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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
As The Rack enters the battlefield, choose an opponent.
At the beginning of the chosen player's upkeep, The Rack deals X damage to that player, where X is 3 minus the number of cards in his or her hand.
1 week ago
There's lots of cheap legacy cards that you should consider. Dark Ritual, Hymn to Tourach, Smallpox, Blackmail, The Rack, and Shrieking Affliction to name a few. Tourach, Dread Cantor is pretty good to.
3 weeks ago
Bulldawg1310 I have 4 Urza's Saga and 3 Karn, the Great Creator which can fetch my 3 copies of The Rack in a timely fashion. That is effectively 9 The Racks with only having to commit 2 main deck and 1 sideboard slots to it. This deck does not lean on The Rack effects for its win cons. I have opted for diversified threats on the form of constructs from Urza's Saga, Mishra's Factory, and several Karn, the Great Creator fetch targets in addition to The Rack.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Well, you play Urza's Saga and wait 3 turns for an artifact...but it also gives you mana the turn you play it, and a construct, which occasionally will actually win you the game even if you don't have a ton of artifacts, and then in addition the artifact you tutor on that 3rd turn is either The Rack, which is a win condition for the deck, or a random hate card so that you don't lose the game you're currently playing. It literally draws you a win condition for doing nothing.
Urza's Saga is so good precisely because it's all value at a pretty dang low opportunity cost.
1 month ago
Seems fine at first glance, although I admittedly don't have a ton of experience with rack-type strategies. Some thoughts, though:
-why not the full playset of Shrieking Affliction? It seems like you'd want as much consistency as possible for a deck that needs critical mass as a win condition
-alternatively, you could run some Urza's Saga, which would essentially give you 4 extra copies of The Rack to draw. You could then also have some one-of artifact hate cards like Pithing Needle or Nihil Spellbomb
-I've always been a fan of Funeral Charm because it gives you options -If you're having trouble with card draw, it could be worth just running Ensnaring Bridge instead; you'd turn a disadvantage (no more cards in hand :( ) into an advantage - creatures can't attack you, which is good because most of your win conditions don't do anything to effect the board state.
-I do like Sign in Blood from a nostalgia standpoint, as I've definitely burned some people to death with it in casual play. But I'm not sure how well it still holds up in Modern.
Just my 2 cents, feel free to take it or leave it
1 month ago
Thank you, i tried a few changes (without completely redesigning the deck) but i've gone against a way pricier black discard/The Rack Liliana's Caress Nyxathid Shrieking Affliction deck (which i have learned is an 8-rack?). I'm unsure if i want to really make a stompy (i don't want a bunch of tiny creatures to pump up, i like to have mainly thick ones...so maybe i'll just start over with something else (like a white green enchantment/creatures) deck?
2 months ago
My issue with Mine would be giving people cards after a Hymn is really bad, a pair of lucky hits with that card can end a surprising number of games more or less on the spot, hitting 2 lands can be backbreaking with my Smallpox and Sinkhole pressure already present. Letting them draw extra would give them too much hope I think!
I think Howling Mine might be more interesting in a deck using Megrim and Liliana's Caress, there are quite a few versions, including a creature I think. I usually build discard around The Rack and Shrieking Affliction, but Megrims can work too. 12 Rack Diesel was what I came up with awhile back for Legacy Discard in a creature using Meta. It's less budget obviously, but with 2 discard enchantments out it's almost impossible to keep a full hand, though your 2 cards per Draw Step would change things a bit! I also have a Discard themed Commander deck, but that's a whole mess of weird, using effects to limit opponent's resources while they discard to death.