Crypt Rats

Crypt Rats

Creature — Rat

: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and each player. Spend only black mana on X.

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Modern Horizons (MH1) Uncommon
Seventh Edition (7ED) Uncommon
Visions (VIS) Common

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal

Crypt Rats occurrence in decks from the last year

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Crypt Rats Discussion

Snips500 on [PDH] Tatyova Combo

2 weeks ago

Hi, I just recently brewed up a Tatyova list that is aiming to be competitive and I wanted to ask about a few of your choices. I acknowledge that you have likely tested and played this deck more often but I am mostly curious about some of your card choices and the direction that you took this list. You can find my deck here: ~PDH~ When Lands Came to Value Town (Tatyova)

  1. Why do you include so much card draw? I actually run zero spells or otherwise that draw me cards other than lands through Tatyova. When I first was putting the list together I had a bunch in the form of Ponder, Gush, and so on but ended up cutting them for other cards.

  2. Some of your Land fetchings spells just seem bad. I don't mean to offend but cards like Nature's Lore, Search for Tomorrow, Shoreline Ranger, Spoils of Victory, Farseek, Kodama's Reach and Rampant Growth just don't seem worth it to me. Instead of some of these fetch spells, I run 40 lands. I was also surprised that you are not running Dreamscape Artist (Springbloom Druid just seems like a worse version). It's like a repeatable Harrow and gets you two Tatyova triggers. I would argue that that card is one of the most powerful cards in my deck behind Tatyova ofc and Mystic Sanctuary.

  3. I decided to include more utility lands such as Bojuka Bog, Khalni Garden, and Sejiri Steppe. This decision on my part to include these was in spite of some of them not being in Green Blue but I though their value outweighs that downside. Bojuka Bog for example is better than Relic of Progenitus in this deck because you can flash it in with a creature like Walking Atlas and exile a target players bin and draw a card like relic. The thing is though that Bog is repeatable through your creatures that bounce your lands. Sejiri Steppe is similar in the way that its repeatable protection for Tatyova or another important creature.

  4. I noticed you only ran 1 land bouncing creature. In my deck, these guys power much of the value. With them and Halimar Depths I can basically ponder each turn at least once, it allows me to repeat the ETB effects that I mentioned above, and It also allows me to get a land drop in if I missed one for some reason. Floodbringer, Oboro Breezecaller, Soratami Rainshaper are the ones I run in addition.

  5. Now a few suggestions I have: Whispersilk Cloak, Power Sink, Universal Solvent, Vines of Vastwood, Scaretiller, Explorer's Scope (This works well in conjunction with Adventuring Gear and Aqueous Form), Seat of the Synod and Tree of Tales can be tutored with Trinket Mage, Library of Leng, Stone-Seeder Hierophant/Krosan Restorer, Spidersilk Armor (So the majority of your board doesn't die to Shrivel, Electrickery or something like that and harder for Pestilence and Crypt Rats.) Also Snap can ramp you is you have a land that taps for two and same with Frantic Search if you do want to play cantrips. Another win-con that will win you the game as soon as you combo off is Sage's Row Denizen that is assuming that you are not using Mystic Sanctuary.

Thank you for hearing me out. I am sure that there is a good reason for many of the cards I just questioned and I am excited to hear them to understand your deck better. If you have questions about my choices and reasoning I would be more than happy to explain further. I am trying to make the best Tatyova deck that I can and just wanted to know why a list with a similar end goal is running certain cards that I cut out.

Lastly, I just wanted to say that after looking through your list I am considering running: Lull and Moment's Peace because sometimes this deck has a problem stabilizing early because my playgroup sees my deck as a very large threat. Merchant Scroll, I don't know why I was not running it. Mystic Remora and Rhystic Study are just too good to pass up and I probably should have been running them. I have just one problem and that would be cutting cards. I would apreciate it if you could take a look at my list and tell me what you think.

Snips500 on Pauper EDH Commander Tier List

2 weeks ago

Love the list! This will be so helpful. Just wanted to let you know that you have 2x of Devourer of Memory and Crypt Rats.

bomb_arie on Rat Boys For Life | EDH

2 weeks ago

And another comment :)

A must add is Crypt Rats in this deck. Can be used as a great boardwhipe or game-ender. And with Whip of Erebos Lifelink and Akroma's Memorial Protection from Black. Those two are all ready in your deck. Those three make a repeatable Rat-Damage-Life Gain-Engine!!

psionictemplar on Tron WAVE

3 weeks ago

A couple things I got to thinking about while looking at your deck.

  1. Are the tron lands worth it? With only Dimir Guildmage to make consistent use of the mana, are you taking an unnecessary color screw risk? I know you previously had Expedition Map before it was banned, but it looks really difficult to assemble tron now. Well that and that the tron lands don't let you cast your cantrips without a star.

