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Have you ever seen a red door and wanted it painted black? That is what Rakdos tries to do. In this article we are rating the best of Black and Rakdos in Dissension.


BEST BLACK COMMON: Seal of Doom
Seal of Doom
Seal of DoomSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Doom: Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

BEST RAKDOS COMMON: Gobhobbler Rats
Gobhobbler Rats
Gobhobbler RatsSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin

Penguin of Doom just has a certain ring, doesn’t it? In today’s environment, creature destruction is always useful. The Seal plays in quite well with Hellbent. The Gobhobbler gets the nod mostly to the lack of competition. In Limited, Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
’s Jester will be highly drafted, and Rakdos Ickspitter
Rakdos Ickspitter
Rakdos IckspitterSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Christopher Rush
can help get in those final bits of damage, but is too weak for constructed.

BEST BLACK UNCOMMON: Drekavac
Drekavac
DrekavacSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow

BEST RAKDOS UNCOMMON: Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

And the question is: what’s the best way to clean up spilled drek around the house. Drekavac
Drekavac
DrekavacSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
is meant to be the answer for Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
, although this son of Hidden Horror
Hidden Horror
Hidden HorrorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Clint Langley
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Hidden Horror comes into play, choose and discard a creature card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Hidden Horror.
pales in comparison, but this may be due to the fact that the Horror was usually helped by Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
, and the Horror could be used in Reanimator. Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
helps the guild mechanic and aids in creature destruction. Bond of Agony
Bond of Agony
Bond of AgonySet: Dissension
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
As an additional cost to play Bond of Agony, pay X life. Each other player loses X life.
has a lot of potential in multiplayer, especially in conjunction with Congregate
Congregate
CongregateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Target player gains 2 life for each creature in play.
, but that makes it more for Orzhov, not Rakdos. This is the rarity that does black the most good, and considering what is available, that’s sad.

BEST BLACK RARE: Infernal Tutor
Infernal Tutor
Infernal TutorSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Kev Walker

BEST RAKDOS RARE: Rakdos Augermage
Rakdos Augermage
Rakdos AugermageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai

Black rares just aren’t what they used to be. Infernal Tutor
Infernal Tutor
Infernal TutorSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Kev Walker
is OK, but is rather hard to use in combo decks that need a full hand in order to start. The Augermage is the Invitational winner, but got nuked. Sadly, the rares for both black and Rakdos are not that powerful, although they can be fun.

BEST BLACK CREATURE: Drekavac
Drekavac
DrekavacSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow

BEST RAKDOS CREATURE: Avatar of Discord
Avatar of Discord
Avatar of DiscordSet: Dissension
Cost:
11
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
rk post
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
((B/R) can be paid with either B or R.) Flying When Avatar of Discord comes into play, sacrifice it unless you discard two cards.

Is it discord or discard? It’s not so much who’s the best creature; it’s a matter of who’s the least bad. Both of these die horribly to Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
. Most of black/Rakdos creatures are for Johnnies to break, but you never know. There might be some unseen power.

BEST BLACK NON-CREATURE: Infernal Tutor
Infernal Tutor
Infernal TutorSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Kev Walker

BEST RAKDOS NON-CREATURE: Rain of Gore
Rain of Gore
Rain of GoreSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Fred Hooper

Is there anything more disgusting that a donkey downpour? I have already discussed Infernal Tutor
Infernal Tutor
Infernal TutorSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Kev Walker
’s vices and virtues. As for Rain of Gore
Rain of Gore
Rain of GoreSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Fred Hooper
, it does wonderfully in hurting cards like Jitte and Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
. Rain of Gore
Rain of Gore
Rain of GoreSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Fred Hooper
should see some sideboard play.

BEST BLACK TIMMY CARD: Ratcatcher
Ratcatcher
RatcatcherSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dan Scott

BEST RAKDOS TIMMY CARD: Dread Slag
Dread Slag
Dread SlagSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters

I can’t wait to see a Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
Grimlock and Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
Swoop. (Who cares about a Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
Snarl or Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
Sludge.) [Editor’s note: Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
Grimlock would definitely be able to kick Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
Unicron’s butt!] Ratcatcher
Ratcatcher
RatcatcherSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dan Scott
is such a fun card, and Timmy will love merging him in a Relentless Rat deck. Too bad it isn’t a mercenary. Timmies just can’t gloss over a 9/9, despite the drawback. Not obviously powerful for Spike, not creative enough for Johnny, but Timmies will love these two.

