Rakdos, Lord of Riots


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Return to Ravnica (RTR) 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

elgosu1337 on Sneaky Blood

3 hours ago

Hey Ragnvaldr, I've got a similar Garna deck that's also using Heartless Summoning and Semblance Anvil and Rakdos, Lord of Riots for cost reduction in case I don't draw Sneak Attack or tutors. Hazoret's Monument is also helpful since it draws more cards.

You can take a look at my list here.

Garna the Heartless Sneakflame

Commander / EDH* elgosu1337


bosny on Garna the Heartless Sneakflame

22 hours ago

Wow, your list is excellent! Semblance anvil is so much better than my Fluctuator + cycling creatures setup.

I didn't think of sacrificing Garna before the ability triggers, awesome!

What would you put in a Doomsday pile? I feel it might hurt more than it helps, but maybe I'm not seeing it... I'm also not sure if Hivestone is worth the slot, as it's dead-on-board without Basal Sliver which is good on its own, but I didn't see them when I was goldfishing...

I would also put a bit more land, as I wasn't finding them as much as I'd like when goldfishing and this deck is pretty explosive when it starts off fast. I think Malfegor, Rakdos, Lord of Riots and razaketh, the foulblooded are a bit too mana intensive considering how fast the deck could be, but I guess if you're looping they're quite good especially razaketh. Blood Pet might help you go off earlier?

What changes would you make if you wanted to make a 100-200$ budget version?

Stoked to see someone else interested in Garna!! Please keep me posted :)

NayrSlayer on rakdos lord of budget boi ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

1 day ago

A nice attempt at building a Rakdos colored deck, but unfortunately Rakdos does not fit as the commander. Usually Rakdos, Lord of Riots is about dealing decent amounts of damage through instants and sorceries in order to drop giant colorless creatures (usually Eldrazis) for cheap or free. If you want to go that route, Most of the deck would have to be scrapped in order to pursue that strategy.

However, since I imagine this is more of a deck that you put together with cards you had lying around, it might be better to simply change the commander to someone that fits the deck a bit better. From what I can see, the cards that you have seem to be centered around a lot of small guys that either rush down your opponent or sit back and lob damage with abilities. Since your opponents will probably be able to kill off a decent amount of these little guys, you might want to consider Tymaret, the Murder King or Lyzolda, the Blood Witch so that you can get sac them before they die otherwise to get more value.

With this change, you could definitely put Rakdos, Lord of Riots in the deck so that you still have that massive 6/6 in your deck and I would also recommend Malfegor for another big guy with a psuedo board clear. Then, I would recommend putting in a lot of cards that come back like Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodsoaked Champion, and Tenacious Dead as well as any cards you can find with Undying or Persist.

There are a lot more potential cards that could make the deck better that I can't type them all out, but I would recommend looking at EDHREC's website for the commander you chose for some inspiration. I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!

mintymustache on Rakdos the Burninator

1 week ago

Trogdooooor!!! I made this for you :) Rakdos, Lord of Riots. if you want to use it put (asterix)A=13472(asterix) after the card name. cheers

multimedia on Rakdos Command

3 weeks ago

Hey, you asked me for more help. lupin5th's gave you good advice. Add pingers, cards that have an activated ability that can do damage to an opponent thus making them lose life. Letting you cast your Commander or reduce the CMC of a another creature to cast. Play cards that don't require you to spend any additional mana to make an opponent(s) lose life this way you can really benefit from reducing the CMC of a creature.

To expand on Lupin5th's suggestions consider adding these cards:

It looks like you have a Demon theme here as the high end creatures, that's fine, but understand that you really need enablers, cards that can make your opponent's lose life before you can realistically play a large amount of these high CMC Demons.

Rakdos, Lord of Riots has double red in it's CC. You're not playing enough red sources in the manabase to consistently be able to play your Commander. 26x Swamps are not needed, you can cut a lot of these for some Mountains and more dual lands. All my suggestions are also red, some even have double red CCs, to include these cards you'll want a lot more red sources in the manabase.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Abhorrent Overlord
  • Apocalypse Demon
  • Havoc Demon
  • Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis
  • Sangromancer
  • Shadowborn Demon
  • Xathrid Demon
  • Assault Suit
  • Staff of the Death Magus
  • Worn Powerstone
  • Reign of the Pit

jpermar on The Downward Spiral

1 month ago

A few more improvements:

jpermar on The Downward Spiral

1 month ago

A couple tweaks:

Living Death isn't great w/o it being more one-sided (e.g., removing opponents' graveyards). So Damnation is just same thing one mana cheaper.

Sneak Attack doesn't do much, as I almost always have discount from Rakdos, Lord of Riots. So let's bring in Oblivion Stone, another way to punish all those decks playing non-creature permanents!

EzraTerrestrial on EzraTerrestrial

1 month ago

Hey DercStar, itd be difficult to move much around with changing the deck up pretty heavily. You might like

Demons Reign

Casual* EzraTerrestrial


Its a little different, but a very similar idea for way less. Otherwise just incorporate Demigod of Revenge for midrange. probably in place of Rakdos, Lord of Riots considering they dont work great together. Then Vexing Devil to lean more towards aggro if youre looking for something in a higher budget range. Hope that helps!

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