W/B Tokens by theivanhoe on MtGO

Creatures (0)

Non-Creature Spells (36)
2 Liliana of the Veil
3 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
2 Collective Brutality
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lingering Souls
3 Spectral Procession
2 Start // Finish
3 Thoughtseize
2 Blessed Alliance
4 Path to Exile
3 Bitterblossom
4 Intangible Virtue

Lands (24)
4 Concealed Courtyard
1 Flooded Strand
4 Ghost Quarter
2 Godless Shrine
4 Marsh Flats
2 Plains
1 Polluted Delta
3 Shambling Vent
2 Swamp
1 Vault of the Archangel

Sideboard (15)
1 Anguished Unmaking
2 Auriok Champion
1 Basilisk Collar
2 Damnation
1 Fatal Push
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Rest in Peace
3 Stony Silence
2 Surgical Extraction

Summary

When Jund and other B/G/x strategies were widely played and considered the best deck in Modern, many players turned to W/B Tokens as a way of grinding out small advantages over many turns to bury its opponents. The deck certainly had many weaknesses, but metagame shifts have made W/B Tokens a more viable option than it was previously.

While the deck doesn’t play any cards with the creature type, it has several token makers, each of which makes multiple creatures, gaining value when it forces the opponent to use a removal spell on a token. Lingering Souls, Spectral Procession, and Bitterblossom are the dedicated token makers in this deck. Lingering Souls gets 4 creatures from one card, Spectral Procession gets 3, and the previously banned Bitterblossom gets one per turn, but can be less than effective against the format’s fast decks.

Sorin, Solemn Visitor and Start // Finish also make tokens, although its not their only function. Sorin acts as a token maker and pump effect, frequently gaining an insurmountable amount of life when enough creatures are in play. Start // Finish is the most recent addition to this deck, and a very exciting one at that. On the front end, it’s an efficient token maker, and on the back side it’s an unconditional removal spell, gaining plenty of value from one card.

To attack the opponent’s hand, this deck plays Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, and Collective Brutality. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, but Collective Brutality is specifically valuable in this deck, as Lingering Souls and Start // Finish are both good discard options. Liliana of the Veil is used both as a means of lowering the opponent’s number of available cards and dealing with opposing creatures.

For the latter, this deck also plays Blessed Alliance (which has seen a spike in play thanks to Death’s Shadow) and Path to Exile, the most efficient removal spell the format has to offer. To tie it all together, Intangible Virtue makes each token a sizable threat that must be dealt with, frequently forcing the opponent to either put themselves at a serious card disadvantage or lost the game.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Sorin, Solemn Visitor

+1 Start // Finish

Sideboard

-1 Basilisk Collar

-1 Liliana, the Last Hope

+2 Fatal Push

This is day 177 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 176 here, where we featured an innovative U/R Legacy deck that’s centered around a certain Amonkhet mythic…

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