Rakdos the Defiler

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance: Guild Kits (GK2) Rare
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 they control, rounded up.

Rakdos the Defiler Discussion

Leathable on Kaalia 2.0

1 week ago

@lil_cheez thanks dude,

yeah, i actually want to get 37 lands in (36 normal ones + Cabal Coffers ), to ensure always having a good mana base. i already run Lightning Greaves , since it has no equip costs, and i don't have any cards that i want to target Kaalia of the Vast with (except Mother of Runes ). i prefer running Hammer of Purphoros over a 2nd Lightning Greaves / Swiftfoot Boots since it doesn't cost me an additional mana to attack with kaalia once i play her, plus i also run Hall of the Bandit Lord for the haste effect. As for Rakdos the Defiler : i actually don't usually attack with him a second time, so i don't have to sacrifice anything myself. there are some exceptions where it might be worth attacking again, but those are pretty rare, i usually keep him as a blocker, or as a sacrifice for Razaketh, the Foulblooded . Aegis Angel looks interesting, maybe i'll add it, but since i already have Avacyn, Angel of Hope , it doesn't benefit me that much. but yeah, i will add 1 (or preferably 2) more lands, i just have to decide which card(s) to remove. but thank you for the suggestions :)

dbpunk on Friend in need

1 month ago

Here's a question: what colors do they already play?

Also, I've had the same issue with my mom (since I play with her and she doesn't like complicated multicard interactions, generally the decks I build are simple enough for her to understand but strong enough to compete) and generally the commanders that I've noticed work best for commanders are the big legends from RTR block ( Isperia, Supreme Judge , Lazav, Dimir Mastermind , Rakdos the Defiler , Borborygmos Enraged , Trostani, Selesnya's Voice , Obzedat, Ghost Council , Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , Prime Speaker Zegana , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , Aurelia, The War Leader) or the first legendary from each of the tricolor decks ( Rafiq of the Many , Sharuum the Hegemon , Sedris, the Traitor King , Kresh the Bloodbraided , Mayael the Anima , Zurgo Helmsmasher , Anafenza, the Foremost , Sidisi, Brood Tyrant , Surrak Dragonclaw , Narset, Enlightened Master ).

None of them are horribly expensive, and you can build fun decks using any of them using simple strategies but the nice thing about them is that you can slowly build them up into better and better decks over time if you like playing them.

Funkydiscogod on Best Gruul Creatures to trigger ...

4 months ago

You can one-shot an opponent with no creatures or removal with Master of Cruelties , Torgaar, Famine Incarnate or Magister Sphinx .

If you put a Rakdos the Defiler into play with the ability, you don't need to sacrifice anything.

Putting a Silent Arbiter into play attacking means you can attack with any number of critters, but they can only block with one.

I wonder if there's some combination like (first thing I can think of) Taj-Nar Swordsmith + Grifter's Blade , but good.

Mj3913 on Xenoblade Chronicles Thantis

5 months ago

Ancient Stone Idol could work even if you're not the one being attacked, Hornet Queen gives people a reason to not attack you, Assault Suit maybe? Though having creatures with a drawback to attacking would be good with it. Abyssal Persecutor and Rakdos the Defiler would be fun with the suit. Couldn't find any other drawback critters. And finally, No Mercy for the ones that slip through. Anyway, hope that helps, I'll drop a + for ya too.

LordKunai on Kaalia of the Cruel

5 months ago

hey Spirits, That is an astute observation i didnt recognize about Rakdos the Defiler !!! because he is not declared as an attacker, his first ability does not trigger right? That's brilliant. :)

And yeah when I was making cuts. I dropped Zealous Conscripts because of the 5 cmc... Thats a bit heavy. Thats why I kept in the Village Bell-Ringer because he is 4 cmc and while thats still a bit much, its more manageable than 5 and they essentially combo the same way. with Goblin Bombardment , Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Adarkar Valkyrie .

Those are very good arguments for Mother of Runes . I know someone may have already asked you this but, so why do you go 4cmc Mother of Runes over 2 cmc Flickering Ward which allows you to protect the creature AND protect itself by flickering it (and also in general, is harder to remove than a creature)?

Spirits on Kaalia of the Cruel

5 months ago

Hi LordKunai,

Great comments.

You are right, thinking about it, the shock lands entering tapped is a replacement effect, so Angel of Jubilation doesn't care about those.

