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This card is one of the key pieces in my Malfegor EDH deck, for obvious reasons. And I honestly don't get why people are so in a dither about the fact that the Anthem doubles the damage it deals to you. Taking 2 damage per attacker is nothing compared with the massive hurt you'll be laying on your opponent. If you're playing a hellbent deck, you should have a few Dread Slags in there. As long as you're hellbent and you have the Anthem and the Slag in play, you've got a five-mana trampler that swings for 22 damage. That swing will do 2 damage to you, for sure, but who cares if your opponent is taking eleven times that much? To me, this is the king of all hellbent cards.
Posted By: Japicx (3/20/2011 6:29:24 PM)


The main catch is if your opponent gets your life low enough you wont be able to attack without killing yourself.
Posted By: Etregan (11/18/2009 3:01:21 AM)


Thought Gorger and Anthem of Rakdos were clearly made for each other
Posted By: klauth (8/23/2010 7:22:08 AM)


@ klauth: In a hellbent deck, you do not want that card draw. One of the most annoying things about playing blue with a hellbent deck is being targeted by their draw spells. Completely nerfs your whole power level.

@ terjack: 4x. Check out the ruling for Quest for Pure Flame.

@ Kryptnyt: Well I feel like a noob. I'm putting together a creature-heavy hellbent deck, and it didn't even occur to me that the enchantment's damage would double too. Definitely swapping this out for a fourth Demonfire...or maybe a second Gloomdrifter.
Posted By: blindthrall (3/11/2011 2:28:30 PM)


Also, with hellbent, the enchantment's backlash hits you harder. Instants FTW? Breath of Malfegor?
Posted By: Kryptnyt (1/24/2011 2:36:31 PM)


Never underestimate the power of an Iron Maiden concert.
Posted By: Enemy_Tricolor (12/10/2010 10:57:54 PM)


This triggers everytime you attack, so getting additional combat phases will boost the creature even more (at the cost of extra damage)
Posted By: Guest1490290544 (7/21/2010 1:04:57 PM)


Play shit that has lifelink. Duh. Kaalia knows what's up. She'll call up her homegirl Baneslayer Angel.

"Haaay girl! Wanna go roflstomp some n00bs? We'll get pizza later. But leave your boyfriend Hellcarver Demon at home. He always fucks everything up. Last time I said you could bring him along we all ended up passed out, naked, and not knowin' what just happened."
Posted By: DacenOctavio (11/5/2011 11:12:03 PM)


It's excellent to have in play when you play Demonfire with hellbent.

Unrelated: This gets a whole bunch better if you run it in {B}/{R} vampires with a bunch of lifelink...
Posted By: LordRandomness (7/26/2012 2:35:48 PM)


The Anthem is nothing compared to what Rakdos himself can do. But, Conspiracy(naming Demons), Rakdos the Defiler, Terravore, this, game.
Posted By: TheTraitorKing (12/22/2009 6:40:27 PM)


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