Ravenous Rats

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Common
Magic 2013 (M13) Common
Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana (DDD) Common
Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA) Common
Tenth Edition (10E) Common
Ninth Edition (9ED) Common
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Common
Eighth Edition (8ED) Common
Invasion (INV) Common
Starter 1999 (S99) Uncommon
Urza's Destiny (UDS) Common
Portal Second Age (P02) Common

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Ravenous Rats

Creature — Rat

When Ravenous Rats enters the battlefield, target opponent discards a card.

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Ravenous Rats Discussion

lagotripha on The Speed of Darkness/// Mono-Black Midrange

2 months ago

Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my big list.I'm a fan of Dregscape Zombie/Ravenous Rats/Lashwrithe

There are strong cheap options out there. You're sitting a little lower on the curve than I'm used to, but I'll quietly reccomend 7-8 Night's Whisper/Sign in Blood. Its a lot more reliable than Dark Prophecy/Grim Haruspex and the consistant draw lets you focus harder on the key cards in the deck without having to 'bulk it out'.

Noa on Bloodbond Verminator

2 months ago

Cool idea, dude. Unfortunately if you want it to be viable in Modern I think you need the normal Rock package. 3 Inquisition of Kozileks, 2 Thoughtseize, 1 Abrupt Decay, 1 Maelstrom Pulse and 3 Fatal Push. You're just not fast enough to beat the fast decks in the format. I'd also play 2-3 Collective Brutality, because discarding Rat Colony to bring the back later with Bloodbond March is the way to go.

To find room for this, I'd lose 4 Drainpipe Vermin, 4 Ravenous Rats and the Aether Vials. Using Aether Vial to dump your hand quickly doesn't seem to have the same impact as in other decks, as you don't win with great speed. Control is also not a huge problem due to the addition of discard. I'd also take out 1 Grim Backwoods for another Overgrown Tomb. 2 of those is too many.

Sideboard should be 1x Maelstrom Pulse, 2x Chameleon Colossus for black decks (and in flavour), 2x Damnations, 2x Nihil Spellbomb (card draw is relevant vs Leyline), 3x Fulminator Mage for Tron, Surgical Extraction for combo/Tron, 2x Collective Brutality, 1x Deglamer/Unravel the Aether and 1x Golgari Charm.

I don't know if this meant to be budget because those cards obviously bump up the price, but I think that makes the deck viable, haha

Sorry for the over advice. It was meant to be short, but just kept going...

Saljen on Yolandy's pets

4 months ago

I'd drop the Relentless Rats. Those are all in or nothing. Gotta run 25+ of them for it to be an even vaguely successful strategy.

I second what the other comments are saying. Drop the 12x Relentless Rats and add in 4x Chittering Rats and Ravenous Rats to keep up the hand pressure on your opponent. Swarmyard is a pretty much auto 4x of. Amazing card that only fits in this type of deck. Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek are other cards to consider, or better yet some removal like Doom Blade or Fatal Push.

If you really want the deck to get a boost, run 4x Aether Vial.

skoobysnackz on

4 months ago

I see your point with Claim and Ratcatcher, and Urborg is just sooo good in any deck that runs black, if you can afford it. If you are finding Rotting Rats to be lacking, I would just replace it with Ravenous Rats. I assume this will be a 1v1 deck for the most part, so it really only gets worse if your opponent has hexproof/shroud. If you decide to replace Rotting Rats with removal, in my experience, Go for the Throat is the least restrictive budget single target removal spell and if you're worried about affinity you could sideboard something like Disfigure. Tragic Slip is close behind, but without a sac outlet it suffers a lot. Lastly, it is my opinion that the best spells black has to offer are Duress type spells. Looking at your opponent's hand and being able to make them discard their best card and gain some insight on their strategies all on turn 1 is just waaaay too good to pass up in my opinion.

skoobysnackz on Help with making Rat Colony ...

4 months ago

Here's the list I wrote up not long ago: The Plague. I think the key to making rats work is to have:

  1. Pack Rat as a 4-of, non-negotiable.

  2. Something, actually, lots of things to make your opponent discard. I would start with Ravenous Rats and Rotting Rats if Inquisition of Kozilek, and Thoughtseize are out of budget, and would probably still add one of them even if they are.

  3. Something to bring back discarded/dead rats. Return to the Ranks and Immortal Servitude seem like the best options to me. Note: Swarmyard can also be game over to an overeager opponent who doesn't pay attention to the lands you're playing.

I think if you have this covered, the rest of the deck should build itself pretty easily. My deck runs 12 Rat Colonys, I think more would be a little risky in case your opponent has Maelstrom Pulse or Echoing Truth.

Some other cards to consider are Marrow-Gnawer, Ogre Slumlord, and Ratcatcher. I know Marrow-Gnawer is a little expensive, but if you can afford it, he's probably the most efficient finisher you can get for this deck. Just the fact that he gives all rats fear should be enough in most situations, his other effect is just the cherry on top. Ogre Slumlord also puts a wrench in many opponents' plans by giving all your rats deathtouch. If Marrow-Gnawer is not in your budget, I would go with Ogre Slumlord as the finisher.

Lastly sorry for the long post, and sorry if I'm suggesting cards you already have in your list, I was pretty excited when I saw someone else was also interested in a rat deck so I just threw all the suggestions I had before even looking at your list.

Manzuri on Yolandy's pets

4 months ago

you should consider some number of Chittering Rats, and Ravenous Rats. Both disrupt your opponent and add to your number rats.

ellie-is on Dominaria release notes posted

4 months ago

@Argy: What are you going to use the in Rat Colony for? I'm legitimately curious. It seems to me like in standard would be the best combo.

Also: I don't think Typhoid Rats is likely, though that would be awesome, but I could see Ravenous Rats coming back? They're definitely going to print more rats, otherwise Rat Colony doesn't make much sense on its own in the set. We know it's going to be a rat with a simple effect that doesn't need clarification (since it's not on the release notes), and if it is a reprint, it'll probably be something iconic to Dominaria, like the other reprints we know of so far - and while Typhoid has never been in a Dominaria set, Ravenous has been on plenty, and its printing history shows that they really like to reprint it - it's also been a while since the last time. Either way it's not that exciting because Ravenous Rats is far from being the coolest rat out there. XD

Anyway, whatever they print, I'll be happy! Rats and Saprolings are my favorite things ever in Magic and this set was kind enough to bring both back after a long hiatus (those crappy Ixalan Saprolings don't count). Can't wait to see the ones that haven't been spoiled yet.

jgc10 on

4 months ago

Big fan of budget decks and this one looks solid. Maybe Harsh Scrutiny over Despise if you're not worried about Planeswalkers too much? Couple alternatives to Black Knight could be Blood Scrivener, Nantuko Shade, Pain Seer, Ravenous Rats, Vampire Hexmage.

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