Arid Mesa and Marsh Flats didn't get reprinted, but there are other cheaper ones like Flooded Strand I bought them when they were $8 now they are going insane again, also Polluted Delta is reprinted, as well as Windswept Heath and Wooded Foothills . Wooded Foothills can only pull Mountain but if you use it to pull a Blood Crypt or Sacred Foundry it's still quite good.

Leyline of the Void price is ridiculous wow.

Rakdos the Defiler can make it so he's not casting Meren of Clan Nel Toth losing half their lands, and other permanents. You can always sacrifice the Rakdos the Defiler to his Plaguecrafter or other crew. It took me a very long time to get him into my deck, I kept holding on to creatures like Aurelia, the Warleader . I think he's very cheap, give him a try. Remember that when he enters the battlefield "tapped and attacking" his "when he attacks" ability doesn't trigger, you just get the benefit of the "when he deals damage". Sometimes, I know it seems crazy, I sac half my permanents and attack, in 1v1, people find it hard dealing with a 7/6 Flying Trample timer when every permanent they play is lost (remember he is a Demon permanent so he doesn't sac himself).

The "cheaper" reprinted fetches, will supercharge a Crucible of Worlds (and Strip Mine ) especially if your lucky enough to own a Wasteland which I am not lol.

Zealous Conscripts is good on his own which makes him nice, my issue with him is the CMC5, its too slow for cEDH usually.

If there isn't much in the way of Instant removal Mark of Fury should work fine, I would get Cartouche of Zeal out though.

Also, Mother of Runes , one of her awesome powers is that I give Kaalia of the Vast protection from the color of the flying blocker that's going to kill her so she can't be blocked, or give her protection before damage to save her, or give her instant protection. Doesn't help with Sacrifice though (except that you can sacrifice the Mother of Runes to protect Kaalia of the Vast .

Overall very cool build, lot's of fun synergies in there.

LordKunai on Kaalia of the Cruel

5 months ago

Hey Spirits, so yeah all the combos you mentioned that I have I took directly from your decktech. I simply cannot do some of your super fast combos so I looked at your alternate combos section and essentially went for the ones that have a lot of the same cards involved such as: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker , Adarkar Valkyrie , and Goblin Bombardment and sort of just ran with those. So the reason why I like Mark of Fury is because of its reusability. I believe one of my buddies in my playgroup uses 1 or 2 ( Anguished Unmaking & Assassin's Trophy ) cards for instant speed, target permanent removal so I think it being in danger until EOT isn't too bad, and with Grand Abolisher out, its totally safe.

I use Reliquary Tower just in case I find myself with a boat load of cards and not wanting to discard them; but perhaps I will consider cutting it.

Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds are the same card with different names. I only run 1 just to be certain that at least by the 2nd turn I should have most of my colors. I have 1 of the fetches in there ( Bloodstained Mire , but Arid Mesa and Marsh Flats are just outa my magic budget at the moment.

Crucible of Worlds + fetch or Strip Mine is BRILLIANT. never thought of that. While its a bit pricey it's not too bad... might pick one of those up.

Your right about Reflecting Pool , honestly should pick one of those up before they go any higher. I do wanna wait to see what gets reprinted in Modern Horizons before I make any big purchases though.

And yeah Leyline of the Void is great... but WAY to pricey for me right now lol.

And yes... Angel of Jubilation scares me. I think I may play test her a couple of times and see if i can balance and control when she is on the field and when I need to do the things she won't allow. and I believe your right with how it works. it WOULD shut of things like fetches, Necropotence , and Phyrexian Reclamation . but yeah I think shocklands are fine because it is part of it resolving, not an activation cost.

Yes Angel of Despair is better but not against a recursion deck like Meren of Clan Nel Toth . Essentially I need to prevent him from sacking his stuff to make us sack ours; or exile it once the threat has entered the battlefield so it STAYS GONE. going to the graveyard is just not good enough.... Honestly, it's kind of why i Wanna Lord of the Void . Because not only do i get to take some of his stuff, but I'm also exiling his stuff in the process.

Mother of Runes IS great, I considered her for a moment. But much of what I'm up against is untargetted removal. where IIIIII am being forced to sack MY permanents or the board is being wiped. it's brutal lol. So i ended up cutting her.

Hall of the Bandit Lord is on my "to buy" list but... too $$$.

I was 50/50 on Rakdos the Defiler . It seems decent but if im in for the long haul for the game, I dont wanna be sacking my angels and dragons cuz of him.

Zealous Conscripts are right on the cusp of staying in. I just need to figure out what to cut.

