Rakdos Control

Standard B/R (Rakdos) Control

THCourtney Score: 10


Description

Removal:Dreadbore - Big scary creature? Annoying Planswalker? good-bye. Great removal spell for 2 mana! too bad it is a sorcery.

Murder - Nothing like a good murder to ruin an opponent's day. Yeah sure, i could Dreadbore on my turn, but when they drop Rakdos, Lord of Riots or some other scary buff dude, best to clean it off for my turn.

Tribute to Hunger - I get rid of something and gain life? sweet! As a bonus it can deal with Geist of Saint Traft ? thank god.

Pillar of Flame - zombies? not anymore. Also good removal early game, saving the Murder s and Dreadbore s for scarier things. also can hit planswalkers and players, but that is just a treat.

Board wipe:Mutilate - Better to take out that pesky falkenwrath aristocrat than most anything else. Also with Liliana of the Dark Realms ' -3 i can secure a creature and swing uncontested.

Creatures:Olivia Voldaren - I have three why not use them right? Oh, also she is really really good. Like really good.

Griselbrand - 7/7 lifelink flyer who, after swinging, pretty much refreshes my hand for that life i just bought? yes.

Shimian Specter - Kind of like Surgical Extraction only from your hand, i dig it.

Desecration Demon - force a sacrifice unless they want a 6/6 swinging turn 5. always something good.

Others:Rakdos's Return - Discard cards and lose life for x. i'm in combination with Liliana of the Dark Realms -6, causes a hell of a storm. Oh, also pretty good without that.

Liliana of the Dark Realms - +1 get me some sweet sweet land. -3 clear something annoying, or beef up a flyer for lots of damage. -6 Rakdos's Return never seemed like a better draw after this.

Diabolic Revelation - with the mana this deck often manages to get, great way to turn the tide. All you need is a little foresight and enough mana.

Underworld Connections - basically a Phyrexian Arena .

Sideboard: Duress - useful for getting rid of planeswalkers and other things that could well deter me.

Rakdos Charm - artifact removal, graveyard hate, token hate, need more reasons?

Slaughter Games - this is control, so taking out win-cons turn 4 is definitely something this deck needs and craves.

Tragic Slip - because for 1 black mana i can potentially kill a 13/13 indestructible. also good for small creature removal early game.

Pithing Needle - Planeswalkers got you down? hit them with the needle.

Volcanic Geyser - burn, burn, and burn. for those decks that don't rely too much on creatures. with the added bonus of being able to target creatures should they be worth the trouble.

Suggestions for main board alterations, and for side board are encouraged! thanks.

Slycne says... #1

Heh, I think that's the first time I've actually seen someone use Liliana of the Dark Realms to do something meaningful.

Blasphemous Act might be better off as a sideboard against token/weenie decks. It doesn't seem like you'll ever get a favorable reduction in cost most of the time.

Rakdos, Lord of Riots could be interesting in here. You don't exactly have a ton of ways to activate him, but he beats just as hard as you're other creatures and has the potential to cheat them out sooner. A uncontested swing from him means you could cast any of your others for just their color cost.

I would also add a bit more red burn to the sideboard in case you run against less creature focused decks, all those kill spells will be dead in hand so you can instead use your mana to damage them directly.

November 6, 2012 10:49 a.m.

THCourtney says... #2

Thanks for the input, I will definitely add burn into the sideboard, that seems like a viable answer to decks with few creatures. As for Rakdos, Lord of Riots i don't think i'll get the chance to play him, and if it does occur it would most likely be from one of my creatures and I wouldn't want to over expose myself, seeing as i already play so few creatures.

November 6, 2012 10:56 a.m.

How does Vampire Nighthawk sound for a Defensive Creature, And Xathrid Gorgon Has Beautiful Synergy with Olivia Voldaren and Mutilate. +1 from me.

November 8, 2012 5:46 p.m.

Leardawg says... #4

Have to say this, I LOVE THIS DECK!!!!! My buddy and I were just talking about making a Rakdos Control deck that uses Liliana of the Dark Realms to fetch up swamps and casts a lethal card:Rakdos's Return. Definitely earned a +1 from me.

November 14, 2012 8:37 a.m.

Brogan25 says... #5

It's very similar to what I was doing with My Ex-Wife before taking her Jund. Chandra, the Firebrand was super solid and doubles your removal or card:Rakdos's Return. VNH was an all-star as was the Rakdos Keyrune to counter thraggy. DD was only good when I was ahead. If you are running Diabolic then check out its integrations with Elixir of Immortality . A slow, but solid combo. I would also suggest Sign in Blood for more card draw power. Overall great deck +1'd.

December 1, 2012 1:17 a.m.

kyumarcel says... #6

+1 From me

I have a similar deck and really like the approach. deck:jund-walkersdemons if you like to check it out.

Another possible idea: Vraska the Unseen may be a consideration. Splash Green and with Liliana of the Dark Realms you can easily tutor into Overgrown Tomb to cast her. Against an empty board (which should be easily accomplished with Mutilate and all the spot removal) a devastating win con. She starts either removing single threats that come to the board or gather counters for all those nice small assasins.

December 6, 2012 5:49 p.m.

THCourtney says... #7

Kyumarcel I have thought if doing adding green, but never considered adding vraska so thanks. I do not think I will add green unless I happen to obtain some overgrown tombs however.

December 7, 2012 12:08 p.m.

Brogan25 says... #8

My Ex-Wife went with green after I obtained Overgrown Tomb and I haven't look back since.

December 7, 2012 12:12 p.m.

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Date added 2 years
Last updated 1 year
Legality

This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.47
Folders Std rtr, Reference Ideas., A ver, de, Following, Budget, Costly
Top rank #87 on 2012-11-22