Tuesday, May 19, 2009

[Decklist] Relentless Rats BUG

While the other Relentless Rats deck I just posted is fun. It's still too slow. I splashed in blue and made some changes.



[Decklist] Relentless Rats BUG

The Rats
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17 Relentless Rats
1 Marrow-Gnawer
1 Wonder

The Boring Stuff
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4 Demonic Tutor
1 Duress
1 Naturalize
1 Chainer's Edict
1 Damnation
4 Careful Study
4 Unearth
4 Dark Ritual
1 Sol Ring

The Fun Stuff
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4 Desperate Research
1 Echoing Courage
1 Bloodbond March
1 Thrumming Stone

The Land
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4 Bayou
4 Underground Sea
4 Poluted Delta
4 Swamp

I streamlined the entire deck and really... this is the superior build. But to do this, I had to commit the sin of dropping the rat total from 20 to 17. In the end, the sacrifice seems to be worth it.

The main thing I did was speed the deck up. Using Careful Studies instead of Buried Alive to get rats in the grave for Bloodbond March, you get more card drawing instead of a card whose sole purpose is to pad the grave. The number of Bloodbond Marches has been reduced so it's more of a luxury than a necessity (like it should be). But in the process, I'd stacked the deck with 4 copies of Unearth. This was the real key to the deck changes.

Tempo.

That's what this deck has that the other build didn't. First turn Careful Study, second turn Unearth instead of *hoping* that you'd have 3 land by turn 3 to try and plan your first creature of the game if you didn't get a Dark Ritual in your opening hand. But tempo is more than that. Even without Careful Study it makes the deck much better.
  1. 1st Turn: ritual + rat.
  2. Opponent kills rat.
  3. 2nd Turn: ritual + rat + unearth.

Or the slower version:
  1. 3rd Turn: rat.
  2. Opponent kills rat.
  3. 4th Turn: rat + unearth.

Same concept. It keeps the rats coming at odd numbers of mana.

The other big change was reverting to the old control cards. They're more situational. There is only 1 of each copy. But with the inclusion of Demonic Tutor, it's becoming a much more tutor reliant deck. Small price for an army of rats.

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