W/U Tokens by huetti on MtGO
Ixalan Standard is shaping up quite nicely, with a number of decks posting up good results on MtGO. While the World Championship may have made the format seem like a glorified rock-paper-scissors game, results from Nationals across the world as well as MtGO have indicated that there are several unique dark horses that can become contenders in the format. One such deck is Tokens, which is primarily Esper or Abzan, but we’re featuring a unique W/U version today.
Like the other versions, this deck is built around Anointed Procession. The 4 mana enchantment takes the already decent token producers in the deck and makes each of them into fantastic cards. When combined with Embalm or Eternalize creatures, the value is undeniable, and has spawned archetypes on its own, like this one. Unlike Abzan or Esper Tokens, this deck is interested in cards whose main function is token production, like Servo Exhibition, which clogs the board well in this go-long strategy.
Anointer Priest is a classic inclusion in this style of deck, as it allows this deck to very easily claw its way back into the game and gum the board up for little to no investment. It’s also a very good blocker in the context of this format, where Ramunap Red is still a big part of the metagame. Champion of Wits, on the other hand, allows this deck to filter through cards in the early game, and be very card advantageous, drowning the opponent in card advantage in the late game. It’s proven to be a valuable card in Standard in multiple decks in Standard, and it’s one of the main draws to add blue to your Tokens deck.
Sacred Cat acts as another Embalm creature that is well-positioned in the format. Legion’s Landing has been seeing an impressive amount of play since it was printed, and for good reason. It’s a 1/1 for 1 mana on its front side, but flipping it is easy and it becomes an extremely value-driven land on its backside, making an endless stream of tokens. Search for Azcanta has been almost exclusively played in Control decks, but it could find a home here. 22 of the 60 mainboard cards can be found with Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin, and reaching 7 cards in the graveyard is no big deal for this deck.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
This is day 296 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 295 here, where we featured one of the most dominant Standard decks in the last few years adopted for the new format.
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