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 Post subject: Teysa's Rats
AgePosted: 2011-Apr-10 9:59 am 

Joined: 2011-Feb-15 6:09 pm
Age: Drake
The goal of this deck is to make a Relentless Rats strategy as viable as possible without using any infinite combos. This deck focuses on massive lifegain as a defense, leaving your creatures open for attacking each turn.

  • General Damage: The fact that the deck doesn't have a traditional defense mean it is easily destroyed by 21 General damage. This is mitigated by single-target removal spells such as Condemn as well as Maze of Ith.
  • Poison counters make this deck's impressive life gain irrelevant.
  • Board Sweeps: Relentless Rats is pretty weak unless there are a few of them on the board already. If your opponents keep clearing your field with board sweeps (Wrath of God, Decree of Pain, and Austere Command are the favorites in my group), and then you won't be able to do a whole lot. This is mitigated by mass-resurrection spells such as Twilight's Call and Balthor the Defiled.

General: Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Relentless Rats (x30)

Thrumming Stone

Card Manipulation:
Sensei's Divining Top
Enlightened Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Phyrexian Arena
Diabolic Tutor

Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares
Avatar of Woe
Mangara of Corondor
Oblivion Ring
Wrath of God
Austere Command
Angel of Despair
Reiver Demon

Damage Control:
Oversold Cemetery
Balthor the Defiled
Twilight's Call
Patriarch's Bidding

Life Gain:
Serra Ascendant
Tendrils of Agony
Angelic Chorus
Noble Purpose
True Conviction

Mana Abilities:
Land Tax
Weathered Wayfarer

Maze of Ith
Marsh Flats
Akroma's Memorial

Nonbasic Mana-Producing Lands:
Caves of Koilos
Godless Shrine
Tainted Field
Terrain Generator

Basic lands:
Plains (x12)
Swamp (x16)

I encourage readers to post constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement!

Last edited by mediocresurgeon on 2011-May-02 9:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Teysa's Rats
AgePosted: 2011-Apr-12 7:26 pm 

Joined: 2011-Apr-12 4:45 pm
Age: Hatchling
Can you Run Relentless Rats in Edh?

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 Post subject: Re: Teysa's Rats
AgePosted: 2011-Apr-12 10:43 pm 

Joined: 2008-Nov-25 3:51 am
Age: Elder Dragon
Location: Toronto, ON
Aigren wrote:
Can you Run Relentless Rats in Edh?

It's dependent on you playgroup, most players are ok with it.

1] Horde of Notions (Blink)
2] Teneb, The Harvester (Rock)
3] Isperia the Inscrutable (U/W Control)
4] Mayael the Anima (Fatties FTW!)
5] Omnath, Locus of Mana (Big Green Men)
6] Oros, The Avenger (Rock Burn)
7] Savra, Queen of the Golgari (Token Snack)
8] Rafiq of the Many (One Man, Alone)
9] Reaper King (Taste the EPIC!)
10] Uril, the Miststalker (Dark Rafiq)

I THINK in metaphors

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 Post subject: Re: Teysa's Rats
AgePosted: 2011-Apr-12 10:59 pm 

Joined: 2010-Nov-25 9:22 am
Age: Elder Dragon
The rules allow the rats FOR THE LAST TIME
anyways good idea using white to do other stuff, i can only suggest Patriarch's Bidding
which is good after a wipe
Hallowed Burial is good with dealing with generals obv if you don't have a fantastic board presence

A real man's dragon deck
Genomancer wrote:
Our aim is not to make commander an unbreakable tournament format... it continues to be (and hopefully always will be) chock full of crazy powerful plays which you, the players, are trusted to explore rather than exploit.

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 Post subject: Re: Teysa's Rats
AgePosted: 2011-May-02 9:49 pm 

Joined: 2011-Feb-15 6:09 pm
Age: Drake
Removed Black Market. It just wasn't working as well as I thought it would.
Removed 3 Swamps.
Added 3 Plains.
Added Patriarch's Bidding.

The primary problem with this deck right now is a lack of answers. It also takes a few turns of casting rats before it can really dish out damage, which means it's a lot slower to recover from board sweeps than other decks (which can cast a fatty right after a boardsweep). Thrumming Stone ends the game but after the first game opponents will (more often than not) hold back an answer in their hand to deal with this.

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 Post subject: Re: Teysa's Rats
AgePosted: 2011-May-17 2:22 am 

Joined: 2011-Jan-21 8:06 am
Age: Wyvern
I'd recommend Aether Vial. I think Living Death could be exactly what you want as it is a board sweeper + mass resurrection. Volrath's Stronghold would also provide you the ability to not miss "Rat drops". Strip Mine and Wasteland could provide you some protection from random utility lands. I also like Filth (especially with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth) with Rats as you are available to swing away even with "medium" sized rats.

One different strategy that you could do is run Mesmeric Orb with all the powerful reanimation spells. Just mill 10 to 15 rats and when you bring them back you get a near lethal amount of rats.

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 Post subject: Re: Teysa's Rats
AgePosted: 2011-May-17 4:44 am 
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Age: Elder Dragon
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You haven't seen ridiculous until your rats have all been wrathed and at the end of your opponent's turn you cast Footbottom Feast. Let the thrumming begin!

Extra fun if you can toss a Winding Canyons in the deck.

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