In the last couple of Standard formats, tokens has been a consistent presence, largely based on the power of cards like Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Hangarback Walker. We haven’t seen much of the archetype in this Standard format, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a powerful midrange deck featuring some interesting token synergies.
Green-White Tokens - Rivals of Ixalan Standard | Zkiihne, 5-0 Standard League
- Creatures (15)
- 2 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
- 2 Thrashing Brontodon
- 3 Merfolk Branchwalker
- 4 Adanto Vanguard
- 4 Adorned Pouncer
- Enchantments (2)
- 2 Legion's Landing
The idea behind this deck is fairly straightforward. All of your cards are reasonably efficient and generally worth more than one of your opponent’s interactive cards. Eventually you’ll find enough copies of Appeal // Authority or an evasive creature that you can pump for a large amount of just hit your opponent for a game-ending chunk of damage.
Adorned Pouncer is frequently where you want your curve to start. This card pairs very well with Appeal to let you steal games out from under your opponent if they stumble on lands while you have a fast Sram's Expertise or Servo Exhibition.
One of the exciting things about this variant of the deck is the inclusion of Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and Aethersphere Harvester. Skysovereign gives you a great way of trumping opposing creature matchups and Planeswalkers, while Aethersphere Harvester is absolutely incredible against aggressive decks, giving you a little breathing room to get your creatures set up and stall out the ground.
Perhaps the most interesting innovation with this build is the inclusion of Rishkar, Peema Renegade. This card is occupying some of the slots typically devoted to Jadelight Ranger. Both of these cards help to smooth out your draws and ensure you can start casting your high end spells. The difference is that Jadelight Ranger gives you less control over what effect the card has on the game, but also allows you some ability to sculpt your draw. Rishkar, on the other hand, consistently allows you to ramp into your powerful top end, but also allows you precise control over how to spread out the power it provides to maximize either damage or mana as the game calls for.