Return to the Ranks


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander 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

thejohnpeer on Erebos' Passive Aggression

1 week 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.

lukas96 on That's not how you use Death's Shadow!

3 weeks ago

You have a lot of creatures that benefit when creatures die but not many ways to kill your own creatures. Viscera Seer and Cartel Aristocrat are awesome in that. Lingering Souls gives you a lot of sacrifice fodder. Bontu the Glorified can be a good finisher.I would replace clame/fame with Return to the Ranks it a bot more flexible.

I wouldnt play Death Shadow, there are better ways to let you creatures die. You also dont need Torment of Hailfire and Pawn ofUlamog. They are to slow and not very good on their own.

I wouldnt play Bone Splinter Fatal Push, Path to Exile and Tragic Slip are way better.

SerrasFaithful on Alesha

3 weeks ago

Have you thought about running Return to the Ranks ?

Unlife on Athreos, God of the Shadowborn

1 month ago

constant draw sources such as Greed and Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip are nice, Return to the Ranks can be helpful as well. Blood Artist and Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker both are fun cards for the deck. Maybe a bit more removal such as Anguished Unmaking and Swords to Plowshares. Caves of Koilos Shambling Vent and Concealed Courtyard are nice additions to the mana base.

OpenFire_V2 on Artificial Dark Chocolate (3.4)

1 month ago

Are you set on keeping this mono-black? Even at a really budget price, something like Rally the Ancestors or Return to the Ranks would greatly increase your staying power in games. Or staying in Mono-Black you can get a lot of great consistent fueling cards like Grim Haruspex and Immortal Servitude, even ignoring pricier options like Bridge from Below. I think that the sacrifice to draw cards are overrated and not that useful because they only get you a few cards from each one, whereas a Grim Haruspex could draw you a lot more cards.

LeaPlath on Skirsdag Sacrament

1 month ago

So you are a BG humans deck with a sacrifice subtheme?

The issue is three fold.

First of all, what you are doing isn't inherently powerful. Your 3 mana 2/2 who can grow matches up poorly versus the other cards seeing play.

Secondly, you are missing ways to stop the card disadvantage inherent to the idea of sacrificing things with limited tokens due to not being in white at all.

Thirdly, a lot of your stuff is easily shut down by cards that see a lot of play.

There might be something to a B/G human deck, but I see more value in going actually G/W/B. G/W/B gives you Rally the Ancestors or Return to the Ranks. Both of these cards let you play more of an engine as you can sacrifice everything and recurr it as well as providing board wipe resilience. Renegade Rallier also exists. You also get access to better lord type effects such as Champion of the Parish, Thalia's Lieutenant etc which help you match up better to the format, as well as better sideboard and mainboard cards like Stony Silence, Path to Exile.

TheDuggernaught on Black/White ally life gain/drain

1 month ago

Okay, there are a couple different routes you can go then. You can go with a sort of re-animator theme with cards like Rally the Ancestors, March from the Tomb, Immortal Servitude, Return to the Ranks, and Dawn. If you then combo these cards with things like Cliffhaven Vampire, and Ondu Cleric it can wind up raking up a lot of damage. For example, if you cast a Rally the Ancestors on 3 and return to play 2 Ondu Clerics, 1 Cliffhaven Vampire, 1 Kalastria Healer, and 1 Hada Freeblade, you wind up doing 20 damage to your opponent, gain 55 life, and wind up with a 5/6 Hada Freeblade for the turn. This style of deck would be interested in pretty much just using all your allies as blockers and looting through your deck as fast as you can so you can cast your re-animator spells for massive value. There is also the option of introducing some sacrifice elements like Viscera Seer with Zulaport Cutthroat in conjunction with Rally the Ancestors to further pump your damage output, kill your allies to prevent the exile trigger from rally, and scry into more combo pieces.

Z4k16 on Allies of Kruphix (Competitive)

2 months ago

Hey man,Love the deck been a big ally fan for a while.Personally I would say ditch any 2 of 1 Collected Company, 1 Aether Vial, 1 Kabira Evangel or 1 Unified Will and add in two of either Return to the Ranks or Rally the Ancestors They are both strong cards, Rally the Ancestors allows instant play, Return to the Ranks has convoke and they stay on the battlefield.

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