Boros Swiftblade

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Uncommon
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Planechase (HOP) Uncommon
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Uncommon

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Boros Swiftblade

Creature — Human Soldier

Double strike

Boros Swiftblade Discussion

Akwaduk on The Crusader

2 weeks ago

I would consider Swiftblade Vindicator better than Boros Swiftblade even though it has 1 less toughness. In modern the most common removal handles a 2 drop similarly to a 1 drop so the extra toughness doesn't do a ton of good. I would 4x Lightning Bolt and 4x Lightning Helix and nix the Intimidation Bolt, Initimidation Bolt can't target players so Lightning bolt and Lightning Helix come in handy more often. Gisela is OK, but I would consider putting in Aurelia, the Warleader instead if you're willing to shell out, and use that as a late-game finisher instead of Assemble the Legion. Akroan Crusader and Akroan Hoplite might be trying to do something that the deck can't support, the bonus you get from Akroan Hoplite is going to be tough to benefit from. I would playtest it and see what cards are helping and what cards are not. Generally you want to be able to draw something advantageous all the time because you don't have a ton of card draw in a deck like this, so every card has to come in handy (well except land cards of course). Also, you want to try to maintain a board state with creatures, which is tough because creatures are generally easy to remove. I think Rakdos Charm and something like Basilisk Collar help in that situation. deathtouch, first/double strike, and lifelink both protect your creatures and extend the game at the same time so definitely a good artifact in that deck.

CaliburnAO on Rienne Recursion

3 weeks ago

Good start to a deck. Rienne looks like an interesting build, and the built-in recursion is pretty powerful. If I might suggest a few cards that work really well with her; Dauntless Escort , Saffi Eriksdotter and Qasali Pridemage are all cards that self-sacrifice with powerful effects that Rienne, Angel of Rebirth lets you re-use. These cards will help to make your board more sticky and keep Rienne around to keep chugging out that value.

Theres a ton of other multicolored creatures that have reusable effects when they enter, like Duergar Hedge-Mage , Knight of Autumn and Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves . If token making is something you're interested in, then Conclave Cavalier and Trostani's Summoner can do a decent job. If you want some good aggressive finisher cards, theres Gahiji, Honored One and Knight of New Alara who can pump your board pretty nicely, as well as the liege cycle from Lorwyn.

Rienne also likes Sacrifice outlets, so Evolutionary Leap , Brion Stoutarm and some of the card-draw spells like Life's Legacy can generate some serious value.

Since the deck is three color, getting the right mana on time might be a bit of a problem. You could do with swapping some of the basics out for some tri-color lands, like Command Tower and Jungle Shrine , and using cheap fetches like Evolving Wilds , Terramorphic Expanse and Krosan Verge can help you get the lands you need as you need them. Replacing cards like Safewright Quest with things like Farseek , Kodama's Reach and Skyshroud Claim are also going to help, as you can never have enough mana in an EDH game, as we all know.

Your deck is also pretty light on removal, stuff like Swords to Plowshares , Sylvan Reclamation , Return to Dust , Generous Gift and Beast Within can get rid of troublesome creatures or permanents that threaten you or stop you winning with creatures. While they aren't flashy, sometimes you just need to get rid of that Rest in Peace before it does too much damage.

Thats my take on just some of the cards I figure could improve the deck, but I'm no expert. Play around with it and see what you like. If you find yourself struggling to cut cards, here's a list of what I feel are the weakest links in your deck, in no particular order; Chandra, Fire Artisan - You have access to better card draw and the burn shouldn't be super relevant most games. Dryad Militant , Vernadi Shieldmate , Skyknight Vanguard , Boros Swiftblade and Sunhome Guildmage all seem fairly low impact. Fatal Frenzy seems odd as your creatures aren't super large, and your commander isn't going to easily win by Commander Damage. War's Toll and Mana Web seem like filler slots, but maybe these help against your local meta?

Hopefully some of this helps, I look forward to seeing how the deck develops in the future.

multimedia on Aurelia Boros Deck

4 months ago

Hey, you've made an overall good budget Boros deck using cards you have, but it's confused as to what strategy it is.

You have the start of a Boros aggro strategy with lots of good two and three drop creatures, but then there's 14 creatures with 6 or higher CMC (converted mana cost) who are out of place with the rest of the deck. You already have your six drop who's Aurelia and she benefits as well as the rest of your army does from low CMC creatures to attack with. Did you buy the Guilds the Ravnica Boros Guild Kit? If you did there's some creatures in the kit to consider adding. Consider more Battalion?

Other budget cards (less than $1 each) to consider adding for aggro:

Double strike is a pretty powerful ability when your attacking creatures are getting a pump as well as when you're getting an extra combat step with Aurelia. Lots of two drops and three drops are good with dual lands that ETB (enter the battlefield) untapped. Consider adding these lands?

Good luck with your deck.

Liaramancer on Win Hard: Or Die Trying (Akroan Style)

8 months ago

Hi again Sagarys. After playing this deck in the current Modern format here is what I found out. First off it's explosive and definitely still lives up to it's name. Swiftblade Vindicator is a perfect upgrade for Boros Swiftblade. She's seriously an all-star in this deck, and her only drawback is she gets countered by Goblin Chainwhirler. Other than that, no changes to the deck.

