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CardShark Content - Abram Fox (11/17/2005)

Next up on the docket in this four-part draft review series is the Boros Legion. After two weeks on the darker side of Ravnica it’s time to spend some time with the warriors of light. After all, do you really want to mess with one of those angels? This article was partially inspired by the Ravnica novel that came with the Ravnica Fat Pack. Agrus Kos is hardcore, that’s all I have to say about that.

The Boros Legion is Ravnica’s R/W guild. It thrives on creature combat and runs aggressively-costed weenies and combat tricks, as compared to Selesnya’s hordes of tokens backed by large beaters. Typically the Boros curve skews to the small side, with the top of the curve coming at two and three mana rather than three and four. Sixteen land should be enough unless you have an Angel, Archangel
Archangel
ArchangelSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
FlyingAttacking doesn't cause Archangel to tap.
or Archon. Combat tricks abound in the Boros deck’s cardpool…no removal or card-drawing here (Devouring Light
Devouring Light
Devouring LightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
13
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Remove target attacking or blocking creature from the game.
is a combat trick: “…target attacking or blocking…”).

From turn one until the end of the game your creatures should be turning sideways. In the red zone. The saddest thing your can see on the other side of the table is a Drift of Phantasms
Drift of Phantasms
Drift of PhantasmsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) Flying Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
. Good thing it can only block one creature as the others get through. Long-game consistency is sacrificed for early game power. Once you hit turn ten the game is likely lost unless you can stall and find a Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
for the last bits of damage. Now, on to the cards!

-Barbarian Riftcutter
Barbarian Riftcutter
Barbarian RiftcutterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
R, Sacrifice Barbarian Riftcutter: Destroy target land.

This 3/3 for 5 is a lackluster start for a Boros draft review. His ability is rarely useful other than with damage on the stack. Filler that hopefully you won’t need to play.
Late Pick

-Coalhauler Swine
Coalhauler Swine
Coalhauler SwineSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Coalhauler Swine is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to each player.

This little piggy, on the other hand, is better than at first glance. He keeps the damage piling onto your opponent while providing a solid body. Since you should already be winning the race the Swine’s pressure can often be a finisher.
7th-9th Pick

-Dogpile
Dogpile
DogpileSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Dogpile deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of attacking creatures you control.

Dogpile
Dogpile
DogpileSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Dogpile deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of attacking creatures you control.
is better in a Selesnya deck splashing red than a Boros deck, since the G/W build will have more weenies. An effective finisher but I prefer to leave him on the sidelines.
Late Pick

-Fiery Conclusion
Fiery Conclusion
Fiery ConclusionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
As an additional cost to play Fiery Conclusion, sacrifice a creature. Fiery Conclusion deals 5 damage to target creature.

Not quite Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
, but what is? Fiery Conclusion
Fiery Conclusion
Fiery ConclusionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
As an additional cost to play Fiery Conclusion, sacrifice a creature. Fiery Conclusion deals 5 damage to target creature.
takes out nearly every common and uncommon creature in the set.
1st-3rd Pick

-Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.

I will take Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
in whatever form I can get.
1st-3rd Pick

-Goblin Fire Fiend
Goblin Fire Fiend
Goblin Fire FiendSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Goblin Fire Fiend must be blocked if able. R: Goblin Fire Fiend gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

Unplayable

-Goblin Spelunkers
Goblin Spelunkers
Goblin SpelunkersSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
C
Number:
195
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Mountainwalk (If defending player controls a mountain, this creature is unblockable.)

Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
walk isn’t too useful now since there’s only one red guild. It probably won’t be too useful in Ravnica-Guildpact-Dissension either but hey, a decent body.
7th-9th Pick

-Incite Hysteria
Incite Hysteria
Incite HysteriaSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Radiance — Until end of turn, target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it gain This creature can’t block.

