Crypt Rats


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Seventh Edition (7ED) Uncommon
Visions (VIS) Common

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Crypt Rats

Creature — Rat

{{X}}: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and each player. Spend only black mana this way.

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Crypt Rats Discussion

SirupyTuna on Cats & Rats

4 days ago

I'm considering Basilisk Collar as a way to give Crypt Rats deathtouch, but I'm not sure what I would ditch to find the slots.

SirupyTuna on Cats & Rats

4 days ago

After several test games and a round of kitchen table magic with my buddies, this neck has been updated to Version 2.0.

I got rid of Ogre Slumlord (not enough value and the synergy was too weak) but added another copy of Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist because that cat alone has won me a couple of games - wow!

I also took out Genesis Wave is favor of Phyrexian Arena because the boost was needed earlier in the game rather than later.

Lastly I added Golgari Charm because Crypt Rats is wasted if you're only going to fire it for X=1 in the early game. Plus, Golgari Charm's other options may just save your game.

All in all I'm really happy with the deck even though it still needs more polishing. The concept is by no means unbeatable, but there are a lot of fun interactions and I have a few times managed to completely turn a game on its head by getting Nacatl War-Pride into play with Lightning Greaves and thus killing off what looked like certain death just one turn away.

I'll be testing out a version of the deck featuring Black Cat over Adaptive Automaton, but am as of yet undecided.

Boza on 7 Grusilda, Monster Masher Questions

1 week ago

Disclaimer: none of these are covered by the Unstable FAQ, so the answers are not concrete.

Still, I will try my best:

1/ Yes.
2/ Stays the same.
3/ No, this is the same as 2.
4/ You cannot meld outside of the combination that exists.
5/ The other half is sacrificed as a state-based action.
6/ It will return as two separate creatures with no memory of their previous existance.
7/ They have the combined name and CMC of both cards. You do not have Crypt Rats costing 2B or Geth, Lord of the Vault 4BB, you have Crypt Rats Gath, Lord of the Vault costing 6BBB.

BS-T on Will WotC Keep Life Loss ...

3 weeks ago

Black does have a history of dealing damage in certain cases as you show cdkime. These cards do share thgeir own common groups - vampiric type effects, cursing things, sweepers like Pestilence and Crypt Rats too.

I think the issue is better demonstrated by the comparison between say Bitter Revelation and Dark Bargain. The obvious one from DOM.

My actual first thought on DB in spoiler season was 'what!?, doesn't lose life; I hope this isn't an indicator for the future'. So yeah totally agree, it is inherently black and specific. Let's hope we don't lose it and DOM can go down as a weird little experiment, an odd outlier for future Gatherer searches lol

jtkruder on Rats Everywhere

1 month ago


  1. Relentless Rats
  2. Razortooth Rats
  3. Crypt Rats board wipes and hits all players so you'll want some life-gain
  4. Rotting Rats
  5. Sinuous Vermin Can get quite large. Could used after a board wipe
  6. Gnat Miser is interesting. Useful early/mid game or against controlly matchups

SirupyTuna on Cats & Rats

1 month ago

I have been trying to keep my early game cards green in an attempt to secure proper mana sources, but I like the suggestion of Black Cat. Adding more black mana sources would also help fire up Crypt Rats.

The splash of white started out as just a way to pay for Pride Sovereign's activated ability, but to be honest I have yet to get that done - I'm not a fan of exerting my best early beater. You might be right that it isn't worthwhile. I like Fertile Ground for the ramp-like effect, though, but might opt to let go of Sandsteppe Citadels - the fact that they come into play tapped is aggravating!

Thank you for the suggestions. I'll definitely be testing and tweaking some more with those in mind :)

SirupyTuna on Cats & Rats

1 month ago

Hope is to block attacking creatures with a Pride Sovereign or any cat with Alpha Status until you can get one of the combos set off. Crypt Rats can kill most of your opponents creatures if you can get enough or with deathtouch from Ogre Slumlord, but the deck is certainly not invincible!

I considered adding something like Cartouche of Strength or just a good old Doom Blade for spot removal, but I have trouble deciding what to let go of. I'm sure as I get some real play with this deck, It'll eventually evolve into something more well rounded :)

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