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Razaketh, the Foulblooded
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Razaketh, the Foulblooded
- Hour of Devastation

Reviewed August 4, 2017

Constructed: xx
Casual: xx
Limited: xx
Multiplayer: xx
Commander [EDH]: xx

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David Fanany

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Razaketh, the Foulblooded
 
While he's not an official story spotlight, it's interesting that Razaketh's flavor text reminds us about Liliana's ongoing story. Honestly, I had kind of forgotten about it before. I remember the stuff about her finding the Chain Veil in Shandalar, and then showing up on Innistrad and stirring the pot, but by the time Kaladesh came out last year, I wasn't even sure they were still doing that. 
 
In any event, this guy definitely has an ability you want to build around. Universal tutor abilities are always powerful, and while Razaketh's mana cost is high, it's very unusual to get a tutor ability that's repeatable (and for black, both creatures and life are reusable and/or renewable and/or stealable resources). Actually, for the context of Commander, paying two life is pretty close to paying zero life.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Razaketh, the Foulblooded (8/4)
 
Hey, it's literally a demonic tutor.
 
Puns aside, Razaketh is certainly what you would hope for in the set's big, mythic Demon. It's an efficient attacker (even if expensive), and it has a pretty decent effect: sacrifice your board (and pay some life) to get cards out of your deck. A repeatable tutoring effect is extremely dangerous, and black does like having an army of creatures that can die and that like to die.
 
I don't know, though, if Razaketh is good enough to see play outside of Standard. Griselbrand is a bit better in formats where you would want to cheat both of them in, but Razaketh plays a bit better in a fairer set-up. Fair is not the name of the game, though. But all joking aside, an 8/8 with flying and trample is a good place to be for finishing off opponents.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander: 4.25

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