Tokens

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Token decks focus on creating a large number of token creatures to overwhelm their opponents. Token strategies often take the form of aggro decks, using a high density of creatures, commonly paired with effects that increase their power, to defeat enemies with combat damage.

Token decks are most commonly centered in decks that include the colors white and green.

Popular Cards & Commanders

Popular cards used in token decks include:

Popular token commanders include:

Strategy

Token decks seek to create creature tokens to overpower their opponents in combat. Because token-producing cards can create a large number of tokens for a low cost, this can allow tokens players to spend very few cards and resources to establish a much larger board presence than their enemies. Token decks often contain a mixture of cards that create tokens, cards that duplicate tokens, and cards that amplify their power.

Token Makers

Token decks are able to produce tokens in a variety of ways:

Pump/Evasion

Once a token deck has assembled a large number of tokens, they commonly use effects that will make those tokens more powerful in combat often with 'anthems' (cards that provide a power and toughness boost to each creature). Common pump effects used in token decks include Craterhoof Behemoth, Overwhelming Stampede, Conclave's Blessing, Intangible Virtue, Cathars' Crusade, Triumph of the Hordes, and Beastmaster Ascension.

Tall vs. Wide

Token decks must often choose between going 'tall' (creating a small number of extremely powerful tokens) and going 'wide' (creating a very large number of much smaller tokens). For instance, a card like Desolation Twin can create a 10/10 token, where a card like Storm Herd can create many 1/1 tokens.

Token decks that elect to go tall and create larger tokens most commonly make use of abilities such as Populate, to duplicate specific tokens for a low mana investment.

Token decks that elect to go wide and create many smaller tokens more commonly make use of doubling effects such as Second Harvest to exponentially increase their numbers. These decks are also more likely to use mass pump effects such as Conclave Blessing to increase the power of their large army.

Tokens as a Subtheme

Many decks may use tokens as a subtheme to advance their strategies, often relying upon the token-making cards to produce a large number of creatures on the field. Aristocrats decks, for instance, may use a large number of token-producing cards to acquire a high number of death triggers, and tribal decks may use tokens of a specific creature type to increase the potency of their tribal synergies.

Strengths and Weakness

Strengths

  • Token decks are quick to establish a large number of creatures that can easily overwhelm an opponent with combat damage. Slower strategies may struggle against token decks if they take too much time to establish their primary game plans.
  • Token decks commonly assemble more creatures than opponents are able to successfully block during combat, making them exceptionally difficult even for extremely defensive enemies.
  • Token decks spend very few cards to create a large number of game pieces on the battlefield, and often can continue to produce additional creatures over time. Tokens are typically very dispensable, so the token player is rarely set back by the loss of any specific creature on their battlefield.

Weaknesses

  • Token decks may struggle with specific defensive cards like Ghostly Prison, Propaganda, and Crawlspace, which stymie their ability to attack profitably during the combat step.
  • Token decks are vulnerable to mass removal effects that will destroy their creatures, often resulting in a major setback that requires the token player to completely reestablish their board, which can be difficult if they no longer have access to token-making spells and abilities.
  • Cards that duplicate tokens, such as Populate spells, are often useless if the token player does not have any tokens in play, often lowering the efficacy of the token players' nontoken cards.


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