Success breeds imitation. Few know this better than Tatyova, the top Simic commander for years now. Turns out that rewarding ramp, an action you very much want to be doing in EDH, by drawing cards, also a thing you very much want to be doing in EDH, tends to be a strong thing. To nobody's surprise, various imitations showed up through the years. Aesi is the blatant Pepsi to Tatyova's Coke, and it seems that the serpent found a way to improve upon the formula. Sticking an Exploration on may not seem like a big deal at first, but in practice it helps amplify value milking, getting stuff off the ground if the other pieces are not collaborating. Is this going to lead to an eventual shift in Simic leadership? Since the release of CMR, Aesi has been outnumbering Tatyova 3:1 in terms of new decks, but the old-timer has a 2000-deck lead. It might take a while.
Most other attempts at replicating Tatyova's secret sauce have gone mediocrely, as exemplified by Eligeth making friends with Retreat to Coralhelm and to a lesser extent Marit Lage's Slumber. A particularly interesting knockoff attempt came from the labs of Keskit and Toggo, who employed some unorthodox tactics to try to get a similar thing going... in Rakdos, of all places. Why Rakdos? Tax reasons? Regardless, looking at their finalised contraption brings to mind various failed electronic experiments and persisting British attempts at solving solved problems. For some reason, the draw can only be done in lumps of three land rewards (stored as useless artifacts because reasons), once a turn, in a summoning sick fashion. Also, the engine fails to draw all three of the cards it sees, you have to pitch one and only get two. To nobody's surprise, this didn't take, and various Keskit & Toggo brand animatronic monstrosities occasionally crop up in junkyards across the multiverse.
Silly intro thing aside, this is indeed a Rakdos landfall deck. The idea is to fuel Keskit via sacrificing random garbage, some of it Toggo-derived, to go digging into the deck for... further garbage to sac? The board gums up with an assortment of useless tokens, be they tiny insignificant creatures, Toggo's rocks, treasures, what have you, at a rate outpacing what Keskit can eat. And at some point some sort of payoff setup comes around and tries to turn the mound of stuff into a game win. It's a horribly fragile and terrible deck. I consciously took out stuff like Demonic Tutor or Exsanguinate+KCI to try to avoid having the deck crutch on top tier support cards. Anything off here? Help me, almighty Nexus collective, please and thanks