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Maverick Thopterist's Token Swarm

Pauper EDH Tokens UR (Izzet)


This is probably about as close as you'll get to Brudiclad in PDH. You win just by having a stupid amount of flying tokens, and the gameplay is pretty linear and consistent after you've played it a few times. The advantage over other token decks is that blue gives you a few tutors, extra draw power, and ways to reuse EtB effects.

Your initial goal is to play out some cheap artifacts, then cast your commander. After that, you either return him to hand or chump block with him, then replay him to make even more thopters. The beauty of this is that you can almost always cast him while only using mane from 2 or 3 lands because of improvise. Using your commander as a chump blocker will also keep you alive while your horde of thopters grows to critical mass. You can chip a little damage at a time with spare thopters, but usually, you wait and alpha strike at least one opponent with Trumpet Blast, Raid Bombardment, or something similar.

You tend to have plenty of cards in hand because you spend a lot of mana replaying your commander, but there are several draw spells like Keep Watch that can easily draw 6+ cards for you. Some of the deck's tricks include repeatable effects like using Pili-Pala with Viridian Longbow for repeatable damage, or using Wizard Mentor to return to hand and replay your commander every turn. Other tricks include squeezing extra value out of your thopters with things like Reckless Fireweaver, Golem Foundry and Battered Golem with Viridian Longbow. For tutors, Trinket Mage usually tutors for Viridian Longbow, Relic of Progenitus, or Leonin Bola, and Drift of Phantasms usually searches for a draw effect like Rhystic Study, a board wipe deterrent like Hissing Iguanar, or an alpha strike tool like Trumpet Blast, depending on circumstances. Viridian Longbow helps against tokens, Relic helps against graveyard play, and Leonin Bola can lock down a voltron commander or big green things with trample. The final tricks are just the extra value you can get out of Path of Ancestry and Opal Palace by casting your commander so much.

Even with those tutorable countermeasures for large trampling creatures and board wipes, they remain the biggest threats to this deck. As a result, black and green decks and trampling commanders are probably your first targets to kill.


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Date added 1 year
Last updated 1 year

This deck is not Pauper EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.38
Tokens Treasure, 1/1 Thopter, 1/1 Myr, 3/3 Golem
Folders Pauper EDH
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