Brewing Boros: Purphoros and His Legion

People play Magic: The Gathering for a wide variety of reasons. People enjoy a variety of formats and game variations. Some enjoy playing tight games, focusing on sound technical play. Other players look to come up with the latest tech to take advantage of a metagame. As for me, I love to brew decks.

With that love, I plan to share some fun brews, which hopefully can be competitive with some of standard’s best decks. Today, I have a deck in my all-time favorite color pair – Boros. To me, red and white offer my absolute favorite aspects of Magic. With white I get angels (especially those of the baneslaying variety). With red, I get dragons. And fire. Dragons and fire. Yep, Boros is the color combination for me.

Many Boros decks look to be hyper-aggressive, overwhelming their opponent with cheap efficient creatures. Today,  I’m not interested in that plan. Today I’m looking for dragons. And fire. To be fair, we’ll have access to hordes of little creatures, but I’m looking at them to initiate the burn. Here’s the deck:


4 Boros Reckoner

4 Purphoros, God of the Forge

4 Scion of Vitu-Ghazi

4 Stormbreath Dragon


4 Temple of Triumph

4 Sacred Foundry

10 Mountains

6 Plains


2 Chandra, Pyromaster

2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion


3 Magma Jet

4 Chained to the Rocks

3 Anger of the Gods

4 Banishing Light

2 Mizzium Mortars

2 Assemble the Legion

Most of the deck’s focus is around the interactions with Purphoros. Purphoros turns Elspeth’s mini-army into double lightning bolt. Turn 4 Purphoros into turn 5 Scion of Vitu-Ghazi is 6 power worth of creatures and 6 damage to the face. And let’s be honest, the best burn is burn to the face. Assemble the Legion is the final way to hurl shocks at our opponent on a repeated basis.

The deck’s spell suite is designed to help get us to our finishers. Our bombs come at turn 5 and later and we need to make sure we’re still alive at that point. We have a host of removal to keep us at a healthy life total until we can try to take the game over. Chandra helps us to dig for both answers and our finishers. My favorite red head also does a lovely job of killing annoying lifebane zombies.

I did mention that I love dragons, right? Stormbreath is just the dragon to give us an alternative route of victory.

I took my version of Big Boros up against B/g Devotion to see how it would fare against one of standard’s boogey men. In game on the devotion deck curved out with Pack Rat, into Lifebane Zombie, and a pair of Gray Merchants. Fortunately, we had a steady stream of Magma Jets, Angers, and Banishing Lights to take care of each. Chandra helped find a timely Chained to the Rocks for a Desecration Demon. Unfortunately at that point we were both in top deck mode and my opponent found a Pack Rat that quickly multiplied while I found 3 lands.

Game 2 went much more according to plan. Early removal took care of rats and zombies. An Assemble the Legion made sure Desecration Demon would stay tapped while our Stormbreath Dragon flew us to victory.

In game 3 Purphoros joined the party and was joined by Assemble the Legion. Burn took care of black’s threats while our combo carried up to the win.

Overall we survived 5 Thoughtseizes and numerous Hero’s Downfalls on our way to the “W.” We played all pre-board games because the sideboard was still a work in progress. The deck was super fun to play and did some powerful things. If you’re looking for something different to play on Friday night at Board Knight, I highly recommend it!

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