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Typhoid Rats Discussion
6 days ago
I would not run more than 2 Cruel Reality, it is super expensive to cast so you really don't want to see it early in the game and you have a way to fetch and cheat it into play with Bitterheart Witch.
Your deck is extremely slow, you're running way too many mana intensive cards. Modern is a very fast format with games often ending by turn 4, so i would recommend lowering your mana curve. Noxious Gearhulk is too expensive for what it does, Shriekmaw CMC is way to high for a 3/2 creature and it'ss ETB effect is subpar for the evoke cost, Barter in Blood is just not a good card and Bearer of Silence can't block and you need to be defensive on the early game to survive until you can cast your curses and Bitterheart Witches.
In order to survive the early game you need cheap removal, Victim of Night, Doom Blade, Disfigure, Dismember, Bone Splinters, Grasp of Darkness and Hero's Downfall are good options, more cheap hand disruption can also help you get to the late game, Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are the best at this.
So keep the witches and the curses, cut the expensive creatures for removal and cheaper creatures and you will have a much better deck.
1 week ago
I have Heartless Hidetsugu equipped with Grafted Exoskeleton (lethal infect), and a Vedalken Orrery on field and Molten Disaster in hand. My opponent has Typhoid Rats and Voidmage Husher on field and Pit Fight in hand (deathtouch fighting and countermagic)... If I activate Ogre's ability, can I hold priority, cast split second, and kill my opponent's Rats and Wizard? Or does my opponent have the chance to kill Ogre with the Rats, and flash in Wizard to counter my ability ALL BEFORE I cast split second? (I apologize for the complexity of this question)
1 month ago
Next, we have early creatures:
I feel like dragon-aggro is hard to do, in the sense that with aggro you want to be dishing out quick, hard damage, and the dragons usually show up mid-late game.
If you want to hit early and hard, there's plenty of cheap, hasty creatures out there (about every other goblin comes to mind), but if you want your dragons to do the heavy work, I suggest investing in some solid early defense: 1-drops with deathtouch, like Typhoid Rats and Pharika's Chosen.
1 month ago
Titilanious Thanks for the suggestions. Yeah, Patron of the Nezumi is not very good. I was having problems with late game blocking especially, and with the rat offering option of Patron, I could cast if for only 4 mana if I had a Chittering Rats. Unfortunately it was usually dead in my hand. Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni actually wasn't bad in earlier versions of this build which was way more rat heavy and included more Typhoid Rats, Nezumi Cutthroat, Swarm of Rats as well as Skullsnatcher. I would swing with my army of rats, and just ninjutsu him out. It was more about sneaking in 5 damage than stealing a creature. However, as this deck progressed, I cut more and more rats in favor of discard spells and removal which kind of forced me to hold back the few rats I did have for blocks.
Thank you for the advice. I will definitely be doing some thinking and tinkering.
1 month ago
Hello, glad to see more people taking a liking to discard. While I love the rat theme, it does seem a tad forced. Patron of the Nezumi just isn't too good neat but not to good sadly. Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni is a great card but is a very high mana cost. Discard decks seem to work best with lower cost cards that value out.My suggestion would be to remove those 2, and possibly the Typhoid Rats add in 2 more targeted discard such as Inquisition of Kozilek or Thoughtseize and then either more removal Fatal Push or even Raven's Crime. That could make this version more competitive.
As for 8 rack in general and your question about budgeting Liliana of the Veil is the best walker in the format, it is really difficult to replace her in mono black. However adding red, opens up new options to removal including bolt and Terminate which could be a pseudo replacement for her.
Ensnaring Bridge can be replaced with more removal and more discard.
1 month ago
Concerted Effort is probably better than Odric, Lunarch Marshal. (not legendary, starts at Upkeep instead of Combat Step) If you decide to work on this deck more, I'd suggest 4x Concerted effort, 1-2x Odric.
Creatures to cut because they don't jive with Effort or Odric: Lost Leonin, Priests of Norn, Blighted Agent. Since Infect doesn't work with the Effort or Odric, I'd also swap out Tezzeret's Gambit for Divination.
If you want Hexproof, I think Slippery Bogle is going to be just as good as Invisible Stalker for 1 less CMC since neither the Effort nor the Odric can grant unblockable. And, with First Strike/double strike/flying, you don't really need it either. All that said, since none of these abilities are truly static, I think hexproof is probably just not really worth it at all.
Aerial Responder and Fencing Ace strike me as pretty good here. I'd probably go at least 3x for each. I also think Knight of the White Orchid would be really good (mana ramp+First Strike) and Courier Hawk would be good here. All together, I'd want at least 20 creatures for this build, maybe as many as 24.
I think Faith's Shield or Gods Willing will also be pretty good here. I like the Shield because it will work on Concerted Effort but can also be cast on a creature to give all your creatures protection. On the other hand, Gods Willing will also work on your all your creatures and give you a Scry. I'd drop some Ice Over or Spell Pierce for it.
You might seriously consider swapping Black for Blue. Typhoid Rats sharing deathtouch sounds pretty nasty to me. You'll also get access to black evasion: Fear, Skulk, Menace, etc.
I'd drop Aether Vial because it's stupidly expensive.
Add Glacial Fortress if you're sticking with white/blue.
2 months ago
Awesome! With the coise of tribe, you've ventured straight into Favourite Tow, population: me :D
I'd consider the following, for reasons;
Ogre Slumlord: tokens and deahtouch galore!
Diseased Vermin: if you can get through with it just a few times, the opponent is on a clock!
Typhoid Rats: good early blocking, or for pushing ninjutsu through.
Stay frosty, dude!