Theater of Horrors


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Rare

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Theater of Horrors


At the beginning of your upkeep, exile the top card of your library.

During your turn, if an opponent lost life this turn, you may play cards exiled with Theater of Horrors.

: Theater of Horrors deals 1 damage to target opponent or planeswalker.

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Theater of Horrors Discussion

CalmChip on Mardu Control

1 month ago

So what is the match up of this deck against RDW, Esper Control or Nexus deck?

Also, having Dreadhorde Invasion seems a bit weird without any other Amass cards. Maybe Widespread Brutality to sweap the board? not more mana intensive than Bedevil which you already run and can also pump your Zombie for the lifelink to trigger.

Imo, I would remove -2 Ill-Gotten Inheritance -3 Theater of Horror , +1 Chandra, Fire Artisan +4 Widespread Brutality . I really doubt the Theater always function at its prime (Not having to pay its activated ability to play cards). Also keep in mind that not being able to cast the card with Chandra plus one is no big deal, as you effectively just looked at the bottom of your library instead of drawing.

jpermar on Rakdos, Lord's Downward Spiral

1 month ago

A massive update this time. One that I'm very excited about. Here are the changes:

Overall, the deck is faster and more consistent. Here's a summary of changes by card category:

  • direct damage is now at lower cmc
  • -1 Ramp
  • +1 protection/haste
  • +2 tutor
  • +5 draw
  • +1 anti-control
  • -4 Creature removal
  • -2 graveyard hate
  • -1 discard
  • -1 extra attack
  • -1 lifegain/recursion
  • +1 removal

So the changes overall are lower cmc, more draw and tutor, less creature removal and less utility (graveyard hate, extra attacks, etc.) Overall, the early turn plays to get direct damage and get Rakdos out are far more prevalent. The deck is more aggressive and more focused now, and plays much smoother.

And yes, this is the only deck I have where I've taken out Sol Ring . It's simply better to have only colored mana in order to cast Rakdos as consistently as possible!

alex13436 on Mardu Tempo Competitive *Undefeated*

1 month ago

I 100% agree that Blood Divination feels janky, but there is no better card value/card refill in my opinion, when i look at Theater of Horrors and Rix Maadi Reveler which kinda have worse drawbacks when used with tempo. This deck shouldnt be relying on cards that require me to deal damage on a turn/every turn, because i mostly only want to be going big on a couple turns to win the game, and im not constantly pinging my opponent. As for aggressive creatures, I feel strongly that they fall off too hard when going for a tempo-midrange deck, and don't add enough. And ya ill add some text. Thanks for the comment! I'll be keeping the replacement for card draw in mind...

Poaralion on Mardu Aritocrats at War

1 month ago

Looking good but I think you might want some card advantage other than Bontu, Lili and Sorin. Theater of Horrors , Light Up the Stage , Risk Factor ?

Sideboard wise, as long as the meta isn't clear, Dire Fleet Daredevil could be a really nice tool. Moment of Craving still usefull against mono red, Cast Down to catch a number of random threat.

War does bring us a few more options. Grim initiate vs Footlight fiend. Getting another body for sac purposes could be nice vs the hero trigger. Angrath's rampage as a prolly good new remove, as well as Despark ?

musicman3310 on Devils, Imps and Demons, Oh my!

2 months ago

I think you may have too many creatures here. Usually you only want two of any legendary card because you can only have one of them on the field at a time. I also noticed you have a lot of big creatures but not a lot of mana ramp. You have a decent amount of removal, so maybe something like Treasure Map  Flip or Theater of Horrors to help you draw more cards and keep up with blue decks would be helpful in place of some of those bigger creatures.

musicman3310 on FORTH THE DREADHORDE

2 months ago

Have you thought about Theater of Horrors over Captive Audience ?

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Theater of Horrors occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.18%

Rakdos: 2.46%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Rakdos: 0.41%