Rotting Rats


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual 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
Planechase (HOP) Common
Conflux (CON) Common

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Rotting Rats

Creature — Zombie Rat

When Rotting Rats enters the battlefield, each player discards a card.

Unearth 1,B (1,B: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.)

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Rotting Rats Discussion

luin on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

5 days ago

Rotting Rats's printing from Planechase is missing.

Pack_Rat on Help make a competitive Rat ...

2 months ago

Yeah, I already know this is going to be difficult, and there are so many other good options. However i love rats it is my favorite creature type and I feel like this might be able to go somewhere if built correctly. Well first let me tell you what I know, about these evil little creatures.

  1. Rats are really good at discarding with creatures such as Ravenous Rats Rotting Rats and Drainpipe Vermin

  2. Rats are WAY more powerful in numbers with of course two of the best rat cards Pack Rat and Marrow-Gnawer Another okay card is Swarm of Rats

  3. Some of them have a very strong ability called ninjutsu. Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni being one of the best since you can get a free card from their graveyard, one you most likely discarded. Throat Slitter and Skullsnatcher are also good ninjutsu cards.

So how can i do this? I know modern is a very fast format and so I have thought maybe making it black green creature aggro with some mana ramp to get out Marrow-Gnawer early and even run some collective company because that would make Pack Rat and Swarm of Rats bigger. Then the other deck i was thinking of was Black Blue control making them discard their hands and then use counters to stall until i can get the field full of rats. So what are your thoughts?

PrinceofPauper on Cards in the Yard

2 months ago

Thanks man! This is one I'm definitely dying to refine.

Rotting Rats is a good call. Funny how I recommended that to you and didn't see it myself.

I also think more Alms of the Vein could be good. I'm gonna cut some of my big Delvers to tamp down my curve a bit.

Appreciate the tips and kind words.


CricketYT on Cards in the Yard

2 months ago

Probably my favorite deck of yours, I love this concept. I would say maybe Rotting Rats over Olivia's Dragoon as it can both discard or be discarded for value. Maybe more Alms of the Vein for quicker finishes?

CricketYT on Golgari Hearse

2 months ago

Thanks man! I like a lot of those suggestions; I'm adding Soulshriek and Ghastly Demise for more graveyard oriented interaction, so I wont be using the delve creatures probably. Like It of the Horrid Swarm, they're synergistic and can come out quicker but aren't really the goal of the deck, it can pretty reliably succeed with the smaller dudes. Rotting Rats was in an earlier build of the deck and I really liked it, but I swapped it for Brindle Shoat. I'd like to add it back but I'm not sure what to remove, i think Nest Invader and the pig do a slightly better job. I'm glad you liked the deck!

PrinceofPauper on Golgari Hearse

2 months ago

Very cool build! Seems like a lot of fun when it goes off.

Have you considered 1-2 Hooting Mandrills and/or Gurmag Anglers as potential top-ends? They can drop turn 3-4 pretty consistently if your beetles/feeders are stalling out, especially if you were to swap out some of your Jungle Hollows for Evolving Wilds.

If you're not feeling the Delve, there are some other cool, synergistic cards that come to mind:

Love it as is, just thought I'd share... Happy brewing!

Funkydiscogod on Modern budget 1 Zombies

2 months ago

Some card that might be worth considering:

Tidehollow Sculler because it is a modern staple.

Stillmoon Cavalier even thought it's pretty pricey, it dodges a lot of modern removal.

Embalmer's Tools makes graveyard abilities more amusing.

Necromancer's Covenant, because it gives you zombies, pumps up all your zombies, and hates on graveyard, or cashes in on all the creatures you haven't embalmed.

Corpse Connoisseur can get creatures for you to embalm/eternalize/unearth.

Dregscape Zombie and Rotting Rats might also be good for their unearth abilities.

I don't know. I'm just brainstorming.

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