Ruin Rat


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Common

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Ruin Rat

Creature — Rat

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

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Ruin Rat Discussion

ExpletoryOrb on what am i doing

1 month 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

1 month 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.


2 months ago

What about the all powerful Ruin Rat? You are missing out on the unimaginable strength the card brings to the deck.

hot_soup27 on B/U/R Control

4 months ago

Ok, thanks for the feedback. I switched out some cards to put in Gonti, Lord of Luxury and Ruin Rat, and I like the way they work in the deck. Im not sure if I want to put in Dire Fleet Poisoner, but I am considering swapping something out for Cataclysmic Gearhulk.

magicsheep on B/U/R Control

4 months ago

Great deck, I would also use Ruin Rat b/c it's pretty cheap but awesome just the same. Dire Fleet Poisoner is pretty fun to play, even without pirates. Also, I LOVE Gonti, Lord of Luxury, which seems to have a happy home here.

Skinken on Monoblack

6 months ago

I would suggest replacing Ruin Rat with Aether Poisoner. I don't see why you would need the exile effect, so even if you don't want to swing, it's just as good. It also opens up for using Glint-Sleeve Siphoner.

If you plan on making use of God-Pharoah's Gift, include 2-3 copies of Gate to the Afterlife. Otherwise you will end up with the gift in hand, before you get the gate half of your games, and im not sure you want that.

Your curve is very low, so the curse seems bad. If you plan on making a high tempo play by investing in a one-drop on t1, then you don't want to immediately fall behind again on turn 2/3. If you want to slowly drain, may I suggest a card like Torment of Scarabs. You will unlikely want to play Trespasser's Curse before turn 4 anyway, and by then they will only have to play around 4-6 creatures to beat you. Torment of Scarabs on the other hand, will likely trigger 3-5 times, which should grant you better value.

Also be aware that Walk the Plank does not hit merfolk, which will likely soon be very relavant.

r3id on

6 months ago

Right off the bat cards that you likely won't be able to cast are Obelisk Spider , Hour of Revelation, and Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh as you genuinely won't have the mana to cost these.

You also need some more 1 & 2 drop creatures (and a full playset) if you want to run this aggro and less bigger creatures ( razaketh, the foulblooded , Sengir Vampire, etc.). Ideally you'd be looking to drop a creature each turn or do something quickly so your opponents don't have time to ramp up to bigger creatures.

You want to get the most for your mana as well. Look at cards like Ruin Rat in comparison to cards like Gifted Aetherborn.

You'd also want more synergy in your deck overall (i.e. more pirates so march of the drowned lands it's full potential) so you have a better chance of pulling off combos.

Otherwise I recommend checking out some other mono-black aggro decks!

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