Rotting Rats


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
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

lagotripha on Insult to Injury to Death

2 weeks ago

I'm not a fan of mindcrank without Bloodchief Ascension. It almost never pays off, and so many decks want cards in their graveyard you can get punished pretty hard. Jamming Rakdos Charm maindeck can offset some of that, but giving your opponent card advantage is a real risk. Burning inquiry carries similar problems, and without you running lots of cards that want to be in your graveyard, will likely help your opponent more than you.

I'm guessing this started as a delayed damage Emberwilde Augur Insult Rift Bolt list, possibly including Flame of Keld, which then morphed into a Waste Not variant. Its a fun idea- I've never made it work without it becoming a different deck.

First things first, if you want a damage/discard hybrid deck, you need to decide- how important is the discard? Is the this the rack, or is it a burn deck with blightnings?

If your meta has aggro decks that typically only have 1 card in hand turn four, a lot of discard is wasted. If its all control, then you'll want to be jamming as much as you possibly can just to keep from being locked out of the game. The big thing is that with fifteen cards sideboard, you can pack in 11 copies of duress variants and 4 shrieking afflictions. The sideboard is there to adapt you to your meta- whether that be by jamming silver bullet answers or completely changing your strategy in response. Just by swapping Lightning Bolt alikes for Duress you completely change the pace and playstyle of your deck.

Initial changes? -4 mindcrank, +4 Rakdos Charm. -3 necrogen spellbomb +3 Raven's Crime,-3 Elder Mastery, + Rotting Rats/Sedraxis Specter -3 burning inquiry, +3 Lightning Bolt. It should run smoother.

I have a big list of mono black cards I use for brews here Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox, in particular Sign in Blood and Night's Whisper- both net you more cards in a way that red struggles with, and in a pinch can finish off someone on five life with lighting bolt.

Jamming Call the Bloodline to turn spare lands into lifelinkers can help, and lets you run Asylum Visitor- which can help if you don't feel like Raven's Crime is all that.

Elixir of immortality is cute. Personally, I prefer Sun Droplet or the new Fountain of Renewal, and sometimes Golden Urn. Shuffling the graveyard back in is usually a disadvantage outside of 'draw your deck' combos.

Finally, remember to build something that is fun to play. Its all well and good knowing the 'best' option, but if it ain't fun, it ain't worth it. So always keep that in mind when choosing cards.

(edit- also just maindeck angrath. He locks a player out of the game like lilana and doesn't break the bank)

Vaan on Budget Infinite Rat Deck

2 weeks ago

I would definitely cut Gutter Skulk for a set of Rotting Rats. Including Chittering Rats and going all in on the hand disruption plan seens like a good idea.

Thornbite Staff seem really out of place and Diabolic Tutor has no payoff on this kind of deck, i would cut both sets and include some combination of Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, Ogre Slumlord and some kind of removal spell like Doom Blade or Dismember.

I recommend that before doing any changes to the deck you really figure out what your gameplan is, right now the deck is divided between a discard suite and a Pack Rat/Tokens strategy, they're both effective and the rats that force the opponent to discard are good on both deck types but you need to focus on one of them.

Silverdrake on Blightning, specters, and snipes, oh my!

2 weeks ago

Hey, looks fun! +1 from me!

Depending on how much you're willing to spend there's a bunch of upgrades you can make. Claim//Fame is a budget card that works wonders with Vexing Devil, Black Cat, and your Rakdos cards. Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are both incredibly powerful discard spells that let you choose what you're taking to help stop their gameplan. Wrench Mind can be effective at emptying your opponents hand for just 2 mana. Nyxathid is exactly the kind of card you'd like to see in this kind of deck. You might consider Rotting Rats instead of Black Cat. Geier Reach Sanitarium would be nice to run a few copies of as it helps you find the cards you want and, in a roundabout manner, makes your opponents discard to trigger caress and fell specter. Lastly, if you wanted to go absolutely insane with money, you could get 2-4 copies of Big Mama Discard herself, Liliana of the Veil.

If you're planning on bringing the deck to FNM you're definitely going to want a sideboard. You'll want to focus on A) the top decks right now and B) your hardest matchups. Human tribal is a HUGE deck right now, so you'll probably want some boardwipes in the side. Damnation is the best one you have access to in your colors, but to stick to a budget you could go for Anger of the Gods or Drown in Sorrow instead. I'd recommend 2-3 copies of whichever one you choose because of how popular the deck is. Tron and Storm are also wildly popular right now, so you should consider some Damping Spheres in the side to help against them. I'd recommend 2-3 copies. Graveyard hate is always prudent to have, especially when you plan on helping your opponent put things in their yard. Grafdigger's Cage and Nihil Spellbomb are probably the two best choices for you, though Leyline of the Void is also possible but I wouldn't recommend it. Whatever you choose, I'd recommend 1-2 copies. Artifact hate is also usually prudent to run, I'd say 1-2 copies of By Force would suit your sideboard well. Now, I imagine your hardest matchups are going to be fair midrange decks like Jund and Abzan that can play out enough threats before you make them discard them. Things like Tarmogoyf and Bloodbraid Elf will be your most likely downfall in these situations. In sideboard you should pack some extra removal for them - things like Fatal Push, Go for the Throat, and Cast Down will all help greatly against those decks.

Whatever you decide to go with, good luck!

jtkruder on Rats Everywhere

3 months ago


  1. Relentless Rats
  2. Razortooth Rats
  3. Crypt Rats board wipes and hits all players so you'll want some life-gain
  4. Rotting Rats
  5. Sinuous Vermin Can get quite large. Could used after a board wipe
  6. Gnat Miser is interesting. Useful early/mid game or against controlly matchups

Flyboarg on fire haste

3 months ago

i'm going to my lands as this but Rotting Rats i may look in to

mattuch on fire haste

3 months ago

Hello, if I may suggest, reduce number of swamps. My discard deck (Rats FTW (40 discards)) works perfectly with 16 lands :). Instead you could add e.g. Rotting Rats which works nice with Dark Withering.

lagotripha on Verminator

3 months ago

I put together this less budget B/G version. Bloodbond Verminator

Big thing is Bloodbond March for insane synergies with Pack Rat and Rotting Rats with the ubiquitous Aether Vial.

If I was trying to keep this mono black and budget, Drainpipe Vermin / Skullsnatcher / Nezumi Bone-Reader then I'd try to jank out with Thrumming Stone.

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