Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Rakdos Midrange by Nick Prince

'Rakdos Midrange' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Nick Prince

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $192.66

Cards

Ox of Agonas

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.76

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When Ox of Agonas enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.
Escape—{R}{R}, Exile eight other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Ox of Agonas escapes with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Shadowspear

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has trample and lifelink.
{1}: Permanents your opponents control lose hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.
Equip {2}

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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.02

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

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Shatterskull Smashing

Color Identity:R

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Shatterskull Smashing deals X damage divided as you choose among up to two target creatures and/or planeswalkers. If X is 6 or more, Shatterskull Smashing deals twice X damage divided as you choose among them instead.

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Scorching Dragonfire

Color Identity:R

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Scorching Dragonfire deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If that creature or planeswalker would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Mire Triton

Color Identity:B

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Deathtouch
When Mire Triton enters the battlefield, mill two cards and you gain 2 life.

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Tymaret Calls the Dead

Color Identity:B

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I, II — Mill three cards. Then you may exile a creature or enchantment card from your graveyard. If you do, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
III — You gain X life and scry X, where X is the number of Zombies you control.

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Temple of Malice

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.33

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Temple of Malice enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malice enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.38

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

Market Price: $9.27

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({T}: Add {R}, {W}, or {B}.)
Savai Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Sorcerous Spyglass

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As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger

Color Identity:B,R

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When Kroxa enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Kroxa enters the battlefield or attacks, each opponent discards a card, then each opponent who didn't discard a nonland card this way loses 3 life.
Escape—{B}{B}{R}{R}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Agonizing Remorse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.03

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it or a card from their graveyard. Exile that card. You lose 1 life.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.63

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with mana value of the chosen quality. (Zero is even.)

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Skyclave Shade

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Kicker {2}{B}
Skyclave Shade can't block.
If Skyclave Shade was kicked, it enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, if Skyclave Shade is in your graveyard and it's your turn, you may cast it from your graveyard this turn.

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Rankle, Master of Pranks

Color Identity:B

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Flying, haste
Whenever Rankle, Master of Pranks deals combat damage to a player, choose any number —
• Each player discards a card.
• Each player loses 1 life and draws a card.
• Each player sacrifices a creature.

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Elspeth's Nightmare

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Destroy target creature an opponent controls with power 2 or less.
II — Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
III — Exile target opponent's graveyard.

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Pharika's Libation

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.05

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Choose one —
• Target opponent sacrifices a creature.
• Target opponent sacrifices an enchantment.

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead

Color Identity:B

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+1: Each player discards a card. Each opponent who can't loses 3 life.
−3: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your graveyard.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste."

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Pelakka Predation

Color Identity:B

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a card from it with mana value 3 or greater. That player discards that card.

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Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.43

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Kicker {2}{B} (You may pay an additional {2}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Vs. Gruul Aggro

+1 Bloodchief's Thirst
+2 Extinction Event
+1 Heartless Act
+1 Scorching Dragonfire
+2 Pharika's Libation

-3 Liliana, Waker of the Dead
-2 Skyclave Shade
-2 Elspeth's Nightmare

Game one I've found to be fairly easy: kill their creatures so Embercleave can't accomplish much, and The Great Henge costs 7+ mana. Post-board, though, Klothys, God of Destiny messes with Rakdos a fair amount. The card isn't unbeatable if you're prepared for it, and they frequently don't have that many, but while it's in play the game is significantly harder. Additionally, Rakdos gets to take out some clunky cards for more pointed removal and can win that way.

Vs. Esper Doom

+2 Duress
+2 Agonizing Remorse
+1 Shadowspear

-3 Bloodchief's Thirst
-2 Scorching Dragonfire

If they bring in Dream Trawler, Shadowspear is a reasonable card to bring in. There aren't many solutions to a resolved Dream Trawler, but this gives you some outs. If you are worried about Trawler, it's also possible to switch this card to a Soul Shatter.

I generally dislike Pharika's Libation here because they have so many tokens.

Vs. Dimir Rogues/Dimir Mill

+1 Ox of Agonas
+1 Heartless Act
+1 Scorching Dragonfire
+1 Elspeth's Nightmare
+2 Duress

-3 Liliana, Waker of the Dead
-2 Tymaret Calls the Dead
-1 Rankle, Master of Pranks

They do the milling for you, so no need to help them out so much. I still want some copies of Tymaret Calls the Dead to reload later in the game, but sometimes they stay in my hand the entire game if I'm winning, which is a compelling reason to take out all of them. If you do, you can bring in more spot removal or discard.

Vs. Temur Ramp

+1 Heartless Act
+2 Agonizing Remorse
+1 Sorcerous Spyglass

-2 Scorching Dragonfire
-2 Elspeth's Nightmare

Sorcerous Spyglass is specifically for Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. Otherwise, the name of the game is to just remove their resources and win before the opponent can recover. A resolved Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is generally unbeatable, so prioritize trying to win as quickly as possible.

Vs. Mono-Red Aggro

+1 Scorching Dragonfire
+1 Shadowspear
+1 Bloodchief's Thirst
+1 Heartless Act
+1 Elspeth's Nightmare

-3 Liliana, Waker of the Dead
-2 Skyclave Shade

I haven't found Extinction Event to be necessary, but it's not an unreasonable card either. Usually the spot removal is better, however, because it happens earlier and keeps them from reaching critical mass. Once you have four or five mana, casting Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger is almost always just better, as it blocks most everything they have anyway.

Vs. Golgari Adventures

+1 Bloodchief's Thirst
+1 Heartless Act
+1 Elspeth's Nightmare
+1 Scorching Dragonfire

-2 Skyclave Shade
-1 Rankle, Master of Pranks
-1 Ox of Agonas

I'm not a fan of this matchup, as they're simply better suited to being the midrange deck, and they have The Great Henge to go over the top. Scavenging Ooze is also a very effective sideboard card against us, and there isn't as much of a hammer on our side. Elspeth's Nightmare is the closest thing, snagging a smaller creature and then taking The Great Henge from their hand.

Vs. Rakdos Midrange (The Mirror)

+1 Elspeth's Nightmare
+2 Extinction Event
+1 Scorching Dragonfire
+1 Ox of Agonas
+1 Shadowspear

-2 Heartless Act
-3 Bloodchief's Thirst
-1 Rankle, Master of Pranks

The mirror has become less common, so there aren't as many cards to bring in for the matchup. Shadowspear is among the more effective cards, because it makes your Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger bigger and provides huge bursts of life gain. In a matchup where cards and resources tend to be light, it's a way to spend mana and stay ahead of the opponent in a race.