Knollspine Dragon

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal

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Shadowmoor Rare

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Knollspine Dragon

Creature — Dragon

Flying

When Knollspine Dragon enters the battlefield, you may discard your hand and draw cards equal to the damage dealt to target opponent this turn.

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Knollspine Dragon Discussion

Alkadron on Rakdos

3 weeks ago

Tainted Strike is a win more card, it's unnecessary.

If you have Rakdos out, casting Exsanguinate for 4 costs six mana. Just attacking with Rakdos is free, and gives you the mega discounts. Generally, it's easier to stop an Exsanguinate than it is to stop an attack phase. Exsanguinate is pretty unnecessary.

Erebos, God of the Dead is a solid suggestion. The other anti-life-gain is much too situational - really good against life-gain, dead cards against pretty much anything else.

Staff of Nin is not a good way to refill your hand. It's slow and doesn't get a Rioting discount. Try Knollspine Dragon or Sandstone Oracle instead. Fetch them with Rune-Scarred Demon.

Indulgent Tormentor and Master of Cruelties will probably disappoint you. I'd find other top-end beaters: Avatar of Slaughter, or more eldrazi titans, or the Myojins from Kamigawa.

Lastly: Keldon Firebombers wrecks everyone but you for cheap.

I've been Rioting for many years - he's my all-time favorite commander. Take a look: It's Riot Time.

Good luck!

CanEx on Rakdos, Lord of Riots

3 weeks ago

Some cards you might want to consider:

Mana Rocks: Even in a two color deck, RRBB is hard to get on turn 4. Chromatic Lantern helps with that. Similarly, you might want some cheap mana rocks like Rakdos Signet, Fire Diamond, and Charcoal Diamond.

Early damage: You have some good creatures to make sure Rakdos comes down early, but I might also recommend some noncreature sources of early damage. Things like Seal of Fire and lim-dl's hex so you can still have something if someone drops an early wipe. I don't know how many times you've played Rakdos so far looking at how long this deck has been here, but you're the early threat in most games. Your opponents will try to stop you early.

Both of these, put together work in Cryptolith Fragment  Flip. It's everything you want.

Also, I'd recommend Heartless Hidetsugu. It's nuts in this deck.

Also also, speaking of protection, I'd suggest Lightning Greaves. The more things you have to make sure Rakdos doesn't die, the better. Because nothing sucks more than having him killed at the end of your combat step.

Card draw: Black and Red have some great card draw opportunities. Stuff like Disciple of Bolas and Knollspine Dragon work great in a deck like this. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth is a perfect add as well. Nothing is quite as good as playing Rune-Scarred Demon for Kozilek and then playing Disciple of Bolas to sac Kozi. That's 16 beautiful cards in one turn. Bloodgift Demon would also work well because it's a cheap attacker that either draws cards or guarantees damage.

Colorless creatures: In general I'd try to stay away from anything with more than 2 mana symbols in its cost. There are exceptions like Dread Cacodemon, but Rakdos works best when you can slam down as many creatures as possible.

Some stuff to consider removing:

Prismatic Geoscope: This effect is just too expensive in a 2-color deck. You could just play Gilded Lotus instead.

Elbrus, the Binding Blade  Flip: Again, just really expensive. If Rakdos made it cheaper, that'd be great, but alas, no.

Winter Orb: A fantastic idea, actually, and one I didn't think about previously. But right now since most of your creatures have multiple mana symbols, I think it's hurting you. But bravo for thinking of this. I'm totally going to steal this tech.

Feel free to look at my list for other ideas. It's definitely a "Go Big or Go Home" deck, but I love it.

Good luck!

AverageDragon on That'll be one Zirilian dollars, please.

1 month ago

Skyline Despot also used to be in the deck, but once again, it only gets its ideal value when it sticks around. Dragon Mage and Knollspine Dragon are my main card draw engines, should the need for more cards arise, and they do their jobs well enough.

Alkadron on Rakdos Recursion

1 month ago
  • Step one: Refill your hand.

Sandstone Oracle, Knollspine Dragon, Combustible Gearhulk, Harvester of Souls, and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth are pretty good at putting cards into your hand. Rune-Scarred Demon Will fetch these cards for you if you need them.Sin Prodder and Chandra, Torch of Defiance can each start riots AND give you card advantage. They're pretty outstanding.

  • Step two: Recover.

Artisan of Kozilek will recur a big dude. Sheoldred, Whispering One will recur several.

  • Step three: prevent the board wipe.

Nullstone Gargoyle and Void Winnower shut most of them down. (The Winnower even shuts down Cyc Rift.) Not all of them, but they help out a lot. I maindeck Stromgald Cabal because Wrath of God is obnoxious and terrible. He also starts riots alright if you need him to. (Sometimes, all yo uneed to do is attack.)

Also: Your opponent can't board wipe if there's not a board wipe in their hand. Sire Of Insanity and Myojin of Night's Reach will get you there.

Also also: Your opponent can't board wipe if they can't afford the board wipe. Keldon Firebombers and Myojin of Infinite Rage will get you there.

  • Step four: Ignore the board wipe.

Darksteel Colossus is huge, doesn't care about Wrath of God, and is Free if you Riot hard enough. Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre is all of that AND removal on a stick. The Myojins start out indestructible, and can stay that way if you want.

I've been Rioting for a while, and I feel your pain, my friend. Board wipes make me cry. Take a look, you might find something you like: It's Riot Time

Good luck!

Alkadron on Rakdos: Demons in a firestorm *P*

1 month ago

Master of Cruelties will disappoint you, I'm fairly confident. Attacking alone sucks when you have eldrazi, and getting him through will always be difficult.

Try Tree of Perdition instead, it starts catastrophic riots just by tapping.

Also, in general: I'd recommend fewer spells, more creatures. Unless you've got one guy in your group who always plays Hug (howling mine-ish things), you'll run out of gas quick. Knollspine Dragon and Sandstone Oracle will get you back in the game quick-like, and Rune-Scarred Demon will get those cards into your hand.

I'd lose Shard Volley and similar small burn-spells; they won't accomplish much and without many good draw spells, you need all of your stuff to be much bigger-impact than just 3 damage.

I've been Rioting since the release of Return to Ravnica, and I've got a (sort of extreme?) build posted. Take a look, see what you think: It's Riot Time

ay.lobo on Purphoros and Krenko (Multiplayer EDH Primer)

2 months ago

Hey sabba5600. I've seen Mana Echoes a lot lately. It definitely could be fun, seeing as there's a lot of mana to be gain.


I don't run enough goblins for Skirk Prospector to work his magic with. Same with Moggcatcher, I ended up replacing him for Gamble.


Myr Battlesphere was a great card, but a fellow commenter got me to thinking to change him with Knollspine Dragon for more draw power. Since the deck already has about 25% cards making tokens, it wouldn't hurt to think about the problem which is draw power. It's still a great card, though.


Hmm, I'm not too interested in infinite combos in this deck, but I might have to put that in the "infinite combo section". Thanks for the ideas!

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