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Anthem of Rakdos

Reviewed May 02, 2006

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.83
Limited: 2.57

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Jordan Kronick

Anthem of Rakdos

This card has a couple of truly impressive effects, for sure. However, the cost is dire. Black/Red decks already have a habit of sacrificing all defense in the attempt to win before it matters. This card makes things even more dangerous. It's quite possible that you could be put in a position where you life total is so low that you can't afford to attack. And that's no position for a Rakdos player to be in. This card has a high cost attached to it as well, but that's of less concern since you don't really want to play this until Hellbent is a real possibility anyway. This is the kind of card you don't ever want in your hand, but it would be very nice to topdeck sometimes. However, I think that another Rakdos rare - Demonfire - excells while this does not. I would avoid using this under almost any situation.

Constructed Rating - 1.5
Casual Rating - 2.5
Limited Rating - 2.3


Anthem of Rakdos

Oof...seems a bit expensive to see any real constructed play. But if you can get it on the board in limited or casual play, it has potential. You just have to be careful not to hurt yourself too much in the process. More potential in Casual than other arenas, imho.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5


Anthem of Rakdos

This card makes every attack a lot more painful, for both players involved. The 1 damage you take for each attacker might discourage you from attacking, since the more creatures attack, the more damage you take and the less blockers you have, thus the easier it is for the opponent to pounce and finish you off. On the other hand, the +2/+0 means that your opponent will probably have to block as much as possible (and lose creatures in the process). This card lets you effectively say "one way or another, this game is ending soon". Ideally you play a Falter or Incite Hysteria the next turn and swing for lethal damage.
The Hellbent ability just makes the sense of urgency that much more powerful, since four 1/x's could deal 24 damage if they attack together. But what's interesting is that it doubles all damage from all sources, not just creatures attacking. Meaning pingers are now twice as lethal, and if you topdeck a burn spell, fire it off for twice the effect. I can see this easily going in Red Burnout decks that play out all their cards by turn 4 and then just hope to topdeck enough Shocks to finish the job.

Constructed- 3.5
Limited- 3
Casual- 4.5


Anthem of Rakdos
2BRR-- Enchantment
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn and Anthem of Rakdos deals 1 damage to you.
Hellbent- As long as you have no cards in hand, if a source you control would deal damage to a creature or player, it deals double that damage to that creature or player instead.


Before I say anything else let me mention how much I dislike this card, not because of what it does but because of what it makes you think it can do. This card and Mr. Pit Dragon had me looking at the Hellbent mechanic and no matter how hard I tried those two cards were simply too expensive. I’m very well aware you have Avatar of Discord and Drekavac to help you empty your hand but from what I’ve seen a Hellbent deck simply works a lot better built around Taste of Mayhem.
With a decent red/black rush all you’ll need by turn five is a bit of direct damage to seal the deal and until somebody proves me wrong I’ll take Char/Flames of the Blood Hand over this.



hmm... I’ve seen my share of weenie decks that can hit you before you know what’s what, because a lot of the times everyone will overlook the little guys that cost one or two. This card could be a gift from the heaves to the guy willing to try a suicide rush but so far the most successful decks I’ve seen that can accomplish that have been white/green. Red has some potential and after this set so does black which makes me think it might be doable. I’ll have to draft a bit before I can give this card the thumbs up or down but there’s definitely some potential in there.

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