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Vial Smasher the Fierce
Legendary Creature — Goblin Berserker
Whenever you cast the first spell each turn, Vial Smasher the Fierce deals damage equal to the spell's converted mana cost to an opponent chosen at random.
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Vial Smasher the Fierce Discussion
2 days ago
Ravnica Allegiance was great for clan Rakdos! Time to make some changes..
Flexibility is king in Commander. Blow up anything that Rakdos can blow up!
2 cards for one mana? Yes please! Also, Torgaar is a bit of an awkward card. Typically, we've done a huge amount of damage by the time we cast this (presumably with discount from Rakdos's ability). So it turns out to be "win more" most of the time.
Damage to summon the king. Vial Smasher was also awkward because we typically don't want to cast spells before getting our mana discount. And by himself, he probably won't help us get any damage.
A wrath for only 2 mana that conveniently won't destroy our commander. And let's face it, the variance on this card is what makes it both memorable and so Rakdos! Also, remember that you don't have to play it just because it's in your hand. If you're winning, keep winning...
Damage to summon the king. 4 mana spent to get an 18 (EIGHTEEN) mana discount!
Damage to summon the king. The Spawn alone can get us a 7 mana discount!
1 week ago
Those are all great suggestions triproberts12. I was aware that Rakdos, the Showstopper does not interact with Chance Encounter , and instead am using it as a pseudo-boardwipe with a big upside (6/6/ flying trample). The splash for black was for the tutors more than anything else, but you have a good list to supplement there as well. I chose not to go with Zndrsplt and Okaum as the commanders because I felt together they would be too over costed for the deck (as commanders go) and not come down early enough to impact the game - instead Vial Smasher the Fierce helps put pressure on our opponents while we are casting our spells that allows us to flip coins and Kraum, Ludevic's Opus nets us 5 damage to opponent plus an additional 4 in the same turn. I will definitely consider some changes though to the tutor package.
2 weeks ago
You mention that you are using Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper just to add green mana. If you don't really use her for the life gain I might suggest you use Tana, the Bloodsower . The few extra chump blockers might be helpful and occasionally you may make a small army.
I see a lot of X spells here I imagine that is to take full advantage of Vial Smasher the Fierce , but you also mention that you cmc is a bit high. Delve is a good answer to this problem, cards like Tasigur's Cruelty and Dead Drop can be cast for only one mana. I see you have Murderous Cut , but see what else fits your style.
Baloth Cage Trap is also a way to cheat mana costs and make a creature. A few other trap cards might help bring down the cost as well. Needlebite Trap and Nemesis Trap are fun depending on your playgroup.
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Alright can definitely give you some ideas than Salinas29!
Since you are playing in large pods some cards that can definitely help you would be:
- Neheb, the Eternal - Highly recommend this card!
- Etali, Primal Storm - In multiplayer pods this card is devastating!
- Vial Smasher the Fierce - Great card all around.
- Viashino Heretic - This is if you play in a artifact heavy meta.
- Twilight Prophet - Card draw and damage, love this card a lot.
- Lobber Crew - Decent effect if you have a lot of multicolored spells.
- Pyrohemia - Semi board wipe effect but also cost reducer for you.
- Pestilence - Black version of above one.
- Sunbird's Invocation - Extremely fun card to play with.
- Sarkhan's Unsealing - Can get really nasty real quick, plus low cost.
- Fiery Confluence - All modes are relevant in this deck.
- Angrath, the Flame-Chained - Control and reducer, a bit high on CMC though.
- Chandra, Torch of Defiance - An all star, ramp, reducer, and card draw.
Now for the big creatures that can provide additional utility effects, here are some cards that can be considered:
- Conduit of Ruin - Allows you to grab creatures and additional cost reducer.
- Void Winnower - Hate piece and a big filthy creature.
- Steel Hellkite - Beater that can destroy a lot of good stuff.
- Combustible Gearhulk - Card Advantage (CA) or cost reducer, win/win.
- Sandstone Oracle - Hand refill on a stick.
- Garna, the Bloodflame - Semi recursion in case of a boardwipe.
Importantly as well is to have some early game plan, ramp, CA, and utility spells. Here are some cards that can be also considered.
- Rakdos Charm
- Blasphemous Act
- Chandra's Ignition
- Go for the Throat
- Chaos Warp
- Reforge the Soul
- Phyrexian Arena
- Dark Ritual
- Culling the Weak
- Sol Ring
- Fellwar Stone
- Talisman of Indulgence
- Commander's Sphere
- Chromatic Lantern
- Mass Hysteria
The best route if you want to inflict a lot of pain is going for the big Eldrazis but I won't list them as they are quite expensive even after the reprint in UMA. If you can pick them up than definitely go for it! They are absolutely filthy creatures that would make people cry :3
Aside from that feel free to ask for any additional help, I love helping people tune their decks!
1 month ago
Hey Rakdos control is a really fun strategy, when I play it I usually do a "group slug" strategy to where it is just punishing to play against and some of those strategies work very well with Kaevrvek. Cards like Vial Smasher the Fierce and Mogis, God of Slaughter do a great job of this for not too much mana.
1 month ago
I was Able to win the last FNM of the year with her in a F4A "end of the year" battle... (20 ish people)
(Playmat + boosters (price support) = I gave them to the "newer" players! Not because I care but because I came for First Place or to learn more of my mistakes as to why I didn't get there and how to improve myself!!!.)
Present commanders on my tables;
- Table 1 : General Tazri(foodchain) + Omnath, Locus of Mana(Infect+otherInfinite stuff) + Athreos, God of Passage (Slower stuff like felidar, sanguine bond equisite = newer player i suppose unsure though)
- Table 2 : Grenzo, Dungeon Warden(Doomsday) + Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder(Stormfluxervoir) + Oloro, Ageless Ascetic (Stax)
(Made everyone draw due to 2 oppressive locks with humility and specific storm hate, but reminder!!! ---> our pod consisted of all the players that won their last pods so it resulted in everyone getting dragged down a bit in score! everyone becomes simultaneously second... Too Many Resets and Rebuilds + slow play storm player!)
- Table 3 : Hokori, Dust Drinker(Stax) + Vial Smasher the Fierce(Stax,discard,removal) + Purphoros, God of the Forge(Burn/Stax)
(Managed to live a lot longer thanks to the other Hokori while a blood moon was out and got ignored for a short while! Discard deck had a "the rack" kind of playstyle and hurt the other players a lot as well... ended up 1v1 with Derevi and we all know how broken that is if left unchecked!)
Every Single card that was added recently saw play or got in my hand at some point and regarding most useless (even though explosive rarely) titania is redundant to what this deck tries to do, in this meta many two drops needing to be Stax is far more important and more likely to not lose you games!
2 months ago
Cards with X in their casting cost are generally quite good with Vial Smasher, as their converted mana cost is the total amount you pay for it while you cast the spell (note that this only applies when you cast it. For example: CMC of a Chalice of the Void in your hand is 0, but when you cast it for X=1, its converted mana cost would be counted as 2 for Vial Smashers trigger, because you paid 2 mana). These three are quite powerfull with Vial Smasher: Exsanguinate, Torment of Hailfire and Debt to the Deathless.
One other card I really like is Dictate of the Twin Gods. You can flash it in on the opponents end step for 5 dmg and then double up the damage of your next spell in your turn. Its devastating when combined with extra turn effects.
Vial Smasher the Fierce occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.06%
U/B/R (Grixis): 0.05%