Modern* DuBie15


rikertchu says... #1

I see you're missing Intangible Virtue; any reason why? In any token deck, it should be an instant 4-of, since it makes your dorky 1/1 creatures into legitimate clocks; Raise the Alarm is much scarier when it puts 4 power and toughness into play at instant speed. Your tokens are also all white, so Honor of the Pure might be a card to consider too.

If you're playing red, I would say a playset of Lightning Bolt would be also necessary, since it serves as easy removal and endgame reach, and synergizes well with your Young Pyromancer. I also find Butcher of the Horde to be somewhat underwhelming in Modern, since at 4 mana, he's rather slow for the format, although he is very powerful when he comes down. Maybe cut him down to 3 or 2 copies?

Midnight Haunting and Mardu Charm might be token producers you can look into, since the first is at instant speed and produces fliers, and the second one has removal and hand attack if you have enough tokens already. Since you have a sacrifice outlet, Timely Reinforcements might be a card to consider, since it gives you a good lifegain card against Burn while also being flexible enough to make the 3 soldiers, since you can sacrifice your board for profit.

Impact Tremors seems relatively low impact for what it does, and taking a turn off to play it seems detrimental when you want to hold mana up for Raise the Alarm and similar cards, so I'd cut it. Something like Zulaport Cutthroat in addition to your Blood Artist could be played instead, to continue to give yourself that life buffer while pinging your opponent.

In the sideboard, I would recommend a copy or two of Burrenton Forge-Tender since the main way people sideboard against you is to bring in sweepers, and Burrenton Forge-Tender negates one of those spells, and when it's on the board, since it's white, it can get buffed by Honor of the Pure

I'd personally remove the creatures in the deck entirely, since one major benefit of running Tokens in Modern is the negation of your opponent's removal when you don't play creatures. Additionally, a powerful and not TOO expensive addition in a creatureless build would be Sorin, Solemn Visitor, as he with an Intangible Virtue makes your team of 1/1 fliers into 3/2 Vigilant, Lifelinking fliers, which is incredibly hard to come back from for traditional creature decks. By removing your creatures, you free up space to have a critical mass of token producers to work with anthems, and you get to have a more cohesive deck overall.

Hope this helped!

June 16, 2016 6:41 p.m.

DuBie15 says... #2

Intangible Virtue would be really good to add in, i just was not sure how to fit it in and this is kind of the first build of the deck. I do see where i can make some cuts for it to fit in though now. It's funny there is a similar theme with a lot of the cards you mentioned where i just wasn't sure how to get them to fit. Honor of the Pure i am less certain of how i could make some room for it.

Lightning Bolt definitely needs a spot, what would you recommend cutting for it? Butcher of the Horde was actually my build around card for the deck, so i would prefer to keep the playset. It's also my only real sac outlet and he's why i feel Blood Artist can work in the deck.

Midnight Haunting is good but i think with Lingering Souls already here i don't know it's necessary. Mardu Charm is also a cool card but the mana is a bit tough on it. Timely Reinforcements is a really cool card though, one that i had not thought of and like a lot! I will probably need to pick some up lol.

Impact Tremors was a fun card but you are definitely right, so i guess it's an easy cut to make room for better stuff lol.

Your sideboard advice is spot on for sure, and i have a couple Burrenton Forge-Tenders lying around pretty conveniently lol.

Sorin would be amazing, but a ad over budget right now, but definitely a good card that will have to find a place when i have a couple extra bucks.

Thanks so much for the comment, it helps a lot!

June 16, 2016 7:19 p.m.

rikertchu says... #3

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... #4

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... #5

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... #6

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.

Quantuman69 says... #7

What about Fatal Push?

January 31, 2017 8:50 p.m.

ZackBinks says... #8

Fatal Push is gold. Definitely include it.

January 31, 2017 10:22 p.m.

DuBie15 says... #9

Hey guys! Thanks for the comments. Fatal Push is definitely coming in, its just a matter of me taking the time to pick them up, and decide how many should be in there.

And ZackBinks Thanks for the tips on the mana base, i did make some upgrades and your comment helped out a lot! And as for Monastery Mentor and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet i have my eyes on both those cards, the only problem is budget right now, but they are definitely going in once i can get my hands on some. All your recommendation are super helpful, and im probably going to end up using most of them in some form or another, thanks for the tips!

February 1, 2017 10:47 a.m.

ZackBinks says... #10

Always happy to help, DuBie15!

February 1, 2017 2:34 p.m.

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