Burglar Rat

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Common

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Burglar Rat

Creature — Rat

When Burglar Rat enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.

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Burglar Rat Discussion

MediSyntax on RazaBridge Reanimator

5 days ago

Any updates on this list? Guilds of Ravnica has some neat stuff! There are some shoe-ins like Plaguecrafter but I could see Burglar Rat, Mausoleum Secrets, and Doom Whisperer being worth some testing.
Maybe even Liliana, Untouched By Death? Turns a few 1-drop zombies into DIY Gravecrawlers?

WKM on NEED help for first FNM! Thank you!!

1 week ago

I'd replace the Barrier of Bones and Darkblade Agent. Some good budget options to look at are Plaguecrafter, Nightveil Sprite, Burglar Rat, Unexplained Disappearance, and Price of Fame to name a few. Are you wanting to build a more tempo based deck or a more control focused deck? One nice thing about UB for budget is it's fairly easy and cheap to be able to transform your deck from one to the other through side boarding.

wallisface on Rats

1 week ago

Here’s some thoughts below:

Cards you probably want to ditch:

Gutter Skulk - doesn’t actually do anything

Nezumi Graverobber - too slow, and a quite unreliable flip condition

Ogre Slumlord - waaay too much mana for a creature with little impact. In a turn-4 format, this guy is not what you want in your hand.

Voldaren Pariah - she’s alright, but rats have much better finishers (whuch i’ve detailed below)

Diabolic Revelation - much too slow.. and you’re not a combo deck so limited use also. This is not viable on 22 lands..

Dutiful Return, Morbid Plunder, Unmake the Graves, Whip of Erebos - you don’t need to be bringing rats back. The whole value point of rats is that their expendable. These spells are also very slow... you could have just fielded more rats.

So, what should you add? Here’s some ideas of better cards:

Throat Slitter is a 3 mana killspell that gives you more rat bodies to boot.

Burglar Rat gives you more ways to ruin your opponents hand

Chittering Rats also is effective discard, with the added bonus of limiting what your opponent can draw

Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni (max 2x) is a great finisher that deals massive damage on the turn he enters, and steals stuff

Marrow-Gnawer (max 1x) is an alright secondary finisher for when games go long

Rats are good at stalling games out, with all their hand disruption, but at 22 lands you really don’t want that many cards at 4cmc or higher. To the point where you probably don’t want more than 4 cards casting this amount (if it were me, it’d just be 2x Ink Eyes and 1x Marrow-Gnawer). You need to apply pressure early and then capatalise on that, as discard effects late-game become quite weak

Legendary_Shadow on Dem Cheap Zombies Doe!

3 weeks ago

What about Burglar Rat instead of Walking Corpse?

tbjbenjamin on Golgari Holocaust

4 weeks ago

Hi ZendikariWol,

Plaguecrafter replaces one of the Edict brothers either Fleshbag Marauder or Merciless Executioner, and we don't need more than 2 of those in this deck.

As for Ravenous Chupacabra, it is too slow and Spore Frog is generally un-needed as my deck is setup to establish fast locks even before creature combat becomes relevant. Why stop combat damage if you remove their creatures or even prevent their creatures from ever being casted?

Solemn Simulacrum and Viridian Emissary count as bad ramp. They are all too slow. Run full set of 1 cmc dorks instead for the most efficient mana ramp. There's a reason why I also did not even consider Sakura-Tribe Elder.

Your other suggestions are also over-costed effects: Thoughtpicker Witch would be good if it did not have a 1 colorless activation cost. Sadistic Hypnotist belongs as a combo piece in Nath of the Gilt-Leaf. For discard you generally want them to be cheap and recurring, like Bottomless Pit, Burglar Rat, Liliana of the Veil or Oppression. Mindslicer is an exception because the effect is extremely powerful.

Lifecrafter's Bestiary is too slow. Run Dark Confidant instead. Even Phyrexian Arena barely makes it to the list.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari is over-costed and slow. The life component is generally irrelevant and for the sacrificial component, it is way faster and more efficient to tutor or chain into the Edict brothers through Birthing Pod, Fauna Shaman or Survival of the Fittest and then recurring through Meren.

To make Meren competitive, any card that costs more than 3 CMC has to either cripple your opponent decks by cripping their important pieces or be part of your win conditions. Stax pieces are very important to stop combo decks from steamrolling over you.

CaptSillva on Nicol Bolas' annoying bag of schemes

1 month ago

Seeing as how you seem to be going for Bolas flavor perhaps you could consider Hour of Devastation, Crux of Fate, Countersquall, Magmaquake, Neheb, the Eternal, Rakka Mar, and Soul Manipulation.

Other sweet value cards you could consider are Discovery / Dispersal, Rise / Fall, Connive / Concoct, Angrath, the Flame-Chained, Liliana's Specter, Rotting Rats, and Burglar Rat.

LordVonChimp on The hurting rats (Budget)

1 month ago

Fun deck, might want some counter/enchantment removal in there though, a single Ixalan's Binding will ruin the fun.

Could throw some Burglar Rat cards in there too to mix it up a little, keeping the synergy and denying the opponent a few cards

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