Mana Creatures, part 4: Red

Today, we get to see Red’s wide array of 1-mana creature greatness, just as we’ve seen White, Blue, and Green earlier in this series. With lots of little Goblins and Orcs running around, Red, like Green, has quite a few options for cheap but useful creatures!

If your favorite 1-mana Red creature isn’t featured here, drop me a (nice) line in the comments! All card images came from MagicCards.info.

akroancrusader
Play this guy, then start targeting him with spells and watch your army assemble.
bellowslizard
1/1 for 1, with Firebreathing for 1R. Nice!
bloodfiredwarf
Good way to get rid of 1/1 grounded token armies! (*cough*ELVES*cough*)
borosrecruit
Great first-strike option for Goblins, and good creature all around.
dragonmasteroutcast
ROARRRR. Now I suddenly need to build a deck around this guy.
dwarvengrunt
Here’s one flavor of 1/1 Mountainwalking creatures: others include Goblin Mountaineer, Mountain Goat, and Zodiac Goat.
firefrightmage
The “making another creature mostly unblockable” ability is great, especially when it comes into play for such a low mana investment!
flamekinbrawler
With the 0/2 toughness, this little guy can withstand a bigger punch; with the 1-mana-per-point Firebreathing, he can pump up the power quicker.
frenziedgoblin
Great way to get rid of one of the big-mama blockers in the way!
furnacescamp
With this thing, you can deal potentially 4 damage to a player with one card!
glitterfang
The haste and bouncing-back-to-hand means this is one hard-to-pin-down creature annoyance for your opponent!
goblinballoonbrigade
Since flight is so seldom seen at low mana costs in red, you’ve got to get it where you can! Yay for blocking a dragon with a bunch of goblins in a hot-air balloon!
goblinfireslinger
A constant source of 1 damage, for 1 mana!
goblinlackey
GREAT for putting out lots of Goblins in few turns.
goblinsoothsayer
If you need your Goblins (or Dragons, or Orcs, or Dwarves) to deal double damage, use this guy! Just make sure you have a Goblin to sack somehow, if you’re not completely reliant on the creature type.
goblinwelder
Fiddle with your Artifact-wielding opponent’s combo strategy, for 1 mana. Hee hee!
hurrjackal
Blocking a regen ability? Doesn’t sound that “durr hurr” to me! LOL
intimidatorinitiate
Play this guy and start laying out the cheap spells to keep your creatures from being blocked…
karplusanwolverine
If Wolvie gets through, 1 damage to player. If he gets blocked, still 1 damage to player. No drawback!
keeperofkookus
Because sometimes you’ll be facing a Red-playing opponent with your Red deck.
kirdape
A classic for Red/Green decks.
krismage
Since you have to ditch a card to make this work, this could be good for Madness decks!
legionloyalist
If you’re attacking first turn with this guy, he’s pretty great. If you’ve got him and two or more buddies attacking…he’s SILLY. 😀
martyrofashes
One-upping Bloodfire Dwarf with a little more mana investment.
moggfanatic
Another classic for most Red decks!
mudbuttonclanger
Great 1/1 for 1 Kinship creature for Goblins.
orcishlumberjack
Fix your mana (especially in a Red/Green deck) with this guy!
orcishspy
Most of Sensei’s Divining Top’s ability, with legs!
rakdoscackler
The option to play this Unleashed is what sets this apart.
rochatchling
Play this, wait 4 turns, and you have a 3/3 flying Bird–in Red, no less!
scuzzbackscrapper
Red gets Wither? Yep, through creatures like this!
skitteroflizards
The Multikicker option is great, but even if you can’t kick it, you’ve still got a 1/1 haste for 1.
slagfiend
Hilarious fun with Shatterstorm.
slumberingdragon
Smaug, much? LOL
soldieroffortune
The ability to shuffle your library–in Red–seems pretty rare, and very useful.
sparkelemental
It’s like a baby Ball Lightning! Aww, what a cute little bundle of destruction!
sparkmage
Deal damage to a player, and then damage a creature to boot–for 1 mana!
stonewright
The Soulbond option is what makes this simple little creature good.
vexingdevil
Either your opponent takes 4 right away, or you get a 4/3 creature for 1 that’s going to smack them in the face every turn until they deal with it. Good options!
wildcantor
Great for those times when you just need ONE MORE RED MANA.

4 thoughts on “Awesome 1-Mana Creatures, part 4: Red”

  1. I didn’t include that one because it had not come out at the time I wrote the article–I haven’t had time to update this article in a good while. But good looking out; that is a great 1-mana red creature to use! 😀

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