Rakdos, Lord of Riots
Legendary Creature — Demon
You can't cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots unless an opponent lost life this turn.
Creature spells you cast cost less to cast for each 1 life your opponents have lost this turn.
|Want (2)||Bramdal , Ozymandias1189|
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|Ravnica Allegiance: Guild Kits (GK2)||Mythic Rare|
|Return to Ravnica (RTR)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Rakdos, Lord of Riots occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
Rakdos, Lord of Riots Discussion
2 days ago
Hello fellow Kaalia enthusiast! Inserts obligatory link to my own deck: Still Better than Dan Brown.... Right, with that out of the way...firstly, I notice that while you call this a reanimator deck and have plenty of ways to cheat things out of the graveyard, you're missing things to stack it with. Cards like Entomb and Buried Alive would let you sculpt your graveyard into the perfect stockpile of threats. If you didn't already have loads I would recommend another actual wrath over Terminus considering you have more ways to get creatures back out of the graveyard than your library, but with that being the case you might be better off with either more unconditional removal (Vindicate/Anguished Unmaking) or even Armageddon if you don't mind having no friends. Aurelia's Fury and Boros Charm are great modal spells too! Honestly can't recommend Reconnaissance highly enough but Dust Corona and Phyrexian Reclamation do work for me. As for creatures, I wouldn't bother with Bloodgift Demon (take Rune-Scarred Demon for loops with Reya and a sac outlet such as Razaketh, the Foulblooded); Bogardan Hellkite (you'll probably do more overall with Warstorm Surge or the new Terror of the Peaks); Indulgent Tormentor (your opponents won't ever hesitate to pay the cost and the body is underwhelming for a demon); Vampire Nighthawk (good card but this deck can do better, for similar cost a Magus of the Moat or Grand Abolisher can make you very hard to assail). I'd suggest considering Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Doom Whisperer and Rakdos, Lord of Riots as other strong picks for potential upgrades. Finally you've got a decent mana base, but I'm a little surprised to see no fetches/utility lands like Volrath's Stronghold considering you have actual legacy duals. How can you be running a Scrubland but be unable to upgrade your Forsaken Sanctuary to a Godless Shrine and still be playing with Temple of the False God? This last one is one of the worst lands out there considering it can easily be a dead draw and doesn't even give you colour - you're running plenty of basics so even an Evolving Wilds would be better in almost every case! Anyways hope that's given you some ideas.
1 week ago
I see you are a cultured person.
Also, if you like Eldrazi, and you want to have some variety, I would highly recommend trying out Rakdos, Lord of Riots.
1 week ago
hotkarl63 Gary would be a reasonable inclusion. The problem I see with Gray Merchant of Asphodel is my devotion to black will never be very high with all the colorless creatures, and without a blink effect he becomes a one shot trick. But I might sideboard him in to see how he plays. An early Gary and getting a big guy on board would help Rakdos, Lord of Riots go off.
2 weeks ago
We like where this is heading but we do have some pointers:
- Add Chromatic Lantern; fixes your mana and will do more for you than Hedron Archive for instance.
- Get more card-draw in here like Underworld Connections and Phyrexian Arena; you want to keep your hand filled with options.
- What you really want is to abuse Kaalia when she is able to attack. You can double the effectiveness of her triggered ability with Strionic Resonator. You can also add the means in this deck to have her attack multiple times per turn with cards like Aggravated Assault, Aurelia, the Warleader, Relentless Assault, World at War, etc.
- we would recommend adding Hellkite Tyrant, Utvara Hellkite and Rakdos, Lord of Riots because we feel they are more awesome than some of the other creatures you have chosen.
Have fun with the brew!
Mrs. and Mr. NV_1980
3 weeks ago
Rri's Greasy Suggestions
My understanding of the deck is that it's essentially a Sneak Attack style deck - put creatures in and muck face. The main goal with these suggestions is to get Kaalia of the Vast out by turn 2 or 3 and put more relevant threats down! Apologies if this isn't the most organized, but hope it helps.
Akroma, Angel of Fury - literally a 6/6 with firebreathing 90% of the time
Emeria Shepherd - even you complain about this one.
Kaalia, Zenith Seeker - Yes flavour, but fricken goofy card
Kambal, Consul of Allocation - What does gaining life do for you? I would only run him if you ran necropotence or equivalent
Mana-Charged Dragon - Nobody is paying into that lmao
Rakdos the Defiler - I get that you have big balls, but he's pretty much single use - I enjoy the meme though.
Iroas, God of Victory - I understand that he lets Kaalia get through, but that wouldn't be a problem if you could just get her out earlier.
Angel of Deliverance - If you're getting delirium with this deck at it's present state I'm super impressed.
Sorin, Grim Nemesis - There is better ways to draw cards and you can't cheat him into play
Karoo Lands: They are decent, but you're missing out on precious early mana when you run them.
Nephalia Academy - This is the most Cam card I have ever seen, run Rogue's Passage if you want colourless utility.