  2. Have you considered Trinket Mage? It would allow you to run less artifact lands and open the possibility of tutoring up a copy of Vault of Whispers to cast Disciple of the Vault with. The random life point or 2 you might get off disicple doesn't seem worth the extra hate you might see losing mulitple artifact lands. I know you have 8 stars to mana fix with but it couldn't hurt. Plus Trinket Mage could tutor up your Nihil Spellbomb in the side. Side plus, it could act as a deck reset for your brainstorms.

  3. You have Crypt Rats in the sb. With only being able to spend black mana on it's ability, are you really going to be able to accomplish much with it. Targeted removal seems like it would be better to handle problematic creatures you might see.

  4. The transmute mechanic offers some pauper options such as Dizzy Spell and Shred Memory. Do you think these could help you find your combo pieces easier?

Again, just my thoughts...hope they help or give you things to consider.

MagicMarc on I need the hive mind …

1 month ago

There are a lot of extremely powerful timmy effects you can put in your 100 and dominate tables if not answered. Just go extreme style!

Fire Ants + Scythe of the Wretched + Basilisk Collar. Activate this once at any table for good times. It kills, at instant speed, every other creature in play, other than the Fire Ants, without flying. You gain life equal to 1 x number of creatures killed. Then all of the killed creatures are returned to play under your control with the last one returned getting equipped with the Scythe.

A more sedate, but powerful combination of cards is Spikeshot Goblin + Ring of Valkas or Forced Adaptation. Every turn for 1 mana you can deal the goblin's power to any target. And it keeps growing if equipped or enchanted with anything that grows it's power. Once it's bigger than your opponent's life total, you win for 1 red mana!

If you go black, then you can do something like this;

Crypt Rats + Eternal Thirst + Lashknife Barrier. Activate the crypt rats for 1, gain life equal to 1x total number of players and creatures, if anything dies the rats get +1/+1 counters for every creature that died. Lashknife Barrier means none of your creatures took damage. Let it resolve. Activate it again for 1, do it all over again. This will kill any number of creatures and players limited only by your Swamp count. If you have an Ogre Slumlord in play when you do this then your Crypt Rats now have deathtouch and you get 1/1 deathtouching rats for all the creatures that died.

Finally, my favorite timmy color, blue;

Horseshoe Crab + Hermetic Study is where it starts. Tap the crab, timmy for 1. Spend 1 blue to untap the crab and do it again! On your opponent's end step the crab makes all of your islands work like Hecatomb does for swamps! (Which you could also throw in a black deck for Timmy Lands!). But the crab gets better! Add Curiosity or Sigil of Sleep to the Horseshoe Crab + Hermetic Study setup leads to serious board states.

AceVonDuck on Tazri/Zada

1 month ago

Hmm...and it looks like now my spoiler isn't working. Alright, well, the cards were the following:

Everdream is basically an updated Evermind, but it allows you to splice onto any instant or sorcery (not just Arcane) for one extra mana than Evermind. This means you could use it in conjunction with other non-arcane spells you control, such as splicing it onto Ajani's Presence, Defiant Strike, Twinflame, etc. You could also cast it normally from your hand for the same cost as Evermind's splice cost, which might be nice if you're desperate or in dire need of card draw.

(There's only one other card that can splice onto instants or sorceries, Splicer's Skill, but it's expensive to splice and doesn't really synergize with what you're trying to do.)

Blossoming Defense: only one green mana for an instant! It could theoretically pump up your tokens enough for a lethal combat phase, depending on how many creatures you have. The main reason I brought it up though is that in quite a few situations it could be used as an alternative to your Protection cards, although you won't get the card draw or scry effects, which I assume is the primary reason for their inclusion. Similar to this card, though not as good in my opinion, is Dive Down.
Okay, so Enter the Unknown in particular really caught my eye, and is one card I would personally put in the deck, were I to purchase and assemble it to play with my own playgroup.

Comparing it to Explore, it's cheaper, but you lose the flat card draw. HOWEVER, it targets a creature, meaning if it targets Zada, every creature you control will Explore. For each Explore trigger, if the card you reveal from the top of your library is a land, you immediately put it into your hand (note, this is mandatory and doesn't count as drawing a card, which may be useful in some niche situations, such as an opponent controlling a Consecrated Sphinx or Smothering Tithe). You may then play that land (once the stack is empty) thanks to the secondary effect of being able to play an extra land this turn, same as Explore. But unlike Explore, you would get to play an extra land for every creature you control. So that's neat. However, if the card you reveal from exploring is NOT a land, the creature that the spell (or copy) is targeting immediately gets a +1/+1 counter. THEN, you may choose to either put the revealed card back on top of your library, OR into your graveyard. And then you still get to play additional lands for each copy of Enter the Unknown.

