Rakdos, Lord of Riots


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

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Set Rarity
Return to Ravnica Mythic Rare

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Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Legendary Creature — Demon

You can't cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots unless an opponent lost life this turn.

Flying, trample

Creature spells you cast cost less to cast for each 1 life your opponents have lost this turn.

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Rakdos, Lord of Riots Discussion

Quicksilver on BLACK & RED

1 week ago

Without knowing what the deck is trying to do, it's hard to say. Rakdos, Lord of Riots is a popular one.

The_Traitor on Let's build some more tribal ...

3 weeks ago

landofMordor, Patron of the Moon is actually a really funny and creative Commander. A friend of mine played him. There are really funny Combos with him.I was trying to build a nightmares Tribal. The Problem is: They have a really strong or at least funny Lord: Chainer, Dementia Master. But there are to less black nightmares. I was trying to build a Control reabimator subtheme, but... After this i tried something with flicker effects, but this din not really work. Maybe Rakdos, Lord of Riots would be a possibility. There are good enough black and red nightmared and you can play a classic burn subtheme. And i tried Atog, of course with Atogatog. Sadly there are only 11 other Atogs, otherwise it could be a really strong deck.

kobold_koenig on Rakdos the Defiler: The first cut is the deepest

1 month ago

Man, this deck is really cool. I've been a bit intimidated to try out the Defiler, but the more decks I see with him at the helm, the more I want to give it a go. I just wish my playgroup wouldn't be so anti-MLD.

At any rate, I'm curious if you've ever explored the use of tokens with Rakdos the Defiler. I tried to put Rakdos the Defiler in the context of my own "Demons & Devils" theme (I run Rakdos, Lord of Riots) and actually had what I think is a neat idea: make Devil tokens as sacrifice fodder for your Defiler swings. They get to deal 1 damage to a target creature or player each when they die, and there are some neat ways to make tons of devil tokens off of some of the devil-token spells such as Devils' Playground or Dance with Devils using stuff like Pyromancer's Goggles (saw a sick deck on MTG Goldfish that ran that). It's pretty clunky but I like the idea of Rakdos harvesting his devil servants in bloodlust as he charges toward the next hapless victim.

Just my own food for thought, but I figured I'd pick your brain regarding the idea.

maxon on Dissatisfaction with the way I ...

1 month ago

Rakdos, Lord of Riots is a deck I had a lot of fun creating and playing. If you get the numbers right, you should be able to ping one of the players who hasn't cast a creature yet and get rakdos out on turn 4. Then on your next swing, you crack the biggest threat in the head for 6 commander and spew out as many fatties as you have (or want to cast). On turn 5 you could conceivably cast 2 or 3 big baddies. Life totals will drop fast.

Another deck I run is Gisa and Geralf. It's not so much built to win as it is a way for me to address my zombie lust. It does end up putting a lot of pressure out though, and has gotten it's fair share of wins. The number of good zombies is basically endless, and with enough self milling in the deck, a Laboratory Maniac can be a fun way to auto win. Your wallet will take a hit though if you want the best of the zombie cards/lords and don't already have them. At least you only need one copy.

Beio53 on Beware The Monk!

1 month ago

Ey UnleashedHavok, I like the unblockable synergy you've got going here. Since I've got a lot of artificial prowess from my yasova deck, I think there's some interesting pieces you could use. First of all, Leering Emblem is perfect for shu since you'll have basically triple prowess but for your creature spells as well. Also, I see that you like rebound spells like Emerge Unscathed. Have you looked into any cipher spells? They're sorceries to trigger your prowess then they become a pseudo enchantment on a creature that recast themselves when they deal combat damage to a player: Hands of Binding to tap a creature for two turns, trigger prowess and double strike, swing with shu, and the first strike damage will trigger another free casting of it for more prowess boost in your normal combat damage. Hidden Strings is incredibly versatile and cheap. To be totally honest, I'm not sure that you need to worry as much about defense if you can tap the board out with these effects but that's your decision. Also, for a steady source of flying/evasion, Jhessian Balmgiver, Mistfire Adept, or Spectral Flight are cheap and EFFECTIVE options. I see Quiet Contemplation and Niblis of Frost in your suggestions and maybeboard: cannot sing their praises enough in a prowess deck. Anyway, love shu and he's right there with Rakdos, Lord of Riots for my next deck build. Hope to see how it progresses!

demonicgrizzly on Vial Smasher, the Fiercest Broad in Tarkir!

1 month ago

so,e ideas off the bat would maybe be to toss Rakdos, Lord of Riots in here since you can cast him for cheap sine you are dealing damage whenever you cast a spell.

Other idea would be to toss in something like The Rack and add some discard elements to speed up your clock. Just an idea, as I think it would rework a good chunk of the deck to make it viable.

Also, Kolaghan's Command is a great card that you can two-for one people with all day.

chosenone124 on When the guards are away...

1 month ago

Rakdos, Lord of Riots does not manipulate converted mana cost in any way. He allows you to pay less mana to cast the creature spell, but converted mana cost is a property of the spell itself, like card type

Journeytodiscoverychannel on Devils and Demons

1 month ago

Took about 10 minutes to put this together. When creating a deck with a tribe theme you want to try to stick to one tribe. IE Devils or demons.
I chose devils to give you an idea of having your deck work together.

Rakdos Cackler

Vexing Devil

Gibbering Fiend

Scalding Devil


Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Indulgent Tormentor (Demon but fit in)

Ob Nixilis, the Fallen (Demon but fit in)

Dance with Devils

Devils' Playground

Make Mischief

Now even though all these cards do the same thing in a sense it doesnt mean itll make a great deck However if you team these cards with some decent burn cards Like Lightning Bolt , Lava Spike , Rift Bolt use your creatures to attack aggressively and die and so on and forget the X cost burn the payout isnt that great unless its a finisher like you need to deal 6 more and have the mana but if its countered youre all tapped out so keep that in mind.
So on a build using these guys all the lower cost creatures you would have 4 each and go up the cost and cut back to say 2 typically building i use the following rule

4 copies = I want this card in my opening hand or asap Every Game

3 Copies = I Want this card every game just not in my opening hand

2 Copies = I don't want this card in my opening hand but would like to see it every game

1 Copy = You could use this in a game but due with out it. (Typically I dont use one copy of a card unless i can tutor for it or it can save the game on some off chance situation)

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