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

KayneMarco on Hand Control with Gwendlyn di Corci [Primer]

1 month ago

The deck won’t die or fizzle out if opponents run out of cards to discard if you run a couple more cards that hurt people for having a low hand count and some clone effects to copy cards like your Rackling, lavaborn muse and wheel of torture or these ideas to possibly add:

I would also move the Copy Enchantment from the maybe board to your main deck to copy your enchantments that do this same thing. Cards like the rack are after all how original discard decks won. Not by the discard itself but having no cards in hand. I would also add more tutors to the deck to get cards like those out quicker.

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

2 months 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 months 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 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

4 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

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The Rack occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.07%

Black: 1.7%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%