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B/W Tokens (Alternate Control Core)

Modern Competitive Midrange Tokens W/B (Orzhov)

Tethys


Description

This is an alternative version of my standard BW Tokens build that drops Spectral Procession in order to relax the mana requirements enough to support 4x Ghost Quarter (a critical card for this deck to have in order to win the traditionally impossible Tron matchup; also great in the Merfolk matchup to blow up a land enchanted with Spreading Seas ), which as a secondary benefit also allows the deck to fetch for basics more frequently, saving life and making it more resilient to Blood Moon.

The deck runs as many Token producers as traditional builds, substituting in mainboard Start / Finish and Sram's Expertise in place of Spectral. The latter also has the secondary benefit of being able to cheat in Lingering Souls or Liliana of the Veil at no cost. In fact, the ability to run Liliana in a build running a playset of Ghost Quarter effectively stems directly from the loss of Spectral Procession due to their starkly contrasting mana requirements.

Two Lilianas, along with a pair of Sorin, Solemn Visitor and a pair of Gideon, Ally of Zendikar makes for a very spicy planeswalker suite. They are all very powerful and well-positioned in this deck. 7x Removal (9 if you count "Finish"; heck, 11 if you count Lili) and 7x Disruption rounds out the build.

Relative to traditional BW Tokens builds, this version is about equally well positioned against Midrange decks (including Death's Shadow builds), and considerably stronger against Tron, Valakut, and Combo decks like Storm.

There is a trade-off, of course. This deck's clock is marginally slower than standard BW Tokens, and it produces fewer flying creatures, so it's matchups against most aggro deck are less favorable. Affinity in particular is notably worse, and Burn, Dredge, and Elves are all slightly less favorable. The Infect and Bogles matchups are actually little better than the traditional build thanks mostly to Liliana, and Merfolk is easier because of the Ghost Quarter playset.

If you're interested, check out the Green Splash build of BW Tokens I'm currently testing.

Hope you all like the deck. Upvotes are appreciated!

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Comments

salteeBoi says... #1

Anointed Procession is always good in these type of decks.

May 29, 2017 12:43 a.m.

Squirrelbacon says... #2

If affinity is a problem, and this can help with elves and merfolk too, why not run Zealous Persecution in the board for those matchups? I feel one would be better in the main than the third Thoughtseize, however, I do understand why you run it.

Yahenni's Expertise may also actually be worth looking at to turn the corner. I've played it several times against elves and affinity and each time it has worked perfectly. Probably not better than Dusk / Dawn, but definitely worth the thought. I don't know how much a board wipe is desired in a Bitterblossom deck anyway.

July 22, 2017 3:22 p.m.

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Date added 8 months
Last updated 1 month
Legality

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.33
Tokens 1/1 Servo, 1/1 Spirit, 2/2 Vampire, 2/2 Knight Ally, 1/1 Faerie Rogue, Sorin, 1/1 Warrior, Gideon
Folders Competitive Modern Decks, Midrange Decks, Token Decks, Walker Decks (7+), Modern, Modern Reference
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Revision 16 (1 month ago)

-2 Polluted Delta main
-2 Plains main
+4 Concealed Courtyard main
+4 Thoughtseize main
+2 Liliana of the Veil main
-3 Inquisition of Kozilek main
-2 Godless Shrine main
+2 Windswept Heath main
+4 Path to Exile main
+4 Marsh Flats main
+3 Inquisition of Kozilek main
+2 Plains main
+3 Fatal Push main
-4 Path to Exile main
-4 Thoughtseize main
-4 Concealed Courtyard main
-2 Windswept Heath main
+2 Swamp main
-2 Swamp main
-2 Start / Finish main
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