What's more, as long as you don't get rid of Elixir of Immortality, you can intentionally put revealed non-land cards that you don't desperately need into your graveyard. This gives you more opportunities to Explore (the keyword) into more lands to play, or more opportunities to buff your creatures, or it could even simply serve as library / graveyard filter.

One more card I'd like to mention in relation to Enter the Unknown is Gaea's Blessing. I don't think it would be worth including without Enter the Unknown, but if run together, could serve as a backup plan / alternative to Elixir of Immortality, since Exploring into it can immediately recover your graveyard into your library, including Gaea's Blessing itself. However, it would almost certainly be a wasted slot by itself (except to fetch Elixir of Immortality but that's still too niche), which is why I'm mentioning it here instead of in its own entry.

All in all, I honestly feel that Enter the Unknown is worth considering the most out of any of the others I've mentioned so far. That said, I don't want you to feel obligated to include it. After all, I haven't playtested the current decklist on TappedOut yet, so I have no idea if it's even a necessary inclusion. You've had a few chances to play and even win, now. It's your deck, and you know it the best, so it's totally up to you.

Crypsis doesn't really synergize with your deck since it doesn't include a card advantage (or similar) effect, but it is a way of safely swinging at opponents or reacting to a creature's targeted ability (or Crypt Rats-esque abilities) without also preventing yourself from targeting your own stuff. It also has the added benefit of untapping all of your creatures, but overall it may be too situational or non-synergistic to put it in the deck. Still, thought it was worth mentioning.
Hundred-Talon Strike: I'm sure you're aware of this card already, I just wanted to be sure. That splice cost seems really nice, considering Tazra herself, tokens made by Battle Screech or Raise the Alarm, and any copies of those you make, would all be able to pay for the splice cost, rather than having to spend mana. The downside is that it forces you to have at least one white creature to pay its splice cost, making it slightly less flexible than some other options. Still, I wanted to at least be sure you were aware of it.
Adverse Conditions is another card that still doesn't quite synergize with what you're doing, and it has CMC 4, which is expensive for your mana curve. Still, it could be simultaneous ramp and token population (of sorts). Cast this when you have a ton of creatures, targeting only Zada, and you immediately get a bunch of untapped 1/1s equal to the number of creatures you already control, which could exponentially grow your board for more Zada triggers, or you can just use them to sac for to pay for more spells.

AceVonDuck on Tazri/Zada

1 month ago

(Hah! TappedOut ate my comment. Let's try again.)

In regards to appreciating the deck, of course, haha! I absolutely adore janky and unique play styles. I get so tired of seeing the same tired deck concepts and "high salt" (according to EDHRec) cards in my playgroup, it's always super refreshing to see new, unconventional ways to play. ALSO HOOOOOOLY SHIT I JUST REALIZED HOW Rite of Replication WORKS WITH ZADA, WOOOOOW! I have no idea why that didn't click when I first saw it in the deck! If you can resolve it, that's so beautifully evil, oh my god!

Er, anyway, regaining my composure, heh. As far as the protection thing goes, it shouldn't be too much of a problem, so long as you're careful with it and only use it to wrap up your comboing or in response to a threat. Did it find solid use (or potential for use) in your matches with your group? I also had another question: is there any reason in particular that you haven't included any enchantments whatsoever? I can't help but wonder how Parallel Lives or Mana Reflection (especially considering you already have Basalt Monolith in the deck) would perform, despite their comparatively expensive CMCs to the rest of your mana curve. I realize they're both a bit pricey to purchase, but oh man, regardless, I can't help but envision Rite of Replication and Zada going off while Parallel Lives is on the field. Again, not sure if there's a specific reason you haven't included enchantments, was just wondering.

One last thing I noted upon reading the entire decklist again: unless I'm missing something, in the deck's current state, Manamorphose, Explore, and most of your token generating cards only get their "as designed" single use before you have to shuffle them back out of your graveyard with Elixir of Immortality and hope to draw them again. Am I missing anything, or is that correct?

Anyway, that's awesome to hear about the win. I'm sure the expressions on your playgroup's faces were priceless!

Here are some cards that came to mind and some others that I stumbled across:

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Anyway, that's all for me today. I'm certain there are plenty more cool or even better cards to include, but if I research any more right now, I'll likely be up all not, haha.

Congrats again on the win! Lemme know what you think of the cards I mentioned. I'll keep my eye on this deck as well as new cards for it, since I really love how silly this concept is.

AceVonDuck on Tazri/Zada

1 month ago

(I'm going to apologize in advance right now, since I was studying for an exam earlier and took some Adderall to help me focus. As a result, this comment is about to get a super wordy. Very sorry.

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