Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch
Legendary Creature — Human Cleric
First strike, haste
Unleash (You may have this creature enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.)
Each other creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has haste.
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Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch Discussion
2 weeks ago
I'm a simple man, I see a deck for our Eternal Party Overlord Rakdos, Lord of Riots, I upvote. How does some Infectious Bloodlust sound? And how dare you not include the Riot Lord's chosen champion Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch!
3 weeks ago
Thanks flapjackwars for the suggestions. Let's discuss the ideas. Let me start by saying that this deck was built for a multi-player chaos environment. Speed isn't so much of a concern in my usual meta game. This deck was built more for endurance. At least that was the idea I was trying for.
Scrap Trawler and Pia's Revolution are in the deck to work in situation where someone has played Declaration of Naught naming my Commander. Yep, that has happened. So, in my view, I have 3 cards in my deck that recur artifacts for me instead of just one.
I've played Extruder in an artifact based deck before. It's ok. I thought about it for this deck. I guess I'm still on the fence about this one. I have the Bosh, Iron Golem, Krark-Clan Ironworks, Viscera Seer, Throne of Geth, and Trading Post for sacrifice outlets. Not sure if that is enough or the route I want to go with this deck. Ashnod's Altar is a good choice that I'm going swap out the Ironworks for. It does provide a wider range of sacrifice options.
In the maybe board I had before I posted this deck, I had the some of the cards you mentioned.
I cut the Time Sieve, which is a great card, because I felt that it painted too much of a target on me in table politics. It may still end up in the deck at some point. Not sure on this one. Tough choice for now. I'll probably have to play the deck some more to really get a feel for it.
I cut the Trinket Mage, Trophy Mage, and Treasure Mage because I didn't want this deck to really be about tutoring. Another reason I cut the tutor creatures was that I felt that they didn't syngerize with the +1 counters theme. I can't use them as Modular targets. They don't help as much once they are on the field except as blockers. And I can't recur them like I can with the other artifacts. Thopter Engineer suffers from some of the same problems. I like the 'artifacts gain haste' aspect, but I have Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch to provide haste. Exava gets seen by Marchesa where the Engineer does not. Pia and Kiran Nalaar, and Pia Nalaar are good cards but I just felt that they didn't syngerize as well as some of my other choices. They have the same sort of down sides that the tutor creatures do.
I didn't use the Sol Ring because I didn't think that I needed that kind of mana acceleration. Also, once I cut the Trinket Mage I didn't have a way of tutoring for it early enough in the game for it to be useful.
Marionette Master felt to mana costly for what it gave me when i first read it. Reading it again, it might fit. I'll have to think about that one for a while.
Treasure Keeper, Phyrexian Metamorph are really good cards that I overlooked. I am swapping the Cogwork Assembler for Phyrexian Metamorph based on your suggestions since it cost too much mana to make the copies with the Assembler. The Treasure Keeper is another card I'll need to think about for a bit. I like the free cast aspect. I'm not so fond of the reveal my deck to opponents aspect. Tough call.
I need to go through the new cards in Amonkhet to see what can fit into my EDH/Commander decks.
1 month ago
Deck seems pretty solid already!
The one card in your deck that seems out of place is Braid of Fire. Since that mana enters your pool on your upkeep, you can't use it in your main phase. Unless a card like Kruphix, God of Horizons says otherwise the mana would leave your pool and thus could only cast instants with it. I feel like that for your deck it's nice, but doest work with most of your other cards. With your current mainboard configuration i'm also not too in love with Whip of Erebos as most of your creatures are small until they can do damage which makes them not as great to bring back. I could see it being justified maybe but for right not it seems a bit low power.
You also have 7 cards that have an ability trigger when you deal damage. Makes me wonder if Temur Battle Rage has a home here as it means that the creature will do damage twice in the same combat. Even with things like Vampire Outcasts it could do a decent amount of damage.
As for your sideboard, I think that needs a bit more work than the maindeck. Generally speaking, the sideboard is used to change your deck to give you matchups agaisnt other decks. For instance if you were against a graveyard based deck, you might be able to being in something like Leyline of the Void. As it is it appears to be more of a collection of cards that you couldnt find room for in the mainboard. Some of the cards in there also seem to be a tad out of place. Vicious Shadows for instance costs a lot of mana. Yes it's powerful when it hits play, but without any ramp i think it is pretty likely for it to be stranded in your hand for most of the game.
Hope this helps! again seems like a pretty solid deck already.
2 months ago
Drana, Liberator of Malakir works nicely with Marchesa's second ability. You can also consider Yahenni, Undying Partisan as well. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is extremely useful, so you can include him if you're willing to break the bank a little.
Dictate of Erebos is an instant-speed version of Grave Pact, so when someone blocks your guy with a bigger creature, just flash in Dictate for annoyance.
3 months ago
Sticking with named characters here: Fumiko the Lowblood,Rakka Mar, Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch, Tymna the Weaver, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Masako the Humorless and Sakiko, Mother of Summer are all ladies I have enjoyed playing with in EDH. I think all of them fit your general strategy fairly well as well.
4 months ago
Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch was actually one of the first commanders I played with with just a bunch of random red and black cards I had. Special place.
Rhys the Redeemed I've seen quite a bit of actually. A tuned Rhys deck is frightening.
Stitcher Geralf also looks like fun with the potential to be powerful but nothing too threatening.
4 months ago
Allow me to suggest commanders I found didn't have the number of decks they deserve according to edhrec.com:
These have less than 50 decks built each, but they deserve more.
6 months ago
Creatures with Undying and Unleash work WONDERS, Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch is a must have imho