The Rack


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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
Revised Edition (3ED) 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

cdkime on Wistful Thinking

1 day ago

Couple considerations:

The Rack works wonderfully with discard based decks, since you can pretty consistently keep your opponents under three cards.

Waste Not is a nifty card, providing you card advantage, mana, or a creature, depending on what is discarded. All good options. It also plays mindgames with your opponent--since several of your cards allow them to choose what they are going to discard, they will have to think carefully in an attempt to give you the least beneficial boon at that period in time.

Mr.Beaver on Machiavellis Underworld

2 weeks ago

As usual, I love the deck! It reminds me of my first commander deck, Il Principe, however, you do a much better job focusing on Machiavelli as a whole. Seeing as how he was tortured on The Rack, have you ever considered adding it for flavor (or Iron Maiden for function)?

I'm sure that Niccol Machiavelli, wherever he may rest, rule, and burn, approves of this deck.

hwagner on Look Ma, No Hands!!!

4 weeks ago

You're on the right track! There is actually a tier 3 competitive archetype in modern called "8 Rack". You use discard spells combined with The Rack and Shrieking Affliction to kill your opponents.

Here is a full non-budget decklist.

Here is a budgeted version, but still very powerful and fun! Budget decklist.

Hope this helps!

escesare on Waste Rats **Primer**

1 month ago

The Rack is a decent card but actually not great here. 8-rack forces our opponent to empty their hand, and then punishes them for it. This deck actively wants the opponent to keep cards and discard them to Waste Not. This makes Waste Not and The Rack mutually exclusive. Playing The Rack means best case scenario, you discard their cards to Waste Not and The Rack does nothing, while worst case they're empty handed and Waste Not does nothing. Being mediocre in both best and worst case isn't where you want to be in Modern, where most decks are broken in the best case and mediocre in the worst case.

It would be interesting to play The Rack in the sideboard. In the first game, your opponent might assume you're Rakdos 8-Rack and try to hold cards in their hand. When they realize you don't play The Rack, bam you switch Waste Not for The Rack haha!

escesare on Waste Rats **Primer**

1 month ago

Hmm I can't think of a way to make this budget. Liliana of the Veil is definitely one of the best cards in the deck, and it already puts you down $340. Thoughtseize is one of the best cards in Modern, not to mention the deck, and that's another $60. Almost all cards in the deck are at least $1-5, so there's nothing feasible to cut.

Here's my attempt at budget, but I only shaved off $600, so it's still $360.

TepigAggro on Waste Rats **Primer**

1 month ago

Also where is The Rack? This is totally a discard deck.

shrapnel_ on Discard and Sacrifice

1 month ago

If you haven't heard of Pox decks, I think it is worth looking into for you. Pox might be the strongest and most annoying deck for monoblack in legacy right now. You basically kill/discard everything and grind the game to a halt with some tiny card advantage until you slowly kill them with something like Nether Spirit, Gurmag Angler or Phyrexian Obliterator. They run low CMC cards like Innocent Blood, Sinkhole, Smallpox, Thoughtseize, Wasteland, etc to get rid of everything on the field and in your opponents (and sometimes your own) hand then drop the big creature for the kill. Some run The Rack as well.

Pox seems right up your alley if you like that style of play and you sort of built it partially. Pox is also established so if you want to compare look up some decklists. Hope that gives you some ideas.

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