Rakdos the Defiler

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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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

carpecanum on

1 week ago

Silent Arbiter means only YOU get to attack or block with multiple creatures.

Virtus the Veiled or Raving Dead cut an opponents life in half if not blocked. Raving dead does not have to attack randomly because the beginning of combat has already passed. Gadianten already mentioned Master of Cruelties and Rakdos the Defiler

If you want to play with Infect you have tons of choices that are really ugly

Gadianten on

2 weeks ago

Buried Alive to stock your graveyard with choice targets.

Master of Cruelties and Rakdos the Defiler for a viscous got ya, note since they are put into play attacking you skip past those pesky requirements like sacrificing half your permanents but the same cannot be said for your opponents.

Sundial of the Infinite to keep your tokens, play all your stuff in the first main phase then in response to the exile trigger end your turn.

Greater Good, make those tokens work for you and stock the graveyard with the discard.

Riftsweeper might be useful if you can a way to blink it.

Bane of Progress is a good punisher for artifact and enchantment heavy players.

Xenagos, God of Revels Make your commander frighteningly large.

Dragon Mage, Synergistic wheel of fortune effect fueling the onslaught and messing with control players.

Rune-Scarred Demon and Sidisi, Undead Vizier, tutors on attack.

loricatuslupus on Still Better than Dan Brown...

3 weeks ago

Ok, thanks for all the suggestions Demarge! I think I've actually looked at your deck for ideas previously. Yeah obviously Mind Stone should be Sol Ring, I moved a copy to another deck as I thought I'd found one a Judge one and then the deal fell through but I forgot to replace it. Dark Ritual is good but in this deck the ramp is limited because it only provides triple black, which doesn't help me cast Kaalia. If I'm going to go that way it'll be when I can afford to invest in a Chrome Mox or perhaps Mana Crypt/Mana Vault (again, my copies are in another deck atm). Rakdos the Defiler I'm not sold on. While a double trigger on a hit would be good I'm relying on using him with Kaalia to avoid sacking my own stuff, and can't stop that happening any time I want to attack after the first. Also with both him, Mother of Runes and Dragon Mage I'm not sure who to cut. I like all the creatures I run already and at the moment the only one I'd lose is Anya, for Belzenlok. Boros Charm is super strong though, don't know how I overlooked that!

Demarge on Still Better than Dan Brown...

3 weeks ago

Dragon Mage wheel on a body good enough to consider letting a dragon into this club?

Does your playgroup ban Sol Ring? if not it is a little too strong to not include with all the 2 cmc mana rocks, similarly with Dark Ritual since you can form a strong draw of ring or ritual into 2 cmc mana rock, they both also allow you to turn 2 mass land destruction if a green deck did some empty hand of lands effect.

Rakdos the Defiler also works pretty well when cheated out by kaalia since you skip the attack trigger (and can double the on dmg trigger with resonator).

you also mention wanting to protect kaalia, why not use Mother of Runes as a plus she can be used as a razaketh snack in addition to being a kaalia protector (will also bring up awkward moment if your playgroup includes your mother or your mother ever hears you say "sac my mother to this demon razaketh")

Boros Charm can also protect kaalia while having the option to giving a beater double strike (I like it with rakdos, if it didn't kill them they're probably not going to recover losing nearly all their board)

Now I admit I'm too tired to keep rambling so my Heavenly Rakdos kaalia deck is linked, it's a more disarmed version atm so I can maybe not scare away the newer players I've found myself playing against, but there are some interesting card choices I've made to keep her resilient.

Demarge on Kaalia’s Army

1 month ago

How often does urza tron become relevant? would those slots be better served with different utility lands like say Hall of the Bandit Lord, Hanweir Battlements, and Slayers' Stronghold, more ways to give a kaalia haste seems a bit more useful than the chance for a late game extra mana.

And your thoughts on using Master of Cruelties, or similarly, Rakdos the Defiler as the one hit kill an opponent? I know some groups don't like those wincons but iona usually gets the same amount of hate so I figured I'd bring those two up.

And have you thoughts of Liliana Vess and Dark Petition as other strong tutors.

