Rancid Rats

Rancid Rats

Creature — Zombie Rat

Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)

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

Browse Alters View at Gatherer

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Common

Combos Browse all


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

Latest Decks as Commander

Rancid Rats Discussion

Herping_Gaming on Not Another Relentless Rat

1 day ago

I love rat decks! For the longest they were my top favorite deck (then Dinosaurs came and took that spot).

Anyway, I have a few questions. The first is your Isochron Scepter+DR/CR; how does that make infinite mana? You have to tap Isochron which should end the loop. Also, it's 5x Swamps, not 6x for your Magus+Mantle combo.

Ratcatcher is a good tutor for rats. CMC is a bit high, but it lets you find a rattie and draw for turn. Profane Command is a good game ender. Ruin Rat and Rancid Rats are good deathtouch ratties that I noticed you missed. Swarmyard is a good land in rattie decks.

The Laughing Rat Gang

Epicurus on Rat attack

6 months ago

Good theme. A few suggestions...

  • You're not utilizing Rat Colony's capability to have more than 4 in the deck. Since you're foregoing extra copies of it, I'd say you should use Pack Rat instead.

  • Rotting Rats is exactly the same card as Burglar Rat, but with Unearth. Yes it makes you discard as well, but still I think worth it.

  • Nezumi Bone-Reader gives you a reusable, activated effect that turns all of your rats into Drainpipe Vermin; much easier to control.

  • I don't see how Gnat Miser is doing you much good in this deck, unless you're playing it on turn one. Even then, it loses potency quickly. I'd replace it with either Ravenous Rats or Rancid Rats, or maybe 2 of each.

I certainly do believe that you have a fully functional deck here. Essentially it's a tribal rat aggro discard deck. Low mana curve, plenty of discard. Play around with my suggestions and see how it feels.

StopShot on I wish skulk was an …

7 months ago

Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)

Example cards: Farbog Revenant, Fogwalker, Rancid Rats

There are only 10 creature cards that have skulk, but I thought it was a really fun-to-play keyword in limited. I like the fact it gives more importance to creatures with defender, creatures with high toughness over power and low-cost creatures. As a keyword it would be used on and creatures and maybe some fringe creatures as well. (Like spiders, snakes, fungi, oozes, etc.)

I recall some people thought the keyword was a little too strong, but if it needs to be powered down I think it would be easier to make a new keyword similar to it. Something like: "New Keyword" (Creatures with power greater than this creature can't block it unless they have reach.)

Green and red decks would normally have troubles dealing with skulk creatures because their creatures typically have high power and since green has access to reach and red has been given more reach creatures like Nimble Birdsticker, Robber of the Rich, Turret Ogre, Brimstone Trebuchet etc. I think having skulk or a modified version of the skulk keyword would really make games more exciting and varied.

What are your thoughts on the Skulk keyword?

DeathBySprnkles on In what order would marrow-gnawer …

10 months ago

If I have a Marrow-Gnawer and an Ogre Slumlord and I sacrifice a rat, like Rancid Rats , in what order would there occur? Would sacrificing the nontoken rat cause the Ogre Slumlord to trigger during Marrow-Gnawer 's ability or do I finish Gnawer's effect and then do the Slumlord?

Cannonhead on A Deeper Dark

1 year ago

Yeah, I’ve never been a fan of the Rat Colony/Relentless Rats strategy, any deck that wants to play out the exact same way every game is just boring to me. You make good arguments for Rancid Rats and Crypt Rats though, and Corrupt would probably make a good one-of, as I agree this deck could use a finisher. Thanks for all the suggestions.

mal099 on A Deeper Dark

1 year ago

You're essentially playing Mono Black Control, so most of what works for that deck should work for you too. Corrupt to finish the game? Some card draw, to gain even more card advantage, like Sign in Blood or Read the Bones ? I was thinking about Rat Colony , but that's possibly too easy to kill. Rancid Rats might be nice instead of Typhoid Rats , it has better synergy with Okiba-Gang Shinobi . Crypt Rats is always nice, it can clear the board when your opponent has better stuff than you, and can potentially kill your opponent.

malthusthomas on Rattity Man

1 year ago

I really like the idea behind this deck.

How are you planning on handling something like Electrickery , Echoing Decay , or Echoing Truth ? The rats also trade with tokens or elves which means you can't attack with anything other than your gnawers without impacting your Gary plan.

Dealing with flyers will also be challenging. Maybe it's worth adding more removal at the expense of the draw from Dusk Legion Zealot ?

It might be worth thinking about some cards like Ruin Rat or Rancid Rats for the deathtouch to deal with Anglers. Also, Rancid Rats gives you some evasion which may help in getting monarch back in the event that you lose it.

I think Gnat Miser would be an interesting inclusion if you feel like you want more on the hand disruption package. Rotting Rats is a symmetric effect but it has unearth to give an extra activation of its ETB and given your card draw you can use that to your advantage, or before you toss our Gary you can unearth them to pump up your devotion.

Load more