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Boros Reckoner
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 Boros Reckoner
- Gatecrash

Reviewed April 12, 2013

Constructed: 4.40
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.13

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Boros Reckoner

You're not blocking it. Not well, anyway. If you've blocked with a 4/4, yeah, you'll kill it, but you'll either lose your 3/4 or you'll lose another 4-toughness creature or you'll take more damage than you would have if you'd just blocked. Chump blocking this really is for chumps. And killing it? Well, if you use burn, you're handing its controller a free copy of your burn spell and letting him point it wherever he wants. Ultimate Price can't kill it. Executioner's Swing can, but you have to let it deal damage first. Killing Glare and Grisly Spectacle are probably your best in-set choices.

If you don't have one of those cards in hand when this thing swings at you? You're taking three, my friend. This creature really just can't be blocked without you handing your opponent a removal spell.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Boros Reckoner

I'm a big fan of the design tropes that make up Boros Reckoner, and he seems to basically pick himself for any Standard deck that can cast him. For all that big expensive creatures seem to have been pushed, there are surprisingly few creatures in recent sets that can actually fight the Reckoner and live to tell the tale. In older formats, though, you can do the infinite life combo with Azorius Charm and Boros Charm just as easily with Spitemare. Nothing against minotaurs; I just like the idea of a horse made of freedom.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Boros Reckoner which is a three mana Red or White 3/3 that deals damage to target creature or player whenever it receives damage and for one Red or White gains First Strike until end of turn.  In Red/White or a mono of either of those colors this is an efficient and effective card that can easily force two for one trades, combo with mass damage, or be a general threat to an opponent's battlefield arrangement.  The two effects don't often mesh well, but offer flexibility for different situations.  Overall this is a very strong card in the right build, as it is not suited to decks with much in other colors, and will be a popular card for quite some time.
In Limited this is excellent for Boros as a three mana 3/3 alone, add in the effects and you have an easy first pick and automatic inclusion for Sealed.  Orzhov and Gruul lose a bit of the value by needing three of the same mana sources in play to cast this, but hate drafting it is probably a good idea.  The impact this can have on an opponent's offensive or defensive choices can be major and whether taking damage to deal damage or using First Strike this is a serious threat for the cost.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


       Welcome back to Pojo.com's card of the day section. We are closing out our week with a card the needs no introduction, Boros Reckoner. Boros Reckoner is a rare hybrid red/white creature minotaur wizard that costs three hybrid red or white mana for a 3/3. You may pay a hybrid red/white mana to grant Boros Reckoner first strike until end of turn. Boros Reckoner says whenever it is dealt damage, you may deal that much damage to target creature or player. 

    Honestly, who doesn't know about the Boros Reckoner, and how amazingly broken it truly is? I'm sure you all know the Charm infinite life combo, and how easy kills are earned with a Blasphemous Act. So there really isn't much to say. A great card that is being fully exploited in a number of decks simply due to how versatile it is. 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5

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