Recently made some upgrades to the deck. Looking for some not too expensive upgrades i could possibly add to the deck. Specifically looking for help to improve the mana base, mostly with ratios and such. Thanks!


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rikertchu says... #1

If you're building around Butcher of the Horde, I think I'd go about this deck slightly differently (be prepared for some spicy brews).

Xathrid Necromancer triggers on human death, but basically doubles up on all your human tokens, turning them into zombies when they die. Zulaport Cutthroat is conveniently a human for this, and has almost the same effect as Blood Artist in a 1v1 game. Then, you can play cards like Gather the Townsfolk, that make humans and give incidental advantage with Xathrid Necromancer, and cards like Bloodsoaked Champion can die and recur over and over, not only allowing for more zombies with the Necromancer, but also supplies death triggers for Cutthroat and fodder for Butcher of the Horde.

My favorite card for this deck, however, would probably be Thatcher Revolt. Not only does it make 3 1/1 tokens, they're hasty as well, and conveniently will die at end of turn, making it easy to sacrifice them to Butcher and get triggers off of Zulaport Cutthroat. Additionally, they're human, meaning Xathrid Necromancer triggers as well!

If you're leaning toward an Aristocrats build like this, I'd recommend putting in, alongside Butcher, Falkenrath Aristocrat (the original card that the Aristocrat strategy is built around). Since your tokens are (or would be) mostly human, she sacrifices for both protection and a power boost, and combining that with her natural haste, evasion, and high power, she can close out games quickly, much like how Butcher of the Horde could.

Hopefully this gave you some ideas! I once brewed this deck up, but didn't end up building it; hopefully this inspires you in some way!

June 17, 2016 2:03 a.m.

xxJoexx says... #2

Check out my deck! Modern Mardu Tokens!! (HELP WANTED!!). I love modern tokens, especially Mardu! Some cards you will want to consider are Spectral Procession, Gather the Townsfolk, Dragon Fodder, and Hordeling Outburst. Hero of Bladehold can also be good, but Butcher of the Horde isn't worth it's CMC in a tokens deck. In terms of mana base, you can see from my deck that I also have problems with it. Can't help you there, sorry! Anyway +1 from me! #LongLiveModernTokens

November 17, 2016 10:17 p.m.

DuBie15 says... #3

Hey, thanks for the comment! I also love tokens, I actually have an abzan tokens list too. The cards you mentioned are great, and I was looking at them when i was building the deck, but had problems with most of them. Spectral Procession can just be hard mana wise, i dont think the deck will be able to get 3 white on turn 3 enough to justify it, Dragon's Fodder and Gather the Townsfolk are both good, but sorcery speed hurts them a bit for me. Hordeling Outburst is a fun card too but has a bit of a similar problem to Spectral Procession. I also decided to cut those cards to go a bit more of a controlling route, with more disruption and removal, which combos well with the Young Pyromancer. Butcher of the Horde probably isnt the strongest card for sure, but him and Rakshasa Gravecaller are just pet cards of mine that i really wanted to put into a deck so thats why they are in there.
Hero of Bladehold is an amazing card for sure. I run 2 in my abzan list, which is a deck I really love to play, and she has been super powerful there.Thanks for the tips! Very much appreciated, I'll definitely check out your deck and see if I can help you out at all!

November 18, 2016 12:11 a.m.

ZackBinks says... #4

Always happy to see new token brews! Though I am faithful to my tried and true BW Tokens, I would be happy to help however I can. The first thing that I would focus on is your land base, because as I am sure you are already aware, every great deck starts with a great land base. I know you're looking for more budget friendly options, so Marsh Flats may not be ideal. However, Bloodstained Mire isn't too expensive as of now. Same with Godless Shrine and Sacred Foundry. Since you are playing a 3 color deck, you shouldn't need to buy a playset of any of these lands. Blackcleave Cliffs would also be a notable inclusion. As to what to replace with these, I personally think a playset of both Isolated Chapel and Clifftop Retreat is a bit much.

As far as the rest of your cards go, I would replace Goblin Rabblemaster with Monastery Mentor and consider replacing Rakshasa Gravecaller with Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Since many of your creatures provide tokens, I would also contemplate replacing the Raise the Alarm and Secure the Wastes with more reactive spells like Lightning Helix and Dreadbore. If you do decide to go this route, I would take out Intangible Virtue, as it may wind up being a dead card since Mardu Tokens have a lot more creatures than BW Tokens do. Lastly, whatever you decide to do, I advise you to try and find space for a playset of Path to Exile, as the card goes a long way. Hope I was able to help, feel free to look at my BW Tokens list if it has a chance of helping at all, and if I can help you out with anything else please feel free to ask!

November 19, 2016 4:28 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.30
Tokens 1/1 Spirit, 1/1 Elemental, 1/1 Goblin, 2/2 Vampire, 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Warrior, Sorin, 1/1 Soldier
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