Rakdos, Lord of Riots


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

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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

chiri on hosshughes

1 week ago

Hey there! I love your budget builds and was wondering if you are able to make one for Rakdos, Lord of Riots. I'd love to see what you can brew up for a R/B deck.

Ceondoc on Iconic Masters Announced

1 week ago

Iconic Dragons: Elder Dragons, Shivan Dragon, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Iconic Angels: Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Serra Angel, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Iona, Shield of Emeria

Iconic Sphinxes: Consecrated Sphinx. I don't really remember any others. Alhammeret maybe?

Iconic Demons: Griselbrand, Rakdos, Lord of Riots Ob Nixilis???

Iconic Hydras:Polukranos, World Eater, Primordial Hydra, Progenitus, Kalonian Hydra

I can think of more iconic spells, like Lightning Bolt, Path to Exile/Swords to Plowshares, and Counterspell, than creatures

Kjartan on Rakdos Rage

1 week ago

Rakods and Cryptborn fundamentally share the same two problems.

  1. They are both inconsisntant, because they only work when a certain clause is met. (A clause that is even very similar between them.)

  2. They both become better when you are already ahead, and by extension, they both become worse when you are behind, which is where getting big creatures in the most important. (Not that is is not good to get big guys basicly always, in theory.)

They actually also share an upside, which is that they can both be big for their cost.

they are definately very similar cards. (Personally I would choose to play none of them, because I dislike their downsides too much.) But if I had to choose one, in a midrange-y deck with a steep curve like this, I would always go with Rakdos, and here's why:

It all boils down to thier first downside.

The amount of damage to need to deal, for Rakdos, Lord of Riots to be a functional 6/6 with flying and Trample T4 is 1.

The amount of damage you need to deal with for Cryptborn Horror to be a 6/6, without that beloved flying T4 is 6.

Even with his steep drawback of his strict mana cost, Rakdos is just much much more consistant as 4 drop.

This even decreases the importance of his second drawback rapidly, as you may still be able to get a Rakdos, Lord of Riots on the field while you are slightly behind. If you mamage to do with a Cryptborn Horror, its's going to be a 2/2 or a 3/3 at best.

It's true that Cryptborn Horror has the potential to be a giant monster, much bigger than Rakdos. But with you do get that Rare 12/12 Cryptborn Horror, you don't need it. You are already winning.

Ultimately, I would play neither.

Spirits on Kaalia, the Purifier EDH

2 weeks ago

Hey jaiaisaiah,

Iyenrithe is correct, Griselbrand is Grisel-banned, on the Commander Banlist.

He is awesome though.

I don't mind Rakdos, Lord of Riots, he's a respectable 6/6 Trample, however, in playtesting, I've found he doesn't work as expected, and becomes somewhat situational.

I found that if I was able to Kaalia of the Vast resolve him, I would have rather resolved another more controlling A/D/D in his place, and clearly Kaalia of the Vast isn't being controlled. If I'm not able to cheat him in, I've found that he just sits in my hand anyway, even though he's CMC 4, it can be deceiving. Also, my overall plan isn't to cast creatures from my hand, something like Quicksilver Amulet can do that without restriction if needed. Once he is out, he only helps me commit more to my board position, which, in Kaalia of the Vast it can become far too easy to over commit in many scenarios. If things are going well and he's attacking and dealing damage, I probably don't need to cast another creature, or in any case, Kaalia of the Vast is probably still able to play them anyway.

I really do like Rakdos, Lord of Riots, I played him for about 1 year. I just never found his specific static abilities were strong enough to make the final cut in the deck. He is quite a reasonable, wouldn't think anyone crazy for running a Rakdos, Lord of Riots, 6/6 Flying Trample is amazing, and in certain situations you may find yourself, he will be a powerful ally.

Iyenrithe on Kaalia, the Purifier EDH

2 weeks ago

@jaiaisaiah - Probably because Griselbrand is banned in Commander. This list is the normal ban list, not duel commander

@Spirits What do you think of Rakdos, Lord of Riots? If he gets in for free he might let you hard cast stuff at cheap discount. I just threw him in my list so I haven't tested him out yet, thought it was an interesting choice

Darth_Savage on Dance with the Devil (Devils/Demons)

2 weeks ago

Your deck is a little top heavy, Id suggest some changes along the lines of:

  1. Rakdos, Lord of Riots is likely to be more relevant than Ob Nixilis, Unshackled simply because it is cheaper to play.

  2. Hellspark Elemental is a better option than Gibbering Fiend unless you are going for devil/demon tribal, but then Torch Fiend has more utility.

  3. Indulgent Tormentor is cool but very easy to remove, instead I'd suggest 1 more Desecration Demon and 2 of either Master of Cruelties, Hellrider or Bedlam Reveler.

Mainboard it would be nice to find space for Sin Prodder and Dash Hopes.

Otherwise for your sideboard Dreadbore could be handy to deal with planeswalkers and Rain of Gore is a handy trick. Blightning and Rakdos Charm could also have a place.

Alkadron on The Temur Manifesto

2 weeks ago

Nice! Turn 6 is pretty good.

If dropping Kozilek absurdly early is your goal, though, Rakdos, Lord of Riots does it better. ;)

shinobigarth on Amonkhet Spoilers and Speculation.

2 weeks ago

i'd say only 6 or 7 minotaur (with this guy) worth using tops, the rest you can have burn, destruction, hand hate, etc. my deck is so silly that i stuck extra cheapeners like Heartless Summoning and Rakdos, Lord of Riots. i might not keep those in though. i'm not sure if i'm even playing this deck in more than casual but the new dude seems neat.

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