Return to the Ranks


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

keevel on White/kor,ally

3 days ago

I play a Red White Allies Deck Allied Boros Legion

My favorite white allies from there are Hada Freeblade, Expedition Envoy, Kabira Evangel and Kazandu Blademaster.

Pairing playsets of those with Ondu Cleric and Return to the Ranks could be very interesting, if you like it and get more money you can add Metallic Mimic.

Valorous Stance is a good cheap flexible card that gives you options.

zapyourtumor on Boros Humans (mostly!) Modern

1 month ago

I agree with the reanimation. I run 2x Return to the Ranks in my budget martyrproc Voracious Wurm deck, and it is amazing.

Boros Swiftblade has silly art and doesn't seem too good, but with enough +1/+1 counters it gets dangerous.

Sweech on Salt Sisters (Now with 80% more sodium)

1 month ago

I really like the look and idea behind this deck and am interested in trying it out for myself.

My initial thoughts are this:

Yahenni, Undying Partisan combos quite well with all the opponents dying tokens to make a hasty, beefy, indestructible possible wincon. The sac outlet also plays quite well with Blood Artist.

Have you thought about cutting out the Soul Sisters elements of this deck and considered going for a full out damage idea instead? Opting for a full 4 of Blood Artist (which I consider to be one of the most powerful creatures) and Blood Seeker (or something else). Would also go with my earlier Yahenni suggestion to get more aggressive.

I would also consider cutting blue. Swan Song is decent, but replaceable and the biggest reason to play blue is Hunted Phantasm which is the strongest of the "hunted" cards - as it can rumble for unblockable damage and 5 1/1 tokens combos with the rest of the deck nicely. That said I'd consider opting for Hunted Horror or Hunted Troll (if you went green instead of blue). The Hunted Horror only makes 2 3/3s which is the weakest token production, but a 7/7 trampler could be better for just simply racing your opponent for damage which is what I think this deck has the better potential to actually do. Making this deck more closely resemble RDWs with Hunted Horror acting almost as a Ball Lightning type creature.

I know I'm advocating cutting blue to make the deck run smoother, but as someone already suggested Commune with the Gods would go really well in this deck as your best cards happen to be creatures and enchantments that all combo with one another. If blue was kept instead of green Forbidden Alchemy essentially would do the same job. If either of these were used Return to the Ranks could be an option as it fits the CMC especially if you were using Hunted Horrors. Or even run both Hunteds.

Conversely you could also consider cutting white strangely enough. I already think cutting the Soul sisters is a good idea as they aren't quite as good in a deck not dedicated to life gain. Ghostly Prison is also cuttable/replaceable and I don't think 4 are necessary anyway. That said I really like what Suture Priest does in this deck and she alone somewhat makes me want to keep white. Essence Warden could be used as well if you still desire the effect but want to go more B/G.

Other cards I thought of:Bile Blight, Zulaport Cutthroat, Collective Brutality, Zealous Persecution, Virulent Plague, Bloodcrazed Paladin (similar to Yaheni), Ruin Raider, Toshiro Umezawa - Not for this deck, but one with more instants especially Mercy Killing and Forbidden Alchemycould be interesting.

Sorry for the long comment, but I really like the deck and the idea and think there's a lot of ways you could go with it - hence all my suggestions! Especially adding Yahenni, Undying Partisan who I think would do a lot in a deck like this.

Happy brewing! :)

Thebojacked on Boros lifegain needs help

2 months ago

Lonota thanks for the suggestions! I switched a few things around to use some of them. Do you think Proclamation of Rebirth is better than Return to the Ranks?

Oloro_Magic I completely forgot about Norin the Wary. I was thinking of playing something slightly more aggressive though. Do you have any suggestions? If I went with this playstyle would you suggest doubling down with both Impact Tremors and Purphoros, God of the Forge? Or just one?

coloneldark on Humans and Soldiers: Go for the Face

2 months ago


I will certainly consider Leyline. Turn four is a little late if its not a miracle in my opening hand. But if it is...amazing. I actually own Return to the Ranks and had it in an original build. The humans do see each other enter, correct, which is a huge and immediate boost. I feel like it is a better sideboard option depending on what wacky deck I am battling at that time. I may take out Luminesce for that.

mean_green_machine, Thanks! I have been considering removing Ajani Goldmane and Windbrisk Heights. Too slow and I usually don't using their abilities. I only recently heard of Mirran Crusader and have already looked for trades for it. I agree also may put these in place of a sideboard item or a in place of the main board Ajani Goldmane. This also helps the case for more Thalia, Guardian of Thraben since there wouldn't be any planeswalkers anymore. I am still hesitant because that makes Honor of the Pure and Gather the Townsfolk cost more, if you follow.

solarPULSAR on Soul sisters

2 months ago

You have almost everything thats in every Soul Sisters deck, but you can always add Auriok Champion for more lifegain. Then obviously add path. Hero of Bladehold is a great one-of that fills another 4-slot. Flagstones of Trokair is a great addition too. Rest in Peace, Stony Silence, Suppression Field for the sideboard. Return to the Ranks can function as anti-board wipe recursion.

Kajunkrawdad on Humans and Soldiers: Go for the Face

2 months ago

Another card to consider for your concerns over Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek and other discard spells, is to throw some Leyline of Sanctity in the sideboard. Additionally quite useful against a number of other decks like Storm and Burn, or even against a Walking Ballista pinging you to death in a Counters Company deck or any number of uses.

Additionally a card that can produce Human Soldier tokens is Sigarda, Heron's Grace. This also would protect you from discard spells (also ALL of your other creatures) via hexproof. The downside is that you'd have to splash green and at 5cmc, it's probably coming down a bit too late to do too much about the T1 Thoughtseize.

Another card you may like due to your abundance of 1 and 2-drops is Return to the Ranks. If they Fatal Push your Champion of the Parish or Thoughtseize your Thalia's Lieutenant in the first couple turns, just bust them all out of the graveyard and onto the battlefield . And (correct me if I'm wrong) but they see each other enter the battlefield so even if you just use it to return one of each they both ETB with +1/+1 counters off of that.

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