The Rack

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
Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) 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

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The Rack

Artifact

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

flippeixoto on Esper discard (Need suggestions)

1 day ago

You should switch Quest for the Nihil Stone for The Rack. If you test, you'll see it's not that easy to get those quest counters. The best creature for this deck is Nyxathid. No arguments there.

You should sideboard Disenchant or something to get rid of enchantments and artifacts and add some creature and board removal.

For me, the useless cards are Dream Salvage, Noetic Scales and Asylum Visitor. They just don't match with the deck strategy.

What you can add is Funeral Charm, Inquisition of Kozilek and Hero's Downfall.

Anyway, hope I helped.

Dumgoldfish124 on Discard/Mill/Hosing Deck Need Help!

5 days ago

While a mill deck in commander is hard to create, as most of the usable/good mill cards target, it is a lot of fun to play. Discard is a little easier, but not by much. Also, the best colour combination for this type of deck is U/B and Atraxa has two extra colours that don't really help as well as her ability not synergising very well with mill or discard. Anyway, you asked and I shall try to deliver.

First the milling essentials: Glimpse the Unthinkable is the best mill spell bar none and is required. Secondly Increasing Confusion is quite good for commander, as mana totals will get quite large. Thirdly, Mind Funeral is great, as is Mind Grind. Fourthly, Mind Sculpt and Tome Scour mill for 7 and 5 respectfully, which is not too great, so only run them if you feel like that small amount of mill is extremely useful. Fifth, Hedron Crab is a great one drop due to the mill 3 per land you drop. Also, speaking of one drops, Jace's Phantasm is a good creature that soon becomes great with mill and discard. Sixth, Nemesis of Reason is stupidly good as it mills 10 per attack! It doesn't even need to cause damage! Startled Awake  Flip is a nice mill spell and recurs too. Another great creature, and my recommended commander, is Szadek, Lord of Secrets. His milling will get massive really fast. All you need to do is get him in unblocked. Use Rogue's Passage or Whispersilk Cloak. Some good beaters are Consuming Aberration and Sewer Nemesis. If you don't care about price, then Jace, the Mind Sculptor is awesome, but if budget is a thing Jace Beleren is a nice cheap replacement. Now onto the milling combos! Traumatize and Fraying Sanity completely destroy an opponent, as does Keening Stone and Fraying Sanity. Archive Trap and Ghost Quarter are great together, as is Maralen of the Mornsong and Archive Trap. Also, Ghost Quarter helps get rid of land for Mind Funeral and Mind Grind. Lastly, Jace's Erasure and any card draw is quite nice. Thats about it for mill, now onto discard!

First off you need Waste Not. It is beautiful. The Rack works when you have made them discard down to 2 or less, which is one of your goals. Quest for the Nihil Stone and Shrieking Affliction are like The Rack - dealing small damage when opponents don't have hands. Liliana's Caress and Megrim do small amounts of damage per discarded card, which is nice. Bottomless Pit helps keep opponents hands empty, as does Necrogen Mists. Oppression is awesome, as is Painful Quandary, and both together is god-tier. Underworld Dreams is nice little 'screw you' after they loose their hands. Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur murders everyone but you late game. Nath of the Gilt-Leaf is goddamn beautiful and breaks even more when you have Sadistic Hypnotist, Nezumi Bone-Reader and/or Mind Slash out. Another awesome combo is Mindcrank plus Bloodchief Ascension with three counters and any discard to an opponent means you kill them. With Dark Deal or similar you win. While these two things are great and all, you need some utility and a way to keep you alive when you suddenly become the target.

