Rakdos and X creatures

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This might be a silly question, but well, I'm still pretty new.

The situtation is I have Rakdos, Lord of Riots on the battlefield, with and want to cast a creature with an "X" in the casting cost. Let's say Lightning Serpent. Assuming Rakdos has already attacked and connected with all 6 damage, can I use his ability and automatically put a 6 mana discount toward the X of the Lightning Serpent? I can't think of a reason why I couldn't, but that just seems kind of powerful. I guess I'm just confirming that that is ok.
you first choose X, then calculate the cost

for example your opponent had been dealt 6 damage
if you choose X=6 Lightning Serpent would just cost
if you choose X=12 Lightning Serpent would cost
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X in costs are affected by cost reduction effects, yes. If your opponent lost 6 life this turn, you essentially can choose an X up to 6 without having to pay anything for it.

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total cost = mana cost or alternative cost + additional costs and cost increases - cost reductions

The mana cost is X.
Rakdos's effect is a cost reduction.

Say your opponent lost 6 life and you picked X=6.
total cost
= mana cost or alternative cost + additional costs and cost increases - cost reductions
= + [nothing] -
=

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I can't think of a reason why I couldn't, but that just seems kind of powerful.

Indeed, when compared to the five other existing «two-of-the-same-mana-plus-two-of-the-same-mana» creatures,
Rakdos is very powerful.

From RTR: 
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
Trostani, Selesnya's Voice

And the somewhat older Ghost Council of Orzhova
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I'm afraid the Magic game has its drawbacks, not the least of which is Power Creep

Tax evasion is nothing but legitimate self-defense against the theft that is tax collection.

Rakdos is very powerful.

that's offset by the rest of the Rakdos card being quite weak

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Rakdos is very powerful.

that's offset by the rest of the Rakdos card being quite weak


Flying Trample 6/6 is weak?

Tax evasion is nothing but legitimate self-defense against the theft that is tax collection.

Oh! perhaps you meant Rakdos cardS...

Power Creep still happens, even if one «compensates»(???) by creating bad cards.

Tax evasion is nothing but legitimate self-defense against the theft that is tax collection.

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