It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about a Pauper deck.
Commenter Ahniwa got the whole thing started with his remark from my previous article:
“If you’re going to play in some events on video, I’d love to see the WW Tokens deck in action!”
Despite my proclivity for playing Mono-White, I was very skeptical about sleeving up a tokens deck. I mean, Battle Screech? Triplicate Spirits? Both cards seemed downright slow. As it turns out, they’re actually just analogous to Lingering Souls and Spectral Procession, respectively, which is absurd.
In fact, all fourteen (pre-Daily Event) matches I played to familiarize myself with the archetype, in which I suffered just a single match loss, seemed to indicate that “absurd” was the most appropriate adjective for describing Mono-White Tokens. The deck’s performance was getting so ridiculous that I’m not sure I’ve ever been more surprised by a Pauper deck…at least one that on paper might look like a pile.
In response to Ahniwa: the deck is real. Battle Screech is a card that I foolishly underestimated since it was printed at common in Vintage Masters. Token strategies have a generally high power level in other formats, and that’s now translating to Pauper quite well.
Why am I telling you this? Because I have to. I’m telling you (rather than showing you) because the videos you’re about to see are an absolute nightmare.
Mono-White Tokens By Jason Moore
Doomed Traveler, Rootborn Defenses, and Squadron Hawk have all been featured in Pro Tour-winning decks (courtesy of Tom Martell, Craig Wescoe, and Ben Stark, respectively). Guardians’ Pledge was a big reason that White Weenie held the throne in Standard Pauper for so long, and it allows us to one-shot opponents from something ridiculous like 19 life. Triplicate Spirits is widely considered the best common in limited at the moment, and Order of Leitbur is currently the format’s most popular white option for quelling Mono-Black Control. What I’m trying to say is this deck plays good cards.
Some of my choices might seem quirky (Lumithread Field, Sunlance, Teetering Peaks), but they’re far from arbitrary. Field adds much-needed redundancy to our toughness-boosting. This mitigates any potential blowout from cards like Electrickery and Wail of the Nim. Sunlance removes a lot of creatures, perhaps most important among them Cuombajj Witches. Peaks is only moderately clunky in hands with Order of Leitbur, and does enough as a “spell” land for me to want four.
I’ll leave you now to the Daily Event videos…
…which will thoroughly discredit everything I’ve just written.
The Daily Event leaves me (nearly) speechless. Is this deck even good? Were the 14 matches I played beforehand some kind of illusion? Have I gone insane? Is star rats spelled backwards still star rats? Can somebody please help me?!
Until next time, my fellow commoners!