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BRG Tokens - Noah Whinston (2/26/2009)

With the release of Conflux
Conflux
ConfluxSet: Conflux
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
102
Text:
Search your library for a white card, a blue card, a black card, a red card, and a green card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, one of the most influential decks in Standard (Faeries) has gained nothing, and its major competitors have gained two major weapons to fight it, Scattershot Archer
Scattershot Archer
Scattershot ArcherSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Archer
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Scattershot Archer deals 1 damage to each creature with flying.
and Volcanic Fallout
Volcanic Fallout
Volcanic FalloutSet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Text:
Volcanic Fallout can't be countered. Volcanic Fallout deals 2 damage to each creature and each player.
. Path to Exile
Path to Exile
Path to ExileSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
15
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put that card into play tapped, then shuffle his or her library.
also deserves a mention, as it can remove a Mistbind Clique
Mistbind Clique
Mistbind CliqueSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying Champion a Faerie (When this comes into play, sacrifice it unless you remove another Faerie you control from the game. When this leaves play, that card returns to play.) When a Faerie is championed with Mistbind Clique, tap all lands target player controls.
from the game in your upkeep on turn 4, preventing you from having to tap all your lands. [Editor's note: Be really careful with the timing here. You have to cast the Path to Exile
Path to Exile
Path to ExileSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
15
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put that card into play tapped, then shuffle his or her library.
in response to the Champion ability going on the stack, so you can remove the Clique before it champions the other faerie and triggers the land-tapping ability.]

Because, of this, many new archetypes can slip through the cracks. Tokens is one of these. Tokens is so great because with so many small creatures, spot removal is almost useless against it, such as burn cards used by Red Deck Wins and remove-from-game effects in Kithkin.

There are a few automatic inclusions in any competitive token deck, but the other spots can be filled as the piloter chooses. The few needed cards are:

4 Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
aW5nIFRocmluYXg=: This card is just too good to pass up. Essentially gives you four sacrifices to Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
off only one creature.

3-4 Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
: Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
is the trump card in a Token deck’s arsenal. In the span of a few negligible sacrifices, it becomes a 10/10 un-Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
-able beater.

4 Bitterblossom
Bitterblossom
BitterblossomSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Tribal Enchantment
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and put a 1/1 black Faerie Rogue creature token with flying into play.
: Obviously the best token generator in Standard. Can be replaced by Goblin Assault
Goblin Assault
Goblin AssaultSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token with haste into play. Goblin creatures attack each turn if able.
for budget players.

3 Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
: Turns any token into a “must kill” threat.

3-4 Siege-Gang Commander: Like the Thrinax, four sacrifices for the Husk in one creature, plus it can force through damage.

2-3 Torrent of Souls
Torrent of Souls
Torrent of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Ian Edward Ameling
Text:
Return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to play if B was spent to play Torrent of Souls. Creatures target player controls get +2/+0 and gain haste until end of turn if R was spent to play Torrent of Souls. (Do both if BR was spent.)
: The more creatures you have, the better the pumping effect is. Combine this with returning a Siege-Gang from your graveyard to play, and you have a game winner.


These are the only necessities for the token deck, but there are many other synergistic cards that I have added to my build.:

2 Dragon Fodder
Dragon Fodder
Dragon FodderSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play.
: A cheap, simple token generator

3 Bone Shards: Trading a tiny 1/1 token for one of an opponent’s big beaters. Sounds good to me!

3 Shared Animosity
Shared Animosity
Shared AnimositySet: Morningtide
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking creature that shares a creature type with it.
: This is a personal preference, but who doesn’t want to see three 3/1 Bitterblossom
Bitterblossom
BitterblossomSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Tribal Enchantment
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and put a 1/1 black Faerie Rogue creature token with flying into play.
tokens swing in. As if they weren’t good enough already.

3 Scarland Thrinax
Scarland Thrinax
Scarland ThrinaxSet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on Scarland Thrinax.
: My only addition from Conflux
Conflux
ConfluxSet: Conflux
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
102
Text:
Search your library for a white card, a blue card, a black card, a red card, and a green card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
. Gives an alternative to a temporary pump from the Husk.

3 Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan VolSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Sarkhan
Rarity:
M
Number:
191
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
+1: Creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain haste until end of turn. -2: Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. -6: Put five 4/4 red Dragon creature tokens with flying into play.
: Can pump up newly created tokens, and can steal a creature and sac it to pump the Husk.

Therefore, my list:

4 Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
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4 Bitterblossom
Bitterblossom
BitterblossomSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Tribal Enchantment
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and put a 1/1 black Faerie Rogue creature token with flying into play.

3 Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

3 Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

3 Torrent of Souls
Torrent of Souls
Torrent of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Ian Edward Ameling
Text:
Return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to play if B was spent to play Torrent of Souls. Creatures target player controls get +2/+0 and gain haste until end of turn if R was spent to play Torrent of Souls. (Do both if BR was spent.)

2 Dragon Fodder
Dragon Fodder
Dragon FodderSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play.

3 Bone Shards
4 Siege-Gang Commander
3 Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan VolSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Sarkhan
Rarity:
M
Number:
191
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
+1: Creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain haste until end of turn. -2: Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. -6: Put five 4/4 red Dragon creature tokens with flying into play.

3 Scarland Thrinax
Scarland Thrinax
Scarland ThrinaxSet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on Scarland Thrinax.

3 Shared Animosity
Shared Animosity
Shared AnimositySet: Morningtide
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking creature that shares a creature type with it.


3 Fetid Heath
Fetid Heath
Fetid HeathSet: Eventide
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. o(w/b), T Add WW, WB, or BB to your mana pool.

3 Graven Cairns
Graven Cairns
Graven CairnsSet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters

3 Fire-Lit Thicket
5 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

5 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


This token deck has very good matchups against Red Deck Wins, and providing you don’t sac your Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
aW5nIFRocmluYXg=’s too early, 5 Color Control’s Wrath effects can leave them in just as bad a position as they were in before, facing three 1/1s rather than one 3/3. Add that to the fact that Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan Vol
Sarkhan VolSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Sarkhan
Rarity:
M
Number:
191
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
+1: Creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain haste until end of turn. -2: Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. -6: Put five 4/4 red Dragon creature tokens with flying into play.
can usually build up to his ultimate before 5CC can stop him, and it only takes a decent player to win the matchup. I hope you enjoyed the look at a newly competitive archetype, and I’ll be back next time with a more casual 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.
deck. See you then!


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