It’s the final booster of my 36-pack box1 and whilst there were no new cards it also wasn’t that disappointing. I managed to get a foil guildgate, the final token I needed for my collection, and an 8th copy of Persistent Petitioners. I’m going to be taking a break from daily boosters2 until we get to War of the Spark but I will be posting the odd deck tech as we build up to spoiler season. I’ll also be streaming some MTG Arena over on my Twitch channel.
For now though, lets take a look at an uncommon Rakdos creature:
Rakdos Firewheeler is a 4/3 creature that deals 2 damage to an opponent and 2 damage to either a creature or planeswalker when it enters the battlefield.
First and foremost, this is a good spectacle trigger allowing you to play this on turn 5 alongside something like Drill Bit3. It can also be useful against both relatively low-toughness creatures or as a way of killing planeswalkers that have maybe already used their mid-level ability. Along with that you also get a decent 4/3 body which is a pretty good return on investment. I can definitely see an argument for having this in a lineup that was able to play Judith, the Scourge Diva a turn or two before this card appears especially as there aren’t many other Rakdos coloured cards I’d rather play at a 4 CMC; maybe Ill-Gotten Inheritance or Experimental Frenzy but it would depend on the opponent.
As an added point of interest, this card follows a cycle in both GRN and RNA of uncommon creature cards that cost 2 of each of the guilds colours4:
- Azorius: Sphinx of New Prahv
- Boros: Truefire Captain
- Dimir: Nightveil Predator
- Golgari: Golgari Findbroker
- Gruul: Sunder Shaman
- Izzet: Crackling Drake
- Orzhov: Basilica Bell-Haunt
- Selesnya: Conclave Cavalier
- Simic: Frilled Mystic
Once again I’m a huge fan of the artwork and flavour text; if yesterday’s card summed up the Gruul, this one definitely sums up the Rakdos! Whilst I really like the art by Slawomir Maniak5, I think I prefer the promo version by Tyler Walpole who is a relative newcomer with only 9 designs so far6; I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.
And on to the future we go! I’ll be back with some deck techs over the coming weeks before we jump head first into spoiler season for War of the Spark. With the recent news that it will contain 36 planeswalkers I can honestly say that I’m intrigued as to what WotC have got for us.
Plus 8 from pre-release night, 10 from a fat pack, and 2 from Standard Showdown… ↩︎
Unless there is anything in particular you’d like me to write up? If so, just get in touch. I’m also still debating whether I want to spend £50 to get the last 21 cards I need or whether to spend £80 on another 36 boosters where I’ll likely get most if not all of them… ↩︎
Doing this effectively makes this a Rafter Demon if you paid the spectacle cost apart from the demon has lower toughness, doesn’t do the damage on entry into the battlefield, and you don’t get to pick which card is discarded. OK, it sounded a lot more similar when I first started this train of thought… ↩︎
The Golgari and Orzhov both have extra cards in these mana costs but they aren’t uncommon creatures; the Golgari have Izoni, Thousand-Eyed as a legendary creature and the Orzhov have Kaya’s Wrath as a sorcery. ↩︎
This post is part of a weekday series where I open up a booster pack and pick a card to discuss. Whilst these are often the best cards from the set, I'll often pick one that is a bit niche or one that has cool artwork or flavour text. If there's a particular card you want me to take a look at, get in touch or join my Discord community.