Boros Humans Aggro Deck with Frontline Medic

January 24, 2013 | Posted by Dee

My top ten list of Gatecrash cards has a bunch of Boros cards so I built a Boros, or White/Red (WR), Humans Aggro deck for Standard.

Frontline Medic and Truefire Paladin are strong Humans you can play with Champion of the Parish and company.

Also, you gain access to Boros Reckoner. He’s not a Human but he’s too good not to play. He’s awesome against aggro and midrange.

To fight Supreme Verdict, you’ve got Boros Charm.

The mana fixing from Sacred Foundry and Boros Guildgate is great because it gives you a stable mana base to play both Silverblade Paladin and Thundermaw Hellkite.

Also, the lands allow you to play a couple Slayers’ Stronghold without hurting your mana base too much. Slayers’ Stronghold is solid in the deck because many of the creatures have first strike or double strike.

Check out the decklist below.

Boros Humans Aggro
Creatures (32)
Spells (4)
Lands (24)
Sideboard (15)

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Deck Analysis

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The deck has some of the usual cards you often see in Humans decks. You’ve got Champion of the Parish, Thalia, Silverblade Paladin, and Precinct Captain.

Frontline Medic and Boros Reckoner are excellent additions because they give you some beef at the three-drop spot. Their three power goes well with Silverblade Paladin’s double strike. Their three toughness keeps them out of Pillar of Flame range.

Frontline Medic shuts down Sphinx’s Relevation, Bonfire of the Damned, Aurelia’s Fury, and Rakdos’s Return. His battalion ability protects your creatures when they attack. The deck has 32 creatures so it shouldn’t be too hard to turn on the ability.

Boros Reckoner can gain first strike to beat up on Thragtusk and its Beast token. His first ability is great because it often gives you a 2-for-1 whenever he gets blocked, blocks, or dies to a burn spell.

Truefire Paladin makes the deck because he’s solid in the early, middle, and late game. With his two activated abilities, he gets better as you hit more land drops. If you would rather spend your mana to cast spells, he’s still a decent 2/2 for two mana with vigilance.

At the four-drop spot, I’m playing a full set of Sublime Archangel. She tested well for me. She dominates other creature decks.

However, I would try 1-2 Hellrider because he might be better than the Angel. His haste ability is great against control and it allows you to race other creature decks.

I wouldn’t play 4 Hellrider because Cavern of Souls will probably be stretched too much as a mana fixer. Boros Reckoner is not a Human and he has a steep casting cost.

Also, I don’t think you have enough red sources to support 4 Hellrider and 2 Thundermaw Hellkite.

If you want a budget option for the four-drop and five-drop spot, you can play Riders of Gavony and Zealous Conscripts instead of Sublime Archangel and Thundermaw Hellkite.

For the main deck noncreature spells, I initially tried Boros Charm but I found that Searing Spear was better. For example, this deck is very vulnerable to Knight of Infamy. I want a card that can kill that pro-white creature.

Plus, Searing Spear is great at shooting down a Hellrider before he can use his ability. The burn spell also takes down a turn four Olivia Voldaren.

Boros Charm is better against Supreme Verdict. If you have a lot of decks in your metagame that main deck that card, you should swap out some or all of the Searing Spear for the Boros Charm in the sideboard.

You could play more than four noncreature spells in the main deck but I like that low number because of Thalia’s ability.

In the sideboard, I like the 1 Fiend Hunter to stop opposing Boros Reckoners because burn spells is not what you want against the Gatecrash creature. If he becomes popular, you’ll definitely want to play more Fiend Hunters.

Mizzium Mortars is there to kill Loxodon Smiter and Restoration Angel. Also, with 24 lands, it’s not uncommon to overload the spell in a long game against a midrange deck.

Paraselene is there to beat the annoying Bant Enchantments deck. Also, you should bring in the fourth Thalia against that deck.

Deck Price Tag

Here’s the price tag of the deck. I used the prices of a popular online store.

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Total Deck Price: $518.14

QTYCard NameAvg. PriceTotal Price
Total Deck Price:$518.14
4Champion of the Parish$5.03$20.12
3Thalia, Guardian of Thraben$6.62$19.86
4Truefire Paladin$0.24$0.96
3Precinct Captain$1.17$3.51
4Frontline Medic$5.17$20.68
4Silverblade Paladin$10.15$40.60
4Boros Reckoner$3.97$15.88
4Sublime Archangel$24.28$97.12
2Thundermaw Hellkite$37.21$74.42
4Searing Spear$0.43$1.72
4Sacred Foundry$12.62$50.48
4Clifftop Retreat$11.43$45.72
2Boros Guildgate$0.25$0.50
4Cavern of Souls$24.40$97.60
2Slayers' Stronghold$0.90$1.80
4Boros Charm$1.56$6.24
1Thalia, Guardian of Thraben$6.62$6.62
4Mizzium Mortars$2.06$8.24
1Fiend Hunter$0.33$0.33
3Rest in Peace$1.80$5.40

4 Responses to “Boros Humans Aggro Deck with Frontline Medic”

  1. chano on January 25th, 2013 8:31 am

    Its interesting you have exalted and battalion in the same deck. Why didn’t you choose one or the other?

  2. Dee on January 25th, 2013 3:38 pm

    @ chano

    The cards you’re talking about are Frontline Medic and Sublime Archangel. Both cards are just great cards so it’s okay to play them together.

    Frontline Medic is the best Human three-drop other than Silverblade Paladin. He hits powerful X-spells like Bonfire and Sphinx’s Revelation and his 3/3 body is relevant.

    Other than Hellrider, which may stretch the mana base too much, Sublime Archangel is the best card for the four-drop spot.

    Also, their abilities don’t really clash that much. For example, consider common line of play.

    T2: Truefire Paladin
    T3: Frontline Medic
    T4: Sublime Archangel

    On turn four, you can’t use battalion because Sublime Archangel doesn’t have haste, but you can use exalted.

    On turn five, you can choose between battalion and exalted depending on the board state and situation. It’s nice to have options between two powerful creatures.

  3. Edwin on March 4th, 2013 6:21 am

    Hello Dee,

    If I don’t want to play Boros Reckoner, what would you advice instead?

    I’m busy with a Boros deck that can shift between Full-Aggro (with Thalia) and Aggro Versatility (without Thalia and with Ajani, CotP). But for the Full-Aggro setup I need something instead of Boros Reckoner because everyone plays it. And I’m not everyone. :P

    I hope you can help me! ;)

  4. Dee on March 4th, 2013 10:45 am

    You can try Fiend Hunter and/or Kessig Malcontents.

    Check out these two decklists for other cards.