Rakdos the Defiler

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dissension (DIS) Rare

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Rakdos the Defiler

Legendary Creature — Demon

Flying, trample

Whenever Rakdos the Defiler attacks, sacrifice half the non-Demon permanents you control, rounded up.

Whenever Rakdos deals combat damage to a player, that player sacrifices half the non-Demon permanents he or she controls, rounded up.

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Rakdos the Defiler Discussion

JakeHarlow on Dragonlance

1 day ago

@ zombob57:

Fiendslayer Paladin is definitely the weaker of the two cards (except with respect to the art — that art is awesome), so I agree with you fully on that point.

Helm of the Host has a few cute interactions here but you’re right that it’s a massive mana hog. It’s pretty neat with Scourge of Valkas and somewhat so, too, with Adriana, Captain of the Guard and Utvara Hellkite, but those interactions are so absurdly mana intensive that when we discuss them we are treading into the realm of 360 no-scoping and have ceased to discuss practical, viable Magic play. If this were an Aurelia, the Warleader deck, then yes, it’d be a viable wincon in its own right, but it’s not an “I win” piece here. It’s just a slow, cute card that’ll likely be shut down before doing anything broken. So yeah, probably more practical to go with the extra gas route. Less likely to lose if I keep drawing cards to play rather than relying on Helm of the Host exclusively to carry me if I draw it (not to mention it’s simply a dead card sometimes).

Yeah, big daddy Rakdos is such a fun deck. Competitive? Nope. Fun? Oh yeah. It’s just a blast going crazy and running so many ridiculously swingy effects. Check my list if you feel so inclined. You’ve been a big help for this list, I’m sure you’ll have good ideas for that one. I basically only run four Commander decks these days due to limits on funds and free time — Jori En, Ruin Diver, Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero, Rakdos the Defiler, and this one here. I actually don’t hate Green, I just haven’t got a deck with that color for some reason these days. Maybe I’ll do a Ghalta, Primal Hunger stompy/Green devotion list one of these days.

JakeHarlow on Dragonlance

1 day ago

@ Steaditup:

Lol! Good point, too! And while it’s true Teferi's Protection can’t be re-used with the Plains/Forger combo, Forger can tutor it up from the library. Maybe I ought to look more closely at this card as an inclusion.

@ zombob57:

Didn’t even know about Lathliss, Dragon Queen...she is a new card from Core 19, I’m assuming? Definitely more synergy than Verix Bladewing here...she’s similar to both Utvara Hellkite and Moonveil Dragon, who doesn’t want that in a Dragon deck? When she’s released, Verix will go out for her, easily. She’s also only 6 mana while Verix is only at his best at 7.

Sneak Attack is a good card here...I only have one copy and it’s in my Rakdos the Defiler deck. I could shell out for another copy, I guess, but I’d only run it if I ran Zirilan, too. I guess the reason I’m hesitant is that I’m going more toward a traditional hard ramp approach with efficient mana rocks like Mana Crypt etc. Maybe your way is actually better though, I don’t know. This build uses big mana but still is designed to curve out like a traditional aggro deck, just with larger numbers involved (hence the 10+ mana accelerant cards, sans the hyper-powered all-stars Ancient Tomb and Mana Vault because we do also need some color fixing). Sneak Attack would make us more resilient against land destruction and artifact removal, though. I guess I should test with it and see how it performs.

Finally, as for The Immortal Sun, it probably does need to go in. It’s almost a strictly better Staff of Nin, as you’ve rightly pointed out, so it can slot in there nicely. However...I’m a bit greedy on card draw though since we’re Boros, and though I know they’re both a whopping 6 mana, do you think it’d be feasible to play both? If so, what best to cut, if we want to try and run both? (Or is this actually just incorrect?)

Conclusion: Definitely cutting Verix for Lathliss, Dragon Queen, and finding a slot for The Immortal Sun. Strongly considering Teferi's Protection, but I am unsure of what to cut for it (a spell, probably?). Mirror Entity is still on the table and I’ll probably cut Mirran Crusader for it, since I have enough color protection available in the Swords.

avedium on Next "EDH Tribal Series" Tribe

4 days ago

Darkshadow327

My friend and I were debating how to make a demon deck the other day. I was thinking more Rakdos the Defiler, and he had an idea concerning Shadowborn Apostle. Jsut some ideas for ya :P

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

2 weeks ago

Hi psamtek,

Luxury Suite is off-colors for Kaalia of the Vast. An average deck is 45% , 38% , 16%. That being said, I have the "Luxury" of some expensive lands and fetches, so I don't even have Sulfurous Springs in there at the moment. It is a reasonable land though, and if you play Multi-Player, it will work great! Not for me, but I can see it in the 99.

Archfiend of Despair looks pretty good. In my specific build, he could potentially replace Lord of the Void, Rakdos the Defiler, Thundermaw Hellkite (and Reveillark combo). I would include him in the 99, doubles the damage and prevents life gain. He doesn't take over the board, but he's a good tutorable solution.

Heretic_Dragoon on Kaalia's Having a Party

1 month ago

Skittles is a 3 turn clock is why he'd be good in kaalia. i play him and most people normally dont have a way to deal with him if they are outside of white. Also Rakdos the Defiler, how kaalia works with him, he comes into play tapped and attacking. YOU don't sacrifice anything, but you're opponent does.. Also Helm of the Host I'm going to try in my build, just for lols

ghostfire86 on

2 months ago

Rakdos the Defiler, who shuts down opponents on the sneaked drop Kaalia gives him while negating his initial effect that one turn. Basically a second Master of Cruelties.

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder is a decent shell that gains you draws on the cheap. Crucible of Worlds, Sinkhole, and Ghost Quarter is a nice add on to this if you go land destruction later. If you added him Id get rid of Unburial Rites instead because he would trigger off of Living Death for each creature they sacrificed.

Magus of the Moat is just money for a Kaalia deck.

Bastion Protector is a nice add on for protection and commander damage buff that most dont consider for Kaalia. Death by commander damage using Kaalia? Is tha even a thing? Yep.

Demon of Wailing Agonies is lovely for forcing sacs.

Archfiend of Depravity is solid.

Lauvkraft on ... Holy Hell

3 months ago

Thank you Emagstar !

I took your advice for Reconnaissance, and I took out Moonveil Dragon, which stats and effects were not very useful.

Thanks for the ruling advice too, I now understand why Rakdos the Defiler is played with Kaalia x)

I'd like to know what you think of my creature and spells list : is it unbalanced ?

Thanks again !

Emagstar on ... Holy Hell

3 months ago

Also note that abilities that trigger "when [creature] attacks" do NOT trigger when Kaalia puts them into the battlefield "tapped and attacking". Those abilities trigger when [creature] declares an attack, but since Kaalia pops them into play already attacking, they appear after the declare attackers step and thus their ability doesn't trigger that turn. It is for this reason that cards like Master of Cruelties (his ability triggers after declare blockers step) or Rakdos the Defiler are especially good with kaalia.

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