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 design each box to fit into one Fat Pack cardbox. This helps to keep each box portable enough to be able to easily play it outside my house.
  • 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.

Project Cardlist (282):

Lands (2 sets of 11)
Cinder Barrens
Meandering River
Submerged Boneyard
Timber Gorge
Tranquil Expanse

White (31)
Creatures (14)
Banisher Priest
Bygone Bishop
Eidolon of Countless Battles
Eldrazi Displacer
Fiend Hunter
Gideon's Lawkeeper
Hanweir Militia Captain
Hidden Dragonslayer
Loam Lion
Paragon of the Amesha
Sanctifier of Souls

Enchantments (5)
Banishing Light
Felidar Umbra
Oblivion Ring
Prison Term
Spirit Mantle

Instants and Sorceries (12)
Awe Strike
Blessed Alliance
Day of Judgment
Feeling of Dread
Immolating Glare
Lingering Souls
Miraculous Recovery
Rally the Peasants
Swords to Plowshares
Timely Reinforcements
Valorous Stance

Blue (35)
Creatures (23)
Aether Adept
Air Servant
Cytoplast Manipulator
Fog Bank
Icefall Regent
Illusory Ambusher
Illusory Angel
Jace's Phantasm
Jeskai Infiltrator
Jhessian Thief
Lantern Spirit
Merfolk Looter
Murder of Crows
Niblis of Frost
Phantom Warrior
Prodigal Sorcerer
Sakashima's Student
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
Stratus Dancer
Tideforce Elemental
Wizard Replica

Enchantments (2)
Military Intelligence
Mind Control

Instants and Sorceries (10)
Clash of Wills
Exert Influence
Into the Void
Reality Shift
Talrand's Invocation
Vapor Snag
Write into Being

Black (39)
Creatures (22)
Bearer of Silence
Blood Artist
Bloodsoaked Champion
Drudge Skeletons
Falkenrath Noble
Fleshbag Marauder
Howling Banshee
Mardu Strike Leader
Morkrut Banshee
Nantuko Husk
Nezumi Graverobber
Reassembling Skeleton
Scavenger Drake
Sengir Vampire
Sifter of Skulls
Stronghold Assassin
Swarm of Bloodflies
Throat Slitter
Vampire Nighthawk
Xathrid Slyblade

Enchantments (4)
Behind the Scenes
Exotic Curse
Vampiric Rites

Instants and Sorceries (13)
Bone Splinters
Corpse Churn
Dark Salvation
Drag Down
Killing Wave
Moan of the Unhallowed
Murderous Compulsion
Necromantic Summons
Tragic Slip
Unburial Rites
Violet Pall

Red (43)
Creatures (23)
Abbot of Keral Keep
Battle Squadron
Dragonsoul Knight
Dualcaster Mage
Eldrazi Obligator
Ember Hauler
Enthralling Victor
Falkenrath Exterminator
Feldon of the Third Path
Flameblade Angel
Flametongue Kavu
Furnace Whelp
Goblin Dark-Dwellers
Grim Lavamancer
Havengul Vampire
Ire Shaman
Kird Ape
Lightning Mauler
Monastery Swiftspear
Ogre Battledriver
Reckless Bushwhacker
Tyrant of Valakut
Wildfire Cerberus

Enchantments (1)
Goblin Bombardment

Instants and Sorceries (19)
Act of Treason
Breath of Darigaaz
Burst Lightning
Dance with Devils
Fiery Conclusion
Grab the Reins
Lightning Bolt
Radiant Flames
Savage Alliance
Soul's Fire
Temur Battle Rage
Tribal Flames

Green (38)
Creatures (26)
Ainok Survivalist
Caller of the Claw
Carnage Wurm
Conclave Naturalists
Deadbridge Goliath
Den Protector
Destructor Dragon
Eternal Witness
Experiment One
Fangren Firstborn
Femeref Archers
Hunting Moa
Kessig Prowler
Pelakka Wurm
Quirion Dryad
Somberwald Alpha
Stingerfling Spider
Sunblade Elf
Tireless Tracker
Ulvenwald Tracker
Vile Redeemer
Wild Nacatl

Enchantments (2)
Elephant Guide

Instants and Sorceries (10)
Beast Attack
Might of Alara
Roar of the Wurm
Ruthless Instincts
Titanic Growth
Vines of Vastwood
Wild Hunger

Multicolor (64)
Creatures (41)
Arctic Aven
Baleful Strix
Baloth Null
Blood Cultist
Bloodbraid Elf
Bounding Krasis
Brion Stoutarm
Brood Butcher
Bull Cerodon
Charging Troll
Cryptborn Horror
Dreg Mangler
Firemane Avenger
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Highspire Mantis
Icefeather Aven
Iroas's Champion
Jhessian Balmgiver
Jori En, Ruin Diver
Kingpin's Pet
Kiora's Follower
Kitchen Finks
Lightning Angel
Lotleth Troll
Marchesa's Smuggler
Mistmeadow Witch
Mystic Snake
Nightfire Giant
Nimbus Swimmer
Possessed Skaab
Qasali Pridemage
Rakdos Ickspitter
Rubblebelt Raiders
Sprouting Thrinax
Stormchaser Mage
Stun Sniper
Swift Warkite
Thunderclap Wyvern
Tower Gargoyle
Treasury Thrull
Trygon Predator

Artifacts (1)
Behemoth Sledge

Enchantments (3)
Abzan Ascendancy
Fires of Yavimaya
Temur Ascendancy

Instants and Sorceries (19)
Bant Charm
Boros Charm
Cankerous Thirst
Destructive Revelry
Gerrard's Command
Grixis Charm
Mardu Charm
Naya Charm
Ride Down
Selesnya Charm
Spontaneous Combustion
Sultai Charm
Torrent of Souls
Trap Essence
Warleader's Helix
Zealous Persecution

Colorless (10)
Creatures (2)
Deceiver of Form
Matter Reshaper

Artifact Creatures (1)
Perilous Myr

Artifacts (6)
Mimic Vat
Puppet Strings
Scroll of the Masters
Sword of Vengeance
Whispersilk Cloak

Instants and Sorceries (1)
Spatial Contortion