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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Choose target spell or ability with one or more targets. Roll a twenty sided die and add the greatest power among creatures you control. (Remember that MTG spindowns are not well weight balanced, so please roll a die that isn't an MTG spindown)
If you roll a 1-14 | You may choose new targets for that spell or ability.
If you roll 15+ | You may choose new targets for that spell or ability. Then copy it. You may choose new targets for the copy.
4 months 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.
4 months ago
After about a week of playtests, here's what I found out:
First, there's never a good time to attack with Rakdos the Defiler. I knew going into it that it's a difficult commander to learn how to use, learning curve is steep, but like there actually has not a moment when attacking with him was a good idea. Except for one 1v1 game against a player that I'm still teaching, where I had the meanest board I could have (Tergrid, God of Fright Flip giving me everything that my opponent sacrificed), and I won through commander damage. This means I always have reason to be afraid of attacking, someone played Maze of Ith and that basically decided the game.
So, I started thinking, what if, instead of damage multipliers and Double Strike, I make my opponents suffer at the same time that I do? So I put in Strionic Resonator, Lithoform Engine, and Wyll's Reversal. I declare an attack, I copy the triggered ability that forces me to sacrifice half my permanents, now even a Maze of Ith isn't too big a deal since an opponent is sacrificing at the same time that I am (or, in the case of Wyll's Reversal, instead of me). Rakdos getting damage through is just a bonus at that point. That's a tough call to make because Double Strike and City on Fire were my main wincon, but also the deck wasn't winning any games.
I also have to figure out the mana curve. In a deck that knows it's going to end up sacrificing its own lands, I've got a worse curve than any other deck I've ever built, mainly because most of the "target opponent gets to do fun thing as well" spells are CMC 5 (and Demons are expensive).
I've also really been struggling for card draw. Hopefully that should be a bit easier now that I've started shaping up my land base. Originally I built it with just Swamps and Mountains to see how it runs, now I'm starting to put in the card draw lands.
11 months ago
I like it! Always fun to play budget mono red burn.
If card draw ever becomes an issue for you, consider adding some looting spells such as Unexpected Windfall, Big Score, Seize the Spoils or Tormenting Voice. Likewise for deflecting harmful spells coming at you, I like running Shunt, Bolt Bend or Wyll's Reversal.
1 year ago
I really love the idea of this deck. I think you really have something here.