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Mardu Tokens

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

We hope you've had a most excellent weekend.  This weekend also was the very first weekend where the latest Magic: the Gathering set, Khans of Tarkir was legal to play.  With Khans, Ravnica block rotates out of standard and with it about half the darn cards in most of our decklists.  For our first Friday Night Magic event at OMG! Games here in Barrie, Ontario we quickly scrapped together a very rough black / white list featuring the new Khans of Tarkir warriors which mirrored very closely the Event Deck (linky here). Rather funny match we had with our buddy Simon who happens to be in a middle of a move (card collection already packed away) and had played the event deck - mirror match silliness.

Anywhoos, we suggest you pop on over to Gathering Magic where Nick Vigabool summarizes the top 32 decks from the very first standard tournaments - StarCity Games Open Edison and Indianapolis.  Most of the players we've been yattering to had thought that Abzan Midrange would be one of the first 'popular' decklists out of the starting gates and they were right.  This build looks good and features the Abzan coloured (w/b/g) Siege Rhino - kinda the new Loxodon Smiter on the block.
What we really wanted to cover off is a decklist which quite a few other players are talking about - Mardu Tokens.  We suggest you pop on over to TCG Player where our fav pro player Craig Wescoe gives the low-down.  We know that Rabble Red was already a popular deck before the new format and we think that if you liked that build, you'll likely love this one.  We also think quite a few other players liked the build which lead into quite a demand (price) for some of the key cards . . .

We rather like the idea of this strategy 

• Drop a bunch of tokens with Raise the Alarm, Hordeling Outburst, Brimaz, Goblin Rabblemaster (and Mardu Charm which can also serve you well against Courser of Khrupix). 

• Get those dudes pumped with Sorin and Dictate of Heliod.

• Keep pinging with Purphoros with all those tokens coming on line as well as Stoke the Flames

• Final rinse with Butcher of the Horde who will be more than happy to eat your extra tokens to land serious damage.

We definitely want to game with this build - just one problem - we still don't have any Goblin Rabblemaster and need to pick this up from MTG Mint Card.

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