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Rakdos Deck Wins - 1st place FNM

Modern* Aggro BR (Rakdos) Red Deck Wins



Came in 1st place at FNM 11/09/12 - 3rd Place 11/30/12 - 2nd place 01/11/13

There has been an over-whelming amount of interest in this deck and I just wanted to thank everyone who helped shape it up!

This is a standard aggro deck that wins from hastey creatures plus direct damage. The Falkenrath Aristocrat's are huge stars in this deck and won several games on their own. Plus they can trigger Brimstone Volley at will.

There are 10 hasty (tasty) humans in this deck that make the Falkenrath Aristocrat's pretty happy and also provide the bulk of the damage.

Ash Zealot's were pretty awesome. I made a token deck wince with 2 Ash Zealot's on the board when they paid 6 life to flashback a Lingering Souls. They also stopped a combo with a Gravecrawler that would of killed me.

+1 if you like :)



I won every match up except to a maya midrange deck that just seemed to get thragtusk every time!

#2 in tournament @ World's Collide — Jan. 11, 2013
#6 in tournament @ World's Collide — Jan. 4, 2013
#6 in tournament @ World's Collide — Dec. 14, 2012
#1 in tournament @ World's Collide — Nov. 9, 2012

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RedCloud2012 says... #1

Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch belongs in this deck. She has haste , 4/4 for 4 ...she's got first strike and anything that enters with a counter now has haste like late cacklers now gorehouse chainwalkers and thrill kill and other unleash creatures are amazing.

May 30, 2013 6:18 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #2

Okay, I will induldge one Exava haha

May 30, 2013 6:20 p.m.

RedCloud2012 says... #3

Since you did i'd go 4x cackler 2x loyalist. Just saying..

May 30, 2013 6:26 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #4

I do encounter a lot of token decks also, which would be close to insta-win if they can't block my stuff... vs. the chance of a 1-of in my deck giving a late game cackler haste... do you still favor the cackler over the loyalist?

May 30, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Falcon760 says... #5

This deck isn't very good and I'm below .500 with it in tournament play. It loses to blue hard and can't do much but straightforward attack damage. Anything that prevents damage or redirects it will be a loss. It loses most to Voice of Resurgence and white. It has no big guns and honestly, I can only do about 10 to 15 damage before they really get into it and I'm dead. The Smiter deck also kills me quickly.

May 31, 2013 11:11 p.m.

Falcon760 says... #6

Was 1-5 in today's tournament with this deck. They all had blue decks. I really spent a lot on this deck and it is not good.

June 1, 2013 4:44 p.m.

akwing00 says... #7

I have about 90% of this deck and I'm doing fine against most decks including blue. I lose here and there, but I actually got 2nd place at my comic book store's standard tournament. I spent a decent amount on this deck as well but only after a lot of research and considering its weaknesses. You Can't really blame the guy who designed the deck because it doesn't work out for you, while not giving back some suggestions on how to improve it.

June 1, 2013 5 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #8

Yeah man, other people got 1st place as well in their tournaments if you read the past posts. I have no idea why you are losing so badly... but perhaps if you kill the Voice of Resurgence with a Pillar of Flame which exiles it so there is no token from it...?

June 1, 2013 6:03 p.m.

Long_Con says... #9

I have personally seen it win a few tournaments. Of course, that was in ReturnTo Ravnica Standard time, maybe into Gatecrash, but definitely RTR.

Maybe Gatecrash and Dragon's Maze have altered the playing field enough so that other colours have more resources with which to deal with this kind of deck, and it's no longer as reliable as it once was. No deck stays on top forever... in fact, if this deck was doing too well, R&D would likely place some answers in the following sets intentionally.

June 1, 2013 7:46 p.m.

Falcon760 says... #10

Okay the first deck I was beat with had Loxodon Smiter so I would probably not use Brimstone Volley and use Mizzium Mortars instead. The other had Assemble the Legion and I never got a card to deal with counters, so I'm not sure what to do about that. Another had AEtherling I couldn't kill so I guess I could run Dreadbore in the deck from now on but that wouldnt help I dont think. Then there were counter decks.

June 1, 2013 11:15 p.m.

Long_Con says... #11

It is, of course, very important to tune your deck and sideboard to your own meta. Illness in the Ranks would easily counter Assemble the Legion , as could Appetite for Brains (also good against AEtherling ).

June 2, 2013 9:46 a.m.

Ixthinon says... #12

Sounds good to me, also against counter you need to play multiple low casting cost things in a turn to burn out their counter as well as have a board presence. In order to counter they have a low board presence early game because they are saving their mana for the counter spells.

So favor playing in multiples over playing the highest casting cost thing every round. That is the strategy to play aggro vs counter.

