Rakdizzet Control

Modern* Control U/B/R (Grixis)

Zadkiel Score: 22


The point of the deck is to control the battlefield, drop some bombs, then kill the opponent. Easy, right?

Let me explain how it's done:

Pillar of Flame helps racing against Zombie/Boros/RDW decks and is a great turm 1. This + Tamiyo emblem = Win

Think Twice and Forbidden Alchemy are there to draw just the card I need for the next turns.

Tribute to Hunger and Devour Flesh are really good removals. It gets rid of cards like Geist of Saint Thraft as soon as they enter the battlefield and can give you life.

Tamiyo, the Moon Sage can control the battlefield, make you draw and her ultimate is insane with something like Dissipate or Searing Spear in hand.

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Jace, Memory Adept, Liliana of the Veil control the battlefield and/or are win conditions for the deck. Ultimating Nicole Bolas is so satisfying.


Due to the lack of win conditions that are super resilient (Olivia is good, but most deck can kill her or do something about her) I included three Nephalia Drownyard to be able to effectively mill my opponent out in the late game. Also, I changed the Augur of Bolas for three Vampire Nighthawk.

That was the first big tournament with this deck and I was pretty anxious; I didn't have all the cards I needed for the deck. I was still missing 3 Jace, Architect of Thought and some other cards. I replace them by other cards and pray to be classified in the top 32. I then proceeded to start the first match.

Round 1: 0-2-0.

I was playing against a U/W Flash deck created and popularized by Shane Remelt. I pretty much knew his deck better than him. Even though, I was not able to beat him. Too much counterspells for him, not enough treats for me.

Round 2: 2-0-0

I played against what I thought was a mirror match up, he was in fact playing 4CC (no green). The first game was a humongous pain in the ass. I almost milled myself, leaving 8 cards in my library when I finally killed him by drawing a Snapcaster Mage from the top of my library to flashback a Rakdos's Return for 12 on him. Second game I sideboarded my 2 Jace, Memory Adept and 2 Slaughter's Game. I slammed the Jace on turn 4 (via Rakdos Keyrune) and then proceed to mill him in 4 turns.

Round 3: 0-2-0

He was playing the usual 4C Rites deck. I lost the 2 games because the deck was too fast. He established a board presence with lingering souls tokens and slammed an uncounterable Craterhoof Behemoth on turn 7. That was the end for me. Oh, and I was also mana screwed.

Round 4: 2-1-0.

I was playing against Red Deck Wins. Won the first game with a perfect hand of 1 Searing Spear, 2 Pillar of Flame, 1 Think Twice and some lands. I was then top decking like a boss. He won the second game because of some mistakes I made and finally I won game 3 with a Rakdos's Return of 4 on turn 5 and one of 3 the next turn (thank you Snapcaster Mage). With no cards in hand and a Rakdos Cackler on the battlefield for him, I easily won that game. I think he may have kept a hand of lands and big creatures, not the best choice for him.

Round 5: 2-1-0.

He was playing against U/W Flash again, one of my worst matchup, but I think my opponent didn't know how to play his deck. I started the game aggressively looking to see if he had counterspells. He didn't and I proceeded to win game 1 in 8 turns (which is pretty unusual). The second game he started and we were both mana screwed. Luckily for him, he have a lot of draw spells he can use to help him find some and after some turns of drawing, he put an Augur of Bolas equipped with a Runechanter's Pike and then killed me in two turns. The third game was very close, but I was able to attack him for 34 damages in the last turn of the Time. The victory was possible only because of the overpowered Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker.

Round 6: 1-1-1.

I want to make sure everybody know that 4C Rites is not a good matchup for me. The round ended up as a tie only because he made some mistake, not because my deck was better. Sigarda, lost heron was about to kill me when the last turn of the Time ended.

Round 7: 2-0-0.

Junk Midrange was not too much of a deal. In fact, it was really a weird matchup. I won game one before he was able to put anything else then a Thragtusk in play. Anyway I had Olivia Voldaren on the battlefield, so I stole his only creature and swung for the kill. The second game, I sided in some Slaugher's game to see what his deck was. On turn 4, when he had 4 mana and no creatures in hand, I dropped one of the slaughter's game naming Thragtusk to see his deck and get rid of a threat I knew he had. What was my surprise when I saw a hand with 3 thragtusk and a Cavern of Souls. He the conceded the game after I played an Olivia. I was not sure how his deck got there, but at least I got the win.

Round 8: 2-0-0.

