The Rack

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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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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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

The Rack occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.05%

The Rack Discussion

KayneMarco on Discarded Treachery

3 days ago

Since you’re using a discard strategy have you considered cards that punish opponents for having a low hand count rather than Megrim effects? Cards such as this list:

With these types of cards your opponents will be taking damage even if they haven’t discarded. The problem with megrim type cards is if opponents have nothing to discard the megrim type cards are just dead cards at that point. The cards I suggested on the other hand will be doing damage every turn. I’m not saying use all of them just saying some of them could replace megrim type cards. Myself though, I’ld make room for all of them because I go all in when it comes to certain themes.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

I really like the design, although I think it's a tad weak, although Shadowborn Apostle is lowkey broken. Not sure, maybe it'd be fair. Difficult to gauge these effects.

Here's the Red one:

Flamekin

Creature - Elemental

A deck can have any number of cards named Flamekin.

Haste

At the beginning of your endstep, sacrifice Flamekin, then exile any number of cards named Flamekin in your graveyard. Each card exiled this way deals 1 damage to any target.

2/1


Probably very broken especially with Burning Inquiry, The Flame of Keld, etc.


I'm reissuing my challenge, as actually that's not what I meant, but very cool nonetheless.

So the Ascend/City's Blessing mechanic cares about the number of permanents

Undergrowth, Delirium, Threshold Crackling Drake all care about the graveyard, and the latter also care about Exile.

The Rack, Ebony Owl Netsuke, Iron Maiden, Venser's Journal, Sword of War and Peace, etc. Care about cards in hand.

I meant total number cards in library, or exile, or types in these zones etc. Is important to your common.

Lamplighter on Let's see what kind of trouble we can get into

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the comment.

Very True, I did not think about taking Gnat Miser out as, like you said, is very situational.

I definitely like Changeling Outcast moving Throat Slitter to the mainboard might work after that change and adding Okiba-Gang Shinobi may help with discard as well. If that seems viable I really like Waste Not because of that mana and card ramp. I just need to figure out what is going to be taken out. Icon of Ancestry seems good, but im not sure how well it will fit if I am going more towards discard now.

How do you like Ayara, First of Locthwain (even though it is not a rat) as well as Piper of the Swarm and Nezumi Shortfang? I think the quickness of this combo can really come in handy. Create rat > gain 1 life/deal 1 point > sac rat > draw a card. All of that for 2 mana then having damage continue every turn they do not have cards in hand. (i.e. sort of like The Rack)

Lastly, I was looking at land Barren Moor or Castle Locthwain for card draw when I am really hurting for cards. Westvale Abbey  Flip can just be a late game win con if the game is at a stalemate.

Thank you again for the feedback and suggestions. I made a could of changes accordingly.

ILikeFood on Kroxa, Titan of Death's Discard

2 months ago

Have you considered adding The Rack as a alternate finisher?

LordTea on Jerry, Pest, Vile; None matters to Marrow-Gnawer

4 months ago

Hey, so if you want to play discard you might want your opponents to have cards in hand to trigger your various discard trigger. As for another Land Geier Reach Sanitarium maybe add The Rack and Asylum Visitor . In general in EDH not only focus on your own strategy but always include some disruption for your opponents. Games might go long so include various card draw possibilites. You might also want to work on your curve and include more 1-3 mana spells and cut some 5+cmc.

Anyway cool deck idea!

vbfabled on Sygg, River Cutthroat EDH Suggestions

5 months ago

Funkydiscogod my dude you're on to something. Everyone plays Sygg as unlockable creatures and basically watered down Edric, Spymaster of Trest , but I think the correct way to play him is as a discard deck!

Run the low cost symmetrical discard effects and mitigate the downside by drawing cards on everyone's turns from all the The Rack type effects everyone else will be suffering from! Throw in discard synergies and Madness cards and you've got a deck.

Alright I've got work to do. Thanks for the help

Funkydiscogod on Sygg, River Cutthroat EDH Suggestions

5 months ago

My first thought was Magmatic Force and Havoc Festival to draw a card every turn. but neither work because your commander identifies as blue and black.

I did a gatherer search for black and blue cards that deal damage during each upkeep, and the results are interesting: Most of them dealt with hand size.

There are only 2 unconditional damage artifacts:

And there were two other outliers:

Caerwyn on Glistening Mists

5 months ago

It’s similar language to The Rack . If there are 3 time counters on it when it LTB, 0 poison counters will be applied (3 - 3 = 0); if there are 0 time counters on it, it would be 3 poison counters (3 - 0 = 3). The “3” in that ability is a static number.

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