I also usually suggest more lands in a commander deck, but here I see land tax and top and plenty of ways to tutor them so sounds good (Quicksilver Amulet can also act as a kaalia #2). Here I link my kaalia which has ran into quite a few multiplayer playgroups (so some of the card choices are to survive more than one opponent's hate or to not draw "kill him first" rules) Heavenly Rakdos

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 month ago

Hi Wickked,

Thanks for the kind comment.

Here's a rough guide / thought process I use when evaluating cards / combos / synergies:

1) Assumption: One player (possibly myself), will try and Combo on Turn 3/4, and generally by 5 at least

Realization: I don't have a lot of disruption, so will rely on Commanders built to prevent others and take advantage

Some disruption: A Tainted Pact into a Iona, Shield of Emeria in response to a Show and Tell has worked.

A Teferi's Protection might buy me another turn to try and Combo or Eliminate the issue player.

2) Assumption: I'm Tier 3 (I truly believe Kaalia of the Vast is tier 2.5 built like this), yet seem to be a threat

Realization: Use their bias against them, they think I'm just Aggro/Pub Brawl, might leave me open here and there.

Yes, I'll still Master of Cruelties a Stax or Disruption or Tier 1 Commander, but...

3) Assumption: I'm not a Stax player, I'm trying to go fast too, don't be that guy

Realization: I have some Stax type plays, but I'm not a Stax player, whenever possible go for the win, often you win

A Turn 3 Rakdos the Defiler can slow down a combo that relies on ramp. Same with a Turn 2 Damnation

An early Ob Nixilis, Unshackled can put a combo player in range of a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight swing.

4) Assumption: Razaketh, the Foulblooded almost always wins me the game.

Realization: Don't let others (like Animar, Soul of Elements) use him against me. Resolve and Win.

5) Assumption: I'm not going to output 40 x 3 (4-player pod assumed) = 120 by Turn 5

Realization: If I can do 40 damage by turn 5 and eliminate a player, and rely on others disruption, I can Combo on Turn 6/7

6) Evaluation: Does this card help me win the game by Turn 7? If no, then I usually exclude it

Does this card help me Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel | Infinite Haste Angels, because that's usually how I am going to win anyway.

Is this card good, WITHOUT the other combo pieces? Example: Stranglehold is good on it's own, prevents win-cons and can stax (no searching) a Fetch land or Tutor. Maralen of the Mornsong provides an effective and lasting Synergy (won't say Combo, No more drawing for others), BUT Maralen of the Mornsong without a Stranglehold is not good WITHOUT the other combo piece. Maralen of the Mornsong can in fact give the win to the next player in turn.

Adarkar Valkyrie Evaluation:

1) She doesn't trigger with Kaalia of the Vast, because Adarkar Valkyrie enters tapped, also doesn't have haste, and requires to use. What that means is I have to wait 1 whole turn before she can be used vs. something like a Razaketh, the Foulblooded or Rune-Scarred Demon.

2) At CMC6, I'm probably not playing by turn 5, but it is in the realm of possibility. However, without Haste (Dragon Tempest, Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots) its too slow.

3) What are the other combo cards, and do they meet the test that they are good without Adarkar Valkyrie

Adarkar Valkyrie + Thornbite Staff + Creature + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Thornbite Staff + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker also works with Goblin Bombardment or Angel of Despair

Thornbite Staff has a CMC2 but a Equip (which SUCKS), but Equip on Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, and it's Sorcery speed.

Goblin Bombardment protects my creatures from theft, and also enables other combos, including it can be used Post-Combat with a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel incase of Fog.

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

Village Bell-Ringer also works with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. On his own though, not very sexy without the Combo pieces.

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

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

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

Took me a long time to take Aurelia, the Warleader, can get into that discussion later.

Adarkar Valkyrie + Zealous Conscripts + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Zealous Conscripts + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker also works.

Zealous Conscripts on it's own is also pretty good, he has Haste built in, can take an opponents permanents, can untap your permanents (like Adarkar Valkyrie or Sol Ring etc). He's not an A/D/D is his only down side, so with a CMC5 am I going to play him before Turn 5? Tough to say.

I'm going to Buried Alive : Karmic Guide + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel not Zealous Conscripts (Although I could I guess?) for Reanimate

I'm probably going to tutor Restoration Angel because I can 1) Free cast with Kaalia of the Vast, 2) She is Instant speed (Flash), 3) She is CMC4 vs. Zealous Conscripts. So it becomes, do i need Zealous Conscripts. If I'm running Adarkar Valkyrie as well, then yes. Honestly Zealous Conscripts has been on the cusp for a long time, he is VERY good, probably better than Reveillark (who I almost never combo with), the only benefit to Reveillark is he brings back Grand Abolisher so I can actually pull off the combo without Disruption.

