Ravnica Guilds in Three Words

Azorius: “Guiity. Guilty. Guilty.”

Boros: “Shoot. Then Arrest.”

Dimir: “Don’t Mind Us”

Golgari: “It’s Just Mold!”

Gruul: “Burn it down!”

Izzet: “Bored. Moving On”

Orzhov: “Where’s My Money?!”

Rakdos: “Fuck. Eat. Kill.”

Selesnya: “Come Animal Friends!”

Simic: “Needs more… tentacles.”

A Reference for Dual Lands (in Building a Budget Manabase)

Orzhov - Orzhov Basilica, Orzhov Guildgate, Scoured Barrens, Foresaken Sanctuary, Tainted Field, Salt Flats

Dimir - Dimir Aqueduct, Dimir Guildgate, Dismal Backwater, Salt Marsh, Submerged Boneyard, Frost Marsh, Jwar Isle Refuge, Dreadship Reach, Tainted Isle, Waterfall Cavern, Rootwater Depths

Golgari - Golgari Rot Farm, Golgari Guildgate, Foul Orchard, Jungle Hollow, Tainted Wood, Pine Barrens

Rakdos - Rakdos Carnarium, Rakdos Guildgate, Urborg Volcano, Cinder Barrens, Bloodfell Caves, Akoum Refuge, Molten Slagheap, Tainted Peak, Lantern-Lit Graveyard, Cinder Marsh

Boros - Boros Garrison, Boros Guildgate, Stone Quarry, Wind-Scarred Crag, Scabland

Azorius - Azorius Chancery, Azorius Guildgate, Coastal Tower, Meandering River, Boreal Shelf, Sejiri Refuge, Tranquil Cove, Calciform Pools, Cloudcrest Lake, Thalakos Lowlands

Selesnya - Selesnya Sanctuary, Selesnya Guildgate, Elfhame Palace, Tranquil Expanse, Arctic Flats, Graypelt Refuge, Blossoming Sands, Saltcrusted Steppe, Tranquil Garden, Vecc Townships

Simic - Simic Growth Chamber, Simic Guildgate, Woodland Stream, Thornwood Falls, Skyshroud Forest

Izzet - Izzet Boilerworks, Izzet Guildgate, Highland Lake, Swiftwater Cliffs, Caldera Lake

Gruul - Gruul Turf, Gruul Guildgate, Shivan Oasis, Timber Gorge, Highland Weald, Kazandu Refuge, Rugged Highlands, Fungal Reaches, Pinecrest Ridge, Mogg Hollows

Also of note: Vivid Grove, Crag, Creek, Marsh, Meadow.


Then and Now: Guildmages of Ravnica, pt. 2

Azorius Guildmage by Christopher Moeller | New Prahv Guildmage by Karl Kopinski

Dimir Guildmage by Adam Rex | Duskmantle Guildmage by Slawomir Maniak

Rakdos Guildmage by Jeremy Jarvis | Rix Maadi Guildmage by Karl Kopinski

Izzet Guildmage by Jim Murray | Nivix Guildmage by Scott M. Fischer

Golgari Guildmage by Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai | Korozda Guildmage by Ryan Pancoast

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Commander of the Week

Olivia, Mobilized for War 

The commander for this deck was originally supposed to be Exava, Rakdos Bloodwitch, but I find for what this deck is trying to do, Olivia is much better, and cheaper to cast which is sorely needed as I feel she will probably die a lot. Olivia, Mobilized for War is a 3/3 Flying Vampire Knight for 1BR with the ability to discard a card when a creature enters under you control, if you do, that creature gets a +1/+1 counter, Haste and becomes a vampire in addition to its other types. I am going to try to make this deck as aggressive as possible.

Look, No Hand. 

I’ve tried to include as many cards that rely on us having no hand as possible. Cards with Hellbent get bonuses when you have no hand. These include cards like Anthem of Rakdos, Nihilistic Glee and Jagged Poppet. Amonkhet’s Hazoret the Fervent also relies on you having no hand in order to attack. Hellbent turns on certain effects on these cards that can mean more damage, extra card draw or general misfortune for your opponents, which is always good. I have found that Murderous Redcap goes quite well with this version of Olivia too as the +1/+1 counters cancel out the Persist and allow it to deal consistent damage.

How did you lose your hand? 

So how do we lose our hand? We can’t rely on Olivia’s ability alone because we need to play creatures to trigger it. Certain creatures allow you to discard cards in order to enter play or activate certain abilities. Bloodrage Brawler is a relatively new creature that costs 1R for a 4/3 that forces you to discard a card so that he can enter play. Sire of Insanity forces each player to discard their hand each end step. Sarkhan the Dragonspeaker’s Emblem also says you get to draw two additional cards in your draw step but you discard your hand in the end step, which should help us get more creatures onto the field and keep our hand empty. I also like Dangerous Wager in this deck because you can discard your hand and draw two cards instead. 

Blind Panic 

These creatures aren’t very large, so we need a way to get all these creatures through. Spells that render a certain amount of creatures unable to block both allow us to empty our hands quickly and potentially allow our creatures through. Awe For the Guilds is a great way to do this as it renders monocolored creatures unable to block for that turn.  Barrage of Boulders, Concussive Bolt, Ember Gale and Destructive Tampering are some other ways of making sure that a large number of creatures can’t prevent an onslaught, as well as maybe dealing some damage to some smaller creatures or players. Creatures with Afflict such as Neheb, the Eternal may deter blocking too.

This Damage Adds Up. 

A few ways to deal some extra damage then. I thought maybe things like Trumpet Blast and/or Path of Anger’s Flame to have your creatures get a +2/+0 boost until end of turn. Anthem of Rakdos gives your creatures +2/+0 when they attack, it also deals 1 damage to you, but they deal double damage if you have hellbent. I’ve also added ways to make goblins with Goblin Assault, Goblin Rabblemaster and Krenko, Mob Boss with other cards like Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors to deal more damage when creatures enter under your control. 

And Finally…

This deck may not do so well in a multiplayer setting as aggro decks generally don’t. A Geier Reach Sanitarium may be useful but beyond that I can’t think of any lands that may help us beyond the ordinary. I do hope you find this both helpful and fun and until next time, Happy Deck Building.

Prohibited Locations

People think the Rakdos and Boros are natural enemies. but I think that’s wrong. They share a color, so them being on the same side should, in theory, happen about as much as often as it does with the Azorius, with whom they’re official allies. But what could bring the sexy murder clowns and renegade cops together?

When I was overseas, at each unit they would post a list of “prohibited locations, some of them with directions so you know exactly where not to go. These were often brothels, drug dens, or other houses of ill repute and maximum fun. Command would, in briefings, highlight the list and say, “Never let us see you there.” Always those words. “Never let us see you there.”

Think about that statement for a sec, and what it’s really saying. I bet in Ravnica, they post operating hours too so you know exactly when not to be there.

So you will never catch the Rakdos and Boros working together, or even in the same vicinity. Reports of Lightning Helix being used when the Azorius tried to shut down that revue are obviously mistaken. Did you see any Boros uniforms there? Of course not. Boros will never be caught consorting with the Rakdos, ever.