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Marrow-Gnawer, Rat Catcher of Kamigawa

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 decks 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.

Why Marrow-Gnawer? Show

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Pros and Cons Show

Win Cons

Exsanguinate or Profane Command + Lots of Mana = DEATH

Crypt Rats + Indestructibility + Lots of Mana + Lifelink = DEATH & Massive Life

Marrow-Gnawer + Land Synergy Equip + Rogue's Passage = Quick Commander Damage

Relentless Rats = DEATH by swarm

Pack Rat = DEATH by swarm

Marrow-Gnawer + Thornbite Staff = Infinite Ratties

Corrupt = DEATH by Swamp Synergy

Custom Tokens for the Deck Show

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".


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I suggest taking out Sinuous Vermin or Nirkana Revenant and put in Swarm of Rats also chip out Strip Mine and Wasteland for Bad Moon and Horror of Horrors

October 25, 2016 12:10 a.m.

TemnoTsar says... #2

Swarm of Rats was going to be in the deck, but due to only having 1 toughness, I opted to keep them out since they would die easily. Sinuous Vermin is a great hitter once it becomes monstrous and Nirkana Revenant is a great mana ramper.

Bad Moon is an okay anthem, but it helps everyone, not just me. Horror of Horrors is not a bad card, I actually never heard of it till now; but sacing one of my swamps seems like a bad idea since I need them for several of my win conditions. Strip Mine and Wasteland are both in there to help combat my wife's SuperFriends deck, in which she uses lands that count for any color mana and I need to slow her deck down.

Thank you ticked-off-squirrel for the advice. I will keep all that in mind, and thank you for following my format of advising me of what cards to take out.

October 25, 2016 6:52 p.m.

glad I could suggest ideas to you. but if you want a real mana ramp card I suggest taking out Plague of Vermin (be honest, no one else but you will want to pay life and depending on how much life you pay for rat tokens it is not worth it for 7 mana) and add Liliana of the Dark Realms she will help you with any ramp you need. and if you can get her emblem your single swamps become 4 swamps.

October 25, 2016 7:07 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #4

Hmmmm.... I like. I like it a lot. I am gonna keep PoV though. I like the flavor of the card, but I will figure something out for Liliana of the Dark Realms.

October 25, 2016 7:11 p.m.

alright. glad I could help.

October 25, 2016 8:19 p.m.

Profet93 says... #6

You need some mana for those rats!

Vesuva and Thespian's Stage can copy coffers for ramp. Expedition Map can help you find them :)

November 9, 2016 12:33 a.m.

TemnoTsar says... #7

I will look into all that. I don't know what I would take out for Expedition Map.

November 9, 2016 4:48 p.m.

Profet93 says... #8

In Garruk's Wake costs too much

November 9, 2016 5:23 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #9

It does cost a lot, but it's a good board wipe; only killing creatures and planeswalkers I don't control. With all the ramp in this deck, I don't see it being that big of an issue pulling this out on turn four or five, or whenever someone has five or six planeswalkers (seeing how SuperFriends has become a thing now).

November 9, 2016 9:05 p.m.

Profet93 says... #10

then Plague Wind since it's worse? It's a tough call honestly. Your deck seems pretty solid.

And yeah, I completely forgot about Superfriends

November 9, 2016 10:37 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #11

Okay. I'll get rid of Plague Wind. That's a fair trade. I can't forget about Superfriends, my wife's commander is a Superfriends style deck. Once she gets rolling, there is no stopping her.

November 10, 2016 1:49 p.m.

DrawStep says... #12

do it or dont, if your playing Relentless Rats you dont need anything else and if your not then dont have them in there, ive seen decks play 40 swamps and 58 relentless only splashing for thrumming stone, but i cant suggest that cause then the funs not there. but if you dont care about that then take out Riptide Replicator for thornbite staff and just sacrifice a creature and get infinte 1/1 rats from nothing, it also just happens to wipe the board if they have creatures and you have Dictate of Erebos. in my rat deck i opened Dark Ritual, Sol Ring, Swamp Liliana of Dark Realms, Demonic Tutor, Talisman of Dominance, Typhoid Rats. topdecking an Attrition,gravepact and nothing else good and searching for a thornbite staff meant a army of 99 1/1 rats swinging on turn 5. that is the power of combo in black

December 19, 2016 10:42 p.m.

CSwissEllis7 says... #13

Genuinely surprised not to see Thornbite Staff in the deck list. It creates an infinite combo, giving you infinite rats, it's a must-have for any rat deck. You could easily take out one Relentless Rats to make room for it.