I'd almost always rather tutor Buried Alive or Reanimate or a missing piece, than a Adarkar Valkyrie. He really provides the same combo structure, but slower, same with Zealous Conscripts. If I'm hoping to just have a higher probability of drawing into a Zealous Conscripts to complete my combo I'm starting with an Assumption that isn't going to make my Turn 5 window usually. I need to Tutor/Win.

Combat Celebrant, Felidar Guardian, Sparring Mummy, Thornbite Staff, Village Bell-Ringer, Zealous Conscripts, Fiend Hunter, Karmic Guide, Lightning Crafter, Restoration Angel, Reveillark, Changeling Hero, Changeling Berserker all work with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, some need Sac, many don't.

Not sure if I answered your Zealous Conscripts question, but the best answer I can give is, I don't need him, I don't want to draw him, and he just does the job of Restoration Angel. Certainly you need alternatives, incase of Exile or Removal, I decided on Reveillark because he has other upside (downside is needs a Sac outlet), but Zealous Conscripts is quite reasonable and has utility on his own so I like him probably will make his way back in, at a higher CMC than someone like Village Bell-Ringer though who has no utility on his own, but IS turn 5 probable, but without Buried Alive probably neither works anyway, so why not just Restoration Angel and win?

The truth is any of them are viable options, it's about the supporting cards, the "wheel of support" you put around each of them, if there's multiple synergies then it's always good to have. Remember though, you only need to Combo once to win, the reality is, if your Disrupted, someone else will likely combo before you get a second chance anyway in cEDH. In standard EDH, you may have the time to draw cards into a Zealous Conscripts or hard cast a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker but probably not in cEDH.

Adarkar Valkyrie was in, she didn't work with Kaalia of the Vast and I never tutored Adarkar Valkyrie, and it needed Haste (Lightning Greaves/Dragon Tempest) and in most cases needed a Sac Outlet, so it ended up getting cut when Aurelia, the Warleader left. Adarkar Valkyrie I just found too difficult to manage, and 1 turn too slow.

I will say, if you are running Adarkar Valkyrie and Zealous Conscripts, definitely run Faithless Looting, maybe even Gamble. This differs than something like a Reanimator, If i could have more Reanimate (also use Animate Dead, Yawgmoth's Will which I view as CMC2 because I usually have a Fetch land to recur) then I LIKE drawing into those. When I draw a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker in my opening hand, I always Mulligan, and when I draw him in play I really really really regret having Faithless Looting out of the deck because I can't tutor it, and now I'm hoping to tutor a Goblin Bombardment and Reanimate a Buried Alive | Karmic Guide + Reveillark. In this situation a Zealous Conscripts isn't helping you anyway. On occasion I draw Restoration Angel but then I Buried Alive : Grand Abolisher and then Reanimate Karmic Guide then Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker then Grand Abolisher then Flash cast Restoration Angel and have the Grand Abolisher pretty much guaranteeing me the win. It's definetely higher CMC to hard was him, but still less than Zealous Conscripts.

My deck is still a work in progress though, I wish I had more time to play and really advance it with playtesting, but In theory, MOST of the time I would prefer a Tutor to another instance of a card I can tutor that is worse. Like Anguished Unmaking and Utter End are the same but CMC1 more, but I don't run Utter End because instead I draw a tutor, and search for Anguished Unmaking if that's what I really need, otherwise I tutor Reanimate or Buried Alive and go for the win.

I'm always testing the new guys too, sometimes they roar, sometimes they fail. Razaketh, the Foulblooded for sure, is the best (sometimes Iona, Shield of Emeria) in a while, If I could have all Razaketh, the Foulblooded that would be very cool.

Another thing I've learned, I built Kaalia of the Vast because I liked Gisela, Blade of Goldnight and Griselbrand (I really miss him, pretty angry about that one), but try not to be attached to certain cards, even if you like it, make sure it properly synergies. Stranglehold + Maralen of the Mornsong was my favorite for so long, I would always Tutor a Baneslayer Angel first to counter the damage (Lyra Dawnbringer would probably be the target now), but had to let it go because Maralen of the Mornsong couldn't keep up. Same with Liliana Vess. Even Aurelia, the Warleader, I won a draft event with him, so valued him highly, but I just didn't have the right supporting cards in there for him.

