Sean’s Boros dilemma

So, here’s a cool way to ask for advice about your deck:

Over on twitter yesterday, Sean asked for advice about his current Boros build, and posted a link to the video above. I’m about to head out to a PTQ, but I had a chance to watch the video, scribble some notes, and offer my thoughts about the deck.
If you haven’t watched the video yet, you probably should, or the notes won’t make much sense.
Click through to the extended entry for the notes.

Sean asked two major questions, centering on some ETBT lands he’s currently running and on the value of Squadron Hawks. I’ll talk about those first, then add in a couple other remarks on the end.
What should the three lands be?
Sean currently has two copies of Teetering Peaks and a single Terramorphic Expanse. As he notes, some players out there don’t like anything that enters the battlefield tapped for this deck. I’m certainly not in that camp, but I would go ahead and cut that Terramorphic. The deck only has eight landfall creatures and it already has a giant pile of fetches, as well as Kor Skyfisher to power out some bonus landfall.
However, I am a fan of the Peaks. Looking at the list I’ve been using in my gauntlet for the past week, I see it only has the one copy of Peaks, but I’d be happy to run the two that Sean has. Peaks is occasionally a tempo issue, but is far more often pure bonus damage – and bonus damage that doesn’t require that the creature in question have landfall.
So I’d swap that Terramorphic out for a Mountain or Plains, but keep running the double Peaks.
Skyfisher versus Squadrown Hawks?
My gauntlet Boros deck of choice actually runs four of each. They’re both powerful and serve the deck’s needs well. Squadron Hawk in particular helps with the issue Sean mentions concerning mulligans. It lets you mulligan far more aggressively, because hitting a single Hawk reloads you with action. I had an aggro opponent nearly recover from a mulligan to three on the play courtesy of a topdecked Squadron Hawk.
My preference would be to have four Hawks and as many Skyfishers as you can fit, although they might need to start in the sideboard given the metagame-appropriate maindecking of Sparkmage and Collar. If I had to start cutting to make room, I’d get rid of the Spikeshot Elders, as they are very mana intensive and only sometimes useful.
Other thoughts
Given that both Mark of Mutiny and Goblin Ruinblaster appear in the sideboard, I’m curious about what the total sideboarding plan looks like for control and ramp matchups. In general, I want Mark and Ruinblaster for basically the same matchups…but I’m uncertain if the deck needs Ruinblaster there. It’s possible that the Ruinblasters should be swapped out to make room in the sideboard for some Skyfishers…which could then be swapped in for those Sparkmages when that much removal isn’t needed.
On that note, I really like the inclusion of those maindeck Sparkmages. People should build to suit the tournaments they’re actually attending, and if creatures are a big problem in your specific metagame, then by all means, maindeck those Sparkmages.
The single Sword of Body and Mind is definitely a good idea. It can just win games against Jace decks, and makes your Steppe Lynxes useful even in the absence of landfall.
I’m not a fan of Revoke Existence here. Especially since Revoke is a sorcery, my preference in this role would be something like Kor Sanctifiers – a solution card that still serves your primary (and in this case, quite literal) line of attack.
Anyway, those were my thoughts on Sean’s build. I really like this proactive approach, and it’s certainly more interesting than reading about someone’s deck on a random forum.

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