B/W Tokens by hyphon68450 on MtGO

Creatures (11)
3 Anointer Priest
4 Sacred Cat
4 Thraben Inspector

Non-Creature Spells (24)
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
3 Fumigate
2 Lay Bare the Heart
1 Start // Finish
4 Fatal Push
3 Anointed Procession
2 Cast Out
4 Hidden Stockpile
1 Vampiric Rites

Lands (25)
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Evolving Wilds
7 Plains
3 Shambling Vent
5 Swamp
2 Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
1 Anointer Priest
1 Fumigate
1 Start // Finish
1 Vampiric Rites
1 Declaration in Stone
2 Fragmentize
1 Liliana, Death’s Majesty
3 Lost Legacy
4 Transgress the Mind

Summary

While the very impactful banning of Aetherworks Marvel hasn’t been put into effect yet, many players on MtGO as well as real life are looking for new decks that have become better positioned with the banning of the 4 mana legendary artifact. At Pro Tour Amonkhet, noted brewer Sam Black brought Abzan Tokens to the table, a deck that used underpowered enchantments to grind the opponent out in the long game, putting a choke-hold on the opponent over many turns. Today we’re featuring a similar deck, but one that forgoes the green entirely for a more consistent mana base.

The aforementioned enchantments are Anointed Procession and Hidden Stockpile. Anointed Procession combos especially well with Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and the deck’s embalm creatures, as essentially cloning a creature when it embalms is great value. It’s a great enchantment to have in play and grind out value with for many turns, but it’s not as important to the deck as Hidden Stockpile. The Aether Revolt uncommon lets you make extra tokens as well as filtering through cards, which allows you to find more copies of either enchantment or a powerful token producer.

All three creatures in this deck produce a token in one way or another. Thraben Inspector‘s token isn’t a creature, but drawing an extra card(s) is very valuable, and turns the 1/2 into a happy draw almost every time you see it. Anointer Priest and Sacred Cat create a token when they are embalmed. With Anointed Procession in play, it doubles the amount of embalm tokens, meaning you’re usually very happy to see these creatures die in one way or another since it enables you to bring them back even better. Anointer Priest is especially important to this deck, as the life gain from one or more in the long run will put the game far out of the hands of the opponent, giving this deck significant time to win the game.

For removal spells, this deck relies on Fatal Push as a good early game option (it also frequently has revolt turned on from Hidden Stockpile) and Cast Out, which is expensive but a catch-all answer to the format. Surprisingly, this deck plays 3 copies of Fumigate, which is a card generally accepted to be good against this style of deck. However, an early game Fumigate before this deck gets its full engine online is an excellent way of catching up if you’re getting hit with small creatures from various decks in the format.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Start // Finish

+1 Anointer Priest

Sideboard

-1 Anointer Priest

-1 Start // Finish

-3 Lost Legacy

+1 Declaration in Stone

+2 Grasp of Darkness

+1 Fragmentize

+1 Liliana, Death’s Majesty

This is day 166 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 165 here, where we featured a Modern combo deck that plays 4 colors and a toolbox package.

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