Last updated on December 12, 2023
Akiri, Fearless Voyager | Illustration by Ekaterina Burmak
Hello planeswalkers! Let’s rip through another exploration of the Boros guild (). Boros is known for being very aggressive. You can blitz your opponent with fast creatures that build off each other, and if that's not enough you have plenty of burn spells to finish off your opponent. Boros is a solid color guild that has been and will be popular for a long time.
One problem many Boros players run into is they can often lose to control decks that remove creatures and outdraw. To create a steadier Boros deck that can compete with many different styles of play, you need some draw cards.
Let's take a look at the Boros colored draw cards and a few staples for both white and red that can help get you a few more victories.
Jor Kadeen, First Goldwarden | Illustration by Jeremy Wilson
There are a ton of good options in the white and red colors for getting the cards you need in many different ways. For this article, I’m looking at cards that provide a card draw and are both red and white. I’ll highlight some of the best white and red draw spells after the list, but the main focus is the dual-color draw cards of Boros.
I do have one note: There are also great impulsive draw cards (exile and use for one turn) in red, white, and Boros. However, I’m just focusing on the Boros-colored cards that draw a card to your hand.
Nahiri, the Unforgiving is the lesser of the two Nahiris we’ll see today. It has a similar draw loyalty ability as Nahiri, the Harbinger, but I’m not overly thrilled with the other and final loyalty ability. This is a playable planeswalker because of the flexible mana value, but I think there are better planeswalker options for equipment-style decks.
Queen Kayla bin-Kroog is one of those MTG cards that is wildly specific. This card could be a bomb card if you have exactly what you need in your hand when you play it. It has a wheel effect just for you and can return creatures or artifacts you just discarded for the MVs of 1, 2, and 3. There’s value here if you can build a proper deck around it, but it’s too specific for me.
Jor Kadeen, First Goldwarden is a solid card in certain equipment builds, but you most likely won’t be drawing cards right away. You must first develop your equipment and creature presence and hope for less removal from your opponent. It’s playable in slower-playing decks, but a little too clunky in my opinion.
Heartwarming Redemption is a solid wheel draw kind of card for Boros. It has many factors working for it. You get 1+ the number of cards you discard, you get lifegain, and it’s an instant. The value is there, and it can fit into many different Boros builds.
As a LotR fan, I was over the moon with the quality and entertainment I got from the Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth set. Merry isn’t my favorite hobbit, but Merry, Esquire of Rohan is a versatile aggressive creature to add to many non-Standard Boros decks. It gives a great draw trigger if you have other legendary creatures, and first strike is a wonderful keyword for aggression. This card is worth consideration for legendary aggressive Boros decks.
Any instant with a ton of different kinds of interactions is going to be useful. Lorehold Command is that kind of card for the Boros player. It has draw, protection, creature token creation, and direct damage. The only thing not to love about this card is maybe the MV, but you can build around that.
Nahiri, the Harbinger is a solid Boros planeswalker for several reasons. The 4 MV is a wonderful fit into most Boros curves, The +2 draw loyalty ability is a great bonus for Boros decks, and the final loyalty ability can end games. These factors are what we’re looking for in planeswalkers, especially non-super-friends decks that just want great support from their planeswalkers.
Popular archetypes of Boros are equipment and aura decks. Wyleth, Soul of Steel helps to make your equipment/aura deck more efficient with its mana. You may have to pay to enchant or equip, but with this card, you don’t have to worry about using mana to draw cards. This efficiency and drawing many cards gives Wyleth, Soul of Steel huge value in these archetypes.
Discarding low value or ineffective cards to draw new cards is a way to play your curve well in Boros. Thrilling Discovery can help you ditch some low-value cards to draw three cards and gain life. There are many strategies in Boros that can come from this card. I’m a fan of reanimation with cards like Velomachus Lorehold and Invoke Justice.
Akiri, Fearless voyager is a must-roster card for Boros equipment decks. It gives you a card draw for any equipped creature attacking, so you don’t always have to risk this card to draw. It also provides wonderful protection against removal for your equipped creatures. If there’s anything that can ruin an equipment deck, it’s removal. Note, this activated ability doesn’t protect against exiling or -x/-x effects.
There are also many great mono-white and -red draw cards you should include in your Boros decks. Some of the best ones in my opinion are Esper Sentinel, Mangara, the Diplomat, Faithless Looting, and Big Score.
Triggered abilities are fantastic ways to draw and take advantage of the many creatures you’ll want to play with Boros. Cards like Dawn of Hope, Mentor of the Meek, and Harmonic Prodigy can help you gain advantages left and right.
I didn’t mention it in the rankings, but exiling and impulsive drawing are great strategies for Boros. Take advantage of cards like Showdown of the Skalds, Feldon, Ronom Excavator, and Laelia, the Blade Reforged.
Boros is all about aggression, burn, and pumping. For aggression might I suggest Boros Reckoner or Boros Charm? Lightning Bolt and Fling are great burn spells. If you can build a good board presence then strike hard with Tears of Rage or Leonin Lightscribe.
Lorehold Command | Illustration by Jason Rainville
We charged in and now we sit on a field of victory! Boros is a popular guild and that shouldn’t be changing anytime soon. If you want to stabilize your decks and get more victories, draw some more cards and crush your opponents.
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