Rancid Rats


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) 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

dudesquirrel on The Laughing Rat Gang (#3 Marrow-Gnawer EDH)

4 days 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.

KingOfWhales on rats drive me crazy

2 months ago

I recommend adding 99 Rancid Rats

MaelstromMaxima on Vomit-Inducing Vermin (Midrange mono black rats)

6 months ago

only_the_finest I still feel that Drainpipe Vermin or Ravenous Rats is a better card overall than disciple. Rancid Rats is still an odd card, but maybe you should keep it. and the fountains are IMO worse than a basic swamp.

MaelstromMaxima on Vomit-Inducing Vermin (Midrange mono black rats)

7 months ago

Cool deck, although in need of tuning. Disciple of Phenax doesn't do a whole lot for the mana that it costs except for giving you 2 devotion. Instead, if you want to continue on the rat theme, I would maybe add Pack Rat or Marrow-Gnawer as a finisher.
Rancid Rats is not really a great card, since its skulk + deathtouch combo is working against eachother, since you wont really want to attack with it, because you want to leave it up as a blocker. So the extra mana for the skulk is just wasted. Instead, I would consider adding either Drainpipe Vermin or Swarm of Rats.
Radiant Fountain, this card doesn't really have a place in the deck, since gaining you 2 life is not really worth it, if you are in need of black mana, since this only produces a colorless.
Murder is a good card, but there are better ones for the same cost, or less. Such as Hero's Downfall or Go for the Throat or Doom Blade.
I like the inclusion of Supernatural Stamina it's a pretty cool card that you don't see in play very often. Please keep it.

overall, I like this deck, since it includes rats.. And I like rats

Pieguy396 on dark forest2

7 months 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!

x12721 on Zombie Variety Deck

7 months 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

8 months 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!

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