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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
, : Copy target triggered ability you control. You may choose new targets for the copy. (A triggered ability uses the words "when," "whenever," or "at.")
6 days ago
Strionic Resonator should let you copy spells just a little more by copying Kalamax's triggered ability
1 week ago
4 weeks ago
Strionic Resonator could be interesting with all the swords triggers
1 month ago
This looks really fun! I would honestly try to drop the mana curve way further, given Saruman's whole ability revolves around being able to cast 2 spells a turn.
Some changes might be:
Lithoform Engine -> Strionic Resonator to get double triggered abilities at a cheaper cost. I've played with Lithoform Engine in my Esper ETB deck, and in my experience, it's incredibly slow and mana-intensive.
Are the win conditions mill / combat damage?
1 month ago
Rocketman988 thanks so much! I had a busy couple of weeks so am only just getting to digest everything you've suggested. This is fantastic, thank you again!
Originally I had most of the devil token sorceries you suggested, then I took them out for a similar reason to something we've talked about in your deck's discussions with big demons: it has to be able do something other than be a body. Burn Down the House was the only one that made sense after that, but I think now the deck is at the point where I don't have enough tokens. It's the bad middle ground between how you've built yours, where you're expecting a small board state, and how I was originally planning to go wide and sac things without disrupting my board state. So, you're right as always, I'll put those back in the deck. I had never heard of Carrion, that card is perfect! I love Wand of Orcus, it's in my zombie deck; I think I kept it out of this one because of some idea of theme (that it's devils serving demons), but I literally have Orcus in the deck and he's allowed to play with his wand.
You did break my heart a little bit with the Strionic Resonator news, it was there either as an insurance policy (whether I get to deal damage or not, you're going to sacrifice your permanents), or as a way to share the love and have everyone sac things. Now that I know it doesn't work that way, it's kind of a relief, it opens up space for more cards that lean into the deck's main strategies/more protection for the key pieces.
That's kinda the big issue, I have so many demon strategies I want to play, I have two demon decks, and even then a lot of things don't fit in either. It's the issue with every deckbuilding process, cool cards that don't lend to your main strategy. Originally I had the deck full of possibly inefficient cards with flashback costs to synergize with Lord of the Forsaken, because I wanted to do something similar to what your deck does with Treasonous Ogre (not a demon, so I'm iffy about putting it in this one), Doom Whisperer, and Repay in Kind. That enters life manipulation territory, which my other demon deck focuses on more, but then I can't use Cut / Ribbons because that deck is mono black. Similarly, your Hellcarver Demon combos are some of the coolest bits of synergy I've ever seen, but again it feels like it fits better thematically in my other deck, but yours benefit greatly from having access to extra combats and haste. I've been deciding whether a Pestilence Demon + Shriveling Rot play fits better in this deck or the other, currently it's in the other one because that deck was starting to get boring (ramp, ramp, ramp, ramp, cast Razaketh, the Foulblooded, tutor, tutor, you lose half your life, you lose that much life again. I win). It sounds like I'm going to look closely at both decks and do whatever rebuilding I need to do.
I just bought a box of Commander Masters, so I've spent the weekend upgrading 4 other decks. Today can be Daddy Rakdos day, I'll keep this thread updated as I do it
1 month ago
Hey 77hi77! I love the angle you are going for with the deck, the "playing like a demon" role. I really like the token subtheme, and it feels like you could lean into that even more to give you more breathing room to swing with Rakdos. With more emphasis on a token subtheme, you wouldn't set your board back as much when you swing with Rakdos for "revenge" when your besties turn on you. Instead of resource denial, he'd play as incentive for others to leave you alone OR ELSE. Flavor wise, the legion of tokens would represent your minions that are sacrificed to get what you want.
Burn Down the House, Dance with Devils, and Devils' Playground would fill out the devil token subtheme you have going on, and Asmodeus the Archfiend, Fiendish Duo, Mayhem Devil, and Sin Prodder add even more devil synergy that aligns with the deck goals.
Army of the Damned, Carrion, Curse of Opulence, Dreadfeast Demon, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Wand of Orcus, and Infernal Genesis are all great token cards that fit the infernal theme. Baeloth Barrityl, Entertainer plus pump effects means permanent goaded enemy creatures and treasures for you to ramp with or sac to Rakdos as long as he's on the field. Speaking of pump, Arterial Alchemy can increase the power of your creatures, makes 4 permanents to sacrifice, and gives the deck even more draw power. Bloodthirsty Blade is a great demonic artifact to gift to problematic creatures. Black Market Connections gives you ramp, card draw, or tokens depending on what you need at the moment. Bite of the Black Rose is a super fun "choose your doom' flavor card. Head Games is a terrific demonic deal- while searching their library, see what deals they're willing to give you in order to get what they want. If they don't make a deal with you, they pay the price.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Rakdos's abilities are not targeted abilities, so Wyll's Reversal cannot copy Rakdos's sacrifice triggers. Likewise, you can copy Rakdos's on attack ability, but it will just make YOU sacrifice half your permanents again. Since Rakdos's ability does not target, so new targets cannot be selected for it; copying his abilities just does it again to the same person it would already affect. Additionally, Rakdos's abilities have separate triggers- one that triggers on your attack and one that triggers on dealing damage to an opponent. So you do have to deal damage to an opponent to copy the opponent sacrifice ability with Strionic Resonator or Lithoform Engine. That being said, Maze of Ith is an ability that goes on the stack when activated, so it can be responded to with cards like Bolt Bend, Not of this World, Deflecting Swat, etc. Maze of Ith and instant speed interaction usually targets too, so Lightning Greaves/Swiftfoot Boots help a lot with that too.
2 months ago
I've been going back to this deck for over a year now, and I have to tell you that this is my favourite deck on the whole site, and you've inspired me to take on a Rakdos the Defiler deck of my own. Mine is headed in a completely different direction to yours (and with a different budget), though mine's only been useable for like 3 weeks so who knows what it'll end up looking like eventually.
I'll tell you what I'm struggling with, I'll ramble for a bit, and then I'll direct it as a question to you: actually attacking with Rakdos. By the time I have him out, it always feels like declaring an attack will set me so far back that I won't be able to recover. I'm toying with effects like Strionic Resonator to make someone else suffer at the same time as me, and yeah I'm curious if I'm looking at him as something he isn't. Like, you want to cast a value generating commander ASAP because that's your main engine, whereas a commander that is more about setting up your wincon might want to wait more. I'm seeing Rakdos as the latter, if I bring him out it means I'm ready to end the game. It looks like you're casting him as early as you can. Is that the key? Send him out early enough that you don't have much of a board state to lose, and opponents don't have much to protect themselves?
Again, thanks for building my favourite deck on the site!
2 months ago
Boros Charm this is a permanent based strategy
Myrel, Shield of Argive > Grand abolisher
Moraug, Fury of Akoum > Combat Celebrant
Does Strionic Resonator dig 12 deep and cast 2? Even if it only digs 6 deep doubling the free crewture for 2 colorless seems like good value.
I enjoyed seeing Jiwari, the Earth Aflame. Some neat flavorful tech.