June 2, 2013 3:41 p.m.

EdgarAllanPro says... #13

No Tragic Slip s?Might fit well for mana-dork removal without having to spend a burn spell

June 3, 2013 1:32 a.m.

Falcon760 says... #14

Lost again today to blue. Never won a match against Snapcaster Mage and grixis decks.

June 3, 2013 5:27 p.m.

Magic150 says... #15

Love the deck gave u a +1 went won 3 out of 4 on fir day with it but i was just wondering why did u take out Vexing Devil and Rakdos Shred-Freak cause i would think u would want more humans to sac for Falkenrath Aristocrat just incase someone played a board wipe?

June 3, 2013 9:03 p.m.

Magic150 says... #16

Oh nvm i see u can still sac non humans to give him indestructible

June 3, 2013 9:09 p.m.

Dyll says... #17

no boros reckonerwhy not?

June 6, 2013 11:34 p.m.

suicidelg says... #18

+1I'm curious though, how come you don't main deck Traitorous Blood especially with the falkenrath combo? Also, you can use it to just capture a big guy and attack for game or something.

June 7, 2013 4:13 p.m.

suicidelg says... #19

Also, how come you don't use Devil's Play

June 7, 2013 4:46 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #20

The reason to sideline the Traitorous Blood is that a lot of people play control in my meta, so it is only useful sometimes. Devil's Play which is good, but too slow for my vision of this deck. It may fit in your red deck if you like the card :)

June 7, 2013 5 p.m.

Long_Con says... #21

No Boros Reckoner because of no haste?

June 7, 2013 5:16 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #22

Yes no haste is correct.

June 7, 2013 5:27 p.m.

Falcon760 says... #23

I don't see how this deck wins. Put a few counter spells in and its over. Can't beat Voice of Resurgence . Selling this deck soon.

June 7, 2013 11:36 p.m.

Long_Con says... #24

Next time, playtest on TappedOut against common decks in your meta before shelling out the cash. And Voice of Resurgence is definitely an awesome new answer to a lot of things!

June 8, 2013 10:29 a.m.

suicidelg says... #25

I'm not sure why you would constantly be losing to Voice of Resurgence there's so many options for dealing with it immediately. I'm also going to be asking you questions as this goes along Ixthinon as this is the type of deck I enjoy playing and I havn't played magic for like 2 year so don't lose patience with me lol. So I'm wondering why its necessary to have Illness in the Ranks when you have Electrickery you could bump Electrickery up to 4 and get rid of illness to add another card. I just think the overload cost is trivial and its more versatile. Keep up the good work.

June 8, 2013 1:41 p.m.

suicidelg says... #26

Also what do you think about comboing dynacharge using its overload effect? That way if you still have a lot of 1/1's on the field you can pump them all up for a large attack. Especially if used with Fervent Cathar or if Legion Loyalist is on the field.

June 8, 2013 2:01 p.m.

suicidelg says... #27

I think I just realized why you would have illness in the ranks because its a permanent and not one time use... sorry I'm slow lol.

June 8, 2013 2:12 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #28

The dynacharge idea is not a bad one, and yes it is permanent and deals with Lingering Souls /Voice of Resurgence tokens nicely :) Ask away if you need anything.

June 8, 2013 3:28 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #29

And I already addressed how Voice of Resurgence is dispatched.... Pillar of Flame . Yanno the 4 in the main board one casting cost sorcery that exiles the creature....

June 8, 2013 3:32 p.m.

xxINS4NExWoC says... #30

Have you thought about Appetite for Brains in your sideboard? Gets rid of those pesky Thragtusk s and Restoration Angel s.

June 9, 2013 12:15 a.m.

akwing00 says... #31

Hey I was wondering if you could take a look at my deck and give me some advice, or some friendly criticism, thanks :)

Rakdos Aggro Deck

June 9, 2013 8:50 p.m.

darksidebravo says... #32

I've been looking at your deck for a week now and I have to say i'm impressed by the speed and ferocity this deck attacks its enemies. I've been play testing my deck Overrun the enemy lines to judge how fast my deck is and your just out runs it every time. Even when I come close Brimstone Volley is a killer. If you could take a look at my deck and see what I can do to make it more lethal I would appreciate it.

June 20, 2013 1:33 a.m.

Wow great deck. I playtested it and I can see how you got 1st place at FNM. +1 from me.

June 24, 2013 7:21 p.m.

thatoneguy666 says... #34

I have been play testint my own little version of red deck wins against my own azorious detain deck, and they go back and forth depending on what is drawn. Red deck win deck wins about 15% more though. Against it for azorious, I would side 3 dispel and 6 creature cancel cards. Detain is slow on it with the haste though, but Oblivion Ring and Fiend Hunter are VERY helpful against it.

