Episode 25 – The Cult of Rakdos (B/R)

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The Cult of Rakdos


  1. Thanks to all of the folks we’ve had writing in this past week. Shout out to fellow #MtgDad, Jeff Marshall @jrm5778!
  2. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  3. Community Spotlight
    1. @jrm5778 – 00:05:13
    2. @maro254  – 00:06:56
    3. @MisterPlorg, @CommandTime, @commanderinmtg– 00:20:49
  4. Main Topic – The Cult of Rakdos
    1. Color Pair Philosophy
      1. Black is about a quest for power. Black wants it all – total control. Why? Because black is driven by selfishness, Red is about freedom. Red wants to do what it wants to do. It doesn’t like anything that tells it can’t.
        1. https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/hedonism-attitude-2006-08-14-0 Mark Rosewater article on Rakdos
        2. The overlap between black and red is pretty clear. They want things their way. And both are willing to take the action necessary to make it happen. True, red tends to be more physical than black, but black is more than happy to take action, you know as long as it knows it’s going to win.” – Mark Rosewater
    2. Mechanics
      1. Hellbent
      2. Unleash
      3. Flying/Trample
    3. Tribes
      1. Demons
      2. Vampires
      3. Not really a third (Mention Goblins and Minotaurs as close)
    4. Planeswalkers/Notable Characters
      1. Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast
      2. Sarkhan the Mad
      3. Rakdos, Lord of Riots / Rakdos the Defiler
      4. Olivia Voldaren
        1. Stories:
          1. Innistrad’s Last Hope
          2. Campaign of Vengeance
      5. Neheb, the Worthy
      6. Tsabo Tavoc
      7. Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
    5. Strengths
      1. Single Target Removal
      2. Access to any play style (black does anything for a price)
      3. Boardwide damage (asymmetrical nastiness).
      4. Tutors  
    6. Weaknesses
      1. No enchantment removal
      2. Often times have to deal with drawbacks on powerful creatures (Abyssal Persecutor isn’t too bad, but check out Phyrexian Negator)
    7. Notable Rakdos Cards
      1. Terminate
      2. Dreadbore
      3. Kolaghan’s Command
      4. Sire of Insanity
      5. Master of Cruelties
      6. Havoc Festival
    8. Top 5 Commanders on EDHRec
      1. Rakdos, Lord of Riots
      2. Olivia Voldaren
      3. Mogis, God of Slaughter
      4. Grenzo, Dungeon Warden
      5. Olivia, Mobilized for War
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