I undervalue this a bit, since Falter
Falter
FalterSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
184
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Creatures without flying cannot block this turn.
effects are always playable, but it’s too situational in terms of who it hits and who it doesn’t.
8th-10th Pick

-Ordruun Commando
Ordruun Commando
Ordruun CommandoSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to Ordruun Commando this turn.

A 4/1 for 4 shouldn’t be a staple card for a draft archetype but it is. If all goes well you won’t have the spare mana for his ability but if you do it’s a bit of a bonus.
4th-6th Pick

-Rain of Embers
Rain of Embers
Rain of EmbersSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Rain of Embers deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

There are many X/1s in Ravnica, including the card just above this one. Completely wipes out a Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
horde. You definitely want one in the sideboard.
5th-7th Pick

-Sabertooth Alley Cat
Sabertooth Alley Cat
Sabertooth Alley CatSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sabertooth Alley Cat attacks each turn if able. 1R: Creatures without defender can’t block Sabertooth Alley Cat this turn.

The Alley Cat requires you to be strictly Boros, pretty much, but rewards you by being a virtually guaranteed 2 damage a turn.
3rd-5th Pick

-Seismic Spike
Seismic Spike
Seismic SpikeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Destroy target land. Add RR to your mana pool.

Unplayable

-Sell-Sword Brute
Another staple card for the Boros deck, the drawback doesn’t matter since you’re trying to race your opponent anyway. Does make chump-blocking a bit more risky though.
6th-8th Pick

-Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.

Not too bad in terms of a 23rd card. If your opponent doesn’t have at least one Signet to target then their deck might not be that good. The cantrip is what makes this playable.
Late Pick

-Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage ApprenticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sparkmage Apprentice comes into play, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Don’t feel bad about taking this even earlier if it’s all there is in the pack. I should mention it’s fairly decent in the R/U deck combined with Peel with Reality.
5th-7th Pick

-Surge of Zeal
Surge of Zeal
Surge of ZealSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Radiance — Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it gain haste until end of turn.

Unplayable

-Torpid Moloch
Torpid Moloch
Torpid MolochSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) Sacrifice three lands: Torpid Moloch loses defender until end of turn.

Would you believe me when I say I maindecked this in a Legacy Burn deck? Even more remarkable is the fact that I still went 2-2 and used it the Moloch on offense more than once. Pretty awesome, eh?
7th-9th Pick

-Viashino Fangtail
Viashino Fangtail
Viashino FangtailSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Viashino Fangtail deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Lost in comparisons to Frostwielder
Frostwielder
FrostwielderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
167
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Frostwielder deals 1 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage by Frostwielder this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
and Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot GoblinSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
is the fact that the Fangtail is a 3/3. Oftentimes you’ll be better off swinging with him than saving him for the pinging ability and you’d be surprised how often an opponent doesn’t see it coming.
1st-3rd Pick

Viashino Slasher
Viashino Slasher
Viashino SlasherSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R: Viashino Slasher gets +1/-1 until end of turn.

Mostly this guy will play defense and trade with an X/2 creature, though at times you can include him in a large force and pay two for an extra damage.
Late Pick

-War-Torch Goblin
For a one-mana 1/1 the Goblin makes combat math fairly tricky. In his case it may be better to hold him back from attacks so the opponent doesn’t force your move by blocking the little goblin.
5th-7th Pick

Fangtail, Fiery Conclusion
Fiery Conclusion
Fiery ConclusionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
As an additional cost to play Fiery Conclusion, sacrifice a creature. Fiery Conclusion deals 5 damage to target creature.
and Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
are the strongest cards of the red commons. Many of the weenies you can take late in the draft and still feel good about putting in the maindeck. Dogpile
Dogpile
DogpileSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Dogpile deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of attacking creatures you control.
is really the only red trick you’ll use, as the better ones are white or multicolored.

-Blockbuster
Blockbuster
BlockbusterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
1R, Sacrifice Blockbuster: Blockbuster deals 3 damage to each tapped creature and each player.

