The Rack


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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Set Rarity
Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA) Uncommon
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Uncommon
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Uncommon
Revised Edition (3ED) Uncommon
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Uncommon
Antiquities (ATQ) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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The Rack


As The Rack enters the battlefield, choose an opponent.

At the beginning of the chosen player's upkeep, The Rack deals X damage to that player, where X is 3 minus the number of cards in his or her hand.

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The Rack Discussion

Icbrgr on Luminarch Acsension & Liliana's Caress... ...

1 week ago

hahaha i feel like i too have done that in the past cdkime! TBH The Rack was the First idea i had but thought that Howling Mine would fight against it too much... so i figured perhaps this would be more of a job for Megrim/Waste Not... benefiting/punishing discard over trying to keep a hand empty and abusing Isochron Scepter to keep my "Fog" ready.... more or less put the opponent in a "Use it or lose it" position.

would you say that is i were to follow through with cutting some fogs in favor of splashing for discard effects that i should just avoid those enchantments (Liliana's Caress/Megrim/Waste Not) altogether?

bootsworthy on Demonic Patience

2 weeks ago

I'm wondering if you could replace The Rack with something that interacts better with the cards that your opponent will be discarding and putting in their graveyard. If you were using something like The Rack, you would actually want your opponent to have more cards in their hands, and not to discard them so they have less. Here are some cards that might work well with your opponent's discards: Profane Memento, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Gruesome Encore. I hope this is useful!

Flooremoji on Land Destruction: A social conversation

2 weeks ago

Land destruction isn't fun.

That dosen't mean it is fun to play against any deck. Almost every deck has unfun elements. Is it fun to watch a KCI player combo (For me yes) the general public says no. Is it fun to lose on turn two to infect? No. Do you like getting Thoughtseized? No. LD is just another nail in the coffin for players who want to feel as if they have the best deck, but don't. I am sorry for being insulting here, but in a way it's true. And yet, we (most of us) still play Magic. Even through the LD, even through The Rack. The game is still overall fun. I bet you could look through everyone's deck, and find unfun things (If the decks were made on the principle of winning) to pick at. Even if you get staxed out with Trinisphere and Molten Rain, it could be Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Restoration Angel. I think that LD is not present enough in any (Non-Commander, because I know nothing about the metagame of EDH) format to warrant much hate, aside from Pauper LD.

KayneMarco on Infect Skithiryx

1 month ago

Some card ideas for ya since you have a strong discard theme going on as well. These ideas can also be used as another win con in case opponents remove your critters that poison them.

Pieguy396 on Black/Red Discard

1 month ago

Have you considered a deck like 8-rack? It seems pretty similar to what you're trying to do here; you might want to take a look at a decklist for ideas. Especially good on a budget are Raven's Crime, Wrench Mind, The Rack, and Shrieking Affliction.

eatmygender on 8 rack budget modern

1 month ago

Love your deck so far! I'm also looking to foray into Modern with 8-Rack. Strange choice to use Victim of the night, considering Vendetta would work much better, and after all, this is modern, no one's playing anything more than a 4-Drop. Duress should make an appearance here too. If you haven't purchased the cards yet, keep in mind that older versions of The Rack go for wayyyy cheaper yet still retain legality thanks to reprints.

eatmygender on This Card: Nath

2 months ago

Considering you're relying on discard to eliminate threats, cards that can take advantage of your opponent's graveyard (e.g. Animate Dead) could be incredibly resourceful, and considering you're playing Golgari, the options are there. I can see The Rack being very, very powerful in this deck. Also, what's all the Elf ramping for? I can't seem to see any expensive wincons that would necessitate all the ramping (Practically any card with in it's casting cost, Craterhoof Behemoth, etc.) Other than that, with a bit of work this could be a great deck. :3

saturn999 on Church of The Operating Room

2 months ago

ok, a couple of updates!

10-08-18 Played a super set against big affinity.

Game 1 - Held off my opponent with Fatal Push until i could drop an Ensnaring Bridge and Liliana of the Veil. Bontu's Last Reckoning cleared all leftover creatures and The Rack coupled with Shrieking Affliction killed him.

Game 2 - Couldn't find a bridge so Mutavault had to do most of the work taking my opp down to low life until Shrieking Affliction and The Rack could finish him. Won that set and went on to 2nd set.

Game 1 - My opponent emptied his hand fast making The Rack seem like a good turn 3 play. Ensnaring Bridge kept his creatures from swinging in until he dropped a huge Walking Ballista and shot me dead.

Game 2 - Emptied my opponent's hand and Surgical Extraction all his ballistas. all was going according to plan until he swung in under my bridge with Inkmoth Nexus and added counters to me with an animation module or something like that. I was holding a card i couldn't get rid of. Moved on to next set.

Game 1 - Turn 3 Shrieking Affliction followed by turn 4 Ensnaring Bridge into a Liliana of the Veil with a Raven's Crime lock. this was followed up by another Shrieking Affliction for the win.

Game 2 - No Ensnaring Bridge to be found and Wrench Mind was not the business. Combat tricks allowed my opponent to swing in with a massive amount of tokens leaving me dead and moving to game three.

Game 3. Everything was going right. All cards were locked down by Ensnaring Bridge and Liliana of the Veil until Walking Ballista came out and pinged me for my last 3 life. that was the set. Went 1-2 but was extremely fun and learned alot. This was good practice for the tournament happening the next day. Will post details of that tomorrow.

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