Description

I really wanted to come up with something based around rats after playing an Ogre Slumlord in a draft. This deck uses Pack Rat and the Slumlord to make sure there's plenty of tokens around, has sac outlets (more in the sideboard) to counter Detention Sphere's and other removal in that vein, and uses discard to prevent board wipes or responses from the opponent.

Shrieking Affliction as a bit of a win-con.

Pokeq says... #1

Veilborn Ghoul for discard is pretty good here

April 18, 2013 1:41 p.m.

skeet70 says... #2

I've definitely thought about it Pokeq. What would you remove for it? I could toss Black Cat from the sideboard to have it accessible, but I'm not sure what to take out of the main deck for it.

April 18, 2013 1:43 p.m.

Pokeq says... #3

take Bloodflow Connoisseur and put Altar's Reap for hand advantage because you always have a creature to sacrifice at least rat token :)

tri-color deck is too hard to play with basic land, so you should swap it for more shock land .

Gravecrawler doesn't match for this deck because you're not have other zombie

April 18, 2013 10:49 p.m.

skeet70 says... #4

You're right about Gravecrawler , I was hoping Garruk would help me get two of them, but that's not much to count on. I'd really like to make cyclical sacrificing work though, and keep sac possibilities as a response to Detention Sphere , as well as the deathtouch/rat tokens.

April 19, 2013 12:53 a.m.

skeet70 says... #5

I also want to stay away from shocklands for this to keep it lower in price.

April 19, 2013 12:55 a.m.

Pokeq says... #6

reduce to 2 color or mono black if you want low budget

April 19, 2013 1:37 p.m.

skeet70 says... #7

Pokeq thanks, made it mono-color and I think it works great!

April 30, 2013 3:59 p.m.

KingSorin says... #8

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is good for keeping important stuff like slumlord alive. This is mono black so Liliana of the Dark Realms could work also.

May 20, 2013 5:31 p.m.

skeet70 says... #9

KingSorin I really like the idea of Mikaeus, the Unhallowed in here, multiple spawns from things dying, multiple sacks, etc. I'm trying to keep this budget, and he may be too high CMC and $ cost. I'll add him to the maybeboard though.

I'm not a fan of Liliana of the Dark Realms in this deck, I think she just wouldn't have enough board impact. If I can find her for cheap though I may give her a test run in here.

May 24, 2013 10:03 p.m.

dragonsong says... #10

I'm going to build this one on MTGO just so that I can type WELCOME TO RATNICA! in chat at the start of every match.

Maybe Undying Evil as an alternative to Mikaeus?

June 4, 2013 3:15 a.m.

dragonsong says... #11

Been having a lot of fun (WELCOME TO RATNICA!) and even some unexpected wins with my variation on this, in MTGO. The discard mechanic is much more powerful than I dismissed it for, at first. Also, I tweaked mine down to a stupidly low CMC so I run only 18 swamps, and all I need is 2 (or even 1) swamp in my starting hand.

Ratnica! is the deck, if you're curious. Long live the rats!

June 16, 2013 9:12 p.m.

skeet70 says... #12

Awesome dragonsong glad you're having fun with it. Discard ended up more useful than I had thought it would be too. Currently this is my best deck, I've won probably 80% of the games I've played with it. No one really sees it coming either.

July 3, 2013 1:51 a.m.

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Date added 1 year
Last updated 1 year
Legality

This deck is not Standard legal.

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Illegal cards Ravenous Rats , Typhoid Rats , Sign in Blood , Bone Splinters , Bloodflow Connoisseur , Veilborn Ghoul
Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.47
Folders Standard, Ratnica