Creature — Rat
Rat Colony gets +1/+0 for each other Rat you control.
A deck can have any number of cards names Rat Colony.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Rat Colony Discussion
4 days ago
A bit wordy. tl;dr on the bottom.
First, change the format to modern, vintage, or legacy. Specifically vintage as you're using a Sol Ring.
Next, I recommend you swap out Sol Ring for something like Dimir Signet. Sol Ring isn't modern legal, banned in legacy, and restricted in vintage, so it's not a good idea to put it in a deck that isn't commander.
Next, the deck doesn't seem to have a win-con. It seems that the deck focuses on playing creatures that are unblockable, so I'd recommend cards that punish your opponent for letting through creatures. Curiosity or Rogue's Gloves would allow you to replace one of your cards that let you draw extra cards, as it would allow you to keep drawing cards at least once per turn for the rest of the game. However, there are more cards capable of doing this, so I'd recommend going on somewhere similar to the gatherer on WotC's website or somewhere else like scryfall.
Sadly, this also seems like a mill deck or a deck that focuses on getting your opponent to lose by discarding their deck. I wouldn't really recommend multiple strategies in a single non-100 card singleton deck, where games tend to go on for longer than 6 or 7 turns and there's only 1 copy of a card per deck, with probably the only exception being Relentless Rats or Rat Colony. I'd recommend not doing mill if you actually want your deck to be good and not roll the dice to kill off their win-con. If you do want to kill off their win-con, I'd recommend something like Sadistic Sacrament or Unmoored Ego. However, milling your opponent for the sake of milling won't have much value unless you want to win through milling. In fact, some would argue it just helps your opponent. So, remove Towering-Wave Mystic, Swimmer in Nightmares, etc.
If you DO want to go the mill route, I'd suggest something like Ruin Crab. If you still want to go both unblockable AND mill, I'd recommend putting in more rogues and Changeling Outcast and make a deck revolve around Anowon, the Ruin Theif as it helps you mill more and more. With this tactic, you're going for both their life AND their deck, which will give more possibilities for you to win.
In the end, I don't know what the deck wants to do. It doesn't really have too much focus. In the end, however, it's still your first deck, and that's ok. Everyone's first deck is going to suck. Even my first deck SUCKED. Even the one I first made on this site SUCKED. The last advice I'm going to give you on this deck is: find a way to win. You'd be surprised how many forget that.
tl;dr: find a win condition with this deck and focus on how you're going to achieve that win condition.
1 week ago
Halbrech: Thank you for the upvote and comment!!
Rats are great. Feel free to borrow as much as you'd like from this!
I still think Marrow Gnawer is a little slow, mainly because it can't tap when you play it. Best case scenario, I'll have five mana by T5 (39%/29% chance with my 19 lands depending whether or not I'm on the draw), and then tap it on T6 to double my rats. That's already too slow for a Modern wincon if you're not playing control, but in actuality it's going to take way longer than T5 to play it on most games due to the land count. So bringing it in would require me to change up the mana base as well and that'd change the strategy way too much.
In addition to that, I really dislike the Nezumi, hahahaha. I'll run one if I absolutely need to, but if they can be avoided I will. One of my least favorite tribes of animal people, and just do not look right next to all the cute little rats in the deck. (I also purposefully avoid diseased or zombie looking rats, haha. Just realized the art for Typhoid Rats up there was that horrible Khans of Takir one, but I just fixed it to the MB1/M15/Innistrad art I actually own, haha). That said, I do allow changelings, because they're one of my favorite tribes and I just love the idea of this amorphous person stumbling upon a pack of rats and deciding to live as one of them.
Those black counterspells seem like a really fun idea! I don't know if I can make room for them but I'll definitely think about it. Way back in the day I ran Avoid Fate on a monogreen deck and it always caught people off guard, it was wonderful.
Unearth rocks! Definitely the addition to this version of the deck that I'm most happy with, it just does so much work. If you want even more recursion for your deck, Claim is great as well. I actually ran Call to the Netherworld in the very first of version of this deck that included Pack Rat and while on a good day it worked exactly as you described, overall it was a bit of a risky gimmick choice—it only works with Pack Rat (here at least, in that deck I had some rats that caused mass discard but even then a lot of the time it wasn't doing that much work), while Unearth can bring back removed Rat Colonys too. In addition to that there's the Cycling as you said! Unearth is never a dead card while Call is almost always one.
I really like Fiend Artisan out of those sac outlets you suggested! I like how it goes to the battlefield instead of the hand and can be repeated every turn. I used to run Shred Memory just to search for pack rats haha, but that was before Rat Colony and now I'm way more likely to have -something- to attack with, at least. Sadly it's far from being budget friendly, but I might playtest it and see how I feel about bringing it in in the future!
