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10.18.2012

B/W Tokens

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Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

For today's Magic the Gathering article we wanted to provide you a current list of what our black / white (B/W) Tokens build in order to brainstorm a possible evolution of this into the new standard.  The new coolness for token strategies to live in is decidedly in Green / White Selesnya and populating tokens with stronger bodies.  Perhaps the saving grace here is that there with the exception of Precinct Captain or Ash Zealot, there are few choices for a First Strike creature which makes the lifelink / death touch ability on Vault of the Archangel just a bit more valuable.

Anywhoos, this is or rather was a decent strategy but we feel that it may be the end of the road without a mjor overhaul in order to be competitive with the local meta-game.  We may retire it to the kitchen table or let it chill on the shelf until we see what lovely Orzhov cards we get in the next set, Gatecrash.  We already have made several purchases at MTG Mint Card to this end but first wanted your judgement on whether to Pump It or Dump It, along with your sage opinions.

Here's the decklist  . . .

37 Spells -

4x Tragic Slip
4x Doomed Traveller
4x Gather the Townsfolk
4x Intangible Virtue
4x Lingering Souls
3x Midnight Haunting
3x Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
3x Oblivion Ring
3x Angel of Jubilation
2x Entreat the Angels
3x Increasing Devotion

23 Lands -
11x Plains
5x Swamp
4x Isolated Chapel
3x Vault of the Archangel
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The most obvious hinderance at the moment is of course the loss of Honor of the Pure with the standard rotation.  To this end, we now have Angel of Jubilation, which will pump all our non-black critters on the game table.  The build was already a titch bi-polar with Honor as it did not do anything for Sorin's vampire tokens so there really is not much change here other than the extra mana now needed on a card now suspectible to spot removal.  This also means that Altar's Reap in our sideboard is less valuable should we stall out mid game and need some card draw.

Tragic Slip and Oblivion Ring are still relevant in today's new standard constructed but may not be as well suited against the new midrange aggro builds.  Most players we know playing / splashing red are using this for Pillar of Flame or Searing Spear which hints at what the new standard decks need to defend against - Zombie builds.

We can only say that the only card in the above list we feel very, very good about in any build going forward is Entreat the Angels.  The last few games we've had on the kitchen table, this was a saving or butts more often than not.

Drop us a line -
Should we retire this now and persue another build or can we save the core list with some amendments ?
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