WTF was this deck. I won game one by burning him for exactly lethal after he put a door to nothingness on the battlefield with the mana to crack it and win the game the next turn. The second game was not a real one. He mana flooded like I never saw someone mana flood before. He played a total of 3 spells and ended up with 15 lands. I won without even trying.

I finished 26th out of 150 people, with a score of 5-2-1. Even if the deck was not finished, I was very happy to see how it worked, especially the keyrune. That Rakdos Keyrune saved me maybe half of all the games I have played that day.

Final score: 11-5-1.

PS: If you know what cards to sideboard against 4C Rites or U/W Flash, I would really appreciate the help.


Eskimole says... #1

Looks good.

November 29, 2012 7:38 p.m.

Lustrigia says... #2

December 9, 2012 10:54 p.m.

Zadkiel says... #3

Desperate Ravings is a card I already considered, but I prefer Think Twice because I'm not randomly discarding cards I may want to keep. I'm hesitating between the two, but I think I prefer the consistency of think twice better. (Even if Desperate Ravings has a nice interaction with Snapcaster Mage )

Also, Liliana of the Veil cost two black mana which is sometime problematic because the Dimir shocklands aren't out yet. Also, Liliana is not so good against Reanimators deck and some other Archetypes. I'm still thinking of adding her in the main, I'm going to try maybe 1 or 2 main and see how it does.

Thanks for the comment FROZR2, I appreciate it.

December 9, 2012 11:27 p.m.

wayngchung says... #4

In my deck I sideboard Cremate for Rites and Golgari decks.

December 16, 2012 7:39 a.m.

Zadkiel says... #5

Nice Idea! I wanted to find a way to deal with reanimator decks, but didn't find anyway to really deal with them. I think I really like the ides of Cremate as it also affects decks with Snapcaster Mage and other graveyard shenanigans.

Thank you for the Idea, I'm going to try it in the deck. :)

December 16, 2012 10:57 a.m.

Mr_Bubblez says... #6

Try Rakdos Charm . Its good in both the reanimator matchup and u/w flash when you drop their grave or kill the pike

December 18, 2012 4:04 a.m.

AzogTheDefiler says... #7

Rakdizzet sounds like it could be a Ravnican rapper ;)

January 19, 2013 1:57 p.m.

AzogTheDefiler says... #8

VERY cool deck

January 19, 2013 1:59 p.m.

Ryanus says... #9

Instead of Mizzium Mortars , try running Blasphemous Act ?

I find it as a better board wipe.

January 20, 2013 9:19 p.m.

Zadkiel says... #10

The thing about Mizzium Mortars that I like better is the fact that it can be cast for 2 to trade one for one with my opponent's creature. Blasphemous Act is better against midrange match ups and my meta is more aggro oriented. That's why my choice stopped on Mizzium, but I still respect Blasphemous Act as a good board wipe, it's just not the best where I play. If you plan on using this deck at your store, check out what people play before and try to adapt a bit, because this deck is super reactive.

Still, thanks for the comment, it's really appreciated. :D

January 20, 2013 9:33 p.m.

Ryanus says... #11

First of all, I love this deck that you've made! I've even gone off to make a variant of it myself.

Secondly, I would suggest Psychic Strike instead of Dissipate ? I like it better because it doesn't cost double blue.

Keep up the great work!

February 2, 2013 11:22 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #12


February 8, 2013 1:46 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #13


February 8, 2013 1:46 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #14

Have you thought of using Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius ? really strong card engine for a grixis control deck.

February 8, 2013 1:52 p.m.

Zadkiel says... #15

Do I have the right to call it Rakdizzet if I want? XD

I tried Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius , but in the end it felt better to have a third Olivia Voldaren . Niv-Mizzet can be play only 2 turn later then Olivia, he stays a 5/5 flyier while Olivia can grow past that and the ability to steal other permanents overshadows most of the time his ability to draw cards.

It's something I learned by playing with the deck, but you may like Niv-Mizzet more and want to play with him. It's a personal choice I made after I tried both. I hope you still like the deck though. ;)

February 9, 2013 3:21 p.m.

Dumblecore says... #16

What do you need Counterflux for? I don't really know a situation, where it is better than Dissipate

Otherwise the deck looks nice :)

May 7, 2013 2:42 p.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #17

Counterflux wins against other decks with counterspells. Nuffsaid.

May 7, 2013 11:25 p.m.

Felix.Bamford says... #18

No bolts? nuff sed.


January 15, 2016 6:15 p.m.

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