Posted: March 29, 2018
The first non-budget deck we decided to cover is a uW Token deck that’s been showing up a lot on the ladder in the past 48 hours. The incredible stickiness and resilience of its creatures makes this deck a nightmare to deal with as a control deck, and it’s life gain and early, reusable and very much dispandable blockers are hard for aggro decks to push through.
|Deck: uW Tokens|
|2||Field of Ruin||4||Anointed Procession||4||Adorned Pouncer|
|4||Glacial Fortress||4||Ixalan's Binding||1||Angel of Sanctions|
|2||Hostile Desert||3||Legion's Landing||4||Anointer Priest|
|4||Irrigated Farmland||4||Champion of Wits|
|2||Shefet Dunes||2||Vizier of Many Faces|
|3||Vizier of the Anointed|
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While this deck is far from being easy to craft, here is a budget, mono-white version that is much more affordable and will put you as close to the uW version as it gets.
|Deck: Budget W Tokens|
|1||Field of Ruin||4||Anointed Procession||4||Adorned Pouncer|
|21||Plains||4||Ixalan's Binding||1||Angel of Sanctions|
|3||Shefet Dunes||1||Legion's Landing||4||Anointer Priest|
|4||Pride of Conquerors||2||Regal Caracal|
|4||Queen's Commission||4||Sacred Cat|
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It might seem redundant at the first glance, but blue offers a lot to this deck. Vizier of the Anointed himself provides two important things lacking in the Budget version; hand refill and tutoring. Albeit the decklist provided in the article serves as a canvas to adjust depending on the meta we’re facing and can be tuned to fare better against Control (Search for Azcanta, Negate…) or aggro. Vizier of many faces can cop any other unit on the board, and it synergizes with Anointed Procession (i.e. with a single Procession on the board, using its embalm ability on an eternalized champion of wit will net us with four 4/4 bodies and 8 card draw (further filling our graveyard with embalm/eternalize creatures in the process).
If our aggro matchups are more or less a walk in the park, UB control deck can be a tad more complicated. Between multiple board wipes, ways to exile our creatures and counterspells for our Procession, we can sometimes see our games taking much longer than we’d feel comfortable to. Field of Ruins is an excellent support card that denies our opponents card advantage if they successfully transform Search for Azcanta, or ascend with Arc of Orazca. Resolving Ixalan’s Binding on any of the opponent’s units will normally lock them out of playing 2nd or third copy for the rest of the game, and our Champions of Wit will help us keep our hand full Angel of Sanctions serves a similar purpose, except it further synergises with Anointed Procession and can swing games without giving our opponent a chance to counter it.
Rare: 4x Anointed Procession > 1x Legion’s Landing > 2 Champion of Wits > 2 Adorned Pouncer > 2 Champion of Wits > Lands > 2 Adorned Pouncer
The uncommons and commons should be easy to craft.
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