Rakdos, Lord of Riots


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance: Guild Kits (GK2) Mythic Rare
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.

Rakdos, Lord of Riots Discussion

Strangelove on Krenko Swing

1 month ago


This can totally work as a voltron deck. Jam as many Whispersilk Cloak or Swiftfoot Boots in the deck as you can so you can consistently all-in on Krenko.

Mono-red Goblins is definitely the kind of deck that can run 33-36 lands.

Cut Bogardan Rager and Spreading Flames and focus on keeping your card costs really low.

A quick search got me Sigil of Valor , Stoneforge Masterwork , and Bravado . Lately I've been using Scryfall.com, its an amazing tool.

I haven't built much mono-red, nor voltron, both are fragile at best, but are fun for flavor. My buddy runs a Neheb, the Eternal like Rakdos, Lord of Riots . Consider running Magus of the Moon ; As a pauper, nothing is more satisfying than shutting down someone's $300 land base!

j040 on Rakdos lord of riots feat. ...

1 month ago

Bolas's Citadel states that i may play cards from the top of my library paying their costs with life, the question is, would Rakdos, Lord of Riots ability diminish the life cost? i'm guessing no, since it's "converted mana cost" in the text but, a friend says it does. Want rullings if possible, thx.

SpeedGodNinjask on The Greatest Show

3 months ago

I realised while reading this that having Rakdos, Lord of Riots and Manabarbs means that opponents will almost never be able to cast creature spells by using only lands ahaha, I'm totally gonna run that and I might suggest it goes in this deck as it shuts down other riot decks before they can really get started lmao

DubbaDub on

3 months ago

Chainer, Nightmare Adept seems like a great addition to this deck. Discard outlet, haste to some creatures, and let's you play things you didn't get with Garna? Yes please!

Also, Hell's Caretaker seems great, as it's free reanimation at the cost of bouncing something. Razaketh, the Foulblooded is also a free sac-outlet and lets you tutor repeatedly, maybe instead of Rakdos, Lord of Riots ?

Moosh528491 on Rakdos Leads A Colorless Army On A BUDGET

4 months ago

telilax You have Warstorm Surge and Rakdos, Lord of Riots on the battlefield, and Ancestral Statue in your hand. You do something so that your opponents have lost at least 4 life - this makes Ancestral Statue free until end of turn. Cast Ancestral Statue for free. Two triggers go on the stack - Ancestral Statue 's Enter the Battlefield trigger, and Warstorm Surge 's Enter the Battlefield trigger. You resolve Warstorm Surge 's first, dealing 3 damage to one of your opponents. Then you resolve Ancestral Statue 's trigger and target itself (since it is on the battlefield not on the stack for the ability to trigger in the first place, it is a "nonland permanent you control"). Now, Ancestral Statue is back in your hand, and you're in the exact same position that you started in except one of your opponents has 3 less life. This means you can keep casting Ancestral Statue and bouncing itself, getting Warstorm Surge 's trigger every time, to deal infinite damage to each of your opponents and all of their creatures.

Free_Iona on need help better choice

4 months ago

Man, like how do you define the "Best Choice?" what kind of deck is it? Is it built to take advantage of Rakdos, Lord of Riots ? Because that would be a poor shift to Garna, the Bloodflame . Rakdos can cheat some huge creatures into play. Garna can reanimate your field after a wipe. What matters more to your deck?

What are your reasons for wanting to change? Are you not getting the most out of Rakdos?

I can't tell you what the best choice is in a vacuum. It completely depends on your situation and what you want to get out of your commander.

TCG-Player on Inclusive Rakdos Is Colorblind

4 months ago

Man, it really hurts me to see cards like Manalith and the Cluestones in commander. Also it seems to be common for decks to have way to little ramp (4 in this case). I would highly suggest running about 10 in every deck. In this deck, you might want to favor rocks that can help you cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots a turn early.
Cards that come to mind are:

There are also great colorless rocks, as well as rocks that don't help you cast Rakdos early, but that can give you big advanteges in the mid- to lategame. Please consider that you might not always be able to count on Rakdos's ability to cast your expensive creatures. If your commander gets stolen or permanently removed, you should have ways to not outright lose:

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Rakdos, Lord of Riots occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Rakdos: 0.69%