Rain of Tears

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Tenth Edition (10E) Uncommon
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Uncommon
Tempest (TMP) Uncommon
Portal (POR) Uncommon

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Rain of Tears

Sorcery

Destroy target land.

Rain of Tears Discussion

hungry000 on B/W Tokens

1 month ago

I think you need some land destruction like Smallpox or Rain of Tears or GQ/ Field of Ruin to help in the bogeyman Tron matchup, they play 4 Nature's Claim in the side so Damping Sphere is often not enough to keep them off Tron (especially with London mull rules). It could also be worth playing a couple Surgical Extraction in the sideboard, sometimes RIP is too slow to hit Phoenix decks when you're on the draw (though that's not really necessary).

DuTogira on Modern Horizon

3 months ago

PlatinumOne "'modern counterspells cost 3 mana, or 2 mana with a downside' and 'wotc is anti-land destruction', I'd have to see sources before I believe those."

Bro... do you even play modern? Even the lands that blow up other lands either replace the destroyed land with a basic ( Ghost Quarter ) or have a cost of at least to activate. Tectonic Edge is an exception, but that qualifies more as "land management" than "land destruction" considering that you have to leave your opponent with at least 3 lands. Smallpox / Boom come in at , but they're symetrical, and Assassin's Trophy replaces the destroyed land with a basic (which sort of defeats the point), so again, not exactly in the spirit of "wotc supports carte-blanche land destruction for 2 mana". Fulminator Mage lets you destroy non-basics for and Cryoclasm / Blood Moon / Choke are all hate cards against certain kinds of lands, but again your opponent gets around it by playing not the kind of land you're hating on, so it's not "true" land destruction. True land destruction (of the "Destroy target land. That's it." variety) TYPICALLY comes in at with cards like Craterize , Creeping Mold , and Avalanche Riders , but Molten Rain and Rain of Tears do exist at . Even with that, modern doesn't have any COMPETITIVE lists built around pure land destruction, which should tell you something about the support (or lack thereof) that WotC has been giving land destruction as a strategy compared with other strategies since 8th edition.

As for counter-spells, the first counter magics you can play which can target ANYTHING (meaning aren't faced with some restriction such as Spell Pierce , Spell Snare , or Stubborn Denial which all fit the slot) are Mana Leak , Remand , Delay , Logic Knot and their ilk in the slot. The ONLY exception to this is Mana Tithe , but that's in white and sees next to no modern play, even in U/W control.
The first point blank "counter target spell and it goes to the yard" spells come in at with cards like Cancel , Dissolve , Dissipate , and their ilk.

If you would still like a source, here is mtgtop8's modern breakdown, which you will notice features no land destruction, and exactly 0 decks which use any "unconditional counter spells" which cost or less. The reason is that Land Destruction isn't competitively viable, and no carte blanche counters exists for less than ! If they did, the modern community would have found them by now, but instead, we find that WotC doesn't support these concepts and has been very careful not to print any cards that violate these patterns!

Welcome to modern by the way.

saturn999 on Satsugai (black devotion)

4 months ago

The decks cool! Plenty of answers and plenty of aggro too. If anything, depending on your meta maybe Ratchet Bomb and Damping Sphere ? +1 either way! Mono-black devotion is still a contender. Went and got 3-1 at a local tournament last month. My only loss was Izzet Drake or Phoenix? I'd never heard of the deck and didn't have any graveyard hate. Your deck would do well I think. Maybe some form of land destruction? Ghost Quarter , Field of Ruin or even Rain of Tears . And if you need a big wrath to just get rid of creatures on the cheap to back up your Drown in Sorrow Bontu's Last Reckoning is great for the price or Ritual of Soot . Idk, all depends on what you play against and how you want the deck to play. Take care!

enpc on Esper Name Control

7 months ago

Would Fulminator Mage work better than Rain of Tears since they have the same cost and fulminator gives you a body. Or is hitting basics/recasting via Mission Briefing more important?

Pieguy396 on Modern Super Friends

8 months ago

Hi! Looks like a sweet deck! Have you considered Death Cloud Ponza at all? Here's a link to a pre-Trophy article about the deck; it's basically a Black/Green superfriends deck that uses the Ponza base of Arbor Elf, Utopia Sprawl, and Rain of Tears to quickly ramp out planeswalkers and destroy your opponents' lands, giving you more time to gain a ton of value with your planeswalkers. Also, just so you know, your deck is 61 cards, so I'd recommend cutting something like a Siege Rhino or something.

