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The Indefatigable Legion

Modern Aggro Humans RW (Boros) Tribal



Hero of Oxid Ridge

A work in progress idea of a deck in Boros colors hoping for some Return to Ravnica stuff to add to it.

Fiddled with the Sideboard to make it more transformative, going to see if simply replacing most of the things that Thalia, Guardian of Thraben would cost raise and see if the shift to bigger power but less speed is viable.

I'm avoiding using Scars things even though they could be great because I'm trying to get a jump on the phasing out and I don't want to commit to so many things that will leave in not so very long at all.



So, I've been playing the deck some more times and I'm really liking it at the moment. I have nothing worse than a 50/50 ratio even in my worst matchups with the sole exception of some early game hating versions of Mono-Black Control.

My most interestingly solid matchups were aganst two different versions of Delver. A Talrand, Sky Summoner version and a R/U version. Barring terrible draws my version has bested versions of Mono-Red burn, Mono-Green Stompy, and others with surprisingly solid reliability. I have yet to play against more than one Vamp, or Zombie deck and haven't even seen a Naya-Pod deck yet so I'll update when I see that in the future.

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TheHorse says... #1

Have you considered running Restoration Angel over cloudshift? It can be much more relevant late game(and just in general), especialy after a board wipe. It also synergizes with Thalia better post board. Maybe 3 angels and 1 cloudshift?

August 3, 2012 10:20 a.m.

Dritz says... #2

I do like Restoration Angel but I will never have the mana to pull off the things that I can do with Cloudshift with the Angel.

4 Mana + Fiend Hunter + Cloudshift = 1 Perm. Exiled creature and another locked down.

6 Mana + Zealous Conscripts and a creature target + Cloudshift = Permanently kept stolen creature.

Cloudshift also lets me save key players early or taking advantage of tap outs to bounce Kessig Malcontents and similar to get max damage with minimal investment.

August 3, 2012 10:26 a.m.

TheHorse says... #3

While that's true, I would try maybe one or two if you haven't. The deck is fast, but unless you really make sure not to puke out your hand, t4 or 5 board wipe is really devistating. Afterward it'd be way better to draw a 3/4 Flyer than a cloudshift.

August 3, 2012 10:33 a.m.

Dritz says... #4

That is a good point and I will be sure to give it a shot in the near future.

August 3, 2012 10:45 a.m.

Azure124 says... #5

main board Thalia, Guardian of Thraben its too good in the current meta not to be main boarded

August 3, 2012 12:21 p.m.

Dritz says... #6


The big problem with that idea, as I see it, is that it shoots me in the foot in terms of pacing. I can't bond things for Lifelink or Haste ( Nearheath Pilgrim , Lightning Mauler ) or play Gather the Townsfolk on turn two if I lay out Thalia, Guardian of Thraben which will slow me down and it will make my Townsfolk, Cloudshift s, Bonfire of the Damned s and Pillar of Flame s all annoyingly more expensive which will further mess with my pacing.

Just siding her in is proving to be harder than just playing through kill spells so far although I don't deny that she has great utility and that I need to focus on bringing her in more often.

August 3, 2012 12:31 p.m.

Corvus_corax says... #7

I would add a card:Conjurer's Closet, just for that extra win condition against tough opponents. I see you use Kessig Malcontents and Zealous Conscripts just like I do in my decks, and I've found card:Conjurer's Closet to be a huge asset. Sure it is expensive, but that's one flicker each and every turn!

Well worth it in my book. :)

August 3, 2012 3:30 p.m.

Corvus_corax says... #8

Sorry for the double post.

I forgot to add a reminder that with card:Conjurer's Closet, Cavern of Souls can't add mana to play it out. In my deck I found that to be a problem since I want card:Conjurer's Closet out as soon as possible. I have a lot fewer creatures than you in your deck so I ended up ditching the Cavern of Souls , but it is actually quite the sacrifice.

On the other hand if speed is not of the essence, then I guess it doesn't matter. Just something I thought you might like to be aware of from the start. :/

August 3, 2012 3:45 p.m.

TheHorse says... #9

Why can't one use mana from Cavern to cast Conjurer's Closet?

August 3, 2012 3:53 p.m.

Corvus_corax says... #10

Yeah... Why can't you?

Good question... I guess I didn't read the card properly and stand corrected. But thanks, now I guess I'll add it to my own deck.

August 3, 2012 4:08 p.m.