December 25, 2016 8:15 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #14

I added the Thornbite Staff, CSwissEllis7. I didn't even think of the combo. A friend of mine uses a infinite combo like that with his goblin deck. I have no clue why I didn't think about it. Thanks.

January 8, 2017 8:41 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #15

I want to add Corrupt as another wincon, but I don't know what to take out for it. I want to keep at least 18 Relentless Rats in the deck so that way I can kill someone with a 20/20 rat (I know I have 19, but I have future plans for that 19th rattie). So what should I take out for it?

January 13, 2017 8:42 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #16

Okay, so I added Corrupt, but now want to add Read the Bones as another draw card to speed things up. Any advice TappedOut?

January 14, 2017 9:43 p.m.

My brother has always talked about making a Rat tribal in EDH. I'll show him this list as reference! +1!!

January 30, 2017 5:36 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #18

Love-in-Theory: Rat tribal is a lot of fun. You can go one of three ways. The first is what you see here. It's a little mix of everything. The second is you could go straight Relentless Rats and use cards to get them out faster. The other is a discard strategy. I found that one to be the cheapest (price wise).

January 30, 2017 8:54 p.m.

I noticed you wanted Read the Bones. take out Grave Pact ( you don't need it for two reasons. 1: you already have Dictate of Erebos which does the same thing and 2: if you plan to regenerate your rats Grave Pact wont trigger when a rat dies but Dictate of Erebos will.)

February 7, 2017 11:23 p.m.

HotRodScott says... #20

Pack Rat Is such an amazing card (and lighting rod for removal) that I'd try to get as many ways to pull him back out of the graveyard as you can. Call to the Netherworld, etc. AEther Vial is another great way to spit out Relentless Rats in addition to your Thrumming Stone.

I love rats and have played numerous different decks with them, so I have most of these cards... I'm going to build something like this, it's awesome! +1!

February 8, 2017 9:14 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #21

Thanks HotRodScott for the +1. I run a few recursion cards to keep Pack Rat and my other awesome ratties from staying dead. I might have to get my hands on AEther Vial. I never actually read it's effect correctly. The "MAY" add a charge counter really changes my view on it.

ticked-off-squirrel, thank you for the great advice again. After trying to figure out what to take out for it, I opted to put my only copy into another one of my decks since this deck runs fine without it.

I am just a 20 cards away from finishing it. After another $200ish, I'll be able to finally finish my pride and joy.

February 8, 2017 11:20 p.m.

well I am glad to have added a suggestion. I have another. in: Whispersilk Cloak. out: Bojuka Bog. reason: Bojuka Bog is a bit awkward. it's second ability is a bit out of place in this deck. your deck retrieves creatures from your graveyard and Bojuka Bog exiles everything from a graveyard which doesn't seem to fit into the deck mechanic all that well.

February 9, 2017 1:14 a.m.

TemnoTsar says... #23

Okay, I will think about that one. I use Bojuka Bog to stop others who use their graveyard, but Whispersilk Cloak would be good to end games.

February 9, 2017 11:46 a.m.

r_type_one says... #24

March 19, 2017 3:56 p.m.

r_type_one says... #25

aaand perhaps Aphetto Dredging?

March 19, 2017 3:57 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #26

r_type_one: I would run Urza's Incubator, but my ratties are already cheap as is, and my commander is not my main victory. So making them cheaper is not really needed.

HOWEVER, Aphetto Dredging is not a bad recursion. I will have to think about what to take out for it.

March 19, 2017 4:08 p.m.

r_type_one says... #27

Right on. Glad you dig it.

March 19, 2017 4:29 p.m.

Redace878 says... #28

The best rat commander, Marinara.

April 16, 2017 9:12 p.m.

TemnoTsar says... #29

Thanks Redace878, I wish I knew how to look up where I rank on Marrow-Gnawer edh decks.

April 16, 2017 11:55 p.m.

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Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.68
Tokens 0/0 Germ, 1/1 Rat
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Revision 23 (2 months ago)

+1 Crypt Ghast main
+1 Cavern of Souls main
-1 Profane Command main
-1 Marrow-Gnawer main
+1 Profane Command main
+1 Corrupt main
-1 Volrath's Stronghold main
-1 Crypt of Agadeem main
+1 Increasing Ambition main
+1 Ghost Quarter main
+1 Typhoid Rats main
-1 Nightmare Lash main
-1 Eldrazi Monument main
+1 Door of Destinies main
+1 Dictate of Erebos main
+1 Cabal Coffers main
-1 Patriarch's Bidding main
-1 Soul Foundry main
-1 Thrumming Stone main
-1 Secret Salvage main
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