Wednesday, May 20, 2009

[Decklist] Restless Rats Syndrome v1.1

Let's try this one more time. I hate to spread out unnecessarily to 3 color decks when I don't have to. Sometimes I get carried away. The good (?) news is that whenever you see me continually futz with decks, it means there's something about it that's tickled my casual magic funny bone. (And I won't stop futzing with it until I get it right.) Here's the black / green version again with an attempt to improve the tempo just a little bit more:

[Decklist] Restless Rats Syndrome v1.1

The Rats
17 Relentless Rats
1 Marrow-Gnawer

The Boring Stuff
4 Chainer's Edict
4 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Wild Growth
4 Utopia Sprawl
1 Sol Ring

The Fun Stuff
4 Desperate Research
2 Pack Hunt
1 Bloodbond March
1 Thrumming Stone

The Land
4 Bayou
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Poluted Delta
4 Cabal Coffers
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Tempo. You have to keep tempo. That means Dark Rituals is out and Wild Growths and Utopia Sprawls are in. When you played with the old version of the deck long enough, you soon found out that a first turn rat wasn't impressive at all. What's the point if you can back it up with another rat the turn after that, and the turn after that, and the turn after that? (They're called "relentless" rats after all.)

Instant mana for one turn doesn't cut it. The enchant lands work much better and both get the rats going by turn 2.

The Pack Hunts were added just to keep the pressure on and in some ways are a replacement for the Unearths.

Strategy? Cast rats, more rats, and even more rats. Keep casting and don't stop until you win. The Marrow-Gnawer, Bloodbond March, and Thrumming Stone are just nice surprises on your way to victory.

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