As the name suggests, this is just a Rakdos aggro deck, that centers around creatures that you play, and will just relentlessly throw at your opponent. Since blocking isn't the battle plan, Unleash gets work done. Getting an extra +1/+1 on a good portion of the creatures makes them bigger threats and harder to deal with. Since most of the creatures are attacking and dying all the time, Blood Artist and Hellrider can get work done. Tragic Slip, and Dreadbore serve to get rid of any problematic creatures, and Rakdos's Return is just a good finisher or way to empty your opponents hand. I'd love some suggestions. Id like to possibly build this deck once I get my RTR cards so getting it smoothed out would be great.
Probably just a bunch of burnt cardboard :-)
Smart move with Slaughter Games in the sideboard.
October 7, 2012 1:33 p.m.
Not sure what else to include yet since the new standard is only 2 days old but itll come together
October 7, 2012 1:44 p.m.
Appetite for Brains could be a good sideboard option. It can stop a bomb from hitting the board mid game.
October 7, 2012 2:19 p.m.
October 7, 2012 2:35 p.m.
October 7, 2012 4:19 p.m.
You have a super low mana curve so you probably don't need to run the full 24 land. I would suggest 22 instead.
October 7, 2012 5:12 p.m.
October 7, 2012 5:13 p.m.
Idk about the killing wave though. I'm already at a life disadvantage with the lack of blockers and without the attackers the deck fails completely. But yes, I forgot to cut lands. The original of this deck had a higher curve.
October 7, 2012 8:32 p.m.
October 7, 2012 8:54 p.m.
First off hes a 4/3 for 3. Even though he can't block, that's enough value in this deck. Second, when you don't need him, you can off him and deal a direct 4 damage. Sure hes not GREAT but in a deck like this, hes pretty good.
October 7, 2012 11:03 p.m.
October 7, 2012 11:05 p.m.
I'd suggest Pillar of Flame
to help you deal with pesky zombies.
October 8, 2012 11:13 a.m.
Make sure you run some graveyard hate in there; played my first standard FNM last, and cleaned up until top 4, where a Frites list just smashed me. Cremate is fantastic as it replaces itself and effectively allows you to time walk your opponent by having them tap out for an expensive unburial rites, only to have you exile the target. However it requires a few side slots, and depending on your available space you may need to go with a cage or something like it instead.
October 8, 2012 11:48 a.m.
Honestly Ill probably just sideboard card:Tormod's Crypt if I need graveyard hate
October 9, 2012 9:04 a.m.
I'm going to second Zandli's comment. If you're running 4 blood artists, you need to run a couple Killing Wave . If you cast it for x=0 you can sac all your boys and end the game.
October 9, 2012 10:34 p.m.
For the sideboard I would recommend Duress over Appetite for Brains . The main deck type youre going to want to watch out for that they would be good for is control matchups, and sideboarding cards to remove their control cards (i.e. Detention Sphere ) would be better than trying to remove the big threats they plan on getting out in the late game (Angel of Serenity ), as an aggro deck like this should be able to end the game before the opponent is able to drop something like that if you are prepared for the complications.
Another card that I saw used lately in an aggro rakdos deck like this is Bump in the Night . Its basically 6 life points in 1 card, which is a great deal if you are just trying to take out the opponent as quickly as possible.
October 9, 2012 11:43 p.m.
Ash Zealot would do well here. You have 13 Red sources, I'd say you could cast him reliably on turn 2 at least 2/3 of the time.
October 10, 2012 11:17 a.m.
That's definitely a maybe. At my FNM's I've never once played anyone who actually casts spells from their graveyard with any kind of volume to warrant the card.
October 10, 2012 11:23 a.m.
Oh man, this looks hilariously fun. Balls to the wall aggro has to be my favorite archetype bar none. The one suggestion I have is maybe consider Stromkirk Noble instead of Vexing Devil . Noble can get insane if you can clear the road for him.
Nice deck, all my upvotes to you!
October 10, 2012 4:22 p.m.
I had considered him, but he can be stopped early where as the devil nets me 4 damage or a 4/3 regardless of what happens and a 4/3 is more formidable than a base 1/1. Sure he can be bigger but I don't run a ton of control to clear the way.
October 10, 2012 6:48 p.m.