Unless you can afford to pay seven to drop and pop this the turn after your opponent attacks with weenies but doesn’t kill you, Blockbuster
Blockbuster
BlockbusterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
1R, Sacrifice Blockbuster: Blockbuster deals 3 damage to each tapped creature and each player.
is fairly ineffective.
Late Pick

-Cleansing Beam
Cleansing Beam
Cleansing BeamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
118
Artist:
Pat Lee
Text:
Radiance — Cleansing Beam deals 2 damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it.

Expensive or not, the ability to wipe out several of your opponent’s creatures at instant speed must be respected. What’s that you say? The same holds true for Blockbuster
Blockbuster
BlockbusterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
1R, Sacrifice Blockbuster: Blockbuster deals 3 damage to each tapped creature and each player.
? Oh, did I mention Cleansing Beam
Cleansing Beam
Cleansing BeamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
118
Artist:
Pat Lee
Text:
Radiance — Cleansing Beam deals 2 damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it.
is always a surprise?
2nd-4th Pick

-Flash Conscription
Flash Conscription
Flash ConscriptionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn. If W was spent to play Flash Conscription, the creature gains “Whenever this creature deals combat damage, you gain that much life” until end of turn.

After years of drafting Grab the Reins
Grab the Reins
Grab the ReinsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Choose one - Until end of turn, you gain control of target creature and it gains haste; or sacrifice a creature, then Grab the Reins deals damage equal to that creature's power to target creature or player. Entwine 2R (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
and Blind with Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
this seems a bit underpowered, doesn’t it? Still worth taking high and playing.
2nd-4th Pick

-Frenzied Goblin
Frenzied Goblin
Frenzied GoblinSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
125
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Frenzied Goblin attacks, you may pay R. If you do, target creature can’t block this turn.

You would be surprised how many points of damage this guy will get through. He won’t last long once your opponent gets a few blockers down but the early pressure is helpful.
4th-6th Pick

-Greater Forgeling
Greater Forgeling
Greater ForgelingSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Marcelo Vignali
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
1R: Greater Forgeling gets +3/-3 until end of turn.

He’s a 3/4 when blocked, not a bad body. Unblocked he’s a 7/1. More importantly he’s the only playable non-rare creature for the Boros Legion.
3rd-5th Pick

-Indentured Oaf
Indentured Oaf
Indentured OafSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Prevent all damage that Indentured Oaf would deal to red creatures.

The drawback isn’t much of a drawback but the Oaf will likely trade with an opponent’s four drop. There are far worse creatures for this deck than a 4/3 for 4, so play it.
6th-8th Pick

-Instill Furor
Instill Furor
Instill FurorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has “At the end of your turn, sacrifice this creature unless it attacked this turn.”

This forces your opponents to either send a utility creature to its doom or use it once more before it hits the graveyard.
5th-7th Pick

-Reroute
Reroute
RerouteSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Change the target of target activated ability with a single target. Draw a card.

Unplayable

-Stoneshaker Shaman
Stoneshaker Shaman
Stoneshaker ShamanSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the end of each player’s turn, that player sacrifices an untapped land.

Unplayable

-Wojek Embermage
Wojek Embermage
Wojek EmbermageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
152
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Radiance — T: Wojek Embermage deals 1 damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it.

Unlike Viashino Fangtail
Viashino Fangtail
Viashino FangtailSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Viashino Fangtail deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
the Embermage doesn’t hit players but the ability to decimate a board of Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
tokens makes up for that.
3rd-5th Pick

The red uncommons have powerful abilities but as a whole they seem overcosted. Most of the playables cost four or five. It’s certainly possible to win without having any of the above ten cards in your deck. On the other hand, it’s difficult to win if you don’t have a few of the following multicolored commons among your forty cards. Thundersong Trumpeter
Thundersong Trumpeter
Thundersong TrumpeterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature can’t attack or block this turn.
, Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight LegionnaireSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, haste
and even Rally the Righteous
Rally the Righteous
Rally the RighteousSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Radiance — Untap target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it. Those creatures get +2/+0 until end of turn.
and the Boros Signet
Boros Signet
Boros SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add RW to your mana pool.
are powerful cards crucial to the Boros deck’s success.

