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The Laughing Rat Gang (#3 Marrow-Gnawer EDH)

Commander / EDH* Mono-Black Tokens Tribal




Pack Rat

This deck is built to honor my small furry family members. I am currently constructing this deck; if you wish to help me construct the deck, you can find me on PucaTrade. The deck's goal is to overrun the field with rat tokens and powerful rat creatures, and use them to destroy anything that stands in my way. There isn't a lot in the way of removal or crowd control, for my rats act as removal and crowd control. I am looking for better ways to get more rats out onto the battlefield, or better win cons for the deck. I do not want to go with the mainstream rat strategy of just flooding the field with Relentless Rats, or trying to force my opponents to constantly discard their hand. Instead I wanted to go with a more original approach with Relentless being more of a backup plan when my others fail.

Like all my decks, if you suggest a card, please recommend what card to take out for it. If you do not recommend a card to take out, I will have to ignore your suggestion until someone else suggests what to take out for your suggestion.

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Relentless Rats

Rat Facts

  1. A group of rats is called a "Colony, Pack, Plague, and Swarm". Male rats are called "bucks" and the female rats are called "does". Baby rats are called "kittens".
  2. Rats have bellybuttons.
  3. Rats don't have thumbs, canine teeth, gallbladders or tonsils.
  4. Rats can't burp or vomit (but they can hiccup and fart).
  5. It's a myth that rats like cheese; in fact many of them are lactose intolerant or allergic to cheese.
  6. Rats are very clean, spending a third of their waking life grooming, and they have very little smell.
  7. Rats were the first animals to go to outer space.
  8. Rats spend 76 percent of daylight hours sleeping.
  9. Rats can go a lot longer without water than a camel.
  10. The rat is the first of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. People born in this year are thought to possess characteristics which are associated with rats, namely: creativity, intelligence, honesty, ambition and generosity.
  11. Rat's scientific name is rattus norvegicus
  12. In some Indian religions, rats are considered gods.
  13. The average life span of a rat is 2.5 - 3.5 years; with the longest living rat being Rodney. Rodney was born January 1983 to the May 25, 1990; he was 7 years, 4 months old when he died.
  14. Rats don't sweat or pant, so they are very sensitive to heat. They regulate their body temperature through their tails by dilating or constricting blood veins to cool or warm themselves.
  15. The Black Plague was actually not caused by rats but by the fleas that infested the rats.
  16. Rat's have a Harderian gland, which secretes a reddish-brown substance to lubricate their eyes. It is sometimes called "red tears."
  17. Rats can have up to 20 kittens at once.
  18. Rats can eat just about anything from meat, grain, seeds, fruit and vegetables.
  19. Rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter, in fact, if a rat can fit its head through the hole, its body will soon follow. This is because a rat's ribs are hinges and can move allowing them to pass through tight spots.
  20. A rat's teeth are so strong that they can grind through a cinder block, copper wire or even glass.
  21. If a rat is sick or injured, and belongs to a colony, the other rats will take care of it and try to nurse the rat back to health.
  22. When a rat is happy, it is very common for them to chatter or grind their teeth, which is called "bruxing". That is often accompanied by vibrating eyes, which is called "boggling".



So the deck is coming along very nicely. I have the deck mat, card sleeves (and an outer sleeve to protect the sleeves), and 75% of the deck done. I just need to buy the expensive cards and update it a bit, and I'll be done.

I also want to thank you all for helping me take the #3 spot on TappedOut when it comes to Marrow-Gnawer commanders. I'm hoping to be able to take the #1 spot. This deck is very close to my heart, so if anyone wishes to help me make this into a better "Primer" please let me know in the comments below.

I am also looking for suggestions on how to make the deck run better.

Comments View Archive

CaptSillva says... #1

Have you considered Brainspoil? It can tutor up Thrumming Stone and a few other nice cards from your deck, but it can also be used as removal if you need it.

June 16, 2017 12:36 a.m.

CardTyrant says... #2

I have not even looked at that card. I have a lot of tutors already, so I wasn't actually looking into any new tutors (or old ones).

June 16, 2017 11:06 a.m.

Hirohashi says... #3

I'd consider adding cards like Blood Artist because since you have no way of giving your rats haste then it would still take an extra turn for you to kill your opponent, but with cards like it since you can infinitely create and sacrifice your own rats with Marrow-Gnawer + Thornbite Staff then you can infinitely trigger the effects of cards like Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat making your opponents lose all their life while you gain life. You could also try to add more sac outlets but i think your commander is enough for that.

June 16, 2017 4:20 p.m.

Kevinosten says... #4

This deck is awesome! I love the rat facts at the end.

June 25, 2017 12:16 p.m.

CardTyrant says... #5

Thanks. I have been doing a lot of research into rats ever since we bought our first two rats. :D I need to update them a bit, but haven't got around to doing so.

June 25, 2017 1:09 p.m.

CardTyrant says... #6

@Hirohashi: I thought I was running Thornbite Staff... 0.o I was wrong. Thanks for reminding me about it. I would run cards like Blood Artist, but I feel he'll take away from the heart of the deck, and that being RATS. I am actually going to be taking out some of the mana-ramping cards for more rat support.

June 25, 2017 1:12 p.m.

ragecat says... #7

This deck description is amazing. It creates the flavor around your deck and makes me wanna play with some RATS.

September 3, 2017 1:28 a.m.

CardTyrant says... #8

Thank you ragecat. This is by far my favorite deck right now. At least until Ixalan comes out and I can make a Dinosaur Commander. :D

September 3, 2017 1:29 a.m.

Quicksilver says... #9

RIP cute rat tokens :( As for Dinos, they're not very synergistic at the moment. I hope this changes are new cards are released. My deck may offer inspiration in the meantime Dino Riders!

September 3, 2017 1:54 a.m.

CardTyrant says... #10

Quicksilver I know. The Rat Tokens won't load up and when they do I sometimes get an error, but luckily for me I have already made proxies for them and use them in real life. Ask for the dinosaurs. They make up for the synergy for just being really strong. Enrage is a really good mechanic I think and they are great Timmy cards to beat some face. The deck that I'm privately working on for dinosaurs seems pretty good for now. I'll have to test it more when I actually get the deck built.

September 3, 2017 8:21 a.m.

Gar106 says... #11

You should play Kindred Dominance

October 3, 2017 11:41 a.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.68
Tokens 0/0 Germ, 1/1 Rat
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