Return to Ravnica

Block Mini Battle Box

Battle Box Notes

I usually base these Mini Battle Boxes on the big fall/spring sets because the smaller sets are not deep enough to provide a good experience. The second Ravnica block was structured differently, with two separate big sets that were drafted alone, followed by a third set that kind of tied everything together. Regardless of how well that worked out in the drafting world, it is interesting enough that I wanted to try it in the Battle Box world.

Both Return to Ravnica and Gatecrash are great for Battle Box, with core mechanics that are fun and mostly open-ended. So below are two separate lists for the Return to Ravnica and Gatecrash sets, followed by a 56-card Dragon’s Maze add-on that I recommend using as glue (the hybrid works without it, but some mechanics do need some extra support to work in a bigger Battle Box). You can play either Mini Battle Box separately or throw them all together for a Maxi Mini Box experience. If you play the two sets together, choose one of the land sets to use and set the other land set aside.

Cardlist (115):

Lands (2 sets of 10)

Azorius Guildgate
Golgari Guildgate
Izzet Guildgate
Rakdos Guildgate
Selesnya Guildgate

White (13)
Creatures (6)

Azorius Justiciar
Bazaar Krovod
Fencing Ace
Phantom General
Precinct Captain
Seller of Songbirds

Enchantments (4)

Martial Law
Security Blockade
Soul Tithe

Instants and Sorceries (3)

Avenging Arrow
Swift Justice
Trostani’s Judgment

Blue (7)
Creatures (4)

Faerie Impostor
Hover Barrier
Skyline Predator
Soulsworn Spirit

Instants and Sorceries (3)


Black (8)
Creatures (4)

Dark Revenant
Sewer Shambler
Slum Reaper
Zanikev Locust

Enchantments (1)

Stab Wound

Instants and Sorceries (3)

Assassin’s Strike
Launch Party
Ultimate Price

Red (7)
Creatures (2)

Bloodfray Giant

Enchantments (1)


Instants and Sorceries (4)

Goblin Rally
Street Spasm
Traitorous Instinct

Green (11)
Creatures (5)

Deadbridge Goliath
Gobbling Ooze
Golgari Decoy
Wild Beastmaster

Enchantments (1)

Death’s Presence

Instants and Sorceries (5)

Aerial Predation
Druid’s Deliverance
Giant Growth
Savage Surge
Slime Molding

Multicolor (42)
Creatures (23)

Azor’s Elocutors
Carnival Hellsteed
Centaur Healer
Corpsejack Menace
Cryptborn Horror
Dreg Mangler
Hellhole Flailer
Hypersonic Dragon
Judge’s Familiar
Korozda Guildmage
Lotleth Troll
Loxodon Smiter
Lyev Skyknight
Mercurial Chemister
New Prahv Guildmage
Nivix Guildmage
Rakdos Ragemutt
Rakdos Ringleader
Rix Maadi Guildmage
Skymark Roc
Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice
Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage
Wayfaring Temple

Enchantments (3)

Detention Sphere
Pursuit of Flight
Righteous Authority

Instants and Sorceries (16)

Abrupt Decay
Auger Spree
Azorius Charm
Call of the Conclave
Common Bond
Coursers’ Accord
Dramatic Rescue
Golgari Charm
Izzet Charm
Rakdos Charm
Rites of Reaping
Selesnya Charm
Sundering Growth
Treasured Find

Colorless (7)
Artifact Creatures (1)

Volatile Rig

Artifacts (6)

Azorius Keyrune
Civic Saber
Golgari Keyrune
Izzet Keyrune
Rakdos Keyrune
Selesnya Keyrune

Cardlist (118):

Lands (2 sets of 10)

Boros Guildgate
Dimir Guildgate
Gruul Guildgate
Orzhov Guildgate
Simic Guildgate

White (14)
Creatures (6)

Assault Griffin
Basilica Guards
Boros Elite
Frontline Medic
Guardian of the Gateless
Knight of Obligation

Enchantments (4)

Blind Obedience
Debtor’s Pulpit
Holy Mantle
Murder Investigation

Instants and Sorceries (4)

Aerial Maneuver
Angelic Edict
Righteous Charge

Blue (11)
Creatures (5)

Cloudfin Raptor
Incursion Specialist
Sapphire Drake
Simic Fluxmage
Simic Manipulator

Enchantments (1)


Instants and Sorceries (5)

Rapid Hybridization
Spell Rupture
Stolen Identity

Black (5)
Creatures (3)

Ogre Slumlord
Thrull Parasite
Wight of Precinct Six

Instants and Sorceries (2)

Killing Glare
Undercity Plague

Red (13)
Creatures (7)

Cinder Elemental
Firefist Striker
Hellraiser Goblin
Legion Loyalist
Ripscale Predator
Viashino Shanktail

Enchantments (2)

Five-Alarm Fire
Madcap Skills

Instants and Sorceries (4)

Act of Treason
Mark for Death
Massive Raid

Green (10)
Creatures (5)

Crowned Ceratok
Experiment One
Greenside Watcher
Rust Scarab

Enchantments (1)

Alpha Authority

Instants and Sorceries (4)

Burst of Strength
Miming Slime
Wildwood Rebirth

Multicolor (40)
Creatures (25)

Alms Beast
Boros Reckoner
Burning-Tree Emissary
Cartel Aristocrat
Dinrova Horror
Dutiful Thrull
Elusive Krasis
Fathom Mage
Firemane Avenger
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Gruul Ragebeast
High Priest of Penance
Kingpin’s Pet
Nimbus Swimmer
Ordruun Veteran
Rubblebelt Raiders
Skarrg Guildmage
Skyknight Legionnaire
Treasury Thrull
Truefire Paladin
Vizkopa Confessor
Vizkopa Guildmage
Wojek Halberdiers
Zameck Guildmage
Zhur-Taa Swine

Enchantments (3)

Assemble the Legion
Gift of Orzhova
One Thousand Lashes

Instants and Sorceries (11)

Arrows of Justice
Boros Charm
Call of the Nightwing
Dimir Charm
Executioner’s Swing
Ground Assault
Immortal Servitude
Merciless Eviction
Mystic Genesis
Pit Fight
Simic Charm

Planeswalkers (1)

Domri Rade

Colorless (5)
Artifacts (5)

Boros Keyrune
Dimir Keyrune
Gruul Keyrune
Orzhov Keyrune
Simic Keyrune