Deck Guide: Black Red Sacrifice

Today we’ll talk about the deck that can apparently hold its own against Oko, Thief of Crowns decks. It’s Black-Red Sacrifice or Rakdos Snackrifice – based on the food synergies.

Almost 1000 players battled at Grand Prix Lyon. Andreas Ganz managed to reach the semifinals with the following deck.

Black Red Sacrifice 

Creatures (23)
Cauldron Familiar
Priest of Forgotten Gods
Mayhem Devil
Midnight Reaper
Cavalier of Night
Spells (8)
Claim the Firstborn
Angrath's Rampage
Artifacts (4)
Witch's Oven
Lands (25)
Blood Crypt
Castle Locthwain
Fabled Passage
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
Dreadhorde Butcher
Embereth Shieldbreaker
Mask of Immolation
Noxious Grasp

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Black Red Sacrifice Key Cards

Witch’s Oven & Cauldron Familiar Combo


Since these two cats were spoiled, plenty of players wanted to put the cat in the oven, get a food and bring the cat back. As it turns out, the “combo” is real.


So the idea is to have both in play. You can than sacrifice the cat to the oven. You get a food which you can sacrifice to get the Cauldron Familiar back. So you basically tapped the Oven to drain your opponent for one life.

You can get even more value by blocking with the Cat and before damage sacrifice her. That means you won’t be taking any damage from the creature it blocked. The whole interaction is even more insane if you have the following card in play.

Mayhem Devil


Mayhem Devil is a glue that holds deck together. You’ll be getting triggers left and right. Sacrifice a Cauldron Familiar – deal one damage. Sacrifice a Food deal one damage. Even sacrificing a Fabled Passage will deal one damage.

You should remember that Mayhem Devil triggers not only when you sacrifice stuff but when your opponent does. This happens very often with cards like Golden Goose, Wicked Wolf and Fabled Passage. Oh, and with Priest of Forgotten Gods you also get a whole lot of triggers – usually three.

Pay attention if you’re playing in paper. Thankfully MTG Arena won’t allow you to miss the triggers, so that’ll make your life easier.

Claim the Firstborn


Steal their best cheap creature, attack them with it and then sacrifice it to the Priest of Forgotten Gods or Witch’s Oven. Many decks have a hard time coming back from something like that.

Don’t forget to board these out if your opponent doesn’t play creatures with converted mana cost less than 3 though.

Tips and Tricks for Black Red Sacrifice

  • If you have a Fabled Passage in play with more that 4 lands and you don’t need the mana this turn, you don’t need to sacrifice it. Wait until you have a Mayhem Devil in play for extra value.
  • Don’t forget to sacrifice you creatures with Witch’s Oven when you’re opponent tries to kill them. Especially important against cards like Legion’s End.
  • You can do lots of stuff with Cavalier of the Night. Sacrifice it with Oven, get Mayhem Devil back, get to Foods, sacrifice them to get back a couple of cats, Mayhem triggers two times…

Going Off

Anyways the deck is preforming pretty good, but be warned – the matchup against Oko decks isn’t easy. Your winrate will probably be around 50%, which is still a lot better than most Standard decks have against the menace of Sultai and other Food decks.

If you’re looking for something fun and challenging that definitely has a strong gameplan – Black Red Sacrifice is the right deck for you. At last we should repeat: deck is a lot easier to play it on Arena than in paper. There are just so many triggers.

Maybe you want to change a deck a bit? Check our Deckbuilding Tips. If you’re an Arena player make sure that you didn’t miss any of the Free Promo Codes.

Until next time, may you always get the cat and oven combo going.

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