Most burn these days is Boros/Naya. But let’s go back to the classic. Red spells everywhere. Anti life gain spells. Go back to the days of Flames of the Blood Hand.
That’s not a joke because I’m putting four of them in this list and no one can stop me. Four Flames of the Blood Hand and four Skullcrack will guarantee no one gains life.
So let’s get to the basics. We essentially have 16 Lightning Bolts. Four Lightning Bolt, four Rift Bolt, four Lava Spike, and four Skewer the Critics.
Not only that but we basically have a draw spell too now in the form of Light Up the Stage. Burn tends to peter out quickly but Light Up the Stage will give us the gas we need to keep on truckin’.
For our two drops we have Searing Blaze. This is budget friendly so no fetches but maybe sandbag a land or two when you need to Searing Blaze. The battlefields of pauper taught me that.
So here’s my rough draft list for mono red burn in Modern:
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Rift Bolt
4 Lava Spike
4 Skewer the Critics
4 Needle Drop
4 Flames of the Blood Hand
4 Light up the Stage
4 Seal of Fire