19, Aug, 23

Wilds of Eldraine Releases Incredible Rat Support Cards!

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EDH is a beloved MTG format, in part because it encourages players to think outside the box. Players can build decks with cool and amusing cards that otherwise might not find a good home. Some of the more popular types of decks that players enjoy building and playing with are Creature-centric decks that focus on a specific Creature type. For example, some of the most played mono-colored Commanders include Krenko, Mob Boss and Ezuri, Renegade Leader, which encourage building around Goblins and Elves, respectively.

Of course, some players enjoy building around Creature types that are less abundant or otherwise less heavily supported. This adds an element of uniqueness to deckbuilding that many players find very appealing. Another one of the most played mono-red Commanders, for example, is Magda, Brazen Outlaw. Magda is very strong, but it encourages you to play other Dwarves, which is an infrequently utilized Creature type in most MTG sets.

Whenever one of these less abundant Creature types gets featured in an MTG set, it’s safe to assume that plenty of EDH enthusiasts look forward to their opportunity to build around these new cards. Well, for any players that have been waiting for more support around the Rat Creature type, Wilds of Eldraine is packed with new toys. Plenty of strong Rat cards have been spoiled, and they are ready to help you grow your Rat EDH army. Let’s take a look at some of the best Rats from the upcoming set, starting with a cool new Commander!

Totentanz, Swarm Piper

Totentanz, Swarm Piper

Totentanz, Swarm Piper is an interesting Commander option for a deck that is heavily centered around the Rat Creature type. Similar to other top Rat Commanders, such as Marrow-Gnawer and Ashcoat of the Shadow Swarm, this card very much incentivizes you to go as wide as possible with Rats. However, this card does have some unique traits that other Rat Commanders don’t.

First of all, this card heavily protects your Rat army from opposing board wipes. The ability to leave behind a ton of Rat tokens means it can be difficult for your opponents to effectively deal with your massive board. Even though the Rat tokens left behind only have one power, there are plenty of ways to pump your Creatures, such as with Coat of Arms or Obelisk of Urd.

Of course, Totentanz doesn’t care how your Creatures die, so another avenue to take this Commander would be to utilize a sacrifice theme. Repeatable sacrifice outlets such as Ashnod’s Alter can net you a lot of mana, and there are plenty of payoffs like Grave Pact for sacrificing lots of Creatures.

Perhaps one of the coolest features of this card, however, is that it is specifically a Rakdos Rat payoff. While many Rat Commanders force you to stay mono-black, this Commander opens up a whole range of cards to use, including excellent typal payoffs like Shared Animosity and Mana Echoes.

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New “Go Wide” Elements

Beyond the printing of new Commander options, one of the biggest things that a deck built around going wide with Rats needs is simply redundancy. It’s perfectly fine to fill out your deck with a bunch of copies of Rat Colony, but the card isn’t particularly strong. While not every Rat in Wilds of Eldraine is overly exciting, they do collectively help add additional ways to build out your board.

Lord Skitter's Butcher

Take a card like Lord Skitter’s Butcher, for example. The card isn’t anything outrageously special, but at minimum, it gives you two Rats in one card. If you are looking to attack with a wide board already assembled, it can make your Creatures more difficult to block. It also gives you the option of sacrificing a Creature to get some value, which can be strong with Totentanz.

Tangled Colony

Speaking of value, this card has some very high upside. On the surface, you get a two-mana three-power Rat Creature that creates more Rats when it’s dealt damage and dies. While this can give you some Rat tokens if it dies in combat, there are also some ways to ensure you are left with an army. In mono-black, your options are a bit slim, but Crypt Rats can help both wipe the board and leave you with a bunch of Rat tokens if you have a lot of mana. With access to red, however, you also get to combine this with cards like Blasphemous Act that can leave you with a boatload of Rats. Combine them with Totentanz and The Meathook Massacre, and you’ve got a gameplan!

Lord Skitter, Sewer King

Lord Skitter is another decent option if you are looking to flood the board with Rats. Every turn cycle, you get to add another Rat to your battalion. You even get a small bonus of exiling a card from an opponent’s graveyard every time a Rat enters the battlefield under your control. This card is a natural fit in an Ashcoat or Marrow-Gnawer EDH deck by acting as an army in a can, even if it is a little slow. The more Rats, the merrier, and so far, Wilds of Eldraine is giving us some goodies.

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Additional Payoffs

Twisted Sewer-Witch

Beyond ways to flood the board with Rats, this set also provides some additional payoffs for doing so. One of the better payoffs is Twisted Sewer-Witch. Twisted Sewer-Witch gifts you a Rat token when it enters the battlefield, but it then provides every Rat you control with a Wicked Role token. Not only does each Wicked Role token pump your Rats, but they also cause each of your opponents to lose life whenever one of the Auras goes to the graveyard, such as by your Rats dying. Pair this with a wide board and a sacrifice outlet, and it’s not unreasonable to win the game right then and there.

Lich-Knight's Conquest

While not specifically a Rat payoff, this card also works quite well with Totentanz and a sacrifice outlet. Totentanz provides you with a bunch of Rat tokens whenever your non-token Rats die. Lich-Knights’ Conquest then lets you sacrifice those Rat tokens alongside any other Artifacts, Enchantments, or tokens to bring back a bunch of Creatures from your graveyard to the battlefield. Add a sacrifice payoff like the Meathook Massacre or Mayhem Devil, and you can win the game in short order.

Rats as an overall Creature type may not have the largest supply of payoffs. Still, there are plenty of ways to build a successful EDH deck around the Creature type. Wilds of Eldraine has already showcased a plethora of solid Rats to add to your decks, so if you’re looking to strengthen your rodent squad, this set’s got you covered. There’s likely even more Rat support that we haven’t even seen yet.

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