Rotting Rats


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
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
1v1 Commander 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

CaptSillva on Rise of the Horde

1 week ago

Training Grounds is super good with this commander. Necromancer's Stockpile offers some good cycling power. Gisa and Geralf offer some good utility. Grave Defiler is good draw power. Herald's Horn card draw + cost reduction. Obelisk of Urd offers a large board buff.

Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, and From Under the Floorboards are just decent cards that can generate more zombies.

You clearly don't care about discarding cards as much as most of your opponents do so maybe a Rotting Rats.

Also seems like you could use a bit more removal. Perhaps Price of Fame, Victim of Night, Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, and Kindred Dominance

CaptSillva on Nicol Bolas' annoying bag of schemes

1 month ago

Seeing as how you seem to be going for Bolas flavor perhaps you could consider Hour of Devastation, Crux of Fate, Countersquall, Magmaquake, Neheb, the Eternal, Rakka Mar, and Soul Manipulation.

Other sweet value cards you could consider are Discovery / Dispersal, Rise / Fall, Connive / Concoct, Angrath, the Flame-Chained, Liliana's Specter, Rotting Rats, and Burglar Rat.

JKRice on Black/Red Discard

1 month ago

Blightning would be pretty fun here

Also if you want more rats then Rotting Rats is good

JKRice on 8-Rack Budget - Updated for Meta 2018

1 month ago

I really like the deck. 8-rack was my favorite deck for a while but i abandoned it due to budget problems, so I’m glad someone made a competitive budget version of the deck. I like everything except Pack Rat because if you don’t have any cards in hand, Li can’t copy it. Maybe Nyxathid or Rotting Rats could be good. Also, I’m not sure if Fatal Push is budget enough, but that is probably better than the two cost spells because then you can kill a creature and still have mana for a discard spell T2. An alternative could be Darkblast, letting you you kill stuff or discard it and get it back to kill more things.

MindAblaze on Discard in edh/multiplayer

1 month ago

Ok Machiavelli...

On topic...discard in multiplayer can be done, but beware of a couple things. People get annoyed when their resources are whittled away, so prepare to get hit a lot. I have a multiplayer discard deck that uses Recurring Nightmare to bring back stuff like Liliana's Specter, Thoughtrender Lamia and Rotting Rats. I’ve learned that you have to have a plan for the stuff that sticks, and you have to plan for the deck that can out draw your discard plan. Otherwise, like other posters have said, 1:1 discard is pure card disadvantage, so stuff like Skull Rend are pretty threatening. I once had an opponent Force of Will my Skull Rend because of the potential damage it could cause.

Silverdrake on #ggg (golgari graveyard goodness)

3 months ago

Nemesis of Mortals doesn't play into your gameplan at all, I'd cut it if I were you. Vengevine probably deserves a spot here. Rotting Rats is nice discard that can work from the grave and puts a card in your yard. Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang can put lands and non-creatures that you've dumped to some use by using them as a part of the cost. Gravecrawler can keep coming back, though the 9 zombies you have right now might not be enough to support that. Maelstrom Pulse is a powerful spell you could run 1-2 of. Liliana of the Veil would fit beautifully in here if you can afford her. That's all I can think of...

EDIT: Hah, I don't play this color combination often so I didn't realize the price on most of these cards... sorry for the not-so-budget suggestions. I still think Rotting Rats, Gurmag, and Gravecrawler deserve spots though if you can fit them.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!

ParadoxRift on Budget 8-Rack

3 months ago

I played 8 rack for a couple of years and the deck is both quite budget friendly and a bunch of fun! I found that running 7-8 "racks" made the deck the most consistent (as the name 8-rack implies), so I would recommend putting in 3-4 Shrieking Affliction. Playing 24 lands with 4 Raven's Crime also adds a lot of consistency (it's actually a really good card), especially when running a couple of Dakmor Salvage for recursion.

In my experience, effects that trigger when an opponent discards a card are risky to run, because the aim of the deck is usually to get your opponent empty handed ASAP and they are difficult to trigger after that. If you want to play Liliana's Caress I would say play it with in a red/black deck focused around that sort of effect with cards like Burning Inquiry, Reforge the Soul and Waste Not (see this deck:

Some sideboard options to consider: Throne of Geth against Chalice of the Void on 1 - this is something we see a bit of at the moment in legacy. Throne can sacrifice itself to add a counter to chalice and let you resolve your spells again. Asylum Visitor gives you card draw against decks that can't easily refill their hand and a creature to sideboard in to beat down through Leyline of Sanctity.

Finally, a few of the brewier pieces I used to run were Smallpox and Rotting Rats. Smallpox is something that doesn't hurt us as much as most decks and can mana screw people as well as kill a creature. It's good with Lingering Souls if you have enough ways to discard the souls, so you don't have to play white. Rotting Rats does a bit of a Liliana of the Veil impression by making multiple discard triggers go off, and the unearth can't be countered. APPLE01DOJ above mentioned Necrogen Mists which might actually be better than the rats.

Anyway good to see the deck still has some interest, have fun making opponents sad ;)

champloo08 on Mardu Zombies

3 months ago

Thanks Silverdrake, I have been thinking a lot about wich color would be the most usefull to add and I was thinking just about what you were talking about.

What I like about Lightning Bolt is, that it can also target the opponent, but most important it is cheaper than Fatal Push on paper. But you are probably right. The main reason for red is Faithless Looting, wich just works amazing with graveyard strategies. Rotting Rats looks also super functional and cheap. I was thinking about a blue splash instead, which could be similar to this: zombies copy

I really love Prized Amalgam, but I didn't want to play it without the ablilty to hardcast it.

I am also not sure what to think about Dread Wanderer. I am playing Zombies a lot in Standard and Dread Wanderer just feels a bit slow.

What do you think about the white cards, like Lingering Souls?

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