So today will start with an archetype that I expected to see quite a bit of play early on in the new metagame: Boros. Surprisingly, it barely featured at all in either of the first two Standard Pauper PREs before finally taking the trophy for last night's Standard Pauper Deck Challenge. You can look at the winning list for that event here. As you will see, my version is similar, but is going in a slightly different direction.
I had three basic design ideas for this deck:
- I wanted to maximize the power of Riot Ringleader by limiting my creature selection to only Humans. This meant that War Falcon, although decent in this deck, was out.
- I wanted to keep my curve low by capping it at 3 converted mana cost and limiting the number of 3 drops in the decklist. Hence, Seraph of Dawn was a no-go.
- I wanted to maximize my number of creatures, supporting them with just enough removal and protection to enable them to attack turn after turn.
The Sideboard is definitely still a work in progress. Having answers for Hexproof and White Weenie is an obvious place to start. For the moment, I have additional burn spells in the deck, which give me options against Undying or large flyers or low Toughness creatures. As I get more experience in this new format, I expect this will see the most change.
So what do you think of this decklist? In what ways is it stronger or weaker than other Boros decks? How effectively do you think it will compete in the metagame? As always, I enjoy hearing your thoughts. Thanks for reading.