TheHorse says... #11

Haha, there goes 80 bucks. Glad I helped. xD

August 3, 2012 4:19 p.m.

rayrand says... #12

Have you considered using Thatcher Revolt ? Could be useful in pumping the Champion of the Parish for a second turn 4/4 creature.

Considering that Hero of Oxid Ridge is going to rotate soon, have you considered using Hellrider for a more aggro approach?

+1 all the same.

August 3, 2012 8:28 p.m.

rayrand says... #13

Sorry, I meant 3rd turn 4/4 creature using the Thatcher Revolt to pump the Champion of the Parish .

August 3, 2012 8:29 p.m.

Dritz says... #14


I have definitely considered both, I still need to give Thatcher Revolt more consideration but I have shied away from it because the tokens won't last for Kessig Malcontents to get a bonus and it isn't a Tribal sorcery unfortunately so Cavern of Souls won't help against control. (That would likely be a 3rd turn 6/6 by the way, as I probably am gonna Gather the Townsfolk on the turn prior. Which sounds nice but I don't think my Champion of the Parish is gonna survive that long unless they are going to lose anyway.)

When it comes to the Hero of Oxid Ridge I feel like he got the serious short end of the stick and he is leaps and bounds better than his price-tag would suggest. I feel the chump-evasion is brutally powerful with so many decks running things like Delver of Secrets  Flip (unflipped obviously), Birds of Paradise , Llanowar Elves , Arbor Elf , Augur of Bolas , Aven Squire and parallel tokens of all varieties.

The difference between them taking the damage directly or by semi-evasion could have won me a few games but the increase in damage that the Hero can bring to the table as the creatures reach their mark is most impressive in my opinion. Most of the exceptions to that rule are only 1 ofs or 2 ofs on the field and thusly they take a savage thrashing all the way if they aren't outright removed by my Fiend Hunter s or stolen by my Zealous Conscripts .

When Scars Block rotates I think I will likely play Hellrider but, then again, maybe either Gruul or Rakdos will give me a shiny new 4 drop which would be even better in my build.

Thank you, everyone for all your comments!

August 3, 2012 9:10 p.m.

Dritz says... #15


Sorry for taking a while to respond. I spaced out on it. :P

Anyway, I will definitely consider the closet because the repeat bouncing could be rockin' in the deck. My main worry is that it costs 5 and could slow the deck down which would hurt a lot.

@rayrand I also forgot to include Fog Bank in that list.

August 4, 2012 8:19 p.m.

Azure124 says... #16

I was testing the deck against some decks and the worst match up seemed to be fast aggro builds that have some form of removal available ie. Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip or Oblivion Ring one thing i noticed is that Kessig Malcontents was underwhelming if you are forced to block frequently/ early game. Smelt should take the place of Ancient Grudge in side board since you cant flash back. Normally I would side out Pillar of Flame for Thalia, Guardian of Thraben pillar doesn't hurt delver or control as much as thalia would

August 4, 2012 11:43 p.m.

Dritz says... #17


When it comes to your results I'm honestly confused. (Except for Smelt I didn't fiddle with the sideboard much since M13 was released and that should get replaced ASAP.)

I have found Delver and R/G aggro to both have huge trouble with Pillar of Flame as it exiles the Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip and Delver of Secrets  Flip in one shot preventing them from doing much else. It also gets Strangleroot Geist efficiently. Against control they could probably get sided out although I have noticed a variety of control decks either running card:Geralf's Messenger or Fog Bank respectively to play hob with decks like mine. I've found this to be a solid answer to that as well which makes me inclined to keep them.

The Kessig Malcontents could likely go for something else but I am not sure what else as I have, honestly, had very little issue with them.

I've already illustrated how I feel about Mainboarding Thalia, Guardian of Thraben as she makes all of my noncreature spells decidedly non-aggro at the trade-off of having a decent creature that is a big fat target. In a lot of cases I've noticed that I pay two and then it slows me down and then they pay 1 ( Gut Shot ) or 2 ( Doomblade et cetera.) and continue on their merry way.

Regardless of what ends up happening, thanks a lot for testing the deck for me. I appreciate it.

August 5, 2012 12:15 a.m.

Jokernaught says... #18

I see a Sudden Disappearance in the horizon. Boros had plenty of etb effects in the first Ravinca. Maybe you could make use of it?

And if your on the fence about Kessig Malcontents , try Riot Ringleader .

August 5, 2012 12:58 a.m.

