This is my standard Battle Box, if such a thing exists. The power level is fairly flat, and most of the cards are at the level of playable rares or good uncommons. This Battle Box is built for two players.

Project Basics

There are a few basic guidelines I keep myself to when building a Battle Box. These are not necessary for the box to function, but help keep my projects tidy:

  • I use different colored sleeves for my deck, the land sets, tokens and any other distinct parts of the box. This helps finding everything quickly.
  • I try to adhere to any theme I have as closely as possible. If I’m doing a nostalgia box, a Tenth Edition printing of Shivan Dragon would not be acceptable; I would include an older printing instead. If there are no thematic restrictions I try to stick to modern bordered cards because their wording is mostly consistent and avoids confusion for newer players.
  • I like tokens, so I always leave enough room in each box to include at least one of each token I need. If the tokens don’t exist, I’ll usually proxy them by making a color print. Look here if you’re looking to make some good token proxies.
Special Rules

The standard Battle Box rules apply.

Card Choices

I have minimized mana acceleration, card draw and library manipulation to keep the power level flat and leave as much room as possible for cards that actually do something. You can find an article explaining my card choices in more detail here.

Cardlist (380):

Lands (2 sets of 10)

Alpine Meadow
Rimewood Falls
Snowfield Sinkhole
Volatile Fjord
Woodland Chasm

White (52)
Creatures (26)

Adanto Vanguard
Aerial Responder
Aetherstorm Roc
Banisher Priest
Bishop of Rebirth
Bygone Bishop
Clarion Spirit
Dauntless Bodyguard
Eidolon of Countless Battles
Emancipation Angel
Fearless Fledgling
Fiend Hunter
Gideon’s Lawkeeper
Glimmerpoint Stag
Hanged Executioner
Hanweir Militia Captain
Hidden Dragonslayer
Leonin Lightscribe
Loam Lion
Luminarch Aspirant
Oketra’s Attendant
Paragon of the Amesha
Usher of the Fallen

Enchantments (8)

Answered Prayers
Banishing Light
Cast Out
Felidar Umbra
Field of Souls
Prison Term
Spirit Mantle
Triumph of Gerrard

Instants and Sorceries (14)

Blessed Alliance
Day of Judgment
Djeru’s Renunciation
Feeling of Dread
Harm’s Way
Lingering Souls
Miraculous Recovery
Rally the Peasants
Slaughter the Strong
Swift Response
Swords to Plowshares
Timely Reinforcements
Valorous Stance

Planeswalkers (1)

Elspeth, Sun’s Nemesis

Artifacts (3)

Mace of the Valiant
Maul of the Skyclaves
Valkyrie’s Sword

Blue (52)
Creatures (35)

Aether Adept
Air Servant
Arctic Aven
Ascendant Spirit
Berg Strider
Cytoplast Manipulator
Etherium Spinner
Fog Bank
Icefall Regent
Illusory Ambusher
Illusory Angel
Jeskai Infiltrator
Jhessian Thief
Lantern Spirit
Mist-Dyndicate Naga
Murder of Crows
Niblis of Frost
Nimble Obstructionist
Orvar, the All-Form
Phantom Warrior
Riddlemaster Sphinx
Sakashima’s Student
Sea-Dasher Octopus
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
Spectral Sailor
Stormwing Entity
Stratus Dancer
Stunt Double
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive
Thieving Skydiver
Tideforce Elemental
Voracious Greatshark

Enchantments (4)

Cartouche of Knowledge
Enthralling Hold
Military Intelligence
Mind Control

Instants and Sorceries (12)

Clash of Wills
Disdainful Stroke
Exert Influence
Insidious Will
Multiple Choice
Saw It Coming
Stolen by the Fae
Talrand’s Invocation
Vapor Snag

Artifacts (1)

Icebind Pillar

Black (52)
Creatures (29)

Blood Artist
Bloodsoaked Champion
Daring Fiendbonder
Demon of Catastrophies
Falkenrath Noble
Fleshbag Marauder
Grim Hireling
Josu Vess, Lich Knight
Knight of the Ebon Legion
Liliana’s Standard Bearer
Mardu Strike Leader
Morkrut Banshee
Murderous Rider
Nantuko Husk
Nezumi Graverobber
Nightfire Giant
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Reassembling Skeleton
Scavenger Drake
Sedgemoor Witch
Sengir Vampire
Sifter of Skulls
Stronghold Assassin
Swarm of Bloodflies
Throat Slitter
Vampire Nighthawk
Vengeful Rebel

Enchantments (5)

Exotic Curse
Inner Demon
Rite of Belzenlok
Vampiric Rites

Instants and Sorceries (18)

Blood on the Snow
Bloodchief’s Thirst
Bone Splinters
Dark Salvation
Drag Down
Fatal Push
Killing Wave
Moan of the Unhallowed
Mythos of Nethroi
Necromantic Summons
Return Upon the Tide
Rise of the Dread Marn
Tragic Slip
Unburial Rites
Violet Pall

