Deck of the Day: G/W Itilmoc Tokens

Winding Constrictor is a heck of a Magic card, but G/B just hasn’t been getting the job done. It doesn’t stack up well against The Scarab God decks despite having some excellent cards. Maybe black isn’t necessary, and a G/W deck full of tokens and as many +1/+1 counters as you’ll ever find without a Snake in sight is the way to go.

This deck is looking to go wide, starting with Sram’s Expertise. Paying 4 mana to make three 1/1 creatures is a decent rate—even Call to the Feast is making an impact on Standard. With Expertise, you get a great tempo play in that you can also add a cheaper spell to the battlefield on the same turn.

What better to put into play with an Expertise than a Growing Rites of Itlimoc? Rites will allow you to dig for a creature and quickly flip thanks to all the tokens in the deck. If you had even a single other creature in play, the Rites will turn into a Gaea’s Cradle. With four or more creatures already on the battlefield, you’ll have access to tons of mana.

The best thing to do with all of that mana? Well, it’s not the most exciting proposition in the world, but Walking Ballista goes well here. You can play it early to interact with your opponent and it can be your late game. Using your Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun, you can cast a giant Ballista and use the Itlimoc to start adding extra counters to a Ballista every turn. This machine gun can end a game in a hurry.

You also have a nice explore theme in this deck. You’re actually so deep down this rabbit hole that you’re playing 4 copies of Wildgrowth Walker. This is a decent blocker in the early stages of the game, and the extra life and size of the Walker grow as the game goes on. A single copy of Path of Discovery is a bit on the slow side, but will gain you tons of life with Wildgrowth Walker and keep you ahead on cards by finding all the lands in your deck.

You’re playing a green deck that relies on creatures. This means that Jadelight Ranger is an absolute MVP and Merfolk Branchwalker is quite solid. Curving Wildgrowth Walker into Jadelight Ranger means lots of triggers, lots of life, and lots of power. Your explore creatures will help find the spells you want and keep your mana flowing.

With all of these tokens, Angel of Invention does work. It can help grow your ever expanding army by putting three bodies on the battlefield or just create a large lifelinking flyer. Either way, your entire team is getting pumped and you’re pulling further ahead.

Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter gives you a cheap creature to flip the Growing Rites and a partial mana sink for Itlimoc. You have plenty of uses for extra mana, so Rishkar, Peema Renegade can help accelerate out threats or just add 4 power to the battlefield for 3 mana across multiple creatures.

Ajani Unyielding is your top end and a great way to make sure that you have uses for all of your Itlimoc mana once that’s online. Finding more creatures allows you to stay in control of the game. Wildgrowth Walker will keep your life total high with Jadelight Ranger clearing out lands and setting up the best spells. Eventually, your Angels or Ballistas can take over the game.

G/W Itlimoc Tokens has plenty of great ways to go over the top of slower decks, with enough early spells and ways to go wide to defend against aggro strategies. When you have a powerful, synergistic deck like this, the sky is the limit.

G/W Itilmoc Tokens

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