Green/White Tokens has won one Pro Tour, 3 Grand Prix, and has been the dominant deck of this format ever since. In fact, was anyone actually surprised when 6 GW Tokens decks made Top 8 at the Italian WMCQ?
I played GW myself, and ended up in 12th place with a 6-2 record, losing to the winner of the whole thing, Mattia Rizzi, and conceding to my teammate Marco Cammilluzzi.
Despite being so popular, there are a lot of different takes on this deck and in this article I will explain my deck list, my choices, and my sideboard plans.
You don’t have many free slots in GW Tokens—therefore, you have to know exactly what you want to do.
Den Protector vs. Lambholt Pacifist
I don’t like Lambholt Pacifist in GW. Both Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar are able to grow it to a 4/4, but you’re not that likely to minus them in the early game as you usually want to control the board, threatening Nissa’s ultimate rather than going beatdown.
Dromoka’s Command is an excellent way to pump Pacifist, but without Thalia’s Lieutenant, there are too few ways to get real value out of it. Since I love to play a more controlling build, Den Protector is perfect. It’s an evasive card advantage card—exactly what I want. Obviously, it doesn’t shine against aggressive decks like Wr or Bant Humans, but I think it’s a better fit overall.
Secure the Wastes
This was initially played in 3 copies, and now you see more deck lists with 0 in the 75. To me, Secure the Wastes is either insane or garbage. It really depends on how the game plays out. It is certainly worse post-sideboard when your opponent is boarding in Virulent Plague or Hallowed Moonlight—that’s why I don’t mind boarding it out when I need some slots.
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar doesn’t excel in some matchups like in the mirror match, where it isn’t impactful enough and is killed by flyers or Den Protector. On the other hand, since the game always goes long, Nissa, Vastwood Seer is an excellent planeswalker that always provides card advantage. You also want to board in Nissa, Vastwood Seer every time you board in the Planar Outbursts and Tragic Arrogance, since you usually can’t cut Archangel Avacyn or your mana curve spikes and you’d need help to hit your land drops.
The awaken effect is even useful against Bant Company, and it’s a nice upside to have. On the other hand, I like having just 1 Tragic Arrogance to board in for the mirror match, where it’s better because you might find yourself in some scenarios where they have 2 planeswalkers, or you don’t want to trigger their Hangarback Walkers.
This is a massive sideboard plan, and it’s the most controversial—I saw many players boarding differently. Usually, the games relies on Evolutionary Leap—whoever gets it online first has a big advantage, the board gets clogged quickly and it becomes all about flyers. Avacyn flips often and it’s important to keep their fliers under control.
Sylvan Advocate is the worst hit off Evolutionary Leap, and can’t attack any time your opponent has 5 mana up, which will happen very often. Hence, Advocate is only good on turn 2 to start the pressure with Gideon and Dromoka’s Command, but won’t be any good if the game stalls out.
Gerry Thompson likes to cut all 4 Dromoka’s Command, but you can still catch an Evolutionary Leap or an Avacyn, mostly with 3 Den Protectors to help you keep hitting their enchantments.
This is a radical sideboard plan, but I really liked how it played out.
This is a tight matchup—it depends how big and how fast they go. Archangel Avacyn will be your best card, and it’s usually correct to Avacyn + Hangarback for 0 or Evolutionary Leap to clear their board. Post-sideboard you’ll have 3 wraths, but they will add some Negates. Linvala, the Perserver is another powerful creature that helps to pull you ahead in the game.
If your opponent isn’t named Owen Turtenwald, then you have a high chance of winning the match. This is a good matchup for GW. Just be aware that they are boarding in creatures and keep a lot of removal.
This matchup is pretty close and a lot relies on whether you draw your wrath effect—either Avacyn + Hangarback/Leap or Planar Outburst/Tragic Arrogance.
Lambholt Pacifist would be insane in this matchup, whereas Den Protector isn’t ideal, but I foresee more GW Tokens matchups than Humans, so I prefer my way.
Unfortunately, there won’t be many Standard events until Eldritch Moon his Standard, but until then, I really recommend this deck.