Relentless Rats

Relentless Rats

Creature — Rat

Relentless Rats gets +1/+1 for each other creature on the battlefield named Relentless Rats.

A deck can have any number of cards named Relentless Rats.

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) Common
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon
2010 Core Set (M10) Uncommon
Tenth Edition (10E) Uncommon
Fifth Dawn (5DN) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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

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Relentless Rats Discussion

GnuofDeath on Relentless Devotion (to Rats)

12 hours ago

Peat Bog can help you putting some rats earlier. 2 Barren Moor will avoid some floods. And 1-2 Bojuka Bog against tron or any deck that use the grave. Cast Down in the Victim of Night slots and Chainer's Edict in the Diabolic Edict. Maybe 4 Sign in Blood and 19 Relentless Rats, but i'm not sure about it.

MagicMarc on Deathkeeper, shaman spellcaster- looking for …

1 month ago

Verdant Succession does not work with Relentless Rats, Rat Colony or Seven Dwarves. It only triggers for Green nontoken creatures.

Thrumming Stone will not trigger from Verdant Succession either if that was the intent. The stone look spells you cast not for creatures that get put into play by an effect.

I do like the combo, and I like the deck build.

Juuluk, if you post the deck to T/O you could link it which would help people provide suggestions as well as the good stuff suggested already.

TriusMalarky on Deathkeeper, shaman spellcaster- looking for …

1 month ago

First, I'm stealing Mortuary-Succession combo for my Korvold. And adding Deathrender because Korvold's a piece in that loop.

Personally, in sac decks you don't want to use too many instants/sorceries. You should really attempt to assemble some Persist combos, with cards like Rhythm of the Wild and Grumgully, the Generous, Melira and a sac outlet. You can probably get 3-5 sac outlets and 3+ Persist disablers, as well as a good handful of Persist creatures, of which Rendclaw Trow and Scuzzback Marauders are best as they can also be used with with Mortuary-Succession loop. Add some black ones though.

Then, you could run Commune with the Gods which, although a 1-of, hits every single one of your main combo pieces in the deck.

I don't know how much ramp you're running, but you can get to about 4 1-mana dorks(more if you want ones that sac themselves to add mana) and a good 3-6 2-mana rocks, although dorks are better here because you can sacrifice them. I'd use Sakura-Tribe Elder as a great one.

Also, if you're using Succession, get a few Relentless Rats or Rat Colony. Also Seven Dwarves. Add Thrumming Stone, and basically make sure that most of your deck is either ramp, Rats or Combo pieces. Mostly because it's funny and gives Succession another use other than combo.

Peoyogon on Ooooh SHIT! A rat!

1 month ago

Speaking from experience, I really think that Rat Colony is stronger in EDH than Relentless Rats. The fact that colony counts all your other rats synergizes so well with Marrow-Gnawer. The toughness limitation can actually help you too if you use cards like Skullclamp to get loads of cards, or Grave Pact/Dictate of Erebos to punish your opponents' boards. I also love that it's 2 Mana so it is very easy to flood the field with them. I do think that if you do prefer relentless, take out the colonies and go all in with them; in my own deck, I found that they compete for the same space so running both weakened their strengths.

You may also want to consider having some big mass recurssion to bounce back from board wipes. I really like Twilight's Call, Balthor the Defiled, and especially Patriarch's Bidding.

Good luck! :)

Happymaster19 on A Quest for Power: Unrestricting …

2 months ago

I have spent the past few months toying around with the most powerful tools in all of Magic on a quest to find the most broken constructed deck possible. Essentially ramping Vintage up by removing the Restricted List. And so, amidst a sea of new format ideas, I bring a simple one. Vintage but Unrestricted. That’s it. No change to minimum or maximum deck size, no ‘commander/commander spell’, no new zone, nothing you aren’t already familiar with if you play constructed.

• No more than a play set of non basic lands unless a card says otherwise like Relentless Rats.

• All banned non-companions are still banned. So no dexterity cards or Sharazad nonsense (although Sharazad is probably safe). No command zone cards or conspiracy nonsense.

• All restrictions are lifted. Yes. All of them. This is meant to be the most unforgiving format. Know what you’re signing up for.

• Only scribbled basic lands count as official cards of the format. This is really just a fun guideline and not a hard rule. But who’s packing this type of heat and carrying it around. Ensure yourself with Basics Ensurance!!

I will get this out of the way quick. This is not meant to be a balanced or healthy format. This is an experiment to see how unbalanced the format is when you drop the weight of the Restricted List. Is it as unbalanced as might be assumed?