Quinnagin27 on Blund Moon Magic Aids

9 months ago

since it is jund i would recommend either Rain of Tears if you wish to have more land destruction or Maelstrom Pulse for more removal. In my ponza that is RG i do run Nissa, Voice of Zendikar for the blocker plant tokens and i would play here over Arlinn because i can keep putting them out with out a transformation and her ult will almost end the game for your opponent. Also you should always run between 6-7 land destruction spells for the biggest effect on the game but I don't know your meta if you don't need that much. Hope this helps! i really have been seeing if ponza can go three colors hope to see how you do at modern!

JohnnyBoyG on Budget 8-Rack

9 months ago

Here are some budget black sideboard cards:

vs creatures: Disfigure, Doom Blade, Drown in Sorrow, Mutilate

vs burn: Gifted Aetherborn

vs big mana: Rain of Tears

vs graveyard: Nihil Spellbomb, Tormod's Crypt

vs combo: Memoricide

vs midrange and control: Ob Nixilis Reignited

TypicalTimmy on Land destruction: taboo or legit ...

9 months ago

The problem with LD (Land Destruction) decks is that a they are slow. painfully slow.

I run one in Modern. Rakdos () LD.

You limit yourself to , which is a powerful color combination, but the issue here is you can win so much faster using those colors.

The majority of LD spells in red cost 4. This means you aren't doing anything until T4.

Rakdos has a serious lack of ramp. Sure, there ARE cards that are "technically ramp", but traditionally you are wanting to increase your available mana consistently every turn, not bring out Rakdos Keyrune on T3 and have MAYBE 5 mana on T4, assuming you hit all land drops each turn.

Keep in mind that even if you ARE hitting lands 4 turns in a row, in Rakdos that's not optimal. You want swift, cheap spells. Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push and Terminate. Not land after land after land.

Bleh.

Having said that, there are great ramp cards available. Infernal Plunge, Generator Servant, Koth of the Hammer, Crypt Ghast, Liliana of the Dark Realms, Iron Myr, Leaden Myr, Plague Myr, Palladium Myr... But again, you detract from your LD spells. The further you push back your goal, the further ahead your opponent gets.

Uuuugh... On a phone. Fml

NOW we get to the problems. In Modern, games are fast. Really fast. Pushing out a game 5 - 7 turns is not ideal when you can design to win on T1. Casually you're golden. FNM is a toss up. Competitively? Good luck.

This is why Blood Moon, and in some decks Alpine Moon are so important. They CONTROL the lands, not remove them. If you want to optimize LD, look for cards that destroy lands as a secondary effect, such as Ghost Quarters, Field of Ruin, and Encroaching Wastes. -- The problem here now is you fill your deck with colorless lands, and you destroy your land base while giving your opponent basic lands of their choice (mostly).

Ugh, this was a poor decision to type it all out on my phone...

Okay. So let's ask a question: Why Rakdos?

There's a surprisingly good amount of land destruction spells in Modern and in Red (34 in Sorcery) and the cheapest are Cryoclasm, Molten Rain, Stone Rain, and Peak Eruption. Note that with Cryo and Peak, you don't need to target basics. You can target lands such as Hallowed Fountain and Irrigated Farmland, or combine Peak Eruption with Blood Moon.

In black, there's really just Rain of Tears, if you're trying to keep it all under CMC < 4.

You'll also want to recycle spells. Good way to do this is Charmbreaker Devils, but at 5 CMC there are better spells. I like to run him because he let's me get back LD spells every turn. If they don't have 1-Drop removals like Path to Exile, they are F-'ed. I run minimal removal and lots of LD, so even if I don't topdeck into one I can always get one back for free.

Now it is true that green has LD as well. Acidic Slime, Creeping Mold, Reap and Sow, Spreading Algae, but again they are either slow and require ramp or are very specific in nature.

The more colors you add, the more fixing you need, and the less specialized your deck is.

That's why we don't run green. Stick to res as your main color with black support.

I'd focus on red LD sorcerys, and black instant creature removal for cheap, such as Fatal Push and Terminate.

Overwhelm with cheap 1/1s like Goblins, and pick cards with huge bang for your buck. Kiln Fiend and Monastery Mentor are perfect. Goblin Guide hurts you here as he is doing what you don't want - Getting them more lands.

Goblin Offensive and Krenko's Command are good. Two 1/1s for 2 CMC? Decent.

Overwhelm and go wide. It's cheaper and saves you Mana for LD.

If you want and can work it in, Reverberate and Increasing Vengeance copy spells so you can hit twice in one turn.

I'm not going to build a deck for you, but I hope I helped a lot.

It's a legit strategy, but needs to be precisely honed and even than may be too slow.

Control / removal is better than LD, but LD does work. Modern prides itself on non-basic lands.

That's where you attack.

As for EDH? Against 3 other opponents, you'll be so vastly overwhelmed it's not even worth it.

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