To stay alive, you need some pillowforts like Propaganda and Ghostly Prison. Cards like Frozen AEther and Kismet will help keep the opponent's board from becoming too overwhelming and Standstill will prevent spells for a small while. Psychic Spiral is another great spell that gets back all of your mill spells and it also mills an opponent for a little too. Talrand, Sky Summoner is fun with all the spells you are slinging, and he provides an alternate win condition. Another alternate win is through infection. Cards like Flesh-Eater Imp, Hand of the Praetors, Phyrexian Crusader, Phyrexian Juggernaut, Necropede, Putrefax, Plague Stinger and Corpse Cur all win you the game when they deal 10 damage to an opponent. Also, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon is a good option but is quite expensive. Cards like Giant Growth make you win harder. Infect is where Atraxa shines due to the added poison counters to each opponent every time you finish your turn. Adding Contagion Engine might even make your opponents scoop.

Good God, that is a big slab of writing. Here is a deck list I made for you: Atraxa makes you loose your mind!. Tell me what you think!

Chasmolinker on Pattern Recognition #70 - Removal

1 week ago

Boza 8 Rack runs 12-16 "Target player discards a card" in one way or another spells. Be it Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, or Wrench Mind. They all target the player. The Rack included. Although it sounds decent, Shrieking Affliction and Liliana of the Veil are not enough to win a game while playing 8-Rack with Leyline of Sanctity on the opposing side.

Boza on Pattern Recognition #70 - Removal

1 week ago

In Mono B 8 rack, The Rack and Liliana of the Veil circument the leyline. Also on a budget, Liliana's Caress and Delirium Skeins, etc all do the same. You do not have to solve every issue the same way.

flippeixoto on Ratatouille Sensei

1 week ago

The Rack is a lot better then Megrim. Even if you prefer Megrim mechanics, Liliana's Caress is a lot better. Also you can use Shrieking Affliction. I also think you should get 3 Swarmyard to protect your creatures.

There also a lot of other discard cards better than Distress. Inquisition of Kozilek, Duress, Despise or Thoughtseize are some options.

kamarupa on Mono black

1 week ago

I'd drop 2x Killing Wave, as it's best later in the game when you might not want to lose life to keep a big wincon creature on the battlefield.

Lands: Cabal Stronghold, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Scavenger Grounds, Bojuka Bog, Mortuary Mire, Buried Ruin

Sideboard: Geth's Verdict, Pithing Needle, The Rack, Tainted Remedy, Hero's Downfall, Ratchet Bomb, Elixir of Immortality

Other spells worth considering: Sign in Blood, Crypt Ghast,

Scytec on I'm coming for your hand and library

2 weeks ago

Haha, I actually meant to mention Oloro to you as he seemed like something I thought you would like, I just forgot to. This will be a super slow, grindy deck. Many people will not enjoy playing against it. I'd love it, but it will be difficult to make friends as a newer player. :p

Cards like Caress and Megrim really require you to have ways to refill your opponents hand. Cards like, but not limited to Font of Mythos and Dictate of Kruphix will be your friend here. Also, look for as many recurring discard effects as you can. Look for creatures, enchantments, artifacts, and planeswalkers if at all possible. I recommend some of these:

Nezumi Shortfang

Hypnotic Specter

Siren of the Silent Song

Words of Waste

Creeping Dread

Cunning Advisor

Raiders' Wake

Cao Cao, Lord of Wei

painful quandry

Myojin of Night's Reach

Ramp is also important look for mana rocks such as Mana Vault or Thran Dynamo. Ramp on creatures can also be awesome. Talking about Nirkana Revenant and Crypt Ghast. Both of which combo exceedingly well with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.

The Rack and Shrieking Affliction will be good tools to help you ping your opponents to death.

Rwhr2d2 on DISCARD ALL THE THINGS

4 weeks ago

Why not just The Rack as well?
I would go -2 Dimir Machinations -3 Mire's Toll +1 Raven's Crime +4 Blackmail. Blackmail is a better turn 1 discard spell than Toll, and you hope to have them have very few cards in hand so the possibility of having 4 cards in hand turn 4 seems unlikely.
Funeral Charm is also good as it lets you make them discard on their draw step. Perhaps cut the Scarab Feast for them?

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