BEST BLACK JOHNNY CARD: Nightcreep
Nightcreep
NightcreepSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola

BEST RAKDOS JOHNNY CARD: Pain Magnification
Pain Magnification
Pain MagnificationSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot

After all, daycreeping is much harder. Blanket of Night
Blanket of Night
Blanket of NightSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Text:
Each mana-producing land is a swamp in addition to its normal land type.
and Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour
Darkest HourSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures are black.
merged into one. I once built a great Blanket of Night
Blanket of Night
Blanket of NightSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Text:
Each mana-producing land is a swamp in addition to its normal land type.
deck, so I am really tempted to make a Johnny deck based on Nightcreep
Nightcreep
NightcreepSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
. Pain Magnification
Pain Magnification
Pain MagnificationSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
goes wonderfully with Helix, Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
, as well as Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
and Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
in casual. If Zvi was still a tourney player, he might have broken PM by now.

BEST BLACK SPIKE CARD: Infernal Tutor
Infernal Tutor
Infernal TutorSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Kev Walker

BEST RAKDOS SPIKE CARD: Rain of Gore
Rain of Gore
Rain of GoreSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Fred Hooper

I have already explained the power of the two, so no reason to belabor more. These have the strongest potential for tourney play, but given the weakness of black and black/red, it wasn’t that great of an honor.

BEST BLACK SPIKE/TIMMY CARD: Avatar of Discord
Avatar of Discord
Avatar of DiscordSet: Dissension
Cost:
11
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
rk post
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
((B/R) can be paid with either B or R.) Flying When Avatar of Discord comes into play, sacrifice it unless you discard two cards.

BEST RAKDOS SPIKE/TIMMY CARD: Avatar of Discord
Avatar of Discord
Avatar of DiscordSet: Dissension
Cost:
11
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
rk post
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
((B/R) can be paid with either B or R.) Flying When Avatar of Discord comes into play, sacrifice it unless you discard two cards.

STs love to win big. Whether mono-black or B/R, AoD gives you the splashiest win. However, Rakdos decks should probably look at the mono-red cards for their splashy wins.

BEST BLACK ARTWORK: Slithering Shade
Slithering Shade
Slithering ShadeSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Daren Bader

BEST RAKDOS ARTWORK: Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
Lyzolda, the Blood WitchSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Jim Nelson

Black artwork tends to be either too gory or too Goth for my tastes. But somehow the bleakness of the Shade appeals to me. I like Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
’s Jester as well for its more reddish artwork. Speaking of which, I love the fiery appearances of the Rakdos cards. I’m giving Lyzolda the win here, mostly because there is just something about her I like…two things, actually. *blush* [Editor’s note: Obviously her stylish fashion sense and apparent invulnerability to lava burns. Same things I liked about her.]

WACKIEST BLACK CARD: Nightcreep
Nightcreep
NightcreepSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola

WACKIEST RAKDOS CARD: Jagged Poppet
Jagged Poppet
Jagged PoppetSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Jeff Miracola

Let’s face it…Black just doesn’t do wacky that well, and normally wacky red loses it when merged with black.

BIGGEST PILE OF BLACK GUANO: Vesper Ghoul
Vesper Ghoul
Vesper GhoulSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

BIGGEST PILE OF RAKDOS GUANO: Twinstrike
Twinstrike
TwinstrikeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Christopher Rush

Black was rather weak in this set, which is why I suspect that the most Rakdos used card will be mono-red. These two are perfect examples. If you want all those colors, you’d play BoP, not the overpriced Vesper. Twinstrike
Twinstrike
TwinstrikeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Christopher Rush
just comes in too late to be any good; Rakdos had better be winning on turn 5, not relying on a defensive card like Twinstrike
Twinstrike
TwinstrikeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Christopher Rush
.

BEDFORD’S FAVORITE BLACK CARD: Ratcatcher
Ratcatcher
RatcatcherSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dan Scott

BEDFORD’S FAVORITE RAKDOS CARD: Gobhobbler Rats
Gobhobbler Rats
Gobhobbler RatsSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin

My Chinese Zodiac sign is Rat, and looking what being a Rat means shows that it fits me to a tee. I’ve been meaning to build a Rat deck; this might finally get me to do it.

Well, that was painful, but necessary. We have three more to go, so hold on tight.


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