GW Tokens in Aether Revolt Standard

Spoiler season is the best.

’nuff said.

Over the past week or so, I’ve been playing around with some ideas for Aether Revolt standard, and I’m pretty excited. Today I have a very brief article with the first of two ideas I’ve been toying with for you all. This first one is incredibly obvious, but it has felt powerful in my testing. And it all started with this bad boy:

Oath of Ajani

That flavour text tho.

I had mixed feelings when I first saw this card. My first thought was *&#$(**#$W%*&#$T*#&*#&$# YEEESSSSS!!!

My second was, hmmm… actually, its probably more of a win-more card.

But I started to play with it anyway. It’s really good at helping you push through board stalls and playing around with combat math in much the same way that Always Watching does. The only difference here is that Oath of Ajani hits tokens, too. Which means that GW Tokens may be viable again.

GW Tokens

Planeswalkers (8)
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Creatures (14)
Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter
Selfless Spirit
Sylvan Advocate
Avacyn, Archangel

Spells (13)
Oath of Nissa
Oath of Ajani
Declaration in Stone
Stasis Snare
Lands (25)
Westvale Abbey
Fortified Village
Canopy Vista

Sideboard (15)
Tireless Tracker
Servant of the Conduit

This deck has the ability to go wide and big at the same time, and I can’t ask for much more in GW. It gives you multiple token generators, multiple ways to permanently buff your creatures, several ways to protect your creatures from board wipes, AND the Archangel Avacyn + Selfless Spirit combo for good measure. You can fight off aggro decks by just getting bigger and Gideon still demolishes control. Seems good to me.

My results so far are:

2-0 vs RW Vehicles
3-0 vs UW Flash
2-1 vs BG Delirium
2-1 vs Aetherworks
2-0 vs UB Control

Not very many matches, and some of these games aren’t the kind of magic I would consider good (poor opponents, silly mistakes, players learning decks and not playing optimally etc), so take my results with a grain of salt. The deck definitely feels good though, and I’ll probably update it several times over the next few weeks. I’m not entirely happy with the sideboard, but it works fine for now.

As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. Have an idea for a better card? Are my numbers off?

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