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CardShark Content - Frankwin Hooglander (12/24/2005)

Since my last article was received fairly well looking at the number of times it was read I figured it wasn’t all that bad. This inspired me to write another one. If any of you have played me in MTGO you should know that I love token decks. I try to play all kinds of token decks to try to find the ultimate token deck for a format and/or budget. This time I worked on creating a token deck on a budget. I limited myself to $25 to create the deck and this is what I came up with:

Land
9 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

9 x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

2 x Vitu-Ghazi the City Tree

Creatures
3 x Twilight Drover
Twilight Drover
Twilight DroverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a creature token leaves play, put a +1/+1 counter on Twilight Drover. 2W, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Twilight Drover: Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying into play.

3 x Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

3 x Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

3 x Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.

4 x Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

2 x Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.


Other spells
4 x Raise the Alarm
Raise the Alarm
Raise the AlarmSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.

4 x Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.

3 x Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.

3 x Scatter the seeds
4 x Sosuke’s Summons
1 x Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)

3 x Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.


The basic idea of the deck as with any token deck is to generate a vast amount of tokens to overwhelm your opponent before she/he gets a chance to kill you. This deck is very consistent in creating a 5-6 turn killing force of tokens.

The main idea of this particular deck is to get a Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
and a Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
out preferably with a Twilight Drover
Twilight Drover
Twilight DroverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a creature token leaves play, put a +1/+1 counter on Twilight Drover. 2W, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Twilight Drover: Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying into play.
in play too. This will give you an awesome combo to generate lots of 2/2 Spawn tokens of the Pit and 1/1 flying Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Tokens of the Drover for very little mana.

As soon as you get some tokens a Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.
enchanted with Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.
is an almost guaranteed kill. Not to mention dropping the Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
.

I’m sure lots of you will say: But this deck is vulnerable to mass removal spells. Yes it is, but you’re going to generate so many tokens that it doesn’t really matter too much, certainly not if you have a Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
out to sack all your creatures to and just recreate your token army. Getting your Pit out will even protect you in most cases against Jitte since you’ll just sack the creature after blockers are declared before damage is dealt and then there are no counters for Jitte.

Here’s a card by card rundown of the deck:

Vitu-Ghazi the City Tree
Besides a land this will also provide you with a way to use your extra mana to create more tokens.

Twilight Drover
Twilight Drover
Twilight DroverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a creature token leaves play, put a +1/+1 counter on Twilight Drover. 2W, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Twilight Drover: Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying into play.

Dead tokens a problem? Not with Twilight Drover
Twilight Drover
Twilight DroverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a creature token leaves play, put a +1/+1 counter on Twilight Drover. 2W, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Twilight Drover: Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying into play.
in play. For each token that dies you just get a +1/+1 counter on him and if you have the extra mana just remove a counter to get 2 Flying Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
tokens to block those nasty flyers or to fly over your opponents defenses for a kill.
EXTRA : With Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
in play this creature will get HUGE. In 1 game I happened to have 3 Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
out and a Pit and lots of mana. I kept sacking and creating tokens and got my Drover up to 781/781.

Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
& Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

These don’t need any introduction other then Mana Acceleration.

Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.

Have lots of tokens, guess what? Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.
will be HUGE. My record online has been 215/215 and that was only because there is a 200 token limit in MTGO.

Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

A staple in the deck to generate tokens cheaply. Just 1 mana and an untapped creature are enough to start the hordes of tokens.

Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

The Guildmage will assure a quick win with its pumping ability. All you need is 5 tokens to beat down on your opponent for 2 turns with him in play and you’ll win.

Raise the Alarm
Raise the Alarm
Raise the AlarmSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.

One of the many token generators in the deck. I deliberately choose cheap spells to create tokens so you’d be able to generate lots of them. A good side effect of it is that they’re all different token types which proved to come in handy against Engineered Plague
Engineered Plague
Engineered PlagueSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
When Engineered Plague comes into play, choose a creature type.All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.
. It will only shut down one of your token types, but not the others.

Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.

What can I say about this? It simply increases the amount of tokens very quickly. Imagine playing this on Turn 3 (after a Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
& Sakura Tribe Elder
Sakura Tribe Elder
Sakura Tribe ElderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
239
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card into play tapped, then shuffle your library.
in Turn 1 & 2) and on Turn 4 play Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.
and 2 x Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the SeedsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Put three 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
. That’s 16 tokens breathing down your opponent’s neck. A turn 5 Guildmage or Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
will pretty much finish that game.

Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.

Another Token generator and a great card to play on your Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.
or Twilight Drover
Twilight Drover
Twilight DroverSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a creature token leaves play, put a +1/+1 counter on Twilight Drover. 2W, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Twilight Drover: Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying into play.
s. Makes them very hard to kill.

Scatter the seeds
Tokens tokens and more tokens. Use it wisely during your opponent’s turn to fend off some critters or to be able to attack unexpectedly next turn with an extra horde of tokens.

Sosuke’s Summons
Just more tokens. Nice to get back in longer games with an Elder.

Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)

The budget unfortunately only allowed 1 in the deck, but this is a great finisher. Get some of your Flying Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
tokens off the Drover, slap down the Coat and fly on over with a bunch of 4/4, 5/5 or even 10/10 spirits.

Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.

This will allow you to sack all that dies and generate new tokens. Excellent with Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
in play. This combo will guarantee you two 2/2 tokens for each token you sack + 1 mana.

Unfortunately I didn’t have any budget left to create a sideboard, but so far I’ve never needed a sideboard in all the games I played. I played about 100 games or so with this deck in the Casual room on MTGO and have only lost around 5-10 times. Most of these losses were due to being mana screwed or flooded. Only 3 or 4 were because I couldn’t beat the decks.

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