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Beating Boros on a Budget - Billy Moreau (3/26/2007)

At the request of ´´Utley´´ I will take a look this week at the deck known as ´´Boros´´ and how to defeat it consistently and without needing to be a millionaire.

First, Here is a sample Type 2 Pre Planar Chaos
Planar Chaos
Planar ChaosSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, sacrifice Planar Chaos. Whenever a player play a spell, that player flips a coin. If he or she loses the flip, counter that spell.
Boros Deck:

4 Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

4 Soltari Priest
Soltari Priest
Soltari PriestSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from red; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

4 Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy NimbusSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rebel Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.) If Knight of the Holy Nimbus would be destroyed, regenerate it. 2: Knight of the Holy Nimbus can't be regenerated this turn. Only any opponent may play this ability.

4 Giant Solifuge
Giant Solifuge
Giant SolifugeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Trample, haste Giant Solifuge can’t be the target of spells or abilities.

4 Ication Javelineer
4 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.

4 Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 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.

4 Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

4 Sacred Foundry
Sacred Foundry
Sacred FoundrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add R or W to your mana pool.) As Sacred Foundry comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Sacred Foundry comes into play tapped instead.

4 Battlefield Forge
Battlefield Forge
Battlefield ForgeSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add R or W to your mana pool. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

6 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

6 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

Here is a post Planar Chaos
Planar Chaos
Planar ChaosSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, sacrifice Planar Chaos. Whenever a player play a spell, that player flips a coin. If he or she loses the flip, counter that spell.
deck: SLIVER BOROS:
4 Sinew Sliver
Sinew Sliver
Sinew SliverSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
c
Number:
30
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers get +1/+1.

4 Sidewinder Sliver
Sidewinder Sliver
Sidewinder SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have flanking. (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks a Sliver, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.)

4 Blood Knight
Blood Knight
Blood KnightSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
u
Number:
115
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, protection from white

4 Cautery Sliver
Cautery Sliver
Cautery SliverSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
154
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player." All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target Sliver or player this turn."

4 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.

4 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.

4 Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

4 Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

4 Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 Soltari Priest
Soltari Priest
Soltari PriestSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from red; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

4 Battlefield Forge
Battlefield Forge
Battlefield ForgeSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add R or W to your mana pool. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

4 Sacred Foundry
Sacred Foundry
Sacred FoundrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add R or W to your mana pool.) As Sacred Foundry comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Sacred Foundry comes into play tapped instead.

6 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

6 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

Both of these decks are built around cheap creatures and cheap burn spells. Typically Boros decks try to win fast. If they cannot win fast then the chance of them winning is reduced significantly. To combat Boros you can do many different things:

1- Destroy all their creatures fast
2- Prevent their burn spells from harming you
3- Gain more life than the damage they can deal

Here are some cards that combat Boros very effectively and are either Common or Uncommon:

Martyr of Sands
Martyr of Sands
Martyr of SandsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X life.
(Common)- Against Boros this guy can block and kill their turn one Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
and can gain you 15-21 life in the process, which will make it very difficult for Boros to deal that extra amount of damage.

Martyr of Ashes
Martyr of Ashes
Martyr of AshesSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2, Reveal X red cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Ashes: Martyr of Ashes deals X damage to each creature without flying.
(Common)- How can Boros attack if they can't keep any creatures on the board?

Darkblast
Darkblast
DarkblastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
(Uncommon)- Turn one removal that will kill Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
, Icatian Javelineers
Icatian Javelineers
Icatian JavelineersSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldiers
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Icatian Javelineers is brought into play, put a javelin counter on it.T: Remove the javelin counter to have Icatian Javelineers deal 1 damage to any target.
, and Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
. Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
makes it that much better.

Exhaustion
Exhaustion
ExhaustionSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
At the beginning of your opponent's next turn, he or she skips untapping creatures and lands.
(Uncommon)- Starting on turn three using Exhaustion
Exhaustion
ExhaustionSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
At the beginning of your opponent's next turn, he or she skips untapping creatures and lands.
will effectively take your opponant twice as long to defeat you.

Soltari Priest
Soltari Priest
Soltari PriestSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from red; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
(Formerly Uncommon now Timeshifted)- If you can't beat them, join them. Block their priests and get around their burn since a Boros deck usually can't deal with the Priest.

Blood Knight
Blood Knight
Blood KnightSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
u
Number:
115
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, protection from white
(Uncommon)- He can block almost all the creatures in Boros and live. He kills the Javelineer, Giant Solifuge
Giant Solifuge
Giant SolifugeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Trample, haste Giant Solifuge can’t be the target of spells or abilities.
and Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
, and survives against the Knights of the Holy Nimbus.

Circle of Protection Red
Circle of Protection Red
Circle of Protection RedSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
1: Prevents all damage against you from one red source. If a source does damage to you more than once in a turn, you must pay 1 mana each time you want to prevent the damage.
(Common)- No burn on you means the burn has to go towards your creatures. If you don't play any creatures then you have made half of Boros's deck useless.

Walls (Various)- This is a great way to contain their creatures. If they can't get through to deal their damage to you then they become very useless.

Sulfur Elemental
Sulfur Elemental
Sulfur ElementalSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) White creatures get +1/-1.
(Uncommon)- Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
, Split Second, and an ability that kills almost all of Boros's creatures makes this the ultimate white weenie killer.


To defeat Boros and only Boros here is a deck I have come up with:
Creatures (32):
4 Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.
- Cheap blockers that can block and kill most of Boros's threats.
4 Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
- Another cheap blocker that will help the next guy in this deck.
4 Kavu Predator
Kavu Predator
Kavu PredatorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Whenever an opponent gains life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Kavu Predator.
- This guy gets big with a Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
or two in play.
4 Martyr of Sands
Martyr of Sands
Martyr of SandsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X life.
- Another Stall Card.
4 Mire Boa
Mire Boa
Mire BoaSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Swampwalk G: Regenerate Mire Boa.
- a Cheap Regenerator that Boros will try to kill when given the chance and you may get a 2 for 1 out of it.
4 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.
- Helps get your creatures out of burn range.
4 Transluminant
Transluminant
TransluminantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
186
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Sacrifice Transluminant: Put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying into play at end of turn.
- a cheap creature that can get you a flying creature when he dies.
4 Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
- Another cheap creature that you can use to do some beating of your own.

Spells (8):
4 Aether Web
Aether Web
Aether WebSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1, can block as though it had flying, and can block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow.
- Allows you to block Shadow and gives your guys a little boost.
4 Faith's Fetters
Faith's Fetters
Faith's FettersSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Enchant permanent When Faith’s Fetters comes into play, you gain 4 life. Enchanted permanent’s activated abilities can’t be played unless they’re mana abilities. If enchanted permanent is a creature, it can’t attack or block.
- A little extra life never hurt anyone and helps stop one of their threats.

Lands:
4 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.

8 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
8 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


That deck should effectively stop Boros by not allowing any of their creatures to get through and you should gain enough life to stay out of burn range. The deck may even be decent enough to stand a chance at some local FNM. I hope you have enjoyed my take on Beating Boros. Look for my next article to be a look at Limited Two Headed Giant just in time for Grand Prix Boston which I will be attending.


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