Mardu Tokens by u_mad_bro on MtGO

Creatures (21)
4 Bomat Courier
2 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Inventor’s Apprentice
3 Pia Nalaar
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Toolcraft Exemplar

Non-Creature Spells (17)
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Servo Exhibition
3 Cartouche of Solidarity
4 Legion’s Landing
4 Trial of Solidarity

Lands (22)
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Inspiring Vantage
3 Mountain
3 Ramunap Ruins
4 Shefet Dunes
4 Spire of Industry

Sideboard (15)
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Abrade
2 Chandra’s Defeat
4 Duress
2 Fragmentize
1 Lay Bare the Heart

Summary

Ixalan has had a very limited impact on Standard thus far, with many of the more individually powerful cards seeing some play, but not enough to change the makeup of the format and bring many new decks into the fold. The deck we’re featuring today is Mardu Tokens, which looks to go wide on the opponent and crash for loads of damage.

Primarily, this deck wants to get very aggressive, and that starts on turn 1. Toolcraft Exemplar and Bomat Courier play well with each other, but haven’t yet seen a ton of play together. Toolcraft Exemplar is nearly always a 3/2 attacker for 1 mana in this deck, while Bomat Courier offers a decent amount of chip damage in addition to a burst of cards when needed later in the game. Inventor’s Apprentice, like Exemplar, is very frequently a 2/3 for 1 mana in this deck, attacking well with the ability to play defense. Additionally, this deck plays Ixalan’s Legion’s Landing as another 1 mana creature that becomes a powerful, resilient token maker as the game goes on.

At 2 mana, this deck plays the full playset of 2 artifact creatures, Scrapheap Scrounger and Servo Exhibition. Scrapheap Scrounger has proven itself as one of the most powerful attackers in the format, as it can be brought back from the graveyard over and over again, making life hard for control decks. Servo Exhibition doesn’t quite have the same damage output as Scrounger, but it makes 2 artifact tokens, which help the artifact-matters cards as well as the cards that want you to go wide.

The real payoff in this deck for going wide is Trial of Solidarity. The 3 mana enchantment adds an incredible amount of burst damage to the board when played. It gets even better in this deck thanks to Cartouche of Solidarity, which is already a decent option thanks to the 1 mana aura’s ability to help push through damage turn after turn. This combination threatens to significantly grow the damage presented on board twice, which is certainly worth the mana cost of the two cards.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Pia Nalaar

+1 Cartouche of Solidarity

Sideboard

-1 Lay Bare the Heart

+1 Doomfall

This is day 288 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 287 here, where we featured a Standard control deck that looks to ramp its mana and control the board.

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