Rancid Rats

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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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Rancid Rats Discussion

StopShot on I wish skulk was an ...

3 weeks ago

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

Example cards: Farbog Revenant, Fogwalker, Rancid Rats

There are only 10 creature cards that have skulk, but I thought it was a really fun-to-play keyword in limited. I like the fact it gives more importance to creatures with defender, creatures with high toughness over power and low-cost creatures. As a keyword it would be used on and creatures and maybe some fringe creatures as well. (Like spiders, snakes, fungi, oozes, etc.)

I recall some people thought the keyword was a little too strong, but if it needs to be powered down I think it would be easier to make a new keyword similar to it. Something like: "New Keyword" (Creatures with power greater than this creature can't block it unless they have reach.)

Green and red decks would normally have troubles dealing with skulk creatures because their creatures typically have high power and since green has access to reach and red has been given more reach creatures like Nimble Birdsticker, Robber of the Rich, Turret Ogre, Brimstone Trebuchet etc. I think having skulk or a modified version of the skulk keyword would really make games more exciting and varied.

What are your thoughts on the Skulk keyword?

DeathBySprnkles on In what order would marrow-gnawer ...

3 months ago

If I have a Marrow-Gnawer and an Ogre Slumlord and I sacrifice a rat, like Rancid Rats , in what order would there occur? Would sacrificing the nontoken rat cause the Ogre Slumlord to trigger during Marrow-Gnawer 's ability or do I finish Gnawer's effect and then do the Slumlord?

Cannonhead on A Deeper Dark

9 months ago

Yeah, I’ve never been a fan of the Rat Colony/Relentless Rats strategy, any deck that wants to play out the exact same way every game is just boring to me. You make good arguments for Rancid Rats and Crypt Rats though, and Corrupt would probably make a good one-of, as I agree this deck could use a finisher. Thanks for all the suggestions.

mal099 on A Deeper Dark

9 months ago

You're essentially playing Mono Black Control, so most of what works for that deck should work for you too. Corrupt to finish the game? Some card draw, to gain even more card advantage, like Sign in Blood or Read the Bones ? I was thinking about Rat Colony , but that's possibly too easy to kill. Rancid Rats might be nice instead of Typhoid Rats , it has better synergy with Okiba-Gang Shinobi . Crypt Rats is always nice, it can clear the board when your opponent has better stuff than you, and can potentially kill your opponent.

malthusthomas on Rattity Man

10 months ago

I really like the idea behind this deck.

How are you planning on handling something like Electrickery , Echoing Decay , or Echoing Truth ? The rats also trade with tokens or elves which means you can't attack with anything other than your gnawers without impacting your Gary plan.

Dealing with flyers will also be challenging. Maybe it's worth adding more removal at the expense of the draw from Dusk Legion Zealot ?

It might be worth thinking about some cards like Ruin Rat or Rancid Rats for the deathtouch to deal with Anglers. Also, Rancid Rats gives you some evasion which may help in getting monarch back in the event that you lose it.

I think Gnat Miser would be an interesting inclusion if you feel like you want more on the hand disruption package. Rotting Rats is a symmetric effect but it has unearth to give an extra activation of its ETB and given your card draw you can use that to your advantage, or before you toss our Gary you can unearth them to pump up your devotion.

DRmagic2017 on A song without music...

1 year ago

What do you think about Etrata, the Silencer from the upcoming Guilds of Ravnica? She seems promising. I would also look at Invisible Stalker, Dimir Infiltrator, Rancid Rats and Vampire Cutthroat.

dudesquirrel on

1 year ago

CardTyrant! I love this deck and decided to build it myself with a few alterations after playing it with my group. Have you considered Altar of the Brood for an instant speed table library mill? With all your single creature pump spells, an infect creature like Septic Rats could also be a welcome addition instead of something less impactful like Typhoid Rats or Rancid Rats. You can even just have it ping people to fatal infect damage using Thornbite Staff after it gets big enough! That especially helps after the anthem effects(i.e. Caged Sun, Door of Destinies, Eldrazi Monument, etc.) makes it so Marrow-Gnawer + Thornbite Staff no longer kills your rats to enable the infinite combo. I also really enjoy Torment of Hailfire with all the mana we're generating. There are a couple more things i've changed in mine, so please let me know what you think! Here's mine.

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