Which comes to my question...

What should one use for Oblivion Ring ?

June 25, 2013 11:06 a.m.

Ixthinon says... #35

Not sure what to answer for that one... I think that this deck is fast enough to out-pace the removal. For every oblivion ring you drop there will be 2 creatures swinging in. If you really wanted a card to hurt this deck its Blind Obedience . There is no removal spells in the R/B range to deal with enchantments but there is Duress . An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure !

June 25, 2013 4:06 p.m.

phamford says... #36

Hi I love your deck and I got all the cards for it except for the main card needed which is Falkenrath Aristocrat I got one but I'm too poor to afford the other two is there any card you would recommend I can use as a alternative? Like would two more Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch work? I'm planning to play at FNM and try to win the promo Rakdos Cackler ! Which would look great in the deck :D

June 28, 2013 4:14 a.m.

Long_Con says... #37

I think a lot of the time, Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch can fill the role of Falkenrath Aristocrat in this deck, but not all the time. Exava doesn't survive boardwipes, and she doesn't help you enable Morbid for those fatal Brimstone Volley s.

June 28, 2013 7:57 a.m.

rynobailey12 says... #38

First off I want to say I love your deck. Im not a wealthy player by any means so ive been getting some of these cards through the weeks. I was just wondering what cards I could replace Thundermaw Hellkite and Falkenrath Aristocrat ill hate to say good bye to them in standard. +1 from me!

July 22, 2013 8:11 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #39

Thanks man, I do not know what could currently replace them... maybe something will be evident in the next set? I hope so !

July 22, 2013 10:19 p.m.

rynobailey12 says... #40

Thanks I am getting a couple more cards today and I will post my deck list. if you see something I need to work on or even the smallest card to make a difference I would greatly appreciate it :)

July 23, 2013 3:40 a.m.

jaypachi says... #41

are this deck playable on modern? thanks :)

July 25, 2013 9:10 a.m.

Ixthinon says... #42

I believe so, but its no turn 2 winner hehe

July 25, 2013 11:08 a.m.

jaypachi says... #43

+1 to this deck. what do you think for Bloodfray Giant or Hellhole Flailer having on this deck? just for experiment :D

July 25, 2013 11:27 a.m.

Ixthinon says... #44

I tried the flailer and found that it was too much mana. I did not try it with exava though and that might change things if he has haste.

July 25, 2013 11:30 a.m.

jaypachi says... #45

am i right, exava is on battlefield and then you cast flailer..will flailer become haste?

July 25, 2013 11:51 a.m.

Ixthinon says... #46

Yeah because if you use the unleash then it will have a counter on it. Exava gives haste to creatures with counters on them.

July 25, 2013 noon

jaypachi says... #47

maybe i need to input Bloodfray Giant which has a trample for 4/3 + unleassh for heavy swing

July 25, 2013 12:08 p.m.

jaypachi says... #48

and lastly i have a question what if fervent attack first before it sac for falkenrath to gain +1/+1 then attack.. is there a damage first attack by fervent? or no damage due to sac?

July 25, 2013 12:28 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #49

They deal damage at the same time in combat. So either the both deal damage because they are both alive or just the aristocrat deals damage with the counter because you sac the cathar before damage is dealt.

July 25, 2013 12:39 p.m.

Cyber Locc says... #50

Nice deck +1 Im using it for play testing and examples hopes that okay so far done 1 game I won but it was close and I had better draws let you know how it goes. Heres my deck if you want to see its post roto. Blood Thief

July 26, 2013 5:29 p.m.

Cyber Locc says... #51

Ill try to get at least 1 more done today its just writing down every turn and links and the coding is time consuming and exhausting lol

July 26, 2013 5:32 p.m.

suicidelg says... #52

Hey Ixthinon I'm still playing a slightly modified version of this deck and loving it! Whats your thought on m14 anything your going to change? Until The old sets get cycled out there isn't much I personally would change other than maybe Burning Earth as a side deck and Chandra's Pheonix for replacing Fervent Cathar or something. Let me know what you think! thanks.

August 1, 2013 6:50 p.m.

suicidelg says... #53

Also, maybe Mindsparker side deck for playing against blue/white. Though I'm somewhat confused by the wording of that card. The way its worded makes it sound like it does 2 damage for any blue/white instant or (any color) sorcery that is cast.

August 1, 2013 6:55 p.m.

Boak says... #54

As the deck is going soon out of rotation: How would you modify it to make it a good modern?

