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Rakdos, Lord of Riots


  • Color: Black, Red
  • Type: Legendary Creature - Demon
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Set:

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You can’t cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots unless an opponent lost life this turn.

Flying, trample

Creature spells you cast cost 1 Mana less to cast for each 1 life your opponents have lost this turn.



  • Mechanical Genie

    Blood for the blood God.

    • Richardshort2001

       Skulls for the Skull Throne

      • Chris

         Maim kill burn? :D

        • Guest

          Death to the false emperor (or guild leader I guess)?

          • Izzet-Kin

            FUS RO DAH! idk….lol

  • oxiry

    THIS is Rakdos the way he ought to be! ^^

    • Dddd

      damn right

  • Busterswrd_maniac

    PFFT! almost spat out my drink reading this guy, this is definitely a must have for me

  • Calieffranklin

    this is an amazing card. I love it. wow!!!!

  • Wezmidajspokoj

    Selesnya Charm ^^

    • Mrfr1day

      I wasnt feeling it till i saw Rakdos lol

  • Rakdos Augermage

    Free artifact creatures? Yes, please.

    • David Fitzsimmons

       screw your free artifacts, I just cast free eldrazi!!!!! ALL THREE LEGENDS IN THE SAME TURN!

  • jadefang

    4 mana 6/6 flying trampler? wtf!!!

  • höhöhö42

    best guildmaster!!!

  • yutfjd

    I’d rather play Olivia, but this card is sweet

  • Idonovan14

    ok this guy is the best guild leader I have seen!

  • NoIHavent

    This would have been ridiculous with wurmcoil engine O.o But now we have… Phyrexian Hulk? Small victories?

    • Gaqua13

      Not everybody plays standard – I know I’ll be using this for free Wurmcoil Engines.

      • Kevd101

        use staggershock to get him out easy

  • Ulisses_mngt

    At last, a (very) good rakdos card… I was starting to think we’d suck.

    • blueisoverrater

      are you KIDDING me? rakdos’s return is an incredible burn spell. nobody realizes this because theyve all been spoiled by bonfire of the damned.

      • Dv1L

        ^^^

      • David Fitzsimmons

         most people who complained about Rakdos’s Return were not complaining about it being a bad burn spell from what I recall. They were complaining about it not being good enough for a mythic slot. Which I can sorta agree on, but only slightly so.

  • Mlundgoldstein

    awesome

  • Zimmer Remmiz

    This thing is just freaking ridiculous, I don’t even…

  • Pissedoffpasty

    This is why im playing Rakdos at the prerelease

  • Wisdomseyes

    His only downside is you have to deal damage to An opponent (well, make them lose life) which in these colors is not that hard at all.

    Without his second ability I would have been fine… Actually, if unleash DID give haste he would be anti synergistic with it

    Cool card, but I think we are going to see him used in tandem with a lot more innastrad cards than rakdos.

  • Princess Rage

    I do believe that this seems a little TOO good (see: broken).

  • kevin

    I wanna play to try and cheap Worldspine Wurm in XD… to bad about the GGG is the mana cost might make it a little harder

  • goblin arsonists for standard?

  • Markeuf

    like

  • Markeuf

    me like. he’ll go excellently with Original Rakdos!!!

  • Gaqua13

    This practically makes Lightning Bolt into Dark RItual, and combos way too well with any X cost burn spells (you can tap out on burn and throw down a creature). I was a Golgari man, but this, Cryptborn Horror and Ultimate Price have won me over.

    • Gaqua13

      And of course Dreadbore. Oh my god Dreadbore.

  • Cloudenvy

    Finally! Yup, going for Rakdos.

  • Michael Boyd95

    Yes, yes, yes! This is why I’m joining Rakdos! But why you ask? All for the glory of Rakdos of course!

  • Guest

    A 6/6 Flying Trample for 4 is impressive in itself, however he has legendary and a cast condition which are minuses, but he has an ability that allows you to cast creatures equivalent or cheaper than Wurmcoil Engine for free when he hits!

  • Mickcortella

    and this is why i dont play standard

  • Zhxhhx

    Probably worse than desecration demon

  • Guest

    Seems pretty good. 

  • Nanoomega

    combos very nicely with bloodthirst. and what do you know. plenty of r/b bloodthirst

    • Nanoomega

      not in standard mind you

  • David Fitzsimmons

    took one look at Rakdos, Lord of Riots and immediately started to think of his gamebreaking potential in an artifact creature deck. A bit of a shame that Scars of Mirrodin will be cycling out, so who knows what potential this strategy may have in standard and/or limited, but if you are playing anything else, then imagine all those insane artifact creatures you can play for free with him out on the field!

    I noticed a couple people realized that the amount of damage he deals can allow a free wormcoil engine, personally I see something with potential for doing things at a faster speed then even the speed to get out the wormcoil with rakdos’ attack, not to menton heavier hitting things.

    You NEED to do SOME damage in order to be able to cast Rakdos in the first place right? If you are playing him by turn 3 or even earlier, not sure how feasible that is, you are most likely using some thing to deal 2 or 1 damage to the opponent. If you did two damage, then on the SAME turn you cast rakdos, you can cast Myr Superion for free, HECK, you can cast multiple copies if you have them in hand, and all of this is happening on turn THREE. Turn four, you can swing with your creatures, allowing the potential to cast things bigger and better then the Wormcoil for free! Like the Eldrazi for example.

    keep in mind this is all very theoretical right now so I have yet to actually break down how the rounds and card draws would work exactly. but I would love to see opinions on this idea of mind and where I am going with this. The whole point is that you take advantage of the fact Rakdos needs Damage dealt the same turn to be able to cast him, thus allowing you to get out some free artifact creatures that could aid Rakdos the next turn for casting even bigger things for free

  • oh wow… so i guess its now up to rakdos or golgari :/

  • Butt-head

    Hell ya!

  • Benjamin

    OMG i’m in the Army Of Demones 

  • Wiseguy

    My first thought was using him in a kaalia EDH deck, since she bypasses Rakdo’s restrictions by cheating him in attacking. Kaalia and Rakdos together for up to 8 damage… then, I dunno, hardcast another big angel/demon/dragon from your hand for super cheap?

    Yeah I like.