Tajic, Legion's Edge is not better than Anax and Cymede and isn't worth using over Emerge Unscathed in the sideboard. Chance for Glory can be fun in casuals but I wouldn't make it a mainstay because it is too conditional. I tested Rush of Adrenaline and Integrity / Intervention against Titan's Strength and it's obvious Titan's Strength is better. The scry is just too valuable for consistency.

Boza on Boros aggro

10 months ago

Hello! Nice deck you have going here!

I would suggest you to pick a lane - you have several mentors, but next to no mentorable creatures, a splash of damage to the face and removal and a single gideon. It all seems a bit disjointed.

A modern take on Boros aggro turning creatures sideways can benefit from mentor, but you have to set it up properly. Swiftblade Vindicator is the best mentorable creature from the set. I would recommend including 4 of them. Additionally, any double striker in boros colors is welcome to be mentored - they usually have 1 power and every time mentor enhances them, the single counter represents 2 damage - Boros Swiftblade is also very awesome!

Additionally, some combat tricks like Brute Force will help you get through a lot of damage. Boros swiftblade on t2 and Tajic on turn 3 are seven damage. Add a single Brute Force on turn 4 and that represents 15 damage, for a total of 22 damage on turn 4 from just three cards!

Liaramancer on Win Hard: Or Die Trying (Akroan Style)

11 months ago

I'm playing this deck in 2018 and it's still going strong! I replaced Boros Swiftblade with Swiftblade Vindicator. She's an obvious upgrade that only loses to turn three Goblin Chainwhirler. Two cards I'm considering is Tajic, Legion's Edge and Chance for Glory. I'm hesitant to cut an Anax for him, but the benefit is he gives our creatures protection from removal like Chainwhirler and has haste so he can mentor a creature like Fabled Hero or Swiftblade Vindicator the turn you play him. I wonder if there's room for Chance for Glory. It's an all or nothing card, but the deck theme is win hard or die trying, right? Finally, should Rush of Adrenaline replace Titan's Strength? I like the scry but I've been in situations where Fabled Hero could easily kill if he wasn't being blocked. And the turn three kill combo with Favored Hoplite + Ordeal of Purphoros + Boros Charm + Titan's Strength still works with Rush of Adrenaline.

Liaramancer on Win Hard: Or Die Trying (Akroan Style)

11 months ago

I'm playing this deck in 2018 and it's still going strong! I replaced Boros Swiftblade with Swiftblade Vindicator. She's an obvious upgrade that only loses to turn three Goblin Chainwhirler. Two cards I'm considering is Tajic, Legion's Edge and Chance for Glory. I'm hesitant to cut an Anax for him, but the benefit is he gives our creatures protection from removal like Chainwhirler and has haste so he can mentor a creature like Fabled Hero or Swiftblade Vindicator the turn you play him. I wonder if there's room for Chance for Glory. It's an all or nothing card, but the deck theme is win hard or die trying, right? Finally, should Rush of Adrenaline replace Titan's Strength? I like the scry but I've been in situations where Fabled Hero could easily kill if he wasn't being blocked. And the turn three kill combo with Favored Hoplite + Ordeal of Purphoros + Boros Charm + Titan's Strength still works with Rush of Adrenaline.

DemonDragonJ on Guilds of Ravnica: Spoilers and ...

11 months ago

saj0219, the game has been around for twenty-five years, so why now are WotC messing with something that is not broken? I have no problem with black dealing damage to creatures (such as through Tendrils of Corruption), because creatures cannot lose life, but, if it is affecting only a player, it should always be life loss.

Also, after Dominaria, WotC printed black cards in Battlebond and Core Set 2019 that caused life loss, so I am hoping that black cards that deal damage shall be only an occasional thing.

I also must say that I am slightly disappointed with the new Aurelia; I understand that she needs to feel like the same character who was seen in the Return to Ravnica block, but the Boros guild (and red/white in general) really needs to have an identity beyond combat.

On a more positive note, another reprint of Skyknight Legionnaire, again with new artwork, is nice, because I now can have four copies of it in my red/white deck with three different images. Even better is Swiftblade Vindicator, which shall definitely be a replacement for Boros Swiftblade; it may have lower toughness, but, in exchange for that, and at the exact same mana cost, it has vigilance and trample, which shall make it a deadly force when enchanted with Scourge of the Nobilis or with a Balefire Liege on the battlefield. Being a rare means that it will likely be expensive to purchase as a single, but I doubt that it will be prohibitively expensive.

Also, why does the text on book devourer say "you may discard all the cards in your hand" rather than "you may discard your hand?" Has not WotC been making certain phrases shorter (i.e., "die" or "exile")?

Even further, I just noticed that, thus far, the Dimir guild has only a single counterspell, and it is mono-blue, so they currently have no black/blue counterpsell, which seems to be ridiculous, to me, considering that the Izzet has a red/blue counterspell in Ionize, and this would have been a great opportunity for the Dimir to have a similar card, such as a reprint of Undermine or Countersquall (also, it may not be a counterspell, but a reprint of Recoil would have been very nice, as well).

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