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Rat Stampede (Probably The Best Version Of Rat Cage Deck So Far)

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Hello! After Defiance came out I have mostly spent my time trying to make Rat Cage work. I've tried Xenan Cage with Katra, the Devoted to pump up the rats, more aggro versions with Cabal Scavenger, playing with and without Kerendon Merchant.

This current build is the most successful I've found. It's essentially a combo deck of sorts, with two main combos:

1) Play rat cage and a bunch of relics, then pop a Bazaar Stampede and win
2) Stall until you can hit stampede using the Porcelain Mask and Shepherd's Horn combo

How to play

You want to mulligan aggressively with this deck, and you're aiming for a hand with either:

1) Rat Cage or Display of Knowledge (or Elvish Swindler in a pinch, but the first two are vastly preferred)
2) Components to assemble the Horn/Mask combo, so: Mask, Horn, Display, Merchant, Swindler

The first option is preferred. If you get Rat Cage, you're definitely in the game. If you don't get a Rat Cage then you might not hit critical board and relic mass soon enough to win with Stampede.

Azindel is in the market as a plan B, but often doesn't come out. You'd pull Azindel if you end up in a late game situation where the board has stalled or a Rat Stampede alpha strike hasn't eventuated.

If I've got a display or cage in hand, I'll hold back some relics until cage is out. The exceptions are Porcelain Mask - you want to play this out early if you get one in your opening hand just for the silence effect. Pitfall Trap should be played out early as well to take out Hojans, Oni Ronins, or other X/1s.

When to play Stampede? Basically as soon as you have three or more units, and Stampede is at least +3/+3 (in most games it will be at least +4/+4 by the time you can play it). The buff from Stampede is permanent, so if you can a relic or unit in hand you'll want to play it before Stampede if you can do both on the same turn.

Some other less obvious interactions in the deck:

Lethrai Courtier is actually really good. It makes your draws better, gets your consistently up to the 5 power needed for Stampede, and plays well with Obelisk. Combined with Pitfall Trap it makes a very good draw engine, since after 5 power you can cycle power without concern unless you need to play Azindel.

Lethrai Hideaway can pump Courtier, Swindler and the token it creates


This is not going to be a top tier deck, but it can win against top tier decks.

It is weakest against fast aggro. You want to hit the lifegain combo against aggro, or delay as you can with Permafrost, Pitfall, and Equivocates

It plays well against slower midrange and greed piles. It is actually quite resilient to board clearing, as you can build a decent board back up very easily if you have even one rat cage out.

Passage of Eons and Bore are obvioulsy issues, but I honestly don't see these enough to play counterspells. Passage of Eons is also quite slow.

Otherwise, enjoy the deck - it's very fun!


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements
2 2 2

Power Sources
14 13 12 12

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Deck Rarities
8 39 21 1

Card Types
11 27 15 0 27

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Dead Reckoning [Set1003]
Into Shadow [Set1004]


January 23, 2019


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BorisBritva Eternal Version: 1.42.3
good job
Tarkatta Eternal Version: 1.42.3
I am constantly getting influence screwed. 5 games and never got off the ground once.
Damnation Eternal Version: 1.42.3
try my version (i think my rat cage is the best version right now)
Capybara Eternal Version: 1.42.3
Thanks, will check it out :)
Redjkn87 Eternal Version: 1.42.3
I enjoyed trying this deck out today. I have to say another problem we have to look out for is Avigraft, if that hits a rat. It's really hard to push this deck forward.
Capybara Eternal Version: 1.42.3
Yes, I haven't noticed many Avigrafts in my meta but you might want to put a disjunction in the market if you're seeing it a lot.
Ninjacan Eternal Version: 1.42.3
Avigraft seems like a huge hindrance for this deck, makes mr think there should be disjunction in the market
Velsevul Eternal Version: 1.42.3
Great concept, but do you tried Kalis version?
Capybara Eternal Version: 1.42.3
No - got a list?
mikriv Eternal Version: 1.42.3
So, this deck concedes when the opponent plays Bore/Passage of Eons? Maybe, adding a few copies of Unseal?
Capybara Eternal Version: 1.42.3
Passage of Eons is very slow unless they're playing ramp. Honestly I don't see either of these enough to maindeck counter spells. If Eon comes out post-Stampede, you can still win. If you have a board, and can follow up their Bore/Eons with an Obelisk then you can still win.
Methin Edited Eternal Version: 1.43
The problem is that most people running any time will have a passage in the market and it is almost standard to do the same with bore for fire. They may not be played against you all that much , but that is more then likely due to poor market choices early rather then not having it. I will agree they are niche cards, but they both shut down aggressive relic lists completely. One card you may want to consider is Dissociate (I think that's the one) as it fits in your market and will delay passage for 3ish turns giving you a little time to wipe them out or pull of a stampede.