Return to the Ranks


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Magic 2015 (M15) Rare

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Return to the Ranks


Convoke *(Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color.) *

Return X target creature cards with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Return to the Ranks Discussion

ZorrosRage on Budget Beginner Teaching Decks (#7 Multi)

2 weeks ago

Hmmm instead of Rally the Ancestors then what about Return to the Ranks? It would cost more than 5 for an I win or get back kep pieces

As for Hidden Stockpile oil is the blood of a machine.

Navius on Elenda’s final drain - Aristocrats

2 weeks ago

What shall i cut for thoughtseize in mainboard.

Tidehollow Sculler is a great card in this deck. Because its a thoughtseize as well. And the trick you can exile a card forever. And probely drain it if you sac it. And return it with Return to the Ranks

TheDuggernaught on Sacrifice Control

1 month ago

Well, I would start off by saying there are two primary archetypes for sacrifice decks. Rally and Aristocrats. Rally lists focus on filling your graveyard with 2-3 cmc creatures, reviving them with Rally the Ancestors and the sacrificing them all -- likely with 2-3 Blood Artist effects in play to win. Aristocrats lists tend to focus less on 'combo' and more on 'synergy', and try to gain advantages through sacrifice effects. There has been some blending between the two archetypes recently, but I still feel they are distinct enough to be different.

There are then color combinations within each of the archetypes. Rally is often done in or . Aristocrats lists are often or . However with 3 color mana bases often comes a higher costs as fetch lands and shock lands are not always cheap. Two color mana bases are often fairly affordable, and you often can get away with no shocks or fecthes. With that being said, the first suggestion for a creature I would suggest is...

Bloodghast. However, he works best with fetch lands. In a pinch, you could use Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds, but they can feel pretty slow. But the ability to sacrfice Bloodghast, play a fetch land to return him to play, sacrifice him, sacrifice the fetch land to place another land into play to return Bloodghast to play so you can sacrifice him again -- that can add up to a lot of value.

Along similar lines, Gravecrawler can also generate a lot of advantage if you are playing enough zombies to have one in play with a fair level of consistency. Relentless Dead and Cryptbreaker can put in a lot of work with this guy.

While not all in black, Doomed Traveler, Tukatongue Thallid, Lingering Souls, Kitchen Finks, Bloodsoaked Champion, Mogg War Marshal, Sacred Cat, Voice of Resurgence, Tidehollow Sculler, Blisterpod, Bitterblossom, Orzhov Pontiff, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, and Keldon Marauders can all be sacrificed for good value.

As far as sacrifice engines go, Falkenrath Aristocrat, and Cartel Aristocrat are the namesakes. But Nantuko Husk, Bloodthrone Vampire, Greater Gargadon, Hidden Stockpile, Viscera Seer, Tymaret, the Murder King, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Bontu the Glorified, Mind Slash and Teysa, Orzhov Scion are all good ways to keep sacrificing permanents. I also like Fleshbag Marauder, Sidisi's Faithful, and Sidisi, Undead Vizier, but they only sacrifice one thing upon etb.

Value is also important to consider as there are a number of cards that fit well within these lists, but do not necessarily read 'please sacrifice me', or 'sacrifice all the things.' But, they can certainly give you the gas to pull ahead. Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat's advantages can be obvious in a deck like this. Additionally, Eternal Witness, Dark Confidant (or Asylum Visitor for budget), Phyrexian Arena, Smuggler's Copter, Collected Company, Return to the Ranks, Eldritch Evolution, Abzan Ascendancy, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Grave Pact, Lord of the Undead+Nameless Inversion (also works well with any other zombie) might all have places in different shells.

These are just a cards that might be interesting. I don't want to build your deck for you. But if any of those cards piqued your interest, I can certainly throw out some additional ideas that play well with the cards you liked.

RedmundR2 on BW Tokens

1 month ago

I find the best orzhov token decks for modern go for more of the aristocrats strategy - Zulaport Cutthroat + Doomed Traveler + Viscera Seer + Blood Artist so you can turn your tokens into value and lifegain/damage. Other than going wide or buffing your tokens with your Intangible Virtue, there isnt much of a win-con here. Plus theres no graveyard recursion, so if someone wipes your board with anything it will be hard for you to fill the board again. If you ran creatures you could use something like Return to the Ranks. Something to consider to retool the deck to possibly be more effective :)

skoobysnackz on Help with making Rat Colony ...

2 months ago

Here's the list I wrote up not long ago: The Plague. I think the key to making rats work is to have:

  1. Pack Rat as a 4-of, non-negotiable.

  2. Something, actually, lots of things to make your opponent discard. I would start with Ravenous Rats and Rotting Rats if Inquisition of Kozilek, and Thoughtseize are out of budget, and would probably still add one of them even if they are.

  3. Something to bring back discarded/dead rats. Return to the Ranks and Immortal Servitude seem like the best options to me. Note: Swarmyard can also be game over to an overeager opponent who doesn't pay attention to the lands you're playing.

I think if you have this covered, the rest of the deck should build itself pretty easily. My deck runs 12 Rat Colonys, I think more would be a little risky in case your opponent has Maelstrom Pulse or Echoing Truth.

Some other cards to consider are Marrow-Gnawer, Ogre Slumlord, and Ratcatcher. I know Marrow-Gnawer is a little expensive, but if you can afford it, he's probably the most efficient finisher you can get for this deck. Just the fact that he gives all rats fear should be enough in most situations, his other effect is just the cherry on top. Ogre Slumlord also puts a wrench in many opponents' plans by giving all your rats deathtouch. If Marrow-Gnawer is not in your budget, I would go with Ogre Slumlord as the finisher.

Lastly sorry for the long post, and sorry if I'm suggesting cards you already have in your list, I was pretty excited when I saw someone else was also interested in a rat deck so I just threw all the suggestions I had before even looking at your list.

thejohnpeer on Erebos' Passive Aggression

4 months ago

ElricCain Thanks man, mind tossing a +1 on there? I'd really appreciate it! I like the idea of Return to the Ranks, possibly sideboarded for creature heavy opponents late game.

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