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Rakdos Cackler
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Rakdos Cackler
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 18, 2012

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 2.69

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Rakdos Cackler

Like yesterday's card, there's not much more to this than just dropping it as early as you can and attacking with it. But the unleash mechanic makes it worth much more of a think-over. Really, when you cast Rakdos Cackler, you have to choose whether you want a 1/1 or a 2/2 that can't block. For the Cackler itself, not much of a choice. We're long, LONG past the days when a Mons' Goblin Raiders or a Merfolk of the Pearl Trident could pretend it was playable. Every color expects to get something more that a 1/1 for its one mana. But it's rare that a color gets a one-mana 2/2 without some sort of debilitating drawback. Red occasionally gets something like a Goblin Cohort or a Cinder Wall, but those don't see play because Red is the color that wants to attack. The Cackler has nothing holding it back from attacking-- a 2/2 that can't block is most definitely a good bargain for a single mana.

There will of course be occasions where you really need a blocker, and if you topdeck a Cackler, it's nice that you can choose to get a 1/1 blocker instead of a 2/2 that can't block. That extra flexibility makes it very nice.

Just remember, the "can't block" restriction is tied to the presence or absence of a +1/+1 counter. If an effect adds a counter or removes it, the creature's ability to block will be removed or re-added along with it. 

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 1.75 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rakdos Cackler
I know what some people have already said about this card, so I won't repeat it here. I will say, however, that if those aforementioned things were being said genuinely, it poses worrying questions for the future of Magic design. All I can do is look at the card and what it does, and what sorts of decks it enables: Rakdos Cackler's power is often greater than its mana cost, and it hits as hard as Isamaru minus his versatility, and it enables aggressive decks that have as few as one of the colors in that hybrid mana symbol. If that isn't good enough, then I say nothing is.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rakdos Cackler which is a one Black or Red mana 1/1 with Unleash.  A hybrid that can be a 2/2 non-blocking or a 1/1 if a cheap block is needed is flexible and will definitely be seeing play in Red decks, possibly Black as well, and almost any Black/Red deck.  The devil type is no real benefit, but overall this is a solid card for the cost.
In Limited this should always be used in a Rakdos build in Sealed and as a possible one mana 2/2 is useful for early game damage for Izzet or Golgari as well.  As a hybrid it works with whatever land draws a Red/Black deck might have in the opening hand and it is well worth an on color pick in Booster after major threats and removal.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


      Welcome back to the Pojo.com card of the day section. This time we are looking at the Rakdos Cackler from Return to Ravnica. Rakdos Cackler is an uncommon creature devil that costs one hybrid black/red mana and is a 1/1. Rakdos Cackler has Unleash, meaning when it comes into play you may choose to put a +1/+1 counter on it, but then it cannot block.
     I love, love, love the Rakdos Cackler! A 2/2 that cannot block for one mana is insane! Especially when thrown into a mono-black deck. The ways to then begin breaking it are through the roof. A simple Dark Favor, and now you’ve got a 5/3 that cannot block on turn 2! Hard to just sit back when that is staring you in the face!

     Even if you don’t turn to Dark Favor, a 2/2 first turn can be a handful that may need fast handling. Now perhaps you decide to trade creatures, or spend a kill spell, then point is that this little devil causes all kinds of problems, and no matter what the solution is, he has done his work before you know it! Even if it is just emptying your hand of a spell.
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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