-Boros Garrison
Boros Garrison
Boros GarrisonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Boros Garrison comes into play tapped. When Boros Garrison comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add RW to your mana pool.

The problem with the R/W bounceland compared to the others is that the Boros deck is definitely going to be playing creatures starting on turn one. It does let you get away with running one less land but is the drawback worth it?
Late Pick

-Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike

As a general rule 1/1s for one don’t do much without an exceptional ability, like Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep ShadowSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool, and Elves of Deep Shadow do 1 damage to you. This ability is played as an interrupt.
or Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
. In a format full of X/1s the Recruit is useful at times.
Late Pick

-Boros Signet
Boros Signet
Boros SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add RW to your mana pool.

Unlike Boros Garrison
Boros Garrison
Boros GarrisonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Boros Garrison comes into play tapped. When Boros Garrison comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add RW to your mana pool.
the Signet actually ramps you up a turn, allowing Sunhome Enforcer
Sunhome Enforcer
Sunhome EnforcerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Sunhome Enforcer deals combat damage, you gain that much life. 1R: Sunhome Enforcer gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
s and Viashino Fangtail
Viashino Fangtail
Viashino FangtailSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Viashino Fangtail deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
s to appear on turn three. That, my friends, is most definitely worth not playing a creature on turn two.
6th-8th Pick

-Centaur Safeguard
Centaur Safeguard
Centaur SafeguardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
244
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) When Centaur Safeguard is put into a graveyard from play, you may gain 3 life.

3/x on turn three isn’t much to scoff at. If you can protect the Safeguard
Safeguard
SafeguardSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
2W: Target creature deals no combat damage this turn.
with a Benevolent Ancestor
Benevolent Ancestor
Benevolent AncestorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Nick Percival
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
, Wojek Siren
Wojek Siren
Wojek SirenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Radiance — Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it get +1/+1 until end of turn.
, etc. for a turn or two he’ll take some big chunks out of your opponent’s life total.
4th-6th Pick

-Rally the Righteous
Rally the Righteous
Rally the RighteousSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Radiance — Untap target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it. Those creatures get +2/+0 until end of turn.

Every time I see one of these among the last two or three cards I cry a little inside. It’s an offensive and defensive combat trick and alpha-strike enabler wrapped in one package.
8th-10th Pick

-Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.

Mentioned because of the possible splash. It’s more efficient to use a Signet than a bounceland for such purposes.
8th-10th Pick

-Selesnya Signet
Selesnya Signet
Selesnya SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add GW to your mana pool.

Not that much higher than the Sanctuary since the best four-mana Boros cards have double colored casting costs. Still, a better card to run than a basic land for the splash.
7th-9th Pick

-Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight LegionnaireSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, haste

Have you seen a detailed version of Jim Murray’s art for this card? Absolutely stunning. The card itself is good too, or so I’ve heard.
1st-3rd Pick

-Terrarion
Terrarion
TerrarionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
273
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Terrarion comes into play tapped. 2, T, Sacrifice Terrarion: Add two mana of any combination of colors to your mana pool. When Terrarion is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.

A stronger play than Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike
or Votary of the Conclave
Votary of the Conclave
Votary of the ConclaveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2G: Regenerate Votary of the Conclave.
on turn one, by far. Lets you get away with WW and RR costs more easily, plus the occasional green splash.
4th-6th Pick

-Thundersong Trumpeter
Thundersong Trumpeter
Thundersong TrumpeterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature can’t attack or block this turn.

The Trumpeter effectively nullifies the opponent’s best blocker, be it the one with the largest backside or the only flyer they’ve got. Fantastic since you can use it every turn.
3rd-5th Pick

The multicolored uncommons of Boros are arguably the best of any guild in the set. Mostly because of Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
. The Helix is so strong I’ve taken it every time I’ve seen it, Boros draft or not. Part of that is due to its trade value, of course. Still, every single one of the following cards will be a solid performer in any Boros deck.