It certainly will be a coin-flip format. This sounds in bad taste but I play plenty of other games that operate on chance and I love Magic. Magic has classically blended randomness and probability with skill and intuition. Personally, I think there could be a space for a real competitive environment.

The folder below contains my experiments. You’ll see a wide array of decks. While many may focus on combo, the prison decks are not to be underestimated. In my opinion, they are the dominating force. And they are a big door in for diversity. So if you can swallow the inherent craziness that comes with such power, I think you’ll find that an Unrestricted Vintage may have far more diversity than one might initially think. The real question is whether people can get behind the coin-flip nature of the format. While it doesn’t always play out that way (as Leyline of Anticipation has made itself a pivotal player of the format), games are often decided by two things: 1) coin-flip, 2) matchup. But it can actually get more complicated than that. My wheel decks have a nasty habit of putting counters in the opponent’s hand. Just one example of how games are more nuanced than at first glance (unless you’re glancing at Stax).

Please feel free to come explore my own lists and offer any input. Most of the comments on my decks talk about the price which is why I put the fun ‘Basics Ensurance!’ rule. I want to talk decks and meta. I already know these decks are ridiculous on a wallet. So let’s talk about what we don’t know instead. Like what’s the most powerful deck possible in the context of a meta to play it in. Please share your thoughts on mine and please please please feel free to offer your own ideas. Magic has taught me that a community will root out problems faster than an individual. So join me on my quest for power as we search for The Most Broken Constructions!

Unrestricted Vintage Folder

I have so far found much experimenting to be needed. I have run into a promising diversity so far. I’ve seen Paradoxical Outcome in many variations. Most interestingly was a build that used Monastery Mentor and Time Walk to get around Leyline of Sanctity. I’ve run into Tinker/Bolas's Citadel builds. I’ve seen Blightsteel Colossus in control shells and hasty combo shells. I’ve seen Stax. I’ve used enchantment and D&T shells to success. I’ve seen Dredge. I’ve seen a very midrangey U/G build with Oko, Thief of Crowns, Collector Ouphes, and True-Name Nemesis to tempo opponents. I’ve done Storm centered on Timetwister, Second Sunrise, Underworld Breach, Yawgmoth's Will independently. I’ve caught players by surprise with Mind Funeral and then been totally mismatched against a fair deck. I saw a clever take on burn capitalizing on Pyrostatic Pillar and Eidolon of the Great Revel alongside all the most efficient burn including the extra potent Galvanic Blast. I’ve seen Arcbound Ravager aggro. I’ve seen Flash/Protean Hulk in a couple different forms. I’m still waiting for a solid Doomsday deck to form.

This is my rough view of the meta as it stands: • Stax • D&T • Enchantment Prison • U/G Mid • Storm (in a dozen forms which is best being meta dependent) • Colossus • U/B Mill • Flash Hulk • Dredge • Burn

I’m sure their is a ton more work to do. Some of these decks are very meta prone. But I’m sure there’s more beyond this brief foray. I’ve been very pleased with what I have discovered so far. Mind Funeral will thrive in a Moxen heavy combo meta but will fade fast if fair decks like Midrange and Stax take over. Midrange can keep Stax in check but can fall to control. Enchantment prison can really hose combo and Dredge but faulter against D&T and Stax. There’s a lot to be done but I really like what I see. I’m not deluded into believing this is near a viable format yet but I find room to be optimistic.

DeinoStinkus on

2 months ago

Beliefs contagious

Spreading disease

The wretched Rat Colony

Isn't the best though

Never forget the Relentless

Never forget the Relentless


singing because I'm not sure how to type the next part

Relentless Rats is better than Rat Colony.

Omniscience_is_life on Quest for weirdness

2 months ago

have every card in your deck be a Shadowborn Apostle/Relentless Rats/Rat Colony/Persistent Petitioners, with one Laboratory Maniac, and then just exile your entire deck and win! (I think I'ma build that deck now, actually)

let's use Crackling Drake to it's full potential!

TheSurgeon on Musophobia

2 months ago

oeliberti- I agree, more draw is needed if I am to survive a swarm wipe. Erebos, God of the Dead is a must. Not only do I get the needed draw, I level the playing field by taking the ability to gain life from my opponent; especially since the deck is lacking in that mechanic without a heavy-cost Artifact on the board.

But where to out the other 2 I need? After going from Relentless Rats down to Rat Colony, I took a look at my original land base..

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