If you play Magic: The Gathering you may find that not a lot of people play burn spell based decks. Burn decks as they are affectionately called are always red, and can be a very effective way to win, however many people do not play burn decks correctly and therefore think they are week. If you are considering building your own burn deck there are a couple things you should know.
The first thing to know is magic is far more complex then it was in the early days. Its not enough to deal out a lot of damage anymore, since everybody has a deck that can surprise you and kill you in one more turn, no matter what your life total is. You need to adapt around other players decks I order to defeat them, and burn can be flexible.
The best thing about burn spells is it is a way to control the battlefield. Burning away your opponent’s key creatures is essential. Don’t be to concerned with blowing up their creatures just to make room for your creatures to attack, because if you do this you may find that your opponent has something in his hand that he will play next turn that you will wish you saved your burn spell for.
If they play a creature that gives them mana in the early turns of the game, burn it away. The last thing you want is for them to lay out huge creatures early in the game. They have those mana creators for a reason, and you have to make sure their plan never is pulled off, or is pulled off to late to make a difference. Burning a mana making creature will set them back almost a whole turn.
Be on the look out for any creature with a triggered ability. There is a good chance that an opponent uses this ability to combo off, or that it is just key to the deck. Activated abilities are not quite as critical, but watch out for them anyway.
The most important thing you need to learn while playing a burn deck in Magic: The Gathering is to play on your opponents turn. Never burn away a creature on your own turn, unless of course you are clearing a path for your great and powerful monster of a creature you want to strike your opponent. By playing on their turn you give them a chance to play a more important creature that you want to burn instead, also it gives you more options and will give your opponent a sense of unease, because you cast a spell on their turn then untap your lands again for your turn.