-Boros Guildmage
Boros Guildmage
Boros GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) 1R: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. 1W: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.

Unlike the other guildmages the Boros ‘mage’s abilities require combat to be useful and don’t have permanent effects. The ability to dominate combat is quite nice though.
3rd-5th Pick

-Boros Swiftblade
Boros Swiftblade
Boros SwiftbladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike

This two-drop is much better in Standard where it can pick up a piece of equipment and swing for the fences. In draft he’s a very solid two-drop but nothing to write home about, so to speak.
5th-7th Pick

-Flame-Kin Zealot
The Zealot is a 2/2 for four on every turn after its first turn in play, that is true. If your opponent taps out or swings with his team at an inopportune time it can turn a small strike force lethal. That surprise value makes it worthwhile.
4th-6th Pick

-Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.

Money in the bank.
1st-3rd Pick

-Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

For Boros’s purposes the white ability is better than the green one anyway. One or more Wojek Siren
Wojek Siren
Wojek SirenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Radiance — Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it get +1/+1 until end of turn.
s a turn make combat a frightening proposition for any opponent.
1st-3rd Pick

-Sunhome Enforcer
Sunhome Enforcer
Sunhome EnforcerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Sunhome Enforcer deals combat damage, you gain that much life. 1R: Sunhome Enforcer gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

A very aggressive turn four play for Boros, the Enforcer can let your life total get out of hand if not dealt with quickly, not to mention it can swing for a lot if unblocked.
1st-3rd Pick

The bulk of your creature force will come from the following group of white commons. Conclave Equenaut
Conclave Equenaut
Conclave EquenautSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Flying
should top out your curve while multiples of Courier Hawk
Courier Hawk
Courier HawkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, vigilance
, Nightguard Patrol
Nightguard Patrol
Nightguard PatrolSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike, vigilance
, Screeching Griffin
Screeching Griffin
Screeching GriffinSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying R: Target creature can’t block Screeching Griffin this turn.
and Veteran Armorer
Veteran Armorer
Veteran ArmorerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1.
will never be a bad thing. Boros Fury-Shield and Wojek Siren
Wojek Siren
Wojek SirenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Radiance — Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it get +1/+1 until end of turn.
are your primary combat tricks and both go fairly late in a draft.

-Benevolent Ancestor
Benevolent Ancestor
Benevolent AncestorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Nick Percival
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

If you’re drafting a more controlling deck then this shines but even in speedy Boros the Ancestor makes killing your creatures much more difficult. Knowing you’ve got a 0/4 Defender that can prevent an additional 1 damage is a good insurance policy.
Late Pick

-Boros Fury-Shield
This goes fairly late as well, for a combat trick that can easily kill your opponent. I’ve had this pointed at a Siege Wurm
Siege Wurm
Siege WurmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Trample
far more often than I’d like to remember.
6th-8th Pick

-Caregiver
Caregiver
CaregiverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
William Simpson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, Sacrifice a creature: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

Unplayable

-Conclave Equenaut
Conclave Equenaut
Conclave EquenautSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Flying

A 3/3 flyer for six isn’t very playable. A 3/3 flyer that easily comes into play on turn 4 is fantastic. All of Boros’s weenies will make sure Equenaut is the latter.
2nd-4th Pick

-Conclave’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1

Unplayable

-Courier Hawk
Courier Hawk
Courier HawkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, vigilance

There are better two-drops for Boros but flying and vigilance go a long way towards getting in a few points of damage while still being able to use Convoke.
6th-8th Pick

-Dromad Purebred
Dromad Purebred
Dromad PurebredSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever Dromad Purebred is dealt damage, you gain 1 life.

It’s not completely unplayable if you’re short creatures or are moving towards a more controlling Boros build. I’d rather not run it myself.
Late Pick

-Faith’s Fetters
Always effective, always splashable, a tremendous addition to any deck.
1st-3rd Pick

-Gate Hound
Gate Hound
Gate HoundSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures you control have vigilance as long as Gate Hound is enchanted.

