Burglar Rat


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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Set Rarity
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

DRmagic2017 on Judith, the Scourge Diva Commander

2 weeks ago

Hello! Try to find Rakdos, Lord of Riots - seems to be a nice addition to your deck. Mogis, God of Slaughter - just to deal more damage. You can replace Burglar Rat with something more useful - Tymaret, the Murder King for example. In this case you can make a combo like: Tymaret + Judith's ability + Dictate of Erebos . Temple of Malice - enters tapped but scry 1, much better than Rakdos Guildgate anyway. And don't forget about card advantage: Necropotence , Phyrexian Arena and /or Underworld Connections .

Archaos_the_Gemfish on Rat Colony Infestation (Mono-Black, Ultra-Budget)

2 weeks ago

Just to make it more painful I'd run Burglar Rat as well

AnchorCity on Shirei, refining, need help!

4 weeks ago

I play my Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker deck with a lot of forced opponent discard effects, such Burglar Rat and Corrupt Court Official with ways to cause damage and gain advantage with enchantments like Waste Not and Megrim . I also like Tree of Perdition for that instant knock down to 13 life.

NoOneOfConsequence on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 month ago

Not to beat a dead horse, but I thought I'd bring up Shirei again (and my deck specifically, The Recursion Nightmare), just because I've actually changed it around a fair bit since last time. Workhorse , Harvester of Souls , Heap Doll , Myr Sire , Diabolic Revelation , Homeward Path , Mindslaver , Arcbound Reclaimer , Sorin Markov , Dictate of Erebos , and Coffin Queen are all out in favor of Midnight Reaper , Mausoleum Secrets , Skyscanner , Dusk Legion Zealot , Sensei's Divining Top , Cabal Stronghold , Petrified Field , Burglar Rat , Liliana of the Veil , Sanguine Bond , and Exquisite Blood .

The wincons are stronger, the mana curve is lower (and more balanced), the cabal-tron package is now super-redundant (with Cabal Coffers , Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , Vesuva , Deserted Temple , Petrified Field , Cabal Stronghold , and Expedition Map ), the stax effects are stronger, and the utility spells are cheaper. I'd say the deck has gotten at least 12% better, which, admittedly, goes against what I said ealier about the deck being almost perfect (though, in my defense, I hadn't yet taken a good look at some of the cards they've been printing recently--that's the great thing about Shirei, he only gets better the more worthless black commons they release).

I might take out the sanguine bond + exquisite blood wincon for Desecrated Tomb and Torment of Hailfire . Desecrated Tomb is more value, but obviously not really a wincon unless things are going way too well for me, and Torment of Hailfire isn't nearly as straightforward as Exsanguinate , but they might be better, anyhow.

Also, I still stand by Damnation --especially now that I'm playing Midnight Reaper and Dusk Legion Zealot , my life total is kind of a precious resource--sure, toxic deluge might be worth it anyhow, but it also kills my commander (read: I get my board state back after a damnation), so it's not strictly worse--though, I might consider playing deluge over Oblivion Stone , even though that card is my one way of dealing with problem enchantments, for instance.

Oh, and, I considered adding Pitiless Plunderer , but, again, the list is really tight, and I'd rather have Black Market over him, as I don't need more than one color of mana, the mana from Black Market accumulates, and it triggers whenever anything dies (relevant with Grave Pact ).

There are probably still better Shirei decks out there that still wouldn't qualify him for tier 3, but, frankly, even given a casual glance, tier 3 could easily be split up into multiple tiers (or just not have so many commanders crammed in it, and maybe we add a new bottom tier). I mean, Ghost Council of Orzhova and Ambassador Laquatus probably shouldn't be in the same category as Aminatou, the Fateshifter and Oloro, Ageless Ascetic , for instance. All the same, just in case these somehow weren't already obvious, let me detail a few of the more interesting interactions Shirei has with some of the dorks in this deck:

Mesmeric Fiend has an O-ring trick going on where, if we sacrifice him before his first ability resolves, the second ability triggers and does nothing, then we exile a card from our opponent's hand permanently. Doing that every turn with a sac outlet can be pretty good, and if you do it for long enough, you'll have everyone topdecking. I used to play Brain Maggot in this vein, but later learned that that works differently--it's all wrapped up into one ability, so if he dies before it resolves, during resolution, we take a card, the game sees that it's dead, then we immediately return it to their hand. Not very good, obviously.

Coffin Queen has a slightly different but effectively equivalent O-ring trick--if she's sacrificed before her ability resolves, the ability resolves, but since she's dead, the game doesn't remember her as an object and the delayed trigger of the ability can never happen, so we keep the creature permanently. When Coffin Queen comes back, she is, of course, a new object with a different timestamp.

Oh, and, in case this one wasn't obvious, cards like Mindless Automaton work with Shirei because their power is 1 or less when they enter the graveyard, thus triggering Shirei's ability, and their power doesn't become more than 1 until they've already entered the battlefield, as per layering rules.

Blackgate on Umezawa's Funky Rat Penthouse (Black/Blue)

1 month ago

I would replace the Burglar Rat with more Rat Colony . Thought Erasure replaces the utility Burglar Rat (opponent discard) offers and is on curve. Rat Colony synergy is too bananas to pass up on if things get out of control!

Have fun! The deck looks like a lot of fun! Hope play testing works out for you! :)

blubblub on Sultai Graveyard

1 month ago

Hey, I'm actually playing a pretty similar deck in MTGA right now (or at least I think so ^^). The main difference in my deck is that I go heavy on the Muldrotha, the Gravetide game plan with a lot of permanents to cast from my graveyard once Muldrotha is on the field.

Some exaples which you don't have in your list are: Show

As mine is a Bo1 List and there are no permanents working as boards-wipes I usually struggle with decks going wide with creatures. Also from my experience Hostage Taker underperforms a bit compared to Ravenous Chupacabra as for me it mostly comes "online" after the 6+cmc mark so you can actually play the stolen creature/artifact the same turn to avoid removal.

What isn't in my list is Thief of Sanity and Mnemonic Betrayal as I see those cards more in a mill focused deck rather than a reanimator type deck.

What I'm for sure gonna test from your list, is Plaguecrafter, just didn't have him on my radar when building the deck, and Vraska, Relic Seeker

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Burglar Rat occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.08%

Black: 1.71%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Black: 0.04%