Id rather run Fervor and give all my creatures haste.
October 10, 2012 8:56 p.m.
+1 for hellhole flailer. It is epic in my opinion. Gore-House Chainwalker is the better alternative to Thrill-Kill Assassin . You could also use Mogg Flunkies . Choose. But don't use Fervor its not worth the mana when you could be advantaging board position immediately. You could add Falkenrath Aristocrat as a finisher. Thundermaw Hellkite is fun but it is 5 mana and that's not ideal. also Desecration Demon might e fun.
October 10, 2012 9:15 p.m.
Oh I'm not running Fervor , I was just saying I'd rather run it over Lightning Mauler . And yeah I might run Gore-House Chainwalker . I pulled like 6 out of my box so I have plenty to run. I do like the deathtouch though...
October 10, 2012 10:31 p.m.
I really want to suggest burn for your sideboard, although I haven't read the earlier comments so I'm just throwing this out there.
October 10, 2012 11:23 p.m.
Deathtouch is not very relevant compared to another power when you don't expect to get blocked anyhow.
October 11, 2012 9:08 a.m.
I'd definitely go for burn spells instead of kill spells. You can use it to burn the last bit of your opponents life total or to burn creatures. Important in an aggro deck like this
October 11, 2012 1:51 p.m.
I would run the land more balanced, That way, after about turn 3 it doesn't matter anymore, because you have had a better chance of hitting both sources. Also I would swap Sign in Blood for card:Altar's Reap, almost the same, but you don't lose life, easier to cast, instant, and good for use on a creature that might be dying anyways. Also I second on Falkenrath Aristocrat , it is just begging to be used. Flying, Hasting, 4 power and indestructible? why not? Also Splatter Thug s are fantastic. Best of Luck!!
October 11, 2012 9:24 p.m.
Well considering the most colorless mana in any creature is 2, Rakdos doesn't do much here.
October 11, 2012 9:35 p.m.
Take away his ability. He's still a super aggro creature. Turn 5 you have a 6/6 flying trampler. Not easy to deal with that early in the game.
October 11, 2012 9:36 p.m.
He really Just doesn't fit here. I had him in, but he just didn't work.
October 11, 2012 9:44 p.m.
well there's Desecration Demon , the OTHER 4 mana 6/6 flying demon in return to ravnica (lol). Also his ability is much mroe relevant. I also think Sign in Blood is better than altar's reap because sacrificing a creature slows you down and losing life is not a problem for your deck.
October 11, 2012 9:48 p.m.
October 11, 2012 9:51 p.m.
one is good but he isn't as ast as the aristocrat or the hellrider so ther's no room. I was just implying he's great and better than rakdos. If you want to see my take on the deck, look at The Standard Zombies. Thanx
October 11, 2012 9:53 p.m.
Gore-House Chainwalker vs Crimson Muckwader ? Easy choice? And as I said before: burn instead of kill spells is a kind of must in an aggro deck...think about spells like Brimstone Volley , Searing Spear , Flames of the Firebrand or even Thunderous Wrath .
October 12, 2012 3:17 a.m.
My rakdos deck is similiar to this but i dont use as many creatures. I really use stuff like card:Predator's Gambit and Deviant Glee
October 13, 2012 12:20 p.m.
October 15, 2012 10:28 p.m.
Sign in Blood appears to me like it might underperform in this deck. It's also your only BB cost.
October 20, 2012 1:01 p.m.
Ok scratch that, it's been a lifesaver in testing, especially vs control.
October 20, 2012 1:09 p.m.
I like how your Deck works, I'd like to hear your opinion about my deck Rakdos Swift Aggro
October 20, 2012 2:59 p.m.
I really like your deck but to bad you didn't have a splash of green for dreg mangler IMO +1 from me and good luck at your fnm.
October 21, 2012 1:46 p.m.
October 21, 2012 8:27 p.m.
October 21, 2012 8:45 p.m.
also instead of refusing there graveyard play with card:Tormod's Crypt use it against them with Ash Zealot
October 21, 2012 8:47 p.m.
i second praag, though the muchwader is worse if you dont have one of 11 swamps, which is terribly hard (that was sarcasm)
October 21, 2012 9:57 p.m.
Put in Ash Zealout over the walker. It is a better card especially against delver and zombies.