Rotting Rats

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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Set Rarity
Planechase (HOP) Common
Conflux (CON) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Rotting Rats Discussion

Xenerai on Zombinstein

1 week ago

if this deck is for casual then i'd say its pretty alright for a fun break from the norm. Only 10 cards short of a commander deck too if you want to go that route. But if you're looking for more competitiveness, I'd say to do the following:

The first thing we need to do before anything, is to figure out the strategy we're going for. Obviously a token based liliana deck is way out of reasonable budgets. The blue you added does give me an idea for a control based zombie deck.

So the first thing to do is remove the cards above 60 that we wouldn't need, along with cards that will don't either assist or protect our strategies. I would start by removing the following: 2 - Advanced Stitchwing. 2 - Certain Death. 1 - Collective Brutality. 1 - Corrupt. 1 - Corrupted Roots. 2 - Disentomb. 1 - Doom Blade. 1 - Essence Harvest. 1 - Gnawing Zombie. 1 - Grixis Slavedriver. 1 - Grixis Grimblade. 1 - Hunted Ghoul. 1 - Haunted Dead. 3 - Ingenious Skaab. 4 - Laboratory Brute. 1 - Lamplighter of Selhoff. 1 - Maalfeld Twins. 2 - Macabre Waltz. 2 - Midnight Recovery. 1 - Mistvein Borderpost. 1 - Moan of the Unhallowed. 2 - Paranoid Delusions. 1 - Polluted Dead. 2 - Psychic Strike. 1 - Recover. 1 - Rise from the Grave. 1 - Scrapskin Drake. 1 - Shambling Attendants. 1 - Sibsig Host. 1 - Sibsig Muckdraggers. 1 - Sidisi's Pet. 1 - Sip of Hemlock. 1 - Skinrender. 1 - Spineless Thug. 1 - Stitched Mangler. 2 - Thraben Foulbloods. 1 - Strange Augmentation. 1 - Undead Executioner. 1 - Zombie Outlander. 15 - Swamp. 10 - Island.

It IS Quite a lot, but it's because we need to make room for the cards that'll make the bulk of our strategy, not to mention there are cheaper, better alternatives to most of these cards (lands were removed because the mana base will be changed later). With these cards taken out, that leaves us with the following: 3 - Cemetery Recruitment. 1 - Ghastly Conscription. 1 - Sign in Blood. 1 - Graf Harvest. 1 - Rooftop Storm. 2 - Gavony Unhallowed. 1 - Jhessian Zombies. 1 - Vedalken Ghoul.

these are pretty linearly focused for an effective strategy. to fluff out the rest of the cards for the deck, I'd recommend:

+1 - Cemetery Recruitment. +3 - Sign in Blood. +4 - Mana Leak. +3 - Duress. +3 - Vedalken Ghoul. +3 - Jhessian Zombies. +1 - Rooftop Storm. +4 - Go for the Throat. +4 - Rotting Rats. +3 - Claim / Fame.

king-saproling on Awkward Eye Contact with Death

4 weeks ago

Looks good! You might like these: Herald of Leshrac, Rotting Rats, Palace Jailer (this one is neat because you can sack and reanimate him to exile multiple creatures. opps won't get their creatures back unless they become monarch. he also replaces himself with the monarch draw which is nice), Dark-Dweller Oracle, Mangara of Corondor (activate the ability, then sack Mangara while the ability is on the stack. it will resolve but Mangara will not be exiled), Skullclamp, Pitiless Plunderer, Grim Haruspex, Shifting Shadow, Fanatical Devotion, Bishop of Rebirth, Custodi Soulcaller, Stingscourger, Crackling Doom, Siege-Gang Commander, Bounty Agent

Apollo_Paladin on Ultra-Budget Speed Dredge (2x 5-Card "Gold Hands")

1 month ago

Hey thanks for the up-vote and the comment! I'd considered using ETB discard effects, and looking at Rotting Rats that may find a way into the build the next time I sit down to run "test tweaks" on it.

The Geier Reach Sanitarium isn't a bad call either since it's only a 2-mana activation and doesn't come into play tapped; one thing this deck certainly lacks is any form of card draw. I'm aware of a few lands which can help correct this, but I don't want to throw off "Gold Hand" (or near-miss) draws too much by including lots of "enters tapped" lands, which a lot of the other draw-lands seem to be.

