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 (323):

Lands (2 sets of 11)

Forest
Island
Mountain
Plains
Swamp
Cinder Barrens
Meandering River
Submerged Boneyard
Timber Gorge
Tranquil Expanse
Wastes

White (40)
Creatures (18)

Aerial Responder
Aetherstorm Roc
Banisher Priest
Bishop of Rebirth
Bygone Bishop
Dauntless Bodyguard
Eidolon of Countless Battles
Eldrazi Displacer
Fiend Hunter
Flickerwisp
Gideon’s Lawkeeper
Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader
Hidden Dragonslayer
Loam Lion
Oketra’s Attendant
Paragon of the Amesha
Stonecloaker
Topplegeist

Enchantments (8)

Banishing Light
Cartouche of Solidarity
Cast Out
Felidar Umbra
Oblivion Ring
Prison Term
Spirit Mantle
Triumph of Gerrard

Instants and Sorceries (14)

Blessed Alliance
Day of Judgment
Djeru’s Renunciation
Feeling of Dread
Immolating Glare
Lingering Souls
Miraculous Recovery
Rally the Peasants
Reprisal
Slaughter the Strong
Start – Finish
Swords to Plowshares
Timely Reinforcements
Valorous Stance

Blue (40)
Creatures (26)

Aether Adept
Aetherplasm
Air Servant
Clone
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
Nimble Obstructionist
Phantom Warrior
Riddlemaster Sphinx
Sakashima’s Student
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
Stratus Dancer
Stunt Double
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive
Tideforce Elemental
Wizard Replica

Enchantments (3)

Cartouche of Knowledge
Military Intelligence
Mind Control

Instants and Sorceries (11)

Cancel
Clash of Wills
Desertion
Exert Influence
Fumble
Hydroblast
Insidious Will
Reality Shift
Talrand’s Invocation
Vapor Snag
Write into Being

Black (39)
Creatures (22)

Bearer of Silence
Blood Artist
Bloodsoaked Champion
Demon of Catastrophes
Falkenrath Noble
Fleshbag Marauder
Fleshformer
Howling Banshee
Josu Vess, Lich Knight
Mardu Strike Leader
Morkrut Banshee
Nantuko Husk
Nekrataal
Nezumi Graverobber
Reassembling Skeleton
Scavenger Drake
Sengir Vampire
Sifter of Skulls
Stronghold Assassin
Swarm of Bloodflies
Throat Slitter
Vampire Nighthawk

Enchantments (5)

Exotic Curse
Inner Demon
Rite of Belzenlok
Triskaidekaphobia
Vampiric Rites

Instants and Sorceries (12)

Bone Splinters
Dark Salvation
Doomfall
Drag Down
Killing Wave
Moan of the Unhallowed
Murderous Compulsion
Necromantic Summons
Tragic Slip
Victimize
Violet Pall
Zombify

Red (53)
Creatures (27)

Abbot of Keral Keep
Ahn-Crop Crasher
Charging Monstrosaur
Cheering Fanatic
Demanding Dragon
Dire Fleet Daredevil
Dismissive Pyromancer
Dragonsoul Knight
Dualcaster Mage
Earthshaker Khenra
Eldrazi Obligator
Ember Hauler
Enthralling Victor
Falkenrath Exterminator
Feldon of the Third Path
Flameblade Angel
Flametongue Kavu
Grim Lavamancer
Kird Ape
Legion Warboss
Lightning Mauler
Monastery Swiftspear
Ogre Battledriver
Reckless Bushwhacker
Tyrant of Valakut
Verix Bladewing
Wildfire Cerberus

Enchantments (2)

Goblin Bombardment
Vance’s Blasting Cannons / Spitfire Bastion

Instants and Sorceries (23)

Act of Treason
Arcbond
Breath of Darigaaz
Burst Lightning
Crash Through
Dance with Devils
Earthquake
Fiery Conclusion
Fight with Fire
Geistblast
Grab the Reins
Lightning Bolt
Mutiny
Outnumber
Pyroblast
Pyroclasm
Pyrotechnics
Radiant Flames
Savage Alliance
Soul’s Fire
Sweltering Suns
Temur Battle Rage
Tribal Flames

Planeswalkers (1)

Chandra, Pyrogenius

Green (40)
Creatures (28)

Ainok Survivalist
Atzocan Archer
Briarhorn
Caller of the Claw
Carnage Wurm
Conclave Naturalists
Deadbridge Goliath
Den Protector
Destructor Dragon
Eternal Witness
Experiment One
Fangren Firstborn
Femeref Archers
Gamekeeper
Hunting Moa
Kessig Prowler / Sinuous Predator
Lumberknot
Pelakka Wurm
Quirion Dryad
Somberwald Alpha
Stingerfling Spider
Sunblade Elf
Thicket Elemental
Tireless Tracker
Ulvenwald Tracker
Vile Redeemer
Werebear
Wild Nacatl

Enchantments (2)

Elephant Guide
Rancor

Instants and Sorceries (10)

Beast Attack
Berserk
Might of Alara
Nature’s Way
Recollect
Regrowth
Roar of the Wurm
Ruthless Instincts
Titanic Growth
Windstorm

Multicolor (78)
Creatures (46)

Arctic Aven
Baleful Strix
Baloth Null
Blood Cultist
Bloodbraid Elf
Bounding Krasis
Brion Stoutarm
Brood Butcher
Bull Cerodon
Charging Troll
Charnel 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
Obelisk Spider
Possessed Skaab
Protean Raider
Qasali Pridemage
Rubblebelt Raiders
Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy
Sky Terror
Sprouting Thrinax
Stormchaser Mage
Stun Sniper
Swift Warkite
Thunderclap Wyvern
Tower Gargoyle
Treasury Thrull
Trygon Predator
Voltaic Brawler

Enchantments (4)

Abzan Ascendancy
Behind the Scenes
Fires of Yavimaya
Temur Ascendancy

Instants and Sorceries (26)

Artifact Mutation
Bant Charm
Boros Charm
Call to the Feast
Cankerous Thirst
Chance for Glory
Destructive Revelry
Firespout
Gerrard’s Command
Grixis Charm
Integrity / Intervention
Mardu Charm
Naya Charm
Prepare – Fight
Ride Down
Selesnya Charm
Spontaneous Combustion
Sultai Charm
Terminate
Torrent of Souls
Trap Essence
Unburial Rites
Vindicate
Warleader’s Helix
Wild Hunger
Zealous Persecution

Planeswalkers (1)

Huatli, Warrior Poet

Artifacts (1)

Behemoth Sledge

Colorless (16)
Creatures (4)

Chamber Sentry
Deceiver of Form
Filigree Familiar
Perilous Myr

Artifacts (11)

Bloodforged Battle-Axe
Bomat Bazaar Barge
Fireshrieker
Fleetwheel Cruiser
Forebear’s Blade
Mimic Vat
Puppet Strings
Scroll of the Masters
Smuggler’s Copter
Sword of Vengeance
Whispersilk Cloak

Lands (1)

Contested War Zone