W/G Tokens by jiggyjay on MtGO
4 Adanto Vanguard
4 Adorned Pouncer
2 Kinjalli’s Sunwing
3 Merfolk Branchwalker
1 Narnam Renegade
2 Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter
4 Resilient Khenra
1 Rhonas the Indomitable
3 Sacred Cat
Pro Tour Ixalan is underway, with day 2 draft underway as this article gets published. The Standard metagame so far has been dominated by Temur Energy variants, with some aggressive decks mixed in. Meanwhile on MtGO, the format continues to develop, with several new decks popping up constantly, including the deck we’re featuring today, which aims to go wide and hit the opponent for massive amounts of damage.
Primarily, this deck wants to play several cheaper creatures to the board and go wide, although not necessarily through bursts of tokens. At one mana, this deck has several impactful plays. Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter is a mediocre threat itself, but when left alone it has the ability to completely take over a game. Sacred Cat is well positioned in this format, with several aggressive archetypes and X/1 creatures flying about. Lastly, Legion’s Landing has proven itself as a premier 1 mana option in this format, as the 1/1 lifelink on the front side is well-sized and the ability to produce tokens turn after turn on the back side is great.
Adanto Vanguard could potentially be the breakout card at Pro Tour Ixalan, and for good reason. A 3/1 attacker that can give itself indestructible is arguably the strongest thing to be doing in the format at this mana cost. Adorned Pouncer is significantly more impactful when Eternalized, but it fits well with this deck’s “go wide and pump” strategy. It combines particularly well with Resilient Khenra, which is a very important card for this strategy. It pumps this deck’s early plays to let it get through more damage and threatens lethal turn after turn if it’s in the graveyard.
Appeal // Authority is the real draw to this archetype. Since this deck very easily dumps its hand on the table, being able to pump a creature for X in this case spells game over a lot of the time, especially when combined with Authority, which has the ability to get the last points of damage needed to get the win. Lastly, Shefet Dunes is an important land for this deck, as it offers an important and impactful play in the late game, pushing through damage and rewarding this deck for getting its hand on the table as quickly as possible.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
+1 Sacred Cat
-2 Saving Grace
This is day 308 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 307 here, where we featured a Legacy Delver deck that looks to strip its opponent’s hand and hit hard.
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