August 4, 2013 7:53 a.m.

arkaram says... #55

how is Falkenrath Aristocrat better than Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch , I mean price wise? Aristocrat is a very expensive card and in the end of the game Exava can do just the same. Please explain

August 18, 2013 1:01 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #56

Flying, indestructible option and haste. Not to mention it is not legendary, so you can have more on the board.

August 18, 2013 3:35 p.m.

leatherface says... #57

Hi! I really like your deck, in fact mine's very similar to yours except I didn't include Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch and Thundermaw Hellkite . My only question would be how do you plan to make this deck standard once Innistrad block rotates? Cause I'm kind of facing the same problem (certainly a +1)

September 19, 2013 10:03 a.m.

Ixthinon says... #58

Hey man thanks for the comment. I think in the wake of the recent spoiled cards that it makes the most sense to add green to remain aggressive. There is an awful lot of great creatures and new planeswalkers that green offers that will fit right in here.

The loss of the Hellrider and Falkenrath Aristocrat is a huge chunk of this decks power. With nothing obvious in the R/B color profile to replace them.

September 19, 2013 12:20 p.m.

Smani says... #59

Friend, I am ready with this deck, it is a machine. What do you think could put if forfun? +1

September 19, 2013 1:48 p.m.

omnipath says... #60

Nice, great job!

October 16, 2013 7:49 p.m.

Cleric says... #61

Back when this was standard, I used your model to make my first FNM deck. I didn't have all the cards, so I ran stuff as close as I could to your model. I found it because I had all the Falkenwrath Aristrocrats and wanted a deck based on them.

Anyway, It was my first FNM standard competition, just me, this little skinny chick against 26 guys and I got first place. :) So thanks! for the awesome Model. I really love that deck, (and yours too) I'll probably put my modded version up so you can see it.

I used it after that and got 2nd, 3rd twice, 5th, and 7th (not in that order) then it rotated out. You're awesome, thanks again :) <3

October 17, 2013 8:31 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #62

Thanks for all the love ! I am happy you had as much fun with it as I did :)

October 17, 2013 9:08 p.m.

Long_Con says... #63

I love a good Magic story! Keep your eye on Ixthinon, he's got da skillz!

October 17, 2013 11:05 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #64

Thanks Long_Con ! Great job with the new Legions of the Sun God !

October 17, 2013 11:18 p.m.

suicidelg says... #65

Yea I have to say this deck won me quite a lot of packs. I created my own red/white heroic deck for standard now then found one almost identical to it here Superheroes. Its a very fun and good deck so check it out! Also thanks alot for developing this deck.

October 18, 2013 11:17 a.m.

Smani says... #66

what you would change if you were to go in modern ?

October 23, 2013 10:26 p.m.

leejyn says... #67

I am currently running this deck for casual play. This deck is awesome! Fast and brutal. I have ran it against several different decks, and always dominate by round 5-6. I made one change though. I removed 3 Rakdos Cackler and added 3 Vexing Devil . I wanted to ask what was your thinking for not doing the same? Seems like a 4/2 one drop, or a 2/2 one drop, would be an obvious choice. Wanted to get your thought process on your choice. Deck is def +1 Sorry if this has been already been addressed.

January 11, 2014 6:22 p.m.

Ixthinon says... #68

It did originally run 3 Vexing Devil 's until they rotated out of standard. I am glad you like the deck !

January 11, 2014 7:09 p.m.

ElfKing says... #69

Great Deck! +1 From Me

It would be awesome if you would check out my elf deck Mono Green Elf Deck and see if you could give me any suggestions. I would love input from smart mtg players.

January 19, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Chamthebucket says... #70

August 29, 2014 5:52 p.m.

MMylly says... #71

Wow, this looks really nice, do you think i could have chance at FNM with my Mono-R Burn ? Suggestions would be cool :)

April 18, 2015 1:42 p.m.

TacoFactory says... #72

Why does Tapped out tell me that almost all the cards in this deck aren't modern legal? Did something change or is that a glitch?

September 21, 2015 7:48 a.m.

Raz0r_ says... #73

Banned deck! +1 FINALLY A GOOD ONE!

November 6, 2015 2:13 p.m.

Cool deck! +1

Mind checking out my Rakdos deck? Here: Indestructible Rakdos Horde (T4 WIN) ($89)

March 9, 2016 7:16 a.m.

Fartface31 says... #75

Kolaghan's Command.

July 7, 2016 12:39 p.m.

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4 years ago)

+3 Legion Loyalist main
-2 Vexing Devil main
-1 Mizzium Mortars side
+3 Illness in the Ranks side
-1 Traitorous Blood side
+4 Spike Jester main
-4 Rakdos Shred-Freak main
+2 Duress side
-2 Knight of Infamy side
+1 Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch main
-1 Spike Jester main