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Good evening Magic Midnight Runners! Just another friendly day in the neighborhood, hope your day has gone swimmingly. Mine, nerve-wracking emails from the big boss about participation in company events is always fun to read about especially when you did not participate (my kids needed someone to make sure they didn't well, die, so I had a reason!) in said event. However, after some smoothing over, all is well that ends well and in the end, the company is happy to have me (I say company, I teach at a private school). Anyhoo, here is a (in the terms of @coL_Noxious) spicy Rakdos midrange deck that can beat your opponent in several different ways. Threw this together after looking at the synergy between several cards, notably [[Dreadhorde Butcher]], [[Judith, the Scourge Diva]], and [[Demon of Catastrophes]]. Throw in some removal, some hand disruption, some zombie amassing, and some planeswalkers that can do all three and you have yourself a nice Rakdos midrange build.
ONTO IT: [[Carnival]] and its counterpart come in handy early and in middlegame with removal, discard, and damage. This card has literally won me games against RDW on move two when I ping their Steamkin, much to my 3 year old son's dismay (he loves that card). The aforementioned Butcher is just a beast to deal with and anything short of exile will just dig the grave faster for your opponent. [[Angrath's Rampage]] is super flexible and really just fits this build well. The again-aforementioned Judith gives us creature pump and pinging when said creatures die. [[Skewer the Critics]] gives us nice removal or face options and pairs well with Carnival. [[Ravenous Chupacabra]] also gives us removal and a Chainwhirler proof body. [[Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage]] disrupts hands and pings extra damage and fuels graveyards. [[Demon of Catastrophes]] works insanely well with Judith and the Butcher and it is an amazing finisher at 6/6 flying. [[Spawn of Mayhem]] is another flying finisher with a nice ability to pump itself. [[Angrath, Captain of Chaos]] gives us zombie army capabilities and makes our creatures a bit more slippery. [[Skarrgan Hellkite]] is another finisher with removal potential. [[The Eldest Reborn]] brings back creatures and if paired with Davriel and [[Carnage]], can really make an opponent's life miserable (snagged a [[Shalai, Voice of Plenty]] in one game for an instant scoop). [[Liliana, Dreadhorde General]] is just a beast, pumps out zombie tokens, removes creatures, pairs well with the Judith and Butcher, and can wipe an opponent off the face of the board, no brainer here. Sideboard handles situational threats: [[Divest]] and [[Duress]] for control or aggro builds, [[Cast Down]] and [[Ritual of Soot]] for creature heavy builds, and [[Shock]] for RDW races.
ADVANTAGES: 1) In Bo3, this deck went 5-1 in unranked play against a variety of decks including Selesnya Tokens and Esper Control (which it absolutely hosed); its only loss was against a Boros build in which I got screwed and flooded in consecutive games, 2) this deck can kill in so many different ways and 3) it is super flexible with access to aggression, removal, hand disruption, and graveyard manipulation.
DISADVANTAGES: 1) In Bo1, this deck is hit or miss 2) this is not a deck for beginners, I really worked on this and I now have it where I feel it is playable but it really needs a few spins to get the hang of and 3) no mass removal in the mainboard, so against weenie builds this deck can suffer.
Overall, this is a majorly fun deck to play around with and it is in the vein of my Experimental Frenzy article. A lot of pieces on their own do not seem to work, but when you mix and match and find the right pieces, this deck can get scary, fast. Until next time, may all your draws be God-like and may all your spells hit the board! Good hunting.
Married father of two, middle school history/English teacher with a passion for games.
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