Red (53)
Creatures (27)

Abbott of Keral Keep
Ahn-Crop Crasher
Arni Brokenbrow
Breya’s Apprentice
Captain Ripley Vance
Charging Monstrosaur
Dire Fleet Daredevil
Dismissive Pyromancer
Earthshaker Khenra
Ember Hauler
Falkenrath Exterminator
Feldon of the Third Path
Flameblade Angel
Flametongue Kavu
Grim Lavamancer
Heartfire Immolator
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
Kird Ape
Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
Legion Warboss
Monastery Swiftspear
Ogre Battledriver
Phoenix of Ash
Reckless Bushwhacker
Tyrant of Valakut
Verix Bladewing
Wildfire Cerberus

Enchantments (2)

Goblin Bombardment
Vance’s Blasting Cannons

Instants and Sorceries (22)

Act of Treason
Breath of Darigaaz
Burst Lightning
Dance with Devils
Frost Bite
Grab the Reins
Lightning Bolt
Radiant Flames
Savage Alliance
Temur Battle Rage
Tribal Flames
Unleash Fury

Artifacts (1)

Mizzium Tank

Green (52)
Creatures (30)

Ainok Survivalist
Boreal Outrider
Caller of the Claw
Carnage Wurm
Conclave Naturalists
Conifer Wurm
Deadbridge Goliath
Den Protector
Destructor Dragon
Eternal Witness
Experiment One
Fangren Firstborn
Femeref Archers
Hunting Moa
Jorn, God of Winter
Pelakka Wurm
Pelt Collector
Quirion Dryad
Sarulf’s Packmate
Somberwald Alpha
Stingerfling Spider
Sunblade Elf
Thicket Elemental
Tireless Tracker
Ulvenwald Tracker
Wild Nacatl
Wildborn Preserver

Enchantments (3)

Elephant Guide
The First Iroan Games

Instants and Sorceries (17)

Beast Attack
Blessing of Frost
Blizzard Brawl
Fungal Rebirth
Inscription of Abundance
Might of Alara
Nature’s Way
Primal Might
Roar of the Wurm
Ruthless Instincts
Snakeskin Veil
Struggle for Skemfar
Titanic Growth
Wild Hunger

Planeswalkers (2)

Vivien, Champion of the Wilds
Vivien, Nature’s Avenger

Multicolor (80)
Creatures (48)

Abominable Treefolk
Baleful Strix
Blood Cultist
Bloodbraid Elf
Brion Stoutarm
Brood Butcher
Charnel Troll
Chevill, Bane of Monsters
Corpse Knight
Cruel Celebrant
Cryptborn Horror
Dragonborn Champion
Dreadhorde Butcher
Dreg Mangler
Elite Guardmage
Firemane Avenger
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Grismold, the Dreadsower
Iroas’s Champion
Jhessian Balmgiver
Kiora’s Follower
Kitchen Finks
Lightning Angel
Mistmeadow Witch
Moritte of the Frost
Mystic Snake
Obelisk Spider
Possessed Skaab
Prophetic Titan
Psychic Symbiont
Qasali Pridemage
Reflector Mage
Rona, Disciple of Gix
Rubblebelt Raiders
Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy
Sprite Dragon
Sprouting Thrinax
Stormfist Crusader
Stun Sniper
Svella, Ice Shaper
Thundering Djinn
Tower Gargoyle
Treasury Thrull
Trygon Predator
Yarok, the Desecrated
Zareth San, the Trickster

Enchantments (6)

Abzan Ascendancy
Arni Slays the Troll
Kardur’s Vicious Return
Primal Empathy
Staggering Insight
Temur Ascendancy

Instants and Sorceries (22)

Agony Warp
Artifact Mutation
Bant Charm
Boros Charm
Call to the Feast
Cankerous Thirst
Double Major
Dovin’s Veto
Grixis Charm
Intergity // Intervention
Mardu Charm
Naya Charm
Pledge of Unity
Prepare // Fight
Ral’s Outburst
Selesnya Charm
Start // Finish
Torrent of Souls
Zealous Persecution

Planeswalkers (2)

Huatli, Warrior Poet
Saheeli, Sublime Artificer

Artifacts (2)

Behemoth Sledge
Mask of Riddles

Colorless (20)
Artifact Creatures (4)

Chamber Sentry
Filigree Familiar
Perilous Myr
Wizard Replica

Artifacts (16)

Bloodforged Battle-Axe
Bomat Bazaar Barge
Colossus Hammer
Fleetwheel Cruiser
Forebear’s Blade
Grafted Wargear
Lightning Greaves
Mimic Vat
Puppet Strings
Scroll of the Masters
Smuggler’s Copter
Sword of Vengeance
Untethered Express
Whispersilk Cloak