Ajani's Armed Forces

Modern Aggro Combo Counters GW (Selesnya) Tokens

pheonix_222 Score: 22



Based on elspeths-army and wabbit-season-1

Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch mana dorks to ramp with.

Auriok Champion provides lifegain when generating tokens. Can block Goblin Guide and other noteworthy threats, hard to destroy with kill spells. Protects against splinter-twin decks.

Rhys the Redeemed can come out early and start generating elf tokens. Once you can start using his second ability is where it starts to get really fun.

Awakening Zone starts giving you tokens which can be used to ramp into your expencive spells.

Lingering Souls - More tokens, splashing black to get the full use.

Mycoloth - Eat your tokens and mana dorks and this guy becomes something to deal with. Easily out of burn range you can often get big enough to take them down with just this guy never mind the tokens he generates.

Primordial Hydra - Invest a little into this guy and he gets monstrous quick

Elspeth Tirel - Triple threat, ridiculous amounts of life gain, Token generation and a board wipe which will leave me with a serious advantage if I need it.

Ajani, Caller of the Pride - This guy seems like he was made for this deck. Definitely a finisher. His ultimate can easily give me 15-40 2/2 tokens and has good synergy with Elspeth Tirel. Even late game upon a draw, his -3 can easily win me a game with a Primordial Hydra or Mycoloth on the field.

Doubling Season - The card this deck is waiting to exploit, the game changes significantly once you have one of these on the field. Doubling any tokens you generate and doubling counters put on permanents. With one of these on the field planeswalkers enter with double loyalty, 2 on the field and everything is quadrupled. Primordial Hydra enters with twice as much you payed for him, and triples during your upkeep. Mycoloth enters with twice as many counters as it's supposed to, and generates twice as many tokens! This card also effects Gavony Township which becomes game winning with a few tokens on the field.

Cathars' Crusade - I don't really know when this card would be useful. say all you had on the field was this and a Doubling Season. You cast Elspeth Tirel and immediately using her -2 giving you 3... no wait 6 1/1 tokens. Then Cathars' Crusade ability triggers 6 times giving each of your tokens +6... no wait +12/+12!! Never mind if you had a Mycoloth generating 16 tokens a turn, or Adjani's ultimate generating tokens equal to double your life total!


Fixed land base to include fetches and shocks to find what I want.

Removed 2x Druids' Repository for 2x Idyllic Tutor, going to try that out.


linkizzl says... #2

June 23, 2012 12:22 a.m.

pheonix_222 says... #3

I definitely considered Mikaeus, the Lunarch because of how cheap he can be to cast. But in most cases I just saved him until I had a Doubling Season out to make the most of him. He was pushed out to make room for more token generation like Awakening Zone . Gavony Township does what he does at a bit higher cost, but is only used late game when I have enough of a board presence and a Doubling Season for it to be worth it. card:Cathars' Crusade also does what Mikaeus, the Lunarch does, except it's totally explosive and tutorable.

June 23, 2012 3:25 a.m.

DarianDDS says... #4

Doubling Season also doubles the amount of starting loyalty for a planeswalker. that way Elspeth Tirel instantly becomes a board wipe. doubling season is broke as crap.

June 26, 2012 2:08 a.m.

pheonix_222 says... #5

I think that's the main reason they didn't want to reprint it outright and we got Parallel Lives instead.

If you think Doubling Season makes Elspeth Tirel broke, Just wait till Ajani Caller of the Pride comes out. This deck is going to get even more stupid.

June 26, 2012 12:02 p.m.

I dig the combos and synergy!!! If you could speed it up a turn or two with more ramp. take out some of the 1x ofs to make it more consistent, the Mycoloth would stomp, bro! Craterhoof Behemoth would be an AWESOME finisher!!!! He'd do well as a 1x of.

I playtested this against deck:please-beat-this-deck. It did well, but my deck is a turn faster at a consistent turn 5 win. I do like the token decks!!!!

+1 keep tweaking!

June 28, 2012 12:42 a.m.

I know I said to take out the 1x ofs and add a 1x of... lol. As a creature, a 1x isn't so bad. Especially w/ the CMC. While stuff like card:Cathars' Crusade and Entreat the Angels are good, there are cards in Modern that are better, such as Nest Invader or even Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip , should you ever choose to go Naya. Either way, more copies of cards equals greater consistency.

June 28, 2012 12:46 a.m.

pheonix_222 says... #8

I think the numbers are fine where they are, to be honest.Anything that is less than 3 is that way because I don't want any more than 1 of them a game really.

card:Cathars' Crusade was made for this deck I find, I'm considering adding another.

Once Ajani, Caller of the Pride comes out I'm going to do a lot of testing with him, If he's as great for this deck as I think he is I might run a complete set. Entreat the Angels is probably on its way out.

