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Ravenous Rats
10th Edition

Reviewed September 10, 2007

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 2.25

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Ravenous Rats

The classic: for a mere two mana, you make your opponent discard a card and get a creature. If the creature kills another creature in combat or draws a removal spell, it's a 2-for-1. But the creature is a mere 1/1, with no relevant abilities beyong coming into play. The discard is nice, but why do you need a 1/1? The only tme this will kill a creature in combat is if it and another creature gangblock something, and only a fool would burn a removal spell on this (unless maybe it were Afflict and he needed to draw the card). So, basically, it ends up being a Cry of Contrition that you can get back with Gravedigger, sacrifice to Nantuko Husk, or chumpblock with. And that's not bad, but better cards keep getting printed.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3

David N

Monday - Ravenous Rats

This card has been a staple in discard decks for awhile now. He is a 1/1 for 2 with a built in discard. It's great early on because it will disrupt your opponents hand early and give u a chump blocker.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ravenous Rats

Personally, I've always liked this card, but at various times in the past it hasn't really seen play. I understand why, too: although you get card advantage out of it right away (forced discard and a creature), the creature itself is nothing to write home about. Still, it is a form of card advantage, and it does attack for one or chump block something big while you put together a defense.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Ravenous Rat

I've always had a soft spot for Ravenous Rat due to the fact that Ravenous Rat, Chittering Rat followed by Okiba-Gang Shinobi is absolutely devastating when pulled off. In standard, Ravenous Rat is a +1 card advantage for 2 mana and that makes it rather efficient. The 1/1 body doesn't have much application right now, besides maybe a creature to sacrifice with Smallpox, but swinging for a few damage against control or chump blocking a Tarmagoyf against aggro isn't too bad.

In casual, I still like Ravenous Rat. It sucks in multiplayer but in 1 vs. 1, forcing a discard on turn 2 puts a hilarious look on your opponent's face as no one likes having to discard.

In limited, it's weak body essentially makes it a 2 mana Cry of Contrition without the haunt. That's bad. I have to say it still combos nicely with that blue guy that bounces your own permanent.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5

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