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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
1 month 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.
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.
2 months ago
Thanks for the tip. It's really appreciated. In threw in Anthem of Rakdos I'm still considering the rest.
6 months ago
7 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:
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 :)
7 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
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
8 months ago
9 months ago
Got a few ideas for you...
Gibbering Descent, Bottomless Pit, Larceny, Waste Not, Geth's Grimoire, Asylum Visitor, Squee, Goblin Nabob, Pain Magnification, Anthem of Rakdos, Metallic Mimic, Adaptive Automaton, Charmbreaker Devils, Painful Quandary, Mind's Eye, Palace Siege & Cover of Darkness.
10 months ago
As an expert on this type of deck I would suggest adding Warfire Javelineer, Bloodrage Brawler, Ahn-Crop Crasher, Emberhorn Minotaur, Minotaur Sureshot, Cursed Minotaur, Pitiless Vizier, and Merciless Javelineer. I would also take out the filler like Coat of Arms, Door of Destinies, Anthem of Rakdos, Gratuitous Violence, Necropotence, No Mercy, Phyrexian Arena, and Rain of Gore