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Rakdos BR Midrange/Control Theros

Standard* BR (Rakdos) Control Midrange



Suggestions appreciated.


Nigeltastic says... #1

I would recommend Underworld Connections that way not only do you have a card draw advantage engine, you also can avoid your own Shrieking Affliction punching you in the face when you have Sire Of Insanity out by activating it in response to the trigger in your upkeep.

September 23, 2013 3:29 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #2

Fair enough, thank you for your comment!

September 23, 2013 3:31 p.m.

actiontech says... #3

RTFC 101: Shrieking Affliction only punches your opponents in their respective faces.

September 23, 2013 3:34 p.m.

actiontech says... #4

Also, Blood Scrivener is a good friend of Sire Of Insanity , probably better than connections in this deck.

September 23, 2013 3:35 p.m.

Nigeltastic says... #5

Ooops, did not read closely enough! Though I still do like the draw power Underworld Connections gives you. Blood Scrivener would also work well. The overall point being get some card draw to make it so Sire Of Insanity actually ends up working in your favor.

September 23, 2013 3:52 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #6

actiontech Good suggestion. I do not want to have half of the deck build for Sire Of Insanity Maybe I should take him out?

September 23, 2013 4:05 p.m.

actiontech says... #7

Well, rakdos control is going to involve some discard. I'd consider +1 Thoughtseize as well as some boardwipe power like Anger of the Gods . I don't really know as I haven't updated my rakdos deck since before Theros was spoiled, but here's what I used to run: Rakdos Insanity

Also has some M13 still in there so it'd need a lot of updating.

September 23, 2013 4:46 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #8

actiontech thank you. i will check

September 23, 2013 4:52 p.m.

weedragonaut says... #9

Chandra's Pheonix needs more red instant and sorcery spells, you only have four that I can see: Magma Jet and Rakdos's Return . Maybe somethings like Liliana's Reaver or put another Desecration Demon in and something else. Good deck though, I really like rakdos control (only when playing it, not against).

September 23, 2013 5:04 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #10

weedragonaut thank you for your comment

September 23, 2013 5:32 p.m.

Khanye says... #11

Underworld Cerberus negates Whip of Erebos . I would personally run Deadbridge Chant in place of the cerberus

September 23, 2013 7:54 p.m.

Nigeltastic says... #12

Not worth splashing green for that effect imo. What is the purpose for the Underworld Cerberus addition to maybe think of an alternative, because khanye is right that it messes up the Whip

September 23, 2013 9:50 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #14

khanye you are absolutely right, but as Nigeltasticsaid, not worth splashing green in. vincentgalbo I did roughly what you said, but instead Stormbreath Dragon i put 2xLiliana's Reaver . Thank you for your suggestion guys.

September 24, 2013 5:22 a.m.

meecht says... #15

You only have a total of 4 spells that can be used to get Chandra's Phoenix out of the graveyard (2x Magma Jet and 2x Rakdos's Return ). Drop the Phoenix to complete the sets of Desecration Demon and Lifebane Zombie .

Drop Liliana's Reaver and Rakdos, Lord of Riots for 3x Hero's Downfall . Reaver is super-easy to kill, and Rakdos is just too restrictive in his casting cost.

September 24, 2013 12:34 p.m.

Khanye says... #16

I would add chandra in place of the pheonix. Rakdos is hard to cast, but hes a menace if he can last a turn.

September 24, 2013 12:58 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #17

Thank you all for your comments. I updated the deck

September 24, 2013 3:59 p.m.

janszperger says... #18

Have You thought of Thassa? Not only does it scry every turn which is quite useful but she also makes your master of cruelties unblockable much more consistently than rogue's passage.

September 24, 2013 5:01 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #19

janszperger you mean to build Grixis control arround Master of Cruelties ?

