Rancid Rats


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad Common

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Rancid Rats

Creature — Zombie Rat

Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)

Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

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Rancid Rats Discussion

Pieguy396 on dark forest2

4 days ago

Hey there! This looks like a great start to your first Magic deck! Welcome to the game, and to tappedout.net!

First of all, I would recommend reducing your deck size to the minimum - 60 cards. For every card you add over the minimum, it reduces your chances of drawing your best cards. I get that this might be hard to understand - if I add more cards, wouldn't my deck get better? However, let's say that Oracle's Vault is the best card in your deck. (This is just an example, your best card could very well be something else.) With a 105-card deck, you have a 1/105 chance (0.95%) of drawing Oracle's Vault. With a 60-card deck, however, your chances of drawing Oracle's Vault rise to 1/60 (1.7%), almost doubling your chances of drawing your most powerful cards. In any case, I'd take out the following cards:

This should make your deck a little more consistent, and hopefully a little more fun as well. In any case, I hope you have an excellent time playing Magic!

Shadow12721 on Zombie Variety Deck

3 weeks ago

Nice! That sounds pretty good. My only suggestion would be Diabolic Tutor over the Rite, unless you really wand the cycling mechanic. Also, I would run another Plague Belcher over the Rancid Rats, just to make people think twice about killing your zombies. This can also semi-ensure against boardwipes, as they could lose vast amounts of life in doing so.

Darkver on Brodents, pie-rats and other rat puns

1 month ago

halfyoung I like your suggestions, I agree that Rancid Rats might be too slow with the ninjutsu in mind. I actually ran Nezumi Bone-Reader in my first proto-type and I was considering Shrieking Affliction and Liliana's Caress. Thank you for the great suggestions!

Force_of_Willb on Rats... So Many Rats

1 month ago

Graf Rats+Midnight Scavengers = Chittering Host

you also have all the other nezumi but not Nezumi Shortfang

if you need more board sweepers Crypt Rats and Infected Vermin could be choices that fit the theme.

Okiba-Gang Shinobi, Rancid Rats, Sinuous Vermin, Dirty Wererat can replace other vanilla rats like Gutter Skulk, Muck Rats, Drainpipe Vermin

Plague of Vermin - rat token spell

solarPULSAR on Brodents, pie-rats and other rat puns

2 months ago

I would replace Rancid Rats with Drainpipe Vermin to add more hand control to the deck, as skulk is not very useful with deathtouch IMO. Nezumi Shortfang is another card that could do well in this deck. My final suggestion, if you choose to truly embrace the hand control aspect Rat decks naturally lends themselves to, would be Waste Not.

Bldhound1216 on Zombie Tokens (OP)

3 months ago

yea maybe both, you could side board Rancid Rats for Plague Beetle in case they don't have a swamp

Bldhound1216 on Zombie Tokens (OP)

3 months ago

Just a thought you could maybe get a better use out of Rancid Rats over Typhoid Rats. I say this because rancid is a zombie so it would be more in tune and it has skulk

ODDIOBLENDER on Swarms of Rats

3 months ago

I would consider Rancid Rats over the Gutter Skulk just for Skulk usage. Rotting Rats is also commonly overlooked despite its Unearth ability. Even Nezumi Graverobber could be fun if drawn early and provides a bit more utility.

Some easy sideboards: Bojuka Bog, Bile Blight, Death Cloud and Cranial Extraction come to mind.

+1 sir.

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