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‘Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.’ -That was Winston Churchill, I’m betting that he would get along with Mr. Rakdos, Lord of Riots

This deck is kinda like that scene in Big Trouble in Little China, where they’re sitting in the truck, and a gang war appears out of nowhere. Riots of Eldrazi, show up, out of nowhere, all the time.

The thing about Mr. Rakdos, is that he works amazingly well, against 4-5 opponents, there's a lot of life for him to turn into colorless mana (to cast creatures with). Each update that I do, is an attempt to make this deck work faster, and maybe a little bit more Control, against 2-3 opponents.

Start with a poke to your oppnents, and turn it into casting giant Eldrazi, for free. Cause that damage before the combat phase, give your fatties haste, swing wide.

There are a lot of Rakdos builds that use 45-55+ creatures, whichis a pretty decent strategy. I just felt like there could be more. Instead of attacking and using that damage to just throw out a lot of creatures, why not throw out a lot of huge creatures with out having to rely on combat damage, give them haste, then surround them with a bunch of burn and lots of ways to draw cards. Splash some black and red control, to ensure the victory.

I wanted more Eldrazi interaction than Artifacts, simply because it's more fun to me to have all the Eldrazi Titans (that are legal in Commander) together, in one deck. Imagine Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger holding hands with Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre! And, Kozilek, the Great Distortion holding hands with Kozilek, Butcher of Truth!! And, Emrakul, the Promised End's weird-ass tentacle things, holding hands with all of them, together?!? Awwww, it's enough to make some Eldrazi mom proud. (Single tear)

Steps to victory:

1) Poke

2) Cast Mr. Rakdos

3) Use Mr. Rakdos

4a) Keep dropping fat fatty fat Eldrazi on the battlefield, for free, because of Mr. Rakdos

4b) Control the board with utility, for cheap, because of Mr. Rakdos

5) Refill your hand, go back to step 4a.

6) Your opponents are on the wrong side of a riot.......they can suck it.

There are 19 cards to cause loss of life, without having to get any combat through:

Vial Smasher the Fierce

Tree of Perdition


Dire Fleet Ravager

Leechridden Swamp

Lobber Crew*

Nettle Drone*

Plague Spitter


Piranha Marsh

Shivan Gorge

Palace Siege

Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Flame Rift

Kolaghan's Command

Cryptolith Fragment  Flip*

Twilight Prophet

Price of Progress

Maga, Traitor to Mortals

There is an emphasis on 3 of them, look for them in your opening hand, or tutor for them early:

1) Lobber Crew (untaps when you cast Mr. Rakdos, and it's out of 'lightning bolt' range)

2) Nettle Drone (untaps when you cast any Eldrazi)

3) Cryptolith Fragment  Flip (with a Sol Ring or a Mana Crypt, it allows you to cast Mr. Rakdos on turn 3, and it survives creature-based board wipes. It never flips, or at least it hasn’t yet, but there’s really no need)

11 cards to help with card advantage:

Memory Jar: More cards for you to use, and cards for your opponents to throw away.

Sensei's Divining Top (allows you draw that card you just tutored for, put had to put it on top of your library)

Dragon Mage (refill your hand, and make your opponents dump their hand as well)

Necropotence (refill your hand)

Wheel of Fortune (refill your hand)

Magus of the Wheel (refill your hand)

Chandra, Torch of Defiance (Is the card on top of your library for damage to your opponents, or a useable spell? You choose)

Solemn Simulacrum (super utility, and usually gets cast for free)

Knollspine Dragon (soooo many cards)

Kozilek, the Great Distortion (refill your hand)

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth (4 cards to the hand works out nicely)


Any combination of Void Winnower + Nullstone Gargoyle + Sire Of Insanity = pretty solid board lock-down.

Sire Of Insanity- Truly one of the best control cards in the deck. There are enough cards in this deck that allow you to draw cards, replace your hand, or tutor for another card that lets you do both, so that you can still be able to launch riots, even when your discarding your hand, every turn. FYI, it does cause some people to scoop, from time to time.

Void Winnower- Another stand-alone control card. Removing half the cards your opponents can play, seems a little frustrating for them. And, as a bonus side effect, people get so distracted trying to keep track of what spells in their hand, they can and can not play. A true diamond of a card for those of you that are people-watchers at heart.

Nullstone Gargoyle- Who doesn’t like making their opponents waste spells. Again, this ends up becoming such a pyschological problem for some people. Keeping their mind focused on what spells to ditch, and when, rather than on the mountain of Eldrazi meat that is coming their way.

When triggered with Mr. Rakdos, Lord of Riots:

Dire Fleet Ravager + Maga, Traitor to Mortals = The game is over, for at least one opponent, in a 4+ pod.

Even though you get hit by cards like Cryptolith Fragment  Flip, Flame Rift and Dire Fleet Ravager, etc..., you still end up with the advantage. Because of all the other abilities you have to deal damage, your opponents end up losing more than you. Plus, with the huge creature advantage, those cards help put life-totals within reach of one combat phase. Very powerful.

Dire Fleet Ravager + Neheb, the Eternal = boom. Throw Walking Ballista into that riot, and your opponents will have to drink their meals through straws.

Exsanguinate + Neheb, the Eternal = The possibilities are right around ‘holy-shit’ levels

Tree of Perdition has become one of my new favorite cards, in this deck. Being that it triggers with Mr. Rakdos, if a player has more than 13 life. So, the possibilities are pretty extreme....which is nice.

I started with 3 infinite combos in the deck:

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker+Zealous Conscripts

mikeaus, the unhallowed+Triskelion

Sanguine Bond+Exquisite Blood

But, I have since, removed them. I'm trying to move towards this direction, without infinite combos.

Suggestions are very welcome. I am looking for ideas to make the deck faster, and/or good cards that deal damage to my opponents. Thanks for reading.

If you like discounts on sorceries and instants, check out one of my other deck called Maximum Discount, it is pretty powerful as well.

Thanks for the support and suggestions. +1 upvote, if you like


Updates Add

-Yawgmoth's Will out

+Pilgrim's Eye in

(The problem with Yawgmoth's Will, is that some of the Eldrazi Titans shuffle your graveyard into your library. I found that it happens more often than not, when I want to use the Will. And, I might as well add a little more land-fetch with Pilgrim's Eye, it’s a creature you can cast, for free, at the time you cast Mr. Rakdos.)

-Thoughtseize out

+Exsanguinate in

(Thoughtseize is a great card, but it’s definitely more powerful in a 60 card deck rather than a Commander deck. Exsanguinate seems to add another layer of damage, and when it combos with Neheb, the Eternal, it can be lethal.)

-Diabolic Tutor out

+Dire Fleet Ravager in

(Oddly enough, Diabolic Tutor kinda slowed the deck down. I’d rather have the damage to give, at that point. So, I added Dire Fleet Ravager for obvious reasons, in this deck.)

-Ugin, the Spirit Dragon out

+Sorin Markov in

(Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is really only in here for his removal, but lately I find myself wanting another card in my hand, I’ve been holding back, using the 8 mana for other things. So, for now, he will be replaced with Sorin Markov. Sorin’s second ability syncs pretty well with Rakdos, Lord of Riots, and it helps with the life-gain schenanigans that go with the new vampire commanders.)

-Conqueror's Flail out

+Kaervek the Merciless in

(Conqueror's Flail is another good card that just kept getting dealt with by my opponents. Now with Kaervek the Merciless back in the deck, it’ll hurt your opponents to counter / bounce / play anything.....they can suck it.)

-1 Mountain out

+1 Swamp in

(Just to balance out the mana ration)

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