Unplayable

-Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace
Leave No TraceSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Pat Lee
Text:
Radiance — Destroy target enchantment and each other enchantment that shares a color with it.

Very situational. You won’t hit more than two enchantments with this at once so leave it in the sideboard unless your opponent has Glare of Subdual
Glare of Subdual
Glare of SubdualSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact or creature.
or something of that caliber.
Late Pick

-Nightguard Patrol
Nightguard Patrol
Nightguard PatrolSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike, vigilance

A solid creature that will take down most turn two and turn three plays. Vigilance
Vigilance
VigilanceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchanted creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.)
lets it play offense and defense.
5th-7th Pick

-Screeching Griffin
Screeching Griffin
Screeching GriffinSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying R: Target creature can’t block Screeching Griffin this turn.

Rarely will you use the “Falter
Falter
FalterSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
184
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Creatures without flying cannot block this turn.
” ability on this built-in clock. Even so it’s a strong flier in a format with a surprisingly high numbers of creatures taking to the sky.
4th-6th Pick

-Veteran Armorer
Veteran Armorer
Veteran ArmorerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1.

The best common grizzly bear in the set. Not much else to say, it makes all your guys harder to kill at the cost of a creature you’d be willing to play without any abilities.
3rd-5th Pick

-Votary of the Conclave
Votary of the Conclave
Votary of the ConclaveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2G: Regenerate Votary of the Conclave.

Only slightly more relevant and useful than Caregiver
Caregiver
CaregiverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
William Simpson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, Sacrifice a creature: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
.
Late Pick

-Wojek Siren
Wojek Siren
Wojek SirenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Radiance — Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it get +1/+1 until end of turn.

Another creature-pumping spells that goes late. This one is almost strictly offensive but still turns attacks into alpha strikes with ease.
7th-9th Pick

As white appears in two Ravnica guilds you’ll be fighting more than just one other drafter for these uncommons. All of the good Boros white uncommons are good in the Selesnya deck too, so good luck with that. Still if you can grab one or two of the playables from this group you should be set.

-Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Michael Flores compared the Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
to Godo in terms of power. While I disagree with that notion it’s still a powerful card, enough to build a deck around. Do be sure to know exactly what enchantments are in your deck, lest you plop the Mage down and find you’ve got to put Faith’s Fetters on him.
1st-3rd Pick

-Bathe in Light
Bathe in Light
Bathe in LightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Radiance — Choose a color. Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.

Another double-duty card. He can protect your creature from a removal spell or enable an alpha strike if your opponent is only running one guild.
3rd-5th Pick

-Chant of Vitu-Ghazi
Not good in an aggressive deck, for you’ll never hit eight with or without Convoke.
Late Pick

-Conclave Phalanx
Conclave Phalanx
Conclave PhalanxSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) When Conclave Phalanx comes into play, you gain 1 life for each creature you control.

“Conclave” = Selesnya = slower than Boros. For five mana you’ll want to do something much more aggressive than gain life.
8th-10th Pick

-Devouring Light
Devouring Light
Devouring LightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
13
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Remove target attacking or blocking creature from the game.

Is an explanation as to why this is so good necessary? Always nice when you can Convoke it out and make your opponent cry.
1st-3rd Pick

-Divebomber Griffin
Divebomber Griffin
Divebomber GriffinSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying T, Sacrifice Divebomber Griffin: Divebomber Griffin deals 3 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

Three power for five mana isn’t bad when flying is attached. I prefer to rely on Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
s and Devouring Light
Devouring Light
Devouring LightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
13
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Remove target attacking or blocking creature from the game.
for removal and let the Griffin swing every turn.
2nd-4th Pick

-Festival of the Guildpact
Festival of the Guildpact
Festival of the GuildpactSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to you this turn. Draw a card.

