Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Legendary Creature — Demon

You can't cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots unless an opponent lost life this turn.

Flying, trample

Creature spells you cast cost less to cast for each 1 life your opponents have lost this turn.

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Format Legality
Canadian Highlander Legal
Unformat Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pioneer Legal
Limited Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
2019-10-04 Legal

Rakdos, Lord of Riots occurrence in decks from the last year

Rakdos, Lord of Riots Discussion

jpermar on Rakdos, Lord's Downward Spiral

2 weeks ago

X-Factor11105, due to the math around the # of mana sources in the deck and Rakdos, Lord of Riots costing 4 cmc, I can't say I recommend that specific rummaging effect due to the requirement to discard a land. I consider Tormenting Voice an upgrade. I like rummaging in the deck in the early turns to smooth out draws and find pieces (mana or enablers or payoffs) that are missing from your hand.

Mcat1999 on Does Rakdos, Lord of Riots' …

1 month ago

Rakdos, Lord of Riots reduces costs based on damage dealt. However, damage must be dealt before Rakdos can enter.

Does Rakdos' second ability notice this damage? For example, suppose I have 5 available mana. I swing with a creature, dealing combat damage (3 damage), allowing Rakdos to enter.

I pay 4 mana to bring out Rakdos and have remaining.

Am I allowed to pay for a spell that costs now because my opponent was dealt 3 combat damage, or because Rakdos was not on the field when the 3 damage was dealt, does his 2nd ability not see that and thus I do not get the cost reduction?

jpermar on Rakdos, Lord's Downward Spiral

1 month ago

Hi Goretast.

Flame Rift is useful after you have Rakdos, Lord of Riots on the battlefield. Casting the spell gives you a 12 generic mana discount for just 2 mana cost. Rakdos, Lord of Riots himself attacks for 6 (assuming at least one opponent doesn't have a flyer). Compared to only attacking with your commander, casting Flame Rift will help you cast creature spells with 7+ generic mana in their cost, matching 9 cards in the deck. And the probability of having one of those 9 cards in your hand on turn 5 (assuming one card drawn per turn) is 70.4%. In this scenario, Flame Rift is certainly valuable.

Having said that, something needs to be removed from the deck to add this explosiveness.

What do you suggest be cut?

RinceRaven on Kaalia

1 month ago

suggestions right now are to get out all the low-impact 4-5 costed 'big' creatures that sit in your hand as a 1/turn spell even when you have 8 mana available and replace them with stuff that either has an actual impact or that helps big stuff come out faster and better.

in: Angel of Serenity, Kaalia of the Vast, Rakshasa Debaser, Dragon Tempest, Lightning Greaves, Rakdos, Lord of Riots, Angel of Condemnation, Worn Powerstone, Thran Dynamo, Herald of War, literally any land.

out: Bloodgift Demon, Demanding Dragon, Desecration Demon, Taurean Mauler, Nesting Dragon, Hoarding Dragon, Ambition's Cost, Conjurer's Closet, Idyllic Tutor, Memorial to Folly.

Also update the list so it has Graveshifter and not Gravedigger.

Arcaneful on How Can a Scrap Mastery …

2 months ago

Hello! I've played Bosh amongst tons of other mono red artifact decks, so I would like to give my 2 cents on him while answering your questions.

  1. Mono red is a very fun artifact deck. I've built Daretti, Scrap Savant, Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer, Bosh, Iron Golem and Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient. While Bosh is SUPER fun, I felt he was too slow, fragile, and mana intensive. If you insist on running him I'd recommend running protection cards such as Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, and Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer. While I loved all of these as commanders, I felt that Slobad was my favorite. Free sac outlet in the command zone/protection for key on the field artifacts is nothing to scoff at. In terms of adding other colors, you could certainly do that. I've also run a deck like this with Rakdos, Lord of Riots. Scrap Mastery was a bit of a backup plan, but saved me post boardwipe many a time. The deck revolved around pinging opponent and using Rakdos's reduction ability to play giant artifact creatures. I don't sadly have the list on me anymore, (I don't believe) but I will return after this comment to repost if I find it.

Sadly I never inputted a list before taking it apart as my playgroup didn't exactly enjoy it. What I can recommend though is a lot of egg cards. Egg is a term for a card like Chromatic Star/Ichor Wellspring. They add mana/cards when sacced/etb. When using Scrap Mastery you can get a bunch of Card Advantage after these re=enter the field.

When playing general reanimator decks you need to watch out for for graveyard hate. One Tormod's Crypt and your whole deck is ruined! Cards like Perpetual Timepiece are irreplaceable, as they not only mill you for more cards to Scrap Mastery back, but can save your grave in a pinch! When playing against it I would Bojuka Bog this deck immediately. Graveyard decks are a powerhouse when left unchecked.

I hope some of this helped. Happy brewing!

EDIT: I was looking for my list for Rakdos and found it!

Rakdos Lord of Riots Artifact Deck

Reliquarian on Lead the Riots

3 months ago

A very underplayed card in my opinion that you may want to consider in this list is Mages' Contest. It's a counterspell in red which by itself is pretty sweet, and it also allows you to protect your important creatures like Rakdos, Lord of Riots on your turn (and if your opponent decides to outbid you on life to get their removal/counterspell to remove your creature, you can just cast another one for cheap since they will have lost a lot of life in the process).

Metroid_Hybrid on Best Stompy Commander?

5 months ago

Speaking of free Eldrazi, Rakdos, Lord of Riots is worth considering as a non-Green option..

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