Ruin Rat

Ruin Rat

Creature — Rat

When Ruin Rat dies, exile target card from an opponent's graveyard.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Common

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Format Legality
Limited Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Casual Legal
Pioneer Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Historic Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Pauper Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Unformat Legal

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Ruin Rat Discussion

Herping_Gaming on Not Another Relentless Rat

1 day ago

I love rat decks! For the longest they were my top favorite deck (then Dinosaurs came and took that spot).

Anyway, I have a few questions. The first is your Isochron Scepter+DR/CR; how does that make infinite mana? You have to tap Isochron which should end the loop. Also, it's 5x Swamps, not 6x for your Magus+Mantle combo.

Ratcatcher is a good tutor for rats. CMC is a bit high, but it lets you find a rattie and draw for turn. Profane Command is a good game ender. Ruin Rat and Rancid Rats are good deathtouch ratties that I noticed you missed. Swarmyard is a good land in rattie decks.

The Laughing Rat Gang

GoblinElectromancer on Ratatouille

4 months ago

Nightmare Shepherd gives your rats an extra life. I would take out Ruin Rat for Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, or Typhoid Rats so you can have a card to play on turn one. Also take out four swamps for Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth so your Mutavaults can tap for black mana.

malthusthomas on Rattity Man

1 year ago

I really like the idea behind this deck.

How are you planning on handling something like Electrickery , Echoing Decay , or Echoing Truth ? The rats also trade with tokens or elves which means you can't attack with anything other than your gnawers without impacting your Gary plan.

Dealing with flyers will also be challenging. Maybe it's worth adding more removal at the expense of the draw from Dusk Legion Zealot ?

It might be worth thinking about some cards like Ruin Rat or Rancid Rats for the deathtouch to deal with Anglers. Also, Rancid Rats gives you some evasion which may help in getting monarch back in the event that you lose it.

I think Gnat Miser would be an interesting inclusion if you feel like you want more on the hand disruption package. Rotting Rats is a symmetric effect but it has unearth to give an extra activation of its ETB and given your card draw you can use that to your advantage, or before you toss our Gary you can unearth them to pump up your devotion.

mfogle on A Group of Rats is Called a Mischief

1 year ago

Serious question, why not take out a some of the lower-tier rats and replace them with Rat Colony? Cards that stick out as undervalued to me would be Skullsnatcher, Scrib Nibblers, and Ruin Rat. Don't have to go crazy with Rat Colony to still get value out of it, especially with this deck.

Murphy77 on The Vermin Uprising

2 years ago

I would rather play 4 Bad Moon and drop Secret Salvage (high cmc and you will never use it to draw 10+ rats, etc.) In a standard deck, I added Ruin Rat as an early blocker which still works well with your other rats. Trespasser's Curse could be useful side-board to use against token summon and aggro decks. Door of Destinies might add value.

ExpletoryOrb on what am i doing

2 years ago

alright so here goes, so the cards to the left can be swapped with the ones to the right, it has the same or very similair effect but for a reduced mana cost etc.

Throttle -> Grasp of Darkness

Bloodtallow Candle -> Dismember

Whispers of Emrakul -> Hymn to Tourach

Painful Lesson -> Night's Whisper (there is also: Sign in Blood

Lethal Sting -> Victim of Night (there is also Go for the Throat)

Dutiful Return -> Ghoulcaller's Chant ? (its cheaper and will almost always be for a zombie? a lot cheeper but its your call.)

Abyssal Specter -> Hypnotic Specter

the next ones are cards i think you should strip, i will list them and then explain why:

Ruin Rat : you already have a few of these, and this isnt even a zombie. there are just better cards out there that arent expensive at all, (i'll give some suggestions further down the post)

Shambling Attendants : Just strictly bad, you dont want to play a 3/5 dude for 8 mana ever.

Cruel Feeding : its just pretty bad, the strive cost is very expensive just to +1/0 lifelink. dont use this unless you had something specific in mind that i didnt catch up on reading the list.

Duress and Divest : these never really do much, yes you get to pick away 1 card and see 1 hand but you will almost never hit anything especially good, only run this if you are planning to do a lot of 1v1 EDH.

Here are some suggestions of cards that are very cheap and are pretty good:

Empty the Pits

Zombie Apocalypse


Zombie Master

Nevinyrral's Disk


razelfark on Rat Colonie Mono Black

2 years ago

I like that you are trying to be unique and not use the blue combo with Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive. I think you need to address some issues by not using such a creature with your build.

First issue is that Metallic Mimic only offers your creatures a benefit if it is on the board in the early game. If it is not, then it would have been better to have drawn another Rat Colony then it.

The other creature Ruin Rat offers no support to your deck other then a 1/1/ deathtouch body that might remove a card from your opponents grave when it dies. Overall a lack luster card.

Cards you may want to add to the deck idea would be things like Duress and Doomfall so you can pull field wipe spells from your opponents hand before then have the chance to use it against you.

Personally think the black blue version of the deck is the stronger version because it offers you ability to get in unblocked and offers blue support spells to protect the rats.

Best of luck with the deck.

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