Welcome to clan Rakdos! This deck is all about dropping your hand full of huge fatties into play and swinging for the fences. It's aggressive, reckless, and fun as hell! A sub-theme of the deck is "The Downward Spiral" of life totals, and the inspiration for the name is the NIN album The Downward Spiral.

You'll like this deck if:

  • You love throwing down a ton of huge creatures all on the same turn for "free"
  • You like to party!
  • You're excited that you can "introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos" --The Joker
  • You enjoy being the villain
  • You have Commander buddies who enjoying hating on blue players and their Counterspells

You won't like this deck if:

I use Adam Styborski's philosophy of active mitigation to design this deck. The main goal of the deck is to make sure that everyone's life total spirals downward to make exciting and memorable games of Commander. It plays aggressively and recklessly, a bit like a fair combo deck. I've organized the cards into categories to describe how the deck implements this philosophy. The core of the deck is two categories of cards: 1) enablers (ways to make your opponents lose life so you can cast your commander) and 2) payoffs (huge fatties you can cast cheaply or for free, typically after you hit someone with your commander).

Note that the "effective CMC" of this deck is (much) lower than the listed average CMC, due to Rakdos's ability.

Fun meter:

  • 2 colors: +2
  • Tutors: -4
  • Rakdos, Lord of Riots as Commander: +3
  • The Downward Spiral cards: +1
  • Fun factor (sum): +2

I'm always open to suggestions on how to improve the deck. If you comment, I would love it if you would suggest cards to take out for the cards you recommend.

Embrace the chaos and bring the pain!

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