September 24, 2013 6:07 p.m.

thedigger12 says... #20

I would prefer Shadowborn Demon then master of cruelties because it kills something and the whip and it have great synergy

September 24, 2013 11:13 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #21

thedigger12thank you, I add some Shadowborn Demon

September 25, 2013 9:40 a.m.

meecht says... #22

I disagree with the Shadowborn Demon suggestion. You run very few creatures, so you'll probably have to sac one at the beginning of each foreseeable upkeep, most likely ending with you having to sac the Demon, anyway, if you hadn't already.

I think Hythonia the Cruel might be a better option. She's a board wipe (which this type of deck needs) on a stick, but she survives and gets bigger.

September 25, 2013 10:25 a.m.

thedigger12 says... #23

I get what your saying but the whole point is to sac the demon then use the whip on the demon killing another creature. I would like Hythonia the Cruel but she just costs to much for her monstrosity and shes legendary making her worse

September 25, 2013 2:07 p.m.

GrimClaw says... #24

-2 mizzium mortars for lightning strike.

September 27, 2013 10:15 a.m.

meecht says... #25

Mizzium Mortars removes Blood Baron of Vizkopa , which is expected to see more play after rotation.

September 27, 2013 10:18 a.m.

GrimClaw says... #26

You could always run it side board. I think that lightning srike is better for the fact that its instant speed. but thats just a preference.

September 27, 2013 10:23 a.m.

Amnesiac_ says... #27

Lose the dragon, he is sideboard tec. I would make room for Liliana of the Dark Realms she puts land in your hand (thinning the deck) and adds to your X in Rakdos's Return . Also if you really need it she is a kill/pump spell. This is a very good deck and is super similar to my BG deck for post ro, golgari con-troll check it out, you might see something you like.

September 27, 2013 10:39 a.m.

Armyncek3 says... #28

essiga9 thank you for your suggestion. I will have a look.

September 27, 2013 7:08 p.m.

Ti22_HipHero says... #29

I know hes not a big guy but Young Pyromancer works well with this many spells, this deck looks similar to what i do with my deck, http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/pyromancer-discard/

September 29, 2013 2:53 p.m.

TEGHabibird says... #30

Stormbreath Dragon is completely counter productive to what appears to be your strategy.

From my perspective, you wanna apply board presence, and drop answers from their hand with Lifebane Zombie and Thoughtsieze, meaning that when he comes down! there less cards in their hand anyway.

If your playing a midrange with some control then call it that. If yore running had oscars control, then this isn't the place for Stormbreath Dragon

This is a similar deck I've worked on recently. It's Dega so not completely similar, but the strategy is the same. Dega Control

September 30, 2013 1:25 a.m.

Armyncek3 says... #31

TEGHabibird I took Dragons to the sideboard..thank you for your comment

September 30, 2013 2:41 p.m.

thugstar says... #32

September 30, 2013 6:45 p.m.

Armyncek3 says... #33

thugstarthat's intersting...:))

September 30, 2013 6:50 p.m.

GSalty says... #34

Cipher only activates when a creature deals combat damage to a player, and Master of Cruelties can't do that.

September 30, 2013 8:38 p.m.

thugstar says... #35

oops :(

October 1, 2013 6:04 a.m.

TEGHabibird says... #36

Master of Cruelties doesn't need a combo piece.

If he procs just once, there's enough aggro and burnin here to just end it off a top deck.

My only suggestion is Tymaret, the Murder King instead of Rakdos Keyrune . You don't need the mana fixing. And he works well as an early aggressor, plus his synergy with Master of Cruelties is broken. Attack, unblockable or just wasn't blocked, reduce life to 1, pay 2 sac Master of Cruelties , kill opponent.

October 1, 2013 7:39 a.m.

trf6 says... #37

I like this entire deck scheme. But Rakdos, Lord of Riots is completely underrated, you can combo with Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch for a turn 5 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth in Modern. Not that anyone does :(.

January 12, 2014 4:12 p.m.

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