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Good morrow Magic Majestics! As you all know, Thursday will see the release of War of the Spark and I can honestly say that I have been looking forward to the release of this set with a ferocious anticipation and desire. I think this set has the potential to shape the game in ways that none of us have ever seen before. That said, I have purposely not posted any decks in anticipation of the release as I am of the belief that when crafting decks, actually crafting them to playtest and the report upon is the best way to go. That said, when I saw [[Ajani, the Greathearted]], I went (to quote Pam Poovey from Archer) "sploosh". Is it a bomb card? Possibly, but put it in a token deck with cards that have amazing synergy with tokens and you have the possibility for great things.
So let's look at the deck: [[Hunted Witness]], [[Llanowar Elves]], and [[Haazda Marshal]] are our one drops: Witness is a nice two for one while the Marshal can pump out tokens and the Elves act as ramp. [[Emmara, Soul of the Accord]] and [[Shanna, Sisay's Legacy]] are our two drops: Emmara pumps out tokens with attacking and convoking while Shanna is basically a legendary [[Keldon Warlord]]. [[Unbreakable Formation]] gives us a dodge against mass removal while [[Venerated Loxodon]] pumps our creatures up even more. [[March of the Multitudes]] makes this deck pop, throwing down a veritable army of lifelinkers and warriors. I put in [[Conclave Tribunal]] and took out 2 of the Emmaras and Shannas, just to give us some added control. [[Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants]] also gives us many options: pump, bring back from the dead, and get more creatures out there. [[Ajani, the Greathearted]] gives us life and pumps up our creatures and planeswalkers. Sideboard gives us some flexibility: [[Kraul Harpooner]] against flyers, [[Seal Away]] vs aggro builds, [[Cleansing Nova]] mainly for enchantment and artifact-heavy builds, and [[Ixalan's Binding]] against more permanent focused builds.
ADVANTAGES: 1) This deck, to me, has the potential to get low and fast and big, real fast and real bigly. 2) The interaction between the tokens and the Ajanis are simply great and with all the creatures we have, protection is going to be good and 3) simply very fun to play; this has a good potential to make some waves in the Meta, given that at the recent Standard event it performed very well.
DISADVANTAGES: 1) no flyers or protection against flyers. Yes, we are running the [[Kraul Harpooner]] in the sideboard, but that's basically it as far as protection in the air is concerned 2) no removal aside from [[Ixalan's Binding]] in the sideboard and 3) the deck is extremely susceptible to mass removal and does not perform well when those spells hit the board.
I have seen that budget W/G decks have been winning tournaments lately and while this is far from "budget", I think the idea behind it is solid and could go places with some tweaks. Until then, may all your draws be God-like and may all your spells hit the board! Looking forward to WAR on Thursday!
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