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

Titus78 on Kaalia of the Vast

1 week 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.

Ketarii on We all die!

3 weeks ago

Love this deck. This is how I want to build my deck using Rakdos the Defiler as my commander. Not even trying to win, just mass destruction and everyone taking damage. This looks awesome and definitley gave me a few ideas!! :)

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

3 weeks ago

Hi UR2L8,

I've been happy with my Demonlord Belzenlok, I don't tutor him so don't see him that often, but as a 6/6 Flample draw, he is a permanent in my build now.

Demanding Dragon if he was a choose one, I would like him, the problem arises, they will only pay the 5 life when your really need to get a creature, and just not pay if they have unimportant creatures/tokens, or no creatures. So never will get their life when it makes a difference, and will never get a creature that makes a difference.

Can't see him displacing a Rakdos the Defiler, Reveillark or Thundermaw Hellkite.

Lately I've been missing Gamble as well, especially in the opening hand. I was thinking of Gamble tutor the Reanimate that way if it makes me discard an A/D/D I'm in nice shape, if it makes me discard the Reanimate means I'll have to pull Yawgmoth's Will or Animate Dead later. It could also replace Damnation, I haven't cast it in a while, but I like knowing when I need it I can tutor it, although maybe it should be a Merciless Eviction to give me some Modular options other than destroy/no regenerate. Faithless Looting is also out again, and I know I will get burned with a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker in hand again and need to put it back in.

I don't want to go down an A/D/D either because I worked my way back up to this amount, because I found myself, on occasion, having a Kaalia of the Vast swing without a free A/D/D and that is bad, need to limit that as much as possible. Some games I have too many A/D/D some games short. Difficult to balance.

JakeHarlow on Dragonlance

1 month 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 month 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

2 months 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 months 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

3 months 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

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