Modern Monday Discussion – 8 Racks gets a new friend.

Arran Sahota | 22nd April 2019

8 Rack is a Modern Deck which strips your opponent of resources from their hand and then plays a one mana artifact called The Rack which deals damage to that player for each card less then three in hand on their upkeep. Then there is another card similar to the The Rack called Shrieking Affliction which deals 3 damage to that opponent if they have 1 or less cards in hand.

The deck plays Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek as the two most used black hand hate cards in Modern but then there are so other odd cards that are played.

Smallpox and Raven’s Crime are pretty good at dragging / delaying the game for your cards to slowly kill them. Then Fatal Push and Dismember are two cards which enable you to kill off their creatures if they make a threat in the game.

This is not a tier 1 deck but it has proven to be very strong when the meta is right, though have Wizards brought out a new card which could push it over the edge and give it bit more power or will this card just hinder the deck.

Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage is the weaker Shrieking Affliction but the fact that it can simply tick down and they lose a card seems good. This card is a combination between Raven’s Crime as they still get to choose what they discard, and Shrieking Affliction.

Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage feels very strong looking at it on paper and could work well as a Planeswalker being out at the same time as a Liliana of the Veil making them discard two cards a turn. There is one thing I would bring up about him he will always almost two for one, if they bolt him, they are still discarding a card and then losing the bolt as well. This walker just seems very weak to creatures and maybe that will be tipping point to see how good a card it is.

Deck list for 8 Rack with Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage

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