Unplayable

-Oathsworn Giant
Oathsworn Giant
Oathsworn GiantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance Other creatures you control get +0/+2 and have vigilance.

Vigilance
Vigilance
VigilanceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchanted creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.)
makes Boros creatures amazing. Unlike Gate Hound
Gate Hound
Gate HoundSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures you control have vigilance as long as Gate Hound is enchanted.
the Giant has a decent P/T for its cost and, more importantly, only requires one card to make a difference.
6th-8th Pick

-Sandsower
Sandsower
SandsowerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap three untapped creatures you control: Tap target creature.

Though it’s a controlling card the Sandsower
Sandsower
SandsowerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap three untapped creatures you control: Tap target creature.
is better than you think. It can trade with many three or four mana creatures and, if a Siege Wurm
Siege Wurm
Siege WurmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Trample
or Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
hits the table, can let you use those useless Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike
s for a more powerful cause.
3rd-5th Pick

-Seed Spark
Seed Spark
Seed SparkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If G was spent to play Seed Spark, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

Not as good as Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
in a Boros deck. Why rate it a higher pick then? Um, because you might be splashing for green? Don’t bother with Seed Spark
Seed Spark
Seed SparkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If G was spent to play Seed Spark, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
, take something else and then grab Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
with your 13th pick.
7th-9th Pick

-Suppression Field
Suppression Field
Suppression FieldSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Activated abilities cost 2 more to play unless they’re mana abilities.

Also a sideboard-only card, it does wonders against Dimir milling decks, guildmages, and Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
s.
7th-9th Pick

-Wojek Apothecary
Wojek Apothecary
Wojek ApothecarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
36
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Radiance — T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it this turn.

Very expensive for a 1/1 even if damage prevention is attached. It can help save your squad but remember it hits the opponent’s creatures too.
8th-10th Pick

In terms of artifacts, let’s be honest with ourselves. The only non-mana producing artifacts you’ll even want to consider running are Glass Golem
Glass Golem
Glass GolemSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
2
and Spectral Searchlight
Spectral Searchlight
Spectral SearchlightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
271
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Choose a player. That player adds one mana of any color he or she chooses to his or her mana pool.
, the former if you have Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
s or other first strike-enablers and the latter if you’re light at the three-mana spot or really, really need a “Tim.”

So there we have it, a drafter’s guide to the Boros guild in Ravnica draft. Weenies and tricks are the names of the game for this particular guild and luckily for them such cards come in spades, and fairly late to boot. The strongest Boros decks, at least in my experience, are the ones that load up on white fliers and red damage spells. The ground quickly becomes clogged by Brownscales, House Guards and Entrancers so the sky’s the place to go when you want to keep hitting your opponent for damage. The green splash can be especially strong when you can play Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
s and Seeds of Strength
Seeds of Strength
Seeds of StrengthSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
227
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
to supplement your forces and get even more damage through. Best of luck in your Boros endeavors and here’s to damage straight to the dome!

Abram Fox
abramfox@gmail.com

Good
Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Agrus Kos, Wojek VeteranSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran attacks, attacking red creatures get +2/+0 and attacking white creatures get +0/+2 until end of turn.

Blazing Archon
Blazing Archon
Blazing ArchonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
9
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Archon
Rarity:
R
Number:
4
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Creatures can’t attack you.

Brightflame
Brightflame
BrightflameSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Radiance — Brightflame deals X damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it. You gain life equal to the damage dealt this way.

Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.

Firemane Angel
Firemane Angel
Firemane AngelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike At the beginning of your upkeep, if Firemane Angel is in your graveyard or in play, you may gain 1 life. 6RRWW: Return Firemane Angel from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your upkeep.

Flame Fusillade
Flame Fusillade
Flame FusilladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Until end of turn, permanents you control gain “T: This permanent deals 1 damage to target creature or player.”

Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.

Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.

Hunted Lammasu
Hunted Lammasu
Hunted LammasuSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lammasu
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Hunted Lammasu comes into play, put a 4/4 black Horror creature token into play under target opponent’s control.

