Ichor Rats


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Uncommon

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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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Ichor Rats Discussion

Mtgmyth on Plainswalkers Galore!

1 week ago

Good idea. I had Vraska the Unseen in there for a while. (I'm not sure why I took her out.) It's true that Ichor Rats only draws hate for me, so Vraska would be a good switch. Thanks for the comment!

loganfreedan176 on Plainswalkers Galore!

1 week ago

Good looking deck. Maybe take out Ichor Rats and just focus on the superfriends aspect of the deck. Also, Vraska the Unseen is a great planeswalker too add in my opinion.

CChaos on Bend to Our Will

3 weeks ago

Thank you for provided suggestions SlavicGhaespar.

Astral Cornucopia - I believe this card was originally included in this deck (I bought the pack), if true then I likely replaced it with Chromatic Lantern as it is a better card for multi-coloured decks. Sure Astral Cornucopial eventually ramps with proliferate but that is primarily if Atraxa is out on the field untouched; still it only produces 1 colour.

Sage of Hours - Great card but I think I do not have any targeted spell effects in this deck, the reason being it aims to control the field of opponent creatures as I pull out my planeswalkers.

Corpsejack Menace - Perfect for 1/1 counter decks, but this Atraxa deck is based on stax and superfriends.

Fathom Mage - Drawing more cards is always great but the large amount of creatures with 1 or 2 power in this deck makes "Evolve" not a good ability to use.


I eventually decided against using Ichor Rats as infect isn't a priority in this deck, if it was I'd have many infect creatures/spells. The idea of having a second Atraxa to build a 1/1 counter and infect deck is intriguing but expensive. Anyways, Priests of Norn will remain as it is a defensive creature with infect.

dstinct on Atraxa, Voice of Infect

1 month ago

I just started building a deck similar without doing a search for it. Here are some of the ideas I came up with:

1) If you are playing multiplayer, Tooth and Nail may be castable, but if you aren't going to pay the entwine don't bother playing it. Otherwise stick with Defense of the Heart. There are lots of different cards you can grab, but my personal favorite pair is Triskelion and Mephidross Vampire. Together it's a permanent creature board wipe that basically clears the way for you to attack with you infect creatures.

2) Throne of Geth works well with old used up artifacts or with Core Prowler and Corpse Cur.

3) Forgotten Ancient is also on-colour and will ramp up your infect dudes as well. He also plays nice with Triskelion who is gross with Glistening Oil on him.

4) Infect isn't just combat damage, but any damage dealt by those creatures, so you can use Tim effects such as Hermetic Study, Psionic Gift, Thornbite Staff, and Viridian Longbow. You can also use these on creatures like Marsh Viper.

5) I second Dauthi Embrace. I remember playing back in Tempest, and shadow creatures were a pain to deal with.

6) I love using Ichor Rats with a Mimic Vat out. Either the player keeps taking hits from it, or they kill it and I imprint it on the Vat and they they are on a faster clock.

7) For evasion in any deck using black I've been using Filth and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. Together everything is unblockable, and black is popular right now, so there is a pretty good chance your opponent will be using it.

shadow63 on B/W INFECT?!!

2 months ago

I don't see why you have Lingering Souls in here. I think Ichor Rats would fit the deck better

WillowtheCouncil on Infect

2 months ago

First thing, your deck is in standard, but you're not playing standard legal cards. I assume you meant modern? You should change it.

your deck has some really expensive cards for an infect deck. Black gets access to a few proliferate cards.

Replace Spread the Sickness with 4x Grim Affliction. You put on the counter, then proliferate, killing anything with toughness 2 or less for 3 mana. The prolif effect is cheaper, and thus faster. Since you're playing mono-black, which doesn't have access to the same type of pump, you want more prolif. Also, if one of your infect creatures gets blocked, you can prolif the counters on what they blocked. I think 99% of the time it's a better card. Replace the Phyrexian Digester and the Guardians of Meletis with Core Prowler. It's another infect creature, and if it dies, then you get to prolif. Replace the Blackcleave Goblins with 2 more Ichor Rats, since they have a better etb trigger. Replace the Dark Favor and Deviant Glee with 4x Unholy Strength. 1 for 2 on 4 cards is better than one card being 2 for 3, and 3 cards at 1 for 2. Unholy Strength is also cheaper in dollar amounts.

