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Seeing Double with Adrix and Nev


If there's one thing I love, it's a good old fashioned token deck. While tokens have always been around and been playable in various capacities, I really didn't find that I really liked them that much until the release of Ravnica: City of Guilds courtesy of the Selensya Conclave. I remember getting the preconstructed Selensya themed deck when the set released and loved spitting out an endless stream of tokens.

Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Guildmage
Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage

This persisted quite a bit over the years as I really came to love token strategies all the more. I loved playing token strategies in various Commander decks, Constructed decks, and drafted it whenever I could. It was very difficult to get me to draft anything but Selesnya in the Return to Ravnica draft format, and not just because it was one of the best things you could do. Simply spitting out token on top of token was just too much fun. It even dominated many of my Cube drafts where I would routinely take token strategies whenever I could, usually in either Selesnya or Abzan colors.

With the release of Strixhaven: School of Mages, there's a lot of token play in each of the five schools. It just so happens, though, that one of the schools - Quandrix - has a super juiced up token legendary in the new Quantum Quandrix Commander 2021 precon in the form of Adrix and Nev, Twincasters.

Parallel Lives
Adrix and Nev, Twincasters
Anointed Procession

Longtime players or diehard Commander players might recognize the effect on this legendary creature. It's Parallel Lives - or its White cousin Anointed Procession! There's bound to be no shortage of tokens, so let's get to making some!

Adrix and Nev | Commander | Kendra Smith

In truth, this deck is exactly what you'd expect it to be. That's kinda just how Green-Blue decks run. They're big ol' piles of good stuff. You want ramp? There's tons of that to go around. Card draw? You've got it. The biggest creatures around? Think even bigger than that! Solid removal? Blue and Green can only do so much, but there have still been plenty of powerhouse cards over the years to take care of the worst of threats.

Avenger of Zendikar
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate
Koma, Cosmos Serpent

The main attraction, obviously, is the token makers, and there's simply some of the best in the mix in this deck. You've got your typical standbys like Avenger of Zendikar, Hornet Queen, and Rampaging Baloths swarming the board with massive amounts of creatures. It's hard to not expect cards like these when they're basically staples of just about any Green Commander deck. Then you've got your planeswalkers. Both Garruks, Freyalise, and Vivien can fill up your board fast, and not just with tokens either. Garruk Wildspeaker helps get your big creatures down faster, Garruk, Primal Hunter draws you more fuel, and Vivien, Monsters' Advocate allows you to keep flipping over the top of the deck.

There're tons of newer recent goodies in the mix too. Koma, Cosmos Serpent is the latest monstrosity that can overwhelm your opponents completely with big bad creatures, all the while protecting itself. It's even crazier with the Commander or similar effects in Parallel Lives and Doubling Season on the battlefield. Elder Gargaroth can also get some pretty sizeable creatures down and Scute Swarm gets out of hand really fast.

Magnifying Glass
Lithoform Engine

But that's not all that we can make extra tokens of! You might not think of it too often, but you can absolutely make tons of additional Clue tokens with cards like Magnifying Glass and Tireless Tracker. They're not creatures, and you have to sink mana into getting value from them, but it's well worth it. We can even make extra copies of the main monstrous creatures thanks to cards like Progenitor Mimic, Lithoform Engine, Spitting Image, Followed Footsteps, and Bramble Sovereign putting in the work for us. That can exponentially grow our army in a way befitting the Quandrix school!

While you can win by getting in with tons of damage - and make no mistake, we've got no shortage of beats - the best way is probably the alternate win-con. That's right, I'm talking about everyone's favorite, Biovisionary! You won't get it too often, as your opponents will throw just about everything at you to stop you from going off, but when it works, boy will it feel great. And hey, if you need to you can always use cards like Voidslime and Heroic Intervention to keep yourself afloat. And if all else fails, you can always utilize a good old fashioned Deadeye Navigator to save your creature or flicker back another massive token making creature.

However you do things, though, you just need to make the biggest army and most massive bunch of tokens possible. Overwhelm your opponents and overtake their creatures with your masses for many a win! If you want a fun good stuff deck to play, try out Adrix and Nev at your next Commander pod and make your opponents see double!

Kendra Smith

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