Loxodon Gatekeeper
Loxodon Gatekeeper
Loxodon GatekeeperSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Artifacts, creatures, and lands your opponents control come into play tapped.

Master Warcraft
Master Warcraft
Master WarcraftSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
12
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) Play Master Warcraft only before attackers are declared. You choose which creatures attack this turn. You choose how each creature blocks this turn.

Sunforger
Sunforger
SunforgerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
272
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Equipped creature gets +4/+0. RW, Unattach Sunforger: Search your library for a red or white instant card with converted mana cost 4 or less and play that card without paying its mana cost. Then shuffle your library. Equip 3

Razia, Boros Archangel
Razia, Boros Archangel
Razia, Boros ArchangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
6
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, vigilance, haste T: The next 3 damage that would be dealt to target creature you control this turn is dealt to another target creature instead.

Razia’s Purification

Bad
Bloodletter Quill
Bloodletter Quill
Bloodletter QuillSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
2, T, Put a blood counter on Bloodletter Quill: Draw a card, then lose 1 life for each blood counter on Bloodletter Quill. UB: Remove a blood counter from Bloodletter Quill.

Breath of Fury
Breath of Fury
Breath of FurySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchant creature you control When enchanted creature deals combat damage to a player, sacrifice it and attach Breath of Fury to a creature you control. If you do, untap all creatures you control and after this phase, there is an additional combat phase.

Crown of Convergence
Crown of Convergence
Crown of ConvergenceSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
258
Artist:
Jen Page
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. As long as the top card of your library is a creature card, creatures you control that share a color with that card get +1/+1. GW: Put the top card of your library on the bottom of your library.

Excrutiator
Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.

Ghosts of the Innocent
Ghosts of the Innocent
Ghosts of the InnocentSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
If a source would deal damage to a creature or player, it deals half that damage, rounded down, to that creature or player instead.

Hammerfist Giant
Hammerfist Giant
Hammerfist GiantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Hammerfist Giant deals 4 damage to each creature without flying and each player.

Mindmoil
Mindmoil
MindmoilSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Whenever you play a spell, put the cards in your hand on the bottom of your library in any order, then draw that many cards.

Plague Boiler
Plague Boiler
Plague BoilerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
269
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a plague counter on Plague Boiler. 1BG: Put a plague counter on Plague Boiler or remove a plague counter from it. When Plague Boiler has three or more plague counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, destroy all nonland permanents.

Three Dreams
Three Dreams
Three DreamsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Search your library for up to three Aura cards with different names, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Twilight Drover
Twilight Drover
Twilight DroverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a creature token leaves play, put a +1/+1 counter on Twilight Drover. 2W, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Twilight Drover: Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying into play.


Ugly
Concerted Effort
Concerted Effort
Concerted EffortSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, all creatures you control gain flying until end of turn if a creature you control has flying. The same is true for fear, first strike, double strike, landwalk, protection, trample, and vigilance.
[Editor’s note: WHAT?]
Light of Sanction
Light of Sanction
Light of SanctionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to creatures you control by sources you control.

Molten Sentry
Molten Sentry
Molten SentrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
As Molten Sentry comes into play, flip a coin. If the coin comes up heads, Molten Sentry comes into play as a 5/2 creature with haste. If it comes up tails, Molten Sentry comes into play as a 2/5 creature with defender.

Privileged Position
Privileged Position
Privileged PositionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
17
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
251
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) Other permanents you control can’t be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.

Searing Meditation
Searing Meditation
Searing MeditationSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Whenever you gain life, you may pay 2. If you do, Searing Meditation deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Warp World
Warp World
Warp WorldSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each player shuffles all permanents he or she owns into his or her library, then reveals that many cards from the top of his or her library. Each player puts all artifact, creature, and land cards revealed this way into play, then puts all enchantment cards revealed this way into play, then puts all cards revealed this way that weren't put into play on the bottom of his or her library in any order.



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