June 28, 2012 1:31 a.m.

pheonix_222 says... #9

Might start testing with Soul Warden or something similar for life gain to buy myself a bit of time and aid with Ajani, Caller of the Pride 's ultimate.

June 28, 2012 1:33 a.m.

nfcnorth says... #10

Intangible Virtue cause having armies of vigilant dudes is just awesome plus it is very cheap to cast.

June 28, 2012 9:48 a.m.

pheonix_222 says... #11

I've thought a lot about Intangible Virtue . You'd think it'd be a auto-include in a deck like this, But I actually don't think it's as useful to me as just more token generation.

My guys almost always get a buff from Gavony Township or card:Cathars' Crusade, and Intangible Virtue doesn't have any synergy with Doubling Season , it would make card:Druids' Repository a little better, but I'm usually not afraid to swing with all my guys to get the charge anyways.

I'll put it in the maybe-board and do some tests with it.

June 28, 2012 2:19 p.m.

DarianDDS says... #12

blinking abilities + mycoloth = stupidity. Cloudshift is amazing for this deck. mycoloth hits for a turn or two, generates tokens, end of opponents turn - cloudshift him to eat everything he's spawned to put out even more tokens.

June 28, 2012 10:02 p.m.

pheonix_222 says... #13

I don't think blinking is really the answer in this deck, I'll usually end up casting Mycoloth 's devour for 4-12, which is plenty with Devour 2. it might be useful to keep peices on the board, But unless I add cards like Cloudgoat Ranger or Captain of the Watch , but I think Primordial Hydra and Mycoloth are big enough threats.

June 28, 2012 10:12 p.m.

notan88 says... #14

Consider Wild Defiance and Blessings of Nature with Doubling Season . You could place eight +1/+1 counters on eigth different targets and they would also get +3/+3 until end of turn.

Feel free to comment on my deck:fast-infect-19

June 29, 2012 4:51 a.m.

hickit says... #15

Birds of paridice is underrated if i could make a deck of only that i would (i have enough)

June 29, 2012 10:19 p.m.

pheonix_222 says... #16

Thinking about getting rid of Primordial Hydra for another Mycoloth and card:Cathars' Crusade, Opinions? Primordial Hydra is pretty crazy, but Mycoloth is insane.

July 5, 2012 10:03 p.m.

pheonix_222 says... #17

Finally getting to test with Ajani, Caller of the Pride . He is amazing, I could definietly see a G/W lifegain Parallel Lives deck in standard doing really well because of how awesome he is.

For this deck he is explosive!

Not regretting the card:Soul's Attendant, but I'm kind of missing Raise the Alarm .

I'm also probably gunna keep Primordial Hydra .

July 6, 2012 2:07 a.m.

FoxOn36 says... #18

I'm finding Elspeth Tirel to be a bit counter-productive, since her ultimate will actually destroy your creatures/enchantments/Ajani. Have you considered using Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Elspeth, Knight-Errant to protect your non-token permanents?

Minor nitpick though. Doubling Season doesn't quadruple Primordial Hydra's counters, it triples it instead.

July 6, 2012 3:22 p.m.

pheonix_222 says... #19

Elspeth, Knight-Errant is the better Elspeth in my opinion as well, but not for this deck.

Elspeth Tirel is crazy and has awesome synergy with a lot of my deck. I've gained 100+ on turn 5 from her +2, and anything giving you 100 life is good in my books. All 3 of her abilities are very viable, +2 for lifegain to make Ajani, Caller of the Pride 's ultimate more awesome. Her -2 to create blockers to protect Ajani and herself. Her -5 is actually very useful against scary decks that keep ahead of me, sure I loose my Awakening Zone and Doubling Season , but I still probably have 5-20 tokens which is a HUGE advantage. It's not something that I actively build up to or is a win condition but Elspeth Tirel 's ultimate has saved me more than a few games, her other abilities are what I'm really trying to abuse with this deck though.

July 6, 2012 11:55 p.m.

Dsouba says... #20

why the Verdant Catacombs?

May 11, 2016 8:09 p.m.

pheonix_222 says... #21

Brewed this before the Allied fetches were reprinted.

Haven't had a chance to go back over all my old decks in a while.

May 13, 2016 10:31 a.m.

Dsouba says... #22

I think this deck could be more budget with out the very expensive manabase(and other very expensive cards), so i kinda did that. Great deck!

May 21, 2016 10:15 a.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.87
Tokens 1/1 Elf, 1/1 Spirit, 2/2 Cat, 1/1 Elf Warrior, 1/1 Saproling, 1/1 Soldier, 0/1 Eldrazi Spawn
Folders zzz - interesting!, tokens, Selesyna (Modern/Standard), Ideas for improvement
Top rank #2 on 2012-07-06
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