Ichor Rats

Ichor Rats

Creature — Rat

Infect (This creature deals damage to creature in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

When Ichor Rats enters the battlefield, each player gets a poison counter.

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Set Rarity
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Ichor Rats occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Ichor Rats Discussion

Mortlocke on Atraxa

1 week ago

odd deck description. But feels appropriate for an Evil Bill Murray.

I'm a big fan of Phyrexia, so +1 from me on principle. BUuuuuuuuuut I can't help but be disappointed at your lack of an actual deck description. Don't do our best gal dirty. She deserves better. My suggestion for a simple description is the turn 0 talk which can be done in 3 steps:

  1. You describe the theme of your deck - This Atraxa deck is all about abusing +1/+1 counters with multiple proliferation triggers per turn. As a sub theme you run all the praetors for a soft lock on the board.

  2. The deck threatens to win between turns x and y on a consistent basis and uses certain controversial cards (e.g. Show and Tell, Ichor Rats etc.) - basically you list off all of the salt causing cards in your deck - but you don't have to give away any game winning combos.

  3. Ultimately you ask the playgroup - are you okay with this? (obviously this part you don't have to do for your deck description - but it is something you would ask if you were to introduce your deck to a playgroup) If you want to go even further I always recommend Epochalyptik's Do you want to write a primer?

battlesong72 on Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

1 month ago

First and foremost, it looks to me like you need more card draw: Phyrexian Arena, Sign in Blood, Read the Bones, etc.

The synergy with Contagion Clasp and Contagion Engine should not be overlooked and I'd run them with Yawgmoth

Temporal Extortion looks good on paper, but I've never had much luck in getting the extra turn.

Yawgmoth is also disgusting for getting Bloodchief Ascension active in a hurry, I would run this in a heartbeat.

I don't think you're going to get much mileage out of Weaponcraft Enthusiast and I would think this deck is begging for Massacre Girl instead.

Ichor Rats is good because it gives everyone a counter, but I wouldn't run Tainted Strike unless you were going for a dedicated infect build - this spot would be better used for either another targeted kill spell or another board wipe.

DarkHero on Yawgmoth in my meta

4 months ago

As others have said, you should be in good shape. Mono Black can be very easy to run on budget, excellent at creature removal, and can find ways to out tempo ramp decks.

Victim of Night , Doom Blade , Go for the Throat , and Murder are all fantastic removal on a budget.

I wouldn't worry about blocking ramp as much as I would focus on creating it in your own way. Along the lines Dark Ritual or Artifacts. Cabal Stronghold is the budget alternative to Cabal Coffers . Crypt Ghast might be slightly out of budget, but does the job of Nirkana Revenant somewhat cheaper. I'm a huge fan of Life's Finale , which is criminally underplayed and pretty budget, especially in a meta that isn't in their own graveyards too much. It's always good to have a boardwipe or 2 on deck, but I find mono black can get quite a lot done with spot removal, and that is far easier on a budget. You already have Damnation when you need it. Black Sun's Zenith is also an option because you can proliferate the counters later. Lashwrithe and/or Nightmare Lash are good and not expensive. Disciple of the Vault is again criminally underplayed if you want to go that route. Get yourself some cheap tutors cause thats Black's go to. Diabolic Tutor , Scheming Symmetry , Beseech the Queen are the best budget options. Card draw is a must, and you get Sign in Blood , Read the Bones , and a host of other cheap draw spells to go along with you Phyrexian Arena .

And I hate to be that guy, but infect is pretty budget, on theme, and works wonders even if you just splash it as a win con. Tainted Strike Plague Myr Ichor Rats . You can then use your Commander to pay and discard a card a few times to win.

Black has a ton of options even on a budget. Just depends which way you want to go.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Rattack

4 months ago

Before I suggest cuts, two cards that I think could be good in this deck are the new Chittering Witch and Ayara, First of Locthwain . The witch makes more rats, and she can use those rats for removal. Ayara provides card draw and can crush the table when paired with Thrumming Stone .

Also, I would up your Rat Colony count to 28-30.

O.K. now onto cuts:

First of all, I think this deck would be absolutely fine running 35-36 lands. You have a pretty low curve and aren't playing many extremely mana hungry cards.

Next I would cut all rats that don't provide enough value. For me that is Ichor Rats , Typhoid Rats , Burglar Rat , Locust Miser , and Scrib Nibblers .

Also, Metallic Mimic seems unneeded here since Rat Colony pumps itself. On that note you could cut a few of your anthem effects since the rats already pump themselves.

I hope some of those suggestions help! Good luck and +1 from me.

Mortlocke on Glistening Mists

5 months ago

As an avid fan of infect...yes yes let the "boos" come - i've been desiring a card that puts infect counters on players in a fashion similar to that of Ichor Rats but not on a creature body. After a bit of thought I designed this monstrosity. I think it's far from perfect, and is probably bit too far on the powerful side. Maybe someone can come along and redesign it to make it something close to playable?


Chesu on Mono-Black Infect

7 months ago

Septic Rats and Ichor Rats are both good creatures here.

el_mao on Yawg Daddy **PRIMER** [Heavily Play Tested]

9 months ago

how often do you find yourself going for the infect win through Ichor Rats ?

I'm playing a very similar list and hardly ever go for the second ability at all. It seems to be more about drawing as many cards as possible to find combo pieces for me, so i've decided to cut the rats for another piece for the Phyrexian Altar + Pawn of Ulamog + Reassembling Skeleton combo or some undying creature maybe.

really love all the reanimation in the deck. going to implement this.

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