The Rack


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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

blackieqs on Psyche Assault (Discard)

2 weeks ago

Wrench Mind is good over mindrot, The Rack and Shrieking Affliction if your looking to go down the route of 8-rack and recommend pulling mind sludge, it sounds good but it's total bait, the goal is to discard there cards as they get them, you should never be in a position where they have more than 2 cards in hand on turn 5, also Raven's Crime is good and recurring as well

Steelspike on New to EDH and would ...

3 weeks ago

Mill is pretty hard in EDH, since there's at least 40 more cards in libraries than normal and you usually have more than one opponent.

Also, most folks hate playing against mill, and then there's those folks who play "graveyard matters" decks like Meren, or Muldrotha that you end up helping.

I would honestly add red and run Nekusar, the Mindrazer as your commander. Almost the same concept, but it mills to your hand, then yard. Plus, you can run cards like Sire Of Insanity , Library of Leng , Black Vise , Skullcage , The Rack , Megrim and whatnot.

wallisface on ▷ Davriel DISCARD Prison! ◁ 【 NEW from WAR! 】

3 weeks ago

Interested in why you favoured The Rack over Shrieking Affliction ? Affliction hits harder on 0-1 cards, and being an enchantment is typically harder to remove

Flooremoji on Memory Dissolution

3 weeks ago

In playtesting, Psychogenic Probe is really painful to you, especcialy against decks with Strip lands, I think that somthing like The Rack as Sarios254 said could be better. Could be wrong though :)

GoldenAgeBatman on 8 rack help

1 month ago

I recently field tested a single copy of Bloodchief Ascension in 8-Rack and it worked remarkably well:

I would like to see if 3 or more would be beneficial; I will report in once I find out.

bigsampz69 on Modern 8 rack

1 month ago

Honestly Tom Ross' list is pretty much perfect. You could adjust the amount of removal based on needs for your local population, but in general I'd look at his list to compare.

General strategy of the deck is destroy all lands Smallpox , then (dependent on a low basic land count for Field of Ruin or Ghost Quarter since most modern decks only run 1 or 2 basics) and discarding both your hands. Then you just having The Rack or Shrieking Affliction slowly grind them down. Vman was spot on.

It plays like Pox in Legacy, exact same concept.

Icbrgr on "When You Fall in a Bottomless Pit..."

1 month ago

I think Temple Bell / Howling Mine always sound like a good idea but ultimately become your undoing; especially in a multiplayer game... someone is gonna end up drawing/playing something you cant deal with and or combo off (thats my opinion)... in a 1V1 game it could work with blowing up lands with Sinkhole / Strip Mine and all that kinda fun stuff; and id say go the opposite rout of The Rack / Shrieking Affliction and go with Black Vise / Ebony Owl Netsuke .

I suggest Necrogen Mists to keep hands empty and Dakmor Salvage for its synergy with Smallpox / Raven's Crime ... for some protection Ensnaring Bridge can help keep creatures from plowing you over and Pack Rat / Zombie Infestation can be good for getting value from "dead" discard spells.... there is also the queen of 8-Rack herself Liliana of the Veil .

M_Malcom on Hyper budget 8 Rack

1 month ago

avoln I took some of your advice and went down The Rack and up Funeral Charm

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The Rack occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.05%