Let's Start a Riot

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The letter W!ith the Return to Ravnica Prerelease just around the corner, Magic players everywhere are busy scraping together deck ideas and wants/needs lists in anticipation of the newest Magic expansion. As soon as the Card Image Gallery went up, some brave Commanders started brewing with the new set for the hundred-card format. While it might be Selesyna Week next week, this week anything goes. So I decided to dedicate today's deck to one of my favorite cards from Return to Ravnica: Rakdos, Lord of Riots.

Rakdos, Lord of Riots is one of my favorite cards because it reminds me of Abyssal Persecutor, which is also one of my favorites. Rakdos is such an efficiently costed card that if you can make his "drawback" not of your concern, he suddenly brings all kinds of powerful Rakdosery down on all of your opponents. Once you are able to connect with your giant, flying, trampling, commander, all the rest of your deck turns into full-on crazy mode.

Cassidy McAuliffe is up to his usual tricks over at StarCityGames.com and jumped on the new set by featuring an entire revamp using Rakdos, Lord of Riots as his commander. The deck features all of the cool things we have come to expect out of red and black. Removal to the brim in just about every variety. Huge fancy finishers that come with all kinds of value attached. Draw spells. Drain Lifes. Direct damage. It's all here, and Rakdos is sending it all into battle. Go check out the article for a full breakdown on the thought process behind the build!

Cassidy McAuliffe's Rakdos, Lord of Riots
Commander – Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Main Deck

100 cards

Akoum Refuge
Blood Crypt
Bojuka Bog
Dragonskull Summit
Evolving Wilds
Graven Cairns
Kher Keep
Lavaclaw Reaches
Miren, the Moaning Well
10  Mountain
Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos Guildgate
Spinerock Knoll
Stensia Bloodhall
10  Swamp
Tectonic Edge
Terramorphic Expanse
Urborg Volcano
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle

37 lands

Artisan of Kozilek
Bloodgift Demon
Bogardan Hellkite
Darksteel Colossus
Disciple of Bolas
Furyborn Hellkite
Inferno Titan
Knollspine Dragon
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
Maga, Traitor to Mortals
Magma Giant
Magmatic Force
Murderous Redcap
Pestilence Demon
Platinum Emperion
Psychosis Crawler
Rakdos, Lord of Riots
Reiver Demon
Solemn Simulacrum
Stigma Lasher

25 creatures

Ambition's Cost
Bituminous Blast
Breath of Darigaaz
Breath of Malfegor
Choice of Damnations
Chromatic Lantern
Darksteel Ingot
Disaster Radius
Exquisite Blood
Goblin Assault
Hideous End
In the Web of War
Lightning Greaves
Molten Disaster
Night's Whisper
Oblivion Stone
Phyrexian Arena
Plague Wind
Promise of Power
Rakdos Charm
Rakdos Keyrune
Rakdos Signet
Reforge the Soul
Sign in Blood
Skull Rend
Staff of Nin
Sulfurous Blast
Swiftfoot Boots
Temporal Extortion
Torrent of Souls
Volcanic Fallout
Warstorm Surge
Wound Reflection

38 other spells

Rakdos, Lord of Riots

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