Vivid Meadow: Again slow, run a City of Ass in this slot
Armillary Sphere - If you are hell bent on this effect, run a Thaumatic Compass
Darksteel Ingot - 2 mana artifacts are way better for a turn 3 Kaalia.
Sunforger - Personally this doesn't do it for me, super mana intensive for the effect, especially when you have black for tutoring/card draw.
Instant and Sorceries
Ghostly Prison - You have fatties to smack people in face, if they swing at you, swing at them harder - or block :^)
Aura of Silence - You aren't on the stax path my son and you can find more efficient instant speed removal!
Akroma's Vengeance - Austere Command
Diabolic Tutor - Demonic Tutor
Orim's Thunder & Return to Dust - I would suggest just running a less expensive removal, or more flexible removal eg. Disenchant or Chaos Warp
I would suggest cards that more aggressively use your life total, you're playing an agro strategy and want to be firing on all cylinders!!
Card Draw and Tutoring
Necropotence - Draw a shit ton of cards, and more selection of what you want to put down with Kaalia.
Painful Truths, Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper - Efficient card draw!
Faithless Looting, Tormenting Voice, Thrill of Possibility - Slot in these if you are planning on going a stronger recursion route.
Wishclaw Talisman - Fun tutor!
Enlightened Tutor - Finds you boots, sword, or whatever else you may need.
Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor - Need I say more?
Gamble - Put all your money on red lmao
Mausoleum Secrets & Diabolic Intent – Conditional Tutors which seem decent in this deck.
Vilis, Broker of Blood - This card is insane, especially when you get to cheat him out.
Razaketh, the Foulblooded - Turns Kaalia into a huge toolbox, also really strong in the recursion route.
Archfiend of Despair - Doubles damage!!
Rakdos, Lord of Riots - Reduces the cost of your big creatures, letting you actually play them after you swing.
Sire Of Insanity - Discarding everyone's hand is pretty good for you, as this deck should be pretty good at top decking.
Scourge of the Throne & Hellkite Charger - More combat - wins with Sword of Feast and Famine!!
Resolute Archangel - A lot of the cards I'm suggesting are pretty hard your life total, resetting to 40 with a Necropotence out is pretty gross.
Sneak Attack - Does pretty much the same thing as Kaalia.
Karmic Guide, Reya Dawnbringer, Primevals' Glorious Rebirth, Animate Dead, Living Death, Phyrexian Reclamation - Recursion is super strong, plus you run a shit ton of legendaries for rebirth. As an aside, Leonin Relic-Warder gives infinite ETB with Animate Dead - something to keep in mind.
Legion's Initiative - Pretty flexible protection, also making Kaalia a 3/3 is pretty relevant.
Aggravated Assault - Even more combat, wins you the game with Sword of Feast and Famine.
Kaya's Ghostform - Leave it and forget it protection for Kaalia.
Talisman of Hierarchy, Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Conviction, Fellwar Stone - even potentially Mind Stone - 2 mana rocks are super good as they enable the turn 3 Kaalia.
Wayfarer's Bauble - An all star, also Kaalia turn 3.
Lotus Petal - SPEEDY
Nyx Lotus or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx - A lot of your creatures have super high devotion, take advantage of that.
Caves of Koilos, Battlefield Forge, Sulfurous Springs, Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine, Blood Crypt, Luxury Suite, Exotic Orchard, City of Brass, Rugged Prairie, Fetid Heath, Silent Clearing, Sunbaked Canyon, Tainted Field - or even more basics: Untapped coloured lands!!
1 month ago
A very fun deck, thank you for posting! I used to run Rakdos, Lord of Riots, though my deck had a "haste" theme to it, so I ran things like Fervor. I also occasionally used instants like Lightning Bolt as that first domino to get Rakdos going, and I liked its flexibility as removal in case my Rakdos engine was already running. What are your thoughts on that direction? Or have things like Goblin Fireslinger worked better in your experience?
1 month ago
No love for Rakdos, Lord of Riots? He seems pretty perfect in here.
I'm not sure if you're on a budget or not but you might want to replace your 3 CmC mana rocks with 2 CmC mana rocks like Rakdos Signet and Fellwar Stone so you ramp one turn sooner. Most of your deck is 3+ CmC so you want to make sure you can get there and not get stuck on 2 lands and a hand full of 3 drops.
Maybe include some more instants so you can take advantage of Vial Smasher's effect each players turn. And, you know, you want to interact with what your opponent is doing and Rakdos has some pretty sweet instants like Rakdos Charm and Kolaghan's Command.
1 month ago
I guess to stay true to your Plan with Anje as your Commander big rituals might help you get there. Bubbling Muck, Mana Geyser, Irencrag Feat, Geosurge, Songs of the Damned with a big ol' gy, Sacrifice, Burnt Offering, Culling the Weak,...those can give you big bursts of mana. However this seriously narrows down your gameplay with Anje to just getting out an eldrazi. If you do choose to focus on casting the Slithergang, I would recommend the previously mentioned Rakdos, Lord of Riots in that colorcombi.