Thanks for the help with this. you have been a TREMENDOUS help :)

Spirits on Kaalia of the Cruel

5 months ago

Hey LordKunai,

Looking good. Mark of Fury is okay, but has to survive till EOT. I hate 1 removal giving a 2 for 1. Maybe double up on your Expedite with Crimson Wisps . I like it better because it can still draw you an A/D/D to cast with the haste Kaalia of the Vast .

Is Reliquary Tower just for Necropotence ? I might just go colored mana (I know how much fixing we have, but all our spells are or etc. Too situational.

I see your playing Terramorphic Expanse , there's definitely other better fetch lands, but don't forget about Evolving Wilds . I don't recommend either because I hate tapped mana (except Bojuka Bog ).

Vault of the Archangel might be a little too mana intense now, but it's still decent enough. I think Reflecting Pool might still be affordable but I haven't bought one in a long time.

Obviously Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel or Village Bell-Ringer go infinite, but there is also Combat Celebrant and Zealous Conscripts as well, but of course relies on the Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker quite heavily.

Also, not sure if you've mapped out all your Infinite combos, but don't forget you have:

Adarkar Valkyrie + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Adarkar Valkyrie + Karmic Guide + Lightning Greaves or Dragon Tempest + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Adarkar Valkyrie + Aurelia, the Warleader + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Combat Phases

Adarkar Valkyrie + Village Bell-Ringer + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

And if you so choose, Adarkar Valkyrie + Zealous Conscripts + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Thornbite Staff can also go infinite with Adarkar Valkyrie or Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker , also with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker avoids the UGLY equip . Just an FYI.

Tainted Pact is an inexpensive (and instant) speed tutor, the problem is, you can't have any duplicate lands in your deck (even duplicate basic lands) so that's where it gets expensive. There's also Demonic Consultation if your a gambler lol, damn those top 6, it's also instant so can pull a Master of Cruelties if Kaalia of the Vast triggered ability gets on the stack, tutor for the killer.

You may want Crucible of Worlds , it works best with all the fetches like Windswept Heath , Wooded Foothills all the fetch lands, but also is awesome with Strip Mine or Wasteland ($$$). If you have Crucible of Worlds + a Fetch land, basically can filter out all the mana from the deck (while ramping) so when you draw it's usually favorable. I've contemplated it over Chromatic Lantern but don't have one to test, although reasonably priced since reprint.

I have similar worries around Cartouche of Zeal (2 for 1), but when you need haste you need it. I like Leyline of the Void more than Tormod's Crypt , Relic of Progenitus for sure, since it's a lasting effect and CMC0 in opening hand, and prevents the Experience from getting earned at all. But they are ok at the job. Relic of Progenitus would be amazing if it could target the card, but it has more utility than Tormod's Crypt anyway even with the downside.

Be careful with Angel of Jubilation he shuts down your deck too, like Goblin Bombardment , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Necropotence , Phyrexian Reclamation , Diabolic Intent (might be wrong on this one would have to check the rule book on additional costs), Mana Confluence , Bloodstained Mire (or any Fetch).

Maybe Blood Crypt / Godless Shrine / Sacred Foundry probably enter tapped too (again this one would have to read the rulebook too, not sure if that's considered paying a cost to "activate abilities" probably not because it doesn't have the : symbol on it.

City of Brass is another good multi-color mana asource.

Terminus is a terrific way of getting rid of all those recurring creatures too (unless he can sac them all in response somehow).

Sun Titan + Gift of Immortality love each other, but he's a hard cast in this deck (think about with Goblin Bombardment .

If you have a Grand Abolisher then Mark of Fury works well, but I dunno I wouldn't personally play it or Cartouche of Zeal too scary for me.

I might have mentioned before, Angel of Despair is far superior to someone like Angel of Jubilation unless she's solving a specific pod problem for disruption to your deck. Hellkite Tyrant is hand if you play artifact decks like Breya, Etherium Shaper or Teferi, Temporal Archmage .

Mother of Runes can give protection if your facing Targeted removal.

Oh Hall of the Bandit Lord can give haste too. Diabolic Tutor is a underplayed tutor but if your games are going beyond turn 6 it's quite viable.

Rakdos the Defiler is almost as deadly as a Master of Cruelties if you can get him connected early enough.

Some ideas anyway, the reprinted fetches like Windswept Heath are fairly cheap still (I think).

PS: Zealous Conscripts loves stealing, Haste attacking, and sacrificing opponents creatures with a Goblin Bombardment .

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