The next A/D/D I'm going to try is Archfiend of Despair, I just don't know how to take advantage of his second ability properly, I mean him and a Gisela, Blade of Goldnight obviously, he does double my damage, meaning 120 damage is now 60 damage so makes that a potential strategy, but still not sure how to do 60 by turn 5/6 to 3 different targets, but perhaps, have to test him. I feel Archfiend of Despair has more upside than Sower of Discord because of his Lifegain prevention, but together the 2 are ok, I'm just not sure, he reduces 120 to 80 where Archfiend of Despair reduces it to 60. I will note, if you build other Loss of Life into the deck, like Liliana's Caress and Dragon Mage and Wheel of Fortune type abilities, both Sower of Discord and Archfiend of Despair, but even then Sower of Discord is "Damage", remember, "Damage" causes "Loss of Life" but doesn't work the other way, "Loss of Life" isn't "Damage". Hmm probably will not even test Sower of Discord, CMC6 for 6/6, no Flample, and no immediate threat/ETB off Kaalia of the Vast other than potentially 8 damage (Sower of Discord 6 + Kaalia of the Vast 2) is outside my current strategy too much.

I can win on Turn 1: Swamp + Mana Crypt + Buried Alive and a Chrome Mox (and a card to Imprint) + Reanimate, is an example, but it rarely happens. There are some other Janky ways with Sol Ring and Ancient Tomb and stuff too, but not consistently. Always looking for ways to improve here. (CMC1 Reanimate or High Mana Conversion Stones)

Turn 2, there's quite a few different ways to get there, including Kaalia of the Vast attacking, usually needs a Razaketh, the Foulblooded in hand to pull the combo pieces, mana rocks, and Goblin Bombardment because usually Combo AFTER the combat phase, so the Infinite Haste Angels don't really help me out that much.

Turn 3/4 is really where I want to combo, and am looking to build further consistency, like Gamble or Beseech the Queen (maybe but it only tutors Reanimate usually for , so where does the for Reanimate come from). Does Zealous Conscripts or Adarkar Valkyrie check this box? Not really, which is probably why they are out. But honestly, I still have a bunch of junk, like Reveillark, Gisela, the Broken Blade maybe, Lord of the Void, Teferi's Protection it's really dumb this card doesn't have Split Second, Boros Charm too situational, see lots of stuff that could be Zealous Conscripts.

What I really wish for, 1) A good A/D/D that has Goblin Bombardment built-into it, like a Murderous Redcap of A/D/D, 2) More CMC1 Reanimate, 3) More CMC1 or CMC2 Tutors, I'll checkout your deck but if you don't have Tainted Pact it is CRITICAL to finding solutions, although means your lands are $1,000,000 but luckily no so HEY still cheaper than a Volcanic Island. 4) More effective mana rocks. I've looked at Mox Diamond a million times, can't decide if it helps/hurts in the average case (not just the Turn 1 case), like as a before Turn 5.

Rakdos the Defiler has been my friend, when I'm not doing well he often helps me out lol. Dance of the Dead is a possiblity, because it doesn't matter that Karmic Guide is tapped, but Karmic Guide is pro black so the interaction sucks even more (already sucks with Animate Dead but the triggers work).

I'll check out your deck a little later, and provide any feedback I can.

Hopefully, somewhere in this rambling I answered your questions.

PS: I hate that Kess, Dissident Mage (and some others) can win on Turn 0, win before it's even their turn, that sucks!

Titus78 on Kaalia of the Vast

2 months ago

cdkime I do kind of want to cut Mordant Dragon but I'm not a huge fan of Chancellor of the Annex just because it's okay in the beginning of the game but loses a lot of value as the game progresses, until mid to late game when most opponent have a lot mana to spend and mana isn't really going to hurt them at all. but think ill go with the safe choices either Akroma, Angel of Wrath or Rakdos the Defiler which one do thing is better? lastly I just don't think one tutor is really worth it in a 100 card deck and if drew it mid to late game it would just be pretty meh unlike Insurrection which would most likely win me the game.

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