Typhoid Rats


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Fate Reforged Common
Magic 2015 Common
Conspiracy Common
Innistrad Common

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Typhoid Rats

Creature — Rat

Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it)

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Typhoid Rats Discussion

AlexRuzhyo on EDH Kaalia

3 hours ago

Hey there! I've been playing my Kaalia deck for a long time. I'd like to offer more specific advice, but first I must know, what's your budget, level of competition, and theme you're going for? They'll effect my specific card recommendations. Either way, consider looking at my list for a small primer and some inspiration. For now I'll offer thoughts based on a more typical Kaalia-centric build.

I think you're a bit creature heavy. A fair number of your creatures either can't be cheated out with Kaalia, offer little impact when played, or don't lend themselves well to Kaalia's overall goal. A typical build wants to cheat fatties out as quickly as possible. I can see a certain theme you're going for, soldiers and aggro, but again, I'd need to know your design goals before going too deeply into cuts/suggestions.

I will say, though, that I don't think that smaller creatures like Typhoid Rats, Vampire Nighthawk, Spike Jester, Mirran Crusader, Truefire Paladin, Stormblood Berserker, Loyal Sentry, Duty-Bound Dead pull their weight in EDH. Additionally, creatures with Battalion or Soulbond might prove difficult to trigger for their reward.

Planeswalkers can be a bit of an awkward include in Kaalia. Typically you're swinging all-out with witth way to protector them. Still, they lend themselves better to how you're currently built than a typical build.

You may look into mors selective wraths. Akroma's Vengeance over Planar Cleansing is not only cheaper but preserves your Planeswalkers. Austere Command and Merciless Eviction can answer certain threats while preserving your own.

Consider some more unconditional spot removal such as Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, or Anguished Unmaking. You might want more removal for non-creature threats as well.

Artifact wise, you may do well with some ramp and the "two boots", Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots. Kaalia has a lot of high-value-targets and is often one themselves. The ramp on the other hand helps you get your threats out faster should Kaalia be hated on, and helps color fixing in a color-greedy deck.

Ways to refill your hand will do you well. Phyrexian Arena's getting a reprint in Conspiracy, Necropotence is pretty cheap following EMA, Wheel of Fortune is a little expensive, but Dragon Mage is Kaalia playable and is under a couple bucks. There's other cards, such as Night's Whisper, Bloodgift Demon, or Read the Bones, but none as powerful as the aforementioned.

Lands can obviously be upgraded to their quicker, more expensive counterparts. I won't touch on those, but I advise looking at the Utility Lands that other decks use and find what's of value to you. Homeward Path, Vault of the Archangel, Volrath's Stronghold, Mystifying Maze are a few among many.

Yeah, just let me know where you want to go and I'll give you some more specific advice. I tend to be a hyper competitive player but i recognize someone who values fun more than playing something more ruthless. I do have to say, what you're tryign to accomplish with the lower part of your curve, the soldiers and aggro, may lend themselves well to a Queen Marchesa build. I'd take a look into building around her if you want to run too more stream-line decks.


Teknetic on The Rat Legion

1 week ago

So kind of as a general rule, if you're playing a card solely because it's a Rat and nothing else, you should just cut it and replace it with another Relentless Rats. Stuff like Bog Rats, Chittering Rats, Earsplitting Rats, Scrib Nibblers, Stronghold Rats, and Typhoid Rats. The Misers should also be cut because any deck that wants a constant hand size of at least 7 cards plays enough effects to give them no maximum hand size. You don't need to be playing Gravepurge, it's not like you're dredging your entire deck. Some enchantment based draw engine would be good; Phyrexian Arena, Necropotence, Underworld Connections, etc. I'm a fan of playing Bubbling Muck in any monoblack deck for explosive turns. You should be playing Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to make Cabal Coffers a bit better. You may want Illusionist's Bracers to double up Marrow-Gnaw'er activations.

JaceNordark on Black Rats

1 week ago

So from what I can gather, this is a rat tribal beatdown deck. If that's what you're going for, then here's what I'd do:


Gnat Miser

I....just...what? mana symbol b for a 1/1 that reduces handsize? I fail to see how that helps you beat face. The only reason Typhoid Rats is ok for this kind of deck is because of the deathtouch. It's either take 1, or loose a creature. You're not trying to stall the game out. You're not trying to control them. You don't care about them discarding. These are the only scenarios I foresee this card being remotely retentive in, and even then not really. This rat deserves to be poisoned.