As for the Time Spiral cards! I live in Brazil. It's easy to find older pre-modern cards in Portuguese, and everything after Time Spiral is easy to find in Portuguese and relatively easy to find in English (I prefer English cards to keep my decks all in one language, plus I'm not always happy with how they translate some things haha), but for some reason all the stores have a VERY small amount of Time Spiral cards in either language, when they have them at all. And most of the time they're in horrible condition. I have absolutely no idea why this happens! I'll probably have to get my Swarmyards overseas eventually, but waiting months for cards to arrive (or paying for them in dollars right now) sucks haha. My best hope is that they'll reprint it at some point soon, maybe in a Commander set or something like that!
2 weeks ago
With so many Rat Colony, you could add Thrumming Stone - its not so cheap, but you could get much more rats into play so much faster.
Mortuary / Haunted Crossroads - to put back rats that died back on top of your library. Some card draw like Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena, Dark Prophecy as enchantment card draws. Skullclamp since Rat Colony is 1 life anyway; Village Rites instant card draw for only for 2 cards.
Ayara, First of Locthwain - Ayara works really well with Rat Colony decks for card draw and pinging opponents down :D
Rise of the Dark Realms - to bring all the rats into play :D
Grimoire of the Dead - another big reanimator artifact.
The Cauldron of Eternity - could be pretty interesting in a deck full of creatures.
Victimize - sacrifice 1 rat to bring 2 rats back into play? Sounds like a good deal! :D Also, Blood for Bones is pretty decent.
Plunge into Darkness - sacrifice rats to gain some life, would work well with Mortuary/Haunted Crossroads to get rats out of the graveyard later.
Crypt of Agadeem, Songs of the Damned - could both give you a lot of mana into some card draws and/or more rats.
Cavern of Souls - probably not so needed, just a luxury to make your rats uncounterable.
Nightmare Shepherd - if you wont care about reanimating rats and your graveyard, why not make 1/1 rat colony token anytime when original Rat Colony dies? Sounds like fun! :D
Mortal Combat - not a fan of this card, but could be an easy win with so many cheap rats.
Dawn of the Dead - could be also pretty decent reanimator to bring a creature back, give it haste a swing for big damage.
2 months ago
I do like the combo, and I like the deck build.
Juuluk, if you post the deck to T/O you could link it which would help people provide suggestions as well as the good stuff suggested already.
2 months ago
First, I'm stealing Mortuary-Succession combo for my Korvold. And adding Deathrender because Korvold's a piece in that loop.
Personally, in sac decks you don't want to use too many instants/sorceries. You should really attempt to assemble some Persist combos, with cards like Rhythm of the Wild and Grumgully, the Generous, Melira and a sac outlet. You can probably get 3-5 sac outlets and 3+ Persist disablers, as well as a good handful of Persist creatures, of which Rendclaw Trow and Scuzzback Marauders are best as they can also be used with with Mortuary-Succession loop. Add some black ones though.
Then, you could run Commune with the Gods which, although a 1-of, hits every single one of your main combo pieces in the deck.
I don't know how much ramp you're running, but you can get to about 4 1-mana dorks(more if you want ones that sac themselves to add mana) and a good 3-6 2-mana rocks, although dorks are better here because you can sacrifice them. I'd use Sakura-Tribe Elder as a great one.
Also, if you're using Succession, get a few Relentless Rats or Rat Colony. Also Seven Dwarves. Add Thrumming Stone, and basically make sure that most of your deck is either ramp, Rats or Combo pieces. Mostly because it's funny and gives Succession another use other than combo.
2 months ago
Speaking from experience, I really think that Rat Colony is stronger in EDH than Relentless Rats. The fact that colony counts all your other rats synergizes so well with Marrow-Gnawer. The toughness limitation can actually help you too if you use cards like Skullclamp to get loads of cards, or Grave Pact/Dictate of Erebos to punish your opponents' boards. I also love that it's 2 Mana so it is very easy to flood the field with them. I do think that if you do prefer relentless, take out the colonies and go all in with them; in my own deck, I found that they compete for the same space so running both weakened their strengths.
Good luck! :)
3 months ago
There's also Gnat Miser in place of Drain Pipe Vermin as a solid one drop. Rat Colony in place of Swarm of Rats, Rotting Rats in place of Ravenous Rats, cut the Okiba-Gang Shinobi, for three as it guarantees you the discard, and you can use it with Pack Rat and bring it back. Nezumi Graverobber can take place of the whip, try to find a few slots for more. You can use this with Ink-Eyes and Marrow Gnawer alongside Pack Rat to bring them in, and allows you a little bit of a combo with Marrow Gnawer, Sacrifice it, make a ton of rats, bring it back. It'll help deal with graveyard based decks, and allows for some nasty interactions with Ogre Slumlord working as a one sided wrath. Then you need to find some room for Fatal Push and Thoughtseize/Inquisition of Kozilek/Duress and then with Piper of the Swarm you can take your opponents Eldrazi or whatever. With some sort of build like that it goes from being just aggro to synergizing with itself.
And outside of the disruption package can be purchased fairly low budget.
3 months ago
have every card in your deck be a Shadowborn Apostle/Relentless Rats/Rat Colony/Persistent Petitioners, with one Laboratory Maniac, and then just exile your entire deck and win! (I think I'ma build that deck now, actually)
let's use Crackling Drake to it's full potential!