Anthem of Rakdos


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dissension (DIS) Rare

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Anthem of Rakdos


Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn and Anthem of Rakdos deals 1 damage to you.

Hellbent - As long as you have no cards in hand, if a source you control would deal damage to a creature or player, it deals double that damage to that creature or player instead.

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Anthem of Rakdos Discussion

Coward_Token on Stranglehold-esque/"cheese hating" EDH cards

1 week ago

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I really like how Stranglehold hoses some mechanics that can be boring (and the fun flavor text exemplifying red's anti-intellectualism is a nice bonus). Because of this, I thought I'd brainstorm some cards in the same spirit by similarly hating on arguably cheesy stuff in Commander, e.g. staples, lockdown and various kinds of infinitive combos (while trying to avoid letting my cards enable such shenanigans themselves).

Would appreciate feedback and other cards in a similar vein (maybe an Eminensce/Oloro interactor?), especially from actual cEDH people as I'm not too familiar with the cutthroat realm of 2-3 turn victories myself. Since I feel Stranglehold is too conservatively costed for a kinda niche card, so I might have gone overboard with my below creations by e.g. making them creatures and/or giving them too low CMC. Also, right now the hating is mostly done trough some sort of loss of life or downright prevention; suggestions on mixing things up a bit more would be particularly appreciated.

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TheRedGoat on Discard to Death (2HG)

1 month ago

This is certainly an interesting idea, but I feel that if you know the opponent will have cards to discard, then there's less of a need to have self discard and pay off effects from that, as there is having forced discard and more punishments for the opponent discarding since you're more likely to trigger them. As in why play Anthem of Rakdos when you could wheel twice and trigger Megrim 10 times?

Since you're meaning to have this pair up with a partner, and then also be facing down 2 foes, I see 2 routes of play. One is a shift of all the punishment effects, both discard and draw pain, are placed into a single deck, and then the other deck is the one that forces both of their partners enchantments to trigger (I'm assuming the card types). This would be like have a min-max build in most video games I imagine.

Alternatively, you have one build be exclusively the draw pain, and the other is forced discard, but you emphasize one sided effects instead of group hate. This creates more of a dual control shell in your decks, where each one might even have similar cards, but just the punishment effects have changed. This latter sounds fitting since you say you're a twin, so then it creates a less asymmetrical play-style between each deck.

RedZebra on Baby's First Rakdos

3 months ago

I recommend choosing whether you want to commit to hellbent, demon tribal, life loss, or Aetherflux Reservoir. If you dip your toe into multiple strategies that focus on different things you'll excel in none of them. Currently your discard cards are going to screw up your gameplan more than enable synergies.

If you want to be able to abuse Rakdos's ability, I would recommend adding much more direct damage (repeatable preferably) or life draim effects. Rakdos's Return and Indulgent Tormentor are a good start but not close to enough enablers for that strategy.

It is possible to combine lifeloss (i.e what makes rakdos a worthwhile commander imo) with Aetherflux Reservoir if a majority of the effects involve draining. Otherwise I don't think the resevoir is worth including.

It's obvious you want to run a lot of demons but a lot of them aren't worth including without enough ways to abuse their downsides. Rakdos the Defiler is actually terrible to attack with because you'll either lose your lands, rocks, or your board presence, for an effect that isn't going to win games on its own.

Abyssal Persecutor is often worse than Desecration Demon (which already sucks against tokens and weenie aggro), and makes it much easier for your opponents to ignore you until they can assemble their own wincon.

Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch does very little for the deck since nothing enters with +1/+1 counters and therefore can't benefit from the haste she gives.

The Wretched is pretty useless in a deck that can't force people to block.

Lastly, even if Aetherflux Reservoir is a desired wincon, Braidwood Cup is way too weak to be worth 3 mana.

It seems like you are trying to do a bunch of things at once and out of all of them I don't think the self-discard strategy is working here unless you fully commit to it with better payoffs than Anthem of Rakdos, Archfiend of Ifnir and Soulflayer.

crazybryman91 on Bulls on Parade

4 months ago

Thanks for the tip. It's really appreciated. In threw in Anthem of Rakdos I'm still considering the rest.

goblinguiderevealpls on Neheb, Minotaur Ring Leader

9 months ago

I brewed a similar list that started as a minotaur tribal goodstuff and ended with an discard/enchantment subtheme also including some good demons and dragons, your list is actually VERY Similar to mine D:

Id recommend Anthem of Rakdos, Widespread Panic, Sire Of Insanity Shrieking Affliction Malfegor Key to the City

Also, ive REALLY enjoyed Everlasting Torment in my list, it deals with pesky lifegain decks, and due to neheb and friends having first strike, they take wither damage in combat far less that your opponents will, and after first strike wither damage attacking or blocking usually minotaurs come out alive :)

goblinguiderevealpls on Mogis Trigger

9 months ago

Rakdos decks are the best kind of decks to abuse hellbent and madness cards, not just in the "power at any cost" color themes, but the flavor and playstyle as well :p


Anthem of Rakdos

Gibbering Descent

Infernal Tutor

Asylum Visitor

Murderous Compulsion

Necrogen Mists

Bottomless Pit

It does seem hurtful at first, but trust me opponents will feel it a lot more especially if you just cast Oppression and pass turn to a storm, control, combo or tempo player or any blue player itll cripple them :p

To think like a madman, you must PLAY like a madman :p

Mono_Land on Olivia Budget EDH

10 months ago

Black Sun's Zenith is great mass removal for about $2 and Anthem of Rakdos for more damage

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