Pestilence Rats and Plague Rats

I put these two together because they do something similar: power equal to the number of rats on the field. While I would be fine with the playset of Pestilence Rats, Plague Rats olny counts other Plague Rats for it's effect, and for that reason, I dislike it. It's too reliant on other cares you may draw.

Typhoid Rats

It's a fine card, but there's just better stuff you could run. cut them.

Dark Ritual

It accelerates you, but i dunno. I'd take it out, but that's your call. 50/50 on this one. I'm just not a fan of ritual cards unless they're specifically what the deck is trying to do coughSTORMcough


First off, 2 mana discard spell. Second off, how do you plan to benefit off that discard. Third off, I'd rather use Duress or Thoughtseize

Diabolic Tutor

I have a better tutor for you that can replace this. That or just run Demonic Tutor


Ogre Slumlord

Because deathtouch is fair, and if they kill a rat, HAVE NO FEAR! MORE RATS ARE HERE!


Tutor for a rat every upkeep? seems fair.


A land that regenerates all your creatures for free? seems good.

Go for the Throat

More removal. use this to replace any discard effects you have. Doom Blade and Victim of Night also works.

Relentless Rats

This is the core of your deck. Just run as many of these as you can.

Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni

Not quite sure if he's what you want, but he's a cool rat...soooo....

Rogue_Titan on Mono Black

2 weeks ago

Definitely try to condense some of your creatures to 4 of a kind instead of a bunch of singles.

Reave Soul is kinda lame seeing you can replace it with a Doom Blade or Ultimate Price.

The two different set Nightmare and Mind Rot is kinda unnecessary, just put 2 down of one set it doesnt really matter the different sets seeing you are playing modern.

Flesh to Dust is soooooo expensive mana wise when you can get the same results from a 2 drop as stated before.

Rotting Mastodon and Rotted Hulk arent bad seeing their toughness, but they have no abilites, you can put down a bomb card for the same mana that does twice as much.

And you should replace Hand of Silumgar with a cheaper deathtouch such as Typhoid Rats or Pharika's Chosen.

shadowcaster on Demonic Thirteen

3 weeks ago

I'd suggest Typhoid Rats for more Deathtouch blockers early game. +1

SinMoral on ramp GB

4 weeks ago

lo tengo claro pero Footsteps of the Goryo regresa al juego por un coste menor, si mi intencin es utilizara a la habilidad de sacrificio de Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord o el tutoreo de Sidisi, Undead Vizier o una limpieza de mesa con Deathbringer Regent o robar 7 cartas con Kozilek, the Great Distortion o coartar lo que puede lanzar un oponente con Void Winnower

En cuanto a Penumbra Wurm es parte de las cosas de relleno que puse mientras no consiga algo mejor, igual que Typhoid Rats entre otras.

Snake on ramp GB

1 month ago

wena! ramp? o juegas con el cementerio... si vas a carroar hay cosas que quizas se pueden cambiar:

  1. Wolfir Silverheart
  2. Wasteland Viper
  3. Thornweald Archer
  4. Typhoid Rats
  5. Returned Reveler
  6. King Macar, the Gold-Cursed

para usar:

  1. Woebringer Demon
  2. Acidic Slime
  3. Overgrown Battlement
  4. Mindwrack Demon
  5. Shadowborn Demon

te falta removal masivo:

  1. Black Sun's Zenith
  2. Extinguish All Hope
  3. Wave of Vitriol

como sacrificas criaturas, tener en cta:

  1. Dictate of Erebos
  2. Liliana Vess
  3. Rise of the Dark Realms

pa bichos grandes:

  1. Wurmcoil Engine
  2. Kalonian Behemoth
  3. Erebos's Emissary
  4. Terastodon

y ojo con cartas como:

rampant growth, gradar, sylvan caryatid, espaldar, pulso de murasa, boveda pirexiana, armonizar, staff of nin.

Tengo varios de lo que esta posteado, si algo te te tinca, avisa.

AdrianReid on Sultai Delve Control

1 month ago

iLegendGames Thank you for your suggestions! See, I'm trying to spend as little money as possible, I play only kitchen magic after all :) Tasigur would be nice, no doubt, although he's not "that budget". Scuttling Doom Engine plus Sultai Charm is nice finisher, don't you think? I added Typhoid Rats to combine it with Soulflayer. Concerning Rakshasa Vizier, after some tests, it turned out to be working.

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