"Rally and Rout" is one of two new event decks from Wizards of the Coast's latest "Magic: The Gathering" set "Gatecrash" ("Thrash and Thrive" is the other). Revealed today Feb. 4, 2013 in an article on DailyMTG.com, "Rally and Rout" is a fast and furious white-red Boros deck that abuses the new Battalion mechanic to devastate opponents during combat.
Like the "Return to Ravnica" event decks ("Rakdos: Wrack and Rage" and "Golgari: Creep and Conquer"), "Rally and Rout" features a full deck of 60 cards, 15 card sideboard, spindown life counter, strategy insert, and deck box.
In "Rally and Rout" you'll:
Lay down the law with a martial force led by the zealous Boros Legion. Attack with waves of battle-trained soldiers backed by aggressive support magic. Outwit the other guilds and you’ll stand alone on the glorious field of battle.
"Rally and Rout" event deck decklist
1 Ash Zealot
4 Boros Elite
1 Champion of the Parish
4 Doomed Traveler
2 Firefist Striker
2 Lightning Mauler
1 Silverblade Paladin
3 Skyknight Legionnaire
1 Spark Trooper
2 Sunhome Guildmage
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2 Truefire Paladin
Other Spells (13)
2 Boros Charm
4 Gather the Townsfolk
4 Pillar of Flame
3 Searing Spear
3 Boros Guildgate
1 Clifftop Retreat
1 Slayers' Stronghold
3 Bonds of Faith
2 Oblivion Ring
2 Thunderous Wrath
3 War Priest of Thune
The deck works by dropping as many small creatures onto the battlefield as possible. You'll need three creatures to attack in order to trigger your Battalion creatures like Boros Elite or Firefist Striker. Gather the Townsfolk and Sunhome Guildmage can create more than one creature, allowing you to have three creatures to attack with and enable your threats with Battalion.
Your troops are backed up by a heavy arsenal of burn spells in the form of Pillar of Flame and Searing Spear, which can clear the battlefield for your attackers during the first few turns of the game. Boros Charm is one of the deck's most versatile spells, making your army invulnerable to sweepers like Supreme Verdict or a Mizzium Mortars with overload. Boros Charm can also help end the game by giving one of your large unblocked threats double strike or just dealing four damage to your opponent's face.
The deck's sideboard can help you deal with annoying matches. War Priest of Thune destroys annoying enchantments like Detention Sphere and the occasional Collective Blessing. Oblivion Ring can take out pesky planeswalkers such as Gideon, Champion of Justice.
The included insert suggests adding several cards to the deck. Assemble the Legion can help ensure inevitability and Firemane Avenger is an aggressive 3/3 flier with Battalion which deals three damage to a creature or player when it attacks. You may also want to consider picking up Frontline Medic and Aurelia's Fury.
Rating: 5 out of 5. The deck packs an enormous value and is incredibly strong. Buy it.
"Rally and Rout" hits retail shelves Feb. 22, 2013 for an MSRP of $24.99. It'll be printed in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
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