Finally, remove the Virulent Wound for 2x Throne of Geth (2 mana to add a poison counter), and 2x Hand of the Praetors.

Even more finally, replace Untamed Hunger with Snake Cult Initiation. Use the Snake Cult on a flier since it stacks with infect. Yeah. Okay. Make the changes and I'll help you again after.

DM_Cross on Hapatra

3 months ago

I really enjoy this build! I like the inclusion of a bit of Infect to go with the negative counters that Hapatra runs off of. My only concern for you is that you seem to only touch on Infect. General consensus appears to be that you need to either go all out with it or it isn't strong enough. Keep in mind that you can also use Wither effects to get negative counters on blockers!

Hand of the Praetors and Ichor Rats are good cards for Infect, Beastmaster Ascension is a great card for Hapatra in general and probably does wonders with Infect. I'm on the fence about suggesting Doubling Season since I did notice a fair few abilities that put counters on YOUR creatures as well and obviously you don't want to kill your own creatures off by mistake. Maybe toss in a Rogue's Passage and/or Prowler's Helm for some redundant means to get Hapatra through blockers.

Maybe I missed it, but I don't see MUCH card draw. Maybe toss in Greed or Underworld Connections? At least a Fecundity because it'll deter people from board wiping you due to all the card advantage you'll get if you have lots of snakes and Elves and Insects.

Overall, nice deck! +1!

Ulberth on Atraxa Control

4 months ago

Previous version

Land (30)
1xAcademy Ruins
1xAncient Den
1xBojuka Bog
1xCommand Tower
1xFlooded Strand
1xInkmoth Nexus
1xMarsh Flats
1xMisty Rainforest
1xMurmuring Bosk
1xPolluted Delta
1xSeat of the Synod
1xStrip Mine
1xTree of Tales
1xTropical Island
1xUnderground Sea
1xUrborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1xVault of Whispers
1xVerdant Catacombs
1xWooded Foothills

Instant (11)
1xAnguished Unmaking
1xCyclonic Rift
1xEnlightened Tutor
1xMystical Tutor
1xPath to Exile
1xPistus Strike
1xSwords to Plowshares
1xTainted Strike
1xUtter End
1xVampiric Tutor
1xVirulent Wound

Sorcery (8)
1xAustere Command
1xDemonic Tutor
1xLife from the Loam
1xMerciless Eviction
1xSeasons Past
1xYawgmoth's Will

Creature (24)
1xBlighted Agent
1xClever Impersonator
1xCore Prowler
1xCorpse Cur
1xCrystalline Crawler
1xEternal Witness
1xGilded Drake
1xGrand Architect
1xGyre Sage
1xHand of the Praetors
1xIchor Rats
1xMaulfist Revolutionary
1xNoble Hierarch
1xPhyrexian Crusader
1xScavenging Ooze
1xSkithiryx, the Blight Dragon
1xSnapcaster Mage
1xTorrential Gearhulk
1xTreasure Mage
1xTrinket Mage
1xTrophy Mage
1xViral Drake

Artifact (19)
1xAstral Cornucopia
1xCauldron of Souls
1xChromatic Lantern
1xContagion Engine
1xCrucible of Worlds
1xDecimator Web
1xEverflowing Chalice
1xExpedition Map
1xGrafted Exoskeleton
1xInspiring Statuary
1xLightning Greaves
1xMana Crypt
1xMana Vault
1xParadox Engine
1xSol Ring
1xSwiftfoot Boots
1xThrone of Geth
1xTormod's Crypt
1xVoltaic Key

Enchantment (7)
1xCorrupted Conscience
1xGlistening Oil
1xMirari's Wake
1xPrismatic Omen
1xPrivileged Position
1xSylvan Library

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