Quote from Num »Hello fellow rackers
As the primer says, 8rack is an highly customizable shell. So I went ahead and wanted to build a creature heavier version... This is the list I play-tested in a recent FNM:
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4 Pack Rat
4 Nezumi Shortfang
4 Rotting Rats
4 Burglar Rat
4 Chittering Rats
4 Shrieking Affliction
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Ghost Quarter
4 The Rack
4 Smuggler's Copter
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Ghost Quarter
3 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Pithing Needle
2 Ravenous Trap
4 Fatal Push
There were 20 opponents in the FNM and I ended up losing in the semi-finals.
The star was Smuggler's Copter to get more value out of "enter the battlefield" rats such as Burglar Rat or Rotting Rats.
The only addition in the list above from the deck I used at the FNM is Chittering Rats. I found that depite all the discard rats, some opponents kept lands in hand to wreck the main plan. I thought that Chittering Rats could be a way out (unless they fetch), while comboing with the other rats and copter. Although Wrench Mind could also work...
I lost in semi-finals against Burn, which was just too good at top-decking... Do you think I should consider Funeral Charm as an instant speed discard? It also gives swampwalk to the pumped up Pack Rat. Alternatively, Aether Vial could instant cast rats in this setup to discard in the draw phase or crew copters. Another play I see with the vial is cycling with copter and vialing a rat in before the damage phase to pump a pack rat... Or vial a Pack Rat in and double it for just 3 mana
I'm open to any suggestion. This is not meant to be a budget deck, just a creature/tribal rat twist on 8Rack.
This looks really spicy as a 8Rack build being a creature heavy synergy. I like the idea, definitely gets around Leyline of Sanctity which at times hurts 8Rack but being heavily reliant on the creature package can hurt. Looks a lot more like Rat Tribal with 8Rack synergy. Nonetheless, I like it!