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Deck of the Day – GW Token Midrange

GW Tokens is considered the best deck in Standard right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore new ways to build it.

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Nissa, Voice of Zendikar are the heart of the deck. I view these as untouchable cards, and they may be the only cards in the deck that are locked in as 4-ofs.

Archangel Avacyn really shines in a deck with cards like Hangarback Walker and Dromoka’s Command. While I don’t think any of these cards are “required” to be 4-ofs, they do work well together.

MTGO player Thrall90 moved toward more creatures. While Sylvan Advocate was an addition to the deck made by Team Face to Face, Duskwatch Recruiter hasn’t seen play in this deck due to the low number of creatures most lists play. Duskwatch is powerful, but it’s possible the deck doesn’t actually need another 2-mana play. Another mana sink is awesome, even moreso one that can help you find Archangel Avacyn, but it doesn’t help you find Nissa or Gideon, which isn’t synergistic with the rest of the deck.

If you’re not familiar with Lambholt Pacifist yet, you’d better get acquainted. While some members played a Lambholt main in their tokens decks, and others had the Pacifist in their sideboards, this card is starting to turn heads. It has now become a card people are interested in playing 3-4 copies of in their main deck! If you don’t have a play or stumble in the slightest, a 2-mana 4/4 is incredible, but the incidental ways of turning this on through Dromoka’s Command, Sylvan Advocate, activating Gideon, or casting Archangel Avacyn make this an awesome addition. While once viewed as a great sideboard card against the plethora of 2-power 1-mana creatures from Human decks, old Lamby is now a powerhouse to be reckoned with in all sorts of green decks.

I don’t love playing 26 lands with 16 2-casting-cost creatures and not a ton of late game, but 2 Secure the Wastes, some Westvale Abbeys, and Duskwatch Recruiters are reasonable mana sinks. Losing Oath of Nissa is a huge loss as it helps find your planeswalkers while also fixing your mana. Maybe this is a good direction to go given the power of the Recruiter, but only time will tell!

GW Tokens Midrange

THRALL90, 5-0 in an MTGO Standard League

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