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Rakdos Shred-Freak
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Rakdos Shred-Freak
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 17, 2012

Constructed: 2.9
Casual: 2.7
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 1.7

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BMoor

Rakdos Shred-Freak

What can I say about a card as simple as this? It's a quick, aggressive creature in colors that like quick, aggressive strategies. If you like aggro, this is aggro. Run it, play it, swing with it, enjoy it.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 2 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rakdos Shred-Freak
 
I enjoy some dark humor in my flavor text as much as the next man. The character quoted, though, clearly has little knowledge of philosophy or culture, as most people have agreed that if the soul has a physical location, it's in either the head or the heart. Then again, a lot of Rakdos' followers can't read, so what do you expect? What they are good at, though, is being aggressive, and this particular character is a solid, if unspectacular, attacker. There're times I wish the rules could account for things like the number of blades he has attached to his arms, but he'll often do a surprising amount of damage to an opponent - especially since a lot of people feel stupid using a card like Path to Exile on "just" a 2/1 creature.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Rakdos Shred Freak an uninteresting but powerful creature card. A highly aggressive two drop Rakdos Shred Freak makes Rakdos colored decks and aggressive red decks pack a wallop in conjunction with other powerful creatures and burn spells. In modern I see this card being outclassed by available options and the same concept applies in legacy there is stiff competition and limited deck space for aggressive decks. In casual it’s a fine early drop and certainly, in multiplayer aggressive but it falls off easily and dedicated aggressive decks may not be the best in multiplayer due to finite resources. In limited it’s a solid aggressive creature. Overall a powerful early drop that may see some constructed play but may not hold its weight elsewhere.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer:1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rakdos Shred Freak which is a two Black or Red mana 2/1 with Haste.  This isn't a particularly bad card, but it doesn't stand out either with the low defense and lack of other benefits after it is first played.  The flexibility of Black or Red mana being used and the aggression of coming in with Haste is nice, though other options exist in both colors that can do a bit more at the two mana slot.  Overall a dedicated Rakdos or human build may include this and otherwise it isn't likely to be seen around the competitive scene.
 
For Limited this is a bit better as two power for two with Haste that can be cast with three different kinds of mana combinations on turn two is both easy to work with and likely to deal early damage. An automatic inclusion in Rakdos sealed builds, possibly Golgari or Izzet as well if many other small creatures aren't available.  A booster pool skewing either color can benefit as well and it may be worth drafting as an in color addition, but it is best used for Rakdos and an almost guaranteed turn two attack.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! Today we are looking at the Rakdos Shred-Freak from return to Ravnica. Rakdos Shred-Freak is a common creature human berserker that costs two hybrid black/red mana for a 2/1. Rakdos Shred-Freak has haste.

     Not a whole lot to say about the Rakdos Shred-Freak. He is what he is as they say. For your two mana, in any combination of red or black, you get a 2/1 with haste. It may not seem that strong, but it suites what the Rakdos Guild is all about, and it can be a big help. We all know that haste is an ability associated with red, but when we can grant an ability like that outside of it’s colors, especially in a deck that doesn’t run them, it can make an impact. Granting haste in a mono-black deck is a fun idea, because your opponent will not see it coming.

     Other than that, nothing super special about the card.
 
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 1/5


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