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Rakdos the Mad - Clay Schubert (10/27/2006)

Here is a black-red aggro deck that aims to quickly bring an opponent down through a variety of fast tricks. It uses a synergy of shadow, burn, madness/discard, and recursion to shave down your opponent’s life total.

Land: 22
11 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

11 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
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Creatures: 18
4 Trespasser il-Vec
2 Urborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
Syphon-Mage
2 Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.

1 Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
Jaya Ballard, Task MageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T, Discard a card: Destroy target blue permanent. 1R, T, Discard a card: Jaya Ballard, Task Mage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. A creature dealt damage this way can't be regenerated this turn. 5RR, T, Discard a card: Jaya Ballard deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.

4 Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

3 Gorgon Recluse
Gorgon Recluse
Gorgon RecluseSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Gorgon Recluse blocks or becomes blocked by a nonblack creature, destroy that creature at end of combat. Madness BB (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)

1 Avatar of Woe
Avatar of Woe
Avatar of WoeSet: Prophecy
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
rk post
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
If there are ten or more creature cards total in all graveyards, Avatar of Woe costs 6 less to play.Avatar of Woe can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
*

Other Spells: 18
4 Call to the Netherworld
Call to the Netherworld
Call to the NetherworldSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Return target black creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Madness 0 (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)

2 Dread Return
Dread Return
Dread ReturnSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. Flashback-Sacrifice three creatures. (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

1 Wheel of Fate
Wheel of Fate
Wheel of FateSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Wheel of Fate is red. Suspend 4-1R (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 1R and remove it from the game with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) Each player discards his or her hand, then draws seven cards.

2 Lightning Axe
Lightning Axe
Lightning AxeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
As an additional cost to play Lightning Axe, discard a card or pay 5. Lightning Axe deals 5 damage to target creature.

4 Dark Withering
Dark Withering
Dark WitheringSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. Madness B (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)

4 RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

1 Bad Moon
Bad Moon
Bad MoonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All black creatures in play gain +1/+1.
*



Discard Outlets:
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
, Jaya Ballard, Urbrog Syphon-Mage, Tresspasser il-Vec, Lightning Axe
Lightning Axe
Lightning AxeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
As an additional cost to play Lightning Axe, discard a card or pay 5. Lightning Axe deals 5 damage to target creature.
, Wheel of Fate
Wheel of Fate
Wheel of FateSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Wheel of Fate is red. Suspend 4-1R (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 1R and remove it from the game with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) Each player discards his or her hand, then draws seven cards.


Cards to Discard Discard:
Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
, Gorgon Recluse
Gorgon Recluse
Gorgon RecluseSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Gorgon Recluse blocks or becomes blocked by a nonblack creature, destroy that creature at end of combat. Madness BB (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)
, Call to the Netherworld
Call to the Netherworld
Call to the NetherworldSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Return target black creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Madness 0 (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)
, RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.
, Dark Withering
Dark Withering
Dark WitheringSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. Madness B (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)


I put in the Avatar of Woe
Avatar of Woe
Avatar of WoeSet: Prophecy
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
rk post
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
If there are ten or more creature cards total in all graveyards, Avatar of Woe costs 6 less to play.Avatar of Woe can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
and a Bad Moon
Bad Moon
Bad MoonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All black creatures in play gain +1/+1.
in the last spots of the deck. You can really put anything there as finishers and utility cards. Stronghold Overseer
Stronghold Overseer
Stronghold OverseerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) BB: Creatures with shadow get +1/+0 until end of turn and creatures without shadow get -1/-0 until end of turn.
s, Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples
, or Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan HellkiteSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
147
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Bogardan Hellkite comes into play, it deals 5 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players.
all make good choices. Also, if you have any shocklands, feel free to replace the basic lands. You can also try Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos CarnariumSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
John Avon
s. They slow the deck down, but the land you return to your hand can be used to fuel your discard-powered cards.

[Editor’s note: There is also the possibility of adding Conflagrate
Conflagrate
ConflagrateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
151
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
Conflagrate deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players. Flashback-RR, Discard X cards. (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
. It can be pitched early to enable the other spells and flashed back at the end of the game for the last few points of damage. Or you could hold onto it to pick off some weenies. Just thought I’d throw that in, since this deck seems tailor-made to handle the flashback cost.]

The traditional weakness of a black-red deck is a defensive white deck. Paladin en-Vec and a Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
can completely shut down a deck of this type. To try and counteract that threat, I originally had Blazing Blade Askari
Blazing Blade Askari
Blazing Blade AskariSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.) 2: Blazing Blade Askari becomes colorless until end of turn.
to try and bypass the dreaded Paladin. I then realized that this deck had ways to counter the white cleric. If the Paladin en-Vec attempts to block a Gorgon, the Gorgon’s ability will still kill it. The Urborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
-Syphon mage can bypass a Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
(it might take a while though).

Adding Age to the deck
Strength of Lunacy
Strength of Lunacy
Strength of LunacySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+1 and has protection from white. Madness B
, Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
, Null Brooch
Null Brooch
Null BroochSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
2, tap, Discard your hand: Counter target noncreature spell. Play this ability as an interrupt.
, and Fool’s Tome all make great additions.

Have fun going mad.


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