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This is my updated Rakdos Reanimator build featuring Core 2021 cards Liliana, Waker of the Dead , Demonic Embrace , and Archfiend's Vessel . Now that Kaldheim has been released, Egon, God of Death   is a welcome addition.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome!


This deck is essentially Mono-Black with a splash of Red for Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger . The goal is to mill my library using Throne of Death , Mire Triton , and Corpse Churn , while strategically discarding cards with Thrill of Possibility , Liliana, Waker of the Dead , and Demonic Embrace .

I want to get Archfiend's Vessel s and other creatures in my graveyard as fast as possible, ideally with Village Rites . Then Call of the Death-Dweller , Inscription of Ruin , or Lurrus of the Dream-Den transform the dead Vessels into pissed-off flying demons.

Using Castle Locthwain , Feed the Swarm , and Demonic Embrace takes its toll on my life total. Mire Triton s or Nighthawk Scavenger s are good reanimation targets when I need a quick life infusion.


Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger , Nighthawk Scavenger , and Egon, God of Death   are the back-up finishers if the Vessels fail their mission.

Each of Liliana, Waker of the Dead ’s loyalty abilities synergizes well with the deck’s themes of self-discard/mill. She discards Vessels and Kroxa from my hand and annihilates indestructible creatures. Her ultimate ability allows me to reanimate an important creature every turn.


I chose the sideboard knowing that I will probably go up against graveyard-hate. If that happens, I can switch out some of the self-mill and reanimator cards for different types of removal spells, depending on the match-up.

Any comments or suggestions are appreciated!


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I made some major changes to the deck to make it Standard legal post-rotation. While Doom Whisperer and Blood Crypt will be missed, Nighthawk Scavenger and Feed the Swarm are amazing additions. The description is outdated but I will correct that soon. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated!

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Exclude colors W
Splash colors R

This deck is Standard legal.

Rarity (main - side)

5 - 2 Mythic Rares

20 - 0 Rares

18 - 5 Uncommons

7 - 8 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.26
Tokens 5/5 B Token Creature Demon, C Emblem Liliana, Emblem Companion
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+1 Pharika's Libation side
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