Back:Aurora of Emrakul
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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|Eldritch Moon (EMN)||Uncommon|
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Cryptolith Fragment enters the battlefield tapped.
: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Each player loses 1 life.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if each player has 10 or less life, transform Cryptolith Fragment.
Cryptolith Fragment Discussion
3 weeks ago
Hi Zequen! Thank you for your comment :)
Wow, that combo is neat! I may try it one day, actually I already have Havoc Festival in my collection!
You're right, I lack small creatures, so I'm considering addition of more Rakdos-enabling possibilities. Often I ramp pretty fast, so casting 5 or 6-mana-cost creatures isn't a problem. I also have a lot of draw to help me drawing more or less anything I want!
Your example of Curse of the Pierced Heart isn't good because it works only on enchanted player's turn, it should work on my turn to let me cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots . Honden of Infinite Rage would be better in that matter. I am focusing on methods that don't use additional mana resources, like Earthquake or Pestilence . I once used Nettle Drone and Gut Shot but I tried to remove all cards that would be not generic or flexible enough. Cryptolith Fragment Flip looks reasonable :)
I will consider adding Indulgent Tormentor , but Bloodgift Demon is better, and already present in my deck :)
In my opinion there is no such thing as too much mass removal :D It's just too good when your opponents are faster than you.
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is interesting. I'll look for her in my friends collections! When it comes to Mana Geyser and Neheb, the Eternal I don't think I'd use that large amounts of red mana. My deck consists mostly of colorless and black creatures, and I don't think it would have big impact on my plays :)
Thank you a lot for your advice!
3 weeks ago
To expand just a bit further since this particular interaction isn't intuitive:
In the graveyard Cryptolith Fragment Flip is an artifact, but zone change triggers "look back in time" to what the card's characteristics were before. So if something triggers on a creature being put into the graveyard ( Dingus Staff ) now phrased as "dying" ( Zulaport Cutthroat ), it will trigger from Aurora of Emrakul dying.
3 weeks ago
For cards like Cryptolith Fragment Flip which start out as an artifact, and end up becoming a creature, when it's put into the graveyard, or when it's in my hand, does it count as a creature or an artifact?
1 month ago
2 months ago
Another staple thing for Rakdos deck is the colorless creatures, you can go that way and really make people cry but it's up to you how ya want to deck build. Feel free to ask for any advice!
2 months ago
Cryptolith Fragment Flip is a card I forgot about - great tech for your general! Including that, you have about 6 cards of CMC Three or less to help you get Rakdos deployed. I like Shepherd of Rot better than Pyrohemia just to add to your count. If you need more cards like this Honden of Infinite Rage, Granite Shard, and Chalice of Life Flip don't die to a Wrath. Leechridden Swamp and Piranha Marsh are other suggestions. Shizo, Death's Storehouse helps in any black deck where the Commander wants to attack.
Shadowblood Ridge I dislike since it forces you to contort your tapping of lands to get the mana you need. Signets are fine because they're acceleration, but playing this land any time before turn 4 seems a bit risky with double-R or double-B spells.
The deck seems light on removal (both targeted and sweepers). I'm guessing you intend to be aggressive and hope for the best the entire game since you have no haste, hexproof, nor shroud. Flamekin Village and Hanweir Battlements help. Also be careful with Herald of Leshrac... don't want to lose a few friends...
Overall I assess you have a very optimistic game plan.
3 months ago
4 months ago
Take out Anger, Ogre Battledriver, Vedalken Orrery and potentially Urabrask. The nature of Rakdos is to attack, then cast creatures with 6cmc or more off the top. Largely, hasty creatures are useless after combat. Pestilence Demon can replace Pyrohemia. I'd also drop Skull Rend, Retreat to Hagra, Read the Bones, Demonic Tutor, Unlicensed Disintegration, and Terminate. All of your mana rocks are also useless; picture the ideal scenario with any one of them: t1 Sol Ring, t2 Lobber Crew, t3 whiff...t4 Rakdos, t5 go off... t1 land, t2 Rakdos Signet, t3 Lobber Crew...t4 Rakdos, t5 go off...t1 land, t2 land, t3 Rakdos Keyrune, t4 Lobber Crew...you get the picture. There's only two worth keeping: Cryptolith Fragment Flip and Pilgrim's Eye, because they will GUARANTEE a t4 Rakdos. In all my time playing Rakdos, I've found that the most important thing is to increase the consistency of playing him on turn four. If you want any suggestions, my build is currently undergoing renovation, but still worth a looksee: Satan Said Dance.
Cryptolith Fragment occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%