Dritz says... #19

Well, I'm not really too on the fence about it. I mean, I would like it if it was a 3/2 or any other sorts of things. If I replaced it I would probably go with Fervent Cathar because he has haste plus an effect. He is the only 3 drop hasty human in Standard that I am aware of.

It would be awesome if Sudden Disappearance gets some fodder. I already liked Ghostway haha.

August 5, 2012 1:54 a.m.

I have a question... Why don't you play Hero of Bladehold ??

August 5, 2012 11:15 a.m.

Dritz says... #21


I actually answer that question in the description, the other Hero is in here because I happened to own a full playset already.

August 5, 2012 11:24 a.m.


August 5, 2012 11:30 a.m.

iLOVEthe deck though!

August 5, 2012 11:31 a.m.

Dritz says... #25

No worries! haha

Glad to hear it, thanks! :)

August 5, 2012 11:32 a.m.


August 5, 2012 11:35 a.m.

thejadejedi says... #27

wow, this deck is strong. I tried it vs my deathtouch deck and it only faultered when I was able to get my Creature (with deathtouch) equipped with card:Wolfhunter's Quiver and just shot your army to pieces. My Predator Ooze with trample actually killed me once when your deck took it via Zealous Conscripts . I really can't think of a single idea that would help this deck out, but I will give you +1 because it's a solid deck. (I could see this going top tier sometime soon.)

August 9, 2012 2:30 a.m.

Dritz says... #28


That is very kind of you to say, thank you! :)

August 9, 2012 3:50 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #29

I like the deck, I agree that Hellrider is a good shoe in for Hero of Oxid Ridge .

A.) battle cry v/s Hellrider ping. Both, in essence, give 1/0 to all of the other attacking creatures. Hellrider doesn't have to swing, Hero of Oxid Ridge must swing. Hellrider pings directly, Hero of Oxid Ridge applies it to the creatures. Unfortunately Hero of Oxid Ridge synergizes with Hellrider shines is his body, a "4"/3 as opposed to a 4/2. This keeps Hellrider out of range of most small spot removal and small board wipes. (Galvanic Blast /Pillar of Flame /Shock /Whipflare all come to mind.)

Hope I've convinced you! +1 on the deck man, looks good.

August 17, 2012 8:07 p.m.

Dritz says... #30


I appreciate the breakdown. It is quite nice. All in all I still like the Hero of Oxid Ridge a bit more (although I wish he was a 4/3 considering he is a Mythic Rare and they printed Mr. Hellrider at Rare). I like him more for one big reason, that being that he makes my creatures unblockable against the 216 creatures in Standard with 1 or less power which can offer a lot more damage than the straight ping. Its still a close-run thing and Hellrider will almost definitely go in when Mirrodin: Besieged rotates out. Thanks again!

August 17, 2012 8:24 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #31

I had the choice in my goblin deck which to run so I had to break down both of them exactly as I said. I had my meta to consider, which was full of solar flare variants and almost no tokens or cheap aggro (preferring ramp midrange). Yours must be full of low cost aggro and tokens?

Also, have you considered a spot (however small it may be, maybe 2 of?) for Burn at the Stake ? It may make a good finisher if you are having an issue getting those last few in.

August 17, 2012 8:34 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #32

I had the choice in my goblin deck which to run so I had to break down both of them exactly as I said. I had my meta to consider, which was full of solar flare variants and almost no tokens or cheap aggro (preferring ramp midrange). Yours must be full of low cost aggro and tokens?

Also, have you considered a spot (however small it may be, maybe 2 of?) for Burn at the Stake ? It may make a good finisher if you are having an issue getting those last few in.

August 17, 2012 8:34 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #33

"Also, have you considered a spot (however small it may be, maybe 2 of?) for Burn at the Stake? It may make a good finisher if you are having an issue getting those last few in." -Nevermnd that. Just tested and Kessig Malcontents does good enough.

August 17, 2012 8:40 p.m.

Esmic says... #34

I like this idea a lot! +1

September 4, 2012 5:20 p.m.

Roxl36 says... #35

Needs Thatcher Revolt!

September 4, 2012 10:24 p.m.

Tluff says... #36

Since you have so many humans, why not Shared Animosity?

November 19, 2015 8:11 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.33
Tokens 1/1 Human
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+3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben side
+2 Riders of Gavony main
+2 Slayers' Stronghold main
+4 Champion of the Parish main
+2 Silverblade Paladin main
+4 Cavern of Souls main
+1 Mountain main