I'm also trying to keep the overall cost of this deck to a minimum as a kind of concept, so I appreciate you recommending similar budget-range cards at least! Some of these have definitely made my list to try if/when I attempt a rebuild. Great suggestions!

Gakros on Cleverly Named Graveyard Deck

2 months ago

Board wipes depends on your meta.if you are going to use Damnation effects why not use Magus of the Disk,False Prophet,Cataclysmic Gearhulk, Massacre Girl and the list goes on.
if you are going to play something play it on a creature unless you need to stop others.Path to Exile,Silence,Swords to Plowshares are a must in a Combo Oriented Meta than you need to answer a play or you lose on the spot.


Thing is that Karador is a slow deck that needs space and time to do its thing... Slowly.... if you meta is also a slow one then you have the automatic advantage.If not that is when you need stax pieces like the ones you mention Rotting Rats and Spelltithe Enforcer. But its either too specific or too little. 1 discard per player is nothing. Compare that to Mindslicer. 1 time and gg.You can play stuff but others are pretty much done. So either build a "discard" them to play many or Rotting Rats effects (i tried playing a similar karador deck i found it boring) or go for more wider effects.

Last thing i used to play karador for his value and recursion with strong creatures. But the moment i switched to Karmic Guide + reveilark Combo.... i was left speechless thats what power feels like . And it is reallly really budget. Look at my description in "How it wins" > "All the combo lines"

Epicurus on Cleverly Named Graveyard Deck

2 months ago

Gakros Solid suggestions, one and all! You can see on my maybe board which of them I'm considering immediately. My next question becomes what to pull for them.

Crazy thought: I assumed from the get go that I would need Wrath of God and Damnation, but am yet to use either. The deck doesn't seem to need boardwipe as much as I thought. I've been considering Nevinyrral's Disk as a panic button because it takes down noncreature permanents too, but I'm unsure I need that either. What are your thoughts on this?

Next, Rotting Rats is on my likely-to-cut list, but I wouldn't really want to replace it with something that has a high CMC, because I don't have a helluva lot of weenies in here.

Lastly, Spelltithe Enforcer does not fit the theme, but it has slowed down the opponents long enough for me to get rolling a couple times. It is just a really good card that should be in any EDH deck that includes white, in my opinion. So I'm hesitant to cut it.

As for the land, I haven't ever had mana problems. Yet. There's just too many spells in this deck that I don't want to part with for land. And a lot of mana ramp from the spells that are there.

I'm going to check out your deck shortly, and maybe draw some more suggestions from it. Thanks!

Epicurus on Rat attack

2 months ago

Good theme. A few suggestions...

  • You're not utilizing Rat Colony's capability to have more than 4 in the deck. Since you're foregoing extra copies of it, I'd say you should use Pack Rat instead.

  • Rotting Rats is exactly the same card as Burglar Rat, but with Unearth. Yes it makes you discard as well, but still I think worth it.

  • Nezumi Bone-Reader gives you a reusable, activated effect that turns all of your rats into Drainpipe Vermin; much easier to control.

  • I don't see how Gnat Miser is doing you much good in this deck, unless you're playing it on turn one. Even then, it loses potency quickly. I'd replace it with either Ravenous Rats or Rancid Rats, or maybe 2 of each.

I certainly do believe that you have a fully functional deck here. Essentially it's a tribal rat aggro discard deck. Low mana curve, plenty of discard. Play around with my suggestions and see how it feels.

Kampfkrapfn on Rats!!!

2 months ago

So I'm very new here myself and I mostly play EDH (Commander), but I can help on formatting decklists.

  1. Rather sort your cards by cardtype or role in your deck
  2. Some of the card costs are not within the category (see Dark Ritual)
  3. Consider removal like Tragic Slip, Doom Blade, Go for the Throat and such
  4. Drawing cards is a great way to not miss any landdrops. Altar's Reap is my all time favorite for black decks, also Bloodgift Demon is a classy way to vibe with rats.
  5. Looking at Duress I had rats like Rotting Rats and Stronghold Rats in my mind. Sure the first make you discard too but if you want to let someone suffer a little that's a fine price to pay. Speaking of suffering, maybe Mindcrank might be your style
  6. Mana I can help with. Carddraw is always an indirect manafix but Cabal Ritual, Magus of the Coffers or even the famous Cabal Coffers directly tend to the problem. Hope I could help! I'll put some cards as suggestion :)
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